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How to Deep Clean a Bathroom

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There are few things more satisfying than doing a full deep clean of an entire room. Especially a room that tends to build up dirt and grime easily like a bathroom. Bathrooms have a lot going on in them. They get dirty easily. It’s important to know all of the important tips on how to deep clean a bathroom so that it’s comfortable for your family and guests, but also to avoid spreading germs. However, there may be more that goes into a thorough deep clean than meets the eye. In this article, we’ll go over our best tips and tricks, so you have a step by step guide to deep cleaning your bathroom in the best way possible.

When Should You do a Deep Clean?

If you have a good regular housekeeping schedule, you won’t need to do a deep clean very often. However, because a bathroom is one of the biggest bacteria hosts in a household, it should still be thoroughly cleaned somewhat regularly. To keep harmful bacteria from building up, you should wipe down surfaces about once a week with an antibacterial cleaning solution. Managing your regular cleaning is key to keeping your household safe, healthy, and happy.

To avoid costly repairs and expensive replacements, it’s important to keep an eye on your fixtures and plumbing for signs of rust and decay. Since these signs can hide behind regular dirt build-up, keeping them clean is essential to spotting damage early. Deep cleaning your bathroom can not only help keep your space free from harmful bacteria, but it can save you money on costly repairs by helping you catch them early. Constant moisture in a bathroom makes it easy for rust to form, but keeping an eye out for early damage signs can save you having to deal with it later when it’s worse.

Of course, exactly how often you do a thorough deep clean of your bathroom or any room for that matter, will depend on your exact circumstances and lifestyle. The most common recommendation is to do a deep clean of a bathroom around every month. However, you can tweak this based on how many people are using the bathroom, how much time you have, and your own personal taste.

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Learning how to deep clean a bathroom is important to maintain proper hygiene in the home.

Different Materials in a Bathroom – and How to Clean Them

Cleaning Your Tub

One thing to remember is that how you clean your tub depends on the type of material it’s made from. The best thing you can do is to quickly read the manufacturer’s instructions. Cleaning with the wrong materials is a surefire way to bring about expensive repairs or even the need for an early replacement. For many bathtubs and showers, a foaming cleanser is a good option, but always check your user guide before starting with any new cleaning chemicals.

Porcelain-Enameled Steel

Never use any abrasive materials if you deep clean a bathroom. Store all soaps, shampoos, and supplies in special containers that you can hang from the shower or stick on the tile to avoid pitting and staining.

Make your own cleaner with one gallon of hot water, plus two TBS of dishwashing liquid. Spray onto the surface to clean and scrub with a soft cloth, rinse well, then use another soft cloth to buff dry. If you do not want to make your own bathroom cleaner, there are scouring creams that will do an amazing job of getting your bathroom surfaces looking fresh, shiny, and clean.

If you have rust stains, you can use muriatic acid (pool supplies) to get rid of it. Be sure to wear protective gear if you are going to do this. Mix 4 ounces of room temperature water into a cup, then add 4 ounces of muriatic acid. Dip a cloth into the solution and rub on the stain, pressing down as you move across the stain. Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone.

Clean bathroom.
When cleaning your bathroom, make sure you don’t use any abrasive cleaners.

Acrylic

Never use an abrasive cleaner, because acrylic scratches easily. It can also be damaged by various chemicals that are said to be used for cleaning bathrooms. A good cleaner to use is generic baby shampoo or a phosphate-free all-purpose cleaner like the Champion Ultra Concentrated Degreaser. Use it straight on a soft cloth and rub it into the surface in circles. Rinse the surface when you’re done. Buff dry with a dry cloth. To keep the tub clean you can use car wax on the surface of the tub, and buff out just like you would on your car. Let harden overnight. Even better, use a more convinent polishing tool like the Champion Polising Cloth!

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Fiberglass

One of the less durable materials but very popular due to the price, cleaning fiberglass can be a challenge. But again, don’t use an abrasive cleaner. Just use hot soapy water and baking soda to make a paste. Rub all over your tub with a soft sponge. You want the solution to stick to the walls and sides of the tub. Let sit for 30 minutes, then scrub with the sponge vigorously until it is removed. Use cold water to rinse and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. It is okay to use a magic eraser on the hard to clean spots.

Enameled Cast Iron

This is one of the more durable materials for a tub. It’s more expensive but it often lasts much longer. Use the same baking soda and soapy water mixture to make a paste, except here you can rinse with warm water. Scrub with a rag or sponge but don’t use anything like steel wool on the surface. If you have stains on the surface, you can make a solution of trisodium phosphate and hot water (follow the directions) to apply to the stain and then rinse well. As always, dry the surface to bring out the spotless sparkle.

Baking soda.
Baking soda is a common household staple that is actually great for a variety of DIY cleaning solutions.

Shower Door

Instead of a curtain to enclose your tub for a shower, you may have stained doors that need a deep cleaning. You can use any of the mixtures mentioned above to clean (but only one at a time.) Just rub the solution over the area, then scrub with a stainless-steel pad if the door is glass. If it’s plastic, use the milder vinegar and dish soap mixture with a softer brush. Scrub, rinse, repeat. When it’s clean, dry with a soft, dry towel to bring out the shine.

The process to deep clean a bathroom will be easier or harder depending on the materials. All the materials mentioned can encompass your tub, sink, and toilet. Use the right cleaning solutions for the material and the stain for the best results.

Bathroom shower tile.
Bathroom shower tile can be refurbished with the use of high-quality cleaning products.

Cleaning the Floor

Bathroom floors are important to keep clean as they are one room that you’re likely to be walking barefoot in regularly. Most bathroom floors are made with tile flooring, which is popular because it prevents water from soaking in and damaging the subfloor. However, wood and laminate floors are also becoming increasingly popular. These floors may need a few more precautions against water damage, but they can ultimately perform very well. The one thing floors of all types have in common is that the first step for cleaning them is sweeping.

Tile Floors

Whether you have ceramic tile or stone tile, the first step to cleaning it is cleaning the grout. You can do this with an all-purpose cleaner and either a rag, bucket and mop, brush, or sponge. It’s going to take a little elbow grease to restore old, dingy grout to its former glory, so don’t get discouraged if it takes more than one easy wipe to get the grout lines clean.

Once you’ve done the grout, you can move on to the tiles themselves. This step is fairly straightforward: simply mix up a cleaner of your choice and break out your favorite mop. Make sure you’re using a mop that’s flexible enough to fit into tight corners around the sinks and toilet. The Champion Super Yellow Mop is pefect for this!

The Amazing Mop!

Wood or Laminate Floors

If you have wood or laminate floors anywhere else in your house, you probably already know how to clean them. Start with a broom, use a gentle wooden floor cleaner when you’re mopping, and try not to let liquids sit for very long. Depending on what your floor is treated with, you may be able to get a specialized cleaner or polisher. The Champion Ultra Concentrated Degreaser is excellent for cleaning all types of flooring!

Cleaning the Counters and Sinks

When the counters and sinks in a bathroom are dingy, it’s one of the first things you notice. Counters are easily cluttered, which can lead to dust building up in unsuspecting places. As such, the first step to cleaning any vanity is clearing the entire space so you don’t miss any hidden dirt.

Tile Counters

Cleaning a tile counter is pretty much the same as cleaning a tile floor. Start with wiping all the dust away with a damp cloth, then go over the grout with a sponge or scrubbing brush of some sort. Finish with a degreaser or all-purpose cleaner (like the Champion Ultra Concentrated Degreaser) as the final touch.

Stone Counters

Stone counters have become increasingly popular in modern design but cleaning them takes a little extra care. You should avoid abrasive, or intense acidic cleaners on stone because they can wear the surface down over time.

Clean bathroom with tile.
An all-purpose cleaner like the Champion Ultra Concentrated Degreaser makes an excellent cleaner not only for your bathroom, but your entire home!

Sinks

Bathroom sinks are notorious for building up dirt and hard water stains, so they’re an important part of any deep clean. Start with a microfiber cloth and water. After you’ve done an initial wipe-down to eliminate obvious dirt, it’s time to get a little deeper. Watermarks on the faucet can be removed with a degreasing cleaner and then polished with a dry cloth. I like the Champion Ultra-Concentrated Degreaser for my bathroom. It cuts through stains easily and doesn’t leave behind a streaky residue. It also makes for a great all-purpose cleaner.

How to Deep Clean a Bathroom: Step-by-Step

Step 1: Laundry

Laundry may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about cleaning a bathroom, but it’s an important first step. Taking all the towels, bathmats, and washcloths out of the bathroom first serves two important purposes. First, you’ll be able to see all the surfaces that need cleaning at once. Second, you can run the washer while you’re cleaning the rest of the room, making the whole process a lot less time consuming than it could have been.

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Step 2: Get (Dis)organized

Step two is to get everything moved out of the room so you can do a thorough cleaning job. You won’t be able to get the dusting done with the shelves still full of clutter. This is also a great time to get rid of empty or expired products. If you have a garbage bin in the bathroom, now is the time to take it out, along with anything else you want to get rid of. Once you have everything off the shelves, counters, and cabinets, you can move on to the next step.

Step 3: Dusting and Sweeping

Now is the time for a rough clean of the floor, and a thorough wipe down of the shelves and cabinets. Especially if you haven’t done a deep clean in a long time, dust can build up on shelves, counters, cabinets, and even in your air conditioning fans and heating vents. You can use a broom or dust mop to do the floors and a rag or duster for the raised surfaces. A floor mop like Champion Supplies’ Champion Super Yellow Mop is great for anyone who’s been frustrated with having to constantly ring out mops in the past. This one has an incredibly high absorbency making it great for efficiently cleaning.

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Step 4: Start on the Shower/Tub

Most shower or bathtub cleaners will need to sit and soak for a bit in order to loosen any dirt effectively. So, you want to get started on this while there’s still stuff to do, otherwise, you’ll be left with nothing to do but wait. We went over techniques for different types of showers and tubs earlier, so I won’t bore you by repeating myself. Use whatever cleaners work best for your bathtub, leave it to soak if needed, and then it’s time for the next step.

Step 5: Tackle the Toilet and Other Surfaces

Toilet cleaner is another thing that may need to sit for a few minutes to be effective, so it should be completed right after the tub. While that’s soaking, it’s time to go back to the counters, shelves, and other surfaces for a more thorough cleaning. You already got all the dust off and did a basic cleaning job in step three, but now it’s time to take it up a notch.

If you didn’t use a multipurpose cleaner before, now is the time to break it out. For a bathroom, it’s good idea to use an antibacterial or bleach-based detergent as well. Remember, some surfaces are easy to forget. It’s just as important to use disinfectant towel racks and door handles as it is to clean the countertops. Once you’ve scrubbed all the surfaces, finish up the toilet and it’s on to step six.

Completely clean bathroom.
With the right cleaning supplies, your bathroom will be sparkling clean in no time!

Step 6: Finish the Shower/Tub

Now that the shower cleaner has had a chance to sit and soak, it should be easy to scrape off any dirt, grime, mildew, or mold. Always follow the directions that come with cleaning chemicals for the best results. After the tub is sparkling and shiny again, we can move on to step seven.

Step 7: The Sinks and Mirrors

After the tub has been thoroughly scrubbed, it’s time to do the same to the sinks and their hardware. The fixtures can be wiped down with a microfiber cloth and an all-purpose cleaner or general degreaser to dissolve all the gunk and watermarks. The sinks can be washed with the same cleaner but use a sponge for extra scrubbing power.

Step 8: Finish with the Floor

We already covered the first step of cleaning a floor (sweeping) in step three. Now that we’re almost done with our deep clean, it’s time to put the finishing touches on the floor with a good old-fashioned mop. When it comes to mopping, water is your best friend, but you can add a cleaner if you feel like you need some extra elbow grease. After you’ve done a wet mop, you can go over the floor with a dry dust mop if you want, or just leave it to dry on its own.

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Step 9: Get Reorganized

Now that everything in the bathroom has been freed from dirt, dust, bacteria, and all manner of grime, it’s time to get reorganized. The laundry you started should be done or at least ready to put in the dryer, so get that taken care of first. Next, bring everything back that you took out of the bathroom at the beginning of the job. Now is also the chance to do a bit of reorganizing and refreshing your design if you feel like it too.

 

Top Tips for Effective Deep Cleaning

Now that we’ve gone over the basics of how to deep clean a bathroom, let’s go over some of the best tips for problem areas that you might run into.

Toothbrushes for Hard-to-Reach Nooks and Crannies

Things like sink faucets, bathtub drains, and grout between small tiles can be hard to reach with regular brushes and sponges. My solution is grabbing an old toothbrush to do the job instead. The small head of bristles makes it easy for them to reach into all those hard to reach corners without losing any control or scrubbing power. They can also get the edges of sinks for extra detailed cleaning.

Toothbrush.
Old toothbrushes are great for cleaning the small, hard-to-reach areas of your bathroom that larger cleaning tools can’t get to.

Vinegar and Water for a Streak-Free Clean

There are quite a few window and glass cleaners on the market, but the downside is that they can be kind of pricey. One option for an equal (if not better) homemade glass cleaner is white vinegar, water, and a microfiber cloth. Simply mix one-part white vinegar with 10 parts warm water in an empty spray bottle. You can spray it on a mirror (or window) and then wipe it away with a clean microfiber cloth. It’s a great way to save a little money and reduce the number of harmful chemicals while still getting rid of all the watermarks, toothpaste stains, and dust off your glass surfaces.

Scrub Brush for Grimy Grout

If you’re dealing with extra tough grout stains somewhere like a bath or shower, a tough scrubbing brush can help get rid of the stains left behind after using a sponge or towel. Of course, you could use a toothbrush for these, but when your dealing with a bigger surface area the toothbrush method can be a bit too tedious. A larger scrubbing brush, on the other hand, can give you the leverage you need, while also saving some time.

Wipe the Webs Away

One thing that’s easily forgotten when you’re dusting is the ceiling and light fixtures. You could always get a stool or ladder to reach them, but there’s another, easier way. I like to use a dust mop with a long handle to reach both the lights and the ceiling corners. It’s easy for spider webs and dust to get skipped over when you’re doing a regular clean, but it’s important to get rid of them at least somewhat regularly.

Since you’ll want something with a long handle to help you reach faraway corners, I recommend the Champion Old-Fashioned Dust Mop from Champion Supplies. It has a reusable, electromagnetic shag head that’s great for trapping dust and a wedge design for easy control, even when you’re using it to snag ceiling corner spider webs.

Clean bathroom with tub and sink.
When cleaning your bathroom, don’t forget to get the dust off the ceiling and ceiling fixtures. The Champion Old Fashioned Dust Mop is excellent for this.

Scrub Under the Toilet Rim to Get Rid of Odors

Cleaning the toilet probably everyone’s least favorite chair, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on it. One place that’s easy to forget is under the rim of the toilet bowl. Every time you flush the toilet, water, and in turn, germs, are pushed across the surface. When it’s not thoroughly scrubbed, bacteria and other nasty microbes can find start growing and cause unpleasant scents. Make sure you get some of the toilet bowl cleaner under the rim and don’t forget to follow it up with the brush before flushing again to avoid any of these issues.

Final Thoughts

Deep cleaning a bathroom may seem like a major project, but when you have a well-thought-out plan, you can get it done in no time. Bathrooms can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house, so knowing how to clean one effectively is a necessity. Hopefully, these tips gave you a clear step-by-step guide to get you started on building your own bathroom cleaning schedule and routine. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you again soon with more cleaning tips!

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