Bathroom Blogfest ‘08 – Cleaning Up Forgotten Spaces Around Us

Bathroom Blogfest ’08

blogfest-logo-20082-156x300As part of Bathroom Blogfest ’08, today’s post is quick tips for cleaning bathroom floors. It might not sound glamorous, but it is very important to clean your floors properly. Not doing so can cause permanent damage or cause your warranty to be voided!

Today’s selection: Tile

  • It’s important to sweep a tile floor regularly. Dirt can adhere to the surface of tile, particularly styles with a textured surface. Regular sweeping loosens and removes most of this dirt. Vacuum attachments are useful to collect dirt along edges or in between tiles.
  • Use walk-off mats at all exterior entrances. This helps to minimize and contain dirt being tracked in at entryways.
  • Remember to shake the mats often to remove the dirt. If the dirt is not removed, it will be tracked back in and may scratch the floors. This reduces the amount of dirt being tracked across the tile floor, and reduces the wear to the finished surface. Also, be aware that black rubber mats can stain floors.
  • Ceramic tile floors should be damp-mopped regularly using the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners. For heavier soil, you can spot clean the floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the recommended cleaners. Rinse well and wipe dry for more shine.
  • Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber. After cleaning with a mild detergent rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water to help remove any leftover residue. If needed, wipe dry with a clean towel to remove any film.
  • For soft water situations you may need to use an all-purpose cleaner. Apply to the floor, let stand for 3 – 5 minutes, lightly scrub with a sponge, rinse well and you’re home free – dirt free too.
  • Use cleaning products available from your local grocery store or flooring retailer for heavier cleaning tasks. Products are available that can be used to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew stains. Read more

"Bathroom Blogfest '08 – Cleaning Up Forgotten Spaces Around Us"

blogfest-logo-20082-156x300This post is part of Bathroom Blogfest ’08 where we talk about bathrooms – cleaning up those forgotten spaces around us. Today’s focus for Floor Talk is Eco-Friendly bathroom products and water saving tips for the bathroom.

Kohler’s tips on water saving:

When it comes to saving water in the bathroom, a few small steps can make a big difference. Consider these tips for reducing your water consumption every day.

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, and rinse out the sink when you’re finished.
  • Capture shower/bath water while waiting for water to change temperatures: This excess water can be used for watering plants.
  • Don’t wait for the water to get hot before filling the tub for a bath. Put in the plug and adjust the water temperature as the tub fills.
  • Do not use the toilet as a garbage can: Only flush the toilet when disposing of sanitary waste.
  • Turn off the water while shaving: Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor.

Kohler conservation products:

Install High-Efficiency Toilets

KOHLER® HETs that flush 1.28 gallons or less, when compared to a 3.5-gallon toilet, can save homeowners up to 22,000 gallons of water per fixture per year.

Water-Conserving Showerheads and Handshowers

KOHLER 1.75 gpm water-conserving showerheads and handshowers deliver an impressive 30% water savings over traditional 2.5 gpm showerheads and handshowers.

Insist upon Faucets with Low-Flow Aerators

Small in size, big on impact, KOHLER faucets with low-flow aerators for both the kitchen and the bathroom deliver up to 30% water savings over faucets with standard aerators.

These are specific Kohler products. Other companies have eco-friendly products as well.
Other helpful tips:
  1. Choose recycled facial tissue and toilet paper
  2. Use chemical free personal products
  3. Us organic or bamboo towels and washcloths
  4. Select non PVC shower curtain liners
  5. Use beeswax or soy candles rather than artificial fragrances
  6. Use non toxic cleaners to clean the bathroom
  7. Choose flooring made with recycled content
  8. Pick paints that are have low VOC’s
  9. Recycle razors and toothbrushes
  10. Use plants in the bathroom – they actually help clean the air!
  11. Use countertops made with recycled content
  12. Replace traditional light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs or natural light from a skylight

If you implement any of these tips or products, you are making a difference. The more you do, the more of a difference you make! Feel free to share any other tips you have run across!