When it comes to cleaning a house, there are some jobs people tend to hate more than others. One that typically gets pushed further and further down the list is cleaning the bathroom.
However, while it’s a job you’re probably not keen to tackle often, if you want to live in a healthy, fresh-looking home, it’s important to clean your bathroom regularly and thoroughly. Bathrooms are havens for mold, bacteria and other nasties, after all. Read on for tips you can follow to clean your bathroom so that it sparkles today.
Shower and Tub
One of the big issues many people must contend with in their bathroom is an unclean shower or tub. Since you (should) use these areas each day, soap scum, bath oils, hair products and the like combine to make a big mess. This gets even worse if you hold off on cleaning and allow time for deposits to harden. Plus, because mold in bathrooms typically occurs around the wettest spots, your shower or tub can quickly look less than desirable, as growths take up residence in corners, around tub rims, along fixtures and faucets and so on.
To combat this, start your bathroom cleaning in the tub or shower. Spray the area with a generous layer of cleaning solution, and then allow the product to work while you concentrate on other areas of the room. By leaving sprays to stand for a while, you give them more time to dissolve built-up scum. In turn, you won’t have to use so much elbow grease to get rid of it.
It also helps if you utilize a reasonably abrasive scrubbing pad when cleaning. These are great for helping to lift up grease and grime, particularly bathtub rings. You can use an old toothbrush to get into small places, too. Then, make sure you rinse the shower and tub clean. If you have a detachable showerhead, take this off its rail to rinse off cleaning materials quickly. Alternatively, you could use a bucket, cloth or a removable rubber showerhead that attaches to the faucet on your bathtub.
Shower Doors or Curtains
If you have fiberglass or glass shower doors, treat them with care. You don’t want to use anything too abrasive; instead opt for something like baking soda, vinegar, pine oil or an all-purpose bathroom cleaner. A damp cloth, instead of a harsh scrubbing brush, is also a good option.
If you have a shower curtain that isn’t looking so great, you’ll probably be able to pop it in the washing machine with some baking soda or white vinegar and then air dry it on your clothesline. To get your showerhead nozzle sparkling too, fill a small plastic bag with white vinegar, and then immerse the showerhead in this (tied up) overnight. After the deep clean, remove the bag and rinse the nozzle well.
Walls and Floors
The tiles on your walls and floors can also get dirty and old-looking, as can the grout in between them. A quick way to get these kinds of surfaces cleaner is to spray them with a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaning product and then crank the shower on at a hot temperature for a few minutes. After a good amount of steam has built up in the room from the hot water, turn off the tap, exit the room and shut the door. Enable the steam and the cleaner to interact for around 20 minutes or so. After that, wipe down the surfaces with a clean cloth.
Painted walls and ceiling can also look far from their best. You may be able to get rid of surface-level dirt and water-based stains with a damp cloth, but if there are oil-based stains (such as from cosmetics), try dipping a sponge in diluted dishwashing liquid and wiping down walls and the ceiling that way. If this still isn’t enough, sugar soap is an effective choice.
As for grout, take a specialized grout brush and use a bleach cleaner to scrub away at bacteria and other growth that builds over time. Alternatively, make your own cleaning paste using substances such as baking soda and water. Always use gloves and keep a window open for ventilation. After scrubbing, spritz grout with a white vinegar and water solution until it froths up, and then brush away the build-up. Complete your clean-up with a rinse of clean water.
Another good way to take care of grout in your bathroom is to seal it around every six months with a specific grout sealer product. This helps to prevent moisture, grime and bacteria from infiltrating the areas between tiles.