Get ready for your bathroom cleaning checklist
Cleaning the bathroom is a double-edged sword: it’s not fun to do, but it’s hard not to love the results. So think of the sparkling ‘after’ photo when it’s time to clean your bathroom regularly – and yes, it definitely needs to be cleaned regularly. The bathroom is one of the most frequented and germiest places in the whole house. Add a hot shower and splashing water, and you’ve just created a welcoming environment for bacteria, fungus, mold, and dirt. Suffice it to say, it’s important to learn how to clean a bathroom properly, and to do it often.
Knowing how to clean your bathroom the right way isn’t as difficult as you might think. In fact, with our expert-approved checklist, this household chore can even turn into an easy-to-do task. That you learn how to clean stainless steel, how to remove hard water stains, or how to clean the dirtiest items in your home, you’ll get A-plus tips from Sarah Karakaian, a home rental consultant who uses her cleaning expertise to help clients improve their rental properties.
Of course, once your bathroom shines like the top of the Chrysler Building, you’ll have to put in a little effort to keep up all your hard work. How often should you clean your bathroom? Karakaian likes to tidy up the sink and dressing table every night, before going to bed. You can log deep cleaning once a week. When it comes to big jobs, “you don’t need to break out the drill for your grout line more than once a year,” she says. Read on as she breaks down the entire bathroom cleaning process step by step and shares the optimal cleaning schedule.
Karakaian recommends cleaning from top to bottom so that bits of dust and debris, for example, ceiling vents, don’t soil the bathroom surfaces that have just been cleaned. The bathroom exhaust fan is a good place to start because it is so crucial; if not cleaned often, it can pose a fire hazard. Use a a microfiber cloth or paper towel to wipe off any visible bits of dust from the fan vent. You can also use a vacuum cleaner nozzle to suck up the dust. Then, using a rag and a spray bottle of vinegar and water-based cleaner, wipe down the surface (be careful not to wet the inside) and around the outside of the vent .
Every six months you will need to perform a deep cleaning, which involves removing the vent cover and soaking it in soapy water. You will have to take the necessary precautions, so keep this explanation on how to deep clean a bathroom exhaust fan for your next big cleaning.