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Summer Bathroom Cleaning Tips

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Summer Bathroom Cleaning Tips-shutterstock_304246247-300x200When summer arrives, many homeowners look for bathroom cleaning tips to help prevent mildew stains, keep the area sanitary, and ensure that fixtures and cabinets maintain a shiny, beautiful finish. Below are some tips on efficient cleaning techniques:

General Purpose Cleaners. Choosing general purpose formulas speeds cleaning jobs, as they allow the homeowner to multitask. Foam cleansers that offer a wide spray nozzle to cover broad surfaces are a great choice, and these grime busting formulas typically work very quickly to cut through soap scum buildup and mildew on the surfaces of tubs and showers.

Window Blinds, Fans and Vents. A large duster with a long handle can be used to clean fans, vents and window blinds. There is usually no need to use a cleaning formula, as dirt typically sloughs off quite easily if a large enough duster is used.

Light Fixtures. It is important to remember to take down light fixtures and carefully polish them with an all-purpose window cleaner, as condensation builds up quickly on the inner surface of such fixtures during summer. Scented cleaners are available, which are a great choice for bathrooms during warm weather. When lighting fixtures are cleaned and replaced, many homeowners are surprised at how much brighter the bathroom appears.

Floor Cleaning Tips. When cleaning the floor, a vacuum attachment or crevice tool are great devices to quickly eliminate hair and larger pieces of debris. This type of dirt is much easier to clear away when it is dry, rather than wet. Once the larger pieces of debris are discarded, the floor can be mopped or treated with a tile cleaner, depending on the material from which it is made.

Cleaning Shower Heads. Another top summer cleaning tip for bathrooms is using plain, old-fashioned vinegar to clean shower heads. If shower pressure seems a bit weak, it may be due to mineral deposits and lime clogging the shower head. Vinegar is a great choice of cleaning product for this problem. Simply removing the shower head and soaking it in a plastic baggie filled with one part vinegar and three parts water will eliminate virtually all lime and mineral deposits.

Wooden Cabinets. To protect and moisturize wooden cabinets, all-purpose pine cleaner is the best choice. This is because humidity and other harsh conditions during summer can cause wood or compost material to dry out and crack. At the beginning, as well as the end of summer, all wood cabinets should be cleaned with such a formula.

Finally, keeping bathroom windows cracked an inch or two during summer evenings allows moisture to escape outside. This helps prevent the formation of mildew-a common problem when weather is hot. Following the tips outlined above will ensure that a home’s bathroom maintains a clean and beautiful appearance all summer long.

Make Your Bathroom Shine in Under an Hour

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Make Your Bathroom Shine in Under an Hour-Make-Your-Bathroom-Shine-in-Under-an-Hour--196x300Bathroom clean up can be the worst, and most people put it off until it’s time for spring cleaning. However, waiting that long will mean that it takes a little longer to clean. Following a few tips will ensure that you get everything in tip-top shape quickly and efficiently.

The 15-Minute Version.

The first thing you should do is get all your cleaning supplies ready, remove all the dirty clothing and pick up trash. Using disinfectant, wipe down the tub and sink quickly. Do a quick scrub of the toilet bowl and use disinfectant wipes to clean the outside. Clean the mirror and ensure that only bathroom items are in the room.

Extras for Spring Cleaning.

Bathroom clean up can be a breeze if you follow the 15-minute version above, remembering to sweep and mop. However, during a deep clean, you’ll want to wipe down or dust the corners and ceiling, as well as any fans or vents. During this time, you can also remove light fixtures and wipe them clean before replacing them.

Next, remove the curtains, blinds or drapes from the window and wash them, as per manufacturer’s directions. You can also clean the outside and inside of the windows during this time, remembering to rinse the screens and replace them.

After the windows are clean, scrub the tub and shower curtains. Thoroughly clean the toilet, as well, remembering to disinfect the handle and all around the base. If you have linen or medicine cabinets, remove everything and wash inside and out. Check medications to ensure that nothing is expired and replace everything neatly.

Sinks/Fixtures.

Remember that this is a spring clean and you don’t have to do everything all the time. Get into all the crevices and tight spots around the faucet, scrub the sink and clean mirrors.

Other Tips:

Make sure you shake out your bathroom rugs, wash them, and hang them to dry or dry them in the machine if possible. You’ll also want to sweep and mop. Because it is a deep clean, you may want to get down on your hands and knees, scrubbing until everything shines.

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.

Bathroom Remodeling: Keep It Looking New

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We certainly hope you’re enjoying a newly remodeled bathroom thanks to our team here at Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH.  If you are, or even if you’ve seen the dazzling examples of dream bathrooms in our showroom, you’ll notice that one of the reasons our bathrooms are so stunning is that they are immaculately clean.  You’d be surprised how many people neglect this one simple step in maintaining a beautiful bathroom space.  In this article, we’d like to present some helpful hints to keep your bathroom in tip top shape.

Cleaning – Make it a Habit

How often do you find yourself scrubbing and spritzing right before friends and family stop by?  Don’t worry – we’ve all been guilty of that.  Unfortunately, by letting the bathroom cleaning go unattended for a while, you’re just making the work that much more difficult.  Bathrooms should be cleaned weekly at a minimum.  We also recommend taking a few minutes each and every day to do some minor cleaning (wipe down the counter and products, pick up clutter, put towels in a laundry hamper or basket) so your weekly cleaning doesn’t become overwhelming.

Keep Your Supplies Close

It’s easier to clean a bathroom when the cleaning products are handy.  Each bathroom should have a scrub brush for the toilet.  They’re inexpensive and you are much more likely to clean the commode often if the brush is on site.  Organize your rags, scrub brushes, glass cleaner, soap and tub cleaning products so that they’re not cluttered.  Be sure to keep them out of the reach of children and make sure the cleaning products have child-proof caps.

Luxury Bath Products Make Cleaning Easy!

If you’ve remodeled using Luxury Bath products, you already know how easy it is to clean the bathroom.  For normal everyday cleaning, we suggest using a mild soap, such as dish detergent and water with a soft wash cloth.  Avoid using scouring pads or abrasive cleansers as they will dull the surface over the years.

Other recommended cleaning products are Formula 409 and X-IT.  Vinegar and water may also be used to soften water minerals.  If you need to use a disinfectant, try Clorox Bleach diluted with water to sanitize the enclosure.

We do NOT recommend using the following:  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.  Again, these products can dull the surface and could even void your bath product warranty.

Should you have any questions about cleaning products, feel free to contact us here at Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH.  Our friendly, knowledgeable team can provide some further assistance about the best ways to keep your Luxury Bath products sparkling. By following these guidelines, you’ll never have to be embarrassed when friends or family decide to make an unannounced visit.  When that doorbell rings…you’ll always be ready to show off your beautiful bathroom!