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Stained Fiberglass Shower Floor

Q: I hope you can suggest something that will remove a stubborn stain from my fiberglass shower pan. Can you help me? Thank you.


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A: Fiberglass — a plastic resin reinforced with glass fibers used today in everything from shower pans like yours to skylights — is, as you've surely noticed, easily scratched. So we'll need to be careful cleaning here.

Once scratched, fiberglass becomes harder to clean, as you've clearly found in attempting to get rid of your shower pan's stubborn stain. Your best cleaning bet is a neutral (generally a pH between 7 and 9) cleaner, such as liquid dishwashing detergent, applied with a white, nylon-back scrub sponge. Add hot water and a bit of elbow grease and the stains should be lifted in no time*.

Finally, to prevent future stains from grabbing a toehold, lightly wax the fiberglass with car wax. Really. This sealant will close surface pores that allow stains to set in fiberglass and will make it buff-shine like new. Be sure to use a rubber bath mat so you won't go slip-sliding away in your newly stain-free shower (be sure the mat itself is applied when the surface is dry and adheres firmly to the surface during use).

*Editor's note: You may also want to try a little oxygen-based cleaner (containing hydrogen peroxide) to gently bleach out the stain.


Stained Fiberglass Shower Floor:  Created on July 21st, 2005.  Last Modified on January 21st, 2014


About Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is author of Housekeeping With Kids. Her San Francisco Chronicle column entitled "Coming Clean" — focusing on household cleaning and maintenance — reaches 1.5 million readers. Aronson is an expert in home cleaning and organizing. Her advice has appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Ladies' Home Journal, The Washington Post and Woman's World. Visit Tara's Web site.

Aronson is fast becoming a familiar face on national television (Living It Up with Ali & Jack, Soap Talk, The Other Half, CNNfn, etc.) and is also a much sought-after lifestyle expert for local television news and radio programs nationwide.

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