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Old 02-24-2018, 12:47 PM   #1
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Soap Scum NIGHTMARE!!!!

Have soap scum build up on my tile floor BAD. Shower floor is 8'x5' and the tiles are small 2"x 2" squares.

Tried scrubbing with ZEP and Comet and didn't do much. Hit it with my pressure washer with the widest nozzle today and took off about 80% but stopped after I noticed granules from the grout starting to come up.

What is the best way to tackle this? Honestly I got lazy and it's accumulated for 2+ years and once I get it right, I'm going to stay on top of it. Thanks!!
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:45 PM   #2
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Have you tried Bar Keepers Friend?

BUT, first what is your tile made of?
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Old 02-24-2018, 05:59 PM   #3
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If it's NOT natural stone, then a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and Dawn dishwashing liquid, the blue one. Heat the vinegar first to make them easier to mix, then put the mixture in a spray bottle.

Cover the area thoroughly and let it set for an hour, scrub as needed, then rinse thoroughly.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:07 PM   #4
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Call me lazy but after my wife wanted to use an old toothbrush for cleaning our shower, I told her to step aside young lady and let me in there. Well, she did step aside. She gave me the job which wasn't really what I was asking for.

Slap this on a cordless drill and it'll speed things up. Like Kevin said, let the cleaner dwell on the surface, that seems to be important with about any cleaner you use.

https://www.amazon.com/Beast-Brush-S...Bscrubber&th=1
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Nice Dave, I can use that on my boat.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:45 AM   #6
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I don't think vinegar will do much for soap scum. I'd try a high powered tile cleaner made by a tile products manufacturer.
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Old 02-25-2018, 11:09 AM   #7
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John, that mixture of vinegar and Dawn did wonders in my shower with soap scum. It did take some scrubbing, but at least it didn't scar my lungs like those store-bought cleaners.
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:55 PM   #8
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Dave - do you know what kind of tile this is?
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:38 PM   #9
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I have had reasonable success with simple Scrubbing Bubbles. Don't remember which variety but they keep changing the formulas anyhow. Might have been the MegaFoamer. Their website doesn't really help. I think it is the one where lactic acid is the active ingredient. Still needs a little scrubbing but works dramatically better than Comet.
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Old 02-28-2018, 06:00 AM   #10
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End soap scum

Soap scum is the result of using bar soap. Liquid and gel soaps do not have the ingredients that produce the scum.
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