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A Bathroom Cleaning Check List

The Importance Of Bathroom Cleaning

Many do weekly bathroom cleaning for hygiene purposes and prevention of stains. As winter comes to a close and spring finally starting to bloom, it’s the perfect time to shake off the winter doldrums and think about the state of your home. Draft up a spring cleaning list, so you can perform a few badly needed deep cleans around the house – and a few repairs too!

It’s natural for your bathroom to make its way to the top of your to-do list. It’s a heavily used room that can need a lot of TLC, even if you keep up with cleaning it on a regular basis. As you prepare for an afternoon of scrubbing and mopping, don’t be shy to take a closer look at your plumbing’s health. A quick inspection of your washroom can ensure your plumbing matches your spotless cleaning job.

A Thorough Bathroom Clean-Up

The must-do bathroom cleaning can be a tedious effort. But that would depend on how thorough you are. Where should you start? What tools do you need? What should you be aware of? And perhaps the most important question, how can you save time and speed up the process to get as much done as possible? Below are some handy tips to keep in mind when bathroom cleaning. We outline what materials you may need and what else you can be doing while what you’ve done is doing its thing. Before you begin, place a bowl underneath your sink faucet. You’ll see why later on.

The Bathtub

The exterior of perhaps anything in your bathroom is the easiest to clean. Once you get down to the nitty-gritty is when you may start feeling frustrated. As you’re giving your tub a good outer scrub, take a moment to look at your drain. Can you see hair clinging to the cross bar of the drain itself? If so, don a pair of gloves and pull the hair out. You might be surprised at just how much it comes out of your drains! Once you’ve removed the obstruction, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes. During this time, you can give it a good outer scrub while mentally noting if you see rust anywhere. After 30 minutes, follow the vinegar with lukewarm water.

While you’re waiting, keep the vinegar handy as you move to the showerhead. Hard water can leave mineral deposits that clog the showerhead, and the enzymes in vinegar can dissolve the sediment. Disconnect the showerhead and place it in a bowl of vinegar overnight. If you feel uncomfortable with removing the showerhead in such a way, you can fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the head with a rubber band. By the next day, use a toothbrush to clear away any of the remaining sediments.

The Toilet

With the bathtub down, you can now move onto the toilet. If you’ve got rust stains in the bowl, it suggests that you’ve got a leak. But let’s get to the stain first. We don’t recommend that you use caustic chemicals, as these aren’t environmentally safe to pour into your plumbing system. If you aren’t sure which products are eco-friendly, you can always use the very same white vinegar you used in your shower. Spray any stains above the water line directly with vinegar, and pour half of a cup into the water for those stains under the water line. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then scrub at the stains with steel wool. And since you used all natural vinegar, you can feel good about flushing it down. As for the leak, it might not be noticeable save for the stains that it made; however, it will rear its ugly head later on in your utility bill. Leaking tanks are an expensive waste of water, so be sure to give us a call for immediate repairs.

The Sink

Last but not least, make sure to inspect your sink before you tick off the bathroom from your list. Often, small leaks slip past our notice because they’re not obvious. You can catch a sneaky leak by placing a bowl underneath the tap for the afternoon to see if any water collects. If you placed a bowl underneath the faucet before you’ve begin it should have been a long enough duration to catch any sneaky leaks. Don’t forget to check underneath the sink as well. Look out for any signs of mold or mildew growing there. If the bowl trick results in collected water or you see signs of water damage underneath the sink, don’t worry. We’re only too happy to help with the job – whether it’s a small issue or an emergency repair.

Found A Problem In Your Bathroom?

Doing a thorough bathroom cleaning will allow you to be aware of problems or growing problems in the vicinity. Big or small, these problems should be taken care of immediately to prevent its growth. Keep in mind that a problem may seem small but is guaranteed to be a costly investment in the long run.

Available at any time, our plumbing experts are ready to help with your springtime maintenance and year-round repairs. Simply pick up the phone and get one of our plumbers out to your home. Together, we’ll make your home ready for spring – and the rest of the year too.

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