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Bathrooms

baño blanco 5Cleanliness is much more important and necessary in the bathroom than in any other room in the house, because it is the place where personal hygiene takes place.
Baking soda, chalk powder, vinegar or lemon, among many other natural products, are effective cleaners and disinfectants. They eliminate the need for chemicals and abrasives that can damage tile and bathroom fixtures. Toilets, faucets and drains could also be damaged if not cleaned properly.
Sinks easily accumulate soap and toothpaste residue and hair can get trapped in the sinks drain. It should be cleaned regularly so the scum doesn’t become permanent and to prevent odors. Mirrors, the inseparable companions of sinks, must be always be clean and shiny.
Toilets get dirty continuously and it is important to keep them clean and disinfected to assure proper hygiene. Bleach should never be used in its disinfection since prolonged use can cause cracks in the toilet’s porcelain. It is advisable to clean it frequently with a toilet brush and use only natural products.

Marble is a porous stone and any stains must be removed before they get absorbed.

Coffee, red wine or tea stains
Scrub the stain with peroxide mixed with water. If the stain persists, cover it with salt and let it stand for a few minutes. If the stain is very stubborn you may use a brush.

Ink stains
Ink stains must be removed with ammonia.

Candle wax stains
It must be removed with boiling hot water and then scrub with a clean cloth and linen seed oil to protect the marble and add shine to it.

Marble in the bathroom
Stain resistant marbles must be used in the bathroom. They must also be water, humidity and steam resistant. Italian marbles are best suited for this particular use because of their resistance and because they are less porous.

To clean tile and porcelain use the following mix:

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • A cup of ammonia
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • Mix everything together in a bucket with warm water. Apply the liquid on the tile with a sponge or a brush and rub well. Rinse with abundant water.

OtherTips

  • Use your old pantyhose to clean your tile and toilets. They will shine.
  • To camouflage flaws on your bathroom tile joints, use white shoe polish; the type you use on your tennis shoes.
  • Clean any porcelain surface with mineral water or soda.
  • If your porcelain or white tile becomes yellow, rub them with fine salt and then shine.
  • For yellowed porcelain or tile use a mixture of baking soda or vinegar.
  • To eliminate iodine stains from your white tile or sink, place a towel moistened with bleach. Leave it for a while and then rinse with warm water.

Shinning floors

  • Make a mixture of lemon and vinegar and spread it on the floor. Leave it for a while and then rub it with a sponge moistened with soap and water.
  • Clean red tile with petroleum every 4 or 5 days. Repeat this operation five times. Your floor will be sparkling.

Cleaning marble

  • First clean it with soap and water. Then apply toothpaste. Wait until it dries, remove and shine.
  • To repair damaged areas in your marble it is recommended to use sand paper No. 8 using water with any cleaning powder.
  • To clean white marble use oxygenated water at 12 volumes. Once clean, rub it with a very dry rag, a colorless cream or paste, and shine.

Clean Mildew off a shower curtain

  • Don't scrub it with a sponge, just put the plastic curtain in the washing machine witha a regular amount of detergent, chlorine bleach and a load of dirty white towels (use warm water, not hot). Hang the curtain back on the rod and let dry. 

Defog your bathroom mirror

  • If your bathroom mirror gets steamed after a shower, just use your blow-dryer to defog it.

Freshen stale air

  • To clear the air of stale odors, put 1 ounce of ammonia and 1 or 2 quarts of water in a large bowl and leave it out for several hours. (be sure it’s beyond the reach of children and pets).