Hints & HELP!
by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appears in the February
13, 2005 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
Is cleaning your bathroom a dreaded task? If so, these tips
from The Soap and Detergent Association on how to maintain
the sparkling new look of fiberglass furnishings will be
helpful. Many bathrooms today are furnished with fiberglass
bathtubs, tub/shower combinations or shower stalls with
either a shiny mirror like finish or a textured surface
for added safety. These molded bath fixtures are installed
without caulking and grouting.
of the fixtures offer the following suggestions for regular
cleaning of the bathroom units. Use a non-abrasive cleaning
agent such as an all-purpose household cleaner, bathroom
cleaner, liquid cleaner or baking soda. Abrasive cleaners
and pads should be avoided since they may scratch, discolor
or dull the surface of the fixture.
and spray cleaners can be applied full strength to the fixture.
For a powdered product, use the following method: wet the
surface, make a water paste solution or apply the product
to the fixture, and let it remain on the surface for a few
minutes. Then gently rub the area using a sponge, nylon
brush or polyethylene pad. Rinse the unit thoroughly.
stains may require a little extra attention. Sponge a stained
area with any of the products mentioned above. Let the cleaner
remain on the stain for about a hour; then rinse.
methods are necessary for some stains. For example, in hard
water areas, a mineral deposit can build up. There are products
specifically designed to remove such deposits. Package instructions
should be read and followed carefully.
stains such as adhesives, tar, iodine and oil-based paints
can be removed with acetone (nail polish remover) or a paint
thinner, such as turpentine. Saturate a clean, white cotton
cloth with the solution and lightly rub the affected areas
until the stain disappears. Care should be taken when using
these products. There are solvents that will not harm the
fiberglass finish, but should be used sparingly. Solvents
are highly flammable and should not be used near heat or
any open flame. Do not smoke while using these products,
and work in a well-ventilated area. They should not be allowed
to go down the drain or come in contact with a plastic drain
grate. Use a dampened clean cloth or sponge to wipe off
the treated surface.
maintain a lustrous finish, one manufacturer recommends
conditioning the surfaces. Apply with a clean cloth an automotive
white polishing compound to any scratched or dulled areas.
Then buff the surfaces with a light application of automotive
white cream wax using a clean turkish towel. It is also
suggested this treatment be done twice a year to maintain
an attractive finish. When the urge to clean hits, remember
these tips for easy bathroom cleaning.
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