Last week, we tackled the kitchen. This week, we will be discussing how to properly clean the bathroom. As one of the most unhygienic places, keeping the bathroom clean is of utmost importance.
To start with, you should ensure your bathroom is supplied with the most basic products. Bleach and a toilet brush are must-haves for keeping your loo squeaky clean, and being able to get each for under £1, it will hardly break the bank.
Ordinary cloths are useful for wiping down surfaces and can handle basic cleaning tasks such as sinks and towel rails. Antibacterial wipes also serve a similar purpose.
A mop and bucket are also a must for the home in general, especially if you have a lot more wooden floors than carpets.
We would also recommend some form of a shower cleaner, such as Mr Muscle.
If you clean the toilet on a regular basis, it should be fairly easy to clean with the brush. If dirt and grime has been left to build up for a while, pour bleach around the bowl before scrubbing it with the brush. Not only will it be clean, but now it will also smell fresh.
It is imperative to clean the bath tub especially after having a bath to prevent the build-up of limescale.
There are specialised bottles of cleaners that can be used to keep the bathtub clean. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to remember to hose down the bathtub after taking a bath.
As mentioned earlier, cloths are ideal for cleaning surfaces, but there are also specialized wipes for this task, however cloths are more economical as they can be reused. Simply spray down the surface with a product labelled safe to use for the material of the surface then wipe down with the cloth dampened with hot water.
For wooden, tiled or cushioned flooring, fill a bucket 1:4 ratio bleach and hot water, then mop down the floor. Though there are floor-cleaning products available bleach does the trick just as well for a fraction of the price. However, take care as bleach can make the colour on clothing fade when exposed to it.
If you’re bathroom is carpeted, and there are some stains, we recommend investing in a professional carpet-cleaner as this will lift all the stains and grime from the carpet. If you can’t spring for one, instead buy carpet cleaning solution, spray on the carpet and allow to soak in for a few minutes before hoovering over the spot. It requires more time and effort, but is a much cheaper alternative.
Unclogging the Toilet
This may seem trite, but it is important to learn how to properly unclog a toilet. Obviously using a plunger is the best method, but if you don’t have one of these on hand, bleach and boiling water will do. First pour about half a liter of boiling water, then use a cap or two worth of bleach and flush. The boiling water will break down whatever is blocking the drains, and the bleach will help the blockage to slide down the drain a little easier. Use more bleach and water as required.
All of this sound too much like a hassle, or does your busy lifestyle not allow you the luxury of taking the time to clean to a satisfactory level? Then hire one of Gleem’s domestic cleaners to tackle the task for you!
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