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Tips for Cleaning Shower Seats

Showers are an important aspect to most spas, travel rest areas, and fitness clubs, although the maintenance and care you provide can directly impact the user experience and life cycle of your investment. In this article, we will provide tips for cleaning shower seats so you can ensure optimum hygiene and a safer environment for all your guests. Cleaning the shower seats in your public restroom can depend on a wide range of factors. Most seats or benches are placed in the shower to allow the individual to sit, and they may have adjustable features, holes in the seat for ease of water drainage, or other variations that can require added maintenance.

Our comprehensive tips for cleaning shower seats begin with the material of your bathroom’s assistive devices. Most shower aids are made of molded plastic or aluminum. Shower seats made of phenolic materials such as resin must be cleaned to remove surface residue and to prevent the growth of mold, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When possible, always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning and extending the life cycle of your commercial shower seat. Otherwise, a solution of detergent and water may be used with a bristle brush that can successfully reach crevices or tight spaces. Industrial cleaning agents known as caustic cleaners should be avoided due to their irritating and harmful effects on skin.

Another important aspect to improving your commercial facility’s hygiene is cleaning the underside of your shower seats and the adjustable legs that come with most models. The Smithsonian Institution outlines several safety tips for cleaning shower seats in their publications related to mold and mildew: “People with asthma, chronic pulmonary problems or immune compromised conditions should consult their physicians before working with mildewed textiles. The microbes affecting textiles are not generally pathogenic, but the large quantity of spores can affect health. Gloves, goggles, and fit-tested filtered, rated facepieces should be worn while handling mildewed objects or working in confined spaces,” such as showers or commercial washrooms.

Last but not least, the holes in your shower seats can capture moisture and foster the growth of mold. Clean each hole with a small brush or cotton swab to prevent the growth of bacteria. Your shower aid can then either be dried by a clean towel or left to air dry. If you have any questions regarding our tips for cleaning shower seats, please contact a member of the team today.

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