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While You’re Home Anyway: Deep Cleaning with Bar Keepers Friend
January 6, 2021
Are you like me – spending more time at home and looking for ways to use your time constructively? Have you embraced deep cleaning and organizing? I’ve worked from home all through the pandemic. Besides my work, I’ve organized, deep cleaned, eliminated, and rearranged. I’m sure I’m not alone. Have you reorganized your closets, arranged your bookshelves by genre, and alphabetized your spice rack? I have. I think many people have done something similar. It’s a good time to do some deep cleaning of often ignored areas in your home.
After I organized the closets, junk draws, bookshelves, and spice racks, I was on the hunt for some deep cleaning. I began with my bathroom.
“I wish I had taken before photos of my shower because what I’m about to share I did on my shower at home. My home was built in 1998, and my shower has endured 22 years of hard water. (Maybe I should invest in a water softener.) It was ugly—all of it—the shower stall, faucets, fixtures, and the shower door. Sick of looking at all that build-up, I decided to use some BKF. As I was wrapping up, my wife popped her head into the bathroom and cried, “It’s shiny!” It sure was!” — A Top Tier Shower Cleaner: Hear from Our Fans
I Thought it Was too Far Gone
What I didn’t attempt to clean was my shower tray – the shower floor. It’s been my shower for 19 years, and in those 19 years, I had never cleaned it. Being a typical guy, I justified it by telling myself that soap and shampoo cleaned it every day when I showered. But it didn’t.
When I cleaned my shower in November, I didn’t attempt to clean the tray because I thought it was beyond cleaning, unsalvageable. I’d even looked online at big box stores for shower stalls. The low end is $500, and that’s without installation. Did I mention that Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray + Foam is less than $10? You do the math. So, I tackled the shower tray with the foam and spray. And. It. Worked!
How to Deep Clean a Shower Tray with BKF
Okay, I’m a rule breaker. I always have been. I was hacking before anyone called it hacking. My spray and foam cleaning hack began with a pink stain on our kitchen counter right after Thanksgiving. My best guess is it was the fresh cranberry sauce I made (fresh cranberries, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweetener). Soap and water didn’t faze the pink stain.
So, here’s what I did. I coated the stain with spray and foam and walked away. Here’s the thing. The instructions say to let the spray and foam sit for a minute and then wipe it off.
I walked away for more than an hour. When I came back, it was the consistency of a sticky glue-like substance. However, when I wetted a soft rag, it easily wiped clean, and the stain was gone!
A Shower Tray with 22 Years of Grime
I decided I’d at least try to save my shower tray before spending a thousand dollars or more on a new shower stall. Did I mention the shower doors are another $500? I sprayed the tray with the foam and went back to watch the second half of the Colts vs. Steelers game. I wish I hadn’t. I’m a Colts fan.
When I came back at the end of the game, I ran the shower, wiped it with a soft rag, and then shined it with a micro cloth. I’m telling you, it was just short of miraculous, but you can see that for yourself. It was deep clean.
What Will You Deep Clean Next?
Now is a great time to deep clean the nooks and crannies in your home. While I was polishing the tray, I noticed the shower head and drain could use a little help. Maybe I’ll clean them next. How about you? What’s on your deep cleaning list?
About the Author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends (after COVID-19) he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook: A crash course in effective management.