If you don’t have a maid, you’ll probably want to know how to clean a bathroom. The steam and water in a bathroom makes it a perfect breeding place for mold and mildew. Combine these with soap scum and your bathroom can become a nightmare. Make it a habit to clean the bathroom on a weekly basis and this will not be such a dreaded task.
You’ll need the following items:
- Bathroom cleaning disinfectant
- Rags and old towels
- Glass Cleaner or Vinegar
- Toilet Brush
- Mop and broom
- Old tooth brush
- Prepare to clean the bathroom. Remove all objects that do not belong. Items on countertops and in tubs can be set on the floor and out of the way. Pour bleach or your choice of disinfectant cleaner into the toilet bowl to give it a chance to work.
- Work from top to bottom. Look at the ceiling first. Remove any dust or spider webs. If there are stains, mold or mildew on the ceiling spray it with a 50/50 mixture of bleach and water. Continue to the walls and repeat the same procedure. After allowing the bleach mixture to rest on the ceiling and walls go back and scrub.
- Clean the shower. Spray the cleaning product onto the shower walls and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Choose a cleaner which is designed to get rid of soap scum. If you have hard water choose a cleaner designed to get rid of calcium, rust and lime. Begin to scrub the shower starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. Rinse well with warm water. Dry the shower with old towels to avoid water spots. Don’t forget the shower curtain. Either take it down to wash or inspect it for mildew. Any mildew spots can be sprayed with a 2/3 water and 1/3 bleach mixture.
- Clean the countertops and sink. Using the same cleaner you used for the shower, spray liberally and allow to rest for a few minutes. Use this time to clean the shower or step away from the bathroom to allow the fumes to dissipate. Use a sponge or rag to wipe away the soap scum and toothpaste. Place items such as toothbrush holders and soap dishes in the dishwasher to wash. Use an old toothbrush to scrub around the faucets where mold and mildew like to hide. Rinse well and dry with your old towels.
- Clean the mirror with glass cleaner or vinegar. Continue to clean the bathroom by moving on to the front of the cabinets and drawers. Wipe clean with warm soapy water. Do not use bathroom cleaner on your cabinet’s fronts if they are wooden. These cleaners will dry the wood and leave them looking dull and cloudy.
- Clean the toilet bowl. By now your bleach has been soaking in the toilet and it should be easy to clean with a toilet brush. Use your disinfectant cleaner to spray the entire toilet and wipe down. Do not forget the bottom and the back where it is hard to see. Use old rags for this clean up job and throw away when you are done.
- Clean the bathroom floor. Start at the far side of the room and sweep towards the door and then mop the same way. If it is a small bathroom it may be easier to spray on the cleaner and then quickly wipe up with your rags.
Tips: Make sure bathroom is ventilated while cleaning. Wipe down the tub, shower and countertops after a bath with your towel to give mold and mildew less chance to form. Do not mix bleach and ammonia products