Whether your bathroom is old or new, the most important thing you can do to make it a beautiful place to be in is to give it a good clean every month; sounds like a lot of hard work? It will be much worse if you leave it to build up!
The longer you leave it between cleans the tougher it will be to shift the grime – the war against soap-scum and mould is a conflict of attrition; each time you scrub away a layer, the 'enemy' slowly rebuilds their forces… the only way to avoid being overwhelmed is to keep on fighting!
Whilst comparing a bathroom clean-up to engaging an enemy in battle might seem like a bit of a dramatic comparison, if you leave it too long your visiting guests could end up feeling like they have stumbled upon a battle-zone!
A Winning 6-Step Strategy
Let's face it, if you are going to be doing a monthly clean-up of your bathroom to keep it in tip-top shape, the simpler the strategy is the easier it will be to remember, and also to implement. This article will look at six quick and easy steps to victory:
1: Clear dust and debris: The vanguard of your assault will be a broom and duster; most bathrooms feature smooth surfaces all-over – but before you start scrubbing those tiles, it is a good idea to remove any dust or cobwebs which may be lurking throughout the room; A damp cloth will be useful for those stubborn clumps of dust; pay special attention to any vents and bathroom lights and remember to remove toothbrushes, razors and the like before starting – you don’t want to get a mouthful of dust next time you brush your teeth, do you?
2: Clean the countertops: So, you have performed your initial sweep of the area; time for a deep-clean: using a bathroom surface cleaner give any counters a good spray – use a sponge to apply and remove this cleanser with the aid of some warm water.
3: Make those mirrors sparkle: Treat your mirrors like you would your windows: give them a good spray with a window/glass cleaner, and spray directly onto the mirror surface – buff this off with a chamois leather or cloth.
4: Give the toilet bowl a good once-over: You may think of your toilet as a bit of a 'grime HQ'; actually, cleaning your toilet should be no more trouble than any other part of the bathroom – simply squirt a good blast of toilet bleach around the inside of the bowl, ensuring that it coats all surfaces inside the bowl, including under the rim; leave this to work for a 10-15 minutes. Whilst waiting, why not give the outside of the toilet a good once-over? Give it a good spray with a bathroom surface cleaner and wipe clean with a wet sponge and paper towels, paying special attention to the flushing handle and toilet seat. Once the toilet bleach has sat for a bit, use a toilet brush (make sure to wear latex gloves for this step) to scrub the inside of the bowl – when everything has been scrubbed inside, keep the brush under the water surface and flush… this should help to clear the brush of any debris and allow it to be stored safely away in its holder (for the squeamish at heart, disposable brushes are also available!)
5. Shower/bath and finishing touches: Use a non-abrasive cleanser to clean shower walls, bathtub and shower doors – make sure to wear gloves and apply using a sponge – scrub off using a brush and then wash off using clean warm water – wipe dry with an old towel and give everything a good spray with 'daily shower spray' solution (this is available in all good supermarkets) – this will help to prevent any mildew/scum from building up until your next clean; pay extra special attention to removing any hair or gunk clogging up the drains… if it looks really grim in there, you can 'nuke' it with some drain-cleaner – make sure to read the instructions carefully and follow the safety guidelines to ensure that you don’t conduct chemical warfare on your own body!
6: Wipe the floor to sweep up what is left
Now that each bit of your bathroom furniture is sparkling, and the grime is retreating, the final step is to mop the floor; use a simple solution of warm water and bleach, then mop all over your bathroom floor – make sure to wash every nook and cranny, including behind the toilet bowl and leave the door (and if you have them, windows) open to allow the room to air and dry.
About the author: Norman Molyneux is a designer who has created some real Prestige Bathrooms for his clients – he likes using marble, slate and more exotic materials, like bamboo and desert ironwood in his creations.