15 Mar How To Deep Clean Your Bathroom
If you are stuck at home with the current Coronavirus lock down you might want to use the time to do a deep clean on your house. With the run on cleaning products did you know you can get great results with some alternatives . It’s nothing to worry about, however, as by following our comprehensive guide, you’ll have a fresh and clean bathroom in no time.
How to Clean the Toilet
Pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl of the toilet and let it sit there for a few minutes (baking soda is a fabulous cleaning agent because it’s a mild alkali, which causes dirt and grease to dissolve in water. It also neutralises offensive odours).
While the soda is sitting in the bowl, generously spray the cistern, the handle, the seat (the top and underneath), the lid and the outside of the toilet bowl/base with an anti-bacterial or all-purpose cleaner. Leave it to work for a couple of minutes.
Use the toilet brush to scrub around the bowl and under the lip (if your toilet has one).
Use a damp cloth to wipe the handle, the cistern and the inside of the lid. Use a different one to clean the outside of the bowl and the seat. Rinse the cloths thoroughly in-between each use and clean the different areas in the order shown so that you’re not spreading germs around. These cloths will now need to be put in a bucket of hot water and bleach and then washed on a hot wash to destroy any germs. You could use disposable wipes to clean these areas if you don’t like the idea of using a cloth but disposable wipes are bad for the environment; as long as you practise good and sensible hygiene, using a cloth shouldn’t be a problem.
Next, it’s time to clean the toilet brush (this should be done after every use). Secure the brush handle in-between the now-clean seat and the base and ensure the brush itself is hanging over the bowl. Pour bleach onto the bristles and let it stay there for a couple of minutes.
How to Get Rid of Mouldy Grout
Grout is extremely porous and therefore susceptible to bacteria growth. Remedy this by dipping a toothbrush into neat bleach and scrubbing any afflicted areas. Rinse. Ensure that you keep the room fully ventilated while you do this.
How to Clean the Sink
Pour a cup of baking soda or distilled white vinegar down the plug hole and then pour boiling water down to flush through. Use a clean, damp cloth and anti-bacterial spray to clean the taps and the bowl. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the hard to reach places, such as behind the taps or the area where the tap(s) meet the basin.
How to Clean the Bath
Cleaning the bath after every use is usually enough to keep it clean, but if you want to give it that extra bit of sparkle, simply fill the bath with hot water then drain. Spray bathroom/all-purpose cleaner around the bath and leave to work for ten-twenty minutes. Scrub then rinse and biff dry.
How to Clean the Shower
Remove the shower head and hose and immerse in a large bowl of white vinegar. Leave the vinegar to work its magic overnight or for at least eight hours. Reattach and then run the water ro rinse.
Clean shower curtains by removing and putting in the washing machine on a hot wash along with your regular detergent. If your curtain has any mould or mildew, depending on your washing machine model, you can add a couple of squirts of bleach in with the detergent, which should get rid of the mould, but be sure to put your machine on an empty wash after to get rid of any bleach residue. Simply hang up the curtain again in order to dry.
Shower doors can be cleaned using a mixture of one cup of baking soda with three drops of distilled vinegar. This paste can be applied directly to the doors and fittings and left to work for an hour. Wipe the paste with a microfibre cloth to get rid of water marks and dirt, then rinse and buff dry with a clean and dry microfibre cloth.
How to Clean Walls, Tiles and Ceilings
Spray all wall, ceiling, and tile surfaces with all-purpose cleaner. Ensure the shower is at its hottest setting and then turn it on. Leave the room for five minutes while the steam builds up (and to safeguard you from vapours from the cleaning product).
Turn the shower off and leave the room again, this time for twenty minutes, which will allow the steam and the product to work together. Wipe down all the surfaces with a clean, dry cloth (if you need to open a window while you do this, that’s fine). Use a clean mop to reach the ceiling if it’s too difficult with a cloth.
How to Clean the Bathroom Vent
The bathroom vent is something a lot of people overlook when cleaning their bathrooms, but it does the really important job of helping to reduce mold and mildew, but it’s also a great harborer of these particles. Bathroom vents should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain their effectiveness and to ensure they’re not detrimental to health.
To clean the vent, simply ensure the vent is turned off (most vents come with an isolator switch), remove the cover and soak it in a bowl or bucket of hot water and washing up liquid. Use a brush and a toothbrush to remove excess dirt from the blades, then wipe with a damp cloth. Remove dust from any other nooks and crannies with an old (but clean) toothbrush and hoover up any excess. Use a clean cloth to clean the cover in the bucket, remove and dry. Once every bit is completely dry, put the cover back and use as normal.