For Better Home Improvement, Don’t Make These Bathroom Cleaning Mistakes

Cleaning your bathroom is never going to be a fun task. However, you need to get the job done efficiently and effectively by avoiding these common blunders.

Not using your exhaust fan enough

Be sure to turn on your exhaust fan before you get in the shower, and leave it running for 15 minutes afterward to remove moisture and help cut down on mildew. If you don’t have a fan, opening a window works as well. You can also use a squeegee after each shower to remove lingering moisture.

Using only a single product as a catch-all

If you think using a disinfecting wipe on every surface is sufficient, think again. Each area of the bathroom deserves its own product. Use your favorite tub-and-tile spray cleaner on the shower tiles, sink basin, and tub, but save the spray glass cleaner for mirrors.

Only cleaning the obviously dirty parts of the toilet

Sure, we all know to clean the seat and the bowl, but what about the base? The exterior of your toilet can get just as germy and dusty as the interior. Be sure to clean the base, tank, and the lid. Never forget to disinfect the handle.

Putting the toilet brush right back in the holder

When you plunk a still-wet toilet brush into its holder, it creates a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. After cleaning the bowl, set the toilet brush across the seat, allowing it to drip into the bowl. Make sure the brush is completely dry before putting it back. To freshen up your current toilet bowl brush and holder, soak them in or spray them with an antibacterial cleaner, rinse, and wipe dry.

Not washing your shower curtain liner

When you start to notice a cloudy residue buildup on your liner, you don’t have to toss it. Simply run it through your washing machine. Launder the liner, along with some old towels and a bit of bleach, with hot water on a delicate cycle. Tumble dry on low for a few minutes, just enough so you don’t leave a trail of water from the laundry room to the bathroom. To extend the shelf life of your liner, pull the curtain closed after you shower. A bunched up liner will quickly attract mold and mildew.

Forgetting the little things

Think about all the little things like your racks and shelves, faucets, and handles that need cleaning regularly. You can run bathroom accessories such as toothbrush holders and small shower racks through the dishwasher. Replace loofas and bath toys over time rather than try to clean them.

Important Factors You Need to Consider Before Cleaning/Fixing/Repairing Gutters DIY Style

Roofs are synonymous to accidents

If you decide to repair, fix, or replace your gutters by yourself a.k.a. DIY, you are only courting danger because of the heights involved. Accidental falls due to home maintenance is one of the major causes of accidents and even death in North America. You’re courting the same danger if you decide to clean your gutters yourself.

No matter what you do your gutters will eventually wear out

Even with regular cleaning many factors will eventually wear out and damage your gutters, these being age, heavy rains, winter storms, and extremely cold weather.

Beforehand, have a professionally installed gutter system in your home

A professionally installed gutter system is critical to ensure efficient water drainage from your roof and away from your home. Clogged and overflowing gutters can have costly problems such as water damage to your roof, rotting fascia, landscape erosion, water seepage into the basement, and leaking roof and ceiling.

You can check your gutters from the ground to spot for external damage

If you are in doubt, you can check out your gutters without having to climb up on the roof. When there is a bit of heavy rain, check all outflows from the system and spot for unusual water flows along the walls. If still in doubt, have a professional check out your gutters for you.

Never put off having your gutters repaired and fixed by professionals

It only takes a small hole, a small leak, a small crack, and when the elements come, the combination of overwhelming water and strong winds will only make the problem worse. Gutters work well as an overall system. Any chink in this defense can spell disaster. The same holds true if you keep putting off having a new gutter system installed.

Don’t be afraid how much it’s going to cost

That’s understandable because minor repairs can cost around $300 while major repair jobs will average at around $700. It’s not pocket change, but it’s a lot less than the price of ignoring the problem or replacing with new gutters. It’s the same story if you ignore having new gutters installed because when your home sustains damage, you will be paying for more than just your gutter installation.

Search for an honest and professional handyman or gutters company

When searching for a professional gutters or handyman company make sure that not only do they offer quality work, the job is professionally guaranteed and with a warranty. Likewise, make sure that their employees or handymen are safety trained and certified, have completed proper training courses, and are fully insured and licensed.


Better Home Improvement for the Attic

The attic is an out-of-the-way place where forgotten relics are stored, collecting dust and creating a nightmarish clutter. However, there’s no reason you have to dread your expeditions into the attic as long as you keep on top of it and organize the items you store here.

Recruit an attic cleaning partner

Starting to clean a messy attic is the hardest part, because that initial pile of stuff is just so intimidating. If you’ve got a particularly big job ahead of you, recruit a friend, spouse, or family member to tackle the attic with you.

Purge the nonessential items

Many of the items in your attic may have ended up there because you said to yourself, I’m not using this now, but I might want to use it someday. Take another look at these items and figure out how long they’ve been in the attic and if you’ve ever used them in that time. If you haven’t, chances are you can either throw them away or store them in storage units, as long as they’re still in good condition. Have a “throw away” box and a “donate” box so that you don’t get the items confused.

Organize by category

Divide your attic items into different categories, such as Christmas decorations, out-of-season clothing, and important paperwork. Place all the items that you’re not likely to need as often towards the back of the attic and the ones you need more often towards the front, in an easily accessible place.

Label your belongings

Have a lot of cardboard boxes or mystery bags in your attic? Figure out what you’re keeping in all of them and then clearly label them using a marking pen and some masking tape. This will make it a lot easier when you actually do need to go into the attic to find a specific item.

Maximize your space

There’s no reason why everything needs to sit on the floor of your attic, or becomes part of a precarious tower. If you have so much stuff in your attic that you don’t have a clear path to walk through, invest in some sturdy metal shelves so that you can get some of your belongings off the floor. You can also use hooks to hang items like fishing poles. Try putting any clothes in the attic into garment bags and hanging them on hooks or a portable clothing rack.

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