Sparkling taps, bright, clean porcelain, gleaming tiles: properly cleaned, your bathroom can shine like a palace. This step-by-step guide explains how to clean a bathroom easily and efficiently.
Preparation for Cleaning Your Bathroom
- Remove all items that you don’t need and store them somewhere else during the cleaning process. This means toothbrush holders, shampoo bottles, towels, soap dishes — anything that sits on a bathroom surface.
- Collect all your cleaning products. Make sure that you have all the cleaning products and tools that you need to clean the bathroom.
- Ventilate the room and take safety precautions. It’s a good idea to ventilate the bathroom before you begin cleaning, so open the door and window if you have one. It’s also a good idea to put on rubber gloves before you begin cleaning.
- Put toilet cleaner into the toilet bowl. Using a specialist toilet cleaning product (like Domex Toilet Cleaner) makes it much easier to clean the toilet. Follow the directions on the label. Let this soak for 30 minutes while you work away on the other steps. This will make it easier when you come to clean the toilet in Step 3.
- Dust the bathroom from the top down. Use a duster to knock off any dust from the tops of cabinets and shower curtain rods, and work your way down to the lowest shelves.
Cleaning Tips for Bathroom Surfaces
Sparkling surfaces are the most visible clue to a clean bathroom – just keep this in mind as you scrub away. You may want to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
- Clean walls, windows, and ceilings first. If mildew is growing on any of these surfaces, don’t worry – simply spray the mildew with bleach or disinfectant. Follow the directions on the label and test the products in a small area first to make sure they are safe for a particular surface. Then scrub the mildew away with a sponge or rag, and rinse the surface with water.
- Clean the shower or bathtub. Soap scum and limescale can easily build up in the shower, so spray them with a good bathroom cleaner and follow the instructions. Scrub the surfaces down, focusing on any problem areas, and rinse with hot water. Commercial limescale removers can be very effective on surfaces, and you can also try soaking the shower head in vinegar for a few hours to dissolve limescale.