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So when Fiance moved, we were not expecting this to be as long term as we have come to realize. Because of that, we weren’t concerned that the bathroom was less than spotless and had a few mildue stains (I could care less since I wasn’t planning on ever living here!) Anyways life happened and we decided the best thing to do is for him to stay at this place and this will officially be the first place Fiance and I share together and live together as a married couple. I am now horrified at the state of the bathroom and that anyone who now comes over will no longer be like ‘eh its a bachelor pad’ but instead ‘OMG I can’t believe she would let her bathroom, especially her bathtub to get that disgusting!’ I feel like crying 🙁
So anyways today I started scrubbing the crap out of the bath tub. The main problem is mold and stains on the grout and in the corners. I’ve made some significant progress (although it doesn’t look it to someone who didn’t see it before) with a magic eraser, comet, and then the remainder of a bleach pen. I ran out of supplies today and before I head back out to the store to get some more heavy duty cleaning supplies I wanted to see if any Bee’s had any suggestions on how to make the tub sparkling, ESPECIALLY the grout and corners!!!!!! My plans so far are to bleach pen the grout and scrub, magic eraser the remaining soap scum, and then go over again with cleaner once that is all done. I think we may have to recaulk.. it’s that bad 🙁
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@julies1949: thanks! I was looking at those! I wonder if the gel pens come in bigger sizes.. becuase I pretty much have to do ALL of the grout! I think I’ll go through about ten pens!
Anyone know of any neat tricks to get the chrome extra sparkly, easily cut through scum, or any homemade remedies that work better than cleaners????
Post # 5
One bottle of Tilex will do all the tile, grout and the tub for way less than a bunch of bleach pens.
Rubbing alcolhol makes chrome sparkle.
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Try Bar Keepers Friend. It’s a powder and works GREAT. You wet down the tub and walls and sprinkle the powder over it and let it sit for a minute of two, then with a wet rag, scrub the crap off and rinse it. My mom cleans houses and she swears by Bar Keepers Friend.
Edit: it works wonders on chrome.
Post # 7
Another vote for Tilex…
But it is pretty powerful stuff… so follow the directions (don’t mix it in any way with other cleaners)… wear gloves, and try not to stick around to breathe it in for any extended amount of time… you can spray it on, and let it soak in for a few minutes before coming back to whipe it off.
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@This Time Round: @julies1949: Which Tilex??? There’s like 4 sprays and a gel pen and I want to know which one you all say works the best! lol and how well does it work on the grout and caulking?! The only reason I ask is my prevous experience with sprays is that they work only, so-so. But I’m hoping Tilex is a little more potent than scrubbing bubbles or clorox spray
@Fall_In_Love22: Thanks! I feel like I’ve heard of that before but I didn’t think of it when going down my list of kick butt bathroom cleaners. lol Would you say it works well on tile grout and caulking?
Oh and to all of you, I’m defintely going to be super careful and NOT mix any chemicals. I had a family friend that passed out at work due to the chemicals they told him to clean with. Idiots had him cleaning with both ammonia and bleach with no waiting time inbetween. Needless to say he quit that job!
Post # 9
Tilex is good, but as PP mentioned, don’t mix it with any cleaner contaning ammonia; the result is toxic fumes.
You may have to recaulk where the tile meets the tub which is very easy and makes everything look brighter.
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@Woodstock: I’ve used it on tile and grout and it still worked great.
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Tilex is awesome. I use it on all surfaces in the shower, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. Just make sure to get the actual Tilex brand. The store brands kind of suck. And I’m usually a store brand fan.
I always get the regular kind but for your situation you might need the extra strength one. You might need to apply more than once.
Once you get it clean I also like the Tilex Fresh Shower, you spray it after you shower and it keeps soap scum from building up. It’s expensive since you have to use it every day, but it really works, and if you hate cleaning the shower/tub as much as I do it’s worth it.
Post # 12
Another vote for Tilex
CLR works pretty great too!
Post # 13
I vote for Tilex Mold and mildew remover. And I’ve also found white vinegar and water to be helpful for rust stains although I don’t know how you’d soak the grout with this.
Post # 14
Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover is great! Just don’t spray is around any towels or clothes you want to keep because it does contain bleach. I’ve ruined clothes with it.
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For the really stubborn grout stains head to home depot or lowes. They sell a “grout pen” it looks like a pen, and contains a pigment that coats the grout and covers stains. It usually comes in white, grey and beige.
After you finish cleaning look for a good grout and tile sealant. If the stains are really bad, and you are going at it with chemicals and scrubbing, chances are that you have removed any sealant that was on the tiles. A new coat will mean that they are easier to clean in the future instead of getting stained over and over.
Post # 16
Try Scrubbing Bubbles color-changing foam cleaner. You just spray it on, wait until it turns white, then wipe it off! It does all the hard work for you! I use it on everything and it works perfect every time