How to thoroughly clean your bathroom
Now that you know how to clean a kitchen, let’s move on onto another commonly used room in the house, and that is the bathroom. It’s very important to know how to clean it properly, because this is probably the area that accumulates the most germs and dirt in the entire house. People spend a lot of their time here, whether it is to shower or take a bath, brush their teeth or simply to use the toilet.
As before, it’s recommended to do a light cleaning every day, and a more thorough one once a week. Make sure to use gloves to protect your hands from any chemical you might be using.
Where to start?
This, once again, depends on the person’s preference, but it’s best to start with the largest, most used objects first. Start with the bathtub or shower, and then move on onto the toilet. Next, clean the sink, bidet and soap dish, followed by the tiles, mirrors, and windows. At the very end, sweep and clean the floor.
Start by removing any and all objects from the bathroom, like decorations and toiletries; anything that can bother you while cleaning. Every surface must be completely free so you can clean the bathroom as quickly and easily as possible. Also, you can take advantage of this opportunity to throw out anything useless, take out the garbage and put any dirty towels in the hamper to wash later.
Remember to open any windows to keep the room ventilated while you clean. That way you will not risk breathing in any toxic chemicals.
Bathtub or shower: Remove any hairs and debris that might have been gathered up in the drain. Next, scrub the entire surface of the tub or shower plate with a cream or powder bathroom cleaner and a sponge. You can also use a liquid cleaner to remove the brown sediment from the tiles and the tap. After scrubbing everything thoroughly, rinse with plenty of water until no residues are left. If the bathtub has rust or mold stains, use chlorine-based disinfectants like bleach or ammonia. Let them rest for several minutes, and then rinse them away with water. If there are any hard-to-remove stains, use turpentine and rubbing alcohol, then rinse with hot water and dish soap. Water stains can be easily removed with glass-cleaning products.
Toilet: This is the object that you must clean absolutely thoroughly, because it is the most exposed to germs and other disease-causing organisms. Once a month, clean the toilet tank with a long-handle brush to remove the debris that has gathered up at the bottom of the tank. Flush the toilet once finished. Then, scrub the interior with a cloth that has been soaked in disinfectant, or simply put a chlorine tablet inside.
More often, you will have to clean the bowl. Use a chlorine-based disinfectant, like bleach or ammonia, to do so. Spray them inside the bowl and let them rest for a while. Then, use the long-handle brush to scrub the sides of the bowl and flush. Make sure to empty the tank completely to remove all traces of the disinfectant and check that everything is clean. Otherwise, you will have to start all over again. If the bowl has any rust stains or sediment, apply an abrasive cleaner, scrub the stain with a sponge, rinse and let dry.
Finally, you will have to clean the outside of the toilet. Simply scrub the surfaces with a cloth and a cleaning product, then rinse. Don’t forget to clean the toilet handles, the outside of the tank and the base.
Sink and bidet: Cleaning these can be a tricky business; the drain connections and the tap itself tend to accumulate a lot of filth, so you will have to use a toothbrush or similar brush to get to all those hard places to reach. Also, you must be careful with the sink counter tops, as they are usually made of delicate materials. Make sure to use the appropriate cleaning products for these.
The process of cleaning a sink and bidet tap also differs depending on the material it is made of.
- Golden and enameled taps must be cleaned with special products or dried every time after use. Never use cleaning products that can damage these materials.
- Chrome taps should be scrubbed with a lemon wedge until any rust stains disappear. Then rinse and dry.
- Taps with a wooden finish must be cleaned with water and bleach. To clean the base, use an old toothbrush with a cream or powder cleaner. Rinse and dry.
If you want your taps to be spotless, dry and scrub them with a dry cloth to remove any water stains. To avoid lime scales, wipe them with a cloth after using them. You can also clean them with water and baking soda, the dry and scrub them with a dry cloth so that they shine.
Soap dish: This usually accumulates soap debris in its surface, so it’s necessary to clean it every once in a while. Wash the dish with hot water, scrub with a sponge, rinse and dry. If the dish is made of plastic, leave it soaking in a solution of warm water and baking soda.
Tiles: One of the largest problems when cleaning tiles is that mold tends to grow on them if the bathroom is not well-ventilated. To remove mold, you should use a diluted solution of bleach and water, and scrub the tiles thoroughly with a sponge. Make sure that it is not made of any hard materials, or it will damage the tiles. If the tiles are relatively clean, then simply use water and soap. Do this every week to keep your tiles in a perfect state.
Mirrors and Windows: If they only have water stains, then use a commercial glass cleaner. If they have filth or soap stains, then scrub them first with a solution of water and vinegar. Let this solution rest for 30 minutes. Rinse and polish the windows with a dry cloth. Also make sure to clean the frames; after all, excellence is in the details.
Floor: Start by sweeping the floor, because it always gathers up stray hairs and debris. After doing so, scrub the floor with water and the cleaning product of your choice, depending on the materials the floor is made of. Finish everything by drying the floor with a dry cloth so that it has no water stains.
You have finished! Hopefully these tips will help you keep your bathroom spotless!