Friday, May 24, 2013

Top 5 little-known bathroom maintenance tips

As one of the most high-traffic areas in your home, the bathroom certainly sees plenty of action on a daily basis, but keeping it looking its best can be a major chore. Luckily, there are a number of small jobs you can accomplish on a daily basis that will allow you to put off the top-to-bottom cleaning. As a result, you can maintain an overall standard of cleanliness that will leave the room feeling fresh and inviting. Here are a few ways to get started.

1. Flush with the toilet seat down

Most people don't give it much thought each time they use their commode, but with each flush, this can put a bevy of germs and microorganisms into the air, reports The Epoch Times. Make an effort to put down the toilet seat each time you flush to avoid these germs from ending up on your bath products, bathroom vanity and other surfaces in the room.

2. Clean your showerhead

The showerhead is one of the most heavily-used devices in your washroom, and even it can be prone to bacteria buildup over time. You can remove the piece and soak it in bleach to eliminate traces of bacteria and other germs that may be filtering into your bath water.

3. Heat up surfaces

According to HGTV, using piping-hot water can make a real difference in the effectiveness of your bathroom cleaners, especially alkaline cleansers. Whether you're cleaning a bathtub or a sink, make sure to let hot water sit inside of them for 10 to 15 minutes to make it much easier to remove soap scum and grime from these areas.

4. Use anti-bacterial shower sprays

Post-shower spray products may seem like a gimmick, but they can make a huge difference in reducing bacteria levels after each turn in the shower. Be sure to spray the tub's surface and any tiles with these products to reduce the buildup of mildew and other unsightly developments.

5. Rinse thoroughly

During each bathroom cleaning session, make sure you thoroughly rinse all surfaces that have been exposed to cleaners. The vast majority of bathroom cleaning products are designed to attract soil and particles, and if they are allowed to linger, they could attract even more and undo all of your hard work. Err on the side of caution and rinse each of your bathroom surfaces completely and dry them afterwards with a soft cloth to leave the room looking its best.