Beautiful bathrooms should stay beautiful

Lime, soap residue and scratches – one small mark is quickly followed by the next, until at some point, the bath is no longer the place of well-being that it used to be. But ideally, this should never happen. Here are a few tips to help you keep your dream bathroom in optimum condition.

 

Daily cleaning

Only ever use soft, non-scratching cloths and sponges to protect your surfaces. Avoid using aggressive cleaning fluids, and stick to acetic-based cleaners or diluted washing-up liquid. Not only will this remove lime traces and watermarks, but the natural substances also ensure that soap residues are removed. Natural cleaning fluids are also biodegradable. 

Taps

The rule for water taps is: avoid using aggressive cleaning agents. Such fluids contain hydrochloric acid and can cause considerable damage over time. A mild bath cleaner is recommended for chrome taps, while lime deposits in corners can be removed with an old toothbrush. After cleaning, rinse the taps with plenty of water and dry thoroughly to bring out the natural shine. 

Natural stone

The use of special gemstone soap is recommended for cleaning natural stone surfaces. It is not harmful to one's health and is biodegradable. In general, when spots start to appear on natural stone, the best thing to do is to wait, because the material has the inherent tendency to eject absorbed discolorations itself over time. Any attempt at removing the mark with an aggressive cleaning agent will only lead to further damage. 

Lime marks on natural stone and marble can be easily rubbed off using fine stainless steel wool or pads. The surface should be rinsed off with water after cleaning. Never use a descaler as this will destroy the sheen of the surface.

Tiles

Tiles are quick and easy to clean. In general, it is enough to use water and a little liquid soap, to remove dirt from tiles. Here too, the rule is: the gentler the better. Avoid using aggressive abrasive cleaners as they will permanently destroy the tiles' glossy finish. 

Untreated stoneware tiles are susceptible to discoloration from dye agents. This is then very difficult to remove. In such cases it is best to act preventively and treat the surface with an impregnating agent. 

Real-glass showers

Real-glass showers are a real eye catcher, but only when they are free of lime deposits. Intensive care of the cubicle surfaces is essential. Always remove residual water with a squeegee after showering and wipe the glass panels of the cubicle dry with a cloth or special window leather. Always wash away any leftover shampoo or soap traces thoroughly. In this way, you will avoid deposits forming on the glass.

Acrylic bathtubs

Acrylic bathtubs are very easy to clean, as the smooth surface gives dirt virtually no opportunity to settle. Again, be sure to avoid using abrasive cleaning agents. It is sufficient to use a soft cloth and liquid cleaning agent after using the bath. 

Lime deposits around the tap can be easily removed with an acetic-based cleaner. Do not use the type of descaler intended for cleaning hot water apparatus, as it contains chemicals that may stain the surface. 

Seams

Dirt is deposited very quickly in the seams between the tiles in the shower. To avoid dark seams, they should be cleaned regularly, best of all with an old toothbrush.

 

 

Blocked drains

Hair and soap are a mixture that will block any drain sooner or later. A hair sieve in the drain opening is effective at preventing this, but if it is already too late and the water only drains away slowly, then it is still not necessary to employ aggressive chemicals. These can sometimes lead to even more serious blockages in the drain. 

With washbasins, it is generally sufficient to unscrew the lower pipe with the U bend and to clean it. Be sure to place a bucket beneath the pipe before removing it. If your shower is blocked, there are a few household remedies you can try out. 

One of these employs a combination of baking powder and vinegar: put three tablespoons of baking powder into the blocked drain immediately followed by half a cup of vinegar, then put the plug in the drain opening. Once the sound of bubbling has subsided, pour hot water into the drain.