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 favourite 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 completely 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 (avoid 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) Rinse your bath with warm water
If you have an acrylic bath be careful not to scrub too hard as this can leave permanent scratches and marks within your tub.
1) To clean the silicone sealant around the bath, dilute bleach with water and dab a generous amount of cotton wool into the solution.
2) Press the cotton wool into the sealant and leave it for 1-2 hours.
3) Rinse off with warm water and wipe with a clean cloth.
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, and let it sit for five minutes. Scrub the solution 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.
Due to the calcium and magnesium in water, shower heads can accumulate grime build-up when they aren't cleaned regularly.
To avoid black residue and rust residing on your shower head simply:
1) Wipe it down with a damp cloth and your choice of bathroom cleaning solution.
2) Rinse clean.
Removing stubborn limescale from your shower head:
1) Partially heat up a generous amount of white vinegar in a pan on your stove top until it is lukewarm.
2) Fill a carrier bag with enough of the lukewarm vinegar to allow the shower head to float without touching the bottom of the bag.
3) Immerse the shower head in the bag of 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 the limescale has dissipated remove the bag and run warm water through the shower head, brushing any spots that may have been left behind with an old toothbrush.
Similar to process of cleaning your bath, spray your shower tray with a multi-purpose bathroom or shower cleaning solution and let it soak for a minimum of three minutes.
Use a sponge to wipe the shower down, or a scrubber if you have more stubborn marks, and rinse with water.
To clean stubborn silicone discolouration and/or mould follow our step 3 bathroom cleaning tip under 'How To Clean A 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 a 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.
This technique works for bathroom mirrors too!
The toilet requires regular and thorough cleaning to stop germs and bacteria from growing.
To get your toilet clean, start from the outside in. You’ll need a pair of rubber gloves, a multi-purpose and or toilet cleaning solution, a toilet brush and a sponge or cloth (keep these items to be used for toilet cleaning only).
With equipment in hand, follow the below steps
1) Apply your gloves and and spray your toilet cleaning solution to the inside of your 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). 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, a secret bathroom cleaning tip is to simply pour a ¼ cup of mouthwash into the toilet bowl and let it sit for around 30 minutes.
Once the time has passed 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 simply give them a spray 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 to remove any stubborn dirt or stains you can try the following solution:
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.
4) Rinse with warm water and wipe with a dry clean cloth.
A perfect low-maintenance substitute for bathroom tiles, wall boards are easy to clean due to having no grout lines. However, if you don’t clean your wall boards at least once a week, dirt and grime can begin to build up.
To clean your wall boards follow the simple steps below:
1) Create a soapy solution with a multi- purpose bathroom cleaner and warm water in a bucket and wipe down your wall boards.
2) Rinse your wall boards with warm water and dry with a microfiber cloth.
The naturally humid environment of bathrooms causes mould to grow due to the heat and moisture.
There are several ways you can help to avoid bathroom mould growing including:
Ventilate your bathroom – Improve your bathroom airflow by installing a fan and or opening your window following a steamy shower or bath. You can find out more by reading our article on how to stop bathroom condensation. This will also help you to avoid bathroom damp which also causes mould.
Fix any leaks – The moisture created from leaks around your bathroom can also cause mould to form. To help to avoid bathroom room get any leaks (big or small) fixed as soon as possible.
Clean visible mould – Use our cleaning tips above to remove any mould spreading around the bathroom. This may be on your shower head, grout lines, sealant and or shower tray.
Reseal grout - If you’ve found that upon cleaning the mould isn’t going away from your grout lines it may be time to reseal them. Grout helps to prevent water from seeping in and behind tiles. Once it becomes cracked water can seep into hairline cracks and become a breeding ground for mould.
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