Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Keeping your bathroom clean and sparkling doesn’t have to be a daunting task, and you don’t always have to rely on expensive cleaning products to keep dirt and grime at bay, there’s actually some cheaper and natural alternatives that can be found in the kitchen cupboard. Follow our bathroom cleaning tips and you’ll have gleaming results in no time.
We understand it can be challenging to maintain the look of your new bathroom, and cleaning isn’t something that most of us enjoy. So, we have created this helpful cleaning and maintenance guide to ensure your bathroom is kept in great condition for years to come.
It’s essential to clean all your bathroom products regularly to prevent the build-up of limescale, dirt and grime.
If you live in a new property you may have noticed small spots of rust in the base of the bath, these will have formed from deposits of iron from the new water supply pipework. Use a mild cleaner to remove the spots; they shouldn’t reappear unless the water supply remains contaminated.
Limescale can be cleaned with a mild solution of lemon juice or a mixture of 50:50 vinegar and water. The vinegar and water solution should be left on for around 5 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water.
See our guide on how to descale a shower head.
It’s essential to keep your bathroom ventilated either by opening the window or fitting an extractor fan to help prevent mould from growing.
All our furniture has been manufactured from materials that are suited for use in a bathroom environment, but to minimise the risk of damage, install your furniture at a distance from the bath or shower to avoid splashes of water and soap residue. If splashed with water, dry immediately.
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Water pressure that’s too high can damage plumbing fixtures. A common cause of high water pressure is trapped air in the pipes; this air can be released by running the taps for a few minutes. If you’ve recently moved to a new area, the pressure of the water may feel higher than what you’ve previously been used to.
Steel baths need to be cleaned on a regular basis with warm soapy water, then rinsed with clean water and if required dried and polished with a soft cloth.
Cleaning your steel bath regularly will prevent the build-up of limescale. Some proprietary cleaners can damage the enamelled surface, so we strongly recommend following the instructions on the bottle of your chosen cleaner.
Do not use bleach as it will destroy the glossy surface. Strong disinfectants should be used with extreme care and always in a diluted form.
Acrylic baths should be cleaned regularly with warm soapy water. Ideally an acrylic bath should be cleaned immediately after each use, rinsed with cold water and if required dried with a soft cloth.
As acrylic is softer than ceramic and porcelain enamel, avoid using abrasive cleaning products and scouring powders to prevent scratching the surface.
Contact with domestic chemicals including paint strippers, hair dyes, carpet dyes, strong disinfectants, alcohol, perfume, after shave, bleach, nail polish and nail polish remover should all be avoided. Some soaps and shampoos can even discolour the acrylic if allowed to pool undiluted on the surface.
Your shower enclosure should be cleaned after every use to prevent the build-up of grime and limescale. We highly recommend using a squeegee or a soft cloth, but no harsh cleaning products to wipe away water droplets. Shower gel and shampoo can also build-up, so rinse away any residue with water. Don’t forget to clean the sliding door track fittings, as this ensures they keep running smoothly.
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Maintaining your shower tray is easy, simply clean with warm soapy water or mild detergent after each use, and then wipe dry with a soft cloth. Never use abrasive cleaners, as they can mark the surface. If there are fine scratches on the surface of the shower tray, T-cut can be applied and polished off with a damp cloth. The waste trap needs cleaning regularly too, especially if the shower is in daily use.
Plastic toilet seats should be cleaned on a regular basis with warm soapy water. Do not use abrasive cleaning products or scouring powders, as these can damage the surface.
The bathroom features a variety of materials ranging from glass to ceramic and chrome. Follow our advice on how to maintain and clean a range of materials.
Ceramic bathroom products such as the basin and toilet should be cleaned on a regular basis with warm soapy water, then rinsed with clean water and if required dried and polished with a soft cloth. Regular cleaning prevents the build-up of limescale, as well as the build-up of dirt and grime.
Before using a proprietary cleaner on ceramic, we recommend following the instructions on the bottle, as some can damage the glazed surface. Also, avoid leaving strong cleaners or bleach in ceramic products overnight to prevent damaging the surface.
If you live in a hard water area, don’t allow limescale to build up, if left it can be more difficult to remove. To remove limescale use a 50:50 mixture of vinegar and water, but make sure all the vinegar is rinsed off completely. You can also use a mild solution of lemon juice to remove limescale too. Always avoid using strong detergents or cleaning products, and under no circumstances should you use any abrasive substances. If using a cleaning agent ensure that it has a PH rating of between PH4 and PH8.
The surface appearance of stainless steel can be maintained by regular cleaning; this also helps to prevent corrosion and maintain hygienic conditions. To clean stainless steel simply use warm soapy water or a mild detergent, then rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use strong acids or disinfectants. A specialist stainless steel cleaner can be used if there is a build-up of dirt.
If using a proprietary cleaner always follow the instructions on the bottle. Never use steel wool or steel wool soap pads, as these can leave rust spots.
The chrome plated finish on our range of bathroom taps, showers and fittings is very durable, but to keep it looking its best we recommend that you clean regularly with warm soapy water, rinse and then dry with a soft cloth. A proprietary chrome cleaner can be used, but just make sure to read the instructions first.
Be aware that chrome is vulnerable to acid attack and strong domestic cleaners such as disinfectants, hair dyes and denture cleaners can have a varying effect on the surface, ranging from black spots to streaks and pitting that can’t be removed, so avoid contact with harsh chemicals.
Bathroom furniture, bath panels and seats are constructed from either solid wood or veneered MDF, and in either case the surface is varnished. To prevent damage to the surface, do not let water pool for a long period of time and dry immediately with a soft cloth. Simply use a soft damp cloth to clean wooden bathroom products.
Avoid using scouring powder, scourers and abrasive cleaners on a wooden surface. You can preserve the polished surface of the wood by using a proprietary wax polish.
These handy cleaning tips will keep your bathroom sparkling clean!
All you need to keep your bathroom taps looking like new is an old toothbrush and half a lemon. First, gently scrub away any dirt with an old toothbrush, then rub with half a lemon, rinse and polish with a soft cloth. Lemon juice also provides a really effective way to get rid of unsightly limescale.
Mould doesn’t just look awful, it can even cause health problems. Usually caused by condensation, mould is a common problem in a lot of bathrooms, and an effective way to remove mould from tile grout is to dip an old toothbrush in bleach and then gently scrub.
An alternative solution is to mix bi-carbonate of soda and water together to form a paste, then apply to the mould, leave for 15 minutes and scrub off.
The shower curtain can easily become dirty and can get stained with mildew, a good way to get rid of these stains is to mix a very weak solution of bleach and water, or you can use washing detergent and leave the curtain to soak in the bath. The majority of shower curtains can be put in the washing machine, just make sure that they go in on a cool or delicate wash.
Limescale can quickly build-up on your shower head if you don’t clean it on a regular basis, this can block the small holes and prevent your shower from providing an efficient flow of water. To remove the built up limescale unscrew the shower head and leave to soak in a bowl of vinegar and water for 1-2 hours, and if needed scrub with a stiff brush.
Finally, keep dust to a minimum with a microfibre cloth, and use a feather duster on a long handle for those hard to reach areas.
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Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!