How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom
Cleaning the bathroom is one chore that most of us loathe, but without regular cleaning it can quickly become not only grubby but the perfect home for mould, mildew and bacteria.
Deep cleaning can seem an arduous and daunting task, so to help you we have created a simple 9-step guide to achieving a sparkly clean, healthy bathroom.
Step 1: Strip your bathroom of its contents
If you are going to clean properly, this is one step you really can’t skip. For best results, your bathroom needs to be bare before you are ready to start cleaning.
Remove all of your products from inside the shower and around the bath and place outside of the room. Gather up used towels, bath mats and rugs. Next, clear countertops, window sills and cabinets. Don’t forget to remove any freestanding items like bins, laundry baskets and toilet roll holders.
Step 2: Put all washable materials into the washing machine
Any bath mats or floor rugs that are washable, can be washed while you clean. This will give your bathroom a fresh feel and remove any smells harboured in them.
The washing machine is an effective way to refresh and clean your shower curtain. Use your regular washing detergent and add a couple of old towels – these will act as scrubbers to remove soap scum build-ups and even mildew. Once washed they can be rehung to dry.
Step 3: Dust and sweep
The next step is to remove all dust, dry dirt and cobwebs. Start at the ceiling and work your way down to the floor. Don’t forget the light fixtures and vents as these can be dust traps.
Use a dry cloth to wipe countertops, shelves, taps and around the bath, before sweeping or vacuuming the debris from the floor.
Step 4: Shower and bath
Apply a mild all-purpose cleaner to the shower enclosure and bath tub. Avoid aerosol sprays, abrasive cleaners, and any containing bleach as these can damage the surfaces. Leave to soak.
Step 5: Other surfaces
Using a damp microfibre cloth or sponge, sprayed with all-purpose cleaner, wipe down any towel rails, shelves, doors, blinds, window sills and skirting boards. Working again from the top of the room to the bottom to ensure you don’t miss anything.
Step 6: Rinse shower and bath
The all-purpose cleaner should now mean a light scrub with a non-abrasive microfibre cloth will remove any loose dirt and build-up from the shower and bath. Wipe over shower walls, floors and surfaces before rinsing everything well. You can now return your products to their place, giving them a wipe-down as you do so.
Step 7: The sink
Use the all-purpose cleaner to clean the sink, then wipe over with a clean cloth. Any stubborn limescale build-up on taps can be removed by wrapping them in a white vinegar-soaked cloth for up to 15 minutes before rinsing and drying.
A solution of white vinegar and water will leave your bathroom mirror sparkly clean and streak free. Spray with the solution then buff with a microfibre cloth.
Step 8: Clean the toilet
Use a toilet cleaner to clean the inside of the toilet, ensuring your read the label directions and use only on the inside of the bowl. Wipe any splashes from plastic or plated surfaces immediately to prevent damage.
Use a toilet brush to scrub any build-up before flushing clean. Before wiping down the outside of the toilet.
Avoid using in-tank cleaners as they can damage the flush valve or other working parts of the toilet.
Step 9: Mop the floor
You are almost done. The final task is to tackle the floor.
Fill a bucket with a solution of warm water and all-purpose cleaner. Working from the far side of the room back towards the door, mop the floor.
Wait until the floor is completely dry before replacing the freshly washed bath mat and other items to your beautifully cleaned bathroom.