Which room in the house do you least like cleaning? Bet you said the bathroom. Ridding showers, bathtubs, toilets and other surfaces of all sorts of buildup takes both time and elbow grease. Clean your bathrooms fast and efficiently by using this 10-step process.
1. Remove all items from their usual spot.
For best results, do this step for the entire bathroom instead of as you go. Remove all of your products from the shower and/or bathtub. Toss all used towels and rugs outside the room. Move any items from the counters outside the bathroom, as well. Don’t forget to grab any trash cans.
2. Dust and sweep.
To get rid of dust, grab your duster with a long handle to remove any cobwebs in corners, on light fixtures or in vents. If you still can’t reach the cobwebs, pull in a stepladder to get up high. Once done, sweep or vacuum the floors to pick up hair and other debris that may have accumulated on the floors.
3. Apply cleaner to shower and bathtub.
Apply an all-purpose cleaner if you clean regularly or an acid-based cleaner if you have serious buildup to your shower. Don’t forget the shower track and inside the shower door if applicable. Let it soak.
4. Tackle other surfaces.
Spray the all-purpose cleaner on to your cleaning device (i.e. microfiber cloth, sponge, etc.) and wipe down any towel racks, shelves, baseboards, doors, blinds and windowsills. Work in sections from the top of the room to the bottom, and left to right.
5. Mix cleaning solution for floor.
Fill a bucket with warm water and the recommended amount of all-purpose cleaner.
6. Hit the shower and bathtub.
At this point, the cleaner will have done much of the work for you, allowing you to lightly scrub away loose dirt and buildup. Get all walls, floors and other surfaces clean before rinsing.
7. Finish the shower and bathtub.
Replace all items you removed, wiping them if necessary as you go, then close the shower curtain or door. If you do have a shower door, spray glass cleaner to give it a streak-free finish.
8. Clean the vanity area.
Spray the all-purpose cleaner on the sink, faucets and countertops, then wipe with a clean cloth. If you have buildup in the sink or in a soap dish, use a scrubby sponge to loosen before wiping clean. Use the glass cleaner on your mirror. A cloth dampened with water will remove dust from cabinet faces.
9. Clean the toilet.
If you scrub inside your toilet regularly, the all-purpose cleaner should get the job done. Spray or sprinkle a toilet-specific cleaner if buildup exists, then scrub with a toilet brush before flushing. Spray the outside of the toilet with the all-purpose cleaner, then wipe with a clean cloth.
10. Mop the floor.
Submerge your mop into the bucket of cleaning solution, squeeze out excess water, then clean the bathroom floor. Once dry, replace the trashcan and your freshly laundered rugs.
The above can help you clean your bathroom fast and efficiently, as can keeping it tidy between cleanings. Follow these tips to do the latter:
Keep a hand-held vacuum in the bathroom for daily pickup of hair and other debris on the floor.
Install a hair-catcher in your drain to avoid buildup. When water doesn’t drain as it should, it leaves behind an ugly ring around the shower or bathtub.
Squeegee shower walls after use to keep water marks at bay.
Keep smaller items in bins and baskets to avoid clutter creep.