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A clean bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom can be a daunting task. However, we are including it as part of a series of tutorials on how to deep clean every aspect of your home, including the kitchen. But with the right approach, it can be done quicly and easily. In this article, we will teach you how we clean bathrooms at Germicidal Maids so you can achieve the same sparkling results in your own home. And provide a cleaner and safer home environement for you and your family.

Preparation:

The most important thing that we teach new cleaners about cleaning bathrooms is preparation. You should always make sure that you have all of your cleaning supplies ready in a caddy so that you do not need to walk back and forth to collect items and waste your time and energy.

Keeping everything in place will make the process much easier.

What you will need:

  • A cleaning caddy
  • 10 microfibre cloths
  • bar keepers friend (powder or liquid) or any other abrasive such as comet
  • bleach
  • vinegar in a bottle mixed with water
  • Windex or any other glass cleaner
  • steel wool
  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • sponge
  • All-purpose cleaner (A vinegar and Dawn dish soap combination works great)

How to clean the shower:

We start in the shower, the most time-consuming part of cleaning the bathroom

The shower is one of the most frequently used areas in the bathroom and therefore can quickly become dirty and grimy. To effectively clean the shower, follow these steps:

  1. First, place a big cloth or dishrag on the floor outside of the shower or tub, this is so that you don’t leave footprints on the floor when you step out of the shower.
  2. Spray your vinegar solution onto every surface of the shower, including the walls, floor, and fixtures.
  3. This is also the time to spray down any mold or lime, scrub hard water, or scrape off soap scum.
  4. Let the vinegar solution sit for a few minutes to loosen any dirt or soap scum, or hard water.
  5. Use a scrub brush or sponge to scrub the surfaces of the shower, focusing on areas with heavy buildup.
  6. Rinse the shower thoroughly with water to remove the vinegar solution and any dirt or grime that has been scrubbed off.
  7. Dry the surfaces of the shower with a towel to prevent water spots.

How to clean the toilet:

The toilet is another important area of the bathroom that requires regular cleaning. To effectively clean the toilet, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by putting on gloves to protect your hands from any bacteria or germs.
  2. Pour toilet cleaner onto the top part of the inside of the toilet bowl so that it runs down and cleans the rest of the toilet. Let this sit while you clean the rest.
  3. Use an all-purpose cleaner to spray the top of the toilet, then wipe it down. Work your way down to the handle, the dirtiest part of the toilet, and make sure to disinfect it.
  4. Next, open the toilet lid and spray the bottom of the seat, the top of the seat, the bottom of the cover, and the top of the toilet cover.
  5. Next wipe down these surfaces in the opposite order using one of your microfiber cloths, also make sure to wipe the base of the toilet. (A cleaning toothbrush could be helpful here to get in between the nooks and crannies)
  6. Spray and wipe down the rest of the surfaces from top to bottom
  7. Use your cleaning toothbrush to scrub the area where the floor and the base of the toilet meet
  8. Finally, use your toilet want to scrub the inside of the toilet from top to bottom (scrubbing from top to bottom prevents the water from becoming murky). After sitting for a while, everything should come clean easily
  9. Flush the toilet and watch it shine :)

How to clean the mirrors

The mirrors and countertops in the bathroom can also become dirty and require regular cleaning. To effectively clean these surfaces, follow these steps:

  1. Spray the dirty parts of the mirror with Windex.
  2. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the mirror until it dries. (Tip: you can use a microfiber mop or a Swiffer with a handle to clean high parts of the mirror very easily and effectively.

Make sure not to use excessive glass cleaner and to dry the mirror thoroughly as not drying or using too much Windex will cause streaking.

Make sure to check from various angles to make sure that you didn’t miss any streaks or smudges.

Pay special attention to the part of the mirror directly above the sink. There is often toothpaste that splashes around here and leaves spots.

How to clean the countertops

The easiest way to clean the countertops is to simply spray them and wipe them down, moving each item forward and spraying behind it, and cleaning its surface before moving it back.

However, if you have a particularly dirty countertop you can use the same bar keepers friend sponge that you used to clean the sink to clean the counter.

Simply scrub using that sponge!

How to clean the sink:

The sink is another area of the bathroom that requires regular cleaning, as it regularly gets dirty. To effectively clean the sink, follow these steps:

  1. First, splash water around the insides of the sink.
  2. Now that the sink is wet, you can sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend or comet onto the wet surface. This wet surface will allow the abrasive to stick. let this sit while you clean the rest of the sink.
  3. For the faucet use a dry microfiber cloth to polish until it is shiny. If it is particularly dirty, spray a little bit of Windex onto the faucet before polishing.
  4. Next, use your sponge to work scrub your abrasive powder into the sink, do this from top to bottom
  5. Rinse all of the powder and wash out your sponge simultaneously.
  6. Dry the inside of the sink for a shiny finish.

How to clean the floor:

The floor of the bathroom is another area that can quickly become dirty, whether you have wet footprints, or pets that leave hair everywhere. Bathrooms are the last part of the bathroom that you will clean. All you will need is a microfiber cloth, all-purpose cleaner, and a vacuum or broom.

  1. Begin by sweeping or vacuuming the floor to remove any large debris or dirt.
  2. Next, start at the back of the room and spray the floor with all-purpose cleaner, next wipe the entirety of the floor from back to front by hand.
  3. Pay special attention to any stains.

Note, this is the best way to clean the floors in most bathrooms as it is much faster than grabbing a mop bucket or Swiffer. For very large bathrooms, however, it might be better to use traditional mopping. Ultimately, decide based on the features of your bathroom.

Challenges You Will Encounter While Cleaning the Bathroom

There are a few special challenges that will make it more difficult to clean your bathroom. These will require additional steps in addition to the steps above detailing how to clean the shower, sink, tub, toilet, counters, mirrors, and floor.

Here we will cover how to clean hard water, lime, rust, mold, mildew, organic buildup, hard-to-remove stains in the toilet, and soap-scum.

How to remove hard water.

Hard water can appear in a few places. It is most commonly seen on your shower door, on faucets and chrome fixtures, or even on your countertops and the surfaces of the shower walls or sink. Hard water needs special attention to remove and the method for removing hard water will vary based on the types of minerals in your area. Therefore, it is important to try a variety of methods if one method is unsuccessful in removing your hard water.

The most difficult place to remove hard water buildup is on the shower glass. This is especially true if you have not removed the hard water in several years. If this is the case it will be much more difficult to take off.

The easiest method is to mix dawn dish soap and vinegar, spray the shower glass with the solution and allow it to sit for twenty minutes, dissolving the hard water. If this doesn’t work, allow it to sit overnight.

In some localities, a better solution would be to apply bio clean to a sponge and work it into the shower glass. Let this sit for twenty minutes, and rinse it off with water. Then squeeze to dry it.

One method for removing hard water is spraying down the shower glass, applying bar keepers to a sponge and scrubbing it in, then rinsing it off.

If this does not work, put on rubber gloves and use steel wool instead of the sponge to scrub the barkeepers into the glass. Do not worry, neither the steel wool nor the bar keepers will scratch your shower glass, as your glass is harder than both.

Make sure to wear gloves as the steel wool will hurt your hands without them.

To prevent hard water from getting onto the shower glass in the first place it is important to squeeze every time after you shower.

Hard water spots on chrome are also difficult to remove. You cannot use steel wool or barkeeper’s friend here as this will scratch the surface, however, soaking the spot with vinegar or bio clean and polishing with a dry rag after several minutes will almost always do the trick.

Hard water spots in the shower, sink, or toilet, can easily be removed using bar keepers friend powder, and a sponge.

How to Remove Lime

Lime is a mineral buildup that is also brought into the bathroom through the water. This can occur build up on showerheads, toilets, and sinks.

The best way to remove lime is to use Calcium Lime Rust (CLR) Remover.

Simply pour a little bit onto the parts where there is limescale and scrub off.
If this doesn’t work, especially on porcelain surfaces such as inside the toilet, you can always use a pumice stone to take off hard to remove limescale.

How to remove rust

Rust can appear in your bathroom through rusty pipes, rusty metal items in the shower such as cans of shaving cream or razors, or through cuts in Chrome fixtures which expose the metal underneath to oxygen and water causing it to rust.

Rust can be prevented by calling a plumber to fix rusting pipes, refinishing the cut chrome surfaces, and removing rustable items from your shower.

However, even if you remove the source of the rust, you still need to to clean your bathroom. For this, we recommend using CLR or vinegar as either will dissolve the deposits.

How to Remove Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew appear frequently in the shower, especially if you take long showers and use a lot of steam. When you are cleaning the shower, make sure to bring a bottle of bleach. Dab a small amount of bleach onto where the mold is. Let it sit along with the all-purpose cleaning solution in the shower and scrub it with a brush or toothbrush to kill all of the molds. Use your shower head, if it is removable, or small buckets of water to rinse out all of the bleach and cleaning solutions from the shower.

Make sure to dry the area afterward with a microfiber cloth, mold grows in the presence of water. Therefore, it is essential to remove the water source to prevent the mold from growing back immediately. Drying the shower afterward also prevents the formation of hard water spots.

How to Remove Soapscum in the Shower

Soapscum is soap that is left over from when you shower. This is especially difficult to clean as it might not come off easily simply using an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth like most other stains.

Soapscum often requires special bathroom cleaning products to remove. A great solution that you can make at home for removing soapscum

If soap scum is severe enough and this method isn’t sufficient, then using a razor blade might be more effective in removing all of the soap scum.

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Conclusion:

Following these steps, you can effectively clean your bathroom and keep it fresh and sparkling. Regular cleaning is important to maintain the hygiene and appearance of your bathroom, and with the right techniques and tools, it can be made much easier. Happy cleaning!