The bathroom is no longer the underrated afterthought it used to be. In many homes, a well-designed and stylishly appointed bathroom is a major point of pride. And why shouldn’t it be? It is the one room every member of the family – and any friends you may be entertaining in your home – will spend some time in eventually!
We at Bespoke Bathroom Solutions know you want your bathroom to be the luxurious refuge you dreamed of, and so we offer you these 8 amazing tips you need to know for cleaning your bathroom.
1. An Ounce of Prevention
A light daily cleaning will be more effective and less overwhelming than a deep cleaning every week or ten days. Take 5-10 minutes every day to spray your shower with cleaner and rinse it down, wipe around the sink and toilet, and quickly mop the floor. Antibacterial cleaning wipes are a quick and efficient way to get things done without having to haul out every cleaning supply in the house.
2. Eliminate Hard Water Stains
There is nothing more unattractive than a black ring in your toilet because of the mineral content in your water. Once a week, drop two denture cleaning tablets into the bowl, and swish with the toilet brush. The effect is miraculous!
3. Be Gentle
Keeping your bathroom sparkling doesn’t have to mean using harsh chemicals. Some people prefer to avoid bleach because of the harshness on their skin and the strong odour. We suggest a mild paste of baking soda and white vinegar to eliminate stains and clean grout between tiles.
As mentioned above, cleaning grout is important. You can use the baking soda paste if you are especially sensitive to cleaning products, but we would recommend at least hydrogen peroxide, if not bleach. Grout is porous, and is a breeding ground for mildew and other bacteria. Mix one part bleach to ten parts water, and use a soft bristled brush to work into the grout. Re-seal grout annually.
5. Go With the Flow
Don’t put the vinegar away yet! Fill a medium freezer bag with it, and submerge your shower head into it, securing the bag with a rubber band. Obviously if your shower is detachable, you can you a small bucket. Let it sit overnight, then run the shower in the morning. This will help eliminate build up that reduces flow.
The extractor fan in your bathroom collects a lot of moisture and bacteria, so don’t neglect it during the cleaning process. At least every 4-6 weeks, flip off the circuit breaker for the fan, remove the grate, and wipe down the blades and grate. When showering, keep the extractor fan at least an additional 30 minutes after the shower, or open a window. Increased air flow reduces humidity and eliminates the build up of airborne bacteria.
7. Don’t Put a Ring On It
Your bathtub is your refuge from the wild world outside, but bath products, and natural oil from skin leave a greasy, unattractive ring around the bath. Clean the bath immediately after using it, with hot water and a thick, mildly abrasive cleaning solution.
8. Down the Drain
Once a month, unclog your drains from the oil and hair that build up. Start with tweezers to pluck out anything that can be reached. Then use a hardware store product or that good old-fashioned soda and vinegar solution. Let stand 10 minutes, and then pour boiling water down to clear.
Keeping your beautiful bespoke bathroom clean and free of germs will allow it to remain a room you can be proud to show off.