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Bathroom surfaces: The dos and don’ts of cleaning

Dreaming of a shiny bathroom but reality a little more dingy? Here’s how to put the sparkle back in


Shower curtain covered in mould spots?

Do put it through a wool cycle in the washing machine, adding a handful of washing soda crystals (try the supermarket) to your washing powder. Drip dry it instead of spinning it. Or, if it can’t be machine washed, try soaking it in the bath in a solution of one part bleach to four parts water before rinsing thoroughly. Machine-washing it with a biological powder once a month will stop new mould forming, too.

Don’t pull the curtain back after a shower. Instead, leave it drawn and open a window to allow it to dry completely.

Glass shower screen’s water marks won’t budge?

Do try a mixture of bicarbonate and soda mixed with clear vinegar. ‘Aim for a toothpaste-like consistency,’ says cleaning guru Aggie McKenzie in her book Ask Aggie. ‘Smear on with a damp cloth or sponge, leave for a few minutes, then rinse off and buff dry.’

Don’t hope it won’t happen again – the easiest preventative measure is to use a plastic window wiper or squeegee (try supermarkets and DIY stores) to banish the drips after every shower – hey, no one said cleaning was elbow grease-free.

Tile grout turning black? 

Do give it a quick go over with a toothbrush dipped in a solution of half water, half bleach, rinsing it off when you’re finished.

Don’t think this is a long-term solution – use a grout whitening product that has a fungicide in it (try DIY stores) to keep the grout from discolouring again.

Chrome taps lost their shine?

Do try a limescale remover for a quick fix – or mix equal parts of clear vinegar and water and apply it to the taps with a soft toothbrush, rinsing well and buffing to a shine.

Don’t try this on gold or brass taps, never use neat vinegar which will damage enamelled surfaces, and never leave the limescale remover on longer than the manufacturer recommends.

Bath need a good clean?

Do use soapy water and a soft cloth regularly to keep your bath smudge-free – and keep an E-Cloth to hand (every house should have some) to buff it – and all your bathroom surfaces – to a shine in an instant.

Don’t use abrasive cleaners which will, over time, remove the glaze from ceramic sinks, baths and loos, making them next to impossible to keep clean.

Wall tiles need a buff?

Do try the same fix as we suggested for the shower screen – or using a plastic wiper and an E-Cloth after every shower or bath will keep them looking as good as new.

Don’t let water stains or limescale build up on any of your surfaces – they’re much harder to remove once they’re established.


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