Acrylic and fibreglass
Rinse and dry the bath after every use to deter stains and limescale. Clean regularly with an all-purpose bathroom cleaner to prevent dirt and scum accumulating. Use a nylon bristle brush on stubborn marks, but not an abrasive cleaner. In hard water areas, use a limescale cleaner, especially around the taps. Rub any scratches gently with metal polish, then clean the bath.
Enamel-coated cast iron or steel
Clean as for acrylic baths, but use only products recommended for this type of surface, and a soft cloth. Products with anti-limescale ingredients may cause enamel to dull. Instead, remove limescale with a solution of half white vinegar and half water, applied with a soft cloth – avoid getting vinegar on other parts of the bath, eg taps. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
Reduce rust stains
by rubbing them with lemon juice and salt. If the bath is very old, it may not be able to take modern cleaners, so test products on a small area first. If the bath has become matt, or damaged by scale deposits, have it professionally cleaned and polished, but if the damage is severe, you may need to have it completely resurfaced. This is expensive, so it’s probably more economical to buy a new one.
Whirlpool and spa baths
It is important to clean out scum in the pipework. Once a week, fill the bath with water and add a cleaning agent (the recommended product or a cup of baby-bottle sterilising fluid). Allow to circulate for five minutes. Empty the bath, refill with clean water and leave to circulate for a further five minutes to rinse.
Rinse out and dry after each use. Clean with an all-purpose bathroom cleaner and wipe with a damp cloth. Make sure the plughole is rinsed thoroughly, as some cleaners can damage its coating. Buff brass or gold-plated plugholes after use to prevent discolouration.
3. Grout and sealant
To remove mould, use a fungicidal bathroom spray, and spray regularly to prevent regrowth. Scrub discoloured grout with an old toothbrush dipped in a solution of one part bleach to four parts water.
After showering, leave the door or curtain open – this helps prevent the humid atmosphere that encourages mould to grow. Wipe down wet tiles with a plastic-bladed window wiper to stop watermarks from forming. Scrub the shower tray with all-purpose bathroom cleaner, rinse and wipe dry. In hard water areas, use a limescale remover once a week.
5. Shower curtains and screens
Nylon shower curtains can be removed and put into the washing machine – do this every month to stop mildew and soap scum building up. Remove the curtain before the spin cycle and hang immediately so that creases can drop out. If the curtain is not machine-washable, clean it in a bathful of warm water containing a cup of biological detergent. Soak heavily stained curtains in a weak solution of bleach to remove mould stains. Clean glass screens with a sponge and a solution of water and white vinegar. On folding shower screens, pay particular attention to hinged areas, which can get very grubby.
Descale once a month with a liquid descaler and an old toothbrush. Alternatively, steep in a solution of half white vinegar and half water and leave for two hours (never use this method on gold-plated taps: it can damage their finish). Finally, use a needle to de-clog any spray holes that are still blocked.
Products such as toothpaste can damage the coating on taps, particularly those with a gold or brass finish. Ideally, you should wipe taps and buff them dry after every use. Clean regularly with a solution of washing-up liquid, rinse and dry. Never use abrasive cleaners on taps. To remove limescale deposits, soak a cloth in a proprietary descaler, or a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water (don’t use this method on plated taps). Wrap it around the tap, leave for a few hours, then remove the cloth, rinse the tap and dry.
To keep the toilet bowl clean, use a toilet brush and bathroom cleaner with added disinfectant, or fit an in-cistern cleaner to release cleaner or bleach with every flush. Pay particular attention to the areas under the rim. Wipe down the outside of the bowl and the cistern with an all-purpose bathroom cleaner. Don’t forget to do the toilet handle – people rarely clean their hands before flushing and this is an area that collects lots of bacteria. Neutralise odours by pouring a cup of washing soda crystals or bicarbonate of soda down the bowl once a week. Washing soda will also clear limescale from around the inside of the bowl: sprinkle in some crystals, leave to soak overnight, then flush away in the morning.
9. Toilet brushes
These can be nasty things – they collect faeces and are usually left sitting around in a dirty container full of bacteria-harbouring water. Clean yours at least once a week! Put the brush in the toilet bowl, pour some bleach into the water, then leave the brush to stand in it for a few minutes. In the meantime, fill the brush container with hot, soapy water to which a few drops of bleach have been added, swish it around and empty the dirty water away – the best place is down the toilet (after you have removed the brush, of course). Flush clean water over the brush and return it to the container. Buy a new toilet brush at least once a year.
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