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How to Have a "Company Ready" Bathroom

By Blair Massey

Wouldn't it be nice to have a bathroom that was always clean; a bathroom that you felt proud to offer to your guests? It is possible. With some preparation and dedication you can have a bathroom that is always "company ready".

1. Start with a clean bathroom. You must start with a clean bathroom in order to maintain a clean bathroom. For an example of a weekly bathroom cleaning routine see "How to Clean Your Bathroom in Fifteen Minutes" from our September issue.

2. Prepare your bathroom surfaces for easier cleaning and maintenance. After you have cleaned your bathroom apply Rainex to the glass shower doors, on tile, countertops, sinks, faucets where hard water deposits can form. It can be used on any non-wood and un-painted surface. One application lasts for several months. Prepare your tile or plastic shower stall with a soap scum resistance coating. Use a non abrasive cleaner to clean the surface followed by rubbing alcohol, which will remove any residue. Dry the surface and then spray it with the cheapest furniture polish you can find (the cheaper brands usually have more silicone which is what you want). Then buff it out to a shine. This is a good tip to prepare a new shower stall before use.

3. Make it a house rule for everyone to squeegee the shower stall after each shower. Not only will this keep your bathroom "company ready", but, it will reduce the amount of time you need to spend, in general, on cleaning your shower.

4. Take five minutes every day to do a "Quick Clean" Survey the bathroom and see what needs to be done. Keep homemade cleaning clothes (recipe at the end of this article), and a roll of paper towels under the sink. Wipe the counter and sink with a cleaning cloth. Also clean and shine the faucet. Use a cloth to give the mirror a "spiffing" if it needs it. Buff everything dry with a paper towel. Swish out the toilet bowl with the toilet brush. Wipe the toilet seat and top of the toilet bowl. Toss the cleaning cloths in the laundry when you are done. Sweep or use a hand-held vacuum to clean up any hair.

5. Keep a set of clean towels under the sink (if you have the room) to put out if company comes. Don't let anyone else use them.

If you follow this system of preparation and daily quick cleaning, you will always have a clean bathroom that is ready for when an unexpected visitor drops by.

Homemade Cleaning Cloths

Find a container like an old baby wipes container or a rectangular plastic box with a tight-fitting lid. Purchase some reusable cleaning cloths (made by Handi Wipes, Playtex or a generic brand). Cut the cloths into smaller sections that will fit your container. Fold them in half and place them in your container.

Pour enough cleaning solution over the cloths to completely cover them. Allow the solution to soak into the cloths. Check them in an hour to see if they need more solution. You can wash the cloths after each use and return them to the container. Refresh the cloths with more cleaner for each new batch you make.

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