Although the ads for cleaning products promise wonders, the bathroom doesn't get clean by itself. Nevertheless, one of the key points for a successful bathroom cleaning is to choose some quality products in order to make your tilings, your faucets and everything else shine again.
By using a quality scouring cream for enamel, ceramic and stainless steel surfaces, the sink and the toilet bowls recover their brightness. On the other hand, abrasive products should never be used to clean the taps because they could leave scratch marks. Therefore, it is recommended to rinse the tub with water beforehand, in order to evacuate any hard particles that could damage the surface during the scouring.
The household vinegar works well for cleaning bathtubs, but it is not recommended not for the metallic parts. Rinse the bathtub thoroughly afterwards with clean lukewarm water to make sure that the metal drain is not affected by the action of the vinegar.
General surface cleaning
If you're in a hurry and you've forgot to buy your favourite surface cleaning product, you could use a mild dishwashing liquid for smooth surfaces such as tilings, mirrors, windows and cabinets. For glazed porcelain, mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a gallon of warm water. For unglazed porcelain, you should use two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid. Do not add to much dishwashing liquid to the mix because too much soap on a surface could cause some ugly stains. Do not allow the solution to dry on the surface as it could get stained. Scrub the surfaces using a clean cloth, taking care to keep the cloth clean by soaking it in clean water and wringing it. When you are done with the scrubbing, rinse the surfaces with clean, lukewarm water and wipe off any excess water with a dry, clean cotton cloth.
For all other surfaces, you could use window cleaning products. They quickly dissolve and remove dirt and grease. Don't use spraying products ito the grooves, because the liquid accumulates itself in these hard to reach areas and can damage the surfaces. If you need to use a spraying product, it is a better option to spray the liquid on a cleaning cloth and use the cloth to scrub the area. Also, use soft cloths and sponges and don't scrub too hard in order not to damage the surfaces to clean.
How to solve limescale problems
Bathtubs, tilings and taps often tend to present limescale traces. In this case, it is essential to use commercial products in order to remove the limescale deposits. Some products require mixing with water before applying them on the surfaces to clean. Others are sprayed directly onto the affected spots. In both cases, you will need to let the product act for a specified time (please read carefully the manufacturer's instructions), then rinse the surface with a damp sponge or cloth to wash away the loosened mineral deposits. We are suggesting that you should use harmless and biodegradable products such as those based on apple vinegar or citric acid.
Neat vinegar (or undiluted white vinegar) can be successfully used to unclog a shower head that is obstructed by limescale: immerse the shower head in vinegar for 30 seconds and repeat the procedure until water flows out again normally.
You can remove limescale traces from the mirror by using neat vinegar or a potato. Cut the potato in half, then rub the mirror with the freshly cut surface of the potato. Afterwards, rinse with clean water and dry the mirror by rubbing it with an old newspaper. You should avoid cleaning the mirror frames with products containing acids because these can easily damage the fine layer of nickel-chromium.
Other bathroom cleaning tips
Vinegar can also be used for the cleaning of the toilet bowl, it removes hard water stains or limescale stains. Pour some undiluted vinegar in the toilet bowl in the evening and let it act overnight. In the morning, flush the water several times until all mineral deposits are gone. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush to remove any excess residue. Note: Coca-Cola can also be used instead of vinegar.
Always use plastic brushes to scrub the surfaces. Do not use metal brushes to scrub the porcelain, metal or glass surfaces as they can leave some ugly scratch marks.
You can make the drab tilings shine again by applying a thin coat of car varnish (spray varieties are easier to apply and are not so messy).
As always, the best way to keep your bathroom clean and to avoid limescale buildups on the surfaces is to clean them on a regular basis. Our home cleaners London will be happy to help you solve these problems and to keep your house spotless.
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