Whether you have a “dream bathroom” in your home or just want to make the one you’ve got as much of an oasis as possible, it’s essential to maintain your space well. Here are some easy tips for regular bathroom maintenance that will help you can avoid problems related to plumbing, leaks, mold, and mildew, saving you a considerable amount of money (as well as stress!) over the long run. Beyond bathroom cleaning tips, today learn tips to maintain your oasis!
Once a week, run hot water down the drains to help keep them free-flowing. If you do get a clog, Alan East, client account manager for The Wills Company, which specializes in remodeling and custom home maintenance programs, offers this green remedy: Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of salt and ¼ cup of cream of tartar. Pour 1/2 cup of this mixture down the drain, followed by a quart of boiling water. This solution can be used every few weeks to keep your drains clog-free!
Under Sink Inspection
Periodically check under the sink for leaks and moisture accumulation. Cracks in the connections or corroded pipes cause leaks that can spread to the wood under the counter and can even damage the foundation. Replace any damaged pipes or connections promptly.
Grout and Sealant Audit
Frequently inspect grout and sealant around the tiles over a bathtub or in a shower. Due to the constant exposure to heat and moisture, grout and sealants can crack. Also make sure grout and sealants are intact and free of mold or mildew. East says you can use use oxygen bleach to clean stains, mold and mildew, but cautions that “any cracks or missing grout should be repaired immediately.”
Jetted Tub Maintenance
If you have never considered the inner workings of your bathtub jets, you should because the stagnant water in a whirlpool pipe is a great place for bacteria to grow and grow. If you don’t have a tub that self-cleans by blowing air out the lines with every use, take heed. “The jets get dirty,” explains East, in part based on the type of soap you use (bar soap and some bubble bath soaps are the worst culprits), your natural body oils and skin cells, combined with your lovely soaking solutions.” He advises cleaning the system at least one a month to prevent biofilm: Fill the tub with very hot water, about an inch above the highest jet. Add 2 tablespoons of low-sudsing dishwashing liquid mixed with 1/2 cup of bleach or white vinegar and run the jets for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can add 1/4 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent. Drain and refill with clean water and run the jets for another 15 minutes. Drain and dry completely with a clean towel.
Rust Ring Removal
Rust happens. A spritz of WD-40 or lighter fluid will quickly eliminate that inevitable and annoying rust ring in your toilet. Prefer green cleaning? East recommends simply pouring salt on half of a lemon and rub it on the rust stain.
Thanks to the Wills Handyman for today’s spa-facular tips!