A guide on how to clean your bathroom accessories.
- Towel Bars and Hooks
- Toilet Paper / Brush Holders
- Soap Dispensers
- Other Accessories
Many times when a bathroom is getting cleaned, people focus too much on their main fixtures while overlooking their smaller bathroom accessories. These accessories include towel bars, hooks, toilet paper holders, soap dispensers and other complements to your bathroom. Keeping your bathroom accessories clean is important in keeping your bathroom clean as a whole. In addition to that, many of your bathroom accessories are in “high touch” or “high traffic” areas, meaning that many people or any given person is going to be touching the accessory many times in a short period of time. Fixtures such as sinks, vanities, bathtubs, showers and toilets are larger fixtures that usually get their own attention and generally are not overlooked. It is important to note that there are definitely correct ways to clean bathroom fixtures. If you you incorrect cleaning supplies you could end up damaging some of your beautiful bathroom fixtures, hurting them both visually and functionally. Once you have all of the right materials to keep your bathroom clean, you will want to maintain cleanliness as well as possible. It is important that you keep your bathroom accessories just as clean as your main bathroom fixtures.
Towel Bars and Hooks
Towel bars and hooks are in many bathrooms and usually get used every day. The towel bars in this conversation are the ones that hold towels that are used for showering and hand washing. A common way to clean towel bars and hooks is by simply using an all purpose cleaner and a wet rag to wipe down them down and then dry them afterwards with a dry cloth. One way to indirectly keep your towel bars and hooks clean is to keep up with the washing and cleanliness of your towels. Often times, people will hang wet towels on their towel bars/hooks, which isn’t a bad thing, but if they are kept there for too long, the wear on bars and hooks starts to increase. This isn’t a major issue however, being that many towel bars and hooks are made with material that protects them from any serious water damage. Many towel bars are made of chrome, so keeping them shine is essential in making your bathroom in top shape. As a side note, although towel bars may not come in direct contact with somebody’s hands, the spread of germs is still a definite possibility, especially if wet towels are being hung up to dry.
Toilet Paper / Brush Holders
Toilet paper holders are generally composed of one of two materials. Those materials are mainly plastic or metal. Plastic toilet paper holders are more common in bathrooms, both commercial and household. To clean a plastic toilet paper holder, it typically as easy as wiping it down with a disinfectant wipe or using soap and water to quickly clean it. Metal toilet paper holders can be treated the same to an extent, but the fact that there are several different types of metal there will be slightly different method to cleaning each material. Similar to towel bars, you can use a multipurpose cleaning solution and a rag to clean them. Toilet brush holders fall into the category of “high-touch” or “high usage.” If you keep up with the cleaning of your toilet, this accessory will usually be dirty. Considering this is where you keep your toilet brush, you want to keep this accessory especially clean to prevent a buildup of mold or anything similar. In addition, keeping your toilet brush holder clean, along with all of your other accessories, keeps your bathroom smelling good as well.
Soap dispensers are typically ignored when in the conversation over which bathroom accessories need to be cleaned. You want to keep your soap dispensers clean inside and out, The reason you want to keep your soap dispenser clean on the inside is because of the following reason. If you neglect to clean the inside of your soap dispenser soap will start to dry and solidify inside of your soap dispenser if it is left there for too long. This causes your dispenser to have less volume so to speak, because that buildup is taking up too much space. This means that you will find yourself purchasing more soap to refill your dispenser, causing you to buy more soap, essentially wasting money. You want to keep the outside of your soap dispenser clean simply for the fact that it helps make your whole bathroom look cleaner. It’s the little things and details that make your bathroom look clean overall. It is also good to keep it clean because it falls into the category of a “high touch” accessory. Many people are going to using your soap dispenser, so you want to make sure it is clean in order to prevent germs from spreading around easily.
All aspects of your bathroom should be consistently clean in order to make your bathroom a comfortable and healthy room in your house. Keep in mind that not only do you want to make sure the above accessories are clean but the more obscure accessories of your bathroom are clean as well. This can include wall decorations, waste baskets, tissue box covers, stools or benches, trays and anything else you can think of. Many of these accessories, like the others, can be touched by many people, especially tissue box covers, stools, benches and waste baskets. It is important to know which accessories are necessary to your bathroom design and which ones you want. Prioritize including necessary fixtures in your bathroom so that your bathroom isn't cluttered and hard to clean. As long as your organization is efficient, you can include the accessories that you want. The best thing about bathroom accessories is that the selection is so large, that you have the freedom to select just about anything for your bathroom design. As a side note, you should also keep your bathroom as dry as you can when you aren't using it, so that no condensation buildup occurs. If there are large buildups of condensation, your accessories and fixtures could be damaged in the long run.
One of the most important things to remember for your bathroom, is upkeep and cleanliness. The smaller accessories in any bathroom are sometimes overlooked, causing people to not worry about how clean they are. Cleaning bathroom accessories is important for preventing the spread of germs and keeping your whole bathroom clean. Because so many of these accessories are used so often by sometimes multiple different people, it is in your best interest to keep them as clean as possible. Overall, a clean bathroom is a happy bathroom.