$132,000 :: 51844 ADLER PARK E, CHESTERFIELD Township MI, 48051

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,469 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/29/17, Last Updated: 06/29/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 58031324071
Community: Chesterfield Twp
Tract: Northpointe Meadows
Status: Active

Move in Ready 2 bedroom / 2 full bath condo in Chesterfield. Master bedroom with completely updated full master bath. Both bedrooms have walk-in closets. Great location in the complex, right across from the tennis courts, playground, inground pool and clubhouse. Spacious great room with vaulted ceilings, recessed lights, fireplace. Sliding doorwall with balcony overlooking pond. Attached 2-car garage. All appliances included.

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$132,000 :: 51844 ADLER PARK E, CHESTERFIELD Township MI, 48051

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,469 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/29/17, Last Updated: 06/29/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 58031324071
Community: Chesterfield Twp
Tract: Northpointe Meadows
Status: Active

Move in Ready 2 bedroom / 2 full bath condo in Chesterfield. Master bedroom with completely updated full master bath. Both bedrooms have walk-in closets. Great location in the complex, right across from the tennis courts, playground, inground pool and clubhouse. Spacious great room with vaulted ceilings, recessed lights, fireplace. Sliding doorwall with balcony overlooking pond. Attached 2-car garage. All appliances included.

Listed with RE/MAX First


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6 Flood Insurance Myths Debunked

(TNS)—If a flood swamps your home, will insurance cover the damage?

That depends on the value of your home, the amount of water damage and whether you have a flood insurance policy.

Regular home insurance doesn’t cover flooding. You’ll need a policy offered through the government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)—but note that those top out at $350,000 in coverage for your home and its contents. For higher amounts, you may need supplemental coverage to protect your savings from taking a hit.

People tend to associate floods with a total loss, but the average flood claim for U.S. homeowners is about $39,000, according to the NFIP.

Here are six other persistent myths about flood insurance—and the truths you need to know.

To Get a Policy, You Must Live in a Flood Plain
Not true. If you live in a flood plain, your mortgage company will likely require you to buy flood insurance, but you can purchase it even if you don’t live within a flood zone.

“Almost anybody can get flood insurance who wants flood insurance,” says Chris Hackett, director of Personal Lines for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

The price through the federal flood insurance program is based on standardized rates and depends on the home’s value and whether or not it’s in a flood plain, says Don Griffin, vice president of Personal Lines for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

The average price for flood insurance is about $660 annually. Your agent can help you buy a policy and may accept payment by credit card.

According to Griffin, one in four flood claims is for a home not in a flood plain.

Flood Insurance Is Just for High-Risk Areas
Merle Scheiber’s dream home wasn’t in a flood plain, and he didn’t have flood insurance.

Just after completing a three-year renovation project for his 1,800-square-foot, cabin-style home, flooding put it underwater for almost four months.

Scheiber, who happened to be South Dakota’s director of Insurance at the time, says he had to tear the home apart and put it back together all over again.

He urges that all homeowners—even those who do not live in designated flood plains—weigh the dangers and their options and seriously consider buying flood insurance.

Flood Insurance Covers Everything
Not necessarily. When it comes to the physical structure of your house, federal flood insurance policies top out at $250,000. If you have a $300,000 house that’s a total loss because of a flood, the most you can recoup through the program is $250,000 to cover the structure itself.

For your personal possessions, the cap is $100,000 under the federal program.

If you already have insurance through the federal program, then you can buy “excess flood insurance” through a private carrier that would cover claims above the national limits. In essence, it’s a flood policy with a $250,000 deductible, Griffin says.

Note that flood insurance doesn’t cover living expenses if you have to relocate while your home is being repaired.

My Homeowners Policy Covers Floods
“Unfortunately, a lot of folks may be under the impression that their standard homeowners policy might cover flood damage,” Hackett says. But the standard policy doesn’t.

The typical home insurance policy doesn’t cover earthquakes or floods, so a homeowner wanting coverage for either of those disasters will need to pick up separate, specific coverage against those types of disasters.

If you want flood insurance, it pays to think ahead. There is a 30-day waiting period between when you buy the coverage and when it kicks in. When a hurricane is bearing down on your area, it’s too late to get a flood policy.

Water Damage Is Water Damage
When it comes to your insurance, not all water damage is the same.

If there’s a storm and your “roof comes off and water comes through, that would be covered under your homeowners policy,” Hackett says, “versus a flood situation where the riverbank overflows and you look out of the front of your house and you need a boat to get from point A to point B.”

Most consumers “have a pretty good understanding” of how to draw the line between storm damage and flood damage, he says.

Some homeowners policies offer an optional “water-backup endorsement” that covers damage from water backing up into your home from causes such as a broken sump pump.

Flood Maps Don’t Change
Flood plains (and flood plain maps) change and evolve. Just because you weren’t in a flood plain when you bought your home a few years ago doesn’t mean you’re not in one now.

There are a couple of ways you can find out about your flood risks.

  • gov: This site will allow you to put in your address and see if it’s in a flood plain, and give you information on risks, premiums and agents. But use it as one tool, not the final word on whether your home is in a flood plain.
  • Your insurance agent: When it comes to researching whether your home is in a flood plain, you definitely want someone knowledgeable to research the question for you—and, you might want to get a second opinion from a different agent.

“Agents have different levels of sophistication with regard to this product,” says Griffin. “You get a different answer sometimes. So you make a couple of checks to make sure you’re protecting yourself.”

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5 Life Hacks Using Smart Home Devices

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Clean floors and fresh java are hardly the coolest things you can get from using smart devices like robotic vacuums and automatic coffee makers in your home. Whether you’re already benefitting from smart devices or not, here are some unexpected ways you can harness this smart tech to spice up your home.

  1. Handy Diet Helper
    Door sensors aren’t just for keeping burglars out of your house—they can also help you stick to a diet plan. If you’re counting calories, try adding a sensor to the door of your fridge or cupboard where you keep all the most tempting snacks. This clever hack helps keep you honest whether you’re watching your waistline to get back into your favorite jeans or trying to improve your health after your latest physical.

Vivint offers sleek, discreet door sensors that you can easily add to any door—including your fridge and cupboard doors—and once in place, they’re barely noticeable. If you’ve tried and failed to stick to a healthy regimen, then these sensors could be the extra item you need to be accountable for your diet plan and to be as successful as possible. You can also set up alerts that let your support system of friends and family members know when you’re perusing the fridge for a snack so they can give you a friendly reminder to go for something healthier.

  1. Smart Sleep Aid
    Sometimes, you may struggle to get your zzzs, and a pattern of restless nights can affect your work, health, and attitude. Rather than turning to pharmaceuticals to get your full eight hours, try resetting your body’s natural circadian rhythm with smart lighting that mimics the sun’s rising and setting patterns.

Lighting Science offers bulbs that can make this goal easier to attain. The bulbs give off light that doesn’t interfere with melatonin production and complements your body’s biological circadian rhythm, allowing you to get quality sleep each night. Pair their nighttime and morning bulbs with a smart lighting switch like the Caséta Wireless dimmer and correlating app so you can set your household’s bedtime and wake-up calls with just the swipe of your finger. It’s an ideal solution for back-to-school season or to get ready for and recover from holiday travels.

  1. After School Assistant
    It’s tough to be at work when your little ones get home from school, but thanks to smart technology, you can now greet your kids as soon as they walk in the door—no matter where you are. Two-way video calling lets you welcome your children home, check in on homework, oversee snacks, and make sure they’re attending to chores.

A system such as the Nucleus Anywhere Intercom is the perfect device to help you stay connected. The video-enabled intercom is easy to set up and simple to use. It connects instantly, so you don’t have to wait long for your kids to answer your call. You can also use Amazon’s Alexa to connect to and control the system.

  1. Sneaky Teen Booby Trap
    For some teenagers, sneaking out of the house at night is a rite of passage, but that doesn’t make it safe. If you’re concerned about your teen prowling the neighborhood streets when they should be home, enlist the help of motion-activated lighting to keep them in check.

With Ring’s Floodlight Cam, you can capture your teen sneaking out on video. The system will even light up and sound an alarm when it detects them. These may seem like extreme measures, but there’s no better time to pull out all the stops than when your kids need to be saved from themselves.

  1. Helpful Green Thumb Hack
    Win first prize at the garden club or the county fair by putting smart tech to use in your garden. A Wi-Fi–based plant sensor, like the Koubachi, can finally help you turn your thumb green. This nifty gadget measures ambient temperature, soil moisture, and light levels to ensure your plants get the precise care they need to thrive. The paired app even sends email alerts and push notifications with the latest status of your plants along with up-to-the minute advice to keep your blue ribbon dreams on track.

You can use this one sensor to track multiple plants inside your home or out in the garden—but you need to snap this smart device up fast. The Husqvarna Group recently acquired the Koubachi company, and the current design will only be available through 2018. After that time, you’ll have access to the GARDENA smart system if you’d like to use this tech as you garden.

These life hacks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what smart devices can do for you. Start thinking outside the box with your smart gadgets and stay up to date on the huge variety of devices available. With new technology hitting the market nearly every week, there’s something out there to make anyone’s life easier, more connected, and—yes—smarter.

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$84,900 :: 50508 BAY Run N #2, Chesterfield Township MI, 48047

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2 beds, 0 baths
Home size: 1,120 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/21/17, Last Updated: 06/28/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 217041643
Community: Chesterfield Twp
Tract: 23 EAST TOWNHOUSES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/21/2017 by 2%
Status: Active

The perfect blend of location and function! This fresh and stylish condominium includes: 1.5 baths, stainless appliances, oak cabinets, new dishwasher, bathroom & kitchen ceramic flooring, wood laminate flooring in living & dining areas, a spacious master bedroom with HUGE walk-in closet, washer & dryer, and a 1 car garage. Great location offers convenient access to I-94, shopping centers, restaurants, and Lake St. Clair. Move right in!

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5 Practical Water Conservation Tips to Keep Your Garden Lean and Green

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You don’t need a degree in horticulture to know that water is the lifeblood to a green, luscious garden, but the spring and summer seasons also tend to be when many homeowners see a significant increase in their water usage—and utility bills—due to efforts to help their gardens flourish. However, a great looking garden doesn’t have to break the bank. Yes, you can likely rely on Mother Nature from time to time to help fuel your garden’s growth, but there are many other practical tips and strategies you should administer today to conserve water while keeping your garden in peak shape.

  1. Water Early:This is the easiest way to ensure the water that you do use goes further: water early. We’re talking around sunrise, when winds and temperatures are both low. Calm winds ensure that more water is reaching the plants in your garden and not blowing to areas around your garden. Low temperatures reduce water loss from evaporation that is more common later in the day.
  1. Maximize Rainwater/Miscellaneous Water: If natural rainfall can serve as the main source for your garden, why water? While you’re unlikely to go through a whole summer using just rainwater, there are a variety of ways you can make natural rainfall go further; for instance, integrating rainwater collectors, like the popular rain barrel, into your home’s gutter system. The main purpose of your gutters is to direct collected rainwater from the roof and disperse it safely away from your home. Why not capture this rainwater to store and use within your garden? It’s estimated that a 1,000-square-foot roof can shed up to 600 gallons of rainwater per hour in moderate rainfall.

On a related note, consider taking steps to maximize water usage in the home. For example, capture cool shower water in a bucket as you wait for it to heat, and save water used for cooking that you’d otherwise pour down the sink. You can even reuse old fish tank water. Every little bit can go a long way.

  1. Tune Up Your Sprinklers: If you water your garden with in-ground sprinklers, we encourage you to inspect the system every spring to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Adjust sprinkler heads so that water isn’t wasted on the likes of sidewalks, patios or pavement to maximize watering efficiency, and be sure that there are no breaks in the hoses that run beneath the soil. We’d also recommend integrating a rainfall sensor into your system so that you’re not watering when the garden doesn’t need it.
  1. Tune Up Your Hose: If you water manually by hose, don’t use a standard hose and nozzle. This is inefficient because of the amount of water that is lost to evaporation, runoff and mist. Instead, opt for either a wand nozzle or a soaker hose. Additionally, check the hose connection to the spigot on your home and the hose connection to the nozzle. Is either dripping when the water is turned on? If so, you’re wasting water—and likely much more than you realize. This is easily resolved by purchasing and installing a better hose fitting for either connection.
  1. Incorporate Water-Friendly Details: Finally, there are many things you can do with the plants and garden design tself to maximize water usage. Consider integrating xeriscaping techniques into your landscaping plan. Start with using native plants that are already adapted to the soil conditions at your home, and consider placing mulch around plants to reduce water runoff, minimize weed growth and help keep the soil moist. You might also consider composting, a practice that helps keep moisture in the soil for longer. Finally, consider placing plants that require more water next to each other. This way, you can better target all of them at once with drip irrigation or by adjusting sprinkler zones accordingly.

You’re never going to grow a lush garden without water, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay dearly for it in utility costs.

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$549,000 :: 34052 Lotties Dr., Chesterfield MI, 48047

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,814 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 06/26/17, Last Updated: 06/27/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 31323695
Community: Chesterfield Twp (50009)
Tract: Lottivue #05
Status: Active

This 2800 sq. ft. “open floor plan” quad level home, located in the incomparable Lottivue Canal Subdivision. It overlooks million dollar homes and is on an exceptionally wide/deep canal providing the capacity to navigate 50′ watercraft, and affords a partial view of Anchor Bay. It has been completely updated with new paint and carpeting (2017), new state of the art Lafata kitchen with high end stainless Jenair appliances (2016), along with unique bathrooms all with high end marble counter tops (2016). This home has an incredible open feeling with 18 sky lights and 8 doorwalls, providing many rooms with a view of the water. It has: a back-up generator, central vacuum, sprinkler system, professionally designed landscaping with extensive use of brick pavers and flowers providing color throughout the growing season. It has a large hot tub, plus a 2.75 car garage and an extra wide driveway on a generous 80′ X 170′ canal lot, with extensive decking, a steel seawall and 2 waverunner hoists.

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Luxury Homes: How to Tell If You’re Getting a Fair Price

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Buying a luxury home isn’t as straightforward a process as one might think. This market has a lot more variables when it comes to each property, making it difficult to establish an exact market value on a home. That being the case, buyers may wonder if they’re getting a fair price on a luxury piece of property. If you’re in the expensive real estate market, here are some steps to take to ensure that the price for your home is fair.

Compare
It should be said that comparing two luxury homes isn’t the same as comparing other types of real estate. When you buy a “normal” home, your REALTOR® will look at similar homes in the area, keeping in mind the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Luxury homes aren’t built with that in mind. When you compare these types of homes, you may want to look at features like great views (if it’s a penthouse, for example), privacy, sports features, etc. This gives you an idea of what’s on the market.

Know What You’re Looking For
Once you’ve looked at a couple of properties and have had a chance to compare them, you should be able to develop a “must-have” list. Think about your financing options as well. All of these will become a factor once you’re ready to buy.

Hire an Expert
Like any other profession, the real estate market has professionals that specialize in high-end homes in certain areas. These REALTORS® know what properties in the area are going for and how to find good deals.

Additionally, real estate professionals can tell you what types of transportation amenities are in the area. This is especially important if you’re moving into an area that’s very different from your current location. Hiring someone who knows how the flow of a geographic area works will be better able to steer you toward a good location.

Timing and Motivation
Once you’ve done the first three steps, you’ll finally want to start narrowing down the properties you’re looking at. It’s at this time that you’ll be able to make an offer on a home and, more importantly, hopefully, get it at a fair price.

Luxury homebuyers should consider the timing of their purchase. They may be able to get a better deal on a home in the winter than in the summer. The same can be said for homes that go up for sale at the end of the year. These homeowners may want to get rid of the property by year’s end for tax purposes.

Additionally, you may also be able to secure a luxury home at a reasonable price if the seller is motivated to sell—but be warned. Homes priced to sell go fast, in sometimes as little as two weeks. If you find a luxury home at an excellent price, be sure to ask your real estate professional to make an offer on it.

Buying luxury real estate at a good and fair price is a process. You should start by doing some research and by hiring a real estate professional who specializes in the luxury market. From there, compare the different homes on the market. Finally, once it comes time to buy the home, look for a motivated seller. This factor, combined with all of the previous work you’ve done, will help ensure that you’ve gotten the best price for your new place.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning a Bathtub (Based on the Type of Tub)

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A dirty and filthy bathtub with spots and scratches is hardly a relaxing sight. It can also act as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Here we will be talking about some of the best ways on how to clean bathtub and how to protect it from dirt and spots.

Materials Used To Create A Bathtub

Depending on the material that is used to create the bathtub, different methods of cleaning can have different effects on the bathtub. Some of the materials are easier to clean when compared to others, whereas some might take longer and more effort. Let’s have a quick look on a few materials that are commonly used to make bathtubs.

Porcelain Enameled Steel Bathtub

Porcelain enameled steel is a commonly used and comparatively inexpensive option when it comes to making bathtubs. These bathtubs tend to be heavier than acrylic and fiberglass bathtubs. They are extremely durable and are easy to clean.

Some of the disadvantages of using a porcelain enameled steel bathtub are that they tend to get chipped easily and these chipped areas can quickly begin to rust.

Cleaning tips:

When cleaning a porcelain bathtub, avoid using abrasive cleaners as they can chip the surface of the bathtub. Also stay away from scouring powder, white vinegar, and steel wool as they can damage the finish of the bathtub.

If you are looking for a cleaner that is gentle on the surface and can be used weekly, then you can choose any of the bathtub cleaners available in the store. Be sure to check if the given cleaner is safe on porcelain enamel.

You can even make your own porcelain bathtub cleaner at your home by following the below steps:

  • Add a couple tablespoons of your dish washing soap to a gallon of hot water and apply on the surface of the bathtub using a sponge or a rag.
  • Scrub the porcelain and rinse well with water.

Make sure you only use this process once a month — at most — as it can damage the bathtub with overuse. If you wish to give your bathtub a new and shiny appearance, dab a small amount of lemon oil and rub the sides of the bathtub.

Acrylic Bathtub

Acrylic bathtubs are often used today due to their versatility, durability, options, and economic affordability. The acrylic tub is made up of vacuum formed acrylic sheets, which are then reinforced with the help of fiberglass. They have a non-porous surface and can be repaired to some extent in the case of any damage. They come exclusively in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes.

But care should be taken while cleaning such bathtubs as they easily tend to get scratched when cleaned with an abrasive cleaner.

Cleaning tips:

It is extremely important to be careful when cleaning your bathtub if it is made up of acrylic plastic. Acylic plastic can be easily damaged by the effects of chemical and abrasive materials. So, it is highly recommended to take all the more care while cleaning an acrylic plastic bathtub. Here is what you can do:

  • Use warm water and wet the bathtub before you begin the cleaning process.
  • Pour a small amount of baby shampoo on a damp rag or a piece of cloth and rub the surface of the bathtub in circles.
  • Rinse the rag often as the rag can begin to accumulate soap on it. Rinse the surface of the bathtub and repeat the process until you think that the bathtub is clean and spot free.
  • After the surface has dried and is cleaned, use a can of car wax and a rag to apply the wax on the surface of the bathtub.
  • Apply the wax on the surface of the bathtub in circles, like how you would generally apply car wax on your car.
  • Allow the surface to dry out for a few minutes and buff the surface of the bathtub with the help of a dry cotton ball.

The car wax applied on the bathtub makes the soap, water, and shampoo do not stick to the surface. Repeat the process if necessary.

Fiberglass Bathtub

tub_fiberglassFiberglass bathtubs are another affordable option when it comes to bathtubs. They are created with layers of surface coat, polyester resin, and fiberglass reinforcements. They are less durable as well.

You should take care when you are cleaning your fiberglass bathtub as they are not durable like other materials and the surface can easily get cracked and scratched. The finish also tends to fade away with constant use.

Cleaning tips:

You can clean your fiberglass bathtub with the help of a shower or cleaner mixture as explained in the steps below:

  • In a part of hot water, mix a healthy amount of baking soda and half a cup of your dish soap.
  • When the components are mixed, it will begin to form a paste.
  • Keep adding baking soda to the mixture till it is able to stick on the wall of the bathtub.
  • Use a sponge and apply the mixture on the bathtub and allow it to stand for 30 minutes or more.
  • After half an hour, wait and scrub the bathtub vigorously.
  • Rinse the fiberglass bathtub with the help of cold water and wipe away the excess water with the help of a paper towel.
  • Now you can use a magic eraser to wipe away all the stains and dirt once again.

To give your fiberglass bathtub the shine and appearance of a new bathtub, use a good grade rubbing wax that is made especially for fiberglass. Here is what you need to do:

  • Take a good grade auto wax and an orbital buffer.
  • Apply the rubbing wax and work your magic in small sections.
  • Don’t apply the mixture for long on one area as it can burn the fiberglass.
  • Buff the rubbing wax with the help of a terry cloth and complete the process with the help of auto wax.
  • Rinse with cold water to harden and allow the shine to stay for longer.

Enameled Cast Iron Bathtub

tub_castironAn enameled cast iron bathtub is an extremely durable and heavy bathtub, which is made up of enameled cast iron. It is made up of molded iron and is coated with enamel. It is more expensive when compared to the other kinds of bathtubs but this makes them all the more durable and long lasting.

The thick enamel cover makes it resistant to chipping and scratching and helps you maintain the look for years to come. However, avoid using harmful chemicals on an enameled cast iron bathtub, and use baking soda and water to keep it new for years to come.

Cleaning tips:

Handle an enameled cast iron with caution as you can end up discoloring it with the use of harmful chemicals. For daily cleaning, it is highly recommended to use baking soda with warm water. All you need to do is:

  • Make a paste out of baking soda and warm water and apply it on the stains
  • Let the paste sit there for around 30 minutes
  • Use a cleaning towel to scrub the scrum and filth
  • Rinse with warm water.

However, if your bathtub has some tough stains, follow the following steps:

  • Mix a teaspoon of trisodium phosphate cleaner (TSP) with hot water.
  • Apply the solution on the stain with gentle rubbing using a sponge and rinse well.

Bathtubs Made of Cast Polymers (Like Cultured Marble, Granite or Onyx)

tub_polymersThese are special engineered natural stone or solid surface materials that are molded together with minerals, polymeric materials, and resins to form a solid surface, and are usually finished off with a gel cast finish.

Proper care should be taken while cleaning cast polymer bathtubs as even the slightest scratches can destroy the shine of the bathtub. It is thus highly recommended to avoid using abrasive scrubs and chemicals on it.

Cleaning tips:

It is important to adopt proper steps while cleaning a cast polymer as even the slightest scratches would be easily visible. It is highly recommended to avoid using abrasive cleaners and scratchy sponges. Follow the following steps to stay safe:

  • Use a mild detergent or a mild soap for cleaning.
  • In order to remove soap scrums, mix vinegar and water in equal amounts and spray on the affected area.
  • Wipe the area with a soft cloth.

Things To Avoid When Cleaning Your Bathtub

By avoiding some of these common and silly mistake and errors that people often do, you can make sure that your bathtub shines and keeps shining for a longer duration.

  • Don’t leave your soap or shampoo bottles on the bathroom or bathtub floor as this can cause more stains and marks to emerge. The acids in these products make the bathtub easier to crack and for the bacteria to grow.
  • Never use any abrasive scrub pads, hard tools, or steel wool to rub or scrub the surface of the bathtub. This can cause the bathtub to crack and start showing marks and scratches.
  • Stay away from products that are too hard for the bathtub. Stay away from paint thinners as they have the same effect of an abrasive scrub pad or steel wool on the bathtub.
  • Don’t work with chemicals without any form of ventilation. The ventilation can be in the form of a window or an exhaust fan. Working in enclosed situations with these chemicals can cause fumes that can be harmful to the lungs and the skin of the user.
  • Don’t have all your hopes on one product. Use the products that are most suited for the area and the work.
  • It is important to let the disinfectant sit on the surface of the bathtub for at least 5 minutes.
  • Don’t just clean the dirty area. Many of us think that it is enough to clean the dirt and stain from the visible area or in the areas that have the stain. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clean the whole bathtub and bathroom for a clean and germ-free environment. Clean the sides, hidden areas, inside the structure and all around to make sure that your bathtub is free of any stains and bacteria.
  • Trim your shower curtain to match your bathtub. When the shower liner hits the bathtub, the area is too wide and can act as an easy breeding ground for mold and mildew.

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