Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
One room in the home people find challenging to keep clean is the bathroom. There are all sorts of germs, bacteria, mold, and mildew that can be living in the bathroom. Even with regular cleanings, there could still be microscopic and “invisible” dirty areas you could easily miss. Giving the bathroom and tub shower enclosures a deep spring cleaning will help improve the cleanliness of this room and make it easier to maintain.
Before you start spring cleaning the bathroom, make sure you have all the supplies and equipment needed, including:
- Dust Pan
- Mop Bucket
- Step Ladder
- Cleaning Rags or Paper Towels
- Plastic Trash Bag
- Rubber Gloves
- Cleaning Products
- Toilet Brush
- Sponge with Scrubbing Pad
- Vacuum with Extended Wand
Once you have your cleaning supplies and equipment in order, you will be more productive and can move from one area to the next.
Pre-cleaning tips. Make sure to remove any bath mats from the floor before starting. If you have a window in the bathroom, open it to get ventilation. If you do not have a window, turn on the vent fan after it has been cleaned. In addition, get a small tote and use it to put all items that are on bathroom counters, like toothpaste, makeup, toothbrushes, and so on, and set this aside outside of the bathroom.
Start with the walls and ceiling. Wipe down the walls and ceiling to remove dust and dirt. Use the vacuum to suck out dust from ceiling vent fans and heating/cooling vents. Remember to clean along baseboards.
Clean the tub and shower. Start with the shower curtain, if you have one, and, once it is cleaned, remove it to make accessing other areas easier. Use a toothbrush to scrub the grout in between tiles and to scrub in hard-to-reach small areas. It can be easier to clean shower doors and other areas by getting into the shower or tub.
Clean the toilet. Start by flushing the toilet to wet the bowl down before adding toilet bowl cleaner. Close the lid and allow the cleaner to sit for at least ten minutes. In the meantime, wipe down and clean the entire toilet, including around the water tank and the underside of the bowl. Now scrub the toilet to remove stains, finishing cleaning the toilet lid and seat, and then flush the toilet to rinse out the scrub brush.
Clean the sink, countertop, and cabinets. You can use a toothbrush to get into small cracks and crevices around the sink and faucet. Do not forget to clean the baseboards under the cabinets.
Clean the mirror. You may be tempted to clean the mirror when you clean the walls, but it is easy to splash water and cleaning products onto the mirror while cleaning the sinks and countertop.
Vacuum or sweep the floor. Remove hair, dust, and paper from the floor before damp mopping it. Additionally, vacuum or sweep the area around the entrance to the bathroom.
Mop the floor. Mop the floor in small sections. If you notice the water is getting dirty, dump it out and get fresh mop water. Otherwise, you will only be spreading dirt around the floor. Lastly, rinse the floor by using fresh water and a clean mop.
While you are cleaning, if you notice the tub or shower walls, stall, or enclosure are cracked, it is highly recommended you replace them. Cracks can allow water to get underneath and create a breeding ground for mold and mildew, and cause floors to rot. Feel free to contact American Bath Enterprises, Inc. at (888) 228-4925 for more cleaning tips or assistance in selecting new bathtub and shower enclosures, window kits, and related accessories.