What Are Some Bathroom Cleaning Tips?
Having a clean bathroom is important for many reasons, the first being that a clean bathroom is much healthier. Due to the nature of a bathroom, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria, molds, mildew, and other nasty microorganisms. A clean bathroom is also important because it is much more pleasant to look at. You are not tripping over dirty clothes or used towels and you won’t be embarrassed when a guest has to use it. But having a clean bathroom can be a lot of work even with today’s cleaners.
Whether you clean the bathroom once a week or once a day, you still need to be sure to do a thorough job. What if you have rarely (or never) cleaned the bathroom? What are some bathroom cleaning tips? Where do you start? It is not difficult to do. All you need is a little perseverance, the right cleaners, and a good pair of rubber gloves.
Cleaning The Toilet
A good place to start is cleaning the toilet. Yes, we all know what goes on there so it is very important that you clean it thoroughly. Otherwise, it is the likeliest place for harmful bacteria such as staff to develop. You can get a toilet cleaning solution to spray inside the bowl. Most of them you will want to leave for fifteen to thirty minutes to give it enough time to do its job. After letting it soak in the bowl, take your brush and scrub it around, making sure to get underneath that lip and down in the drain. If your toilet has hard water stains around the edge of the water line, you can pour vinegar in the bowl and let it sit for an hour. If the stains are persistent, try using a block of pumice to get rid of them.
For the outside of the toilet, use a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down every inch of the porcelain. Pay attention to those spots that tend to get dirtier than the rest such as the top of the lip and on top of and behind the seat. Also be sure to clean the base of the toilet near the floor. I know it is not the most pleasant thing to do but it is very necessary.
Cleaning The Bathroom Sink
Now that the really dirty part is over, you can move on to cleaning the bathroom sink. This is another good spot for bacteria to collect. For the basics, you can spray down the counter top and sink with a good bathroom disinfectant and wipe it down. If you have soap scum and old toothpaste that has collected in the sink, you can remove it by using a stiff plastic scrubby that you would normally use to remove food particles from dirty dishes.
Sometimes you get this gray funk at the base of the faucet particularly around the knobs. You know what I am talking about. It won’t come off with just regular wiping. There are two ways you can remove it. You can try scrubbing it with an old toothbrush and warm water or you can use a razor blade and gently scrap it off. Once you get it off, be sure you wipe down the area.
The mirror above the sink can also get pretty filthy. A thin film can develop on it from all of the moisture in the air, not to mention water from the sink, toothpaste, and streaks from using your hand to wipe it off. Cleaning the mirror is easy. Just use a soft rag or paper towel and a bottle of window cleaner such as Windex.
Cleaning The Tub
The bathtub and shower can be real tricky and take up the most of your time. The problem is the tile that is usually around the tub. Mold and mildew grow in damp areas. There is nothing you can do to change this fact of nature. If you clean your tub and tile on a regular basis it is easy to take care of. But if you only clean it a couple of times a year (if then) that just allows more time for mold and mildew to spread. Then you have a big job on your hands.
To clean the mold from your tile, there are a number of bathroom tile cleaners on the market that you can try. Another method is to use a solution of bleach water. Spray the tile with the bleach solution, wait a while, and then come back and scrub with a tile brush or toothbrush. Be sure that you wear gloves when using any of these cleaning solutions or else it will cause severe skin irritation to your hands.
To prevent your bathtub from developing a build-up of soap scum, you should wipe down the walls with a sponge or squeegee after every use. If the soap scum has already built up and has hardened, then try this trick. Take a dryer sheet, dampen it, and then use it to wipe at the scum. You will find that it will come off much easier than trying to scrape it off. This is also a good techines when cleaning a glass shower door.
Cleaning Everywhere Else
Now you have cleaned all of the major fixtures in your bathroom. So what else is there to clean? Just the floor and some odd accessories. For starters, keep clean towels on the towel rack. If there are any open shelves that need dusting, go ahead and do that with an appropriate duster. Check the bathroom rug to see if there is any mold or mildew that is growing on it. If so, you need to clean it or get a new one. Plastic mats are easy to clean while those fuzzy shag rugs can be thrown in the washer.
Lastly, you should clean the floor in the bathroom. If mildew is growing anywhere on the floor, you need to take care of that using the same methods you used on the bathtub. Then you should mop the floor with a good ratio of warm water and disinfectant floor cleaner. Give the floor time to dry and then you are done.
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