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Tips For Preventing Bathroom Mold With Acrylic Wall Systems

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Tips For Preventing Bathroom Mold With Acrylic Wall Systems-ts2-198x300Homeowners are always looking for effective bathroom tips that keep the area free of mold. Thanks to the regular use of vented ceiling fans, the bathroom is a space filled with humidity and high temperatures. Since mold grows best in warm and damp spaces, the tub and shower are two ideal spots for it to develop. When mold strikes, it can be dangerous to your health and hard to scrub away. Mold can cause allergy symptoms, including congestion and sinus pressure. It can also cause skin irritation. When ingested, mold can have toxic effects on the body.

Mold Removal:

Although mold may require scrubbing, the best way to remove it is with a homemade disinfecting mixture made of bleach and water. To avoid skin irritation, the solution can be placed in a spray bottle. After application, it should set for several minutes before it is wiped away. This will remove even the most stubborn cases of bathroom mold.

Acrylic Wall Systems:

The newest innovations in bathroom designs are crafted from acrylic materials, which are simple to clean. Besides being affordable, they make the room look elegant as well. The surfaces naturally resist mold so that homeowners will not have to deal with such issues.

Scientific advancements have led to the invention of durable and chemical resistant acrylic. With a new bathroom wall system, there is no need for intensive demolition, and the end results look rich and stylish. There are no grout lines to clean and no risks of cracking like with ceramic tile.

Within one or two days, your bathroom will be transformed into a modern work of art. Thanks to the wide range of colors, patterns, and other design options, your ugly and outdated decor will be immediately given a boost. Acrylic never peels or chips, so it will last a long time.

When you are looking to update your bathroom with an acrylic wall system, Luxury Bath provides a four-layer, high molecular material with antimicrobial properties. For more information or to get a free estimate, contact the company. Get ready for a mold-free bathroom in your future.

Summer Bathroom Cleaning 101

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Summer Bathroom Cleaning 101-39686156_l-300x228During the summer, it can be easy to want to spend your free time outdoors, enjoying the nice weather. However, it’s important to make time for housekeeping, as well, and we have some smart cleaning bathroom tips to help you do just that. Here are some simple summer cleaning tips to keep your home feeling fresh and clean:

Set a Cleaning Schedule, and Stick with it.

Setting a weekly cleaning schedule is a great way to ensure that no room is overlooked. While you probably do some light upkeep throughout the week, you need to designate certain days and block out times to tackle those big cleaning tasks. After all, those toilets aren’t going to clean themselves! Get other members of the household involved by assigning certain tasks. With a cleaning schedule in place, you won’t overlook the more unpleasant aspects of deep cleaning the bathrooms, which is essential to keeping germs and bacteria at bay.

Use an All Natural, All-Purpose Cleaner.

Since the bathroom tends to be a smaller, more confined space, you will want to choose an all-purpose cleaning solution that is natural. This way, you can avoid those toxic fumes that are typically associated with harsh cleansers. There are many safer products on the market today that can effectively clean toilets, showers, tubs, and sinks. Use a product that is both safe for your family’s health and effective at killing bacteria.

Keep it Dry.

Mold and mildew growth really thrive in damp rooms, so it’s very important to keep your bathroom as dry as possible. Use an exhaust fan when showering to prevent steam from settling on surfaces. If your mirror and other surfaces are wet once you’re done showering, take a dry towel and wipe them down. If you have a window, open it up, or leave the bathroom door open to allow fresh air to flow in.

No one enjoys deep cleaning the bathroom, but it’s a job that must be done to ensure your family’s health and safety. By following these simple cleaning tips, you can enjoy a dry, fresh bathroom all summer long.

Decluttering Your Bathroom 101

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No matter how clean your bathroom is, clutter simply seems to happen. After the colder winter months, you’re probably wondering how such a nice spa-like retreat can get so messy.

Relax. Decluttering is as simple as taking a day in each of your bathrooms to accomplish spring cleaning. For the most part, you don’t need any fancy accoutrements in any of your bathrooms to accomplish decluttering. What is needed is a sense of purging, of being able to get rid of items you no longer use and not feeling guilty about it. Here is what you need to do to get a wonderfully organized bathroom.

Pitch It. When was the last time you used the vitamins, medication, makeup or anything that may be in your medicine cabinet or drawers? If the item is expired, throw it in the garbage. Similarly, label cosmetics and other consumables that don’t have an expiration date. even if it doesn’t have an expiration date, pitch items that smell or look funny, particularly if you know they are past their prime.

Small Storage Spaces. Organize storage spaces such as drawers or cabinets with dividers or storage bins that will keep similar items with one another. Make sure that storage bins have small compartments that are appropriate for makeup, medicines and other smaller items found in bathrooms. By designating certain areas, whether in a drawer, a cabinet, etc., for items like makeup, medicines and other small items, you’ll minimize time spent in the bathroom and organize your home in the process.

Claim Space Over the Toilet. The area over the toilet is a great place for storage. Many organizational stores have storage units specifically made for placement over toilets. These storage areas are great for items such as extra towels, toilet paper, tissues and other frequently used items.

Clean Up the Vanity. How any times have you seen items strewn across your vanity? Use apothecary jars to organize items like makeup brushes, cotton balls and similar small items. Organizing in this manner will give your bathroom a high-end hotel feel. Save a shelf for knick knacks.

Cleaning Your Bathroom Safely

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Cleaning Your Bathroom Safely-onyx33-224x300Keeping your bathroom clean with a consistent effort is the best way to keep your remodeled bathroom looking its best.  It’s important to remember that safe use of cleaning products at home is something that you should always keep in mind.  See our list of recommended cleaning products and instructions for your bathroom here.

In the spirit of National Poison Prevention Week March 15-21, remember to always follow these guidelines:

Natural Products Can Still Be Toxic. Natural cleaning products should be used with the same caution as commercial products.  Always use gloves and be sure to keep your cleaning area ventilated.  These precautions are important to take when using any cleaning substance.

Use Mild Products Whenever Possible. Most cleaning can be accomplished using mild products such as vinegar and baking soda.  Only use ammonia and bleach when absolutely necessary.

Always Read The Label. This may sound like a no brainer, but, you should always read the product label and pay attention to words such as “caution,” or “dangerous.”

Some Mixtures Can Be Dangerous.  You should NEVER mix ammonia and bleach together.  This mixture produces toxic gasses.

Childproof Your Cleaning Products.  Be sure to keep all of your cleaning products out of reach for both children and pets.  Even something as simple as a full bucket of water left unattended can be a drowning danger.

Label Homemade Products.  It is always best to keep cleaning products in their original containers.  If you have mixed homemade products, be sure to label them accurately, and always used new, clean, containers for storing homemade products.

Wash Your Hands After Cleaning.  Always be sure to wash your hands after handling and using any cleaning products.

Spring Organization For The Bathroom

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Spring Organization For The Bathroom-DSC_0561-300x198Cleaning the bathroom isn’t just about scrubbing surfaces. Take some time for spring organization to eliminate clutter and ensure that everything has a place to be safely and properly stored. Get your bathroom organized with these helpful tips:

Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet is one of those spots that is often overlooked during cleaning. Go through and discard old or expired medications and other products. Wipe the shelves clean with a damp cloth. Restock items that are running low so that you’ll have them handy when needed, like a new tube of toothpaste and dental floss. Make a note of any basic medications that you want to replace.

Shower/Tub Storage

If you’re sick of shampoo bottles, soaps, and kid’s toys taking over the rim of the tub, it’s time to invest in an organizer. There are different styles and sizes to choose from, which will help free up space in the tub or shower and keep everything nice and neat.

Linen Closet

Tackle disorganized towels once and for all. Start by taking everything out of the linen closet and going through all of the items. Wipe down the shelves to remove dust. See what old towels and washcloths you can get rid of and replace, and then fold everything neatly and place them back on the shelves. Maximize the space in the closet by using plastic bins for bulkier items on the floor, and smaller plastic bins for loose items on upper shelves.

Countertops

Cluttered countertops can make the whole room look messy, and they make it more difficult to thoroughly clean the surface on a regular basis. Get rid of the clutter by organizing and storing items in the medicine cabinet or the vanity. Use a holder to corral toothbrushes, and get a refillable soap dispenser for hand soap.

Vanity Drawers and Cabinets

If you have a vanity with drawers, take some time to go through them and discard old, unused items. Purchase organizers to separate and store smaller items, such as hair accessories and cosmetics. Get rid of old bath products that are just collecting dust.

You may be surprised at how many unused and old items your bathroom is housing. Spring organization will give the room a fresh, clean feeling.

Preventing Bathroom Mold with Acrylic Wall Systems

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Mold spores are most likely to develop in warm, damp areas. Unfortunately, the bathroom is often a high-temperature, high-humidity space, making it very susceptible to this issue. Routine use of vented ceiling fans or leaving bathroom doors and windows open after hot baths or showers will moderate temperature and humidity, however, this may not be sufficient for preventing all instances of mold and mildew growth. The good news is that the following tips will make it easy for you to maintain a pristine and mold-free bathroom.

Removing Mold:

Mold is best removed with a disinfecting solution of bleach and water. You can mix one-half cup of bleach in one gallon of water and use this to treat all affected surfaces. For stubborn areas, this solution can be sprayed on and allowed to sit for several minutes before wiping surfaces clean.

The best way to prevent mold and mildew is to remodel your bathroom with Acrylic Wall Systems.  Acrylic Wall Systems are a new innovation in bathroom designs that are easy to clean, relatively low in cost and aesthetically pleasing. Best of all, these surfaces are naturally resistant to mold. Installing Acrylic Wall Systems is a highly effective form of mold prevention, especially when paired with regular efforts to vent the bathroom and use cleaning solutions that include chlorine bleach.  Contact us today to learn about the many benefits of Acrylic Wall Systems, and explore your bathroom remodeling options!

Cut Cleaning Time with a Bathroom Remodel

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With a busy schedule, how much time can you devote to cleaning?  This is an important question to ask yourself when considering a bathroom remodel.  This question can affect options such as using tiling vs. a wall system, color schemes, and other factors.  If cutting down on cleaning and maintenance of your bathroom is important to you, we have a fantastic option available.  Luxury Bath is the exclusive supplier of advanced acrylic surfaces featuring Microban protection.

Higher humidity levels in your bathroom help create  a microbe friendly environment that can lead to mold, bacteria, and mildew.  To combat this, and cut down on time spent cleaning, Luxury Bath Systems provides antimicrobial protection in the form of the Microban protection system. Microban is built directly into our bathroom wall systems, ensuring that it works twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, constantly cleaning and fighting to keep your bathtub and shower area cleaner.

Microban technology does not mean that your bathroom will be maintenance free, but it does cut out a lot of the time and effort that you would otherwise spend cleaning compared other wall surfaces.  Selecting our Acrylic Wall Systems in your bathroom remodel will ensure that the areas will be more resistant to microbes, staining, and that the areas you clean will stay cleaner for much longer. This system will never wear away, protecting your bathroom for years and years after the installation.

If you are interested in our bathroom wall systems that can add style and protection to your bathroom, Luxury Bath of Central Ohio will be able to provide you with the most reliable and attractive services available.  Visit our showroom, or contact us to learn more about how we can help you with your bathroom remodel!

Bathtub Liner Cleaning and Tips for Maintenance

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For normal everyday cleaning of your bathtub liner, we suggest the use of a mild soap and water, with a soft wash cloth. Use of scouring pads or abrasive cleansers will dull the bathtub liner surface. Should you wish to use a product not listed below, test on a small area in the corner of the skirt before applying to the entire bathtub liner. Always review individual cleansers’ instructions and rinse thoroughly after cleaning.

Recommended Cleaner for Bathtub Liner

We recommend using Dawn dish soap and water, Formula 409, or X-IT. Vinegar and water may also be used to soften water minerals. If you require a disinfectant, you may use Clorox Bleach diluted with water to sanitize the enclosure.

Do not use:
Original Clean Shower, Clean Shower for Plastic Showers and Glass, Soft Scrub, Dow disinfectant cleaner, Lysol disinfectant cleaner, acetone, Lestoil, ammonia, fingernail polish remover, aerosol cleaners, or scouring pads.

Use of the chemicals will cause a dull surface and/or an easily recognizable chemical crack. This will void your product warranty.

There is no need to use abrasive cleaners. Abrasive cleaners dull the gloss over a period of years. In extreme cases where the recommended cleaners do not work, use a Chore Boy or 3M Sponge pad. Make sure you only use the ones recommended for Teflon Surfaces.

Recommended Drain Cleaner for Bathtub Liner 

Liquid drain cleaners are recommended over powders and/or crystal. However, when using liquid drain cleaning agents, bail the standing water out of the bathtub and remove the drain plug. Use a funnel to prevent spills and apply the chemicals directly down the drain. Always make certain that chemicals do not come in contact with the acrylic surface. Use drain cleaners sparingly, so that they do not boil out and attack the acrylic surface.

How to Removal a Standard Drain Plug

Occasionally your bathtub drain may slow down due to hair, etc., in the cross bars. In order to remove the standard drain plug, you must:

  1. Push it down in the closed position
  2. Turn the knob counter-clockwise, and remove it. Under the knob there is a stationary brass peg;
  3. Turn the peg counter-clockwise using a pair of pliers.
  4. When you remove the peg, the drain plug will also come out.
  5. Remove any obstacles from the crossbars.

If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your bathtub liner, please contact us at anytime!