Ask every avid housekeeper and they’ll tell you outright that the bathroom is not only one of the home’s most important areas to clean, but also one of the toughest. Soap scum, bath oils, hair products and body soil all attack the shiny surfaces of the shower and tub, while tub rims, fixtures and faucets provide plenty of hiding places for moisture, mould and mildew. Here are some easy tips on how to get some distance between your efforts and make the bathroom stay clean longer.
Get rid of moisture
Mildew can’t thrive in a dry shower stand. So, hang a squeegee over the shower head and make it a rule that the last one to take a shower wipes down the walls, tub and the shower doors. Just a couple of extra minutes can do wonders in stopping mildew in its tracks. Another effective way of reducing moisture is to open the window and turn on the exhaust fan while showering. Leave the door open, even by a fraction and you’ll help moist air dissipate. If you’re using a shower curtain, make sure you leave it stretched open to dry.
Coat shower element with water repellent
Water repellent sprays such as EnduroShield and RainX help water, minerals, and soap scum bead up and run off your surfaces, so there is less for you to scrub away later. These products use advanced technology that keeps your bathroom surfaces look clean for weeks. However, they are to be used in well-ventilated areas, on clean and dry surfaces only. Apply some of the product on a small folded dry cloth or paper towel and wipe onto the surface using firm overlapping motions. When the product dries, a fine haze appears, which needs to be removed as well and you’re good to go.
Drop the bar soap
Instead of a bar soap at your sink or tub ledge, use a liquid soap bottle with a pump or even a hands-free soap dispenser, which will eliminate the grime soapy dish, keeping your sink and counter top cleaner for a longer time period. Although bar soap is more cost effective and cheaper than its liquid counterpart and can be used up without wastage, not to mention environment as they don’t need plastic containers, they tend to harvest germs and bacteria on their wet surface. Also, if left wet, they turn mushy and slimy, which leads to both mess and wastage.
Seal the tiles
Many types of tiles, especially natural stone, such as slate, marble, and limestone are porous and need to be sealed. Natural stone is a popular flooring material nowadays, but constant exposure to moisture can lead to uneven discoloration. The best time to seal natural stone is before the grout is applied, since the porous tile structure might absorb the grout itself. For example, these Sydney-based tile sealing experts use quality acrylic sealers and epoxy coating, allowing them to complete every job to customer’s specification and budget.
Get your cabinets in order
If you create different zones for cosmetics and hair tools in your medicine cabinet or vanity, they can be stashed away but remain within reach when you need them. Discard or donate unused items, especially those with expired dates. Then group the remaining items by category, such as facial skin care, body care, bath, hair, makeup, medicines, oral care, nail care, shaving, perfumes, etc. A clutter-free counter makes a bathroom look instantly cleaner. Wicker baskets are an ideal yet decorative option for storing these items whether on countertop or cabinets and shelves.
Install plenty of towel bars
Horizontal bars not only make your towels dry more quickly, but your bathroom looks tidier as well. If you don’t have enough space for multiple towel bars, a towel ring or two on the wall can accommodate your hand towels. If you’re really lacking in space, there are plenty of other towel options, such as hangers that will ‘hang on’ virtually anything – shower doors, curtain rods, cabinet doors, etc. There are even hidden pull-out towel racks that are mounted inside your cabinets.
Keep a pack of disinfecting cleaning wipes
By having them close at hand, you’ll be able to quickly remove toothpaste splatters, water marks and other messes the moment you see them and before they have a chance to dry and become tougher to remove. However, due to increased environmental awareness and alarming effects of disposable wet wipes on the sewer systems, it’s important to use completely bio-degradable wipes, such as those made of bamboo fibre.
Dispense with shower curtain stains
Those annoying mildew stains on your shower curtains can be kept at bay by spraying the bottom of the curtain vinyl liner several times a month with a bleach-based all-purpose cleaner to remove soap scum, water minerals and mildew. Let the shower rinse off the duct before you get in and you won’t have to launder the curtain near as much.
Considering the daily use we put them through, sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets deserve special attention. However, with tips like these, there’s no need for you to toil in the bathroom so often to keep it spotless. Let the technology and a few simple lifehacks work for you.