Your bathroom can be many things. It can be a place of refuge for some relaxation. It can be a reflection of personal style. It can also be a place for bacteria and mold to get together and have a party. No matter how well your bathroom is decorated, if it is not clean it will not look good. When your bathroom is dirty it can be embarrassing and unhealthy. So what is the best way to clean your bathroom? Are there any steps that you should follow? What should you clean first? Here are some steps for the best way to make your bathroom germ-free.
Cleaning Bathroom Advice
By following our cleaning bathroom advice we hope to make bathroom cleaning easy and pain free. Now, before you start scrubbing on those stains, the first thing you will want to do is remove everything from the bathroom that is in the way. This is going to include things like dirty clothes and towels, laundry baskets, hampers, waste basket, and anything else that might get in your way and can be easily removed. If you have a recently remodeled bathroom you’ll want to make sure its clear of dust and debry.
Next thing to do is to dust off surfaces where dirt might collect such as window sills, tops of cabinet, bathroom ventilation fans, and such. Use an appropriate duster and a dust-free spray such as Pledge. If the dust settles on any other surfaces, wipe it off. At the very least, make sure any clumps get to the floor. After you have dusted, sweep the floor clean of any debris such as hair or dust bunnies. You want to do this before you start with the cleaners because if dirt and dust get wet, they are near impossible to sweep up. A regular broom will work but a rubber squeegee broom or dust broom will work better.
Cleaning Bathroom Steps
- The first spot you want to hit is the toilet. This is the worst place in your house for bacteria and viruses to form. Start by pouring a toilet bowl disinfectant into the bowl. If you don’t have any, you can always use a bleach solution. Let the cleaner sit in the toilet for about half an hour so it can disinfect thoroughly. When it is ready, use a toilet brush to scrub the now disinfected water around, making sure to get under the rim. For the outside of the toilet, wipe it down using a rag and a disinfectant cleaner.
- Next comes the bathtub. There are a number of different cleaners that you can use on tubs. For the mold growing on the tile, use a mold and mildew cleaner specifically for tile or you can use a solution of bleach and water. Spray the tile down and wait a few minutes. Then come back and scrub at it with a tile brush or toothbrush. A toothbrush will get into the grout better but a tile brush covers a wider area. For cleaning the tub, you can use a heavy-duty sponge and appropriate cleaner. There is even some products for removing built-up soap scum. If you have any hair down at the drain area, use a paper towel to remove that. If your tub as any rust stains or lime built up, a regular cleaner will not take care of those. You will need to get special cleaners for removing bathtub rust stains and lime. Once the tub is clean, turn on the faucet or shower head and rinse it out thoroughly.
- When cleaning the sink and counter area, you can use the same cleaning product you used on the tub but be careful because it is harder to rinse the soap off a counter. Using a sponge, scrub all the soap scum and tooth paste off the sink and from around the faucet. You should rinse often to keep from spreading the toothpaste and scum around. A toothbrush or cotton swabs can be useful for getting that funk out from between the faucet and handles. Once the sink and counter are clean, run water down the sink to clean it out then rinse your sponge thoroughly and wipe everything down.
- If you feel that it is necessary (like your bathroom is really dirty) you may want to disinfect other surfaces such as the windowsill, countertops, cabinet doors and handles, and any other exposed areas. You can use a general disinfectant such as Lysol to clean the spots and the wipe them down with a soft rag or paper towel.
- After everything else has been done, you need to mop the floor. Use a bucket of hot water and disinfectant cleanser like Pine-Sol or that bald guy. Mop the entire floor and then wait to dry. When you can safely step back in the bathroom without risk of falling, move all of the stuff back in there that you removed earlier.
Some Important Tips
Don’t forget the bath mat and shower curtain. If you have a plastic bath mat, you can soak it is a bleach solution either in the bathtub or a bucket to get rid of mold and mildew. Afterwards rinse it off thoroughly. To clean the shower curtain, the same bleach solution will work or you can use the same stuff you used on your bathtub. Also, we have an entire article dedicated to cleaning glass shower doors.
Never, ever use steel wool to clean bathroom fixtures. Steel wool will take off the finish from both porcelain and fiberglass fixtures.
Always wear gloves to clean your bathroom but not the same gloves you use in your kitchen. If you use the same gloves, you run the risk of spreading germs and bacteria into your kitchen.
Cleaners that remove calcium and lime build-up can also be used on your shower head. Spray a little of the cleaner on your shower head once or twice a week to keep down lime build-up and to maintain water pressure.
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