Spring cleaning originated as a way to wipe away the dark, gloomy, and stuffy days of winter. You could finally open the windows again without getting hypothermia, and you could let all of the warm fresh air into your home. This was also a great time to get rid of everything in your home that doesn’t suit you. The traditional areas of the home that make up most peoples spring cleaning checklist include the kitchen, bedroom and living spaces. But what about the bathroom? This area gets just as dirty, in fact, in most cases even dirtier than most other locations in a home.
We’re compiling an updated spring cleaning checklist with everything in your bathroom that you should pay extra attention to.
Take all of your dirty linens such as towels, washcloths, shower curtains, etc. out of your bathroom. Give them a thorough wash and put them in a clean basket where they can stay until you are ready to put them up later.
Towels and shower curtains especially collect a lot of moisture, and if they aren’t cleaned and dried frequently, then they tend to collect an abundance of germs, bacteria and even mold. Yuck. So while this is an essential part of your spring cleaning, you should add it into your weekly cleaning routine as well.
The toilet was a pretty obvious addition to the bathroom spring cleaning checklist. When cleaning your toilet, make sure you clean the top, bottom, sides, inside and outside. Start with the inner toilet bowl, let some toilet bowl cleaner soak for a few minutes and then scrub it with a toilet brush. Then wipe the toilet down starting from the top of the tank and working down all the way to the base.
Remove all medications and toiletries from medicine cabinets, drawers and counter space. It’s easier if you just take them out of the bathroom altogether while you’re cleaning. Then, proceed to wipe out all the drawers, cabinets, shelves, medicine cabinet and counter space in the bathroom. Because your bathroom generates so much moisture on a daily basis, it’s important to clean and eliminate all of the gunk, residue, and bacteria that collects in the bathroom. Pay special attention to hard to reach cracks and crevices.
When you step out of the shower you likely drip water all over the floor, which then combines with any dirt or dust already on the ground. Over time this will create a dirty looking surface in your bathroom. Even if you have rugs, the dirt might be hidden better, but it’s still there. To clean your rugs, take them outside and give them a good beating and then washing. While they are out of your house, wipe down all of the baseboards and floors with a disinfectant solution or vinegar and paper towels. Once this step is done, move on to sweeping and mopping your floor.
While this is quite disgusting to think about, it’s necessary to understand that every time you flush your toilet, microbes end up circulating through the air. This bacteria typically ends up on the floors or on the walls of your bathroom, which is why it’s so important to clean the walls with disinfectant.
Additionally, don't forget your ceiling and light fixtures! Since these are typically out of your line of vision, you don't think about cleaning them. Dust the corners of the ceiling, and air vents, paying special attention to any cobwebs.
For anything that goes beyond spring cleaning, like repairs and maintenance, don’t hesitate to call the experts at The Plumbing Authority. We’ll make sure that your bathroom sparkles from top to bottom this spring and functions at the highest level. Give us a call or visit our website for more information on our services!