The bathroom rule is like the kitchen rule: if it isn’t clean, the house isn’t clean. And when you really step back and think of all of the unsanitary and down right gross things your bathroom floors, countertops, and showers experience, there's a good chance your bathroom isn't clean. So, before you offically start gearing up for spring-cleaning, let's discuss how to properly sanitize your bathroom.
What Type of Surface Do You Have?
- How to Clean Granite & Marble: These two surfaces have a lot in common, so the methods by which you'd go about cleaning them are identical. First and foremost, it's worth mentioning that if you clean either of these too much, they'll lose their shine (which nobody wants). To keep everything shiny, use a stone cleaner or mild detergent, and be sure the products you choose don't contain dye. Dye can transfer onto the surface, resulting in a big mess that could have been easily avoided. Also, stay away from powdered cleansers, steel wool, metal scrapers, and colored scrub pads, all of which will also have an adverse reaction with both granite and marble. If you choose to protect grantite or marble flooring with a floor finish, remember that the finish must be buffed or burnished first to protect the surface.
- How to Clean Stone & Tile: Both tile and stone can be cared for the same way and need to be cleaned regularly so dirt and dust won’t wear them down. If you have stone or tile flooring, use a soft mop or a vacuum that doesn’t use a rotating brush; neither of these will damage your floors. Whether you're cleaning your floor or your countertop, be sure to avoid liquid soft scrubs and anything acidic as these will dull tile and stone surfaces.
- How to Clean Laminate: Laminate floors can also easily be cleaned with a vacuum or mop. Just don't completely soak your mop in detergents: doing so is likely to leave a film on the floor which will dull the finish. In fact, you can skip the detergent alltogether, as research suggests mopping with plain water is the best way to clean laminate floors! Avoid waxing, polishing, sanding, or refinishing your laminate flooring, and spot-clean nail polish, markers, or tar stains with acetone or nail polish remover.
- How to Clean Porcelain: When cleaning porcelain, all you need is a mop and some porcelain tile cleaner. Before you jump in with the mop, it’s a good idea to vacuum or sweep the floor first to pick up any excess dirt. Then, be sure to mop in small sections to make sure the cleaner is applied and removed from your floor after it has had a chance to set in. Don't let any cleaner dry on your porcelain; doing so means risking stains and streaking. Once you've mopped with the porcelain cleaner, rinse thoroughly with water.
- How to Clean Vinyl & Linoleum: Vinyl and linoleum floorings can get a quick clean with sweeping or vacuuming. When mopping, all you'll need is a mild soap - but don't forget to sweep these floors a couple of times a week to avoid dirt and dust from settling in. Avoid waxing vinyl floors at all costs. However, linoleum floors love a good wax with liquid acrylic floor polishes.
It’s so easy to feel like you need to rush in and start cleaning like crazy, however you need to make sure your cleaning products are able to do their job on the surface type you wish to spray. Some cleaning products have extremely toxic chemicals. You also want to make sure the chemicals in the products you own don’t harm or destroy your surfaces. This is a lot to comprehend; but no worries! The "Picky Peoples’ Plumber" is here for you through every step of the way. Give Ken's Plumbing a call today at (864)-242-5511 or schedule a service today.
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