If you’re a homeowner – or you have a bathroom – you need to know how to deep clean this most necessary room.
That’s just the way it is.
Not only do you want your space to look nice and not turn off your guests, but you want it to be free of harmful germs and bacteria.
And it’s a battle you don’t have to face alone. A professional tile, grout, and hard-surface cleaning company is the backup you need.
Here’s what you need to know.
Get armed for battle against YUCK
Soldiers don’t go to war with a plastic sword and you shouldn’t battle the gross stuff that’s living in your bathroom with water and a paper towel.
If you’re going to decimate germs and bacteria from your bathroom, you need the right weapons.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to get the job done:
- Rubber gloves. You’ll be coming into contact with a lot of germs and other unmentionable gross things.
- An all-purpose surface cleaner. Your bathroom has a variety of surfaces, so choose the appropriate cleaner.
- Glass cleaner. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all? YOU. But you won’t be able to tell if your mirror’s covered in toothpaste and crud.
- Toilet bowl cleaner. Because 💩.
- A sponge. This one comes with a disclaimer. If you’re going to use a sponge, go with silicone, like these. They’re 100% antimicrobial and bacteria resistant.
- Toilet brush. Because 💩.
- A duster or dust cloths. Dust happens, even in the bathroom.
- A mop. Microfiber works well, but we don’t want to “micro”manage – any mop will do. You do you.
- Cloths for cleaning and/or paper towels. Swipe, swipe, swipe your way to clean.
- The phone number for your favorite professional tile, grout, and hard-surface cleaners. But we’ll get to that in a bit! 😉
Now that you’re all geared up to go to war against dirt and germs of all kinds, let’s talk about the process.
Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom
- Rid your spaces of clutter.
- Start at the top and work your way down.
- Give your disinfectant extra oomph.
1. Send clutter packin’
You can’t do a deep clean around clutter.
Clear all your bathroom surfaces of everything, including personal items like toiletries.
While you’re going into battle with dirt, send your bath mats and dirty towels to the gulag (AKA washing machine).
2. Work from the top down
This is a good rule for any room, not just the bathroom. When you start at the top, dust and dirt that you stir up will settle on the surfaces you haven’t cleaned yet.
That means you don’t have to do double duty.
3. Give your disinfectant extra oomph
Yes, the cleaners you have in your arsenal are made with sanitizing and disinfecting power. But there’s a way you can give them some extra ammo.
Wait about 10 minutes after you apply the cleaner before you start scrubbing. You’ll be sure you’re getting the deepest clean AND the grime will be loosened up so you don’t have to use as much elbow grease.
Your strategy for victory over germs
Checklist for Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom
- Tackle the toilet
- Take on the tub and shower
- Show some love to lights and vents
- Scour the sink and other services
- The last battle: mirrors and floors
- Call in the big guns: professional cleaning services
Just like you don’t go into battle without the right weapons, you need a battle plan, too.
In other words, here’s a checklist to help you know what to do when.
Tackle the toilet
The first thing you want to do is put the toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet so that it can soak and disinfect while you work on the outside of the commode.
Don’t forget all the little nooks and crannies, and pay special attention to the places that get touched frequently, like the lid and the flusher.
Take on the tub and shower
Thoroughly wet the walls with a mold and mildew cleaner. (Pro tip: Mold likes to hide in corners.)
Disinfect the whole tub – this is a great time to use that silicone sponge.
If your shower has doors, use both a glass cleaner and a shower cleaner.
This is also the time to throw your shower curtain and/or liner into the wash. If your liner is too far gone, get a replacement.
Show some love to lights and vents
Your bathroom’s vents and lights need to be dusted regularly to work efficiently and effectively.
This is a deep clean, remember, so you’ll want to take the vent cover off and clean and vacuum the vent’s motor.
Your light fixtures will shine brightly again after you’ve wiped them down with a damp cloth.
Scour the sink and other surfaces
Dust your bathroom’s surfaces before you put any other cleaners on them. After you’ve cleared away the dust, spray on your cleaner and let it do its job while you cool your heels for a minute.
Once you start scrubbing, make sure you’re getting in all the little areas around the faucet and its base. This is where hard water stains love to bunker down.
Last battle: mirrors and floors
After you’ve removed any lingering dust from the mirror, spray it with glass cleaner and wipe with a paper towel.
When it comes to the floors, you can probably guess that you should sweep before you put any cleaner on the floor.
The last step is to mop.
Call in the big guns
A professional cleaning service has skills that you just don’t have.
For one thing, there are different types of tile and expert tile and grout cleaners know how to clean and disinfect each specific type.
Another reason is the deep cleaning ability that you can’t do yourself – no matter how much muscle you put into it.
It’s a good idea to get the help of professionals on a regular basis – at least once or twice a year.
Err on the side of more frequent cleanings with all the germs flying around, willy-nilly these days. You can’t be too careful.
Victory over bathroom grime with professional cleaners
You’ve made it to the finish line. Unfortunately, this is a battle you’ll have to keep fighting as long as you have a bathroom. Which will be a very long time. 😀
Follow the tips we’ve given you here to keep your bathroom looking great and, more importantly, germ-free.
And don’t forget to call in your friendly neighborhood tile, grout, and hard-surface cleaning company (😉) to provide the help you need on the frontlines. (Hint: It’s us. It’s Hammond Knoll!)