You’d certainly agree that cleaning the bathroom isn’t the greatest way to spend a weekend. If there’s one chore that can be avoided for as long as possible, it’s this one. It comes way above kitchen cleaning and vacuuming, but it’s a crucial job that directly impacts your health and wellness. If you’ve put this job on the back burner for a while, you will need a thorough and complete cleaning. So here’s a handy guide on How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom – 5 Quick Steps. Maintaining a sparkling clean bathroom is not only visually appealing, but it makes the task of regular cleaning simpler and easier. When you get into a systematic way of doing things, you will need less time to deep clean and tackle the really hard parts. The reward is that brilliant shine on the taps and tiles and the fresh and sparkling look of the floor.
Are Dirty Bathrooms Bad For Health?
Don’t neglect your bathroom when you spend time cleaning the rest of the house. If you have more than one, you may focus on one or two and leave the others for another day. That’s where the problem lies. You could be endangering the health and safety of loved ones.
The contents of your bathroom, from the toothbrush to the toilet brush, are crawling with bacteria. Some are harmful to humans, while others may be antibiotic-resistant superbugs. They can cause various issues, from upset tummy to skin infections, pneumonia, and septicemia.
Mold grows on shower curtains, tiles, grouting, and damp towels. It causes various health issues such as allergies, runny nose, congestion, eye and throat irritation, skin rashes, headaches, and asthma. With its warm, wet environment, your bathroom is the ideal space for the growth of different types of fungi and mold.
Some of the serious problems caused by unclean bathrooms include:
Safety risks: Untidy and messy bathrooms are a great breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and viruses. The recent pandemic has taught us how quickly and easily germs spread. If you share a bathroom with other people, it’s a given that you share their health risks too. Another possible hazard is slip and fall injuries. Bathrooms with puddles of water, towels on the floor, and soap scum on the tiles invite accidents. Seniors could fracture their hips, and kids could get head injuries.
Time Management: Steering clear of regular bathroom cleaning may save you a few minutes a day. But you will spend hours on deep cleaning months down the line.
More Harsh Chemicals: Regular cleaning with household items such as vinegar and baking soda keeps your bathroom clean and germ-free. If you sidestep this chore every day, you will need stronger, harsher chemicals and acids for the job. You are not only causing a toxic chemical build-up in your home and body but also endangering the planet.
How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom – 5 Quick Steps
There’s a huge difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning. If you’ve wondered (and envied) how hotels keep their washrooms spotless, we’ll let you in on some of their secrets.
1. Planning: Choose a time of day when you have the bathroom all to yourself. Don’t embark on the cleaning project on a Monday morning when people need to get to work or school. Ideally, you should schedule at least two to three hours for cleaning. Get all your materials together. Toilet brushes, cleaner, floor cleaner, wipes, microfiber cloths, tissues, vinegar or lemon juice, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, glass cleaner, vacuum cleaner, and Swiffer sweeper. Keep as many of these in a caddy, wear a plastic apron with pockets, and put on gloves, a mask, and protective eyewear. Keep an empty bucket handy. Spray the toilet and tile cleaner on the walls and leave it.
2. De-Clutter: Clear the clutter first. Remove everything from shelves, vanity, counter, ledges, and cupboards. Remove the bath mats. Keep them outside to be vacuumed or machine-washed later. Move the trash bin and other accessories to have full access to the walls and floor. Spray cleaning products on the walls, tiles, toilet sink, and tub. Leave them on while you work.
3. Dust and Wipe: Start from the ceiling and work down to the floor. Remove dust and cobwebs. Wipe the exhaust fan, vents, window ledges, and shelves with wet microfiber cloths. Dust the back of the toilet, and wipe down the knobs, window louvers, and lampshades. Vacuum the floor. Wipe cabinets with a wet wipe.
4. Wash and Dry: Brush and wash the tub with a vinegar-baking soda mixture. Use brushes to give it a good scrub. Use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda on the floor and wall tiles. Wash the faucets with detergent. Clean using circular motions on flat and vertical surfaces to cover the whole area. Spray all cleaning products upwards as you work so that you can wipe the trickling liquid continuously. Never use a toothbrush on grout. It damages it and causes cracks and splits. Use a small cleaning rake to protect it. Wash the shower area thoroughly, and remove scum with a vinegar-baking soda mixture. Scrub mold with a hard brush and spray a generous dash of hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you stay at arm’s length while spraying and wear protective glasses. Toss your shower curtains and towels into the washing machine with detergent and a cupful of vinegar.
5. Toilet and floor: Brush vigorously, spray on more cleaning agents and vinegar-baking soda mixture, and ensure you get the rim too. Clean the seat and underneath it. Close the lid and clean the exterior thoroughly. Switch to cleaning the floor. Spray with vinegar-baking soda and bleach. Brush well with a long-handled scrubbing brush. Leave it on for a few minutes. Flush the toilet and check if it’s sparkling clean. Wash the floor with cold water. Close all the windows and turn your shower on with maximum hot water. Leave the bathroom when the steam fills it. Close the door and wait a few minutes before you go in with a dry mop to clean the floor. Open all the windows and keep the door open until it fully dries.
If you haven’t cleaned your bathroom regularly, you may be risking the health of your loved ones. Regular cleaning keeps it fresh and hygienic. You may need a professional cleaning service if the job is too difficult. Deep cleaning is deeply satisfying, mentally and physically. It protects you and your family from allergies and diseases. You’ll never again have to die of embarrassment when a visitor asks to use the washroom.