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Like any other bathroom fixtures, steam showers need to be cleaned and maintained properly for proper hygiene and to ensure that the system performs well. Regular cleaning and maintenance will keep it running smoothly. A steam shower is a sealed enclosure or stall that uses a steam generator to heat water and channel steam through the system. The steam emerges through the steam head, filling the whole enclosure so that you can enjoy spa-like bathing. The high humidity makes an excellent place for mould to grow. Here are ways to keep your shower room clean and protected.
Regularly clean the steam shower to keep stains and mould away. All-purpose cleaners may be used, or prepare your own homemade solutions. It is also best to keep it dry after use. Use a damp cloth and check any unsightly marks. Remove the fixtures such as the nozzles and shower head when cleaning. You can soak them in the cleaning solution to remove lime deposits. Rinse, dry, and then reattach.
Allow moisture to escape after use
It is best to install your steam shower in a well-ventilated area. It keeps the enclosure dry after each use. You can also open the steam cabin and windows to allow moisture to escape. Consider installing an exhaust fan as well. Clean the exhaust fan at least twice a year to wipe away dirt. You may also want to have a dehumidifier in your room to keep humidity low and avoid the growth of mould.
Change heating coils
The heating coils become less efficient after prolonged use, and they are important for heating and producing steam. The heating element also needs cleaning or replacement if the steam shower starts to produce less steam.
Inspect the water lines
It is wise to inspect water lines as well for any leaks, as water is an essential element in producing steam. Leaks can cause less pressure in the steam generator and affect the overall performance of the system. Regularly check for any leak or loose connections. Tighten fittings as needed and repair the leaks immediately, as not doing this can lead to serious damage of the unit when neglected.
Inspect seals and joints
Seals are important in a shower room, so check the valves, silicone seals, nozzles and water supply joints. Replace loose seals and tighten joints or nozzles.
Keep it free from calcium deposits, mould, and mildew
You can use bleach diluted in water and apply to affected areas for 10 minutes before rinsing off with water. There is a calcium remover available in stores to clean calcium deposits. If you want something more natural, mix equal parts of vinegar and water. Soak the affected part with the mixture for about 30 minutes and rinse. Dry them and reattach. For the tiles, you can simply spray the solution and wipe with a sponge. If there are minor cracks, you can fill them with silicone caulk.
It does not take a lot of effort to keep steam showers clean. For the heating element and other parts, you can ask a professional to inspect them at least once a year. This way, you can maintain their efficiency and extend the life of your investment.