Why do bathrooms tend to be so overwhelming? When I first started cleaning, I remember thinking that bathrooms were the hardest to deal with. For many reasons, I felt frustrated. There’s always that element of dealing with things that are a little yucky, as well as dealing with the neglect that many people allow in their bathroom for that very reason. There are so many things that seem like your only option is really toxic chemicals to deal with. Often there are hard water stains and even sometimes mold. It’s all about knowing the options for non-toxic solutions and also incorporating different order of operations to get it done easily. So, let’s get down and dirty:
There is usually some form of hard water build up. Try sprinkling baking soda and scrubbing with a regular toilet brush. If that isn’t enough, get a pumice stone and gently scrub that build up until it works off. Then follow up with baking soda and a bit of white vinegar and scrub until shiny, beautiful and clean. If there’s build up around the seat you can use a toothbrush, or remove the seat cover and scrub from there.
Almost everyone has had the experience of watching your tub grout slowly discolor around the edges. For this problem, make a paste out of baking soda and water and rub onto the grout. Let it sit for a couple hours, spray with vinegar and then scrub with a hard bristle brush. It should take the discoloration right out. Then when it comes to soap- build up on the walls of the tub, it’s all about the tools. If it’s really old, you may need to again make a paste and let it sit. Otherwise, the simplest answer is surprising. Spray with soap and then use a loofah. I know that when you think of a loofah, you think of how gentle it is. When in reality it works really well to work that build up off.
There is frequently hard water build up on our faucets and porcelain. The easiest solution for this is to take a bag and fill it with pure white vinegar and cover the spout or handles with it and then wrap with a rubber band. If you allow that to sit for about 45 minutes, removing that build up is very easy. For things like the porcelain or the drain- over soak a wash cloth in vinegar and lay it on top of it and wait. When you’re done, take your time and rub the fixture and the porcelain until it’s shiny and impressive.
Then you will be ready to relax and truly enjoy the place where you should be feeling refreshed and getting a true fresh start. If you encounter anything that doesn’t seem to budge, email us and we will do what we can to help you with your tricky surface. Otherwise, happy cleaning and have a wonderful holiday!