written by American HouseCleaning

We use our bathroom several times in a day. Thus, we have to keep our bathroom as clean as possible. Cleaning the bathroom is not as tough as you think.  As a house cleaning service in San Francisco we have tips on keeping your bathroom clean and odor free.

Below are some common problem areas and how we suggest to approach them:

Germs.  You should disinfect everything in the bathroom with commercial cleaners. Disinfecting can be done daily in 3 to 4 minutes.

Odor.  You can keep your bathroom odor-free by applying a little bit of fragrance on a light bulb. When the light is on, the heat releases the fresh scent.  As for the toilet bowl, you can keep it odor-free by pouring one cup baking soda down the bowl once a week.

Mildew.  With the bathroom being a damp environment, areas in the bathroom may be susceptible to mildew growth.  You can remove mildew from the edges of your bath tub by dipping cotton balls in bleach and letting them sit while you clean the bathroom. When you’re done cleaning, remove the cotton balls and rinse the toilet bowl thoroughly.

Mildew can also grow on shower curtains.  To prevent mildew, soak shower curtain in salt water before hanging them. If the shower curtain already has mildew, wash it in hot soapy water, scrub with lemon juice and hang it out to dry. Clean plastic curtains with laundry pre-wash spray. Spray along the top, letting the water run down the curtain. Wait for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

To prevent mildew on shower mats, dip a stiff brush in a solution containing kerosene and warm water.

The best way to prevent mildew on shower mats is to keep a squeegee in the shower. This way, shower users can wipe the mat when they are done.

Rings.  Unsightly rings can be found in the bath tub and toilet bowl.  To avoid bathtub rings, do not use oily products. If you live in a hard-water region, use a water softener. Then rinse the tub immediately after bathing. If there is still a ring, wipe the ring with a damp sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse clean and wipe it dry. For difficult rings, scrub with a cloth soaked in vinegar.

The toilet bowl can be kept ring-free by pouring a half-gallon of white vinegar in it once a month. Let it sit for a night before flushing. Do not use bleach, if you are using a tank cleaner that is automatically released when the toilet is flushed.

Dirt and Stains. To clean bathroom drains, pour 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Then cover the drain tightly for a few minutes and rinse with cold water.

Caulking around the bathtub can be removed by using rubbing alcohol. Liquid chlorine bleach (1/4 cup to one gallon) will also clean caulking. For dark stains such as rust, scrub with a mix of borax and lemon juice. 

Getting that Bathroom to Shine.  Clean glass shower doors with a white vinegar-dampened sponge to remove soap residue. To clean shower track door, pour full strength vinegar into the track, let soak for a few minutes, then rinse. A coat of acrylic floor finish gives new shine to fiberglass shower doors and makes water spots disappear. Club soda can give new shine to your counter tops. 

Did you know that rubbing alcohol can also be used to shine chrome and glass? Wipe a stainless steel sink with vinegar or a touch of oil on a cloth to make it sparkle.

When cleaning the bathroom, take a tip from the pros:  AmercanHouseCleaning.com, a house cleaning service company in San Francisco. 



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