When it comes to a deep clean, vinegar is your new best friend. Though you might not expect it, vinegar is one of the best things for cleaning basins – porcelain, to be specific – and it’s very easy to use. Ammonia-based products and bleach are not the best things to use on a bathroom basin. These products can be toxic if ingested and since your toothbrush and face cloths are usually kept near a basin, this could potentially be harmful. Natural items like vinegar, lemon and bicarbonate of soda are ideal for getting rid of stains and keeping your bathroom basin looking fresh and shiny.
Use the wrong products, you will degrade the surface, and maybe damage it permanently, so let’s begin by listing what NOT to use.
Abrasive cleaners such as scouring powders and steel wool should all be avoided altogether. These harsh products can damage the finish. Over time damaged enamel collects dirt, grime and hard-water deposits, all of which compound the problem. Deep scratches may eventually require refinishing – so avoid scuffing your bath as you clean it.
It is also unwise to use acidic products on the enamel surface of a Cast Iron Bath. Using products ranging from vinegar to specialised bathroom cleaning products – which some people would use for an acrylic bath – wear away the enamel. This degradation of the lining makes it feel unpleasant to the touch and often discolours it.
It is best practise to quickly clean and dry the bath down after bathing. Tackling soap build up with a damp cloth while the bath is still warm stops soap-ring becoming a problem. And drying the bath after use will improve the chances of it staying mould and mildew free in the long term.
Stop your taps dripping and remove your plug. This will prevent staining from persistent dripping or standing water. A dripping tap will cause discoloration of your bath and a build up of lime scale.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners on an acrylic tub.
When cleaning an acrylic tub, never use cleaning products in aerosol cans or solvents, including acetone. Since they scratch easily, abrasive scrubbing pads and wire brushes are out of the question & chlorine bleach is not an option.
Clean your tub once a week to prevent tough stains from developing. Almost all manufacturers and refinishing companies recommend scrubbing the tub with antibacterial dish soap and a soft sponge.iStone:
- Hot (but not boiling), soapy water;
- Soft, non-abrasive cloths;
- 50/50 solution of hot water and vinegar.
- Undiluted or diluted bleach;
- Ammonia or spray cleaners;
- Wire brushes and pads;
- Nail varnish;
- Oven cleaners of any kind;
- Drain cleaning products.
Any questions don't hesitate to ask!