The home becomes a breeding ground of different types of bacteria due to dust, dirt, grime, and other elements if not maintained well. That’s why it is necessary to deep clean it from time to time. Although every part of a house deserves this, your bathroom needs even more attention. From shower curtains to toothbrush handles, there can be germs on everything. Some of them can be a risk for your health, causing pneumonia, skin infections, etc. You can get rid of them to save your family’s well-being by deep cleaning your bathroom at least once a month. However, certain fixtures require weekly care, such as showers, bathtubs, faucets, sinks, and toilets. This activity can check bacterial growth pretty well.
If studies are anything to go by, they say shower curtain and shower floor can have 60% more germs than a toilet seat. So you can safely anticipate now that basic cleaning would not offer much help. Only a thorough cleaning and sanitization process can eliminate unwanted guests. Here are some suggestions in this regard.
Since deep cleaning tends to be a bit intense exercise, you would want to keep your bathroom free of any hurdle. For example, you can look at your vanity counter. Does it look crowded? Remove anything that you use rarely. Only daily essentials can stay there. Put bath mats in the normal water in the washer. If you have hand and bath towels for laundry, you can clean them too.
Once you took away things that needed cleaning or storage at some other place, you would want to wipe your toiletries with anti-bacterial spray. Or, using distilled white vinegar for this purpose can also be a good idea. Whatever solution you choose, add it to a fresh microfiber cloth to clean bottles, contact case, toothbrush handle, etc. The washed items can go outside the bathroom to dry a bit. Then, you have to make your counter and floor area clear of everything.
During this, you can keep your bathroom window open. Or, if there is an exhaust fan, turn it on to allow proper air circulation.
Vacuum Cleaning Nooks and Corners
Hair and dust can float all around the bathroom surface. So before you scrub any surface, it will be better to use your vacuum cleaner hose to remove them from the floor. From corners to the toilet area to under the vanity, you can take the device everywhere. Don’t forget the countertops and shower floor. Once done, you can clean your vacuum attachment and store it in its designated space.
Wiping All the Surfaces
You would want to scrub and sanitize the sink cabinet thoroughly. To be precise, cabinet doors, sink, faucet handles, doorknobs, and window pulls require disinfectants to kill germs. Are you worried about the shine of your decorative undermount lavatory sink that you recently purchased? If it is new, you may not have to do hard work here. Still, you cannot leave it unclean as its usage tends to be relatively high in a busy bathroom. To play safe, you can refer to the brand’s manual for cleaning instructions and follow them.
Cleaning Shower and Toilet
Although the shower walls and doors need daily wiping after use, you may not be doing this for whatever reasons. Hence, when you deep clean the bathroom, you must pay them attention. First, spray the water on the shower walls and floors to discover any sign of mildew growth. If you find them, you can apply a commercial grout cleaning solution on these surfaces and let it be there for ten minutes. After a pause, you can scrub them with an abrasive sponge. You may have to put in extra labor if you get hard water, which usually leads to rusting problems. Anyway, wash these surfaces with water after scrubbing to drain out grime.
Next, you can focus on the shower curtain and doors. Curtains and liners can go in the washing machine for a quick wash with gentle detergent. Consider adding baking soda, vinegar, or bleach if these fostered mold or mildew. For shower doors and walls, the squeegee can be the right tool. It can remove water from the surface. Later, you can spray the disinfectant and wipe the whole length and breadth of these materials.
After the shower area, you can get down to the toilet. You can use a suitable toilet cleaner and brush to clean the bowl thoroughly. However, make sure you don’t flush it for about fifteen minutes after this cleaning activity. The cleaner needs to settle in and break down any harmful matter thriving there. You can work on the exterior part of the toilet, though. You can clean it with disinfectant or a white vinegar solution. Nevertheless, when you attend to these parts, you must not miss the flusher and the point that helps you lift the seat. The seat and lid also need proper cleaning.
Washing the Floor
Do you think you have done your job? Vacuum cleaning the floor was just about eliminating unwanted materials, such as hair and dust, which could get in your way. You also have to mop the floor with bleach or floor disinfectant cleaner. When you apply these solutions to the surface, you can turn on the hot shower and shut the window. If you have a fan, switch it off too. All this will allow the steam to stay indoors. You can wait for 20 minutes for this before wiping down the floor. As soon as you achieve this, you can open the bathroom door to let the floor dry faster.
It can be tiring to devote time to this particular activity. But you cannot ignore the harmful effects of what can happen if your bathroom is not clean. That’s why you have to fix a monthly schedule for this. When your toilet is hygienic and sanitized, you and your family can live peacefully without worrying about bacteria and germs. At the same time, it can be amusing to go about your daily bath rituals in a sparkling space. Isn’t it?