How to clean a bathroom professionally: 10 steps to perfect cleanliness

Yulia PoteriankoLife
We leave a lot of dirt from our bodies in the bathroom, so it is important to take care of it separately

The bathroom is by far the dirtiest room in the house. It is here that we wash off our dirt, and often wash our clothes here as well. All the bacteria, small skin particles, fungi, and viruses washed away in this way remain on things and surfaces. This is not counting the usual house dust and other dirt that also gets into the bathroom.

Therefore, it is important to clean the room properly so that it not only shines but is also hygienically clean. We, based on the advice of professionals, have compiled a 10-point checklist that will help you take good care of this important room and not miss anything. Such cleaning will be really deep and high-quality.

A rule that will make all further steps easier

To prevent bacteria and mold from growing in your bathroom, try to keep it as dry as possible. Wipe down the floor and shower tray or bathtub, dry towels well after you wash, and use a ventilation hood. Microorganisms like high humidity, so don't let them thrive in conditions that are comfortable for them.

Descale the shower head

Limescale can harbor a variety of microorganisms. Including dangerous ones. For example, some tests detect Mycobacterium avium, a pathogen that causes lung disease.

To clean the shower head, take a plastic bag, fill it with white vinegar, and put the part inside. Alternatively, tape the vinegar bag to it. Leave the product to work overnight, and then rub the nozzle with a brush and run a powerful stream of water through it.

Take care of the shower curtain or door

The reason to pay attention to this area is similar - lime can trap microorganisms. Wash the curtain in the machine or soak it in a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water, and apply a paste of baking soda and water to the door, which you sprinkle with the same vinegar. After an hour, rinse and dry everything. Lime, dried soap and other dirt will dissolve and wash off without a trace.

When you wash the pan or bathtub, remember the 15-minute rule. Apply your cleaner and leave it to work for a quarter of an hour - only then do you take up a sponge or brush.

Disinfect the grout joints

The material used to grout the gaps between tiles is very porous, so it is a good breeding ground for microorganisms. For regular cleaning, it will be enough to treat them once a week with a brush dipped in chlorine bleach.

Clean all horizontal surfaces

All the microscopic dirt that floats in the bathroom air settles on shelves, countertops and cabinets. This includes bacteria and fungal spores. To disinfect everything, apply your cleaning product to the surfaces, then turn on the hot water and wait for the room to fill with steam. Turn off the water, close the door, and leave it for 20 minutes. Then rinse off the product and wipe everything dry. Wash the floor last.

Clean the toilet thoroughly

The most dangerous bacteria remain in the toilet bowl - E. coli, salmonella, and other infectious agents. It also quickly begins to smell unpleasant. That's why it's so important to keep it clean. First of all, get into the habit of closing the lid every time you rinse the water in it. This will contain the splashes that contain many microorganisms. For mechanical cleaning of the toilet bowl from lime and dirt, use baking soda - it is abrasive, but soft enough not to damage the surface. And always leave your usual chlorine or acid-based cleaner on for at least 30 minutes after application so that it has time to kill all bacteria. Unfortunately, it doesn't work right away.

Check the sink drain

The pipe under the sink is another favorite place for microorganisms. It can also get clogged from time to time with hair and other solid contaminants. To keep this part clean, once every 3-4 weeks, pour a cup of baking soda into the pipe, pour a cup of white vinegar on top, and rinse everything with hot water after 15 minutes.

And don't forget to disinfect faucet handles. Since you touch them with your hands, they also contain a lot of bacteria. To kill them, you can use disinfectant wipes, or you can treat the faucets with a spray of equal parts white vinegar and water, leave it on for 15 minutes, and then scrub it with a microfiber cloth.

Wash towels properly

Bath towels retain moisture, which means they are a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, they need to be washed quite often. At least once a week, and preferably every 3-4 days. It is better to choose the hot water mode - it fights microorganisms more effectively. Also, try not to hang towels on hooks. This way they form wrinkles and dry poorly. Rails are much better for this. It is also a good idea to wash bathroom rugs frequently, as they are another breeding ground for bacteria.

Disinfect the bathroom vent

The fan helps to reduce the formation of mold and mildew, but it also sucks everything into it, so it needs to be disinfected as well. The grille covering the hood opening should be soaked in warm soapy water from time to time, and the blades and other parts of the mechanism should be wiped with a damp cloth. It is also a good idea to vacuum the vent.

Disinfect bathroom cleaning tools

Everything you use to clean the bathroom collects at least some of the dirt. Therefore, the toilet brush should be cleaned after each use. Fix its handle on the toilet seat so that the brush hangs down, pour bleach on the bristles and leave it for a few minutes, and then rinse with water. Also, fill the brush container with warm soapy water and let it sit for a while. Pour the dirty water down the toilet. Wash and dry all sponges and rags periodically. If you lay them out in the sun, ultraviolet light will destroy the bacteria inside these tools.

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