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Cleaning Shower and Bathroom in your furnished Flat

Christine Kandler Von Christine Kandler

As a temporary tenant, you should make sure to clean and maintain the bathroom in your furnished apartment regularly from the beginning. Berlin water is hard and very calcareous, so water drops must be removed immediately: on the shower wall, splashes on the floor, water residue on the fittings, etc.

Under no circumstances should you just rely on the final cleaning, because a shower or bath that's been neglected for months or a year can't be taken care of in a few hours. According to the rental contract, you are actually obliged to clean and maintain your furnished apartment regularly. Regular care makes less work in the long run. Remember, once lime, dirt and possibly even mould have settled in the bathroom, you run the risk of having to pay high cleaning costs etc. Once limescale has settled - on the fittings, shower walls etc. - it's difficult to remove.

Clean the shower cubicle regularly

Here are our cleaning tips for the shower:

If you remove water splashes regularly, you can clean less at the end

It's best to remove water splashes from the shower walls with a squeegee immediately after showering. This will prevent the water drops from drying out and forming unsightly limescale stains on the shower wall.
Rubber squeegees that attache lightly to the shower wall are ideal. Pull the shower squeegee strip by strip, from top to bottom.
If there is no squeegee in your home, you can also use a soft cloth. You can also use the squeegee to dry tiles to prevent limescale stains.

Don't use aggressive cleaning agents

Does your furnished apartment have a temporary natural stone bathroom made of marble, granite etc.? Then it's best to ask the landlord how to clean these materials. We definitely don't recommend using conventional bathroom cleaners with a lot of chemicals. Even for normally tiled bathrooms, ecological cleaning agents are recommended. You can buy these, or simply make them yourself, such as the Crocodilian universal cleaner made of sodium bicarbonate Crocodilian universal cleaner. With this, limescale and dirt can be removed very easily.

How to remove stubborn limescale stains

Natural cleaning spray or a higher concentrated sodium water mixture always helps and never harms.
Dishwasher rinsing aid also helps against limescale stains, if made from vinegar or vinegar essence mixed with water or citric acid.
Caution: These cleaning agents contain acid and are not suitable for plastics or rubber.

Remove mould in the shower cubicle

Black mould is often found in the joints or in corners that are difficult to access.
You can remove mould in the shower cubicle with 70% alcohol from the supermarket or pharmacy. Vinegar also works, but it can attack the silicone.
This is why alcohol is the better choice. Apply the alcohol to the mouldy areas and then leave it for about 30 minutes to take effect. Afterwards the mould can be easily removed with a cloth. If the mould has already spread a lot, the only thing that can fix it is to remove the silicone joints.

Our Tip: Contact your landlord in good time in cases of mould!

Clean drains and remove blockages

Don't forget to clean the drains regularly and remove hair, soap residues and dirt. If the water drains badly and the drain is already clogged, baking soda and vinegar will help. Just put 5 tablespoons of baking soda in the drain and pour a small cup of vinegar into it, let it foam for a few minutes and rinse with hot water.

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