Cleaning is one of those necessary house chores that we all try to avoid, but have to do eventually. Good cleaning means a better home, a healthier lifestyle and a better impression on others. One of the places that get dirty relatively quickly is the bathroom. Unless you live alone, chances are the bathroom is being used a few times every day, which leads to lots of dirt accumulation. The bathroom has different surfaces which makes it not such an easy area for cleaning. All of these surfaces accumulate different types of dirt: water stains, leftover from toothpaste, hairspray, soap and shampoo, mildew, rust, even mould. All of these stains get really persistent if not cleaned soon after their appearance. The typical surfaces in a bathroom are glass, chrome, porcelain, fibreglass, brass, wood and others. Each of them has its own specific needs and once you start cleaning the bathroom it is good to know what each surface requires in terms of cleaning techniques and solutions. If you don’t know how to properly clean these different surfaces you could easily damage them or simply do half the work. Here are a few useful tips to keep in mind when cleaning your bathroom.
1. Ceramic tiles can be found in perhaps 90% of all bathrooms, anywhere in the world. It is essential to know that these tiles get easily scratched. This means that once you begin cleaning them you shouldn’t use abrasive cleaners, but rather light abrasive cleaning solutions to rub the stains with. Some stains are much more persistent and hard to remove, so you might need to mix a cleaning solution which will soften the stains before you rub them off entirely. The typical mix is 3/4 of bleach with 3.7 litres of water (1 gallon). This is a strong cleaning solution which will effectively work on the persistent stains.
2. Porcelain surfaces and fixtures are really pretty and often favoured in bathroom designs, but the stains left on them are easily noticeable. Cleaning them is not that hard though: apply a chemical cleaner for porcelain, allow half an hour for it to work and penetrate the spot and then rub or scour the stained area. Porcelain can also be damaged if you use an abrasive cleaner to rub it with, so avoid this method.
3. When it comes to the toilet bowl, its interior often accumulates mineral deposits from hard water. The easiest way to clean those is with a toilet brush soaked in bleach. Rub the stains and leave the area covered with the bleach for 10-15 minutes. Hard waters stains can be removed with a pumice stone. Be extra careful when cleaning the toilet – mixing different kinds of toilet cleaners can result in toxic fumes.
4. The glass as a surface is present in every bathroom, even if it’s just the mirror. Shower doors, shelves and mirrors get lots of stains quite quickly – the mineral deposits accumulating on them make them look old and dull. Use a special remover for these stains and rub off the area.
5. Cleaning the bathroom from side to side is also an important stage in order to disinfect the area and make sure it is germ-free. Use bathroom freshener and rub off any leftover stains.
6. In order to maintain a clean and fresh bathroom, which looks like new, you need to clean it regularly. Otherwise, the stains will become even harder to remove.