Everything You Need to Know About Bathroom Cleaning
How often are you cramming to clean up the bathroom when dinner guests are on their way over? Are you seeking a more realistic and fool-proof bathroom cleaning schedule?
Well, you are certainly not alone. In our modern society, we are go, go, go!
Flow Pros Plumbing is proud to provide you with daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, so that bathroom cleaning is no longer a worry.
Bathroom Cleaning Routine
Whether you struggle to keep up with the mess or simply want a more thorough bathroom cleaning routine, Flow Pros Plumbing is here to help!
Daily Bathroom Cleaning
With only three chores to add to your daily routine, you are easily on your way to keeping your bathroom germ-free and sparkling clean.
Messy countertops can bring on a chaotic start to the day. A quick three to five-minute declutter can make a world of difference when it comes to how you feel while preparing for the day ahead.
Put away cosmetics and hair products lying out from the day before. Throw dirty clothes in the hamper and return anything not belonging to the bathroom to its spot in the home. If you keep any bathroom accessories out on the counter, be sure they are in their place. Consider having a designated home for your bathroom accessories, especially those always out for daily use.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget about the towels! All too easily, we fail to hang up the towel we used. Build this into your daily routine to avoid unwanted humidity, extra laundry, and mold growth.
Close Your Shower Curtain
A scrunched-up shower curtain traps moisture and allows for mildew and mold growth. Make a habit of swishing the curtain close immediately after stepping out of the shower.
Pro Tip: To further reduce your chance of a mold or mildew problem, leave the bathroom door open and switch on the fan or crack a window. The quicker you can reduce the humidity, the better.
Overnight Toilet Refresh
You can literally clean the toilet in your sleep.
Before climbing into bed, toss two or three teaspoons of baking soda in the toilet bowl. The baking soda will deodorize and sanitize throughout the night for a fresh start in the morning. When you wake up, give the toilet a quick scrub with a toilet brush to avoid that unsightly ring of build-up.
Weekly Bathroom Cleaning
Designate less than 30 minutes of your time each week to tackle deeper bathroom cleaning. Here are six weekly bathroom chores and tips to get the job done.
Wipe Down All Surfaces
Start by clearing your bathroom counters of accessories and remove surface debris with a dry cloth or duster. You can either use a homemade cleaning product or store-bought cleaner to wipe down countertops for a new week.
Don’t forget to wipe down the entire surface of your toilet, as well. The toilet is used many times throughout the day and is a hot spot for bathroom germs.
Pro Tip: Use caution when working with store-bought cleaners and home remedies. The material that your countertops are made of will determine what method you should use. It is essential to know what to avoid using if you want to prolong the lifespan and quality of the surfaces in your bathroom.
With the recent pandemic, people are now more aware of the importance of routine sanitation. It is best to sanitize the sink, counters, toilet, tub, and floors weekly. There are many sanitizing products on the market these days. Find what works best for you and the surfaces in your bathroom.
Additionally, be sure you use these harsh bathroom cleaning products safely and correctly. The CDC recommends following the specific instructions on the cleaning product:
The label includes instructions on how to use the product and specific instructions to keep you safe. Keep disinfectants out of the reach of children. Check the label to find out what personal protective equipment (PPE) you need to use your product safely (such as gloves, glasses, or goggles).
Pro Tip: Door handles and light switches are commonly overlooked, yet they are some of the most critical surfaces to sanitize. Each time you enter the bathroom, you likely use both or either one, so be sure to sanitize these high contact areas.
Clear Out Drain Build-up
Remove the drain stoppers in the sink, shower, and tub, and carefully use a drain snake to remove hair and other debris that can cause serious plumbing issues.
If water is draining particularly slow, use a gel clog remover to dissolve the build-up. Commercial drain cleaners can damage plumbing if not appropriately used, so be sure to read the label carefully and follow the exact instructions.
Pro Tip: To avoid using a harsh gel clog remover too often, sprinkle baking soda down the drain and chase it with some white vinegar. Use small amounts daily to deodorize drains as well as prevent major clogs.
Thoroughly Clean the Toilet Bowl
Each week, remember to clean the toilet bowl using a cleaner and a toilet brush. If you are already giving your toilet an overnight clean and morning scrub, this task becomes much quicker.
Pro Tip: Sanitize the toilet bowl brush after each use. To do this, you can add a small amount of bleach to some warm water in a bowl and soak the brush for at least one hour.
Sweep and Mop the Floors
Bathroom floors can become pretty gross pretty quickly. To ensure you won’t damage your floors in the long run, use the correct product to tackle this chore.
Sweep and mop weekly to get rid of grimy build-up and germs. Tile, hardwood, and vinyl all call for different approaches to mopping.
Pro Tip: Be extra efficient in your bathroom cleaning and save cleaning up the floors for last. Debris and dust fall throughout your routine, making it key to conclude with sweeping and mopping.
Clean Daily Bathroom Accessories
Create the habit of cleaning the products and accessories you use each day. This may include the toothbrush holder, beauty organizers, toilet paper stands or bins, and the bottles of often used products. With a damp and soapy cloth, wipe the surfaces of these items, then set them out to dry.
Pro Tip: Many toothbrush holders are dishwasher safe, making your job even easier.
Monthly Bathroom Cleaning
Keeping up with bathroom cleaning throughout the week allows for these more tedious tasks to be completed quickly and with ease. Flow Pros Plumbing suggests three bathroom cleaning chores to add to your monthly schedule.
Scrub the Tub
Start by removing the bottles and scrubbers from the shelves of your shower or tub. Using a shower cleaning product or homemade solution, scrub from top to bottom and work your way to the inside of the tub or shower floor. Run cold water from the showerhead or tub faucet to clear the cleaner.
For more effective cleaning, spray the shower or bathtub surfaces and allow the product to sit for at least five minutes, then get to scrubbing.
Pro Tip: If you often use shower oils, scrubs, or bath fizzers, you may need to clean the shower each week or bi-weekly rather than once a month.
Monthly Mirror Polishing
First, use a dry cloth or duster to clear the layer of dust. Spray the mirror with a glass cleaner and wipe in circular motions with a lint-free cloth
Pro Tip: Weekly mirror cleaning might be necessary for your kid or teen’s bathroom mirror that might get dirty a lot quicker. If you notice that monthly upkeep of the water splashes, fingerprints, and toothpaste spray just isn’t enough, consider keeping up with it weekly or even daily, instead.
Wash All Fabrics
The excessive moisture in your bathroom can lead to mold and mildew, and fabrics are the perfect place for these dangers to grow. Each month, gather all the fabrics in your bathroom for washing, including the shower curtain and rugs.
Pro Tip: The labels on these fabrics will almost always give the care and wash tips. Be sure to follow these instructions, or you may need to replace the curtain or rug earlier than preferred.
Additional Bathroom Cleaning Tasks to Complete Every Few Months
Now that you’ve been keeping up with your bathroom on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, be sure to keep up with these seasonal chores. Taking care of these essential tasks a few times a year will guarantee a squeaky clean bathroom for your family and guests.
- Wash the bathroom trash bin every other month or as needed. Fill the container with soap and water or spray the inside with a cleaning solvent. Allow it to soak for up to an hour, then wipe down the excess cleaner. Once the bin has dried, sanitize with disinfecting wipes or bleach.
- Clear out and wipe down the medicine cabinet. If you have not yet, organize the products and tools in your medicine cabinet to make each day a little easier and each clean a lot faster.
- Caring for the dusty bathroom baseboards is quickly forgotten. A couple of times a year, attack the grime and build-up with a store-bought baseboard cleaner or effective DIY method.
- Clean out the bathroom exhaust fan every six months to avoid excess moisture leading to mold and mildew growth. Start by switching the power off and unscrewing the cover of the vent. Be cautious of dust falling from the vent when you do this. It is helpful to wear goggles and a mask. With a duster or cloth, wipe off the superficial dust layer, then soak the cover in soap and water for about 5 minutes. Wipe the cover dry and screw it back onto the vent.
Pro Tip: Once or twice a year, consider getting rid of the things you don’t use anymore or empty soap bottles hiding under the sink. If the items are not damaged but don’t ever get any use, like an organizer that no longer fits your products, sanitize and donate to a second-hand store or friend in need.
Discovering Plumbing Issues While Keeping Up with Bathroom Cleaning
A precise and effective bathroom cleaning routine helps to reduce your daily stress and protect you and your family from illness-causing germs.
Another built-in benefit of scheduled bathroom cleaning is the quicker discovery of potential plumbing problems. Whether it be a stubborn drain clog or leaky sink faucet, we’ve got you covered at Flow Pros Plumbing.
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