Knowing how to clean your bathroom will help you to create a home that is welcoming and comfortable. A clean bathroom is important both for the people who share your home as well as your guests. If you have ever visited a house or store with a dirty bathroom then you know how uncomfortable and just icky it can be.
I have put together a step-by-step guide that will make cleaning your entire bathroom easy and painless.
Getting Started On A Squeaky Clean Bathroom
Start by quickly removing any clutter from your bathroom that does not belong. For most people this may be ensuring that the trash is in the trash can. If you have small children, like I do, then that is more likely to involve things like taking toy trains or even a random spoon back to their rightful homes.
It is a good idea to do a quick clutter check during the regular daily cleaning of your home to keep this from getting out of hand.
Start With Dust and Dirt
For the best results start with the surface grime that is lingering around the bathroom. Using a microfiber cloth dust all of the surfaces in the bathroom. Save the toilet for last to prevent spreading icky toilet germs all over the bathroom.
During this step you do not want to spray any cleaning solution or use a damp cloth. You are doing a dry wipe down of each and every surface.
Starting with the dust and dirt in the bathroom will make the rest of your cleaning much more effective and efficient. If you skip this step then you will spend the rest of your cleaning time pushing mess around the dirty areas instead of removing it.
Another option is to use a vacuum cleaning to suck up all the dirt, dust, hair, and other offending things. I like to use the hose attachment on my vacuum cleaner to get around the baseboards, in little crevices around the counters, and other hard to reach areas.
End this step by putting your bath mats into the washing machine and all towels, including your hand towel, into the dirty clothes hamper.
Work From Top To Bottom
In every part of your cleaning it is helpful to work from the top to the bottom. Leave the floors for the very last part of your cleaning.
The reason for this is that as you are cleaning any mess will tend to fall. It’s the same principle as not sweeping the kitchen floor before you wipe down the counters. If you sweep first then you would be spilling crumbs onto your clean floor.
Work smarter not harder by starting at the top and working to the bottom.
Mirrors and Glass
Clean the mirrors and any glass in your bathroom.
A great option for this is a spray bottle that is filled half with white vinegar and half with water. The vinegar mixture does not leave streaks on your mirrors or glass. The acid in vinegar is also great at lifting dirt from surfaces. This makes it a wonderful all purpose cleaner that you can use in several areas of your home including your floors.
You can use paper towels for this but I prefer to use a clean cloth that I can wash and reuse. If you prefer to use glass cleaner that you’ve purchased there are several different options available. Windex is a popular choice for glass if you are not looking for natural cleaning products.
Bathroom Sink And Counters
Your next step will be to clean the counters and sinks.
A great way to work on these areas is with a scrubbing powder such as Comet or Soft Scrub. You can mix the cleanser with some warm water and use either a scrub brush or rag to give everything a good scrub.
Pay special attention to grout lines by using an old toothbrush.
I like to use disinfecting wipe for everyday use when I only need to do a quick wipe of the counters. However, for a deep clean of the bathroom I prefer to use the Comet.
Be sure to remove all of the soap scum that can build up around your soap dispensers or toothbrush holder. I like to give these items a wipe down as well before I put them back on the counter.
How To Clean The Shower
Whether you have a shower, bathtub, or shower/tub combination remember to start from the top and work to the bottom.
Start first with your shower head and shower walls before moving on to the shower floor. If you have glass shower doors save those for last as any water splashing up on them while you clean other areas will leave water marks on the glass door.
If the fixtures or faucet handles in your shower are stainless steel you want to choose a cleaner that will help to shine them up as well as remove any soap scum. Read the label on your bathroom cleaner to make sure that it will clean, and not harm, any of the bathroom surfaces or fixtures.
Again, for this part of my cleaning I prefer to use Comet. I have used it for several years and had great results.
Cleaning Your Toilet
You may want to use rubber gloves to clean your toilet. This will not only keep any mess off of your hands and arms but will also protect you from the stronger chemicals that are present in most toilet cleaner.
Begin by putting toilet bowl cleaner into the bowl of your toilet. You will allow this to sit in the toilet bowl while you focus on cleaning the outside of the toilet.
For the outside of the toilet you can use disinfectant wipes or a disinfectant spray depending on your preference. If your cleanser is particularly strong it would be a good idea to leave the door open and run the bathroom fan as an added precaution.
Begin with the outer surfaces of the toilet. I start with the top of the tank and work my way down to clean the toilet seat and finally the bottom of the toilet around the floor. If you share your bathroom with small children you may have some tough stains around the bottom of the toilet. To clean the grout around these areas it can be helpful to use baking soda or another scrubbing agent. Just be sure that whatever you choose will not damage the grout.
Finally, you will use a toilet brush to clean the inside of the toilet bowl. Once you have completed this sandwich the toilet brush between the seat and the bowl to allow it to dry before storing. You never want to store a wet toilet brush back in its holder. That is a recipe for a disgusting germ party that no one wants an invitation to.
One step you do not want to forget is disinfecting all of the knobs, handles, and light switches in your bathroom.
Disinfecting your door knobs and light switches is a good thing to do all over your home but I feel like it is especially important in the bathroom.
How To Clean Your Bathroom Floors
Start cleaning your floors by vacuuming them really well. I like to use the hose attachment on my vacuum cleaner to go around the baseboards and in any hard to reach nooks. There is sure to be plenty of dirt and debris on your floors so you’ll want to get all of that up before you consider mopping.
After you have done a great job of vacuuming the floor you will move on to mopping.
Mopping the floors can be quick and simple but you do want to make sure that you are mopping correctly. Believe it or not there is a wrong way to mop the floors and doing it incorrectly can actually cause damage to your flooring over time.
Enjoy Your Hard Work
Now that you are all done cleaning your bathroom you can close the door behind you and go relax.
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