Whether you have bought a new house or have just renovated your bathroom, the bathroom fixtures that shine bright each time you turn the bathroom light on must be catching your attention. But over time, with constant use, you will see the shine fading and the water spots coming over the finish of the surface of the fixtures.
From cleaning to checking if anything needs replacement, maintenance for your bathroom fixtures will go a long way and increase their durability. Following are some tips through which you can maintain your bathroom fixtures:
1. Choose Milder cleaning products over abrasive ones
Bathroom fixtures have been coming in different varieties, and the finishing needs trough cleaning to keep it shiny and clean. Instead of using bleach-based products or cleaning products that have caustic agents and hydrochloric or phosphoric acids, consider opting for milder alternatives. Window cleaners can be a great substitute for cleaning your bathroom fixtures.
Milder products are preferable over abrasive ones simply because the finishing of the fixtures is liable to scratching. Water spots may occur on the fixtures that can tarnish the shine of the new fixtures. Thoroughly cleaning it with a cloth damp with warm water can remove the water spots.
Consider the type of material you are using for cleaning. Instead of rough pads, use a microfiber cloth or a soft-bristle toothbrush so that you can clean the edges and hidden parts of the fixtures. For Olstw fixtures with a matte finish, consider using wax or polish as a finishing touch after cleaning it. Make sure you clean after every use to get the best shine out of it
2. Do Not Forget Soap Scum over Chrome
Soap scum is a significant maintenance issue that can be tackled easily. Chrome can lose its sheen with soap scum deposit. Soap scum can be easily removed if you have a dryer sheet. All you need to do is rub the bathroom fixture surface with a dryer sheet. Breaking it down might seem like a challenge, but you do not need to worry if you have the right resources.
Another way you can get rid of soap scum on chrome fixtures is by using cooking spray. This does not need expertise, as all you have to do is spray the fixture you are cleaning with cooking spray and wipe it off with a clean, soft cloth.
3. Lime Deposits will go with Vinegar
Lime deposits will not be a problem if your bathroom fixtures only deal with soft water. But in areas that are supplied with hard water, you will see lime deposits accumulating on the fixture surface. The main deposit you will see is on the showerhead as it will be in the most contact with hard water.
Lime deposits will have to be tackled differently based on the material of your bathroom fixtures. Vinegar is your hero if you are working to eliminate lime deposits on chrome fixtures. The typical way to clean a bathroom fixture with vinegar is to soak it. A showerhead can be cleaned in this way by filling a plastic bag with vinegar and placing it so that it soaks the showerhead and securing the bag’s opening with a rubber band. After an hour or so, you can remove it and polish it with a soft cloth to make the showerhead retain its shine.
For bronze and brass, you will have to work a bit harder to keep their shine intact. These materials can get easily damaged and will require constant maintenance so that they remain in optimal condition. Cleaning brass and bronze will need lots of scrubbing. If you are using a cleaning agent, check the composition carefully before using it on any materials.
4. Rust is Never Good
You probably do not need to be told this, but if you spot rusting in your bathroom fixtures, it might be the right time to replace them with new ones. If your bathroom fixtures corrode easily, then you can opt for prevention methods. Lemon juice and salt, when mixed in equal proportions to form a paste, are ideal for removing rust. This solution is acidic, and it will remove all stubborn rust from your bathroom fixtures. Chrome fixtures can be more easily cleaned by using cola and scrubbing lightly.
5. Brass can be cleaned by Lemon Juice
If you have brass fixtures, you will have to maintain the aesthetic. Luckily, cleaning and maintaining brass can be done by using products easily available at home. You can also use a cleaning agent available at your local store specializing in cleaning brass fixtures. But the best solution to maintaining the shone of brass is using baking soda and lemon juice. After you have mixed both ingredients in equal proportions, scrub the paste with a soft-bristle toothbrush and let dry. Clean it with a soft dry cloth and see the magic.
Maintaining bathroom fixtures will not take a lot of work, just a little vigilance on your part. Choose the right cleaning agents and keep on top of the maintenance of your bathroom fixtures for lasting shine.