Finding time in your busy schedule to keep your bathroom clean can be a challenge, that is before you even begin to think about cleaning it! Given the fact that you use your bathroom to clean yourself, it is definitely worth keeping your bathroom well sanitised. Do you really want to be washing in an environment full of bacteria and mould? Probably not! The bathroom and kitchen are commonly the most frequently cleaned rooms in the home. Did you know, there is likely to be more bacteria on your pillow-case than on your toilet seat… Maybe go wash it? Anyway, it is safe to say that our Plumbers in Ipswich have seen their fair share of dirty bathrooms. That is why we have written this article, to help people understand best practices when it comes to cleaning their bathroom to aid efficiency and cleanliness. If you are going to spend your valuable time cleaning your bathroom, then you may as well do it right!
The challenge ahead
In your quest to concur the germs in your bathroom, your battle in your bathroom will expose you to a few other messy problems. You are likely to encounter mould and mildew. The most common cause of mould is lingering moisture, and this is why the bathroom is the perfect place for it to grow. To avoid mould in your bathroom, the best preventative measure you can take is to install adequate ventilation. If you do not have a ventilation system in your bathroom, the next best thing is to open the window before and leave it open for a while after you shower – this will allow the condensation to escape! Keeping damp towels and flannels in your bathroom may create the perfect environment for mould to grow.
Another particularly common problem in the bathroom is a build up of limescale. Limescale forms when the minerals found within hard water get left behind. Over 60% of the United Kingdom is supplied with hard water, and Ipswich is recorded as having the hardest water in the whole of England. The harder the water, the higher proportion of minerals contained within the water. You may find limescale gathering around your shower head, on taps and pipes too. It appears as a scaly deposit, so you will want to remove the deposit regularly to avoid damage.
If you are still reading this article, then you are probably looking for advice on how to clean your bathroom. So, without further ado, this is the process our Plumbers in Ipswich recommend undertaking to clean your bathroom.
Before you start to clean your bathroom, you may find it useful to remove everything that you can from the bathroom. It is much easier to clean when you have empty surfaces to work with! This should be the first thing that you do, otherwise your progress will be impeded when you have to move objects as you go. Once this is done, you will be able to see precisely which areas of your bathroom will need the most attention.
Now your bathroom is ready to clean. It is best to start with the surfaces and the bath or shower. Definitely do not start with the floor, this is likely to become even more messy as you progress through the deep clean.
Begin by spraying the surfaces with an antibacterial bathroom disinfectant, make sure to target the various surfaces in your bathroom such as the sink, bathtub and any door handles. For any windows or mirrors, a simple mirror and window cleaning spray from any supermarket will do the trick! Allow the surfaces to remain wet for a short period of time, this allows the product ample time to kill the germs. Finally, scrub and wipe down the surfaces. From time to time, you should pay special attention to the grout between the tiles, you should clean this to prevent discolouration.
As you have successfully cleaned the surfaces in your bathroom, you should now turn your attention to the potential build up of limescale within your bathroom. You can scrub affected areas with a lemon juice and white vinegar solution to remove the limescale. For tougher to remove stains, you can try soaking a cloth in the solution and then tie it around the affected area for a couple of hours.
It’s time to focus on the toilet, arguably the worst part of the process! To clean the toilet properly, you will need some bleach and either some disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes. Start by pouring bleach around the neck of the toilet bowl, the entire bowl should end up with a layer of bleach covering it. Then proceed to use the disinfectant to wipe down the entire toilet, including both under and over the seat. Leave the bleach for approximately five minutes, then use a hard toilet brush to scrub the toilet bowl clean. Flush any excess bleach.
Now that you have thoroughly cleaned the surfaces and fixtures within your bathroom, it is time to focus on the floor. Your bathroom is a space where you should feel comfortable to roam about barefoot. Thus, for hygiene reasons, it is important to keep the floor free from bacteria too.
Start by sweeping or hoovering your bathroom floor, whichever option you prefer – this will remove any loose dirt scattered around. Then proceed to mop the floor with hot water and a disinfectant of your choice – our Ipswich Plumbers opt for Pine! If you read the back of the bottle, there will be a guide as to how much disinfectant to use. After you have coated your bathroom floor with disinfectant, make sure there is a window open and allow it to dry naturally for the best results.
It is definitely worthwhile to have an extractor fan in your bathroom, this will only make it easier to maintain your bathroom. Instead of having to open the window after using the bathroom, letting in a draft, you can turn the fan on and it will remove moisture from the room preventing a build up of mould as we have discussed. They are easy to clean. Simply, place your hoover nearby to capture and dust that may be lingering inside.
We hope that you have found this article to be insightful. We understand that cleaning your bathroom is probably one of the last things you want to be doing. If you would like to integrate an extractor fan into your bathroom, you can request a quote from our Plumbers in Ipswich. We also offer bespoke Bathroom Designs in Ipswich, so if it is time for a drastic change, then our Ipswich Plumbers are equipped to transform your bathroom.