The bathroom is the area in your house that is most likely to become hazardous with germs and other filth due to poor cleaning. All the hard surfaces can be difficult to clean properly, and the fact that this is the room where people wash off the accumulated filth of the day means that there is more unseen mess here than in any other room. Luckily, there are some sure-fire ways to make sure your bathroom looks and feels terrific. These cleaning tips are presented below.
Use Vinegar on Faucets
Faucets in your bathroom sink and shower can harbor bacteria that is linked to pulmonary disease and other ailments. To help minimize this bacteria buildup, you should thoroughly clean all your faucet heads at least once a month. This is especially important for shower heads, where the bacteria buildup is exacerbated by high humidity and soap scum. Soak your faucet heads in vinegar, which will kill the majority of bacteria, and then polish them up with a bathroom cleaner. Also be sure to clean your shower curtain regularly or replace it if you notice mold or mildew on it. You should wipe away condensation from sinks and showers on a regular basis and open a window or vent for at least an hour every day.
Focus on the Space Between Tiles
Bathroom tiles themselves can be cleaned using virtually any normal bathroom cleaner. As long as they have been sealed properly, these tiles are durable and resistant to abundant bacteria growth. The same can’t be said about the space between your tiles, however. Usually, this space is filled with grout, which is porous. That means that not only does it collect bacteria, but the bacteria can sink in and get under the surface if you let it stay for too long. If your grout is starting to look discolored, bleach is a good way to kill the bacteria and get it clean again. You’ll want to use a grout brush or, if you don’t have one, a toothbrush that you never intend to use in your mouth.
Tackling the Toilet
There is probably no bigger challenge in bathroom cleaning than getting the germs and mineral deposits out of your toilet. This requires a multi-level cleaning approach – you need to clean the bowl, the ceramic, and even the metal or plastic of the flush handle. The bowl can be cleaned by using a chemical cleaner or by pouring a cup of baking soda into the water. The flush process helps the cleaner do its work, and then you’ll need to scrub out any leftover mineral deposits. When scrubbing the surfaces, make sure that you get under the bowl lid as well. Finally, after disinfecting any chrome, you can restore its shine by simply rubbing it down with toilet paper.
Cleaning the bathroom can be a challenging process, but doing so will make sure that you and your family stay healthy for a long time. By getting rid of the bacteria and mineral buildups that happen here, you’ll find your bathroom looking better and feeling more comfortable immediately.