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Spring Cleaning Tips For Decluttering Bathrooms

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Decluttering Bathrooms-Screen-Shot-2016-04-07-at-4.02.03-PM-300x300Bathrooms are dedicated areas for grooming, hygiene and health. However, they have an unacknowledged purpose, as well. Unfortunately, this extra purpose is often simply a place to collect clutter. Below are some spring cleaning tips regarding how to de-clutter bathrooms and create a more organized and attractive space.

Discarding Unused Items

Getting rid of items one regrets having purchased is one of the best bathroom tips to follow when de-cluttering this much-used room. In essentially all bathrooms, there is at least a small assortment of unnecessary products. Wonder products are typically marketed on the basis of hope, but most people have at least a few miracle cures or potions that did not live up to expectations. Immediately discarding such items is among the top cleaning tips when re-organizing a bathroom.

This is also a good rule to remember with regard to cosmetics: many women allow makeup items to remain in their cabinets too long. Items such as eyeshadow and mascara can eventually harbor bacterial growth that can pose health dangers. As a general rule, makeup that is older than 12 months should be thrown away.

Sorting

Once all unnecessary items have been discarded, other items should be sorted and placed into piles. Objects that do not belong in the bathroom to begin with should be gathered together and eventually put in a more appropriate place. Items that are not necessarily used on a daily basis, but nevertheless belong in the bathroom, should be placed in the second pile. The third pile should be reserved for items such as decorations or larger objects that serve a purpose, but are no longer wanted by their owner. Such items can be donated or sold if they are still in good condition.

After the vanity and cabinets are cleared, remaining items should be divided according to their purpose. For example, cosmetics can be stored in shallow baskets and plastic containers can be used for cleaning products and air fresheners, which can then be stored under the sink. Bathroom totes or similar accessories can be used to store soap, toothpaste and other essential items.This will bring order to countertops and vanities, and ultimately create a more attractive room.

Bathrooms can end up in disarray for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, using the spring cleaning tips outlined above can revitalize a cluttered bathroom in no time and once again make the area organized and attractive.

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.

Bathroom Tips For Holiday Entertaining

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Bathroom Tips For Holiday Entertaining-Screen-Shot-2015-12-09-at-2.07.36-PM-300x258The holidays are a time of gathering with loved ones, but for homeowners playing host to family and friends, it can be a lot of pressure. From preparing food to making the home inviting, it takes time and effort to entertain. Here are some simple bathroom tips to get your place ready for guests this holiday season:

Do a Deep Clean. Before any guests arrive, you want to take some time to do a very thorough, deep cleaning in the bathroom. Dust, scrub, and polish every surface to make it as sparkling clean as possible. Even if your guests won’t be using the shower or tub, make sure that you scrub it, replace the shower liner, and toss the shower curtain in the wash to freshen it up. You may even consider hiring a professional cleaning crew to get your entire house in tip-top shape. Your guests will certainly appreciate a fresh, clean bathroom.

Stock Up. You will likely be making a trip or two to the grocery store to stock up on food, but don’t forget the essentials for a clean and comfortable home. Take a trip to the store specifically to stock up on toilet paper, hand soap, tissues, and paper towels.

You don’t want guests to run out of toilet paper, so place some extra rolls in an obvious spot. Refill the hand soap dispenser and open up a new box of tissues. Place a few freshly laundered hand towels in the bathroom.

Make it Homey. If you’re going to have overnight guests, then you want to make the guest bedroom and bathroom as homey and comfortable as possible. In addition to cleaning and restocking the basics, add a few extras, such as travel sized toiletries. Guests may forget to pack something simple like shampoo, toothpaste, or even a razor blade, so have items set out for them to use. Add additional touches in the room like fresh flowers, a seasonally scented candle, and plush bath robes or towels.

You want to make sure that your guests feel welcomed anytime of the year, but especially at the holidays when they’re traveling away from home. By following these bathroom tips, homeowners can make their place as inviting as possible for friends and loved ones.

Cleaning Tips For Fall

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Cleaning Tips For Fall-39686156_l-300x228Fall is here again, so it is time to get cleaning again. Everyone talks about spring cleaning, but it’s important to clean in the fall, as well. Cleaning tips can help you ensure that your bathroom and other areas of the home are cleaned.

Bathroom Tips. While everyone associates the kitchen with the heart of the home, everyone frequents the bathroom, as well. Therefore, make sure it is clean and ready to go. Scrubbing the door knob, sink fixtures, and toilet handle are necessary, and you should also use a sanitizing spray or wipe because these areas can get grimy. During flu season, it’s recommended to wipe these areas down every day.

You’ll also want to clean the shower head because most people forget that area. Spraying water can cause germs and bacteria to travel further away, so stay safe and clean those areas thoroughly.

Kitchen/Home. Grease buildup can be unsightly and dangerous, so make sure you clean the stove thoroughly, as well as the oven. If you have a self-cleaning oven, you may be able to skip that step, but don’t leave the burnt bits in the bottom afterward.

You should also clean out the refrigerator. Everyone knows that leftovers have a way of migrating to the back, so if you can’t tell what it is or it is moldy, throw it out and wash the dishes. You should also remove everything from the freezer and fridge to wipe down the entire contents. Wipe down the jars and items before replacing them.

 

Bathtub Liner Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

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Bathtub Liner Cleaning and Maintenance Tips-4156629_l-197x300When it comes time to remodel the bathroom, the most common upgrade is a new bathtub liner. This is a molded sheet of plastic or acrylic that is placed over an existing tub. It is a more economical option than resurfacing an old tub and takes little time to install. Since this is a large investment, it is important to learn some cleaning and maintenance tips to keep it looking its best. By using the right products and procedures, you will extend its life.

Cleaning Tips. When cleaning your new tub liner, expensive products are not necessary. Many times, these items are abrasive and contain chemicals that dull the shine of the liner. Chemicals often cause cracks that require expensive repairs as well. Some of the best cleaning solutions can be mixed from common household ingredients. For instance, regular dish detergent and water provide an excellent shine. Vinegar and water may be used to soften hardened minerals. For disinfecting, diluted bleach is effective at killing germs and eliminating mold.

Maintenance Tips. Thanks to hair and other debris, a bathtub commonly becomes clogged. There are various drain cleaners on the market, which are meant to open the pipes. Liquid products work the best. However, the caustic agents may lead to damage of the liner. When pouring the cleaner into the drain, it is advised to use a funnel so that spills can be prevented. Also, it is wise to read the directions and use only the recommended amount. People tend to go overboard and dump more than necessary down the pipe. When this occurs, the cleaner often explodes back into the tub and causes damage to the acrylic material.

Other Bathroom Tips. When installed properly, a tub liner will never leak. From time to time, it is important to inspect the caulking along the seams and drain to make sure everything is secure. This prevents water from penetrating and getting between the old and new tub. If this occurs, the standing water may become stagnate, cause a terrible smell, and encourage dangerous mold growth.

A tub liner is a smart investment, but it is imperative to keep it properly cleaned and maintained. Following the above bathroom tips, you should keep it shiny and attractive for many years. For more information, visit the liner experts at Luxury Bath.

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.