BATHROOM CLEANING TIPS AND TRICKS

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

09 / October / 2017

Bathroom Cleaning Tips and Tricks

 If you're reading this, then congratulations are in order. You're probably wondering, "for what?" Number one, you've made the extremely smart decision to buy from Maykke, meaning you now own a product that will last a lifetime. Number two, you're choosing to keep your bathroom clean and shiny to show off that stellar design taste (as you should!). Well, Maykke has your back. We've assembled this comprehensive guide on cleaning and caring for the materials used in our products*. Follow our bathroom cleaning tips and tricks to keep those enviable pieces looking sparkling new for years to come.

*While this guide was written specifically for the premium grade quality materials we used in our products, our bathroom cleaning tips and tricks hold true for most bathroom items. We're here to spread our knowledge, so even if you're not a Maykke owner, please read on!

Contents:

(Pro tip: You can easily navigate to the different sections using the following phrases below. Hit F on a Mac or Ctrl+F on Windows to search the page). 

1. How to Clean an Acrylic Tub

2. How to Clean a Cast Iron Tub

3. How to Clean a Ceramic Sink

4. How to Clean a Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

5. How to Clean Marble Countertops or Marble Sinks

6. How to Clean a Granite Countertop or Granite Sink

7. How to Clean a Quartz Countertop

8. How to Clean Wood Furniture

9. How to Clean Brass Hardware

10. How to Clean Marble Tile

11. How to Clean Basalt Tile

12. How to Clean LED Mirrors

how to clean an acrylic tub

1. How to Clean an Acrylic Tub

The thrill behind Maykke's acrylic freestanding tubs is our huge variety of  tub shapes. Graceful ovals, daring rectangles, and even round freestanding tubs can achieved through the molding process, so acrylic freestanding tubs have become very popular in modern bathroom design. Cleaning and maintaining them requires some special care. Here are some basics concerning the care and cleaning of your acrylic freestanding bathtub.

Daily Maintenance

Make a habit of wiping your tub with a damp cloth after each use. This practice will help prevent the buildup of soap scum and hard water, making cleaning easier and saving you a great deal of time and energy.

Periodic Cleaning

Occasionally, your acrylic tub will need a little bit more TLC. Every week or so, you can clean your tub with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. Here is how: 

  • Put 2 cups of vinegar in a full tub of hot water.
  • Allow it to sit for 15 minutes before draining.
  • Wipe the tub down with a damp cloth or non-abrasive sponge.
  • In place of vinegar, you can use lemon juice.

If you have followed the daily maintenance suggested above, then this should be sufficient for cleaning your tub without the use of any harsh abrasives. What happens if you need a little bit more? 

Deep Cleaning

Keep in mind that harsh abrasives and chemicals will harm the acrylic finish of your tub. For stains and areas that need a little bit deeper cleaning than those suggested above, follow these steps: 

  • Sprinkle baking soda along the rim of the tub.
  • Spray stains lightly with plain water or with diluted vinegar or lemon juice in a spray bottle.
  • Allow the baking soda to dissolve stains for a few minutes.
  • Any stubborn stains can be removed by scrubbing in a circular motion with a soft bristled tooth brush or a non-scratch sponge.

Utilizing these tips can help you keep your acrylic tub clean and sparkling. Remember, no harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners can be used on your acrylic tub.

how to clean a cast iron tub

2. How to Clean a Cast Iron Tub

Your guests have probably showered you with compliments on your cast iron tub. This vintage look has made a resurgence in modern home design for its timeless, classic elegance. Just like acrylic tubs, cast iron tubs need special treatment and a mild cleaner to prevent their enamel finish from being damaged. 

Daily Maintenance

Like freestanding acrylic tubs, wiping down your cast iron tub with a damp cloth after each use will save you a lot of time and energy where cleaning your tub is concerned. Again, this practice will help prevent the buildup of soap scum and hard water and will make cleaning easier. 

Periodic Cleaning

Daily maintenance will help keep the worst stains and buildup at bay. When needed, give your cast iron tub some additional love by following these steps:

  • Fill your tub with hot water, adding in several squirts of dish soap (grease fighting is best) as it fills.
  • Allow the dish soap to sit for 30 minutes before draining the tub.
  • After the water drains, rinse the tub thoroughly.
  • Wipe down the surfaces of the tub with a dry, non-abrasive cloth.

Repeat this practice on a weekly basis to help keep your tub in tip-top condition. If you need to get a little more aggressive, then keep reading. 

Deep Cleaning

Hopefully you have kept your tub clean using the above methods, but in the event that a stain has gotten by you and plagued your tub, there are a few things you can do to get rid of it without harming the tub’s surface. 

  • Fill a 5 gallon bucket with warm water.
  • Add in ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of ammonia (Note: NEVER add bleach to ammonia because the combination creates toxic fumes).
  • Wearing rubber gloves and using a non-abrasive sponge, rub the affected areas in a circular motion until the spot is removed.
  • Rinse off and you’re done.
how to clean a ceramic sink

3. How to Clean a Ceramic Sink

Ceramic sinks certainly make a design statement, but they are also known for their durability. Whether you've got a ceramic undermount sink or a ceramic vessel sink, keeping them clean is not all that difficult. Here are some easy ways to keep your ceramic sink looking as great as it did when you first bought it. 

Daily Maintenance

For a quick clean, combine 1 tbsp dish soap (grease-fighting) and 1/2 gallon of hot water. Wipe with a soft sponge and rinse clean. 

Periodic Cleaning

Notice a little build up? For an extra clean, follow these steps: 

  • Plug your sink. Fill with 3 parts hot water and 1 parts vinegar (lemon juice also works). 
  • Allow the lemon juice or vinegar mixture to sit for 30 minutes before draining the sink.
  • After the water drains, rinse the sink completely.
  • Wipe down the surfaces of the sink with a dry, non-abrasive cloth. 

Your ceramic sink will stay in great shape if you repeat this practice on a weekly basis. Should you discover stains, a deeper cleaning approach may be needed. 

Deep Cleaning

Spot a stain? Here's how you can get rid of it without harming your sink. 

  • Cut a lemon, lime or orange into quarters.
  • Rub the fleshy side of the fruit wedge on the affected area in a circular motion until it’s gone.
  • Rinse and wipe down your sink with a damp cloth and then dry it.
  • You can also use baking soda and damp sponge as a mild abrasive to get rid of more stubborn stains. 
how to clean a fireclay farmhouse sink

    4. How to Clean a Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

    Thanks to their classic charm, fireclay farmhouse sinks have become a popular item in modern kitchen design—but you already knew this. The material is one of the strongest ones out there. Fireclay farmhouse sinks are forged at extremely hard temperatures, creating that glossy, durable, non-porous surface you love as you conquer sinks full of dishes. The durable glaze can withstand mildly abrasive cleaners, however, we recommended non-abrasive products for regular cleaning.

    Daily Maintenance

    With a few simple steps, your fireclay farmhouse sink will last a lifetime. As with lots of other surfaces we've covered, wipe down your sink after each use with a damp cloth to get rid of soap scum or hard water. Then use a soft, dry towel to dry the surface of the sink. Dish soap and grease-fighting detergent work wonders if your dishes happen to leave any stains.

    • Use dish soap or other mild detergent on a damp cloth to clean all the surfaces of the sink.
    • Rinse the soap and then wipe dry with a dry, non-abrasive cloth.

    Routine Cleaning

    A couple times per week you can try this treatment to keep your sink shining white and glossy or get rid of minor residue spots. 

    • Shake baking soda liberally over the area of buildup.
    • Squeeze a little lemon juice or vinegar.
    • Use a damp sponge to work the mixture into a paste. 
    • Scrub in a circular motion, rinse, and dry. 
    how to clean marble countertops

    5. How to Clean Marble Countertops or Marble Sinks

    A marble bathroom sink adds the perfect design elegance to your bathroom. The material is so durable that many people think that there is no way their marble sinks or marble countertops can be destroyed by using any type of harsh chemicals or abrasives. Not true! Marble stone is porous, so it can become damaged if the sealant is removed by harsh cleansers.

    Regular Maintenance

    Because they're both natural stone, marble is often lumped in with granite. However, marble is actually a much softer stone, so it requires different cleaning attention. Never use acidic products when cleaning your marble countertops or marble sinks. Bleach, vinegar, or glass cleaner will eat away at the marble, as will harsh bristle on a brush.

    • Wipe down your counters and sinks after each use using dish soap and a sponge with a soft scrubber pad to get rid of stickier substances.
    • Rinse the surface with clean water and a damp cloth.
    • Wipe it dry.

    Deep Cleaning

    If you do stain your marble countertop or marble sink, a solution using hydrogen peroxide will clear that right up. I know, I know, we said no harsh cleaners. You just have to be careful!

    • If the stain is oil-based, create a thick paste mixing baking soda and rubbing alcohol.
    • Spread the paste over the affected area with a putty knife.
    • Cover with plastic and allow it to sit for 24-36 hours.
    • Remove the plastic and the dried paste. 
    • Rinse and repeat as necessary until the discoloration is gone.
    • If the stain is water-based, repeat the same steps, but use hydrogen peroxide instead of rubbing alcohol.

    A sealer can be re-applied every 2-3 years (at the most frequent) to help the surface resist moisture.

    6. How to Clean a Granite Countertop or Granite Sink

    Your kitchen or bathroom benefits greatly from an attractive and durable material like granite on your countertops and sinktops . Granite vessel sinks are also becoming more and more popular for their eye-catching colors and design. Granite is so durable that many people think that there is no way it can be destroyed by using any type of harsh chemicals or abrasives. That’s not necessarily true. Because stone is porous, it can stain and become damaged if the sealant is removed by harsh cleansers. 

    Regular Maintenance

    Daily care is the best way to keep your granite countertops and sinks in top shape. Keeping them clean of hard water, soap scum and other discolorations is pretty simple.

    • Wipe down your counters and sinks after each use using dish soap and a sponge with a scrubber pad to get rid of stickier substances.
    • Rinse the surface with clean water and a damp microfibre cloth.
    • Wipe it dry.
    • Once or twice a week, depending on frequency of use, wipe down all of the surfaces using a microfibre cloth with olive oil. Distribute a thin, even layer of oil.
    • Let sit for 1 minute then wipe away excess oil. 

    Deep Cleaning

    In the event that the sink surface has been damaged and a discoloration has gotten into the stone, it will require a much more aggressive approach. 

    • Create a thick paste mixing whiting powder and hydrogen peroxide.
    • Spread the paste over the affected area with a putty knife.
    • Cover the sink with plastic and allow it to sit for 24-36 hours.
    • Remove the plastic and the dried paste.
    • Rinse and repeat as necessary until the discoloration is gone.

    A sealer can be re-applied every 2-3 years (at the most frequent) to help your granite countertops and granite sinks resist moisture.

    how to clean a quartz countertop

    7. How to Clean a Quartz Countertop

    Quartz countertops are a much more maintenance free material than other surfaces. Quartz is not porous like granite and it is pretty resistant to abrasives. A quartz vanity top is not only attractive, but saves a lot of trouble when it comes to cleaning.

    Routine Cleaning

    Routine cleaning saves you time and energy. Are you noticing a common theme here? Regular maintenance after each use is still the best option, even when it comes to this durable surface. Here’s how to keep it clean:

    • Wipe down the surfaces daily with a damp cloth and mild detergent, like dish soap.
    • Scrape off, dried, sticky substances with a plastic putty knife.
    • Rinse, wipe and dry with a towel.

    Quartz can resist stains for a short period of time, but common liquids like wine, coffee, and tea can permanently damage the surface. Wipe up any spills as soon as possible to avoid stains setting. 

    Deeper Cleaning

    Though you will have a hard time damaging the quartz, you might have to get tough on specific spots and discolorations. No bleach, harsh or acidic cleaners needed. 

    • For sticky substances, wet a cloth with a little citrus cleaner then rub on the spot.
    • Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Clean the counter with warm water. 
    • For more permanent stains like ink or dye, use a rag rubbing alcohol and water on the spot, then clean well with warm water. 
    • For dried spills or hardened buildup, scrap gently with a plastic putty knife.
    how to clean wood furniture

    8. How to Clean Wood Furniture

    Wood is one of the most popular surfaces out there. It's a tried and true construction material for many furniture everywhere, including your  modern vanity set . Keeping wood clean and maintained is a bit more challenging than some other surfaces because it is very porous. 

    General Tips for Wood

    Exposure to smoke, chemicals and sunlight on a regular basis will damage and discolor wood finishes. Over exposure to humidity is also a severe threat for maintaining wood furniture. In a bathroom, you need to get rid of high humidity as quickly as possible by using ventilating fans or by opening windows. Wiping down damp wood furniture with a dry cloth is one of the most important things you can do to keep the surface moisture-free. 

    Regular Maintenance is Important

    If you are not doing regular maintenance on your wood furniture, you might as well start writing it off as a loss, because you won’t have it for long. Keeping your wood clean will depend upon its finish type. We’ll cover each type individually.

    • Painted wood should be dusted regularly with a dry cloth or duster. A damp sponge can sometimes be applied to remove finger prints and smudges.
    • Unsealed wood should be dusted regularly and wiped with a damp and mild detergent like dish soap. It should be rinsed off and dried immediately.
    • Stained wood should be dry dusted periodically and treated in the same manner as unsealed wood.
    • Varnished or sealed wood should be dry dusted periodically. Tougher discolorations can be treated like unsealed above. A chamois and spray polish can be used to keep its shine.
    • Waxed wood finishes will dull if detergents are used on them. Soap flakes should be used to clean this type of wood and you should avoid getting the wood overly wet. 

    As you have probably deduced, moisture is one of your wood furniture’s worst enemies in a bathroom. Don’t forget that overexposure to heat and sunlight, which dries wood, is also dangerous. Keeping your wood looking great really requires you to maintain a balance between the two extremes.

    how to clean brass hardware

    9. How to Clean Brass Hardware

    Among the best bathroom cleaning tips and tricks involve paying attention to your brass hardware. Brass adds pop to your bathroom design. When it comes to faucets or even bathroom accessories, keeping your brass looking its best will help keep your bathroom from looking dingy. 

    Daily Maintenance

    Daily maintenance is always the best bet when it comes to brass hardware in your bathroom. It only takes a few minutes to make an enormous difference and it saves a lot of time and energy later on. This daily maintenance is as simple as wiping down all brass surfaces with a dry cloth to get rid of hard water and soap scum.

    Routine Cleaning

    Your daily maintenance should be followed up by routine cleaning a couple of times a week. Hot, soapy water should do the trick for most brass surfaces and won't damage the lacquer finish.

    • Squirt a little bit of dish soap onto a damp sponge.
    • Wipe down all brass fixtures, including hardware and faucets.
    • Rinse with clean, clear water.
    • Buff dry with a soft dry rag. 

    These steps will get rid of nearly all of the issues you encounter, but there are times you have to take things a bit further. 

    Deep Cleaning

    If you follow the daily maintenance and routine cleaning tips listed above, you will probably have no issues with your brass fixtures and hardware, but once in a while, you get a spot that is a little bit more stubborn. Here is how you can treat that problem.

    • Create a paste by adding 1 part flour and 1 part salt to ¼ cup of white vinegar.
    • Apply this paste to the affected areas on your brass fixtures in a circular motion with a dry, soft cloth or a soft bristled tooth brush for more stubborn spots.
    • Continue rubbing even after the paste is wiped off until you get a brilliant shine.

    Never use a stiff bristled brush or anything too harsh as these will scratch the surface.
    A thin coating of linseed oil or mineral oil can be applied to clean brass with a soft towel to prevent tarnishing.

    how to clean marble tile

    10. How to Clean Marble Tile

    Marble became your top choice for its color, design variations, and durability. These elements make marble an excellent choice for bathroom tiles or kitchen tiles. The same guidelines you used to clean your marble countertops apply to your marble tile.  

    Regular Maintenance

    If your marble floor tiles have simply accumulated some dirt or dust, use a dust mop to pick up the loose debris. Don't use vacuum cleaner or any metal tools that may scratch the surface. If the dirt is ground into the marble tile, follow these steps.

    • Combine about 8 oz warm water with 1 tbsp mild soap, such as non-abrasive dish soap, in a spray bottle or other container.
    • Mix the liquids together thoroughly.
    • For wall tiles, spray the solution directly to the surface.
    • For floor tiles, you can use a soft mop to apply the solution.
    • Wipe down the surface with a warm, wet towel.
    • Use a dry towel to buff the tile.

    Make sure you don't leave any standing water, as that will damage the tile.

    Deep Cleaning

    In the event that your marble tile has been damaged or discolored, it will require a much more aggressive approach. Follow the same steps you used to clean a marble countertop or marble sink.

    • If the stain is oil-based, create a thick paste mixing baking soda and rubbing alcohol.
    • Spread the paste over the affected area with a putty knife.
    • Cover with plastic and allow it to sit for 24-36 hours.
    • Remove the plastic and the dried paste. 
    • Rinse and repeat as necessary until the discoloration is gone.
    • If the stain is water-based, repeat the same steps, but use hydrogen peroxide instead of rubbing alcohol.

    You can reapply sealer to marble tiles more frequently, approximately once a month. Make sure your marble tiles are clean and dry before applying the sealer. You can apply a second coat once the first one is dry. 

    how to clean basalt tile

    11. How to Clean Basalt Tile

    The deep, never-fading color of basalt tile  has elevated this option among the most-loved modern interior design trends. You'll find basalt is not a great deal different to maintain than marble tiles or any granite or bluestone surface. Keeping your basalt tiles clean is pretty simple if a few things are kept in mind.

    Routine Cleaning

    Cleaning tile surfaces is something that should be done a minimum of a couple of times per week in order to keep them attractive and lasting long. Here are the best tips for maintaining basalt tile.

    • Sweep tile daily with a soft bristled broom. Avoid abrasive, heavy duty material.
    • Damp mop with mild soap a couple times per week. Rinse with clear water.
    • Dry completely to avoid letting water sit.

    Deep cleaning

    Because the color of basalt is so dark, you don't have to worry about stains showing up as clearly. Again, if you do happen to spill, just clean it up as quickly as possible.

    • If a stain is particularly giving you a hard, time, substitute the mild soap in the suggestion above with a PH neutral cleaner specifically for natural stone.
    • Never use abrasive cleaners, powders, scouring pads, steel wool or sandpaper.
    • Never let cleaners or soap set on the surface. 
    how to clean LED mirrors

    12. How to Clean LED Mirrors

    LED mirrors are an elegant and handy option for bring in some additional soft-toned light over your vanity. I'm sure you'll agree their flattering glow is well-worth the little extra care that LED mirrors need that typical mirrors can go without. 

    Maintenance and Cleaning

    Your main concern with LED mirrors is related to the cut edges of the mirror which are easily corroded by water vapor and moisture. Rust spots and mildew underneath the glass surface are usually the biggest issues. Here are some maintenance and cleaning tips for LED mirrors.

    • Coat back and edges with lacquer.
    • Give your LED mirror some space. Don't place it directly above the vanity basin.
    • Do not wipe the mirror with a damp cloth or with your wet hands.
    • Do not use salty, greasy or acidic substances to clean these mirrors or contact the mirror surface with any of these substances.
    • Clean your LED mirror with a soft, dry cloth.
    • Mild dish soap or detergent can be used, but be sure not to allow it to sit for a long time and be sure to keep the edges as dry as possible.

    That's it, you've reached the end of our bathroom cleaning tips and tricks! Thanks for reading! We hope this has been helpful for keeping your bathroom shiny and clean. Do you have any special cleaning solution recipes? Let us know your techniques in the comments!

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