‘Cloudy’ shower screen stains ‘vanish every time’ with cleaner’s 30p ‘holy grail’ item

Cleaning shower screens regularly can go a long way to maintaining a clear, sparkling and streakt-free finish. But if the task has been put off, it can be a nightmare when the time comes to tackle it. Luckily, a cleaner has shared a method that works "every time".

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The reason screens become stained and cloudy is because soap scum and mineral deposits (also known as ) build-up, forming a whitish filmy or chalky layer in patches across the surface. 

The driving factor behind both of these deposits is hard water. Hard water describes water that contains a high concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. 

When water dries on its own, these minerals get left behind, forming those hard water or limescale deposits that create a cloudy appearance on the screen. 

Hard water also prevents soap from dissolving completely. The soap bonds to the minerals in the water to form a film that sticks to the shower screen.

Initially, soap scum and hard water deposits are mostly just an eyesore in the

Rain water drops on glass turned into limescale

The reason shower screens become stained and cloudy is because soap scum and limescale (Image: Getty)

But left unchecked, they can continue to build up and harden, making their removal more difficult, and even growing and mildew. 

What’s worse is that the combination of minerals and soap scum can damage the surface of the glass with pitting and etching.

Taking to the Hinch Army Cleaning Tips Facebook page, a cleaner has shared how she goes about tackling the task of a stained shower screen.

Susan Harris said: “So many people ask about cloudy stained shower screens. 

melamin magic sponge cleaning equipment for household

The cleaner uses a magic sponge with water to remove shower screen stains (Image: Getty)
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“I’m a cleaner and never stop learning methods. I had the opportunity to do a before and after this week at work. 

“I do this method and the stains vanish every time. I use a wet magic sponge (my holy grail!), wipe down with a wet microfibre cloth and buff to a shine with a glass cloth. Hope it helps you all.”

Households can pick up a pack of 10 magic cleaning sponges from eBay for £2.99 - this works out as 30p per sponge. 

Taking to the comments section, one user asked if any cleaning sprays need to be used alongside the sponge.

Sarah Bendall said: “Thank you for sharing! No products sprayed on the screen? No bleach or anything with the sponge?”

Susan replied: “Not a thing! Just water on the sponge. A toothbrush is handy round fixings though.”

Kelly Abbot commented: “I love these sponges. They work fantastic for nearly all stains.” 

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