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How to clean a bathtub

Cleaning the bath’s not something most of us look forward to. Having said that, there’s no reason that cleaning a bathtub has to take very long or get particularly messy. Most modern baths are coated with stain resistant surfaces, which mean that if they’re cleaned on a weekly basis you shouldn’t have to spend more than ten minutes cleaning the tub.

 

How to clean a bathtub

Your bathtub will be easier to clean if you clean it regularly.

How to clean your bath

Make sure that you have decent ventilation before you start. Open a window, or switch on the exhaust fan to get some air circulating. It’s best to do the cleaning straight after the bath has been used, as the steam and hot water will have loosened up any residue. Use a soft, damp cloth and a non-abrasive liquid soap – preferably one that’s designed for the purpose. If you have sensitive hands, you might also want to consider wearing rubber gloves.

Apply a small amount of liquid soap as directed on the bottle, and start scrubbing it in using the cloth. Begin at the top edge of the tub and work your way down, moving around the walls of the tub. Once that’s done, continue to scrub the floor of the tub. Rinse the entire tub with warm water once you’re finished, and use a towel to dry it down.

 

Other cleaning agents

It’s important that no abrasives are used, especially with fibreglass tubs. Abrasive cleaning agents can leave scratch marks which will catch dirt and residue, which will require further scouring to get clean in the future. For tough stains in your bathtub bleach will work, but it is a heavy pollutant so should be used sparingly. A mix of bicarbonate soda and vinegar works well too, and can also be used to clear drains.

How to clean jacuzzis or whirlpool tubs

You can use the above methods to clean out the interior of a Jacuzzi too, but you’ll also need to clean the jets. To do this, fill the bath with hot water until it’s just covering the jets. Add about half a cup of dishwasher powder and around the same amount of bleach. The dishwasher powder is a low-suds soap, so it won’t cause any foaming problems. Mix the powder in thoroughly, then run the Jacuzzi for about fifteen minutes. Drain the bath, fill it with cold water and then repeat to rinse out the cleaning solution.

Flushing the jets should be done fortnightly if you are a frequent user, monthly if you are not.


Fix a flooded bathroom

 

Fix a flooded bathroom

Flooded bathroom

A flooded bathroom can do as much damage to carpets as it can to bathroom fixtures.

 

Knowing how to deal with a flooded bathroom can not only save you money, it can defuse an otherwise very dangerous situation.

Modern bathrooms are fitted with all kinds of electrical outlets and accessories which can become fatally hazardous when mixed with water. Flooding can also create long lasting consequences for the structure and stability of your home. Depending on the severity of the emergency, you may have to take rapid action to prevent or limit the amount of damage done.

How to stop a bathroom from flooding

Sadly, flooding’s not an uncommon occurrence in bathrooms – especially older ones. It can be caused by many things, from burst fittings to an unattended bath or an overflowing sink. If it’s a flooded bath or sink the solution’s pretty obvious – just turn off the taps.

If it’s caused by burst fittings or pipes though, you will need to turn off the water supply at the mains very quickly. Locate the main water supply to your home and turn it off immediately – it’s normally somewhere in your front yard towards a corner near the fence. Regardless of what’s leaking, this should help to stem the flow. You should also switch off the electricity at the main circuit board if water’s come anywhere near electrical outlets or appliances – do this first if there is any risk at all. If water has come into contact with electrical fixtures, call an electrician and don’t turn the power on until you’re advised that it’s safe to do so. If you’ve had a burst fitting, call a plumber to fix it.

How to clean up a flooded bathroom

Provided that you’re sure there’s no danger of electrocution, the next step is to clean up. If your bathroom has sloping floors leading to a floor drain you shouldn’t have much damage anyway, but the first step in any case is to grab all the spare towels you can to soak up as much water as possible. Depending on how long the flooding went unnoticed, this may a big job. If the flooding has flowed into other rooms, start at the edge of the wet patch and work towards the bathroom.

Use any portable heaters or fans you have to start drying out carpets as quickly as possible. The smell of a mouldy carpet will never quite go away, so make sure they’re very thoroughly dried out. This is also important to ensure that any wood in the floor underneath is not permanently damaged. Make sure that you have proper ventilation for this too; you don’t want all that water evaporating only to soak into your walls and ceilings.

How to prevent flooding

To head off the problem of flooding, most baths and sinks nowadays are equipped with overflow valves that drain off any water when it reaches an excess level. Sloping floors with drains will also stop most flooding, but in both cases, they are only effective if they are kept clear. Bear in mind that if flooding does occur, things such as wash cloths and loofahs will likely be sucked towards the drain and may block it, so try and keep these items out of reach of the water level.