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5 Tips to make your bathroom CLEAN as a Whystle!

Michelle Krueger stopped in to share 5 tricks to make your bathroom clean as a Whystle! Michelle has been in the cleaning business for 12 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

I would say everybody works really hard. And everybody deserves to relax. And so instead of spending your free time restoring your shower, find a professional who not only does a great job, but probably enjoys it, to make your life easier.

The average person spends 3 hours and 7 minutes in the bathroom EACH WEEK! So why does it often get overlooked and wind up looking like a scene from the Walking Dead? Tune in, or read on, to soak up the WISDOM that Michelle has to offer!

Highlights

5 Bathroom Magic Hacks

  1. KILL shower hard water stains – keep a squeegee and towel/rag in the shower and wipe down the walls after EACH TIME.
  2. SAVE yourself from shower soap scum – make a simple switch from bar soap to liquid soap and the scum goes away!
  3. REDUCE clutter to simplify your cleaning – find a home for everything and make sure IT STAYS THERE
  4. CLEAR the space behind your toilet – most people don’t clean behind their toilet because there’s always something hiding the mess
  5. STOP the “next room amnesia” – keep all of your cleaning supplies IN the bathroom so you don’t get distracted by walking through the doorway

Secret Sauce

  1.  Bar Keepers Friend is YOUR secret weapon for hard water stains on any surface that you can use it on. Glass, porcelain, ceramic, anything that’s not porous.
    Bar Keepers Friend
  2.  Zep Tub and Shower Cleaner is your new best friend. You spray it on the shower, you let it sit, you go do something else, you come back five minutes later, you spray it again. This melts the soap scum so well that you can actually see the puddle of liquid soap sitting on the shower floor.
    Zep Shower, Tub and Tile Cleaner

Transcription

Chris:

All right, we are live!

Chris:

Hello Whystle family! I have a special guest here today. This is Michelle, she has been a great influencer of mine. She’s taught me a lot about cleaning and about the cleaning business and I definitely want to learn a little bit more about how she does her thing. But I’m going to give her a chance to introduce herself because she’s going to do a way better job than I will. Michelle, you’re on.

Michelle:

Thanks, Chris. My name is Michelle Krueger, and I am talking to you from sunny Symrna Florida. I’ve been living here for about 20 years now. I’ve had my business for 12 years, this is our 12 year anniversary this year.

Chris:

That’s fantastic.

Michelle:

It’s been a great ride. One of those stories where I came from the home building industry in 2007. The housing market crashed and I didn’t want to get laid off. So I said, “Well, what can I do?” And we came up with start a cleaning business. We love to clean, start a cleaning business. And here we are 12 years later still serving some of those very same customers.

Chris:

That’s incredible. That’s incredible. What would you say has kept you going all this time during those 12 years?

Michelle:

Honestly, relationships. 100% relationships. When I first got started in this business, I used to think people hired me just because they wanted to give me a chance, just because they believed in me, not necessarily because they needed their house cleaned. And now, these days, all of my referrals came from those first couple of clients, and I have this business where everybody knows everybody in my business. And so it’s all about relationships and doing the right thing.

Chris:

That’s awesome. That’s exactly what we’re trying to build here. So I’m glad we can have you share a little bit of your secret wisdom with us. So what we wanted to talk about a little bit today is five tips or tricks that can make your bathroom clean as a whistle. Do you have those tips? What can you give us? What’s the magic we can get for our listeners here?

Michelle:

A couple of things. Everybody’s biggest challenge in the bathroom is the shower. In the shower, you’ve got soap scum and you’ve got hard water stains. So you deal with each one of those stains a little bit differently, but both of them are pretty easy fixes.

Michelle:

First of all, the hard water stains. Keep a squeegee in there. Keep a rag in there. Keep a towel in there. And every time you get done taking a shower, dry the walls. Nobody really likes to do that, but I’m telling you, if you do that every single day, 10 years later, your shower still looks like brand new.

Michelle:

Another one of the challenges in the shower is soap scum. And soap scum happens because the minerals in your hard water mix with the fat in the soaps. So if you change from a bar soap to liquid soap, you won’t have soap scum built up anymore. So that makes cleaning your shower very, very easy. Another tip is to keep a dry rag near your bathroom sink, and every time you use your sink, dry your faucet, dry your sink. If you’re not leaving anything behind, there’s nothing there to build up.

Michelle:

Let’s see. Another thing would be to put away your clutter in a bathroom. Bathrooms are typically small areas and clutter causes stress. And so if you try to find a home for everything, in a drawer, in a cabinet, and keep your countertops clear, not only do you feel better, but it makes it easier to clean it up if you don’t have a whole lot of time.

Michelle:

Another tip would be to not keep anything behind the toilet. Some people keep a trashcan, so people keep a toilet bowl brush, maybe a plunger. Put that stuff away or put it somewhere else because, one, it’ll stay cleaner somewhere else. And two, it’s not as daunting a task to clean the floor around the toilet if you don’t have to pull all of that stuff out of there every time.

Michelle:

And I’d have to say my biggest time saver in a bathroom is, it’s like in my own house, keep you’re cleaning supplies in your bathroom. The time that you realize that your bathroom needs to be cleaned is when you’re actually in the bathroom. And if you say, “Let me go to the laundry room on the other side of the house, get my cleaning stuff, come back, clean the bathroom,” something between the bathroom in the laundry room is going to distract you. And you’ll say, “Never mind. I’ll get it next time.” So if that stuff is right there in the closet, in a drawer, in your bathroom someplace, it makes it much easier to address that right then and there.

Chris:

Right, it’s that “walk through a doorway and forget what you came into the room to actually grab.”

Michelle:

Exactly, exactly. And if it involved at chore, who wants to remember that anyway?

Chris:

Right, right. 100%. What’s the … sorry, I didn’t mean to cut … Do you have any more tips? Is that, we all set on the five tips?

Michelle:

Yeah, I think that’s pretty good.

Chris:

Awesome. What’s the hardest thing to clean a bathroom, from your experience, having done this for so long? Kind of from our end, what’s the toughest thing that you run into in bathrooms?

Michelle:

From my end, my toughest, but most favorite job is a shower that hasn’t been cleaned a very long time. The shower that is covered in soap scum. And as soon as you get the soap scum off, it’s covered in a hard water stains. And it really takes a couple of hours, and in the shower like that, I don’t call it cleaning the shower, I call it RESTORING that shower.

Michelle:

So having to melt through those layers of years of soap scum, years of hard water stains, it’s on your tile, it’s on the walls, it’s on the glass door if you have a glass door, and so that’s the toughest job. I think that’s tip number one was the shower because that’s the one thing in your bathroom that if you leave it go, it takes the longest amount of time to restore it. You can’t just clean it.

Chris:

Right. That makes perfect sense. Now what are some cleaning tools or utensils or or materials or chemicals that you use on the shower? What are your go-to supplies when you’re going to restore shower?

Michelle:

When I’m going to restore a shower, there is an amazing product called Zep Tub and Shower Cleaner. And whatever is in this product, it comes in a purple bottle, whatever is in this product, you spray it on the shower, you let it sit, you go do something else, you come back five minutes later, you spray it again. This melts the soap scum so well that you can actually see the puddle of liquid soap sitting on the shower floor. And so sometimes that will do a really good job also getting the hard water stains off, but if it doesn’t, then we follow up one tile at a time, small areas, with Bar Keepers Friend. Bar Keepers Friend is my secret weapon for hard water stains on any surface that you can use it on. Glass, porcelain, ceramic, anything that’s not porous.

Chris:

Interesting. I had never thought to use that for bathrooms. That makes perfect sense, though.

Michelle:

Absolutely. It’s great for your porcelain things. Like if you’re not drying out you’re saying and you look down and you have hard water stains on your drain and in your basin, Bar Keepers Friend. In your kitchen sink, you’ve got a stainless steel sink and it’s starting to look dull, Bar Keepers Friend.

Chris:

That’s awesome. Thank you so much for those tips and tricks. Thank you for the elaboration on the shower. I know it wasn’t part of the plan, but I’m really glad you shared it. If you had to leave one message or one thing with the listeners of Whystle, what would that be?

Michelle:

I would say everybody works really hard. And everybody deserves to relax. And so instead of spending your free time restoring your shower, find a professional who not only does a great job, but probably enjoys it, to make your life easier.

Chris:

Thank you so much, Michelle. It has been a pleasure talking to you and I’m sure that the listeners of Whystle are going to love listening to this. It’s going to still be on the Facebook, so even though we went live, it’s still gonna be on there and we’re going to post the content at other places. Thank you again so much. You’ve done a kick-ass job. We really appreciated having you.

Michelle:

Thank you, Chris, I appreciate it.

Chris:

Alright. Have a good one, Michelle.

Michelle:

You, too. Thanks.

Chris:

Bye-bye.