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Caring for Bathroom Tile

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Bathroom tile can be a beautiful compliment to any beautifully decorated bathroom. Properly caring for your bathroom tile can be a bit of challenge, but if you do it properly, it can help your tile last for years to come. Because of its’ frequent use, the bathroom requires a lot of maintenance. Follow these time-saving tips to keep your bathroom looking clean:

Stay Away from Harsh Cleaners

More abrasive cleaners may get the job done, but they can also cause your tile grout to wear and down and eventually begin to crack. Even small cracks can be a perfect spot for mold and mildew to develop. Instead, use mild soap and water for light cleanings, and gentle or specialized cleaners for more stubborn stains.

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Sealing your tiles on a regular basis minimizes wear and tear. This is especially true with tiles frequently exposed to water, such as ones on shower walls, bathroom countertops, or flooring with tiles near the bathtub/shower area. Be sure to choose a sealer made for your tiles specific location and material.

Keep a Squeegee Handy

If there’s one tool you’ll want to keep on deck at all times in your bathroom, it’s a squeegee. First, use a towel to wipe up any visible moisture, such as spilled water on tiles near the sink or on shower walls. Then use the squeegee to easily brush away any excess moisture to reduce your odds of growing mold or mildew.

Be Mindful of Signs of Mold

Doing regular visual inspections to check for signs of these common bathroom growths can reduce your odds of having a big problem on your hands. If you spot a few spores or signs of mold-related growth, a store-bought grout cleaner can usually do the trick. But if the problem is more widespread, hire a professional cleaning service. Either way, deal with the issue as quickly as possible.

Clean Grout Lines

The cement-based mixture that fills the spaces between bathroom tiles is where stains usually show up first. Keep your tile grout clean and free of potentially harmful contaminants by using either mild bleach or a grout cleaning product. If there are existing stains, let the cleaner sit for about 10-15 minutes before cleaning it with a scrub brush or toothbrush. Avoid scrubbing tiles directly so you don’t accidentally scratch the material.  

Know When It’s Time for Replacement

Cleaning tiles on a regular basis can prevent serious issues with your tile flooring and can help it last for quite a while. However, there are circumstances in which it is necessary to replace flooring. If your flooring has an excessive buildup of mold or mildew, or if it is beginning to crack, talk to a professional about replacement options.

Caring for your tile floors can be simple and can keep them looking beautiful and functional for years to come. If you have questions about flooring or you are looking to redecorate, contact the experts at Luxury Bath today!

Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew in Bathrooms

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Maintaining a home is a full-time task, and while all rooms need upkeep and maintenance, some need more than others. Of all the rooms in a home, bathrooms are one of the rooms that get the most use and often require the most attention while cleaning. One of the biggest issues in bathrooms can be the build-up of mold and mildew. Follow these tips to prevent and eradicate this problem in your home.

Breeding Ground for Problems

Bathrooms can become an easy breeding ground for germs, mold, and mildew. This is largely due to the regular usage of hot water which puts moisture and steam into the air. Areas around bathtubs and showers, as well as toilets and sinks, can become high spore growth spots that need sanitizing and dehumidifying daily.

It should be noted that mold and mildew can grow on the: ceiling, walls, cabinets, toilets, fixtures, and floor if the moisture is not readily removed. Prevention of spore growth in these locations is the number one way to protect them from having significant problems. While cleaning with standard cleaners may work well in kitchens and laundry areas, spore growth is more complicated in bathrooms.

Prevention and MaintenanceGetting Rid of Mold and Mildew in Bathrooms-shutterstock_407262133-1024x683

Overall prevention of spore growth in bathrooms requires a more diligent approach and more aggressive types of cleaners. The number one cleaner for getting rid of these spores is bleach. This can include either a water and bleach mixture or a cleaner with bleach as a primary ingredient.

If any spores or blackened areas start to show on any fixtures, cabinetry, tubs, showers, walls or ceiling areas, the use of a bleach mixture is the quickest way to alleviate its growth and remove the spores completely.

In addition, it should be noted that prevention can be key in keeping the spores from growing. Bathing areas should always be properly aired out after showers and baths. The use of a properly installed vent fan is often the best way to ensure that the room dries out properly. If there is a shower curtain, it is recommended that they be opened and spread out so the spores do not begin to grow from moisture build up.

Consistency is Key

Regular maintenance is the key to a mold and mildew free bathroom. Consistently keeping the room as dry as possible and having a regular cleaning schedule will help prevent the growth of spores. A full bathroom deep clean once a week should do the trick. Over time, upgrades will also become necessary as fixtures get worn and outdated from their repeated usage.

Mold and mildew are inconvenient and gross, but with proper maintenance and prevention, you can make sure your bathroom is good as new. And when it’s time to upgrade your bathroom and appliances, make sure to come see us at Luxury Bath!

Spring Cleaning Tips from Luxury Bath

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Can A Bathroom Be Spring Cleaned? You Bet!

Spring cleaning usually involves clearing closets, cabinets, and storage areas on unwanted clutter. We wash windows, refinish floors, and prep the windows and doors for warm weather. What about the bathroom? Some bathrooms have no windows, which means mold and mildew growing over the long winter. Because of this, it is important to deep clean bathrooms as well!

Supplies

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Just working with a can of scrubbing bubbles and a sponge might not cut it. Here are the supplies we recommend you pick up for this endeavor:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Seventh Generation cleaning liquids (these are all natural with no harmful chemicals)
  • Dusting cloths
  • Swiffer mop or microfiber mop
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Spray bottle with water

Cabinets

Many bathrooms have wooden cabinets. To dust and clean them, mix in a small jar one half cup lemon juice to two cups olive or coconut oil. Shake until well mixed, then dust your wood cabinets. It’s a natural alternative to cleaning chemicals and will make the wood glow.

Glass and Mirrors

Some people mix dish liquid with vinegar and water to wash glass and mirrors. However, the dish liquid isn’t really necessary. Lemon juice or vinegar and water will clean most everything.

Close the glass shower door after you’ve turned on the hot water. Allow the steam to build up, and then shut the shower off. On the glass shower walls, apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off. Spray with water. Wipe down with microfiber cloths to prevent mildew.

Floor and Wall Tiles

Close the shower door again with hot water running for steam. Use either the Seventh Generation cleaners or a mixture of vinegar, lemon, and water. Apply the cleaner to the tile walls and floors, then close the door. In a few minutes, shut off the shower. With a Swiffer or a microfiber mop, remove the moisture from the ceiling.

Wipe off the tile walls and floors. If not all dirt was removed from the grout, apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush. If it still won’t come clean, then a professional formula should be applied.

Tips For Deep Cleaning the Bathroom

Now the windows, mirrors, walls and floors are clean, it’s time to deep clean the sink and toilet. One of the best tips we’ve seen for cleaning the toilet and sink is to sprinkle in baking soda. After a few minutes, pour in vinegar. It will sizzle and bubble. When it’s finished bubbling, rinse it. It will shine like new!

Faucets and Shower Heads

Next you’ll need plastic sandwich baggies and rubber bands. In the baggie, mix vinegar, baking soda, and water. Wrap the faucets and shower head with the baggie. Let them sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, remove them and wipe them down. Your faucets and shower head will shine!

These simple tips and tricks should be all the cleaning you need to make your bathroom shine like new. If your bathroom needs more than just a little freshening up this spring season, give Luxury Bath a call to get started on your dream bathroom!

Tips for Maintaining Your New Bathroom

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After completing a bathroom remodel, the last thing that you want to do is to let it get dirty, messy, and disorganized. With regular upkeep, your beautiful bathroom will look fresh for years to come. These smart organization and cleaning tips will ensure that your new bathroom maintains a neat and tidy appearance you can be proud of. Tips for Maintaining Your New Bathroom-pexels-photo-262005-300x269

Deep Clean Weekly

It’s a task that no one enjoys, but deep cleaning is essential. This includes scrubbing the shower, tub, and toilet, wiping down the sink and counter, cleaning the mirror and windows, and mopping the floor. By tackling dirt and grime before it builds up, you can maintain the look of the important details in the bathroom, like grout and fixtures. Deep cleaning keeps the space healthy and sanitary, as well as visually appealing. If you’re pressed for time or simply hate the task of cleaning, consider hiring a housekeeper. It’s an affordable and practical way to maintain the cleanliness and neatness of your entire home.

Cut the Clutter

A clutter-free bathroom will help you to feel more relaxed in the space. Take a few minutes each day to cut the clutter by putting things back in their designated places. Don’t let items pile up on shelves and countertops. When a product is used up, like shampoo or toothpaste, throw it away as soon as it runs out. Put dirty clothes and linens in a hamper and transfer it to the laundry room frequently.

Use Organizers

If your vanity has drawers, use small organizers to keep them tidy. You can find a variety of affordable options in different sizes to fit snugly in your drawers. It will also save you time from trying to find what you need when you’re getting ready, as well. Shelves can also be kept neat with simple baskets or small bins. They can serve both a decorative and functional purpose. If you have counter space, use a basket to keep extra hand towels.

Frequently Go Through Drawers and Cabinets

If you often go through a drawer and find a product that you haven’t used in years, you aren’t alone. Many homeowners simply don’t take the time to go through drawers and cabinets to toss out old items. However, it’s a great way to stay organized. Check the labels on things like over-the-counter medicines and personal care products, and throw away anything that’s old or expired. Let go of cosmetics that you no longer use to make space for the things you do use regularly. Cabinet and drawer cleanouts are a great task to add to your spring cleaning checklist.

Keep your bathroom remodel looking brand new for years to come by following these simple cleaning tips. Start off with an organized space and take the time to clean often. By keeping up with deep-cleaning and tidying, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful bathroom that provides a relaxing respite in your home.

 

Make Your Bathroom Shine In Under An Hour

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Make Your Bathroom Shine In Under An Hour-shutterstock_128594141-300x200Many homeowners search for bathroom cleaning tips when spring arrives. Below are some helpful suggestions to get this much used-room sparkling clean in less than an hour:

Rugs and Towels. Begin by removing all towels from the towel racks and take them to the laundry room. Even if they are your “good” towels and are not used much, they can absorb a dank smell from hanging in a moisture-rich bath. Therefore, it is wise to run them through a short wash cycle and fluff them in the dryer. Take any rugs with rubber backing and lay them in the hallway or another room where they can be vacuumed. If rugs are machine washable, follow the directions on their tags and choose the appropriate wash cycle.

Toilet Bowl. To quickly clean a toilet bowl, flush it to ensure the sides are wet and pour one cup of full strength bleach into the bowl. Brush it around the sides and under the rim and move on to the next task as you let the bleach sit for approximately ten minutes. When this time has elapsed, flush it again and you will see a gleaming bowl with no rings were signs of grime.

Cleaning Bathroom Surfaces. To clean ceramic and porcelain surfaces, as well as your sink and bathtub, stir three tablespoons of baking soda into two cups of warm water and a half cup of household ammonia. Use standard rubber gloves to wipe solution over all surfaces and rinse it off with a clean rag or sponge. This formula will make all surfaces in your bathroom shine. Using the same mixture, scrub down towel racks and any brass, chrome or brushed nickel fixtures. Wipe down mirrors with standard glass cleaner to remove fingerprints and watermarks.

Sweep the floor to clear away large pieces of dirt and then mop vigorously for several minutes with a formula appropriate for your bathroom’s floor. When the floor has dried, fetch your clean towels and rugs and put them back in their places.

Rooms such as bathrooms can be challenging to keep tidy, but by using these cleaning tips, you can always make your bathroom shine in less than an hour.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips For Fall

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Bathroom Cleaning Tips For Fall-shutterstock_407262133-300x200One home cleaning task that most people aren’t too excited about tackling is the bathroom. However, the fall is a great time to a deep cleaning in every room of the home. By scrubbing and organizing the space now, you’ll be able to keep it cleaner and tidier through the winter months. These bathroom cleaning tips for fall will help you do an efficient and effective job:

Shower curtain and liner. Remove and toss out the old shower curtain liner and replace it with a new PEVA liner. It’s also a good idea to wash your shower curtain. Just be sure to check the label for the proper care instructions, as some fabrics and materials may not hold up well in the washing machine.

Scrub grout. Grout can seem difficult to clean, but with the right brush and some bleach, you’ll be able to get rid of bacteria and stains. Using a smaller brush, like a toothbrush, allows you to get down into the small spots between tiles. Open up the windows and use bleach, dipping the brush in and then scrubbing the grout in the shower and on the floor.

Walls and ceiling. To clean the walls, simply spray them down with an all purpose solution and then wipe with a clean, damp cloth. Take care to clean well around the toilet, too, and don’t forget the walls above the bathtub tile or shower stall. Use a duster on a long pole to reach into high corners of the ceiling where small spider webs may be lurking.

We typically think of the spring as the ideal time to give the home a deep cleaning, but these bathroom tips make it easy to freshen up your home in the fall. Before closing the windows and turning on the heat for the colder months, take the time to tackle the bathroom.

Bathroom Mold Prevention Tips For Homeowners

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Bathroom Mold Prevention Tips For Homeowners-shutterstock_347983049-300x200Regardless of where you live, high moisture levels can make it almost impossible to eliminate bathroom mold. Reducing dampness in your bathroom is the key to keeping mold from proliferating in the first place. To effectively accomplish this task, follow the prevention tips outlined below:

Drying Shower Walls. After showering or bathing, use a cloth or squeegee to remove moisture from your shower walls. This simple technique will eliminate approximately 75 percent of mildew and mold growth.

Run Fans. Always run your bathroom’s fans when showering or taking a bath. It is also recommended that you allow the fans to run for approximately 30 minutes afterward as well, rather than merely running them during your bath or shower. Consider installing a timer to make this task easier if you think you will not consistently remember. If the fans do not clear out most of your bathroom’s moisture after 30 minutes, they may not be circulating enough air. If this is the case, consider using a small dehumidifier in your bathroom to enhance moisture removal.

Sealing Grout Lines. Among other top prevention tips is waterproofing grout lines. If you have tiles, you probably know that these spaces often serve as a breeding ground for mold and mildew. For this reason, it is wise to use a standard grout sealer to waterproof these areas on a yearly basis.

Eliminating Current Mold. To eliminate mildew and mold that has already started, let the surface dry completely and then use a solution of 90 percent water and 10 percent bleach to thoroughly clean the area. Brush or spray the solution on the problem spots and allow it to sit for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse the area thoroughly and allow it to dry. Mold is a problem for virtually every homeowner at some point in time, but by following the tips outlined above you can significantly reduce its presence and prevent it from returning.

Bathroom Organizing Tips For Homeowners

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Bathroom Organizing Tips For Homeowners-shutterstock_109952588-300x218Now that you have a luxurious bathroom, keeping it tidy is a top priority. From your marble counter tops to your walk-in steam shower, each component of your washroom needs to be neat and tidy for maximum impact. If you want help with organizing tips, following are a few organizational tips you can try:

  • Use stackable drawers in your vanity to keep small items neat and organized. From your lotions and potions to necessities like makeup remover and cotton swabs, frequently used items can be out of sight and off your glistening counter tops.
  • Matching containers in your shower stall are a fabulous way to bring organization to your bathroom and add a touch of elegance too. Pour your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash into color-coordinated containers and nestle together for a high-end look. Choose colors to match your luxurious bathroom and your friends/family will think you had a designer style your room.
  • If you absolutely must have paraphernalia on your counter top, contain items in crystal containers. Ear cleaning swabs, makeup brushes, and nail-trimming utensils always look better when they displayed in crystal stemware. The same theory applies to everyday items like mouthwash; showcase your mouthwash in a sleek and elegant decanter for a luxurious look your visitors will envy.
  • Adding fresh flowers to your bathroom is a great way to keep your room looking fabulous while adding a natural odor killer at the same time.

These are just a few ways homeowners can keep their bathrooms looking tidy and fresh. A simple tweak or two is all it takes to transform a washroom from basic to beautiful. Your bathroom can be a place of rest and relaxation; keeping it neat and organized can add to the feeling of grandeur and spa-like freshness. Will you be trying any of these helpful tips in your home?

Back-to-School Bathroom Tips

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Back-to-School Bathroom Tips-shutterstock_269079014-300x249As the kids prepare to head back-to-school, parents are seeking ways to make their homes and lives more organized. The morning rush inside of the home on a weekday can be just as hectic as the traffic rush out on the roadways, especially for families with more than one school aged child. These helpful bathroom tips will help make your home more manageable once the school year starts.

Tackle cluttered cabinets and drawers. Cabinets and drawers can quickly become a catch-all for all kinds of things, which makes it more challenging to find exactly what you need. Tackle the clutter by going through and throwing away any old or expired medicines and personal care products. Sort everything that you want to keep into small bins or plastic drawer organizers. If you have more than one drawer and the kids share a bathroom, assign one drawer to each child. This will help kids keep their own items in a convenient spot, and they won’t waste any time trying to find what they need while getting ready for school.

Utilize shelving. If cabinet and drawer space is limited or non-existent, utilize shelving. Shelves are easy to install, and they can provide extra space while allowing you to keep counter tops free of clutter. They can be the perfect place to store extra towels and washcloths, as well as personal care products.

Keep it up. Once you have the cabinets, drawers, counters, and shelves cleaned up and organized, you need to keep it that way. Take a few minutes each day to tidy up the bathroom. Encourage kids to put things back where they belong.

Implementing these smart tips in your home will help keep clutter and confusion at a minimum, especially during the busy morning rush. Having a neat and orderly bathroom will allow kids to get ready quickly. Help your kids start the day off smoothly by maintaining an organized bathroom.

Easy Bathtub Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

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Easy Bathtub Cleaning and Maintenance Tips-468539_10150628637739811_907305033_o-300x199Soaking in the bath after a long day is one of the most relaxing ways to unwind in the comfort of your own home. However, a dirty tub isn’t very inviting, and the sight of it can instantly stress you out. These bathtub cleaning tips will have your tub looking brand new in no time, and will have you ready to relax.

Try hydrogen peroxide or bleach. There are many bathroom cleaning products available today, and they all seem to claim that they can remove soap scum, water spots, and other stains. Sometimes the simplest solution is the right one, so give a product with hydrogen peroxide a try. Diluted bleach is another option, but take care not to get it on any towels or rugs, since it can quickly cause discoloration.

Try a natural cleaner. If you prefer not to use too many chemicals to clean your bathroom, try a tried and true natural method. Get an empty spray bottle and fill it up halfway with white vinegar, then fill the rest of the bottle with warm tap water. Shake it up, and then spray it all over the surface of the tub. You can also use it on tile walls. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it off with a soft cloth. After wiping it down, rinse with water.

Clean often. The easiest way to keep your tub clean is by keeping up with it after every shower or bath. Use a squeegee to remove water from the shower walls, and then dry up the tub with a towel or absorbent sponge. This is especially important if you have hard water that leaves mineral deposits behind, as they’re likely to leave water spots. When you notice spots or stains, take the time to remove them right away.

A dirty bathroom is an uninviting one. With these bathroom tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy a clean tub whenever you’re ready for a relaxing soak.