Cleaning your fixtures regularly is key for bathroom upkeep.
Cleaning Your Bathroom Fixtures
Your large bathroom fixtures generally include four to five main fixtures. These fixtures are your bathtub/shower, sink and/or vanity, toilet and mirrors. All of these fixtures are extremely important to clean regularly due to their generally daily heavy use. Keeping your bathroom accessories clean is important in keeping your bathroom clean as a whole. If these fixtures are kept clean, the your bathroom becomes more comfortable and a more pleasant place to be multiple times a day.
Cleaning Your Bathtub
Although bathtubs are becoming less common in bathrooms everywhere, many bathrooms still include alcove bathtubs, commonly in the form of bathtub/shower combinations. To keep your bathtub clean, there are a few things you can do. A popular way to make a homemade cleaning solution is by making a water and vinegar solution (make sure you use white vinegar). You will want to make this solution half vinegar and half water to get the most effectiveness out of it. After the solution is made, put it in a spray bottle for easy application. Spray the solution on your bathtub and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes passes, get a soft cloth or a sponge and wipe down your entire bathtub. After that, rinse your bathtub with water, ensuring that the entire surface is rinsed. Finally, take a dry cloth and dry your bathtub. You can repeat this as many times as you see fit, but if done correctly, only one cleaning should do just fine. If you want to remove any tough stains, using baking soda on those stains can help remove them. Put baking soda on the stain, then spray the water and vinegar solution on it. Let it stand for at least 30 minutes and then go on with the same process as before.
Cleaning Your Shower
After every use, dry your shower with a towel, leave a window open for ventilation and leave your shower curtain or door open to allow the humidity to release from your shower area. If your shower includes a fiberglass interior or a material similar to a conventional bathtub, use a similar method as you would in cleaning a bathtub. You want to be as thorough as possible due to the many crevices that come with a tile surface. For your cleaning solution, the most effective method is a shower tile cleaner that you can find in a cleaning section of many stores. It is recommended that you use a higher end cleaner with a solid reputation. If you decide you use a vinegar solution, you have to be careful how you are using it. It will work fine on a fiberglass surface, but it can be harmful to some tile surfaces, such as travertine or any kind of stone. Spray your cleaner on your tile and the scrub your tile thoroughly, removing all grout and dirt form your shower’s surface. As for your shower door, you can clean it in the same manner as many other glass surfaces. You can dry the shower door and use a glass cleaner and a cloth to clean your door.
Cleaning Your Toilet
Your toilet gets more use than almost every fixture in your bathroom rivaling your bathroom sink. You want to be especially thorough when cleaning a toilet because of this. The toilet has a lid, toilet seat, the rim, the bowl and the entire surface of the toilet. First, make sure the toilet is flushed. This may seem obvious but it is possible to overlook this. Next, add your preferred cleaning solution to your toilet. There are many different possibilities for cleaning solutions, so it is ultimately up to you on which route you want to go here. After the cleaner is in the toilet, scrub your toilet with a toilet brush or similar tool. Keep in mind that you want to be very thorough when you do this. Let the cleaner soak in your toilet for around 10-20 minutes. While you are letting the cleaner soak the inside of your toilet, you can focus on the outside of your toilet. You can use all purpose cleaner or a vinegar solution to clean your toilet, and dry it when you finish. Afterwards, open your toilet and clean the rim of your toilet. Then you can give your toilet one last scrubbing with your toilet brush. Finally, flush your toilet to wash everything down.
Cleaning Your Sink
As previously mentioned, your sink gets arguably the same amount of traffic as your toilet, maybe even more. To clean your sink, you can use a similar method as the other fixtures in your bathroom. You can use an all purpose cleaner or a vinegar solution along with a sponge or microfiber cloth to clean your sink. Spray your solution on your sink and let it sink for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes pass, you can rinse your sink and dry it off. Not only do you want to make the surface of your sink clean, but you want to make sure your drain is unclogged as well. You can purchase a drain snake for relatively cheap or you can use a homemade hook or pipe cleaner to remove any drain clogs. You can also use a drain unclogging solution to remove any built up grime that is stuck in your drain. For your faucet, you can keep up with its cleanliness by using disinfectant wipes on it at the very least once a week.
Clean fixtures are what make your bathroom a comfortable environment that you will be happy to use every day. Generating a fresh and clean environment can make you happier overall and make the start and end to your day exactly the way you want it.