Introduction: How to Deep Clean the Bathroom

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So how to deep clean the bathroom you have been neglecting for a long time? Below is the guide you are looking for, along with a few bathroom cleaning tips, starting from the toilet to the room itself.

Step 1: Preparation

If you want to do your work quickly and smoothly, you will have to prepare all the things that you will need for cleaning. First and foremost, a pair of waterproof disposable gloves is a must, and since you will have to get your hands dirty, you can instead use an exclusive pair for bathroom-scrubbing purposes. You will also need an all-purpose cleaner for getting that grime and stains off. Another note is that every cloth you use to wipe should be disposable (or you can use toilet paper instead).

Before you start to deep clean your bathroom, remember to put away all of your clothing and bathroom towels because the disinfectant will likely get on them as you clean. Other tools for a different part of the bathroom will be mentioned as we guide you through making your john sparkle.

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Step 2: Cleaning the Toilet

If we rank the degree of dirtiness for each part, the toilet is probably number one. As for the reasons why; you should already know. You will need toilet cleaner and a toilet brush for it.

To start, you will have to "rinse" the toilet with warm water before thoroughly cleaning it, as it will help loosen up any dirt and grime that attached to the toilet, making your future cleaning easier. Use a damp towel to wipe everything except the inside of the bowl; we will do it on the next step. After that, begin to apply the toilet cleaner inside the bowl in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion. Make sure to reach inside the rim of the bowl, as this area is usually ignored.

Some cleaner brands work better if you let it sit for a few minutes; if it is one of those brands, you can take a break or clean another area. Applying toilet cleaning and scrubbing inside the rim of the bowl. Next, you need to use the toilet brush to give the inside a scrub. Be sure to do it thoroughly, especially for any mineral stains at the back of the bowl. You can also dip the brush into the water, as the cleaner should have mixed with it to give you some extra cleaning power.

When you’ve finished, flush the toilet and continue to scrub as the water drains from it. Now you can focus on the other areas of the toilet. Use an all-purpose disinfectant cleaner with a cloth to clean the whole toilet, even if it is not dirty. If you do, not only will your toilet have a new sheen, but it will also be free of bacteria.

Make sure you don’t miss anything, including the top and bottom of the seat, the base, and even the handle. After you finish the job, remember to close the seat as you begin in other areas.

Step 3: Cleaning the Bathtub/shower

Next, you’ll learn how to super clean the shower or bathtub, but before you begin, remember to clear the field first. Put away any toys, toiletries, bottles, etc. that remain in the tub. Wipe them with a cloth while you are at it, too. If any of them have stains, use the all-purpose cleaner and a brush to scrub them off.

Now, you might have to clean the drain because if you don't, hair, dirt, and dead skin will get stuck in the drain and block the waterway. It is quite simple, and you don't need to disassemble anything; you need just a bit of drain cleaner liquid and a flush. If you are not a fan of chemical stuff, a half-cup of baking soda, followed by a half-cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain will do the trick, then flush it with hot water.

After that, use the all-purpose cleaner or an exclusive bath cleaner with a brush to scrub the wall, the faucets, the interior of the tub, and the wall around it. You might need to let the solution sit on the stains for a few minutes before scrubbing, as it will make the stains come off easier.

Finally, when you’ve finished everything, wash the bathtub all over with warm water and flush it. Afterward, use a dry cloth to wipe everything down; you do not want to leave any water spots or residue on the tub, as it will make a stain after a while and you’ll have to do everything again.

For the shower, if it is in a separate room, use the same trick as you did with the tub. Spray the all-purpose cleaner in the whole room, let it sit if you want to, then wash everything off with warm water. Remember to wipe the place dry with a cloth afterward. If it is outside, you need to focus on the handle, the faucet, and the drain.

Step 4: Cleaning the Sink

Cleaning the bathroom sink is quite similar to cleaning the bathtub; "rinse" the sink first with warm water then use the same technique with the drain: baking soda, vinegar, and flush.

Now, use the all-purpose cleaner to spray on the bowl, faucets, the stand if your model has one, etc. Then proceed to wipe every part of the sink with a cloth. After that, you will have to floss the faucet with a string, as you do with your teeth. Not the whole valve though – just the joints. Dirt and bacteria gather there, and that spot is usually ignored.

Finally, rewash everything with warm water then wipe it with a dry cloth.

If your sink also has a mirror, use a mirror cleaner and a clean cloth to wipe it. Remember to do it in a vertical or horizontal zig-zag motion, for the whole mirror, and if you can’t reach the top, try standing on a chair.

Wiping the mirror with a dry cloth.

Step 5: Cleaning the Floor, Walls, and Ceiling of the Bathroom

Now that every mandatory area is done, you can begin to clean the room itself.

Spray the all-purpose cleaner on the ceiling, corners, walls, and tiles, then turn on the shower or the bathtub and set the temperature high so that it can build up steam (it should take 5 minutes to do so). Now you will have to wait for a while, around 10 minutes or so, for the steam mix with the cleaner within the room. Make sure to close the door when you leave.

Now you can use a cloth or a mop to wipe everything down, starting from the ceiling, moving the wall, and finishing it up by wiping the floor. Be sure to dry the tub, the sink, and the toilet in the bathroom along the way.

Step 6: Cleaning the Bathroom Vent

Some bathrooms have ventilation installed. Unless your john has one, you can skip this step.

First, you need to turn off the vent by a switch or using the circuit breaker. Next, lower the cover down a little bit, then press the spring clips attached on each side of the cover to remove it altogether. If the cover is a center-screwed type, use a screwdriver to take it off.

Press the spring clips together to take the cover off.

Now you can use a vacuum with a brush attachment to clean the fan and the border of the vent. If you lack equipment, do it manually with a brush. For the cover, you can either vacuum it or wash it with warm water (make sure to dry it afterward).

After you are done cleaning everything, put the cover back onto the vent, either attaching it using the spring clips or screwing it back on.

Step 7: Wash the Hand Towels

Any hand or bath towels that were inside the toilet are not free of bacteria, so you might want to sanitize them. It is quite simple; you can throw all of them into the washing machine and put on the sanitizing setting, provided it has one.

The alternative way is to bleach them completely, although it is not recommended for colored towels. If you have such towels, wash them with a bit of white vinegar instead, as it will have the same effect as bleach, although there is the smell. You can wash them with fabric softener afterward to get rid of it.

Now that you know how to properly clean a bathroom, you can begin to make the ones in your home beautiful while keeping your family in good health. It is a tedious job, but you don't have to do it on a daily basis – once every month or two is fine. However, you should establish a habit of quick-cleaning everything after you are done using the bathroom, like wiping the bathroom sink after you brush your teeth or shave your beard. If you do, not only you will reduce the amount of work for the next deep clean session, but you will also keep your bathroom in a pristine state for a more extended amount of time.

If you are wondering where you can buy all the tools and cleaners mentioned above, you can try checking them out on the Amazon website or go to your nearest supermarket.