Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

When preparing to sell your home, it's important to make your home look as clean and new as possible. Shining up the bathroom is a must! Here are a few pointers to help your bathroom sparkle.

  • Replace the caulk. A simple and inexpensive fix to moldy, dis-colored caulk is to scrape it off and re-apply. Keep in mind that old silicone caulk will prevent new silicone caulk from adhering to the tile. To prevent this, wipe the tile down with acetone after removing the old caulk.
  • Remove the soap scum from glass shower doors. A tried-and-true trick is using blue Dawn dish soap and vinegar. Click here for the link to the recipe. 
  • Whiten the grout. This can be easier said than done. Local stager Jane Collins-Colding recommends that you spray Clorox Cleaner & Bleach spray on the grout and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Then apply a second coat on the grout and let it sit for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle with VIM and brush off. 
  • For stubborn grout stains, consider using a grout marker to cover the stain and brighten the grout.
  • For bathtub stains or ground-in dirt, my favorite solution is Shower Power. Follow the directions on the bottle. 
  • Add fresh-cut flowers or a candle on top of the toilet to add a fresh scent.
  • Replace the bathroom throw rug and towels with new, white fluffy ones. 
  • If the bathroom has a shower curtain, replace the liner with a crisp, white cloth one. You don't want a vinyl smell. Use a white or light neutral-colored curtain. Keep the curtain pushed back when showing the home to make the bathroom look bigger.
  • Remove hard-water stains from bathroom fixtures with CLR, Lime-A-Way or warm vinegar. Be aware that vinegar can ruin nickel fixtures. 
  • Remove all items from the bathroom counters and shower. Use a caddy to store your soap and shampoo in the closet when the bathroom is not in use. 

Shannon Severin is a Realtor with Keller Williams Mid-town Direct at 181 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, NJ. If you have any real estate questions, she can be reached at or