When it comes to home cleaning, the bathroom is one of the toughest rooms to keep clean. It is true that it doesn’t have the grease or spilled food of the kitchen, but it does have its own challenges. This includes the toilet bowl, the sinks, the bathtub, the shower and their assorted hardware, the floor and wall tiles. Like the kitchen, the bathroom has places that are tough to get at. However, there are some bathroom cleaning tips that make sure the bathroom is spotless from day to day.
Set Up a Schedule
Some things in the bathroom need to be done every day. But as with other home cleaning tasks, bathroom cleaning can be scheduled for once a week, once or twice a month or once a season.
Once a Day
- Wipe up any spills.
- Open the window for a few hours for ventilation.
- Sweep or vacuum the floors.
- Clean the fixtures. Use an old toothbrush to get to places that are hard to reach.
- Wipe the mirror.
- Toss washable bathmats and towels into the washing machine.
- Empty and clean the trash can.
- Vacuum then mop the floor.
- Dust off the light fixtures.
- Damp mop ceramic tile floors.
- Clean tile grout.
- Empty out the medicine chest, and clean it.
- Clean the surrounds of the tub and shower.
- Vacuum the window blinds or shades, if there are any.
- Clear the drains in the sink a tub by adding a cup of vinegar to a cup of baking soda. Let it bubble for a minute or two then flush with boiling water.
- Tidy the linen closet.
- Throw out any old cosmetics and medicines that have expired.
- Wipe down baseboards.
- Reseal grout if necessary.
- Reseal stone flooring if necessary.
Getting Specific With Bathroom Cleaning Tips
The Shower Curtain
A good number of homeowners ignore their shower curtain until one day they notice it is full of mildew. A good way to prevent mildew is to open it up after every shower, shake it out, and let it dry. A shower door or screen should also be wiped dry after it’s used.
Limescale is minerals left by hard water. If there’s limescale in the sink, mix one part white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Spray it on a sponge, and wipe around the faucets and the sink then rinse after the limescale has softened. Then, dry the sink with a clean microfiber cloth. Use the cloth to polish the faucets.
A Truly Dirty Bathtub
If the bathtub is really stained, fill it up with hot water and a capful of laundry detergent. Leave it there overnight. Drain the tub the next morning, and wipe it with a sponge. That should put paid to the stains.
Doing a bit of cleaning and tidying every day in the bathroom should keep it immaculate. After all, it is no longer just the place where one does necessary business and leaves. The bathroom deserves as much attention and care as any other room in the house.