18 February 2021
With more time being spent at home and with very little alternative to keeping ourselves busy and entertained, there is no hiding from the doom and gloom of cleaning your bathroom.
Whether you love a good deep clean or you hate giving your bathroom a scrub down we’ve put together a detailed guide highlighting our favoured bathroom cleaning tips. Read on to learn easy cleaning routines and the tricks to getting rid of grime build up in common areas.
It’s impossible to enjoy a long warm soak if you feel your bath isn’t clean. Instead of missing out, this simple cleaning tip can be done as often as required:
1) Starting from the top to bottom, spray your bath with a multi-purpose bathroom or bath cleaning solution (avoiding bleach-based solutions) and let it soak for a minimum of 3 minutes. Use a sponge to wipe the bath down, or a scrubber if you have more stubborn marks.
2) If you have an acrylic bath be careful not to scrub too hard as this can leave permanent scratches and marks within your tub.
3) To clean the silicone sealant around the bath, dilute bleach with water and dab a generous amount of cotton wool into the solution. Press the silicone into the sealant and leave for 1-2 hours before giving it a good rinse.
Our Top Cleaning Tip:
If you have stubborn stains in your bath, sprinkle baking powder on the area and spray it with a mixture of equal parts of water and white vinegar, let it sit for five minutes. Scrub with a sponge until a paste forms and let it sit for a further 10 minutes. Wipe away the residue with a clean cloth and rinse with clean water.
As many of us now opt for the convenience of a quick shower over a bath, when asked for our top bathroom cleaning tips we are often asked for the best practices for cleaning the shower.
Showerheads can accumulate grime build-up if not cleaned regularly, due to the calcium and magnesium in the water. To avoid black residue and rust residing on the showerhead, clean by wiping down the showerhead with a damp cloth and your choice of bathroom cleaning solution and rinse clean.
Our Top Cleaning Tip:
1) Slightly warm a generous amount of vinegar on the stovetop until lukewarm.
2) Fill a carrier bag with enough of the lukewarm white vinegar to allow the showerhead to float and not touch the bottom of the bag.
3) Immerse the showerhead in the bag of warm vinegar and tie the handles around the head for support and allow it to soak until you see that the mineral deposits have dissipated – this usually starts to happen at the 30-minute mark.
4) Once dissipated remove the bag and run warm water through the showerhead, brushing any spots that may have been left behind with an old toothbrush.
Similar to cleaning the bath, spray your shower tray with a multi-purpose bathroom or shower cleaning solution, avoiding bleach, and let it soak for a minimum of three minutes. Use a sponge to wipe the shower down, or scrubber if you have more stubborn marks, and rinse with water.
To clean stubborn silicone discoloration and/or mould follow our step 3 bathroom cleaning tip under the heading ‘how to clean a bathroom bath’.
We’ve found that one of the easiest bathroom cleaning tips when cleaning and removing watermarks from your shower screen is to do the following;
1) Pour lukewarm water and a generous amount of vinegar into a bucket or large container.
2) Wet a clean cloth in the water and vinegar solution and squeeze to rinse.
3) Wipe your shower screen with the cloth.
4) Although you may be tempted to let the screen dry naturally, dry the area with an old newspaper to help to prevent any further streaks.
Our Top Cleaning Tip:
This technique also works for your bathroom mirror too!
The toilet requires a regular and thorough cleaning to stop germs and bacteria growing.
To get your toilet clean, start from the outside in. You’ll need a pair of rubber gloves, your favourite multi-purpose and or toilet cleaning solution (again avoiding bleach), a toilet brush and sponge or cloth (keep these items to be used for toilet cleaning only).
With equipment in hand, follow the below steps
1) Upon applying your gloves, starting at the rim add your toilet cleaning solution inside the toilet bowl
2) Let the solution soak and begin cleaning the exterior of your toilet by spraying the cleaning solution in all areas (including inside the toilet lid) and give it a wipe down with your cloth or sponge – Don’t forget the handle as this gathers the most germs!
3) As the area that comes into the most contact, the toilet seat needs a thorough clean to ensure any bacteria is removed. Spray and wipe the toilet seat with a separate cloth used for the toilet exterior.
4) Scrub inside the toilet bowl with a toilet brush including under the rim and the drain hole opening at the bottom of the bowl. Once clean, close your toilet lid and give it a flush.
Our Top Cleaning Tip:
If you’ve run out of toilet cleaner but want to get the inside of your toilet bowl clean, one of our favourite bathroom cleaning tips is to simply pour a ¼ cup of mouthwash in the toilet bowl and let it sit for around 30 minutes. Scrub the toilet with a toilet brush and flush away.
No mouth wash? The same can be done with a can of cola.
Watermarked tiles or stained grout can make your bathroom look unclean even if all other areas are sparkling.
For everyday cleaning of bathroom tiles, particularly important if your shower is used daily by multiple occupants, spray your tiles with a multi-purpose bathroom cleaner, wipe down with a clean cloth, or scrub if dirt is more stubborn, and rinse with water.
To keep your grout lines clean and/or to remove any dirt or stains, we recommend the following natural cleaning solution below:
1) Mix baking soda and vinegar in a bowl until a paste consistency is formed.
2) Use an old sponge to apply to your grout lines and let sit for 30 minutes.
3) Use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout lines and remove any discoloration.
A perfect substitute to bathroom tiles, wallboards are a low maintenance alternative as they are easy to clean due to having no grout lines. However, if you don’t clean your wallboards at least once a week, dirt and grime can gradually build up so it is essential you keep on top of it.
To clean your wallboards follow the steps below – all you’ll need is your choice of bathroom cleaner and a sponge or cloth
1) Create a soapy solution in a bucket with warm water and wipe down your wallboards.
2) Rinse with water and dry with a microfibre cloth.
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