If you would like to know how to clean a bathroom just like professional cleaners, then you are in the right place. We are giving you some house cleaning tips on how to clean the bathroom. They are very simple and easy and will make cleaning a bathroom stress-free and enjoyable.
How to clean a bathroom: Step-by-step
Declutter – Empty the bin, put items away and start dusting
First, tackle the smaller tasks like putting shower gel bottles and shampoos in their rightful places, emptying bins and dusting. It is a good idea to give any shelving a quick wipe down as you are doing this to ensure they are dust-free. You can simply damp a microfibre cloth to dust shelves or cabinets, and this also works great in the corners of the room and on skirting boards too.
Start cleaning the shower and bathtub
Soaking is one of the most important parts of bathroom cleaning, but many of us do not feel we have time to let cleaning solutions soak in and break up the dirt and grime.
For taps, a limescale remover is ideal. Leave all those areas to soak as you begin other tasks.
Read our article on how to remove limescale from toilet bowl to learn more about limescale removal.
Wipe down shower and bathtub
It is time to tackle everything that you have soaked. Unless you have heavily built up limescale or grime, you should now be able to simply wipe all of these surfaces, and they will come up looking great.
Clean the Shower Curtain or Doors
Cleaning a shower curtain couldn’t be simpler. We are going to use our old cleaning friend here: white vinegar, which is excellent for cleaning surfaces all around the home and ideal for this application.
In a spray bottle, mix one part vinegar with four parts water, then open the shower curtain fully.
Next, spray the cleaning solution over the entire curtain, paying particular attention to the area of the curtain that hangs over the side of the bath. Ensure to completely saturate the curtain.
Leave the shower curtain to soak as you work on other cleaning tasks around the bathroom, and then rinse the shower curtain off with warm water. The shower head works a treat for this.
Cleaning shower doors is also really simple. An equal parts vinegar and dish soap mixture can be sprayed onto the door and left to soak for about 30 minutes. Rinse the shower door with warm water, and then wipe the door down to remove any excess water and cleaning products. You then use a squeegee to ensure any watermarks and soap scum are gone forever.
Descale the Shower Head
To deep clean shower heads and remove as much limescale as possible, we’ll be turning to vinegar again.
Grab your cleaning bucket or any plastic container you have. Pop the head into the bucket and fill it with white vinegar until the entire head is covered. Now leave the shower head to soak for at least 30 minutes. This is the perfect time to clean the bathroom floor, toilet bowl or bathroom tiles.
Once the soak is finished, just use warm water to rinse the shower head. This cleaning trick works fantastically well; you’ll be amazed!
Give mirrors a wipe
It is fairly simple to get a streak-free shine on a mirror. Use glass cleaner on the cloth, not the mirror and don’t apply too much. Then, in a zig-zag motion, wipe the mirror from one of the top corners to the bottom. You can use the same method for the bathroom windows as well.
If the microfibre cloth is too wet, it will leave some streaks, so flip the cloth over and carry on wiping. That is it; you will have streak-free mirrors that will be the focal point of your bathroom.
Clean Bathroom Countertops, Walls, and Ceiling
Cleaning the walls and ceiling of your bathroom can be as simple as grabbing a microfiber cloth to remove dust or cobwebs. If you notice any stains on the walls or ceiling, these can be taken care of with a clean cloth and a cup of vinegar mixed with a bucket of water. With a damp cloth, lightly go over the area in circular motions, and the problem will quickly disappear.
This is also a great time to clean any light fixtures around the bathroom. To clean your bathroom lights, a microfibre cloth is ideal. It will pick up most dust and dirt on the light, and unless there are any stains on the lights, this is all you have to do.
For bathroom countertops, the same methods apply. A microfibre cloth can be used to get rid of any dust, for example. However, if you come across any soap scum or toothpaste, for example, you can use a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and water to remove all of this. A clean cloth with a bit of the mixture on makes light work of anything on your bathroom or other surfaces too.
Clean the Bathroom Sink
To clean your bathroom sink, fill it with a few inches of hot water and add a couple of cups of white vinegar. From there, grab your rubber gloves and a soft cloth and scrub the entire sink. An old toothbrush can also be used to get into tighter areas. You can also use the mixture on your sink taps and the countertop.
If you have any lingering limescale or toothpaste stains in the sink, you can leave the cleaning solution to soak for a while. Then, simply drain the sink and leave it to dry. It is a good idea to use a disinfectant spray after this; it ensures all germs and bacteria are taken care of.
Clean the toilet bowl
A deep clean of the bathroom wouldn’t be complete without tackling the toilet bowl. While any bathroom bleach product will take care of the bowl, we prefer to use a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar for this.
Two cups of vinegar and a few tablespoons of baking soda are all you need. Give the mixture a swish around with your toilet brush, and leave it to soak for about 15 minutes. If you have any brown stains in the toilet, leave the solution to soak for longer, moving it around every so often.
This gives you time to clean the toilet seat and remove any loose dirt and stains.
Once the soaking time is complete, it’s time to pull out the toilet brush again and give the whole bowl a good going over. Once it looks good, flush the loo, and it’s time to move on to the next job.
How to clean grout
Cleaning grout takes a bit of time, but it is well worth it once you see the results. Start with our old friend’s vinegar and bicarb and create a paste. You can also use hydrogen peroxide and bicarb if your grout is heavily stained.
Coat all of the grout in the mixture. You can use an old toothbrush for this. Leave it to soak in for about 10 minutes, and then use a strong-bristled brush to scrub the grout. Once finished, use warm water to remove the mixture and then leave to dry.
For any really stubborn areas, you can use a grout brush or pen to hide these areas.
Wash Hand Towels
One of the best places to start when cleaning your bathroom is to remove the hand towels and bath mats and give them all a wash. The top tip for cleaning hand towels and bath mat is to simply follow the instructions on the label, and if you do this first, they will be ready to use when the bathroom is nice and clean.
How to clean a bathroom floor
Once your bathroom looks amazing, it is time to finish it off by sweeping or vacuuming and mopping the bathroom floor. Leaving the floor of the bathroom until the end of your cleaning session means that dust or grime from the rest of the bathroom will not get on the floor after it is clean.
And you’re finished! By following these bathroom cleaning tips, you can make light work of cleaning your bathroom and actually enjoy cleaning it too. However, if you would like Cleaning Express to clean your bathroom instead, give us a call or message us on Facebook.
Our professional cleaners are just a message away, we can provide deep cleaning or regular domestic cleaning services. Alternatively, we have every other cleaning service that you could ever need, and we can truly take the stress out of cleaning by cleaning your entire house for you!
You can also read: Domestic cleaning – tips on how to clean a kitchen
How often should a bathroom be cleaned?
Ideally, a bathroom should be cleaned once a week, although the toilet bowl can benefit from more regular cleaning than this. A deep clean, like the one we’ve shown above, should be done every three months.
Best way to clean a bathroom
Start with any cleaning tasks with a longer soaking time, and then do the quicker tasks while you wait. Dusting the walls and ceiling is a good place to start while you wait for things to soak. This maximises your time and ensures you are cleaning efficiently.
What should you not do when cleaning a bathroom
You should never use any abrasive cleaning products on tiles or ceramics. And be careful of watermarks. Investing in a squeegee will make watermarks a thing of the past. You should also never wipe surfaces right after you spray them with the cleaning solution. Give everything plenty of time to soak; your bathroom will be much cleaner if you do.
What do professionals use to clean a bathroom?
A professional bathroom cleaner uses the exact same cleaning products as you do. In fact, many cleaners love to use white vinegar and bicarb and very rarely reach for a harsh chemical cleaning product unless the bathroom is in really bad shape.
Professional cleaners use their time wisely, though. Taking advantage of soaking time by working on other areas of the bathroom or by cleaning other rooms of the home. So, if there is a difference, it would be maximising the cleaning time they have rather than the cleaning solutions being used.