Taking Care of Your Bathroom
Your bathroom is one of the most frequently used places in your house. It also has the most potential for fixtures breaking down and needing fixing. If there’s one thing the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdown has taught us, it’s that we need to know some basic skills. It might seem far easier to call a plumber or workman in to fix your bathroom. But, you’ll also never know when you can’t do that. Therefore, you should have some basic knowledge on how to maintain your bathroom. We’ve put together this short guide on some easy things you can learn to fix and or maintain in your bathroom. If you think your bathroom could use a touch of sophistication, try Victorian Bathrooms.
Removing Mould and or Mildew
First of all, mold and or mildew are probably residents of your bathroom. Unless you’re scrubbing it clean every day, it really is hard to avoid having some mold or mildew growing. This is because they thrive in moist conditions and bathrooms are definitely moist places. You can especially find them around tiling or in your grout. They look like black dots and patches. Fortunately, they are pretty easy to clean.
Firstly, put on some rubber gloves for protection. Then, mix one-part bleach with three-parts of warm water. This will be your cleaning solution. Ideally, you’d want to use a clean and new sponge for this next step. But an old sponge can work too. Use the sponge to gently apply the solution onto areas with mildew or mold. Leave the solution on for a few minutes before you wipe it away with a sponge or cloth. If it isn’t removed, you may have to leave the solution on for longer. As you do this, please ensure that the bathroom is well-ventilated. If need be, bring a small fan to use in the bathroom.
Fixing a Dripping Tap
If you have a dripping tap, you know it can be a big annoyance. There’s the endless dripping noise it makes and the thought of the water being wasted to irritate you. Fortunately, it can be easily fixed. If something seems wrong, however, you might want to leave it alone for a professional. Breaking a tap can be costly to replace.
To fix your tap, you should first start by turning off the water supply to that tap. To find the valve to turn the supply off, look along the pipe for that tap. You should be able to find it there. Next, run the tap. Just because you’ve turned off the supply doesn’t mean there isn’t some water left behind. Let the water run till it’s all out. After that, you’re able to remove the tap handles. Unless your tap is different, you’ll be able to see the screw socket underneath it. With this, you’ll be able to work with the mechanical parts of the tap. Depending on your tap, you’ll either have to turn it clockwise or anticlockwise to disassemble the tap. Remember which side you turned for when you’re assembling it back together later. Look at your tap – there should either be a rubber washer or ceramic dish in your assembly. This is the part that needs replacing and you can easily find it in a hardware store. Replace that part and reassemble everything!
Cleaning Your Shower’s Glass Screen
Your shower glass screen can be annoying. Post-shower, it looks clean and clear. But when you check back a few hours later, it’s cloudy and dirty with patches. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to clean too! All you need is some white vinegar, water, baking soda and cloth. Mix vinegar and warm water together in a ratio of three parts white vinegar to two parts water. Wet a cloth in this solution and sprinkle some baking soda onto the cloth. The baking soda will react with the solution and start fizzing. This is normal and it’s what will help you clean your glass. Rub your cloth against the glass, from top to bottom. Then, leave it to dry. Come back later and rinse it all off with water. Dry it with another cloth and you’ll find your glass screen to be clean and clear as ever.
De-scaling your Showerhead
You’ll know that you need to descale your showerhead when you feel that the water pressure is lower. This is because your showerhead is blocked and that’s when you’ll need to descale. The solution is simple. Simply mix white vinegar with water in a one to one ratio. You can have this solution in a plastic bag or container. If you’re using a container, make sure it’s big enough for your showerhead to fit into it too. Take your showerhead off and clean it off with a sponge. This is just to remove the exterior dirt. Then, immerse your showerhead into the solution and leave it for a night. If you’re using the plastic bag, you can secure the bag to your showerhead with some rubber bands or cable ties. Rinse your showerhead off in the morning and it’s good to use!
Resealing Your Bathtub
If you’ve never noticed, there’s a seal that rounds around the top of your bathtub. This is what prevents water from going underneath your bathtub. If your seal decays or breaks over time, water can enter and this will create damp conditions for mould and mildew. It can be slightly tricky to reseal your bathtub so you might want to consult a professional if you don’t feel confident.
To start, open up any windows and doors in your bathroom. You’d want good ventilation as you’re doing this. Then, you’ll have to take your own seal out. You can do this by cutting into it with a knife. This cut is simply to loosen it up, the actual removal can be done with a flathead screwdriver. Just use the screwdriver to pry the seal free from your tub. Once you’ve completely removed the seal, use some water and soap to clean the area. Make sure there’s no leftover sealant. After that, fill your bathtub up with water. The water weight will take the bath down slightly and ensure that your seal is exactly where you want it. Paste masking tape around the wall and above where you’d want your sealant. Then, using a sealant gun, start applying your sealant around your bathtub. Don’t get impatient when doing this. If need be, take breaks in between. Depending on the sealant you got, leave it to dry per the instructions given. Once it’s set, remove your masking tape!
I’m sure you’ll find the few maintenance tips we’ve given you surprisingly easy. It really is pretty simple to do basic maintenance on your bathroom. It’s great to know these simple fixes and it can really save you money too. Hopefully, you’ve found it useful!