We spend a lot of time in our living rooms – as the name suggests- but this makes it easy to forget about the bathroom. We might give them a once over every week or two, but now and again they deserve the love that every other room gets.
As you likely already know, this can be tricky – you’ve had a busy few months, and now that you’ve finally gotten your life in order, your bathroom is anything but. As with any large task, it’s best to break it down into smaller goals.
Sanitise All Bathroom Surfaces
Start by removing all toiletries from the bathroom – beneath those bottles of shampoo and shower gel, there are tons of moist hidey holes – these little nooks and crannies are prime real estate for mould to settle down in.
You will want to nip this in the bud as soon as possible. Grab a bag, and toss in all your toiletries. Once the space is clear, wipe everything down. You’ll want to start with soapy water, cleaning off the doorknob, faucet, toilet seat, and every other surface.
Once that’s done, let the whole room air dry. By doing this, you are removing the worst of the dirt and increasing the effectiveness of the disinfectant.
Wipe Bathroom Surfaces Down With Disinfectant
Disinfecting your bathroom is easy enough, but what if you have no store brought disinfectant in? Sure, you could go and buy some, but there’s a cheap and easy alternative that works just as well. (skip this step if you already have disinfectant.)
Add 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach to a one-quart spray bottle and top off with water. For extra cleaning power, add 1 tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent. This can also give the mixture a nice fresh scent, but is not essential. You could instead add essential oils such as lemon, tea tree, or eucalyptus.
Wipe down every surface and leave to air dry. It is important that you let the disinfectant dry naturally for maximum benefit.
Give The Grout a Scrub
Before going any further, ensure that the bathroom is well ventilated. Once you’ve cracked open a window, grab the bleach again.
Ideally, you want to mix bleach with bicarbonate of soda. The combination of bleach and bicarb helps rid your home of the toughest stains. If you only have bleach though, don’t worry; it will still work wonders.
Add enough bicarbonate of soda to your bleach to form a thick paste, then coat your grout brush. If you don’t have a grout brush, an old toothbrush works just as well!
Scrub the grout with the mixture, then let sit for a few hours; rinse well.
Grout is an incredibly porous material, making it one of those fun spots for bacteria and dirt to mingle. If you can, seal grout twice a year to prevent grime and moisture from seeping into it. You can learn more about the best grout sealers here.
Tackle the Toilet
Ordinarily, a toilet is easy to clean. Simply flush the toilet, add bleach around the inside of the bowl, and scrub thoroughly. Wait at least 10 minutes before flushing again, and you’re good to go. If however, your toilet is in a bit of a state – either due to neglect or hard water stains – then you’ll need to wait longer before flushing.
You might even need to go over it a couple of times or add a Borax and vinegar solution. Frequent bleaching of the toilet bowl will prevent this issue from arising so regularly in the future.
Sanitise the Extraction Fan
While handy for removing moisture and bacteria, regular maintenance of extraction fans is essential. If you’ve never opened one up in your life, don’t feel bad – many people haven’t. It’s just one of those things that you don’t notice until it starts creating problems for you.
First off, a clogged extraction fan won’t remove as much moisture. More moisture in the bathroom means more cleaning on your part. While cleaning isn’t fun, a dirty extractor fan can cause more issues than that.
All that dust turns to mud as condensation passes through the fans, which quickly leads to bacterial growth. We have some good news, though! In just half an hour, all that ickiness can be avoided.
1) First, switch off the electricity and remove the extraction fans cover.
2) Soak the extraction fans cover in warm, soapy water.
3) Unplug and carefully remove the extractor fan assembly.
4) Vacuum the fan blades
5) Wipe the fans with soapy water
6) Rinse the cover
7) Vacuum the fan housing
8) Towel dry the parts
9) Re-assemble the fan
10) Switch the power back on
Ensure that all parts are arid before testing the fan. Let air dry if need be.
By now, your bathroom should be spic and span! While it’s important to sanitise your bathroom, why not take it a step further? Our Wet Rooms are much easier to clean than a standard bathroom, saving you much time and hassle!