Whirlpools, showers and bathroom accessories: how often should they be cleaned?

Sanitary fixtures and accessories found in our bathrooms fulfill, in most cases, a very precise purpose: to allow us to take care of our personal hygiene. While we wash, however, their surfaces inevitably get dirty, without forgetting the effects due to the accumulation of dust: that’s why it is necessary to use the right strategies to proceed with a targeted cleaning, effective and as effortless as possible.

WHIRLPOOL OR STANDARD BATHTUB: HOW TO CARRY OUT CLEANING

Cleaning a bathtub with a whirlpool function, or even just a simple standard bathtub, is a particularly delicate matter for at least two reasons.

Cleaning a bathtub first is that you tend to spend more time inside than you do in the shower, and the second – a direct consequence of the first – is that prolonged contact of water with the internal surfaces inevitably causes the deposit of soap and organic residues along the walls.

Cleaning, therefore, is an activity of crucial importance to prevent the formation of opaque patinas or real incrustations in the most hidden corners. It is therefore advisable to wipe with a sponge and detergent after each use, using, if necessary, an old toothbrush with soft bristles to clean the hydromassage nozzles, the drainage area, and other points where dirt easily lurks.

TAKING CARE OF THE HYGIENE (AND AESTHETIC APPEARANCE) OF SHOWER CUBICLES AND CABINS

Since the water flows quickly down the drain, the showers become objectively less dirty than the bathtubs. However, they also deserve some attention!

For example, soap residues and salts dissolved in water (a problem that particularly affects areas where the water is hard, or very hard) tend to form streaks along the inside walls. With a domestic water softener, the situation will certainly improve, but these unsightly residues will always be visible, especially if the shower has transparent walls.

First of all, it is recommended to regularly clean the internal surfaces of the cabin or shower cubicle using an anti-limescale product with a “barrier” effect, which prevents the formation of stains. In addition, after each use, it is advisable to use a water-pulling spatula to eliminate as much as possible the humidity and the substances dissolved in it. The corners can instead be brushed gently with a soft-bristled tool to prevent the formation of unpleasant residues.

CURTAIN BATHTUBS AND SHOWERS: THIS IS HOW TO CLEAN THE CRITICAL POINTS

What if the shower was equipped with special plastic curtains because “old-fashioned” or made inside a bathtub?

The cleaning of the bathtub itself is described above, while for the shower curtain, it is a good idea to stretch it out completely after each use so that it can drain easily. In fact, dark spots or even colonies of mould can form in the folds.

If this happens, or if you simply want to clean the curtain thoroughly once and for all, know that you can wash it comfortably in the washing machine while observing some small precautions. Specifically, you should use lukewarm water (cold water, in fact, would make the curtain rigid, increasing the risk of damage), a detergent for delicate garments and a normal washing cycle. But be careful: no fabric softener, bleach or dryer!

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