As one of the most unhygienic parts of any home, the bathroom can be criminally neglected as far as cleaning is concerned. If you’ve got many children that use the bathroom on a regular basis giving you precious little time to give it a deep clean, or you just don’t have time in life, it’s not something you should neglect. But if we give the bathroom a superficial clean, it’s unlikely to get rid of the long-standing problems that can cause issues over time. So, let’s address the main areas of concern, and how to clean them properly…
Part of keeping the showers as clean as possible is about the habits you have. If you are someone who easily sheds hair, this can clog up the drains. And instead of you investing in a professional drain cleaning specialist every few months to move all of this gunk out, instead, take the opportunity to unclog the drain when you can, but also work at dehumidifying the atmosphere. Make sure you leave the shower curtain or door open so this will discourage mold growth. Be sure to clean the screen of the shower door with a sponge and a mixture of water and white vinegar. The hinges can get very dirty quickly, so be sure to look at them with close attention.
Tackling The Tiles And Walls
Most people do a superficial clean with the tiles and walls in the bathroom, this doesn’t tackle the main problem. Because soap leaves behind a small film, this can be a pain to remove. The one way to do it properly is to spray the surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner and then build up steam in the bathroom. To do this, leave the shower on for 5 minutes as hot as possible. Turn off the water, and shut the bathroom door. For the next 20 minutes, you let the steam and the cleaner mix, and then you wipe down the surfaces with a clean cloth. If you have the money, you can easily invest in a steam mop, which can do the same thing.
Cleaning The Towels And Bathmats
You may think you’ve got this bit nailed, but because towels and bathmats are shared by many people and trap moisture so well, bacteria can build up incredibly quickly. Apart from changing them on a regular basis, around every 3 or 4 days, take the opportunity to use the sanitizing setting on your washing machine or bleach them. What you can do to ensure that the least amount of bacteria is trapped in the towels is to spread them out as wide as possible so air can circulate. If you hang your towel from a hook, folds naturally form, which will trap disgusting germs. And don’t forget to clean the towel bar as this will house bacteria as well!
Making The Sink Sparkling
To ensure that your basins are as clean as possible, rinse them out and dry after each use. Use an all-purpose bathroom cleaner and wipe away the offending dirt with a damp cloth. Remember to release the plug hole after cleaning because some cleaning sprays can damage the coating, especially if you’ve got gold plated or brass plug holes. Be sure to buff these so the color doesn’t go.
The Dreaded Toilet
Keeping the toilet bowl cleaner is a considerable challenge if you have plenty of people that use it. To keep it clean on a regular basis, be sure to use a bathroom cleaner that has added disinfectant. You can add a cleaner into the cistern which releases bleach with every flush. But if you’ve got considerable problems getting it clean, deep cleaning the toilet is about one key ingredient, baking soda. A whole cup of baking soda needs to be poured into the bowl, and after a few minutes, brush the offending mess and flush it away. And if you aren’t cleaning the toilet brush after every use, it’s a lost cause as you are putting more germs back into the bowl with every clean! The best approach to clean the toilet brush is to secure the brush handle between the seat and the basin so that it’s protruding over the bowl. Pour bleach over the bristles and leave it for a few minutes. From there, you can cover it with clean water. You might think this is it, but there’s a bit more; what does the brush sit in? All you need to do is fill the brush canister with warm and soapy water and let it sit before don’t bring the water back into the toilet. Remember to buy a new toilet brush at least once a year.
Keeping The Room Ventilated
If you are trying to minimize a build-up of germs, mold, and mildew, the best practice is to clean the bathroom vent. It’s something we can forget about, but if we don’t keep on top of this, germs are going to be blown out into the bathroom and will circulate every time we put the light on. Flip the circuit breaker, remove the cover and soak it in warm water and washing up liquid. Using the nozzle attachments of your vacuum, you can easily get the mess off the blades of the fan. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and then use a clean and stiff paintbrush to remove dust from the motor. Replace the cover, and you are good to go!
You might not want to know the grisly details, but while we’re all pretty aware of how disgusting our bathroom can be, we don’t really want to find out how much germs we are harboring in our bathroom. But a clean bathroom is all about getting into the habit of the right practices. You don’t have to completely blitz the space every single day, but by breaking it up into smaller, more manageable tasks every so often, you will not only have a clean bathroom, but you will have a sparkling one as well!