Anyone can grab a rag and start to clean the bathroom but this type of bathroom cleaning isn’t going to produce good results. Cleaning toilets, tubs, showers, and floors takes a little knowledge and a lot of elbow grease. Whether you’ve chosen to hire a cleaning company to do the bathroom cleaning or you’re doing it yourself, there are certain basic you need to know.

Put the rag down for now and let’s start with learning how to not cross contaminate the surfaces in the bathroom.

Cross Contamination With Bathroom Cleaning

If there’s any place in your house that gets really gross with germs and bacteria, it’s the bathroom. Lurking germs can move from surface-to-surface if you’re not careful during the bathroom cleaning.

You can’t just grab a rag and start cleaning everywhere or you’ll cross contaminate the surfaces with bacteria as you move to another area.

Cross contamination happens when you use the same rag, wipe, sponge, paper towel, or other cleaning tool on multiple surfaces. When you clean your bathroom:

  • Use one cloth to clean only the bowl and seat of the toilet
  • Use a different cloth to clean the top of the toilet tank lid and flush handle
  • Use a different cloth to clean only the sinks
  • Use a different scrub brush to clean only the shower and tub
  • Use a different cloth to shine the faucets and other shiny fixtures after they’ve been cleaned
  • Use microfiber cloths instead of cotton – they’re designed to hold bacteria rather than spread it
  • If you use mop buckets, use them only to clean the floors

Areas In Your Bathroom That Need Sanitizer

Using a sanitizer during bathroom cleaning is a must. While many people wonder if vinegar is okay, you’re going to need a real sanitizer to kill germs and bacteria on the surfaces. This doesn’t mean you have to use chemicals! You can purchase a “green” disinfectant and sanitizer with no chemicals.

Sanitize these surfaces of your bathroom (Don’t forget to use the tips above about cross contamination!)

  • Entire toilet
  • Entire shower and tub
  • Entire sink
  • Flooring
  • All faucets, spouts, and shiny surfaces

Chemically Treating Mildew

Mildew is a common problem in bathrooms because of the regular humidity generated by hot water. You can choose to use a mold killing chemical or go green by using distilled white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide on the moldy surfaces.

Mildew spreads when it’s growing in a moist and dark place by releasing spores into the air. If you don’t take care of the mildew, it will continue to spread. Be sure you treat the mildew or mold in your bathrooms!

The Difference Between General Bathroom Cleaning & Deep Cleaning

Whether you’re doing to bathroom cleaning yourself or planning to hire a cleaning company, it’s good to know what the differences are between general cleaning and deep cleaning.

For one, you’ll want to set up a regular schedule for the basic bathroom cleaning and a monthly schedule for the deep cleaning if you’re doing it yourself. If you’re hiring, you’ll want to know what tasks a cleaning company will consider deep cleaning.

Every company is different about what’s included in their basic package, so make sure you ask for details. For the bathroom, deep cleaning usually includes:

  • Wastebaskets cleaned and sanitized
  • Tile grout scrubbed
  • Extra attention to the shower door soap scum
  • Individual cleaning of collectibles and decorative items
  • Door and frame cleaned for fingerprints
  • Dusting light bulbs and fixtures

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