Keeping a clean home is no easy task and bathrooms are one area that require plenty of attention. Clean bathrooms are not just aesthetically pleasing but also hygienic. Here are some simple cleaning tips and ideas for homeowners to spruce up the bathroom by getting rid of dust, clutter and dirt.
Bathroom Cleaning Products and Supplies
Before starting on sprucing up the bathrooms, do stock the cleaning caddy with the right bathroom cleaning products and supplies. Here is a list of items that may be needed during a bathroom cleanup.
Dust mop (preferably with a long handle), broom, mop
Cleaning cloths or rags, sponges and brushes
Small bucket with handle
Cleaning sprays – choose from natural cleaners or commercial ones
Trash can liners
Dusting and De-cluttering Bathrooms
Begin cleaning the bathroom by dusting the ceiling, the walls, the fans and the vents. If these areas are very dirty, use a home made cleaning solution or diluted commercial cleanser and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Clean pictures and other wall art by gently wiping the glass and the frame with a clean, damp cloth. Remove all clutter, dirty clothes and empty out the trashcan.
Remove shower and window curtains, towels and bathroom rugs. Replace with clean, fresh ones. Remove light fixtures and wipe clean. Wash windows inside and outside. Do read Quick and Green Way of Cleaning Windows for tips and ideas.
Cleaning Bathroom Tiles, Floor and Fixtures
Cleaning bathroom tiles, floor and fixtures such as the sink, tub, shower and cabinets requires more effort and time. Begin by emptying out the linen and medicine cabinets of all the unnecessary clutter, discard outdated products and make a list of items that need to be replaced. Scrub the sink, toilet and tub using a commercial or natural cleaning product and a sponge or scrubber. Do wear disposable gloves to protect the hands from germs as well as the chemicals in the cleaners.
Clean the grout in the bathroom tiles and floors with oxygen bleach, diluted hydrogen peroxide or a commercial grout cleaner. Do read How to Clean Grout in Bathroom and Kitchen Tiles for more tips on cleaning grout. Wipe the mirrors clean with a glass cleaning spray to remove any spots and stains. Wipe dry with an old newspaper.
Sweep and mop the floor clean. Line the trashcan with a fresh liner. Replenish empty soap and shampoo dispensers. Add a few flowers or potpourri for fragrance and freshness. Do read Quick and Frugal Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas for helpful decorating hints.
Keeping Bathrooms Clean
Have a weekly or even, daily cleaning routine to keep the bathroom free of clutter, dust and grime. Have family members wipe the floor dry after a bath and put away dirty clothes into the hamper instead of dumping them on the floor or behind the door. Speed clean the bathroom after a shower everyday and chances are heavy duty cleaning would only be required occasionally.
Clean bathrooms look neat, organized and attractive. Homeowners can keep bathroom tiles, floors and fixtures sparkling and shining by putting in a little time and effort. Use these cleaning tips and ideas to spruce up the bathroom and in fact, develop the tips into a regular routine to keep bathrooms looking neat and clean all the time.
How to Clean Grout in Bathroom and Kitchen Tiles
Grout is a mortar-like compound that is used to hold the tiles together and also, prevents water and other liquid from seeping through the gaps. Kitchens and bathrooms are two areas with more tiles than any other room and because of the high traffic and moisture in the air; the grout tends to become dirty, moldy and grimy. Here are some ways to clean grout easily and effectively.
Cleaning Grout with Oxygen Bleach
Oxygen bleach is available in powdered form and can be safely used to clean tiles and grout. According to Tim Carter in The Washington Post, “Oxygen bleach is nontoxic, doesn’t produce harsh fumes, and is color- and fabric-safe.” Moreover, the bleach is effective at removing food and greasy stains since the oxygen ions break up the stain molecules, making it easy for homeowners to simply scrub a little and rinse grime away.
Carter recommends mixing good quality oxygen bleach with warm water according to manufacturers’ instructions and then pouring the solution on the floor to flood the grout lines. Allow the solution to sit for at least 15 minutes before beginning to scrub. It is a good idea to keep pouring fresh solution while scrubbing since this will make it easier to remove stains and grime.
Green Cleaning Tips for Grout
Homeowners can clean grimy and moldy grout with an eco-friendly yet effective cleaning solution, which is made by mixing half a cup of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide with water and spraying this solution on the moldy grout. Use a toothbrush to loosen and scrub away the grime. This may take a little time but it is an effective and safe way to clean the tiles in the kitchen or bathroom.
Using Commercial Grout Cleaners
There are many commercial, chemical grout cleaners available in the market. However, homeowners should try to clean grout first by using either oxygen bleach or home made cleaning solutions, since these options are infinitely safer and better than chemical-laden commercial cleaning solutions, which may harm one’s health and well-being.
Tips for Keeping Grout Clean
Homeowners can keep tiled flooring clean and grime-free by following a few simple tips.
Tim Carter recommends adding oxygen bleach powder to water used for mopping. Allow water to sit in the grout joints for 30 minutes. Rinse with clean water after 30 minutes to keep grout looking clean and new all the time.
Install an exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom to remove the excess moisture from the air.
Wipe stains and other marks clean as soon as possible.
Cleaning grout may certainly be a challenging task yet with the right cleaning solution, it can be easy and painless. Using cleaning solutions such as oxygen bleach will surely keep grout looking fresh and clean.
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