ANTIOCH — One of the biggest problems with showers is keeping them clean. Over time, shower tiles accumulate soap scum, which can be hard to remove. What makes soap scum so difficult to deal with is the fact that it develops gradually—in most cases, it’s not noticeable until there’s a substantial amount of buildup. Fortunately, by adopting a simple maintenance ritual, you can prevent your shower from getting to this point.

By running a squeegee over your shower tiles after every shower, you’ll remove the leftover moisture and soap residue that lead to the formation of soap scum. If you don’t have a squeegee, you can use a towel; however, since a squeegee doesn’t need to be washed, it’s a little more convenient. I recommend buying one at your local hardware store and keeping it in your shower so you have it on hand when you need it. This simple step only takes a minute and it’ll save you a lot of trouble in the long run.