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Keeping Tubs And Sinks Clean

If you're putting your home on the market this summer, or just want to make your current home look great, you'll need to make your kitchen and bathroom sinks sparkle. Here are a few tips:

Enameled cast iron was once the material of choice for kitchen sinks. Today, although enamel is still popular, other materials are showing up in kitchens. No matter what type of kitchen or bathroom sink you own, always follow the sink manufacturer's instructions for cleaning.

Some instructions will be unique to your sink's particular material. For instance, solid-surface sinks, such as those made from Corian, can be sanded lightly to remove stains.

If your sink is enameled cast iron, get in the habit of cleaning it after each use with a non-abrasive cleanser. Cleaning with an abrasive cleanser can degrade the enamel, leaving it vulnerable to stains. You'll want to remove any juices or liquids that contain acid, such as lemon juice, orange juice or mayonnaise, immediately, as these can damage the enamel. The same holds true for tea and coffee, which can cause stains on enamel. To clean, simply swish the sink with hot water and soap.

In the bath, you can follow the same guidelines for keeping lavatory sinks looking good. Choose a non-abrasive cleanser and clean up any acid or liquid medicine spills as soon as possible.

Once your sinks are spotless, you'll want your bathtub and shower to shine, too. Whatever material your tub or shower is made of, whether it's enamel, fiberglass, acrylic or a cultured marble, you should be able to clean them with hot water and soap. Keep in mind that abrasive cleansers can scratch the surface of these materials.

For heavier cleaning, check the manufacturer's instructions, or consult a plumber. Special cleansers or polishes may be recommended, depending on the type of materials found in your bathroom fixtures.

While you're at it, why not freshen up your shower curtain, too? To remove soap scum from a plastic curtain, rinse it with soapy water in the tub, or spritz it with lemon juice and let it dry in the sun. Laundry pre-wash spray can also be used to give a plastic curtain new life.

For glass shower doors, rub a sponge dampened with white vinegar over the doors to remove spots.

For other ideas on getting your home ready to be put on the market, give us a call. We can advise you on the best ways to make your home stand out.
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