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FIVE minutes to beat 5 – Bathroom Cleaning Tips by Hellamaid Guelph

Focus your cleaning on these 5 bathroom obstacles

Every cleaning job needs a game plan, especially when you're getting ready to face the dirtiest place in the house. So put on your cleaning gloves, tie your hair, roll up your sleeves and get ready! Step-by-step, click each item below to learn how to beat these bathroom bad-boys!

bathtub cleaning

This is the first obstacle you need to begin with when cleaning the bathroom. Spray the tub area with a generous layer of all-purpose bathroom cleaner, and let the solution sit for some time as you clean other parts of the bathroom. Giving the solution a decent resting time will help dissolve oils and soap scum, which makes the cleaning process easier. 

After some time has passed, use abrasive scrubbing pads (non-metals! to avoid scratching the tub) to get rid of the scum on the surface. To tackle the dirt in-between the faucets, use a an old toothbrush to remove build-up of deposits. 

Last but not least, rinse clean! A detachable shower-head makes this process really easy. If you don’t have one, simply use a cup and carefully pour water onto surfaces without spilling on the bathroom floor.

bathroom cleaning

Pour white vinegar or baking soda down the drain and flush with hot water. You can use a combination of the two to deal with any bad odours and to prevent clog buildups in the drain. Though if you notice the sink draining slowly you may have a clog already on your hands. For that, you may need to use a drain cleaner or consult with a plumber (like https://www.paultheplumbernh.com/nashua/ to show an example). For the faucet, use your household disinfectant product combined with a microfiber cloth to get rid of stain and water marks (or use disposable disinfecting wipes). Wipes greatly help to reduce bacteria. In contrast, cloths may just move germs from one spot to another If you must use cloths, be fastidious about where each one is employed and stored. When the handles are done, floss the faucet (yes, you read that right). The stringy stuff is perfect for tackling that narrow, grimy space where the base of the faucet and the taps meet the sink. 

If you plan to use a sponge, make sure the sponge is clean to avoid cross-contamination! (see tip #4 in our Cleaning Hacks article)

We recommend using a Lysol toilet bowl cleaner for the toilet. Don’t have one? No problem! Start by pouring a cup of baking soda into the toilet (without flushing just yet!). Let the solution sit for a few minutes, brush the insides of the toilet with a standard toilet brush, and then flush. Then tackle the toilet brush itself, which you should be cleaning after every use. Here’s how: Secure the brush handle between the already-cleaned seat and the basin so that it hovers over the bowl; pour bleach over the bristles. Let it stand for a few minutes, then douse with a pitcher of clean water. Next, fill the brush canister with warm, soapy water and let sit; dump the dirty water into the toilet. 

bathroom cleaning

Spray tile, countertops, walls, and floors (for the last step in obstacle 5) and the ceiling with all-purpose cleaner and turn on the shower, cranking the hot water until steam builds (about five minutes). Turn off the water, shut the door on your way out, and let the steam and the cleaner mix for 20 minutes. Then wipe down all surfaces with a clean cloth (or sponge). To reach high spots, use a clean, dry microfiber mop. Use a dry microfiber cloth to clean any remaining water spots at the very end (especially along the shower walls).

bathroom cleaning

This will be done LAST to get rid of any falling dust or drops from cleaning the big 4 above. Take advantage of the steamed room after cleaning the walls. Use a scrub brush or non-scratch abrasive pad to scrub every square inch of the tiles. After your done, use a dry microfibre cloth to wipe the floor dry and get rid of any stain or water marks.

You’re done!

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