A clean bathroom environment is one we all desire. But keeping on top of a dirt, mould and rust prone room can be quite tricky. It’s important to look after your bathroom though, as over time, lack of care and attention can cause permanent damage to your beloved luxury bathroom suit. Thankfully, you don’t need to spend fortunes on cleaning products, and most things you have in the house, such as vinegar, are perfect for getting your bathroom sparkly and dirt free.
How to Clean a Bathroom: Top Tips
1. Remove mould
Remove mouldy grouting or sealant with a toothbrush dipped in a solution of one part bleach to four parts water.
2. Easily Remove limescale
Keep on top and get rid of dried deposits around chrome taps by soaking a cloth or a kitchen towel with white vinegar and wrap it tightly around the tap. Leave overnight and rinse thoroughly with warm soapy water in the morning. If there are any stubborn deposits, gently remove them with a toothbrush.
3. Keep taps shiny and sparkly
Brass fixtures can soon look tarnished so clean by making a paste of bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. Lightly scrub the fixtures, leave for a few minutes and then buff with a clean cloth. This should give a result of new looking taps.
4. Clean marks and prints from mirrors
Remove caked on hairspray from mirrors by wiping with a little surgical spirit on a soft cloth. This will enhance the gleam of your mirror and reflect more light around the room, giving the room a deeper feel.
5. Remove stains from the toilet seat
To remove stubborn rings around toilet bowls, use a pumice stone. Keeping the stone wet, rub until the ring has gone. Don’t try this on enamel or plastic fittings.
6. Descale shower heads
Descale shower heads monthly in hard water areas, such as Kent, where they can easily clog up. Soak overnight in a solution of half white vinegar and half water and then rinse.
7. Clean Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush picks up MILLIONS of germs and bacteria, even after just 1 use. So you can imagine how dirty it actually is when it’s been sat on your bathroom shelf for a few weeks. To clean it, and kill all bacteria, soak it in several tablespoons of white vinegar and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Rinse, and use as normal. We recommend doing this every other week. Another solution is get buy a pack of cheap toothbrushes, use once then dispose in to recycling.
8. Unblock Your Sink Without Bleach
Using just vinegar and baking soda, you may unblock your sink. If this doesn’t work then contact us for advise or to arrange a Bathrooms of Kent member of staff to visit.
We hope these tips have enlightened you, and given you some hope when it comes to cleaning your bathroom. In this next part we aim to give you a guide for how to clean a bathroom successfully.
How to Clean a Bathroom: Step by Step Guide
The Magic Ingredients!
You may have heard them banded about as the magic ingredients of any kind of cleaning, whether it is in the kitchen, the lounge or the bathroom. The multi-purpose ingredients that will help a bathroom get back to its sparkling original state are white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. These ingredients will accomplish whatever those supermarket cleaning products profess to achieve, and at much cheaper prices. Say goodbye to ingredients you cannot pronounce and chemical-smelling cleaning products, and embrace a more natural and wholesome approach to bathroom cleaning.
A Natural Approach to Cleaning your Bathroom:
Begin with the Bathroom Suite
The toilet is often the first place you want to start when cleaning a bathroom, for obvious reasons. It’s also everyone’s least favourite spot to clean, so get it out of the way first! Prepare your ingredients for the task at hand; grab half a cup of the white vinegar or lemon and mix it with one spoon of baking sofa, before pouring it into the toilet bowl. The vinegar and the lemon are both acidic and will both cause a particular reaction when mixed with the baking sofa; this will help to remove any stains or marks that have accumulated within the bowl. Both work as well as each other, but the advantage of using lemon for the task is the fresh scent it leaves behind.
The mixture works far more effectively than bleach or any other cleaner, which simply sits there until it is washed away. Pull on your rubber gloves and scrub away at any of the more stubborn stains, and make sure to pay close attention to the outside of the bowl, the area under the toilet seat, and the hinges where dust and dirt can gather. The same technique can be used to get limescale and other dirt off bath tubs and basins.
Next, move onto any glass in the room. Shower enclosures and mirrors are omnipresent in many bathrooms nowadays, and they are notorious for acquiring streaks and marks easily. Using basic warm water and a lint-free cloth (the lint-free aspect is important; have you ever tried wiping over a mirror with a tissue or a towel only to find tiny particles cling to the glass?) you ‘can remove everyday stains that appear. The hardier stains will require a little more effort; combine white vinegar or lemon with some water in a spray bottle and wipe free using the same lint-free cloth.
Using different combinations of water and natural acids such as lemon juice, almost any area in the bathroom can be cleaned, from the bathroom floor to the taps, and from the drains to the toilet lid. Forget buying expensive supermarket cleaners; the answer lies in your kitchen cupboard!
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