6 Quick Bathroom Cleaning Tips

6 Quick Bathroom Cleaning Tips

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Keeping your bathroom sanitary doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right cleaning techniques, you can enjoy a sparkling bathroom without spending all day cleaning. Here are six cleaning tips for a fresh bathroom:

1. Shine your mirror
Your bathroom mirror can get pretty grimy. Thankfully, it’s easy to restore it to its former glory. Here’s how:

  • Place rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and rub away any stuck-on gunk.
  • Spray the entire mirror with a glass cleaner and use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any debris.

2. Renew your bathroom floor
Your bathroom floors receive a lot of traffic. Use your vacuum to remove hair, dirt and other debris. Use your favorite cleaning solution to clean the nooks and crannies of your bathroom. Sponges are perfect for scrubbing dirty or stained shower tiles.

3. Scrub tile grout
Over time, grout can change from white to an off-putting grey or brown. Vinegar and baking soda are the perfect stain-fighting combination to clean grout. The baking soda will bubble up and eat away at the accumulated soap scum. Rinse away your solution and enjoy your clean grout.

4. Whiten your toilet
Cleaning the toilet does not have to be a tough job. In fact, it can be one of the easiest parts of cleaning your bathroom. Pour a cup of white vinegar into the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. The acid in the vinegar will help neutralize mineral deposits. When the vinegar has done its job, flush it away and use a toilet brush to remove any remaining hard water stains.

5. Remove tub debris
Daily use of your tub probably means you’re washing down dirt and debris from your body. Depending on the type of tub you have, debris will start to show up on the floor. To clean out your tub:

  • Spray the entire surface with an antibacterial cleaner. The cleaner will need time to work, so take a break or do something else while it sets in.
  • After 10 to 15 minutes, simply use the showerhead to rinse the walls and tub surface. Then, use a clean microfiber cloth to dry everything thoroughly.Depending on what washed down your tub, there’s a chance you won’t be able to remove your deep-set stains or marks. If you notice some unsightly stains, resurface your tub for a new look.

6. Rinse the sink
Renew your sink by soaking paper towels in bleach and letting them sit for 30 minutes. Rinse the sink with running water to flush away any bleach and enjoy your sparkling new sink.

Note: Avoid bleach on colored porcelain sinks. Bleaching could cause colors to fade. If you have a colored porcelain sink, use a mild liquid detergent or vinegar-based solution instead.  A great tool for cleaning stubborn bathroom soap scum is the “Magic Eraser”

Bathroom cleaning can be quick, simple and take under an hour if you have the right tools and methods. Instead of spending money on a professional cleaner, use these tips to get your bathroom in shape.

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Home Sales Set to Expand in the West

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While national home sale growth as a whole is virtually unchanged, a sharp quarterly growth increase in the West is shaping up for yet another season of dominant performance in the region, according to Clear Capital’s recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through April 2016. The report provides insights into housing price trends and other leading indices for the real estate market at the national and local levels.

Nationally, growth continues at a moderate pace of 0.6 percent quarter-over-quarter growth, but regionally the rates are varied. The Northeast and Midwest regional quarterly growth rates stay in the black but are sluggish at only 0.2 percent quarterly growth, while the South is reporting a reasonable 0.7 percent QoQ growth rate. These rates come with little to no change from the previously reported quarterly growth rates, all within 0.1 percent of the figures from last month.

The big story is out West, where sales during the month of April have really kicked off the start of the real estate busy season; quarter-over-quarter growth has increased 0.3 percent from 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent since just last month. This momentum shift is setting the pattern for another strong summer growth season as the region begins to dominate regional performance once again.

The continued dominance of the West is easy to see on our list of Highest Performing Major Metro Markets, where nine of the current top 15 call the region hTGChartImageome. Seattle continues to lead the nation at an impressive 2.0 percent growth over the last quarter, an increase of 0.2 percent since last month, while quarterly growth in Sacramento has increased 0.3 percent to 1.5 percent QoQ. The rest of the Western top markets are all reporting at least 1.2 percent growth over the last quarter.

Despite these pacesetting performances by Western metros, the condition of each individual market in the region is varied. Portland, San Jose, and Denver have all surpassed their previous peak market values from before the crash, with Seattle fast approaching its own benchmark; however, homes in Las Vegas are fetching just over half of peak market values from ten years ago. A second metric we’ve taken a peek into is the percentage point improvement in the peak distressed saturation rate for each MSA, where some cities have seen incredible performance. The current distressed property saturation rates in cities like Sacramento and San Diego have improved by 50 percentage points or more, illustrating a drastic improvement in the overall health of the market, and yet both markets have quite a way to go to recovering all market value lost during the crash.

“Real estate market headlines have repeatedly documented the strong, potentially bubble-like recovery of the West over the past couple years, and this continued trend of performance doesn’t appear to be going away just yet,” says Alex Villacorta, Ph.D., vice president of research and analytics at Clear Capital. “However, it’s important to remember just how varied the standing of each of these Western metro’s recoveries remains. While the West as a whole has seen incredible performance since the lows of 2011, comparisons between individual markets like Denver and Las Vegas can be a sobering reminder of the devastating effects of the crash and that some markets still have a long way to go in terms of regaining lost value. Conversely, those markets that are reaching new market highs are worth keeping a close eye on since the speed at which those recoveries have occurred is clearly unsustainable in the long term.”

For more information, visit www.ClearCapital.com.