When it comes to keeping your home clean, you will likely find that the bathroom presents arguably the toughest challenge of all. A room that sees so much water doesn’t seem like it should be tough to clean, but it is – much to the chagrin of families everywhere.
The problems a bathroom can create in terms of cleaning are numerous, and most people will have their own particular foes that seem to present them with issues. However, there are three specific bathroom cleaning areas that are notorious for causing irritation and distress across the land – but worry not, there are solutions to be found…
#1 – Discolored grout
Discolored grout is a constant problem usually caused by water residue and soap scum. Unfortunately, it can be notoriously difficult to remove.
There are a variety of different techniques you can use to remove the dirt from discolored tile grout, but hydrogen peroxide is arguably the most effective:
- Mix one part baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide.
- Apply the mixture to your grout and leave in place for at least five minutes.
- Remove with an old toothbrush or a wire brush.
In addition, it’s also worth making your own tile spray, using this on a daily basis to help prevent further build up.
#2 – Blocked drains
The drains in our bathrooms have to deal with a lot, with issues such as soap scum, hair, and other products all accumulating in the pipes. There are two ways to prevent these issues from becoming overwhelming:
- Use a hair catcher in your shower drain; there are a few DIY options here that are well worth exploring
- Rinsing your drain thoroughly after use, rather than stopping the water the moment you leave the bath or shower
However, even with the best will in the world, your drain may become blocked. If this happens, it’s usually best to contact a professional for help with your shower drain clogs; both homemade and store-bought cleaners are highly corrosive, which can damage your pipes and cause severe problems in future, so it’s best to opt for professional help to resolve the issue safely.
#3 – Water spots on faucets
Water spots are incredibly unsightly, even though they are caused by the most benign of substances. To remove stubborn water spots:
- Add a 50:50 mixture of warm water and vinegar to a spray bottle
- Thoroughly spray the solution onto your taps
- The more obvious the water spots are, the longer you will want to leave this solution in place. At least 10 minutes is preferable.
- Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth
If you still find that you have water spots even after this treatment, you can increase the amount of vinegar in the solution. However, be cautious with this; vinegar is an acid, and it could damage your faucet, so it’s better to make numerous quick applications and then assess the results in turn.
Hopefully, the cleaning tips above will allow you to put your cleaning stress behind you and enjoy a clean, fresh, bathroom space as a result.