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The Fantastic Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Let’s face it; the bathroom is nobody’s favourite room to clean in the house. Even though it’s among the smallest, the chrome and ceramic surfaces can be an absolute pain to clean. And that’s before we even mention the dreaded limescale, which is a constant plague in our bathrooms. 

This is why we asked the Fantastic cleaners to share some of their expertise with you. In this checklist, we’ll cover the supplies you’ll need, some amazing tips, and instructions to get your bathroom sparkling. So let’s jump to it!

So if you:

  • Have a bathroom in need of a deep clean;
  • Are in need of some expert advice;
  • Want to clean the bathroom as efficiently as possible;

Then please, read on! 

Bathroom cleaning supplies list

Let’s get started at the basics; making sure you have everything you need to carry out a good clean. We recommend keeping all of your bathroom cleaning supplies in one place, whether it be in a box under the kitchen sink, or in an unused bathroom cabinet. This makes it easier whenever the bathroom is in need of cleaning, as you’ll have everything conveniently at hand. 

Without further ado, here’s what you need:

  • Cleaning Products: all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, tub and tile cleaner;
  • Microfibre cloth;
  • Mop and bucket;
  • Sponge;
  • Toilet cleaner;
  • Hard bristle brush;
  • Broom;
  • Hoover;
  • Rubber gloves. 

If you don’t have any all-purpose cleaners, vinegar and baking soda will be your best friend. A combo of vinegar and baking soda can work wonders on the toilet bowl, as it can remove tough stains and smells. Not to mention, vinegar mixed with some water is effective at removing limescale, due to its high acidity. Not just for your fish and chips.

Bathroom cleaning checklist

A quick tip before we get started; work from the top of your bathroom down. This makes the cleaning of the bathroom much more efficient, as any dirt or grime that falls when you dust the light fixtures, for instance, you can just hoover later, once you get to cleaning the floor. Without further ado, let’s get onto the bathroom cleaning checklist: 

  • Give yourself some room – Make sure all of your surfaces are clear of any objects. Place any items in a box or basket until you’re finished cleaning. 
  • Apply your chosen cleaner to surfaces – Spray the sink, shower, bathtub and toilet with the cleaner and allow some time for it to soak in while you’re cleaning. 
  • Time for some dusting – Make sure to give every nook and cranny a wipe over and remove any dust. Don’t forget your light fixtures, shower curtain pole, extraction fans and countertops. 
  • Sink, shower, bathtub and toilet – Now that the cleaner has had time to work its magic, you can start scrubbing away the stains. Use a sponge, or hard bristle brush to remove mildew on tough stains. Be careful when cleaning any chrome fixtures, as you can scratch the surface if what you are using is too abrasive. A gentle touch is best here. 
  • Now for the floor – Unless you’ve got a particularly large bathroom, this shouldn’t take much time at all. Simply hoover or sweep any dust and debris around the floor. Once that’s done, mop the floor and remove any stains. We find steam cleaners work especially well on hard flooring, though a microfibre mop will suffice if you don’t have one.
  • Clean the mirror – Use your glass cleaner and microfibre cloth. Simply spray and wipe, making sure to remove any streaks or stains that have appeared over time. Keep a dry cloth handy so you can remove any leftover liquid or streaks.  
  • The finishing touches – Now to get your bathroom sparkling. Grab your microfibre cloth and start buffing your chrome fixtures. Once that’s done, give your surfaces a final wipe over just to ensure you haven’t missed anything. 

How to clean hard water stains

Water hardness refers to the concentration of minerals within the water, like magnesium and calcium. Hard water is commonly found in cities across the UK, but especially so in London. And unfortunately, it can wreak havoc in the bathroom, leaving awful brown streaks on ceramic surfaces, or water spots on glass. Thankfully, hard water stains are easy to get rid of with a solution of water and vinegar. 

Simply mix one cup of warm water with one cup of vinegar and put it into a spray bottle. Fully saturate the affected area with the mixture and leave it to soak for around 15 minutes. Once that’s done, simply wipe away with a microfibre cloth. For deeper set stains, you may need to repeat this method. 

Hard water stains on glass 

If you’ve got a shower, no doubt you’ll see the effect of hard water on the glass, as it leaves spots and soap scum deposits behind. Simply use an all-purpose glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth to remove the stains. For the more stubborn stains, you can make a paste with baking soda and vinegar. Simply mix three parts baking soda with one part warm water and stir well. You should be left with a thickish paste. Apply the paste on the most stubborn stains and leave for fifteen minutes before wiping. 

Removing limescale from chrome 

Limescale is enough to make you shudder. It’s common knowledge that it’s among the hardest stains to remove from taps. Thankfully, it’s easier than you might think and you can do it without any strong chemicals: 

  • Take an acidic liquid like vinegar or pure lemon juice (bonus points if you mix them together);.
  • Soak an old cloth in the mixture;
  • Place the cloth on affected chrome area;
  • Make sure the cloth is making full contact with the chrome;
  • Leave it for around an hour, then remove the cloth and wipe the surface down.

As you can see, it’s not too difficult to remove limescale stains from chrome fixtures. The above method  also works for more difficult-to-clean bathroom fittings, like the showerhead. Simply unscrew the showerhead and leave it in the solution overnight. Come the next morning, just wipe it over with a dry cloth to remove any leftover limescale and liquid.  

If you’ve noticed lower water pressure in your water faucets and shower over time, then you might want to check that they aren’t clogged with limescale deposits. This is especially true if the affected area hasn’t been cleaned from limescale for a long period of time.

Cleaning the grout 

Another chore that we could all do without is cleaning the grout between tiles. Now, while this doesn’t need to be done every month, it’s best to keep on top of it. The longer grime is left to harbour in between the tiles the harder it is to get rid of when it is time to clean. 

  • To start, simply use warm water with a hard bristle brush to remove the surface stains on the tile and grout. 
  • For more stubborn stains, spray some vinegar over the area and leave it for about 10 minutes before scrubbing the surface with a brush. 
  • Stains still there? Rub the baking soda and vinegar paste into the grout and leave for around 15 minutes. Once done, attack the grout with the hard bristle brush. 

As you can see, we really advocate the use of vinegar and baking soda in cleaning, but for good reason. It works wonders on tough stains, especially in the bathroom. Plus, it’s always better to use natural ingredients, rather than chemicals that can not only affect us but the environment, too.

Need help cleaning your bathroom? 

Cleaning a bathroom is never an easy job and often takes a fair amount of time to complete. Time that can be better spent with family or friends. So, why not leave the job to us at Fantastic Services? 

We’ll send a cleaner to your property, who is armed with the experience, knowledge and tools to clean any home to the highest standard. No mess is too big or too small for the cleaners to deal with. So, contact us today for a professional home cleaning service!

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Takeaways

  • When cleaning your bathroom, work from the top down. It’s the most efficient way of cleaning.
  • Don’t forget small areas like extraction fans and shower rails that can be a trap for dust.
  • Baking soda and vinegar are excellent cleaning agents to use in the bathroom. 
  • Be careful when scrubbing some fixtures and surfaces. Scrub too hard and you may scratch and damage them. 

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We hope you found our bathroom cleaning checklist helpful. For any other useful tips or questions, feel free to leave a comment with us below.

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