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The bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms and the tile and grout can get pretty dirty. Cleaning the bathroom is a tedious task that most people dread like the plague. Our busy modern life leaves us no time to keep up with cleaning the bathroom tiles and grout.
As the dirt and grime in the bathroom build up, we assume and hope that somebody else will take up the responsibility and clean it. (Obviously, there are more important things to be done!) Without regular cleaning, the tiles will be covered by a hazy film of body oils and soap scum making the color and luster dull. Mold and mildew begins to attack the grout lines staining and darkening them.
Since no one has come with an app for automatic tile and grout cleaning let us share a few cleaning tips on how to keep up with this tiresome task.
There are quick and easy ways to get rid of stains, mold, and mildew. You don’t even need any specially formulated commercial cleaners simply prepare your homemade cleaning solution from readily available ingredients.
Homemade cleaning solution
Pour half a cup of ammonia, another half a cup of baking soda to one gallon of warm water. Stir the mixture and fill it in a spray bottle. Spray the floor in sections scrub gently and mop off the rinse thoroughly with clean water to ensure no residue is left.
For stained grout apply a thick paste of baking soda and water on a toothbrush or any small brush and use it to scrub the grout lines gently until the mixture completely foams. Finally, rinse with clean water to see the results.
Don’t use any other cleaning solution on the tile until all the ammonia is completely rinsed off.
Cleaning Mold and Mildew
Bleach is one of the most powerful solutions against mold and mildew. Nonetheless, when using chlorine bleach you must take caution to avoid spraying it on fabric, carpet or metal causing damage.
Prepare a cleaning solution by pouring two cups of bleach and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent to two cups of warm water. Stir the mixture and start removing the mold and mildew by scrubbing with a brush. Fill a spray bottle with the cleaning solution, spray it directly on the mold and mildew and let it sit for 15mins. Rinse off with warm water and wipe off any remaining debris.
Stubborn Mold and Mildew Stains
If the mold and mildew won’t come off easily then you need extra bleaching power. Spray concentrated bleach on the mold and mildew and allow it to sit for approximately 15mins. Scrub gently, rinse then finally wipe dry. There are other commercial cleaning solutions for removing mold and mildew in the market that you can try.
It could be impossible to scrub or bleach out the mold and mildew if they have penetrated deep into the grout. The only solution would be to hire a renovation expert to grind off the damaged grout, regrout and finally seal.
Warning: Don’t mix bleach and ammonia the reaction produces toxic gasses that are harmful to health.
A moist and very humid environment is an ideal for the growth of mold and mildew.
The professional janitorial services in Winnipeg recommend applying a waterproof grout sealer or silicone waterproofing to your grout to prevent mold and mildew from permeating into the grout. Ensure you reapply the grout at least twice in a year.
With these cleaning tips, your bathroom tile and grout will look clean and sparkling
A great view is meant to be admired first, then shared second. Appreciation of your property should be done at all times and may be a waste if one didn’t make the most out of its beauty. Others say it is close to being shameful particularly if shade or privacy is the issue. The outdoors are meant to be taken in and enjoyed. Make it a feast for the eyes.
That is exactly where home improvement ideas come in very handy. Likewise, with proper shading installed, you get to show the outdoors to guests.
Gotta Wear Shades
So long as there is a need for the sun to be cut out blinds or films are great options.
Solar radiation is diffused by mesh window screens especially with the summer heat gain. These are mounted in an exterior frame and would cover entire windows.
When installed properly, window shades is considered to be one of the most effective and simplest window treatments for energy saving.
Let’s talk about fabrics in the shade you’ve chosen. Sturdiness and versatility will be good enough consideration against the strong penetrating properties of heat. Outdoor stains from birds are easily treated if the material used for the shade is of a plastic material. The strength of the blinds makes it last longer under the natural elements. This then results to a better value of your money.
Films And Shades
Bearing high reflective window films are a great way of ensuring that the summer heat is effectively blocked out. Even in extended cooler months the films are good enough to block out the sun’s rays coming into the house interiors. That is why it is best used in climates with many days of lower climate Celsius compared with other months.
Mounting of the shades should be made as close to the glass as possible. The shade sides are also held close to the wall. This is to establish a sealed air space. If you consider sunlit windows during summer months, the shades are to be lowered. During winter season, shades are to be raised in the south sides during the day. Then during the night, these are to be lowered.
Your choice range from applying these films yourself. Other window manufacturers do create reflective glasses as another option.
Reflections And Heat Reductions
Mirror like films, resembling silver reflections are considered to be more effective as compared to more transparent ones. Treating east and west facing windows with this application has the most potential for heat gain reduction. These benefit more from the efficiency of these films. North facing ones won’t benefit at all but the ones found in the South may somewhat benefit especially during winter times through heat reduction. They offset the heat gain.
Overall disadvantages in some cases happen when the interior light is lost. At times, the visibility outside may be Impaired and cleaning requires its extra care. It happens to those reflections. Become glaring.
Shades And Energy
In home ownerships nowadays people always talk about saving up on energy spend. Most compute this as part of saving up on bills as they reduce the need for some appliances when done correctly. Efficiency in energy use has become popular that it automatically is asked when discussion about home improvements has started.
Sustainability is also part of the discussion because of long term effects of decisions inconsiderate of eco friendliness and energy saving. Blinds, and other ways of cutting the sun, then becomes a starting point in deciding on green revolution. The energy conserved is accumulated and is enjoyed by an entire community and not just by the person alone.
An area made cooler is a great example of an initial step.