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Bathroom accessories maintenance

Imagine soaking in the tub by candle light while you read the latest magazine. Or soothing your wearied and tired body by indulging in your private jacuzzi. Now picture rust stains on the tap, murky green algae growing on the edge of the tub, and an unpleasant odour permeating the room. Ruins the picture, doesn't it? The bathroom is, for many, a place that allows one to relax in privacy. To achieve this effect, you need a healthy bathroom.

Perhaps as a general rule, you should give your bathroom a major clean once a week, while still allowing a few minutes everyday for little clean ups. This will definitely help keep your space in optimum condition and allow your bathroom fittings and fixtures to stay new and beautiful for a longer time.

With Ramadan in full swing, preparations for Eid are already underway. There's a lot to be squeezed in between fasting, prayers, and Eid shopping. Home decor is also an important consideration for many. Sometimes little changes can lead to a dramatic transformation. It is not always possible to change the furniture or re-paint the house just for a festival. Sometimes, all it takes is a good clean to give your living space a new look. Believe it or not, the bathroom is sometimes the most neglected room on the cleaning list. Interestingly enough, there are more surface areas that need serious cleaning along with the drains, toilet bowls, basins, bath tubs and shower stalls.

Shower area
The best way to keep a shower area in optimum condition is to clean it right after use. This doesn't mean getting down on your hands and knees and scrubbing everyday. The idea is that the hot steam combined with the water helps to loosen the grime on tiles, the floor and the shower doors. Wipe down the glass shower doors after use to reduce soap scum build-up. On the weekend or your chosen big day to clean, spray with glass cleaner and wipe down with crushed newspaper, keeping in mind to keep the area well ventilated, especially when using chemical cleaners. Alternatively, for a more organic approach, mix 1 cup vinegar with 5 cups water, and spray on as you would with a regular glass cleaner. Wipe down immediately. In order to prevent mold and mildew in the shower: wipe down tiles and walls with a sponge or cloth dampened with water and vinegar. The vinegar will clean the walls and inhibit the growth of mould and mildew.

Stay clear of cleaners like steel wool and strong, abrasive cleaners as this could damage the sheen of your bath tubs and Jacuzzi. If your tub has attached faucets, always start cleaning this first.

Porcelain and glass sinks only need to be cleaned with regular dish-washing liquid. Wipe down with a soft sponge and rinse with warm water. Keep in mind not to scrub very hard so as not to damage the shiny surfaces. You should also pay special attention to the plug holes and overflows. Clean with an old toothbrush to get rid of mildew or other build up and pour some bleach in once a week to maximize germ control.

Use a spray cleaner around the faucets and tap surfaces and clean with an old toothbrush for best results. Alternatively you can soak a paper towel in vinegar and leave on and around stubborn stains or hardy deposits around taps. Leave on for about an hour and wash with plain water. Shower heads can become clogged by mineral deposits from the water, over long periods of time.

A huge part of the actual cleaning process should go to killing the germs and bacteria that could accumulate over time. Bacteria are also one of the main culprits in creating odours and the build up of mildew and mold. The best way to avoid all these things is to clean your bathroom regularly.

Nazneen Haque Mimi
Interior Consultant
E-mail: journeym@citechco.net
Photo credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan
Special thanks: Kamrunnessa Mazed

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“When it comes to remembrance, you'll always find us at the forefront, cheering for the cause. And, that's the backdrop of this Ramadan offer. I hope, our customers will welcome this offer“, said Akku Chowdhury.

Starting from first day of holy Ramadan to the last day of Ramadan, iftar offer will be available at Pizza Hut's Gulshan and Dhanmondi outlets only. Offer valid from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.


Shopping has been described as a therapeutic activity by some, while others have sworn on its tediousness; some have even taken it up as an addiction and spent their whole lives trying to break free of its shackles. Quite often people even turn to shopping as an outlet to vent their pent-up emotions: ecstasy, sorrow or even rage. While some prefer to embark on a solo-shopping binge, others like to tag along with 'shopping buddies' who can be either friends, family, colleagues or even neighbours.

Shopping buddies, to some extent, influence what we buy and how much we spend on our shopping expeditions. Often we turn towards these very shopping buddies for suggestions on what we should buy and how much we should allocate in our budget. While these invaluable inputs can solve many a 'shopping dilemma', they can sometimes cause unnecessary delays in our buying decisions.

For those of us who like to drop into a shop and grab exactly what we want and get out without any unnecessary loitering, taking along friends who dawdle at this counter and that, eyeing everything and buying nothing, can be quite frustrating. Sometimes these suggestions can lead us to buy things we have no use for. That is why it is very important to decide when to go on a solo shopping expedition and when to tag along with others.



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