clean bathroom

If you have just got a new bathroom, I bet you are intending to look after it as best as you can.  Its the same when we spend a lot of money on improvements, we are always keen at first but as the months pass by we can slack a little.  But with most things, its the little and often maintenance which doesn’t take too long which really helps to keep thinks looking pristine for longer.

How to deal with condensation?

Condensation can be rife in bathrooms because of the moisture.  If your bathroom isn’t suitably ventilated it will soon be the perfect environment for mould. Once you have mould you will have a whole range of problems.

If your bathroom isn’t well ventilated you need to always open the window when having a bath or shower. Leaking plumbing fixtures can also cause damp and mould.   Any leaking plumbing really needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Many leaks can be fixed easily and are a short and cheap job for a plumber.

How to stop the pink water stains in bathrooms?

The pink markings in your bathroom are actually a bacteria or mould.  Its real name for any geeks out there is Serratia marcescens. It is commonly found in tile grout, sealant or shower corners.   It can be unsightly but it is very easy to get rid of.  A solution of vinegar and water works.  Spray and let it soak for 10 minutes, then scrub away.  There are plenty of solutions on the market if you want to buy some.  My personal recommendation and what I clean my bathroom with is Viakal.

Viakal

Ideally, prevention is key so if you open windows and ensure the bathroom is well ventilated this bacteria is less likely to form.

How to replace grout or sealant?

If your bathroom is getting older and you can’t afford a new one, replacing grout and sealant can make the bathroom look like new again.

You will need a caulking gun which most DIY stores supply. First you should scrape out the existing grout and clean the area thoroughly. Then with your caulking gun you carefully apply the grout into the clean gap.  Wrap your finger around a damp cloth and wipe away any excess. You should then wait at least 24 hours before using the bathroom.

caulking gun

 

Below is a good youtube video showing you how to remove and replace moldy shower caulk.

 

Keeping shower screens pristine

Again you can clean with vinegar, baking soda or soap.  Or you can buy specialist products but like I said before I can only vouch for Viakal.  Ideally you should be cleaning the shower doors or screens once a week, but once a month can be enough.  The amount of time needed to maintain shower screens really depends on usage.  If you live alone then a good clean once a month should be suffice.  However if you have 3 or 4 people in your household all using the same bathroom, once a week is really recommended.

How to unblock Drains?

If your basin or shower is taking ages to drain it probably means they are blocked.   Hair soap and gung can soon block up plug holes.  One effective way to unblock drains is to use backing soda, vinegar and boiling water. Again you can buy specialist products but I have always done it this way.   Fill the kettle and poor the whole lot down the plug hole.  Then tip about a cup of baking soda down the hole.  Then get a solution of half vinegar and half boiling water and poor that down the hole.  Now leave for about 10-15 minutes.  Then finish off by pouring another full kettle of boiling water.

There are also a number of products available like coils or spring type products which you can push down the plug hole, wiggle it around and it will catch any hair or gunk.

Ideally prevention is better.  With showers you can get plug hole hair guards. But basins are trickier.  Plus there are a lot of modern basin plug holes which when pushed become a plug to keep water in. These are more tricky for the spring and pokey type products for removing gunk.  These modern sink plugs need solutions poured down to clear any blockages.

plug hole hair guards

 

Also the old fashioned way of using a plunger often helps.