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Efficient tips on how to clean your bathroom tiles

Nothing compares to the feeling of entering a bathroom that is as clean as a place that is intended to promote hygiene and cleanliness. The reality is that making a properly clean bathroom may seem like a big task…and maintaining a clean bathroom might feel closer to the “impossible” end of the overwhelming range. Especially in the case of bathroom tiles and grout. However, with spring cleaning in the air, there are certain tips and tactics on how to clean bathroom tiles and keep them clean that you should know.

Maintaining the cleanliness of your house is crucial since it is the environment in which your family flourishes. A bathroom is an area that requires extra attention since it tends to get filthy really quickly. We have a tendency to pay little attention to how we are polluting our environment when we are cleaning up after ourselves. In the bathroom, water stains, filth, mold, mildew, and soap scum are all common sights to see.

When it comes to making a bathroom seem nasty, there are few things more effective than old and muddy bathroom tiles. It is not just the act of cleaning that makes such a significant effect, but also the products that we use to clean our houses that have a significant impact. Unfortunately, cleaning products may occasionally include a high concentration of chemicals, causing more damage than good to you and your family as a result. This is why it is preferable to use natural cleaning products, even while doing household cleaning.

Cleaning the bathroom tiles may be a time-consuming endeavor at times, particularly since it can be difficult to reach between the bathroom tiles and around them. The use of chemicals to clean is highly convenient since the filth and grime disappear as if by magic, but it is also quite dangerous, particularly when there are small children and pets in the home. Non-toxic cleaning products are not only harmful to children, but they may also be harmful to adults who inhale the fumes from cleaning goods.

Everyday, do a little amount of cleaning in the bathroom.

This does not imply that you should deep-clean the bathroom on a daily basis, though. Instead, it entails doing those minor, 20-second actions that will help to maintain the freshness of your bathroom on a daily basis, such as spot-cleaning the mirror or floor tile and wiping down the worktops, tile backsplash, and/or sink surface. Weekly, on the other hand, you’ll want to take care of the bathroom cleaning recommendations listed below. As time passes, though, you will notice that it becomes less difficult and that you become more efficient.

Clean the bathroom tiles in the bathroom using a vacuum.

Keeping the bathroom clean with sweeping and mopping is fine, but occasionally the strong suction of a vacuum cleaner is required to remove hair and debris from the bathroom tiles, whether it is on the floor or on the walls.

Prepare the bathroom tiles by heating it.

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Make use of the hottest water setting available on the faucet and fill the bathtub and sink with a couple of inches of hot water to warm the surrounding surroundings when at all feasible. Also, use hot water to clean any difficult areas of tile if necessary. Wait a few minutes as you clean the mirror or wipe down other surfaces with a paper towel to absorb the moisture. Then drain the hot water and thoroughly clean the tile and surrounding area; it has been shown that increased heat increases the efficiency of alkaline cleansers by a factor of two to three.

Work your way down from the top.

Clean from the top down if you have tile in your bathroom on your tub surround and backsplash, as well as on your bathroom floor and wall surrounds. Spray the antibacterial cleanser all over the surface, then begin scrubbing from the top of the surface down. Having cleaner and filth not flow down or drip into your already-cleaned regions boosts the effectiveness of your cleaning operation.

Distribute the cleanser in a uniform layer.

It is important to apply the bathroom tiles cleaner (including DIY natural tile or grout cleaner) uniformly throughout the tile and grout surfaces while cleaning them. Using a sponge or soft cloth is the most efficient way to do this.

Don’t rush anything.

It’s great if you can give your bathroom tiles cleaner (and other cleansers) some time to settle and battle the filth on the bathroom tiles themselves. Resist the temptation to begin swiping the cleaner away immediately after spraying and spreading it over the room. Allow it to sit for around five minutes in order to fully activate the cleaning capability.

Surfaces should be cleaned.

Allowing your bathroom tile cleanser to sit for around five minutes before scrubbing it clean is a good idea. Hardness varies across tile surfaces, but grout is more porous than hard surfaces, therefore use a non-abrasive cleaning instrument such as a gentler scrub brush or a non-scratch pad to avoid scratching the surface. If being green with your cleaning is your thing, you may want to consider utilizing natural products to clean your grout. You can read about Choosing the Best Materials for Bathroom Tiles by clicking here.

All cleaners should be rinsed.

If you don’t want all of your hard cleaning work undone by leaving chemicals on the surfaces of your bathroom tiles, be sure to properly rinse them after cleaning.

All surfaces should be completely dry.

Make certain that all surfaces are completely dry before continuing, especially on the floor, where damp floors may pose a significant safety threat. Make use of color-coded dry rags (for example, red rags for the floor, yellow rags for the toilet, and blue rags for the sink) to prevent cross-contamination of possibly lingering surface germs.

Final thoughts

If you’re looking to clean your bathroom tiles, this article will put you in the right direction in that regard. On the good side, you can also refer back to this article and practice the bathroom tiles cleaning tips mentioned here.

Shift House

Shift House

The Site

The Shift House sits on a plateau above Hood River and boasts panoramic views of two mountains: Mt. Hood to the south and Mt. Adams to the north. The project is located on a busy street, and in order to shield the residents from the traffic, the program was separated into two buildings. The main house, containing all the living spaces, was set back 70 feet from the street, while an auxiliary building containing a shop and garage were placed directly off of the street.

This separation had the advantage of allowing the auxiliary building to act as a buffer between the street and the house. It also removed the unheated spaces from the main house to allow the heated volume to become more compact.

The House Design

To optimize the use of material resources and maximize solar gain, the building is a south-facing two-story rectangular volume with an optimized surface-to-volume ratio.

The rectangular plan is bisected by an entry foyer and staircase, which divide the house into four distinct areas: living spaces, guest quarters, study, and master suite, virtually eliminating the need for hallways. This layout is then sheared in half along the east-west axis and the two halves are shifted apart by 10 feet. This shift dramatically opens up the living and sleeping spaces to more generous proportions and provides for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. And with this shift, pockets are formed in opposite corners that allow balconies and porches facing both directions to be integrated into the volume of the building.

With its simple pitched roof and overhangs, the shape, massing, and materials palette of the house references vernacular building traditions, showing that a house with exceptional performance does not have to look out-of-this-world, but can be accessible to the average American.

The design makes the architectural statement that simplicity is an articulation of efficiency, modesty, and beauty: That a simple roof form with less ins-and-outs is cheaper, uses less material, produces less construction waste, provides less surface area for heat to escape through, and provides less opportunity for complicated framing details that lead to thermal bridges and leaks; that an efficiently designed floor plan results in less wasted space, and therefore allows a smaller more modest home to be just as spacious and comfortable as the average American home.

The House Performance

The Shift House incorporates not only physical and spatial shifts but also represents a paradigm shift in home construction methods and green building philosophy. We were drawn to the Passive House concept because rather than representing sustainability in terms of elusive catch-phrases, it is simply defined by a quantifiable number of allowed energy use; and rather than relying on costly technologies to produce energy, it strives to simply reduce the need for energy in the first place, using simple concepts in an integrative systems approach. The result is simple: no furnace.

Reducing heating energy is reducing heat losses. The house employs superinsulation in order to significantly reduce the heat transfer through the building shell, with special attention given to eliminating thermal bridges. The walls have an R-value of 42 while the roof has an R-value of 60. Every construction joint in the building envelope is carefully sealed to minimize the amount of air that can pass through the structure. High-performance triple-pane windows are used to ensure that the windows are not the weakest link in the chain.

Reducing heating energy is making use of free heat. The house makes use of passive solar design by facing the majority of windows south to capture the sunlight. This strategy is combined with the use of thermal mass in the form of exposed concrete floors.

The house makes extensive use of intrinsic heat from internal sources – such as waste heat from appliances– as well as body heat from the people and animals inside the building. These heat sources can have a significant impact in a superinsulated building.

To ensure the high air quality in the interior, a heat recovery ventilator is employed that not only brings air in from the outside but also transfers the warmth of the outgoing stale air to the incoming fresh air, thus reusing the building’s existing heat.

Keeping the heat out reduces the need for cooling energy. As one of the home’s main cooling strategies, all of the south-facing windows are equipped with sliding exterior sunscreens made from horizontal wood slats. Several of the larger windows are equipped with solid wooden shutters that not only provide shade from the sun but also reduce heat losses through the glass at night. This operability of the house’s exterior then becomes a design feature that gives the building its dynamic ever-shifting look.