Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom
Your bathroom has probably received a lot of attention these past few months with holidays and events being so close together. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and Hanukah all the way to New Year’s and the Super Bowl, your friends and family have become closely acquainted with your home’s bathroom. More holidays are on their way for the Summer and family vacations are right around the corner. Give your bathroom some love with a few of these deep cleaning tips.
If you had multiple guests use your shower, chances are it’s not looking the best. In order to get an effective clean, you’ll need to start from the top and work to the bottom. Pour some white vinegar into a plastic zip lock or grocery bag (enough to submerge the showerhead nozzle) and tie it over the nozzle overnight to soak.
While the showerhead is soaking, grab your plastic shower curtains and liners and throw them through the wash with a few towels and your regular detergent (the towels will act as scrubbers to help get rid of soap scum and mildew).
If you have fiberglass showers and glass doors, be careful with how you clean these surfaces. You will need to clean them with a nonabrasive cleaner (all-purpose bathroom cleaner, pine oil or baking soda). Do not use abrasive cleaners and avoid scrubbing pads because they can scratch or dull the finish.
Fill your tub with hot water to warm the tub and drain it before spraying a bathroom cleaner and cleaning the tub. This doubles the effectiveness of alkaline cleansers. Use abrasive scrubbing pads to remove bathtub rings and deposits on shower floors.
Scrub tile grout with tile brushes dipped in bleach. Grout is susceptible to bacterial growth. To help prevent moisture and grime from infiltrating grout, seal it every six months.
Pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it. If there are still spots, you can find a pumice stone to scrub the rest of the spots off.
Spray a vinegar and water solution on the base of the toilet as well as the outer bowl, tank, toilet seat and lid before wiping it down with a cleaning cloth.
For an added measure, you can clean your toilet cleaning wand by soaking it in a bleach/water solution.
Sink and Faucet
To help clear out the drain, pour white vinegar or baking soda down the drain and flush with hot water. The best way to clean your faucet is to use disposable disinfecting wipes. Cloths can move the bacteria around rather than disposing of it.
Use your vinegar and water solution to spray down the sink and wipe clean with a cleaning cloth. For hardened deposits, you can use abrasive or soft-scrub cleaners along with cleaners formulated with bleach. This will help remove toothpaste spots and sanitize at the same time. Don’t forget to clean your mirror! You can use a typical class cleaning spray and wipe down with a paper towel or microfiber cloth (or a newspaper). Using a wash rag will create smudges and streaks.
Your bathroom floor should be the last thing you clean. Mop with a cleaning solution that has bleach in it to help sanitize your floors. If your bathroom floor has tile on it, scrub out the grout with a small brush and bleach. If you don’t want to use bleach, mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. As you mop, start at the furthest end of your bathroom and work your way towards the door. This will make sure you are not having to walk over the spots you just cleaned and ruin the great job you did of mopping. Once you are done, let the floor dry and give yourself a pat on the back!
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