Staging Tip: How to Make Your Bathrooms Shine

Staging-Tip-Bathrooms-That-SellBathrooms are a key room to focus on when getting your house ready to sell.  Not only do they need to be clean, they need to sparkle like a diamond so they leave the impression in buyers’ minds that your home is extremely well maintained.  A dirty bathroom will turn off buyers quicker than you can imagine.  It isn’t a fun chore to clean them, but your hard work will pay off when buyers walk through the door.  

Having the right tools in your arsenal is key. Thankfully you don’t need a bunch of hard chemicals, just a few items you probably already have around the house.  They include: white distilled vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, an old toothbrush, sponge, toilet bowl brush, baby oil, table salt, baking soda, a squeegee, and a fresh lemon.

Here’s how to apply these common household items to make your bathrooms shine:

1. Tile – Dirty grout makes the room look old and gross. An easy way to clean the grout and give it new life is to mix one part baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide. Mix to a thick paste. Take an old toothbrush and apply the mixture to the grout and let sit. After a couple of minutes scrub clean with the toothbrush. Then take a damp towel and wipe clean. Now the grout should be sparkling clean!

2.  Bathtub – Residue of soap and dirt can accumulate and create a ring around the tub. An easy way to remove the ring is take a wet towel and some table salt to the stain.   The salt acts as natural sandpaper and won’t damage the tub. Scrub and rinse.

3. Shower Curtains – Mold and soap scum can accumulate on your shower curtains. An easy fix is to toss both the shower curtain and liner into the washing machine. Run a cold cycle and add one half cup of detergent and one half cup of vinegar to the water. When the machine is full of water, turn off the machine and let the curtains soak for about two hours. Then let the machine complete the cycle.

4. Walls and Ceilings – In poorly ventilated bathrooms, mold and mildew can accumulate. Don’t just apply Kilz and cover it up. Instead take a sponge and distilled white vinegar and apply to the mold or mildew. After 30 minutes repeat the process and then allow it to sit overnight. The next day apply hydrogen peroxide to the area to remove any signs of stains and to prevent the mold or mildew from returning.

5. Toilets – Rust, hard water stains and lime can build up in the toilet bowl. To easily remove them pour table salt onto the stains. Now take a fresh lemon and squeeze it onto the bowl brush. Scrub the stain. The combination of salt and lemon will easily remove the stains.

6. Mirrors and Faucets – Mirrors and faucets are notorious for having water stains. A simple technique to remove them is to take a sponge soaked in hot vinegar and dab it onto the stains. Repeat every couple of minutes for a total of ten minutes. Wipe clean with a dry towel.

7. Glass Shower Doors – Apply a sponge soaked in hot vinegar to the entire door. Let sit a few minutes and wipe with a dry towel. To keep water stains from forming apply a light coat of baby oil to the glass. Apply baby oil about once a week to maintain. Also, make sure to use a squeegee after every shower to keep weekly maintenance simple.

About the Author:

Anthea Click is the President of Fresh Perspectives Property Merchandising Services specializing in staging vacant homes, model homes and owner occupied redesign services in the Greater Nashville area including:  East Nashville, Green Hills, West Nashville, The Gulch, 12South, 8thAve South, Germantown, Midtown, Sylvan Park, Crieve Hall, South Nashville, Hillsboro Village, Downtown Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and Spring Hill. She is also a Featured Designer for Kirkland’s, sampling new products and making guest appearances on local radio and television shows. For information on staging your home call 615-465-8086 or click on the Contact Us tab.