How to clean a bathtub and bathroom tiles

With the rental market becoming more competitive, it’s important your property is in the best shape it can be to attract tenants.

We’ve put together a series of DIY videos with Harriet, Simply Business customer and owner of Calm Oasis Cleaners, to help you get your rental property sparkling for its next viewing.

A clean bathtub and shower area is a must for rental properties

Bathrooms are one of the areas in your property that are going to get the heaviest usage, so making sure yours is looking spick and span is important before showing it off to viewers or for photographs.

Limescale can quickly build up in bathtubs, and polishing chrome areas such as shower heads and shampoo holders is often skipped by renters.

When it’s time to get these areas gleaming in time for the next tenants to move in, there are some easy to follow tips you should investigate. We’ve broken it down to easy steps that Harriet will talk you through.

If you prefer written instructions then keep reading.

Tools for cleaning bathroom tiles and a bathtub

  • A liquid gel limescale remover to apply to chrome surfaces – using a liquid gel version will help you keep the cleaner from touching nearby tiles
  • A cloth to wipe the limescale remover over surfaces
  • Multi-surface bathroom cleaner to loosen grime from tiles and grouting
  • A toothbrush or other small, soft brush to clean the hard-to-reach the places your standard cloth may not reach
  • Distilled vinegar and water mix to buff up chrome surfaces

How to clean bathroom tiles and a bathtub

Cleaning bathtubs, showers and tiles is straightforward if you know the steps to take in advance. Here is our guide to getting these areas sparkling again:

  1. Dab the liquid gel limescale remover onto the chrome surfaces such as taps and the shower head
  2. Leave the chrome areas for a few minutes
  3. Spray the tiles and bathtub with the multi-surface cleaner – if you have stone or marble tiles you’ll need a cleaning fluid that won’t damage them, so check labels
  4. Use the cloth to wipe the cleaning fluid rom the tiles
  5. Use a toothbrush on any difficult to reach areas – a scouring pad could scratch them
  6. Wipe the limescale remover from the chrome areas
  7. Rinse out the bath with water and your cloth
  8. Wipe away any streaks on chrome by rubbing a small amount of half vinegar, half water solution on them

Alternative fluids for cleaning a bathroom

While the distilled vinegar mixture mentioned above is great for most situations, if you’re faced with really tough stains you might choose an alternative.

Try mixing a combination of bleach and baking soda - this creates a powerful cleaning and disinfectant solution that’s especially effective on tiling and grouting.

However, make sure that you work in a well ventilated area when using bleach mixtures in order to stay safe from the fumes.

Get your whole bathroom ready for new tenants

Making improvements to your property can get pretty expensive pretty quickly. Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you a range of DIY videos for landlords to help you give your property a full MOT without spending a fortune.

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