Five Ways To Make Your Bathroom Easier to Clean

Are you sick of scrubbing your floors and breathing in harsh chemicals every time you clean your bathroom? While most people like having a clean bathroom, few enjoy the actual cleaning process. If you are looking for some foolproof ways to make your bathroom easier to clean, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few pro-tips for simplifying your bathroom cleaning process.

Seal Your Grout

If you don’t remember the color your grout is supposed to be and you still aren’t sure after hours of scrubbing, you may consider steam cleaning and sealing your grout. This process works in two steps: first, our team will professionally deep clean your tile and tackle dirty and moldy grout. Then, we can seal your grout lines with Perma Treat, which creates an impenetrable layer between your grout and external elements. This process improves your space’s integrity and will keep tile looking new for years to come with simple routine cleaning.

Mitigate Mold

Taking small steps to mitigate mold in your bathroom can avoid a big cleaning hassle down the line. Because mold thrives in damp places, making an effort to reduce excess water in your bathroom and improving circulation can significantly reduce your risk of mold. Some best practices to mitigate mold in your bathroom include:

 

Refinish Your Bathtub

If your tub is off-color or showing signs of age but you do not want to replace it, you may consider refinishing your bathtub. This process essentially gives your bathtub a facelift without having to do a large-scale bathroom remodel. When you opt to refinish your tub, it gives it a new, clean feel which you can maintain with routine cleanings rather than the having to do intense deep cleanings on the regular to make even a slight improvement.

Maintain Your Drain

Drain maintenance is key to simplifying your bathroom cleaning process. Rather than flooding your tub with chemicals when it gets clogged, take a few small steps on a regular basis to avoid huge backups that can only be fixed with heavy-duty chemical cleaners. Some drain maintenance best practices to implement include:

  • Using mesh screens over shower and bathtub drains (and all drains in your house) to catch hair and other particles before they make their way into the plumbing system and cause a clog.
  • Pouring boiling water down your drain regularly to eliminate soap scum build up
  • Teaching your children about drain maintenance and explain what should and should not go down the drain.

 

Get Organized

While scrubbing floors and clearing drains are often the most dreaded parts of cleaning, organizing your bathroom can also be an uphill battle. Implementing some space-saving solutions or using other organization strategies can help declutter your bathroom and leave your space feeling fresh and clean. Some optimal options for organizing your bathroom include:

  • Streamline your medicine cabinet. If you have a bunch of old prescriptions bottles or five bottles of tylenol with three pills in each, consolidate your items and declutter your cabinets to make more space.
  • Get creative with towel storage. If your bathroom is jam-packed, consider using a different space in your home for storing equal towels or implement simple cabinets, hangings and boxes to make the most of space you already have.
  • Leverage wall space and simple hanging solutions. Whether you have teenagers with makeup products everywhere or you have more cosmetics than you care to admit, bathrooms full of makeup, hair products, and other beauty supplies can get cluttered quickly. Equipping wall space and other unused spaces with hanging hardware and simple storage solutions can help you declutter and maximize your space.

 

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What You Need to Know About Grout Rehab and Maintenance

When was the last time you cleaned the grout in your home? While most people give their bathroom a once over on a regular basis, giving your bathroom a deep clean is something many people tend to put off. Maintaining your grout, however, can reduce mold, prevent water and structural damage, and increase the value of your home in the long run. Whether you are unsure of best practices for grout rehab maintenance or your are seeking long term solutions to keep your space clean and sturdy for years to come, here are a few things to know about grout rehab and maintenance.

Common Grout Problems

Whether in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other tile surface in your home, most types of grout will need some maintenance as a result of wear and tear. Letting various contaminants build up in your grout can cause unsightly stains, buildup of allergens, and even cause structural damage to your grout.  Making an effort to maintain grout throughout your home is a best practice to avoid some of the following common issues:

  • Mold and mildew
  • Dirt and grime build up
  • Structural damage because of repeated water exposure
  • Cracked grout lines
  • Air bubbles from poorly installed grout and tile

 

Build up of mold, mildew, dirt, and grime can typically be combatted with regular cleanings. Structural damage, cracked grout, and poorly installed grout, however, typically require professional assistance. If the tile in your home has these issues, give our team a call, we’re happy to help.

Grout and Tile Cleaning Best Practices

One of the easiest ways to prevent costly repairs down the road is to do routine cleanings to avoid dirt and mold buildup. Quick cleaning jobs more often can reduce the need for lengthy deep cleans down the line. Some common cleaning methods for grout include baking soda and vinegar, oxygenated bleach, and more. Don’t hesitate to use a cleaning brush or old toothbrush for easier access to those grout joints!

Grout Joint Rehab

If the grout joints in your home need more than a routine cleaning, Strictly Tile can implement a number of solutions to rehabilitate or replace your grout. Whether the tile in your bathroom needs a professional grade deep clean or complete replacement, we can assess your situation and apply the best solution. Some common grout joint rehab solutions include:

  • Replacing cracked grout lines
  • Cleaning moldy caulk lines and replacing if necessary
  • Restoring stained caulk lines to their normal color
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance cleaning

Preventative Solutions

When it comes to grout maintenance and rehabilitation, prevention can often be the best solution. Our team can implement a number of preventative technologies in your home to seal your grout and tile, and protect them from mold, water damage, and general wear and tear. We use Perma Treat solution, a solution that creates an impenetrable barrier between your tile and contaminants, to protect your surfaces for years to come. Perma Treat also comes with a lifetime warranty, so your surfaces will look brand new for years to come with simple routine cleaning. Perma Treat is a successful solution for the following surfaces:

  • Kitchen countertops and other granite and marble surfaces
  • Kitchen flooring
  • Bathroom surfaces
  • Outdoor concrete, stone, brick, and other types of patios

Keeping your bathroom and other tile surfaces clean and well maintained is crucial. Whether your grout lines need routine deep cleaning, or need to be removed, replaced, and resealed, our team is here to help. We pride ourselves on high quality, long lasting solutions to add to the value of your home and keep it looking new for years to come. To learn more about Strictly Tile’s grout rehab and maintenance services, visit our website today!

5 Bathroom Cleaning Tips You Wish You’d Known Sooner

There are few who actually enjoy cleaning. There are even fewer who enjoy cleaning the bathroom. Between scrubbing the toilet or finding out what exactly is in your shower drain, it’s not a pleasant task. However, there are some things you can do in order to make the task quicker, and an overall easier experience. From choosing a preventative and long lasting solution such as Permatreat, to some quick hacks that will keep your mirrors looking shiny and new, here are five tips that you can use for your next bathroom deep clean.

Tile

Cleaning your tile regularly is the best way to maintain it. Steam cleaning, baking soda and vinegar, and oxygenated bleach are all great solutions for tile cleaning. Additionally, opting for a high quality sealing solution such as Permatreat for your tile is a worthy investment that will keep your floors looking new for years to come.

Mirror

Giving the mirror some TLC is another crucial part of your deep clean. Every time you have to squint through the make up dust and toothpaste specks in order to see your reflection, you know it’s time to get out the scrub brush. Instead of a glass cleaner and a paper towel, which tends to leave streaks, use tea instead! Strong black tea in a spray bottle cleans the mirror without leaving splotches, and drying with a newspaper will leave your mirror streak-free.

Toilet

Cleaning the toilet is likely one of the worst aspects of cleaning the bathroom. Knowing everything that people do in there is enough to make anyone gag while scrubbing. In order to make this process easier, instead of using a fancy cleaning solution, just use white vinegar. Not only does vinegar disinfect by killing mold, germs and bacteria, but it also dissolves the scum that you find in your toilet bowl.

Sink

After looking away from your mirror, you may notice the hard water stains on the faucet below you. Scrubbing tends to just blur the already existing splotches. In order to get rid of them entirely, use an all-natural tool: a lemon. Rubbing a lemon over your bathroom hardware will break down hard water stains in a snap, having the added benefit of leaving your bathroom smelling lemony fresh!

Shower

The shower tends to be one of the most difficult projects of the bathroom, as soap scum can be fairly resilient against your average cleaner. Try going at it with a different angle by filling a dish wand with half dish soap and half vinegar. It will break through the grime better, leaving your bath or shower squeaky clean.  

Cleaning the bathroom will never be a fun task, but by using these tips, you’re sure to save time and energy for more entertaining activities. Strictly Tile has partnered with Permatreat to bring Seattle homeowners the best, longest lasting tile solutions. To learn more about bathroom care and maintenance, visit our website today. To learn more about Permatreat solutions, give us a call at 206-375-5858.

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