Your bathroom is the perfect place to get some rest and relaxation, whether it’s washing away the daily stresses in a refreshing shower or having an indulgent soak in the tub. But nothing makes your bathroom less of a spa-like retreat than dirt, grime and mildew. Here are some helpful tips for cleaning your bath to keep it looking and feeling great for years to come.
While there are plenty of cleaning products available that promise to transform your bath into a gleaming tub, you can tackle bathroom grime using homemade cleaners made from ingredients you’ll find around the home. Vinegar is perfect for cutting through greasy soap scum and grime as well as tackling build-up from water deposits and limescale.
To create a homemade cleaning solution, simply dilute equal parts of vinegar with water and use a plastic spray bottle to spray onto surfaces and wipe the grime away. Malt vinegar tends to have an overpowering vinegar smell (and no one wants their bathroom to smell like a fish and chip shop), so use white wine vinegar instead.
Bicarbonate of soda is an inexpensive miracle worker that will unclog drains and help to get rid of nasty smells and soapy gunk building up around the taps. Using homemade cleaning products is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to using harsh chemicals found in shop-bought cleaning products. You also don’t run the risk of using an abrasive cleaner that may damage the surface of your tub.
Rinse down after use
One of the best ways to keep your tub looking sparkling and in top condition is to rinse it down after every use. This simple process takes less than a minute to do and will rinse away any leftover soap and other bath products leaving a scummy residue on the surface.
Wiping down the bath with a sponge, soft cloth and a quick spray of vinegar or other cleaning product will break down soapy residue and prevent the build-up of mineral deposits, which can leave baths looking dull and tired.
Giving the bath a quick wipe down after every use also prevents grimy bathtub rings from forming around the bath. These dark circles are typically left after using oily bath products and can be especially stubborn to clean away if left for too long. A quick rinse with warm water and mild cleaner or spray of vinegar will wash away the oily residue.
Abolish mould and mildew
A steamy room with damp surfaces is the perfect environment for mould and mildew to grow. Ventilation is important to let steam out of the room and let fresh air circulate. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, it’s worth investing in a ventilation fan to extract steam out of the room.
Black mould and mildew can make your bathroom look tired and dirty in an instant – what’s more, it can be something of a hazard to your health. If mould and mildew builds up, it’s a good idea to tackle it straight away. Mould will typically grow in grout and the seal around the tub as these porous materials are quite susceptible.
The easiest way to clean away mould and mildew is to use bleach and scrub the discoloured areas with a toothbrush. Alternatively, you can make a paste using bicarbonate of soda and water and leave on the affected areas for 15 minutes, before scrubbing away.
Clean the pipes
While it might not impact the look of your tub, cleaning the pipes on a regular basis will ensure that water flows away quickly and easily – preventing grime and hair from clogging the drain. Simply pour half a cup of bicarbonate of soda down the plughole followed by an equal measure of white vinegar. This will foam up in the plug as it breaks down any blockages caused by greasy bath products, dirt and hair. Then, rinse away with boiling water.
Keep your taps looking shiny and new
The rule of thumb when refitting your new bathroom is to invest in quality and the same goes for your taps and brassware. Good quality taps are made to be durable and to withstand use over many years, but some regular cleaning will keep their chrome finish sparkling for years to come.
You don’t need harsh chemicals to keep your taps looking as good as new; just a little elbow grease is enough to keep the grime away. Similar to vinegar, the acidity of lemon juice is perfect for dissolving limescale and build-up from water deposits as well as giving the chrome a brilliant shine!
Cleaning your bathroom doesn’t need to be a chore if you spend a few minutes after each use wiping down the tub and rinsing away any soapy residue. Regular cleaning will prevent dirt and mould from ever being a problem, and keep your new tub looking as good as new!