Bathroom cleaning hacks for older homes?
April 3, 2014 12:45 PM Subscribe
I thought I knew how to clean bathrooms? But my new bathroom is a dust-sink, hair-trap, and I can never seem to get the porous white sink, tub, and toilet to appear clean, despite frequent cleaning. Looking for practical hacks or product recommendations from people who have similar vintage or antique bathrooms.
posted by stellaluna to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
In the past I've cleaned newer construction bathrooms weekly; a quick rinse/scrub of the fiberglass shower/tub, Clorox wipes for fixtures, and then a scrub/mop of the linoleum floor. Now I'm living in an old Victorian and I have no idea how to keep my bathroom looking clean. I think it *is* clean, but just looks dirtier faster; I have the same cleaning routine as before but the products I use and the methods I grew up with just don't seem to work. Dust and hair are always collecting around the baseboard molding, the toilet and tub have permanent discoloration from the porous material collecting stains over the years, and the floor is uneven and seems to collect dirt, dust, and hair by the acre. It's not horrifically dirty, it just seems to get really dingy-looking really fast, if that makes sense.
It's a small bathroom and I have no ability to remodel or change anything (renting). I'm really looking for practical hacks or product recommendations from people who have similar vintage or antique bathrooms, as well as an estimate of how long it should be taking me to clean the bathroom (e.g., 15 minutes at my old new houses used to be adequate, and in my new old house, that barely makes a dent).