Cleaning In The Bathroom

As with the kitchen, it is important for health reasons to keep your bathroom and lavatory as clean as possible. It also makes them more attractive and pleasant to use.

Baths should be cleaned regularly, preferably after each use, while still warm. Try to train your family to do their own cleaning.

Enamelled baths in general should be cleaned with a cream cleaner. Special stain removers are available from hardware stores, but always follow directions to the letter, and try them out on a corner of the bath first. Some stains can be removed with a paste made of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Rub brown iron and green copper stains with a cut lemon dipped in salt. Rinse off.

Plastic baths should only be cleaned with a squeeze of washing-up liquid on a soft cloth, but in hard water areas you can use a little cream cleaner from time to time. Metal polish may be effective for removing small scratches; apply when the surface is dry, and be sure to rinse well.

Lavatories should be cleaned every day with a brush and a weak solution of household bleach: also use a bleach or disinfectant solution to wash the scat, cover, cistern and handle, and any tiled areas adjacent to the lavatory. Rinse out brushes well after use. Once a week, clean bowl with lavatory cleaner to dissolve lime scale. Or leave neat bleach in the bowl overnight. But never mix bleach and lavatory cleaner together: the resulting fumes are very poisonous. You can shift very bad stains in old lavatory pans with spirits of salts, an acid which can be purchased from hardware stores. But be very careful as this is very poisonous and corrosive. Pour a little into the pan and stand well clear of any fumes. As soon as stains vanish, flush several times, and then get rid of any remaining acid by pouring a little at a time down the wc and flushing repeatedly.

Washbasins can be cleaned in the same way as baths, see above. Clean out overflows, using an old toothbrush or a pipe-cleaner dipped in diluted bleach, or disinfectant.

Taps. An old toothbrush is useful for cleaning the crevices around taps. Chromium plated taps should simply be wiped with a cloth wrung out in detergent solution, but if they are very dirty, you can use a little cream cleaner. Gold plated taps should be cleaned with a barely damp cloth, rubbing as little as possible, as the gold plating is very thin. 124

Cleaning In The Bathroom

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