Cleaning the bathroom is never fun, but at least with a bathroom cleaning checklist you don’t have to think about it too much. Many people find that cleaning the toilet makes them squeamish and that scrubbing a tiled shower is a lot harder than it looks.
While it may be tempting to hire a house cleaner to do the work for you, money is tight in this tough economy and, as many a wise grandmother has said, cleaning a bathroom helps keep you humble and helps you to take pride in the condition of your home.
As unpleasant as cleaning the bathroom might seem, there are a few things you can do to make the job easier. By creating a bathroom cleaning checklist before you begin, you can always be sure that you get the whole job done.
There are a number of reasons why it is important to clean your bathroom regularly. While the area around the toilet may be known for collecting germs, the bathroom as a whole has the inane ability to be a bacteria magnet.
In general, the level of humidity in a bathroom is much higher than the level of humidity in the rest of the house. Left untouched, dampness can quickly breed mold and rot that are not only unhealthy, but can compromise the integrity of the building itself.
Taking the Right Steps
You should first make sure that you are avoiding any possible dangers while cleaning the bathroom. Inspect the walls and ceiling for black mold. Black mold is common in bathrooms that have poor air circulation, and breathing the mold spores while cleaning can make you sick.
If you see any black mold, you should wear a medical mask, or tie a handkerchief around your mouth while cleaning to avoid inhaling any spores. It is also important to make sure that all of your cleaning supplies are compatible.
Check all ingredient lists for ammonia or bleach. When combined, these two chemicals create a toxic gas. Products that contain them should be kept far apart.
Your Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
When cleaning the bathroom, you want to make sure that you leave no area unscrubbed.
1. Bathtub. Often the biggest job, due to its size. First rinse the tub with cold water. You can use the showerhead. Spray with disinfectant and then scrub the tub surface. Rinse again. For tougher stains, sprinkle abrasive household cleanser on the tub surface, let it sit a minute or two, then scrub with water and a sponge or scouring brush.
2. The Bathtub or shower walls. Usually lined with ceramic tile. Use a spray-on disinfectant again, scrubbing until clean. It can be hard to clean the grout between each tile. Believe it or not, a toothbrush is often the best tool for the job. Simply dip it in a bit of grout cleaner and scrub around each tile.
3. Shower Curtain -Although many people forget to clean their shower curtains, this can be one of the biggest strongholds of bacteria (and bad odors) in the room. Clean the curtain in a tub half-filled with soapy water and disinfectant. Once it is clean, you can re-hang it to dry. Most bath mats can be hand washed as well, or tossed in the washing machine.
4. Walls and Ceiling. Cleaning the walls and ceiling should be included on every bathroom cleaning checklist because this is the best way to avoid risk of black mold. Pour a splash of bleach into a bucket of warm water and apply this to any mold-prone areas such as the ceiling above the shower. You should always make sure to wear gloves when you are working with bleach, even if it is diluted.
5. Sink – clean surface of sink bowl like you did the bathtub and rinse.
6. Toilet– scrub bowl and around inside of rim. Clean outside of toilet and tank. Remember to buy a new toilet brush every 6 months or so.
7. Countertops and Shelves– wipe down and disinfect.
8. Floors– mop with disinfectant
9. Mirrors– clean with window cleaner.
The exact chores you put on your bathroom cleaning checklist will depend on the layout of your bathroom. If there are any ledges, you will want to make sure that they are free from dust. If you keep your toothbrushes in a cup, you will want to empty the cup and clean it thoroughly.
You may be surprised at just how filthy the inside of your toothbrush cup really is.
Items such as towels and wash clothes should all go into the washing machine. Before you call it a day, you should do a quick scan of the room, trying to lay your eyes on each area and surface. Only then will you be sure that your bathroom is truly spotless and all the items are checked off on your bathroom cleaning checklist.
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