In Safe Hands

Pro­tect your lov­ingly out­fit­ted bath­room from get­ting dam­aged by grease and grime. JEAN NOEL EDOUARD shares easy- to- do clean­ing tips and tricks.

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It is a known fact that beau­ti­ful things need look­ing af­ter. Your mother’s pearl neck­lace, the vin­tage grand­fa­ther clock, heir­loom sil­ver­ware; the list is end­less right down to the room which pre­pares us for our daily bat­tle against the world, the wash­room. Mod­ern bath­rooms which are kit­ted out in semi- pre­cious ac­cents are vul­ner­a­ble and should be on top of ev­ery home­owner’s main­te­nance list as it is here that they in­ter­act with the world’s most pre­cious re­source, wa­ter. While hard wa­ter can eas­ily dam­age the pretty fix­tures, some sim­ple mea­sures will go a long way in pro­tect­ing your ter­ri­tory.

SOAP STARS

Liq­uid dis­pensers are prone to clog­ging with con­gealed soap which in turn can cause fad­ing and dis­coloura­tion.

If the cleanser in the pump sys­tem dries up and clogs the pump, soak it in hot wa­ter and rinse through. Once this is done, put a fin­ger over the spout and press the pump un­til you feel the pres­sure build­ing. The air will force any residue soap through the noz­zle at this point. When buy­ing dis­pensers, ask for ones with marine stan­dard plat­ing. which guar­an­tees anti- cor­ro­sive prop­er­ties.

STONE AGE

Fix­tures which use semi- pre­cious stone or moth­erof- pearl in­lays should be han­dled with care. For ex­am­ple, when the buyer takes home the amethyst basins and baths re­tailed by us, we sug­gest clean­ing with a mild wash­ing liq­uid. To keep bath­tubs clean, re­move residues col­lected from ev­ery­day use of soap, oil and mois­turis­ers. Once the basin or bath­tub has been cleaned and rinsed off, dry with a soft cloth. An­other trick to pro­tect semi- pre­cious stone is to give it a thin coat of baby oil. It is light and non- abra­sive and gives the ob­ject a sheen by cre­at­ing a thin film which acts as pro­tec­tion from ev­ery­day dam­age.

FAUCET FA­BLES

To clean faucets and other metal fix­tures, use a damp cloth with a lit­tle squirt of wash­ing liq­uid to re­move the grease left be­hind by our hands and fin­gers. Rinse off and af­ter dry­ing with a clean soft cloth, ap­ply a cream pro­tec­tor which re­moves min­eral de­posits left

be­hind. Pol­ish gen­tly, leav­ing a thin film which re­sists tar­nish­ing and im­proves wa­ter re­pel­lence. Fol­low the pro­ce­dure to save your fit­tings and sur­faces from lime scale for a num­ber of years.

WA­TER WOES

Hard wa­ter causes ma­jor prob­lems in our homes af­fect­ing the well- be­ing of most house­hold ap­pli­ances. The min­er­als in the wa­ter so­lid­ify when heated, caus­ing chokes and even­tu­ally lead­ing to cor­ro­sion. The sim­plest and most ef­fec­tive way to treat lime scale is by us­ing a mild mix­ture of white vine­gar or le­mon juice. This dis­solves the min­eral coat­ing the pipes, but re­mem­ber to rinse them straight away as the mix­ture con­tains mild acids that if left may mark the plat­ing fin­ish. There are nu­mer­ous prod­ucts in the mar­ket which prom­ise to keep your pre­cious items shin­ing but the re­sults are of­ten dis­as­trous as many of them con­tain strong chem­i­cals which dam­age both your fit­tings and the en­vi­ron­ment. It is there­fore ad­vis­able to pur­chase clean­ing prod­ucts from the stores which sell bath­room fix­tures. The writer is the head of prod­uct de­sign at Nag­ina Wa­ters, a high- end bath­rooms and ac­ces­sories la­bel based in Delhi.

Pho­to­graphs cour­tesy: NAG­INA WA­TERS

Bath­room fix­tures made of semi- pre­cious stones such as amethyst basins and gold- plated con­tain­ers ( be­low) need to be cleaned daily to avoid dis­coloura­tion

A coat of baby oil helps ac­cents gleam ( above); soap dishes too need reg­u­lar clean­ing ( be­low)

A pro­tec­tor cream will keep the fix­tures made of metal from cor­rod­ing

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