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Spring Cleaning the Bathrooms
Let’s finish up the wet rooms today by Spring cleaning the bathrooms. I like to gather my cleaning needs in a basket or caddy. I use a spray disinfectant cleaner, a mineral remover (I use one called LIME-A-WAY), a small cleaning brush, a grout brush, and a microfiber cloth. And I also use paper towels, so I can throw them away after cleaning the really bad areas.
This is not my favorite place to work up a sweat, but I do love to see the clean shiny surfaces when I’m done.
Quick Preparation Before Cleaning
First, I gather the laundry, including throw rugs. If there’s enough, I run it to the laundry machines and get it started.
Next, I remove anything that should be in another room. Trash goes into the wastebasket, which I set into the hallway to be emptied when I’m finished. And, lastly, I put away anything that is left out in the room where I’m working.
This clears the way for a blitz clean.
Start the Cleaner Working
Using the plunger, I pump the water down the pipes in the toilet bowl. The mineral remover is sprayed wherever the water tends to leave mineral deposits and left to soften them.
Next, I spray disinfectant cleaner on the vanity top and into the vanity sink. Since the cleaner also works on the faucets, I spray them too. I continue on to spray the bathtub and/or the shower walls, so all can soak as I work.
Adding the Elbow Grease
I go to the mirror and, using a damp microfiber cloth, I clean the mirror and any other glass that’s showing. If there is some sort of grease or soap scum, I might use some glass cleaner with a paper towel to get it off. I always finish with the microfiber cloth, though.
Then, I tackle the vanity and sink itself, starting with a wet cleaning brush. I scrub around the faucets, getting as close as possible to the area where the faucet and the vanity top meet. If you have a bowl-style sink, then be sure to clean around the edge of the bowl, too.
Next, the shower receives a bit of cleaning love. Usually I just wipe it clean with my microfiber cloth, since I spray it with shower rinse after each shower. I do give the shower floor and drain area more attention, using a brush or scrubby, since it is textured. Any grout that is discolored is scrubbed with the grout brush and bleach water, then rinsed and wiped dry. If there is a lot of discolored grout, I seal it after cleaning it well.
Finally, going back to the toilet, I wield the bowl brush with vigor, scrubbing the bowl under the lip as well as all visible parts. I flush, rinse the brush in the clean water, rinse the plunger in the clean water, and flush again. I polish the outside of the toilet with a wet scrubby, being sure to get all the indentations and curves, and following up with the paper towels to dry.
Happily Finishing Up and Resting
The floor area, thankfully, is small. I sweep then spray it with the disinfectant. Finally, I use a sponge mop to wipe it up. I clean up my tools and put them away, while hanging used microfiber towels to dry until I can do a load of them in the laundry.
When the floor is dry, I put out new towels and a new rug. Occasionally, I’ll transfer a pretty little plant into the bathroom to add freshness. Then, I happily have a sit-down with coffee and a book. Enjoy this part of Spring cleaning! I do.