When establishing Aboutime, our home and office cleaning company, I knew that bathrooms and kitchens were the areas on which people placed the most priority in terms of cleaning requirements. Guests coming into the home look at the bathroom as the yard stick for home cleanliness and in the business environment it’s as crucial as the reception area.
I have never liked cleaning the bathroom – most other areas of the house were easily negotiable with a vacuum cleaner and duster but the bathroom always involved elbow grease, while having to crouch down on your knees, scrubbing and disinfecting to ensure the highest levels of hygiene.
Fortunately, most bathrooms are made of materials that are easy to keep clean, and, as with other areas of the house, it’s a question of starting as you mean to continue. A little every day will keep all in order until your next deep clean.
- Tile and porcelain surfaces are stain-resistant if dirt and scum are not allowed to build up on them – give everything a rinse down after use. This washes away the left over suds and dirt that can build up into dirt and grime.
- Cleaning the toilet is what makes the bathroom one of the most hated household chores but has to be done regularly to keep your bathroom hygienic! Flush your toilet once to wet the bowl, than squeeze the cleaner around the bowl and leave to sit. Give the toilet a scrub with your toilet brush to get all the corners and under the rim, then simply flush it all away. Note: keep your toilet brush clean by regularly soaking in a small bucket of bleach, thus avoiding the spread of germs from the brush onto the toilet.
- Daily use of biodegradable disinfectant wipes is also a good idea to stop the spread of germs, particularly with small children in the house. However, be careful about the overuse of wipes and other cleaning products. They are not necessary every time something is spilt and are certainly not good for the environment. It’s all about balance and using only the amount of product necessary to do the job. Most cleaning is about the water itself – a very powerful liquid!
- Use your soap or detergent sparingly around the sink and counter as it is harder to get soap off the counter tops. Liquid handsoaps will leave a lot less residue than bars of soap in your sink and shower.
- If you’re worried about the nooks and crannies, a toothbrush will help you reach those small but dirt filled spots.
- A little tip I’ve learnt along the way to prevent steam build ups on the glass is shaving foam – a standard white shaving foam rubbed on to your mirrors should keep that at bay.
- Mop the floor last, starting at the farthest corner from the door and working back, to avoid those annoying footprints!