08 Sep The Complete Bathroom Cleaning Checklist 
An introduction to Bathroom Cleaning
Bathrooms are an oasis within our homes…
A place where we can wash a day’s stress away between clean, tiled walls and tranquil styling.
On average, we actually spend a large portion of our lives in the bathroom – one a half years in fact!
Having a clean bathroom is not only imperative to maintaining a peaceful yet energising room but also vital for keeping harmful microbes at bay, which thrive in a bathroom’s warm and damp conditions.
You love being surrounded by a warm mist and water, either in the shower or bath, but unfortunately, you’re not the only one! We share our bathrooms with millions of other microscopic critters who call the cracks in your tiles, your moist ceilings and shower floors home.
A clean bathroom is very unlikely to harbour many microbes which are actually harmful.
Only 1 – 2% are pathogenic – meaning harmful to humans, but this will increase in rooms like a bathroom where wet surfaces are exposed to warm, moisturous air and aren’t cleaned regularly.
Luckily, we are able to assert our dominance over these tiny terrors as good hygiene practices have a well documented positive impact on reducing these pathogens.
Philip M. Tierno, Jr., PhD stated in a WebMD interview regarding bathroom germs and cleaning that…
“You can catch something, but if you practice good personal, household, and food hygiene, you’re at pretty low risk.”
Bacteria and viruses aren’t the only problem,
A visible issue that can cause ill health is mildew and mould, particularly black told.
Toxic black mold, or its official scientific name Stachybotrys chartarum, grows and releases spores when feeding on organic materials in damp environments.
It mostly causes mild symptoms like coughing, itchy throats, eyes and runny noses
Clear signs of a bad kept bathroom
If you don’t clean your bathroom or look after your bathroom don’t know how to clean your bathroom properly then there’s several eventualities that could develop. Some of these are genuinely hard to stomach, especially for those of us who really do love our bathrooms.
Germs will line the shower walls
Germs take root in crevasses and cracks between shower walls and tiles. Anywhere where moisture can build without evaporating is a hot-sport for bacterial and viral growth.
Bacteria will build in the bathtub
According to WebMD, the Bathtub, near the drainage hole harbours a startling 119,468 bacteria/square inch! That’s pretty disgusting, though still incomparable to a toilet bowl’s 3.2 million bacteria/square inch. Still, considering we bathe in one and not the other…
Your shower head will become a great climate for fungal growth
There’s no easy way to break this news to shower lovers, but, fungus love your shower head as much as you do, making their home in the cozy nozzles. When you turn on your shower to blast your face with water you are essentially blasting your face with fungus. According to this research, this can lead to disease in those with weakened immune systems.
Mould can grow underneath mats
Mould loves fabric. This is why having carpet in bathrooms is never a good idea. You can’t clean under a carpet easily but you can clean under a rug, though, as bathroom mats are a particularly worthy home for various types of mould.
Mildew and mould will line shower curtains
Mould on shower curtains can sneak up on you. In winter, water doesn’t adequately evaporate from shower curtains and over time, mould will grow round the top or bottom or in the seems.
How to clean a bathroom
Hopefully we have now given you an insight into the dangers and risk of a bad kept bathroom.
Armed with the right tools and cleaners you can obliterate the microbial threat and secure your bathroom as your own space once again!
From us to you here’s some tips on cleaning different parts of the bathroom;
Cleaning the sink
Between all-purpose bathroom cleansers and bleach based cleansers it shouldn’t be difficult to get a sink looking sparkly and clean. It isn’t a major site of microbial growth so just aim to get it nice and clean. Bleach products will get rid of toothpaste or stains from certain cosmetics but be careful on delicate porcelain. Leave the hot tap on and scrub as you rinse.
Shower and Tub
These areas are high priority for destroying mould, viruses and bacteria. Soap byproducts and scum, excess shampoo, oil, body dirt and hair products combine to provide a home fit for a pathogen. These collect primarily around drainage holes where skin and body soil collects, fixtures with hidden crevasses where mould can also grow and in tub rims and cracks. Mold and mildew will take up residence in these areas and you’ll need to focus on them with all-purpose cleaners combined with proper scrubbing and then a final anti-microbial wash using disinfectant.
Go to town on the shower and tub areas. Keep the following in mind:
- Let Spray Soak in – You’ll have to spray and stand by and wait for a bit. Spraying up the bath and shower with a generous covering of cleaner and then waiting to let it soak in adequately will help dissolve oil and dirt so it can be easily removed. You can even do it twice. Once with a light covering over the the whole area and then more intensively, rubbing it into the grout.
- Scrub – Scrub tile grout and push your scrubbing brush into corners. It’s these areas that contain invisible nasties and they’re also tempting to overlook. Substance over style – be comprehensive instead of aiming to just make things look clean.
- Rinse fully – Rinsing fully is important to avoid leaving cleaning deposits on surfaces and avoid streaking.
Glass is easy to clean. You’ll have to make sure that you use a non-abrasive cleaner to avoid scratching it and then wipe clean to avoid streaking. If your glass is a bit cloudy then you may need to use vinegar or dilute lime-scale remover. These will return your glass to a bright, transparent glow.
Who wants to clean the toilet? Not usually many hands raised for this one but it is very important to maintain toilet cleanliness the more often you do it, the cleaner it’ll be each time you go and do it. The best way to clean a toilet would be to include proper and thorough scrubbing with bleach, don’t be afraid! There’s nothing worse than letting it get really bad and really having to use some elbow grease to clean it.
If you would like us to create a toilet cleaning checklist, let us know in the comments!
freshcleanings Daily Checklist
Here’s our bathroom cleaning list, to help you keep track of problem bathroom areas on a daily and weekly basis.
Cleaning the toilet | Time allocation – 5 Mins
Cleaning the toilet daily seems like a tall order but if you do it this regularly then it will never get that bad. 5 minutes will suffice for a daily clean, use bleach and give it a good scrub with a long brush.
Wipe down the bath, sink, and shower | Time allocation – 15 Mins
Wiping down doesn’t mean a deep clean but it’s still wise to spray up each of these first with all-purpose cleanser and then leaving them for a few minutes to allow the cleaner to percolate before wiping down comprehensively.
Polish any taps, and shine the shower screen | Time allocation – 5 Mins
Taps can easily get cloudy and dull so spruce them up daily with a small helping of cream cleanser.
Put caps back on bottles and store tidily | Time allocation – 5 Mins
Always store your cleaners tidily in a cupboard and replace all the caps to avoid them drying out.
freshcleanings Weekly Checklist
Clean the bathroom window and windowsill | Time allocation 10 Mins
Bathroom window sills sure do stand up to a lot of condensation. The difference in temperature between indoors and outdoors will mean they get very damp and if the frames are wooden, they’re very likely to rot if they aren’t maintained.
Clean bathroom blinds | Time allocation – 15 Mins
Cleaning bathroom blinds isn’t the easiest thing. You have to avoid letting moisture collect in them when they’re rolled up and this means keeping them clean and dry throughout the week. When you clean a blind, don’t use strong cleaning products as you don’t want to warp the material. Be gentle and if you can, take the blind out of the roller and clean it separately.
Deep clean any cupboards or storage spaces | Time allocation – 15 Mins
Cleaning cupboards is vital as mould can grow inside them and their wooden frames can rot.
Cleaning shower tiles & washing the floor | Time allocation – 15 Mins
The floor of a bathroom can get wet and soapy – particularly if people get straight out of the bath or shower without drying off on a mat. Cleaning the floor regularly a mop and all-purpose cleanser or a touch of washing up liquid will keep it clean and grippy. Make sure you allow it to comprehensively dry before stepping on it. It’s wise to save this till last. The question “how to clean bathroom tiles” or “best way to clean bathroom tiles” is one which requires a simple answer. Run the shower on a high temperature to open up ceramic pores then simply use an old toothbrush to scrub the tile grout.
Clean shower head | Time allocation – 10 Mins
This is very important to ensure no aforementioned fungal growths take root in your shower head. Fill up a bag or washing up bowl with white vinegar and pop the head in there to let it soak. After that, force water through it with a hosepipe to really eject the loosened fungus from the nozzles.
Clean shower curtain | Time allocation – 20 Mins
This maybe isn’t a weekly task but in winter you can at least try and keep it dry after a shower. Every few weeks, take it off and stick it in the washing machine. Easy
Sticking to a bathroom cleaning checklist
Cleaning a bathroom is vital for maintaining good household hygiene. Not only do we spend a lot of time in there, often unclothed, but also come into direct contact with many surfaces.
It’s not usually an issue but if you don’t clean then you’re skating on thin ice and the chances are that you’re coming into contact with potentially harmful pathogens.
Some of these are alarming and for kids, the elderly and for those who are suffering from illness like colds or flu or have otherwise weakened immune systems, cleaning a bathroom is a serious matter.
Bathrooms aren’t often big or difficult to clean as you don’t need to worry about getting things really wet – so long as they’re adequately dried after cleaning.
Also, bathroom materials are resistant and hard-wearing so you can usually use a variety of cleaners without causing damage or wear to surfaces.
Be careful though and always read the label! You can really go to town with all-purpose cleanser so don’t be afraid to douse things good and proper.
Keeping track of your bathroom duties is the hardest part as it’s easy to forget what you’ve done and what you haven’t yet cleaned. Keeping tabs will allow you to keep on top of unwelcome pathogenic visitors.
Use our bathroom cleaning PDF checklist to comprehensively eliminate bathroom risks for you and all the family!