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How To Keep Your Kitchen and Bathroom Stain-Free

How to Keep Your Kitchen and Bathroom Stain-Free and Still Save Money Introduction

Before you begin any cleaning task, always remember the most important lesson: Start the process of removing any stain as soon as you notice it. The longer the stain sits and sets, the harder it becomes to remove. This White Paper reviews the most common types of stains, and describes some of the simple, environmentally friendly and inexpensive things you can do to remove them.

How to Identify the Six Different Types of Stains How many of us know that the colour of the stain indicates which mineral is building up on the surface, and that different minerals need to be treated in very different ways? Here are the six most common colours of stain that can be found in almost every bathroom and kitchen, and how to deal with them: Red or Brown Stains These stains result from rust, or iron in your water. Rust deposits along the edge of the surface are a common problem for those residing in an area with high iron content in the water. There are certain kinds of bacteria that thrive in such water, and these are responsible for creating this red or brown residue. There are several ways of dealing with this problem, and you may have to experiment with more than one method to find out which works best for you.

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• A mixture of borax powder and lemon juice proves effective in certain areas. Apply the paste to the rusted areas and allow it to dry before rinsing. • Oxalic acid is a very effective rust remover. For best results, rinse after applying a solution of one part oxalic acid to ten parts water. • You can also use a combination of scouring powder, cream of tartar, and hydrogen peroxide. This mixture takes approximately half an hour to remove the stains. Scrub the stains, let the mixture sit, and then rinse it away. Green or Blue Stains These stains result from copper or acid in your water. When water is too acidic, it is heavily laden with brass and copper contents. The result is blue or green stains on all your plumbing fixtures. These stains slowly wear away all of your fittings. Acidic cleaners or any all-purpose cleaner can remove these metallic stains. You can get acidic cleaners in all forms—many toilet, bath or kitchen cleaners available on the market are acidic.

• Among household products, white vinegar is a very effective agent for removing brass and copper stains from sinks. Lemon juice, which contains citric acid, is equally as effective. • Phosphoric acid, which can be helpful in removing these greenish stains, is commonly found in stain removing products, while oxalic acid is especially effective as a rust remover. • A heavily diluted combination of hydrochloric or sulphuric acid can be used to remove long-term and extremely stubborn stains.

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Brown or Black These stains result from manganese and other minerals in your water. Because of the presence of calcium and magnesium in water, hard deposits called limescale gather on sinks. Common cleaners do not work as effectively on these deposits. You can remove limescale with any solution containing "sequestrants". These are compounds which prevent minerals from chemically bonding with other minerals to produce scum, film, or limescale. Here are some examples of the more effective sequestrants available:

• The combination of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide • A solution of one teaspoon Calgon water softener in one gallon of water • A mixture of white vinegar and baking soda • Two to four tablespoons of trisodium phosphate mixed in one gallon of water.

Cleaning Products and their Methods of Removing Stains

There are three main groups of cleaning products. Each group has their own advantages and disadvantages:

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ADVANTAGE

DISADVANTAGE

Cost-effective

Most effective on simple stains

Environmentally friendly

May not work on all stains

Harmless if ingested

Takes time to see results

Concentrated

Dangerous if ingested

Fast-acting

Can damage some surfaces

Highly effective

Special disposal often required

Commercial

Product is guaranteed

Expensive

Cleaners

Convenient to use

Dangerous if ingested

Clear instructions for use

Only effective on specific stains

Natural Cleaners

Chemical Cleaners

Some of the most recognisable examples of these 3 cleaning groups can be found in your own home. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the most commonly used cleaners.

Natural Cleaners: • Baking Soda • Lemon juice • Vinegar • Cream of Tartar • Soap Nuts 5

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Chemical Cleaners: • Bleach • Hydrogen Peroxide • Borax Powder • Oxalic Acid • Diluted Hydrochloric Acid

Commercial Cleaners: • Soft Scrub • Barkeeper’s Friend • Dettol • Bath Rubber • Flash

Baking soda is probably the best general-purpose natural cleaning tool there is. As an alkali, it can soften hard water, improve laundry performance under hard water conditions and even remove hard water calcification spots. Because it's an abrasive, you can also use it to clean almost anything. Read an article about the uses of Baking soda.

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As both lemon juice & vinegar are mildly acidic, they are great for removing rust stains, cutting through filmy residue on glass and ceramics, and sparkling up your sink and toilet.

You can also add a squeeze of lemon to your other homemade cleaning products to add a fresh, lemony scent. Find out more about natural kitchen acids.

Normally used for baking, cream of tartar is a powder that can simply be mixed with water to create a powerful cleaner. Great for cleaning aluminium and stainless steel, a well-mixed cream of tartar cleanser is all you need to get those kitchen appliances shining. Learn more about Cream of Tartar.

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Soapnut shells are economical and leave your surfaces fresh and clean, eliminating the need for artificial softeners. Natural and chemicalfree, simply add a few nuts to cold water, bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Then soak a clean cloth in the mixture and wipe away those stubborn stains. Discover the secret properties of Soapnuts.

Cleaning with bleach is one of the best ways to disinfect your home and remove stains. Use bleach, diluted in warm water, as a powerful cleaner. Making sure to wear rubber gloves, dip a clean cloth in the solution, wipe down the affected area and after 10 minutes, rinse it with a fresh damp cloth. Understand bleach better.

Hydrogen peroxide works best on stains that are proteinbased, on carpets, grouting and work very well as deodorisers. However depending on the acidity level of the cleaning product used, it may not work as well on hard floors, since it could damage the surface layer. Check out this page on hydrogen peroxide.

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Borax powder, made from the naturally occurring mineral sodium borate, has many applications and is widely used as a cleaning agent. It acts as a water conditioner, controls alkalinity and can be used to clean walls and floors. It leaves sinks and toilets sparkling and is a very effective stain remover. Find out more about Borax.

Oxalic acid is widely used in commercial rust removers as an acid rinse, where it is extremely effective at removing rust stains. A weak diluted solution will remove rust stains from tubs and sinks, but caution must be taken as this substance is toxic. Learn how to use acid cleaners safely.

Hydrochloric acid in particular needs to be handled with great caution. Ensure you have adequate ventilation. Heavy gloves, eye protection and mask must be used. Dilute the acid to a 60% acid 40% water solution. Apply the mixture and scrub the area with a toothbrush or a soft bristle brush. Once the stain is removed, quickly rinse the area.

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Simple tips to prevent damage to your surfaces

Always take the condition of your porcelain fixtures into consideration before using any cleaner. An older sink that is stained may have lost its finish, in which case the stain could be permanent, and some cleaners may make it even worse.

There are also circumstances where it is not advisable to use an acid solution, depending on the particular type of fixture or fitting being cleaned. An example of this would be porcelain enamel. As it is a glass surface fused to a metal base it is advisable not to use acid cleaners on these types of surfaces.

Porcelain enamel is acid-resistant but not acid-proof, and the glass coating can be gradually dissolved by repeated contact with acids, exposing the metal underneath, and resulting in a lot of damage.

Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe • Use only one product at a time • Rinse well before applying a different cleaning product • Respect any instructions given and follow them exactly • Never mix chemicals as this can be extremely hazardous • Keep cleaning products out of the reach of little hands

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Conclusion Always give the product you’re using time to work. Don’t think a product is useless if it doesn’t start acting immediately. You may have to wait up to 30 minutes for the product to get to work once you’ve put it on a stain, before you start seeing visible signs of cleaning.

If you follow these simple tips, you can easily keep your bathroom and kitchen sparkling clean and be sure you and your family are safe from chemicals; all while saving money and being kinder to the environment.

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