If we consider how often we use these things every day; sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets need a little extra special cleaning attention. Aside from that, it’s also important to keep our bathrooms well-maintained to avoid spreading germs and bacteria, both of which are unsafe for good health.
Here is a simple guide to help you clean your bathroom step-by-step!
From toothpaste dribbles to overspray from hair products, the lowly sink endures a daily barrage of dirt and grime. Keep it sparkling back at you with regular cleaning.
What’s right to do the job? You can use an all-purpose organic cleaner to remove light film and dirt. Go for a soft-scrub or abrasive cleaners for hardened deposits because they will be easier to rinse from ceramic surfaces. Remove toothpaste drips and sanitize surfaces by formulating cleaners with bleach, but that should never be used for stone or marble sinks and countertops. Promote green cleaning by using homemade cleaning agents and they will make your bathroom shine and sparkle chemical-free!
Shower and Tub
When bath oils or salts, soap scum, hair products, and dirt combine their forces to smudge the shining surface of the tub and shower, you will need a strong counter-attack. Not just that, you also need to think of how to prevent moisture, mildew, and mold to grow in tub rims, fixtures, and faucets. Aside from having the bathroom well ventilated with a fan, you can also buy products that will help to control the humidity levels in your bathroom. There are a few different things you can do to help keep the moisture in your bathroom from turning into the mold.
Soap scum, bath oil, hair products, and dirt all combine forces to assault the shining surface of the shower and tub, while tub rims, fixtures, and faucets provide hiding places for moisture, mold, and mildew. Put the job off, and those deposits can harden and ossify, and mildew and mold may take up residence in those darker spots. Set aside time and cleaning power to make short work of cleaning the shower and tub.
Get scrubbing. You may need to use abrasive scrubbing pads to remove bathtub rings or deposits on shower floors. Tile brushes scrub tile grout and reach into cracks and corners, while that handle protects knuckles from accidental contact with the tub. A cleaning toothbrush does a quick job of removing buildup deposits around tiny tub fixtures and the faucet.
Spray and stand. Before cleaning the rest of the bathroom, spray the tub area with a generous layer of all-purpose bathroom cleaner, and allow the product to stand while you clean the rest of the bathroom. The standing time helps the cleanser to dissolve oils and soap scum, so you’ll need less elbow grease to remove it.
You can also opt to use Bar Keepers Friend to do the trick!
Rinse clean. A detachable shower head allows you to clean it quickly and easily. If you don’t have one, consider stocking your cleaning tote with a removable rubber shower head that attaches to the bathtub tap. Commonly used for shampooing hair or bathing pets, they’re inexpensive and make it much easier to rinse the tub and shower walls after you clean.
Have a fixed shower head? Not a problem! Check this out to learn how to clean it!
Fiberglass Showers and Glass Doors
These surfaces need special treatment. Clean them with a non-abrasive cleaner such as an all-purpose bathroom cleaner, pine sol or baking soda. Avoid abrasive cleansers or scrubbing pads because they may scratch or dull the finish.
Cloudy glass shower doors may be cleaned with full-strength white vinegar or a commercial lime and scale remover. Always use good ventilation and cover your skin and clothing for protection when using these products.
Oh, and don’t forget your shower curtains and curtain liners! You can place them in the washing machine on a gentle setting, but not in the dryer of course! Just hang them back up in the shower to dry.
Take your time. Place granulated or liquid toilet bowl cleaner into the bowl, and let the cleaner go to work. Standing time is necessary to dissolve deposits and kill germs, so don’t cut the time short.
Scrub up. If the toilet develops a stubborn ring that regular cleaning won’t cure, bring on the pumice stone! This natural stone is porous and crumbles. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and just rub the stone directly on the ring to remove the deposit.
Brush up. A good bowl brush is a must. If yours is flattened or mashed, replace it; you need those bristles bristling to do a good job. Curved bowl brushes reach up and under the toilet rim to scour away hidden deposits.
Drips and dribbles. These are a predictable hazard in a home with boys of any age — and can cause odor problems and floor damage if the urine is allowed to stand at the base of the toilet. Use disinfecting cleaner and the old cleaning toothbrush to rout out stray dribbles — or just assign the job to the manly offenders.
Disinfect. Use a disinfecting spray or all-purpose bathroom cleaner to spray or wipe toilet rims, seat and lid, tank, and bowl exterior. Be sure to check the label for the recommended standing time if any; some antibacterial cleaning products require a certain amount of wet exposure time to kill germs. Wipe clean and dry with fresh cleaning cloths.
With this guide, your bathroom will be spic and span in no time! But keep in mind that if you need help, there’s always a trusted professional cleaning service that has your back!