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Friday, 30 September 2016 16:02

House Cleaning Tips: A Three-Part Series, Part 3: The Bathroom

We continue our series on staging your house for sale this month with tips for cleaning your bathroom.

Bathrooms are an area that buyers especially need to feel comfortable in. A dingy restroom is a turnoff to potential buyers. Denver Real Estate Agent, Jon Goldberg , from LIV Sotheby's International Reality, told us, “When selling your home, staging is a critical consideration in all areas of the property, but bathrooms are particularly important for a couple of reasons. First, baths are notoriously difficult to photograph given their often tight layout, flat colors, and unexciting features (nice toilet!). Staging adds textures, color and it softens the images to allow the beauty of the bathroom to shine through and to maximize your marketing efforts. Second, after the photos and when potential buyers visit your home, staging a bath turns a space that could be cold, dull and unappealing into a warm, attractive, and inviting selling point during the showing.”

The first step to successfully staging your bathroom is a thorough scrub down. The following cleaning tips will make your bathrooms look their very best.

Materials You Will Need

  • One Gallon of White Distilled Vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Paper Towels
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Baking Soda
  • Bleach
  • One Whole Lemon
  • Q-Tips
  • Lemonade-Flavored Kool-Aid

Cleaning the Shower

Tiles

For the tough grime and mildew that stubbornly clings to shower tiles, use a toothbrush dipped in bleach and scrub the grout.

Shower Curtain

While the bleach is out, take down your plastic shower curtain and put it in the washer with an old white towel. (The white towel lends some texture and friction to the smooth plastic surface of the shower curtain.) Add ½ cup of bleach and a ¼ cup of laundry detergent to the load to remove the mildew from the shower curtain. You can also use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser™ on the mildew too.

Faucet & Drain

Cut a lemon in half and rub the lemon around the spout and the drain to get rid of the pesky hard water stains. Save the other half of the lemon for the bathroom sink.

Shower Door Tracks

Your shower door tracks can get pretty gross. First, tuck paper towels into the track and then pour distilled white vinegar onto the paper towels until they are completely saturated. Let the wet paper towels sit for 30 mins. Remove the towels and then scrub with the toothbrush to get any excess grime off.

Shower Heads

The last thing you want a prospective buyer to see is a grimy shower head that is noticeably clogged when the shower is turned on. You can remove the calcified water from your shower heads by soaking them in distilled white vinegar. Place the shower head in a plastic zipper-lock bag. Fill the bag with as much vinegar as needed to submerge the shower head. Wrap a hair tie or rubber band around the pipe to secure the bag over the shower head. Let the shower head soak overnight and in the morning empty the bag, and use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the shower head bag.

Toilet Cleaning Hacks

Those pink toilet rings are embarrassing and can be impossible to get rid of sometimes. It sounds crazy, but use a packet of lemonade flavored Kool-Aid and sprinkle it over the sides of the toilet bowl. Let it soak for an hour and then use your toilet scrubber with all-purpose cleaner to clean and rinse.

The exterior of the toilet can collect unsightly grunge that will turn a buyer off faster than you can say, “No buyer offers.” The grime that collects at the base can be scrubbed with an all-purpose cleaner or baking soda and vinegar. If it seems to be tough to get off, soak a few paper towels in white vinegar, let them sit on the stains for a few minutes, and then wipe it again.

Remember the Fan!

It’s easy to forget to clean the ceiling fan, but don’t. A dirty fan is a sure sign of a neglected home. A clean fan will make a much better impression. Remove the fan cover and use a vacuum to remove the dust from the fan and the cover. Next, soak the fan cover in the sink with one-part water and one-part vinegar. Dry off the cover and then place it back over the fan.

Sparkly New Sink

Hard water stains can be tough to get rid of with just an all-purpose cleaner. Use the other half of the lemon to scrub the handles, spout, and drain. For the stains that surround the base of the water handles and the spout, use Q-tips soaked in bleach.

When staging your home for sale, the bathroom needs to be immaculate to make the best impression with prospective buyers. Use these tips to make it sparkle and shine.

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