Cleaning Newsletter and Tips
Cleaning dirty shower and counter grout
You would need a general cleaner and a grout brush or a stiff hand brush. Grout lines have a tendency to get dirty especially when not sealed. First, test if the grout is in good order and not breaking up into powder when scrubbed. Using Read more
a grout brush or a stiff brush and a general cleaner apply medium strength as you brush the grout lines in an inconspicuous place to assess it's state. If either the grout is weak or very dirty, your best solution is to remove the grout and redo it.
Where the grout is in good order, brush the grout lines using the grout brush and a general cleaner to lift off the dirt. In a particularly dirty spot, allow the cleaner duel time and with a toothbrush brush off the dirt.
When fully cleaned and dried, apply a grout seal to keep the grout lines clean for a long time before needing any attention. You may reapply the seal semi-annually to ensure that the grout lines remain clean.
Cleaning shower walls in the bathroom
Shower walls are covered with dried soap suds. Getting the walls cleaned means removing the soap suds. Items you would need include a tile cleaner, tile brush for scrubbing, a white pad for shower doors and a tooth brush. Begin by Read more
clearing away any items around the edge of the bath tub so as to avoid them getting in the way. Remove the soap from the dish and place a safe distance on a cleaning cloth. Starting from the furthest place away from the drain and at arms reach, apply the tile cleaner on the shower walls and spread on the wall with the tile brush. Allow the tile cleaner to sit on the wall for the requisite minutes without drying.
After allowing the tile cleaner enough duel time, begin scrubbing the walls. There is no need to apply a lot of pressure as the brush and time would have loosened the dried soap suds. In a circular motion continue cleaning the wall from top to bottom. Use the tile brush to clean around the bath fixtures. In the soap dish, use the tooth brush to clean out the tight spaces.
If there are shower doors, use a white pad to continue with the cleaning of the inside of the doors. With the tooth brush clean the runner tracks for the doors
Now you may rinse the walls, the fixtures and shower doors. Your shower walls must look as clean as new.
Toilet rings can become persistent. First try powder cleansers. This should generally be adequate. However if it no longer disappears, Read more
the pumice stick is your next best option. It works wonders on toilet rings. First wet the pumice stick and inside the toilet bowl, use the stick to rub the toilet ring off. If the rings re-appear quickly, you may need a water softener to remove the minerals from the water before it pours into the toilet bowl. If left untreated, toilet rings can permanently discolour the toilet bowl making it unsightly. Your only option would then be to replace the bowl.
Mirrors have uneven surfaces despite its seeming smoothness. The grooves on the surface of the mirror have a tendency to trap water leaving streaks on the mirror face when they dry out. To avoid streaks, Read more
you need to wipe the mirror surface with a very dry cleaning cloth until the surface is dry. A damp cloth will often leave moisture behind on the mirror which ends up as streaks on the surface. It is recommended that mirrors are not dried directly in sunlight as this allows the cleaning chemical to dry before the mirrors are fully cleaned.