You’d think with all the soaping, shampooing and personal cleansing that goes on in bathrooms they’d be essentially self-cleaning, but sadly not. Here are a few tips to make cleaning the bathroom slightly easier, and maybe keep it cleaner a bit longer:
Removing Limescale from Taps and Shower Heads
To remove limescale from shower heads, pour enough limescale remover into a small plastic bag (big enough to fully submerge the shower head nozzle) and secure in place with an elastic band. Leave to soak for an hour or so, remove the bag, scrub off the loosened limescale, and repeat if necessary. Clean thoroughly to get rid of the limescale remover.
Use the same trick - use fresh limescale remover and possibly smaller bags - for the ends of taps.
Instead of limescale remover you can use white vinegar for a more natural solution, although you may need to leave it longer to work.
Plastic shower curtains and liners can be washed in the washing machine with your regular detergent – throw in a few old towels too, which will act as scrubbers to help get rid of soap scum and mildew.
Grout is porous and gradually starts to turn orange over time as human skins cells, blasted off when showering, transfer their orange pigment to the grout. If your grout is still white (lucky you) then invest in some grout sealant and apply every 6-12 months to keep it pristine.
Once the grout has started going orange the best solution is probably neat bleach and a stiff brush, such as an old toothbrush. And lots of elbow grease. You may find it’s easier to scrape off the old layer of grout completely (search for a “grout rake” at the DIY store or online) and apply a new layer, followed by grout sealant as mentioned above.
Keeping Tiles Clean
Even tiles that look clean often have a thin layer of soapy film covering them, caused by the steam and soap mixture from a hot bathroom condensing on the tiles. A neat tip to keep ceramic tiles clean is to apply a light coat of car wax about every year; this prevents moisture from adhering to the tiles and makes it harder for the thin film to be created. Don’t use on ceramic floor tiles though unless you want it to turn your floor into a major slip hazard!
Invest in a Steam Cleaner
A small steam cleaner is an affordable and useful cleaning gadget which will ensure your bathroom surfaces are not only visibly clean, but hygienic too. It also deep-cleans floors, mirrors, tiles and grout, and the many awkward nooks and crannies in bathrooms, such as the shower door runners.
The high temperature of the steam cuts through grime, kills bacteria, dust mites and other allergens, to help to keep your home clean and hygienic, plus it uses simple tap water it’s kinder to the environment, and you save money on cleaning products too.
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