Let’s face it: no one enjoys cleaning the bathroom but it has to be done. Between the sink, toilet, shower, grout, etc. you might be groaning at the amount of time and elbow grease that needs to be put into this less than desirable job. You don’t want guests to judge your cleaning skills when they come over so with this easy guide you can learn how to clean a bathroom to make it spotless in no time.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- Gather all of the supplies you will need to clean your bathroom so that you aren’t running around your house or to the grocery store to grab them such as:
- Cleaners (all-purpose, window, shower, grout, toilet)
- Scrubbing Brush
- Paper Towels
- Vacuum (if you have a bath mat or rug)
Step 2: Remove All Items
- Take out all items from your bathroom. This includes:
- Bath Mat/Rug
- Toilet Bowl Brush
- Trash Can
- Any bottles/bars of soap in the shower
- Anything else you can remove from any counter top/floor
Step 3: Clean the Items You Removed
- Shake out, vacuum, or put your bath mat/rug in the washer machine.
- Throw dirty towels in the hamper.
- Wipe down your trash can, hand soap dispenser/soap holder, toothbrush holder, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner bottles.
Step 4: Spray Your Cleaner
- Spray your cleaner (toilet cleaner into the toilet, foaming shower/grout cleaner in the shower and shower liner/door, and all-purpose cleaner in the sink).
- Let this soak in and loosen dirt while you move onto step 5.
Step 5: Dust and Sweep
- Wipe down all surfaces like the sink, counter top, vents, outside of toilet (top of the tank, the back and bottom of the bowl, and the top of the lid), light fixtures and mirror.
- Wipe down doors, doorknobs, windowsills, and blinds.
- Dust any blinds and plants.
- Clean the baseboards, any radiators, fans, framed pictures, or other odd items.
- A washcloth dampened with water will remove dust from cabinet faces.
- Dust the shelves inside of your medicine cabinet.
- Make sure to get any cobwebs from the corners of your ceiling and floor.
- After dusting, sweep the floor to rid of all hair, dust, and other debris.
Step 6: Mix Cleaning Solution to Mop the Floor
- Fill your bucket with all-purpose cleaning solution and add the recommended amount of water. This usually means just enough to make it suds up a little bit.
- Leave enough of the bucket empty to allow space for the mop and to keep the wringer up out of the water if it’s attached to the bucket.
Step 7: Clean the Surfaces You Already Sprayed
- Your cleaners have been hard at work foaming up your toilet, shower, and sink. This will make it easy for you to lightly scrub away loose dirt and grime.
- With your toilet cleaning brush, scrub the inside of your toilet bowl. Make sure to get all sides, deep down, and underneath the toilet seat, then flush.
- With a sponge or scrubbing brush, scrub your sink to remove old toothpaste, soap spots, hair, etc. Also clean the faucet and nozzles. Wipe dry with a clean washcloth.
- Scrub the tile walls of your shower. Wipe down the edges and inside of the tub/ground. Remember to scrub or wipe down your shower liner or glass door.
Step 8: Mop the Floor
- Completely soak your mop in the bucket of cleaner you prepared for step 6. Sometimes it may take a stiff and dry mop a few extra moments to loosen up and absorb the cleaning solution.
- Squeeze out excess water so that the mop is damp. If your floors are very grimy, you may allow a damper mop to cover the surface and then go back after with a more wrung-out mop to pick up the dissolved water.
- Start mopping in one corner of the room, preferably farthest from the door. Once you add pressure to your mop, use it to pick up the dirt. Once that area is clean, wring out the mop and move on to the next area.
- For hardwood bathroom floors: move your mop to go with the grain of the wood.
- For textured or tile floors, clean dirt out by mopping in small figure eight circles.
- Continue mopping the floor until the entire surface is clean. Avoid stepping on areas you have already cleaned because any dust or debris on the bottom of your shoes or feet will stick to the floor and become mud, which would make you have to go back and clean that area again.
- Once you’re done, rinse out the mop with clean water and hang the mop up to dry. Leaving it in the bucket with the water and cleaner will create mildew and can cause bad odors to stick up your house.
- So you don’t dirty your sink again, dump the used mop water into your toilet and flush.
Step 9: Put Items Back
- You may now place all of the items you removed from your bathroom back in their spots. Put your clean and dry towels on your towel rack and put your clean and dry bath mat/rug back in its original place.
Step 10: Keep It Up
- To keep your bathroom spruced up in between major cleans follow these steps every day (total time: 2.5 to 3 minutes):
- Lightly scrub down the toilet bowl
- Spray the shower and shower curtain/glass door with cleaner after each use.
- Spray and wipe down mirror and facet.
- Wipe out the sink.
- Wipe toilet seat and rim.
- Empty out your garbage can.
- Remove dirty towels.
Ta-da! Your bathroom should be looking as clean as ever! If you follow step 10 every day, you will only have to do a major cleaning once a season and your bathroom will be keeping up its good looks all year round. Now you’ll have more time to get back to doing whatever you actually enjoy instead of worrying about having a dirty bathroom.
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