2008-06-18 / Columnists

Prevention Key To Bathroom Cleaning

(NAPS) With a little forethought, bathroom cleaning doesn't have to be quite such a dreaded household chore.

The Problem

Soap scum, mold, hardwater stains- they're inevitable. The old bathroom nuisances multiply over time in ways that may make you wonder how the space you use to clean yourself can possibly be so dirty.

A Solution

It is a little-known fact that prevention is the key to bathroom- cleaning success. A few changes to your daily life can have a big effect on the time you spend scrubbing and scouring and on your budget.

Tips And Tricks

Here are a few simple tips that can make every day, especially the ones spent cleaning, much easier.

Rinse and Repeat: Rinse the shower walls and tub area after each use. This only takes a few minutes and can help wash away some of the soap buildup that causes mildew and soap scum.

All-Around Tool: Squeegees can be useful in your bathroom, too, not just for your car and windows. Use one on your shower and glass doors after showering to clean resilient soap scum and hard-water spots.

•Seal the Deal: Consider sealing your shower/tub with the new Ever Bright™ sealant from Polyseamseal®. This product has a triple-action system to prevent, resist and inhibit the growth of mold on the seal (an area where mold spores typically multiply) for five years, making your job easier. For best mold resistance, rinse the sealant regularly to avoid soap-scum buildup.

Open Up: When you're finished showering, keep the door or curtain open slightly to allow air to circulate. This will discourage mildew growth.

Weekly Spray: Daily shower sprays can be costly. For the same cleaning power at half the cost, use a homemade solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Simply spray hard-water stains and wipe them clean with a paper towel.

Tub and shower cleaning are among the most physically intensive household chores.

Simple actions such as these can help you save time, money and energy.

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