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Paris Shower Walls-How to Clean Them

cleaning product, pouf, gloves and Finnish sauna are picturedThis is a question that has popped up lately in conversations: How do you keep the mold off a Paris shower wall with poor ventilation? Answer: Using the right products and vigilance after everyone has showered.

For a long time I was using a window/wall wiper and a multiusage cleaning product. Then I would wipe the walls with a sponge or microfiber cloth. This worked but lacked a certain cleaning power on the white grout (the filler between the tiles). I tried vinegar, even mixing it with scented face water to tone down the strong smell.

Until one day, my yellow bath pouf (fleur de bain) was dying. It had transformed itself from its original cute ball shape, into this massive, round piece of nylon. I thought it would be a shame to part with it. The light bulb of invention snapped on. If it’s gentle enough for my body, it must be gentle enough for my tiles! Voilà!

The miracle for cleaner grout and tile was the bath pouf. This was the missing link to my shower cleaning fun!

Speaking of showers, did you know that in 1978 one French home/apartment out of four did not have a bathroom (salle de bain)?* Today, ninety-nine percent are equipped with a bathroom (inside I suppose). Running water is recent. Almost all French homes had running water by the end of the 1980s. I remember seeing buildings with a sign that said “eau a tous les etages” (water on every floor).

We bought our apartment in 1995. The previous owners made a little corner, literally, and installed a salle d’eau (where you take a shower, wash your hands or face). The size reminded me of a Winnebago motorhome. This salle d’eau included the toilet. You could sit on the toilet and wash your hands and then back up into the shower. And you could hang your drying clothes above your head! We’ll leave those stories for another time.
*Le Centre d’information sur l’eau

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This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!