Bathroom remodels are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners realise that a new bathroom can completely transform their lifestyles and increase the value of their properties. One of the problems however, is the build-up of grime that occurs in bathrooms, usually due to the humidity and the warmth in the air.
So if your bathroom has just been remodelled and you want to keep it looking its absolute best all year round, here are a few tips on keeping ahead of the grime.
Tile and Grout
Tiles can generally be cleaned quite nicely with soapy water, but it’s the grout that gives homeowners nightmares! Some people find that a bristle brush and soapy water keeps their grout clean, whilst others like to use a hand held steamer (you can clean the tiles and glass as well). However, if the grout still isn’t clean enough, try scrubbing it with a paste made from baking soda and water, followed by a spray of half and half water and white vinegar. Leave this on for at least 30 mins to bubble away and then wash away with clean water. Repeat if necessary.
Shower Doors and Screens
Mineral build up on glass shower screens can be removed with a paste made of equal parts baking soda and salt. First spray the glass with white vinegar and then rub the paste into the vinegar for another few minutes. Rinse with warm water and watch as the mineral deposits rinse away. For soap scum on glass shower doors and screens, rub the glass with lemon furniture oil, let it sit for two minutes and then wipe clean with a clean cloth. The whole point of this exercise is that some of the oil will remain on the glass and act as a barrier to future soap scum deposits.
Try cleaning the grime and corrosion off brass fixtures with a paste made from half and half baking soda and lemon juice. Use an old toothbrush to scrub it into the metal, leave it for a few minutes and then buff with a clean, dry cloth.
Mildew is quick to collect on shower curtains, especially around the bottom edges. These are best washed in a weak bleach solution (about 4 litres of warm water and half a cup of bleach), using a big sponge and plastic gloves to wipe the solution over the shower curtain. Rinse the curtain under the shower to remove any remaining solution before hanging it back up.
Taps and Faucets
Grime, gunk and mineral deposits collect around the base of the faucet where it sits on the sink, as well as underneath the horizontal overhang of the tap and around the sink’s drain. Chrome taps usually come up really well with soapy water, but more persistent grime and mineral deposits might need a half and half solution of white vinegar and water. Always test this solution first to make sure that it doesn’t damage the metal and wipe dry once finished.
Nooks and Crannies
Corners of shower cubicles, as well as the shower door tracks can become filled with grime that is difficult to dislodge. Wrap an old toothbrush in paper towel, spray it with bathroom cleaner and this should get into all those nooks and crannies, removing the gunk easily.
For more information on bathroom remodelling in Williamstown or throughout the western suburbs of Melbourne, give Peter White a call on 0411 423 767.