Your bathroom is a room that you use several times a day, each time making the room a filthier and filthier environment. This is only natural. A bathroom can't help but become a bacteria-infested, moldy, wet, and dusty room. That is, unless you're committed to keeping it clean.
But bathrooms need a little extra attention, especially when compared to other rooms in your home. There's cleaning, and then there's deep cleaning. Bathrooms need the latter in order to stay sanitary and odor-free. Here are some efficient, low-cost ways to deep-clean your bathroom, provided by bathroom maintenance professionals.
Give Your Shower a Bath
A dirty showerhead will spray dirty, dingy water onto the floor and walls of the shower. Clean it up with this one simple trick. Fill a sturdy plastic bag with white vinegar, then tie the bag around the neck of the showerhead so that it's submerged in the vinegar. Let it rest for a few minutes, then remove the bag and turn on the shower to rinse the vinegar away. White vinegar will kill pathogens and remove dirty buildup that forms on the openings over time.
Clean Toilet Brush
Bleach is every bathroom's best friend. Bleaching your toilet is probably the only way to guarantee that it gets clean. However, many people skip the step of cleaning their toilet brush. While you may swish it through the bleach, it will hold waste particles and pathogens until your next cleaning session. That is, unless you clean the brush, too. Once you've cleaned the toilet, pour a little more bleach into the bottom of the toilet bowl. Then, submerge the brush and give it a few twists in the water, being careful not to create a splash. This will disinfect the brush and remove anything stuck in the bristles, so it's completely clean for the next scrubbing session.
Clean and Re-Seal Grout
Bleach and a scrub brush can do wonders for grout, which is where many pathogens and fungal growths reside. Dilute bleach in water and use a tough scrub brush to clean between tiles on the floor, countertops, walls, and shower.
However, one of the best ways to keep bathroom grout clean is to reseal it on occasion. Re-sealing will prevent mold, bacteria, and other odor-causing gunk to seep between your tiles. Also, you should avoid pouring bleach on colorful tile or grout. Bleach can ruin certain dyes, paints, and natural colors. Only bleach white or off-white surfaces. Otherwise, you can use a standard disinfectant liquid plus a scrub brush.
Hire a Plumber
Sometimes, a professional touch makes the difference between a neat bathroom and a completely clean one. For instance, if your bathroom drains are slow-draining or clog easily, the result can be soap scum, mildew, and other nasty deposits on your bathroom fixtures. Leaking pipes or running faucets can result in odorous standing water in your bathroom. If water leaks from your pipes, it can even lead to moldy cabinetry and flooring, a problem that may be too intense to clean. Hiring a professional plumber in your area to inspect your plumbing and repair minor issues can help you keep your bathroom clean all year long.