Cleaning the bathroom doesn’t need to be a daunting task. For some homeowners, cleaning the bathroom is a breeze, for others, not so much. We all have our preferences for cleaning and organizing. Here is our favorite way to deep clean a bathroom.
We’ve also included a handy checklist for anyone who wants to print it out and keep it on hand.
Items Needed to Deep Clean a Bathroom
There are a few things you should never be without in your cleaning arsenal. We’re sure you have most of these things on hand, but in case you want to make sure, here are all the things we use when working in the bathroom, or any other room in the house.
- Toilet Brush
- Bowl Cleaner
- Rubber Gloves
- All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
- Baking Soda or other Powder Cleaner
- Glass Cleaner
- Clean Rags
- Paper Towels
- Wet mop or wet Swiffer
How to Deep Clean a Bathroom: Step by Step Instructions
De-Clutter Your Space
The first thing you should do is clear the way for cleaning! Start by taking out any rugs, bathmats, or towels. Put them aside to be washed.
Use this moment to check for anything that can be put away or organized into a drawer, cabinet, or other storage solution. The less stuff you have on the floor and countertops, the less you’ll have to dust.
Start Without Liquids
For many, the first instinct is to grab the cleaner and start spraying everything down. This will usually lead to you doubling your work.
Start by dusting everything, and when we say everything, we mean everything. When you start by dusting, you’re making it so you can clean the dust as you go, instead of chasing after visible dust particles in a clean bathroom.
Start Tall, End Small
Our next bit of advice is to begin by dusting at the top of the bathroom. This means any molding you may have, the light fixtures, fan blades, and anything else that may be on the walls.
After you’ve knocked all the dust down, start to clear it from the countertops, fixtures, and anything that may be residing on said countertop.
The last part of your dusting task will be the baseboards and floor. Don’t forget to dust the outside of the toilet. When you’re done, vacuum or sweep everything off the floor.
Spray Down the Glass
Now it’s time to get out the spray cleaner. We always start with the glass cleaner.
Spritz down the mirror, light fixtures, and windows. Give them a wipe down with a microfiber cloth or an old t-shirt. Washcloths and even paper towels can leave residue on your sleek surfaces.
Time for the Fixtures
Don’t put away the glass cleaner yet, you’ll be using it to wipe down the fixtures on your sink, shower, and tub.
Use the same cloth you did on the glass and wipe each fixture until it’s nice and clean. Use a little extra spritz of glass cleaner if you need it. Swap the cloth for a small brush if you have any buildup or mineral deposits on your faucets.
Clean the Countertop
This task can be broken into two parts. First, clean the items on your countertop. Start by wiping down any soap dispensers or cups and move on to any grooming products you keep out. Place them aside while you clean the countertop.
For most countertops, you can use an all-purpose cleaner. The only surface that needs a specific cleaner is granite.
Clean the countertops before the sink or any other porcelain surface. Even though you dry dusted the counter, loose dust can still find its way into the sink, shower, toilet, or tub.
After everything is wiped down, put everything back on the counter.
Scrub the Porcelain
Now is the time when you want to break out the baking soda or other scrubbing agent. One of our favorites is Bar Keepers Friend.
Run a non-abrasive scrubber, like a mesh sponge, under some water to get it a little wet and then scour the sink, toilet, and tub.
Start at the rims of all of these and work your way down. It’s the same principle as dusting. Starting high up will knock any debris or residue down so you clean as you go.
Once everything is scoured clean, give everything a good rinse to wash away any grime or soap residue.
Tackle the Toilet
The toilet might be one of the grossest places to clean, so that’s why we recommend cleaning from the outside in. Spray the outside of the toilet with your all-purpose cleaner. Wipe it all down. Don’t forget to clean behind the toilet. It’s an awkward space that many homeowners forget about.
Next, use your all-purpose cleaner on the seat and lid. Spray and wipe everything down.
Now it’s time for the bowl. Use a toilet specific cleaner and distribute it along the top of the bowl. Then put some baking soda or commercial cleaner into the toilet water. Use a toilet brush to scrub the inside of the bowl.
Flush the toilet to rinse everything and you’re done with the toilet!
Leave the Floors for Last
Now that everything else is done, it’s time to clean the floors. Begin with a broom or vacuum. Sweep up any excess dust that may have fallen during the cleaning process.
Next, get that mop wet and clean until the tile looks nice and shiny. Wait for everything to dry, then put down a clean bathmat and hang some clean towels.
More How-To Guides
We have more resources when it comes to deep cleaning your home. While these are easy to accomplish on your own, when you need an expert, don’t hesitate to reach out to Service Champions.