How to Clean a Shower Tray

By George

1st Oct 2021

3 mins read

DIY & Technical

You don't always need specialist products to keep your shower tray sparkling clean. Read below how to clean your shower tray effectively.

How to Clean a Shower Tray


  • Cleaning Soap Scum
  • Removing Limescale
  • Getting Rid of Rust


Though rarely given a thought, grubby looking shower trays can massively detract from the overall look of your bathroom. If you don’t stick to a regular bathroom cleaning routine soap scum, limescale, and even rust can quickly build up causing unsightly and unhygienic stains to your tray.

Sound familiar? You’ve probably already thought about acting on your tray’s blemishes...before immediately being put off by the prices of specialist products. While soap scum can often by be tackled with a bit of elbow grease, you’ll have been led to believe that limescale and rust removal requires costly sprays and chemicals.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

We’ve put together a short guide to demonstrate how to clean a shower tray (to a near-professional standard) using items commonly found in kitchen cupboards.

You’ll Need:

• Lemon juice

• Baking soda

• White vinegar

• Washing Up Liquid

• A Sponge

• A Cleaning Cloth

• A Spray Bottle

• An Old Towel

• A Jug

Cleaning Your Shower Tray’s Soap Scum

The easiest shower tray ailment to cure, soap scum can usually be removed through sheer determination. Nevertheless, our method should make cleaning your shower tray that bit easier:

Step 1 - Heat vinegar

Heat around 100ml of white vinegar in a microwave until hot. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and add 100ml of washing up liquid. Gently shake the bottle to mix the liquids.

Step 2 - Ventilate room

Ventilate your bathroom. Open any windows and turn on any extractor fans you have. This mixture is quite potent!

Step 3 - Spray mixture

Making sure that your shower tray is clean and dry, liberally spray the mixture onto any soap-scum affected areas.

Step 4 - Wipe away

After 30 minutes, gently wipe the affected areas with a wet cleaning cloth. The combination of white vinegar and washing up liquid will have lifted and broken down the soap scum.

5. Using your shower handset, rinse the shower tray to reveal a glistening, spotless surface!

Removing Limescale

Here’s where things get a little trickier. Limescale is a much more persistent substance and won’t budge with regular scrubbing. The off-white chalky deposit tends to build up in the tight spaces that connect your shower tray to your enclosure. Luckily for you, we’ve got another mixture that’ll do the trick:

Step 1 - Heat vinegar

Once again, heat around 100ml of white vinegar in a microwave until hot.

Step 2 - Mix with lemon juice

Pour the vinegar into a jug and add around 30ml of lemon juice.

Step 3 - Add baking soda

Next, add about half a cup of baking soda to the mixture and stir until you have a thick paste. If your mixture is too runny, gradually add more baking soda until the paste has a porridge-like consistency.

Step 4 - Ventilate room

Ventilate your bathroom well and make sure your shower tray is dry. Then, gently pour the paste onto the affected areas making sure they are fully covered.

Step 5 - Rinse

After an hour, rinse the paste off with your shower handset. Scrub any remaining deposits away with your sponge.

Getting Rid of Your Shower Tray’s Rust

Scrubbing for hours and making little to no progress? With a little patience and those trusty pantry products, you’ll be able to rub out that rust with ease:

Step 1 - Lemon/Vinegar soak

Ensuring your bathroom is well ventilated, liberally pour white vinegar or lemon juice onto the affected areas until they are completely covered. Allow the liquid to soak for at least two hours.

Step 2 - Rinse

Rinse away the liquid with your shower handset. Then assess the tray. This may have already removed lighter rust marks. If not, read on.

Step 3 - Dry

Dry your shower tray with an old towel. Next, create the same mixture as mentioned in the ‘Removing Limescale’ section above.

Step 4 - Spread paste

Spread the paste, generously coating the rust affected areas of your shower tray. Cover with the towel and leave for two to three hours.

Step 5 - Rinse paste

Remove your towel and rinse away the paste. You should now be staring at a spotless, sparkling shower tray.

Followed our ‘How to Clean a Shower Tray’ guide closely? Your shower tray should now look as good as new. Why not give your shower head a good deep clean too! Also check out our short guide to teach you how to install shower trays.



George is one of our interior experts. He loves to write about the latest bathroom trends and he's a dab hand with bathroom DIY too.

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