by Julie Finch-Scally
I have noticed with my bathroom scales they can not only collect dust but also look dirty. Now my scales happen to be white and I do realise black scales don’t show the dirt as much, but dust and dirt collect on the top and unfortunately infiltrate in to the workings inside.
Obviously keeping the outsides clean is fairly easy. All it requires is a wipe over with a damp cloth and a bit of cream cleanser if the dirt is stubborn, whenever you give the bathroom a thorough clean. But the insides are a different matter.
Strangely bathrooms are dusty places. Everytime you dry yourself down with a towel dust flies out and lands on the floor. It is these dust kitties that hang around the scales and sit there until removed.
The top generally is wider than the base and is held on by the metal clipping over the bottom. But to remove this would be difficult and I would not recommend it. If you have turned over your scales to see how the base is held on to the top you will have noticed the dust collected in the rim where the bottom and the top are joined.
To remove this get the corner of a damp cloth and run that corner along the gap taking the dust with it. When the cloth gets too dirty use another corner. If you store your scales on an end there will also be dirt along the side. Once again a damp cloth is needed to remove this dust.
But how about the dust inside? You could try vacuuming around and over the scales with the tube nozzle attached to the vacuum arm, but probably the best way is to get a dry small brush and while holding the scales in one hand brush the bristles down away from you flicking inside any gap along the bottom or the top.
My routine is to use the small brush first to remove any dry dust where the brush can reach, then take a damp cloth and wipe over the metal to remove any dirty marks or stuck on dust.
Scales are part of a bathroom and keeping them clean is just as important. Next time you weigh yourself, remember to give the scales a bit of a clean. Who knows you might weigh just that much less.