How to Keep Your Vintage Fixtures Looking Like New

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Many people consider their bathroom a sanctuary, but spots and stains can quickly detract from the feeling of peace and serenity it should provide. Mineral deposits buildup and leave residue, hard water can cause scummy buildup on bathtubs and sinks, and mold can quickly grow on the grouting of your shower if left unchecked. Luckily all of these things can be easily removed.
Vintage Fixtures

To keep your fixtures looking brand new, simply follow these steps and you will be amazed as the pristine finish and spotless results:

  1. Combine water and baking soda in a container to form a paste. You will only need a small amount for a single fixture so start with about 3 tbsp of baking soda and a few drops of water.
  2. Mix with a dowel or your hands until the mixture is thick and easily spread.
  3. Spread the paste onto the stained area and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.
  4. Wipe off with a dry soft cloth.
  5. Combine 1 tbsp of trisodium phosphate powder with 1 gallon of water in a 2-gallon jug. Use a dowel to stir until well combined.
  6. Spread the mixture over the stained area and allow to sit for 1 minute and no more.
  7. Wipe off the mixture with a dry cloth and rinse the area immediately and – presto! – no more stain!

Baking soda can be used to keep many aspects of your bathroom looking and smelling fresh with just a bit of work. To remove all of the buildup from your bathtub, combine baking soda and natural dish soap to create a powerful, scum-busting paste that will rival any store bought cleaner. Simply use a sponge or cloth to rub the paste into the surface until all stains or scum is gone then rinse with warm water. For tougher or harder to reach stains, use an old toothbrush to scrub away gunk. Use this mixture sparingly on delicate surfaces and always be sure to rinse thoroughly as it is somewhat abrasive.

Now that your fixtures and tub are clean, you should be sure to check the drains as well. No matter how clean your bathroom looks, a damp or mildew smell can ruin the effect in no time. The most common cause of clogged and smelly drains is hair which can prove stubborn and difficult to remove with store-bought cleaners. Instead, pour ¾ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by ½ of vinegar. Plug the drain with a stopper or rag and let it sit for about 30 minutes before pouring boiling water down the drain. This will wash the mixture, and the smelly clog, away and down the drain.

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