There are lots of clever tips and tricks to achieve an always sparkling bathroom. Follow the Good Housekeeping Institute’s expert advice to keep yours sparkling and fresh.
1.Mouldy grouting or sealant can be removed with a toothbrush dipped in a solution of one part bleach to four parts water. If the black marks still remain try using HG Mould Remover, £5.49, from Lakeland
2.Crusty deposits around chrome taps come off by saturating a soft cloth or absorbent kitchen towels with white vinegar and wrapping around the tap. Leave overnight. Rinse thoroughly with warm soapy water. Shift any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.
3.Brass fixturescan soon look tarnished so clean by making a paste of bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. Lightly scrub the fixtures, leave for a few minutes and then buff with a clean cloth.
4.Remove caked on hairspray from mirrors by wiping with a little surgical spirit on a soft cloth.
5. To remove stubborn rings around toilet bowls, use a pumice stone. Keeping the stone wet, rub until the ring has gone. Don’t try this on enamel or plastic fittings.
6. Look for non-slip finishes on tiles when choosing for bathroom floors. Ceramic tiles can be dangerously slippery..
7. Choose a dual-flush toilet to help save water. They have a half-flush option for liquid waste and a full-flush button for solid waste.
8. If you have a vitreous enamel-coated cast iron or steel bath only use products recommended by the Vitreous Enamel Association. Products with anti-scale ingredients may cause enamel to dull. To remove limescale treat with a solution of half white vinegar and half water, followed by a thorough rinsing.
9. If your bath has become matt or looks unsightly, you can have the surface professionally cleaned and polished. However, if damage is severe, you may need to have it completely resurfaced. Prices start from £220 for a basic white bath. Try Renubath or Bath Renovation Ltd.
10.Descale shower heads monthly in hard water areas where they can soon clog up. Use a proprietary descaler or soak overnight in a solution of half white vinegar and half water.