#1. Waiting Until Cleaning Day to Clean
“You don’t have to wait until you have an hour to clean your bathroom. You can clean it a little each day.” This is a piece of advice by Leslie Reichert, who is known as The Cleaning Coach and author of The Joy of Green Cleaning. She suggests using a squeegee on the shower daily to prevent the buildup of soap scum. Wiping a fine-woven microfiber cloth over the chrome and mirror surfaces daily and doing a quick sweep with a portable vacuum cleaner once a week also helps maintain a cleaner bathroom.
#2. Not Making Organization Part of the Daily Routine
Skipping decluttering while cleaning means the surfaces may sparkle, but the visual mess is still present. Chief organizer and founder of a cleaning company Michele Vig recommends a purge session to clean out unnecessary items and any expired products. She believes that every item has a home. Not only will your space be more organized, but you will find items more quickly.
#3. Overlooking Bathroom Surfaces
Toilet, sink, floors, tub – check. Bathroom cleaning may seem a straightforward process, but overlooking any surfaces like cabinet fronts, baseboards, and light fixtures leads to a not-quite-clean bathroom. While low-touch surfaces don’t need any frequent cleaning, they still need occasional attention. Often, cleaning with a damp cloth or a quick swipe will do the trick. Exhaust fans are also items that should never be overlooked. They take a little extra work, but the result is a cleaner bathroom.
#4. Underestimating the Power of Steam
Many people think that wiping and spraying are the only bathroom cleaning techniques around. Reichert also advises people to use a steam machine to clean around the floors, shower, and toilet. The steam metals soap buildup, kills bacteria, all without chemicals. Steam cleaners can be used on many surfaces and come with different attachments.
#5. Using the Same Sponge for Everything
Lee Sheridan, who is an owner of a cleaning company says that if people use the same tool, be it a sponge, cloth, mop, or broom to clean the entire house, they may experience cross-contamination. He recommends a color-coding system, creating a set of cloths and sponges for different areas of the property and washing them regularly in hot soapy water.
Don’t ignore these five useful tips, and you will enjoy a cleaner and fresher-smelling bathroom.