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Non-slip strips in baths

by Julie Finch-Scally

A few years ago we taped some non-slip strips to the bottom of our bath. Our shower is over the bath and to avoid slipping while showering we purchased some special non-slip tape and added the strips. Up until now I have only ever cleaned around and over the tape when cleaning the bath, but in the past couple of months I have noticed a line of dirt along the edges of the strips.

At the bottom of our bath we have those raised bubbles which I presume were supposedly designed to break up the possible slipperiness of the smooth floor of the bath. Over the years the non-slip strips have moulded into those bubbles and allowed dirt to build up along the sides of the tape.

I have taken to giving the sides of the non-slip strips an extra scrub with the scourer side of a sponge/scourer when cleaning the bath with cream cleanser. Last week I realised my extra effort was not having any effect. A more detailed clean along the sides of the tapes was needed.

It required something small that would be able to get down into the crevice between the floor of the bath and the tape. A toothbrush was the answer so I found an old toothbrush which still had reasonably stiff bristles.

With a little cream cleanser I scrubbed the bristles of the brush along the sides of the tape giving extra pressure between the bubbles where the dirt seemed more prominent.

It wasn’t an easy or quick job, but the toothbrush did the trick. Because the bristles were small and could be concentrated on the required area, they managed to get into and under the edge of the tape and lift out the dirt. I was pleased with the results.

So: if you have non-slip strips taped to the bottom of your bath, to keep them clean you will find cleaning the edges of the tape with cream cleanser and a toothbrush will help.

From now on I will be giving the non-slip strips on the floor of my bath a scrub with the toothbrush and cream cleanser every couple of months to remove and stop the dirt and dust creeping in under the edges of the tape.




Washing-up Trays

by Julie Finch-Scally

We have a washing-up tray on our draining board. It is used regularly and obviously when the washed up dishes and glasses are placed on the rack the excess water on the cleaned articles flows over the tray and runs down the draining board into the sink.

Because water is regularly rinsing over the tray one would think it would remain clean, but this is not the case. The other morning as I was washing up I looked at the areas on the washing up tray where the struts and rungs crossed. Each of the cross-over points were covered with dirt. Time to clean the washing-up tray.

It so happens my washing-up tray is metal coated with plastic, there are moulded plastic trays and some are made with stainless steel. It really doesn’t matter what the washing up tray is made out of the corners and areas where the supports/struts cross and join are the main areas to which the dirt clings. So, how did I clean the washing up tray?

Firstly I ran hot water over the tray under the kitchen tap. I dampened a sponge/scourer and dipped the scourer side in a small 6 cents size drop of cream cleanser. With the sponge I rubbed the cream cleanser over the washing-up tray. As I cleaned I rubbed each strut by folding the scourer and holding the rung between my thumb and forefinger wiping backwards and forwards along each support.

This process worked well on each rung but not where the struts joined. This required a bit more dexterity. I found an old toothbrush and put a drop of cream cleanser on the brush. Rubbing the brush in and out of the corners and joins I was able to remove the build-up of dirt. It did take a bit of effort but the results were worthwhile.

When I had finished cleaning the tray I placed it back under the kitchen tap and rinsed off the cream cleanser residue.

It is our usual practice to leave the washing-up in the tray allowing it to dry in the air, but I am now wondering whether it would be a good idea when I remove the crockery and cutlery to wipe over the tray with a tea towel and make sure all the corners and joins are dry. I feel sure the dust sticks in those places because although the plates and cups are dry the tray itself is still damp.

Since cleaning the washing-up tray I have been wiping over the tray with a tea towel once I have emptied out the clean dishes. Has it improved? Not sure but when I check again in six months’ time, if it is dirty again then I will know it really hasn’t made any difference.

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