How To Remove Soap Scum From Shower Doors – Williamsburg Homes for Sale

Clean shower doors

Dirty shower doors can ruin an otherwise sparkling-clean bathroom. The soap scum that accumulates isn’t just unsightly; it contains body oils and skin particles that provide for a perfect bacteria breeding ground.

Supermarket shelves in Williamsburg are filled with bathroom cleaners that promise to cut through soap scum, but the cleansers don’t always work and those that do often contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin.

Cleaning shower doors can be more safe and more pleasant, then, when you use chemical-free household products, many of which you likely have in your kitchen already.

White vinegar makes an excellent soap scum remover, for example.

To remove soap scum from your shower doors using white vinegar, pour non-diluted white vinegar into a spray bottle, and then spray your shower doors until the soap-scummy sections are completely saturated. Let the vinegar sit for several minutes. This allows the white vinegar time begin breaking down the soap scum.

Spritz the surface again, if necessary, to keep the surface wet.

After the white vinegar has had some time to work, wipe the soap scum away with a non-scratching sponge.

If the soap scum is particularly stubborn, cutting through it completely may require a mild abrasive.

After letting the vinegar soak for several minutes, sprinkle baking powder on your sponge and remove the soap scum using a moderate amount of pressure and small circular motions. If your shower doors are textured, you may need to switch to a scrub brush to get into the crevasses.

Reapply baking soda and re-spritz the doors with vinegar as needed to remove the soap scum completely. Then, just rinse away the residue with hot water.

Give the shower floor a final rinse after the residue drains.

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James City County Real Estate Assessments Adjusting

New assessments have been mailed out to residents of James City County.  It has been long awaited since most residents expect their assessment to go down based on the softening real estate market.

I’ve discussed it many times but assessments are used as a gauge for real estate taxes in James City County.  Many people confuse assessments with appraisals.  They are very different and used for different purposes.  While assessments are used to come up with a tax basis for a property, appraisals are used to help banks and insurance companies come up with the market value of a property.

Although the County has not updated their website yet, the new assessments will go into effect on July 1, 2012.  Residents who feel that their assessment is in need of an adjustment, can appeal to The Real Estate Assessment Division before March 30, 2012 and to the Board of Equalization before April 30, 2012.

The assessment is the key figure when figuring out the exact amount of semi-annual tax that will be owed on a property.  For example, James City County’s tax rate is $0.77.  if your home is assessed at $300,000, you would owe  $2310 per year.  In short, $77 of tax would be owed for ever $1000 of assessed value of the property.  77 x 30 = $2310.  Taxes are billed semi-annually, so the homeowner would get a bill every six months for $1155.

Even though assessments have been adjusted, they are still not a good gauge of value.  The real estate market is fluid and with its constant movement, the market constantly strays away from the current assessment.  With just a few people working in the Real Estate Assessors Office, it makes it nearly impossible to keep up with the changing market.

For more information of the value of your home, contact Mike Grogan, award winning Realtor in Williamsburg Virginia.