If you were asked which room of your home you least like to clean, the chances are you will say “It is the bathroom!”
There is just something about cleaning the bathtub, toilet and every inch of tiled surfaces from all sorts of nasties that doesn’t exactly motivate you. However, it must be done.
The bathroom is one place of your home you visit several times every single day. As such, you should do your best to keep it in a clean and hygienic condition at all times. Naturally, this requires some effort and elbow grease. However, who is to say you cannot ‘cheat’ your way out of endless scrubbing and back-breaking chores?
There are a few easy steps and cleaning tips you can follow to make the task easier which we are happy to share with you:
- Cleaning the shower head – this often gets clogged with hard water deposits, soap scum and mould. Sometimes the problem can get so severe that you will be tempted to just buy a new one rather than trying to clean the old one. Instead of the hard graft of scrubbing and sponging, you can follow a more streamlined approach. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a plastic bag and tie it around the shower head. Leave it like that overnight and then remove it. After a good rinse you will find the shower head in perfect condition, free from hard water deposits.
- Washing curtains – shower curtains are not spared the hard water deposits, mould or mildew growth. Since they are constantly exposed to moisture, you should clean them on a regular basis. Give plastic curtains a spin in the washing machine. Don’t forget to toss in a few towels to act as scrubbers.
- Cleaning the sink – in case you didn’t know, the sink takes first place in regards to highest bacteria count in the bathroom. As such, using a clean cloth should become a daily habit of yours. If you see toothpaste or some other stain, don’t wait for it to become super hard to remove – clean it there and then. As for taps, you can employ your basic all-purpose cleaner made of one part water and one part vinegar. It works wonders on chrome. Don’t forget to clean around the base of the taps, where it connects to the sink. It often develops unsightly stains, but these can be cleaned with the aid of some dental floss.
- Cleaning the toilet – baking soda comes to your aid. Pour a cup of soda in the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. Brush the area and flush the water. If there are any tough spots remaining, you can use a damp pumice stone. Don’t forget about the toilet brush. Secure it between the seat and bowl and pour bleach on it to sanitise the bristles. Leave it there whilst cleaning the toilet in the meantime. Then fill the toilet with warm soapy water and leave it for 10 minutes before flushing. Please, don’t forget to close the lid of the toilet when doing this. If you don’t, you will be sending a fine mist of water and germs around the place.
- Washing towels – it is nice drying your hands in warm, soft towels. However, the constant moisture that gets trapped in the fibres contributes to bacteria growth. The last thing you want is to wipe germs on your hands, just after washing them. For this reason, you should replace towels every week at the very least. Spreading them on a warm bar or radiator instead of hanging them on a hook is a good practice. That way they will dry more thoroughly and trap less moisture.
- Cleaning the tiles – there is a very good strategy you can follow when cleaning the surfaces of your bathroom: do it immediately after you take a hot shower. The steam will soften the gunk and make it easy to clean with a nice all-purpose cleaner. If you want to reduce the need to clean, then you will do well to invest a few minutes after each shower to wipe the excess moisture off the surfaces. Use a squeegee on the walls and shower screen and a mop to tackle the shower area floor. Also run the fan to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Cleaning grout – grout is porous, meaning that it can trap moisture and develop mould and mildew growth. You can use bleach to clean grout. An old toothbrush makes the perfect tool for the job. It is advised that you seal grout every few months to prevent grime and moisture from getting into it.
By following these bathroom cleaning tips, you can easily tackle one of the most important rooms in your home – the bathroom.
Invest your time and effort to ensure the place is clean and sanitised. You will then be able to fully enjoy a nice, relaxing hot bath as well as not being embarrassed when you have visitors.