Bathroom stains can seem never ending, constantly marring what would otherwise be sparkling tile, marble, or porcelain surfaces. Rather than trying to fight existing stains, the best strategy for maintaining a beautiful bathroom is to beat stains before they start. Here are 4 stain prevention strategies that will save you a lot of scrubbing.
Keep It Dry
Wet surfaces are stain magnets, which is what makes keeping your bathroom clean so challenging. In order to prevent stains from forming and mold from growing in tile grout, you need to dry wet surfaces constantly. Use a vent when showering, be vigilant about burst pipes or smaller leaks, and don’t let the kids leave puddles on the bathroom floor. Otherwise you’ll be left with everything from hard water stains to rust and black mold.
Do note that black mold can be toxic and is particularly dangerous to those with respiratory problems, so if you suspect this is a problem in your home, you’ll need professional help. Just another reason to focus on keeping things dry and clean in your bathroom.
Beware Of Overflow
Sometimes we can’t see the source of bathroom stains. This is common in cases where your tub or sink overflow drain doesn’t line up with the right pipes. Without a proper connection, you may notice pools of water in strange places, pushing up from where it’s collected under the floor. If you suspect this might be a problem, try fixing the gap with flexible tubing. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you might need a plumber to take a closer look.
Brush It Up
Toilet stains are almost inevitable in the average bathroom, but rather than waiting for the bowl to get grimy, stick to a scrubbing schedule. A quick scour with a toilet brush once a week will keep you from ending up with a much more unpleasant problem. Be careful with colored toilet bowls, however, as these can scratch more easily. Make sure you have a suitable brush for your particularly toilet model and material.
Is there an odd rusty ring on your sink or tub edge that you can’t quite determine the source of? The most likely culprit may be your shaving cream can. While few other toiletries come in metal cans, aerosolized shaving cream – and occasionally such products as hairspray – can leave rust rings in your bathroom. To prevent these, store any products in metal cans away from wet areas. Put them under the sink vanity or in the medicine chest instead.
There’s a lot you can do to prevent stains, but it takes diligence – and sometimes chemical cleaners. Don’t eschew the occasional commercial cleaner as they can be great for preventing hard water stains, as can the installation of a water softening system. With these tools at your disposal, you’ll have the cleanest bathroom on the block.