If you want to be able to clean your bathroom quickly, you will need to ensure you clean it often, even daily. The longer you leave it in between cleans, the more dirt and grime it is going to accumulate and the longer it is going to take you to remove the dirt and clean the room properly. Furthermore it may mean that if you get a last minute visit you won’t have time to make the bathroom look respectable, whereas if most of the things are already clean you can just have last minute tidy up of things like hanging towels, wiping the toilet and putting some bleach down etc.
- Open a window in the bathroom each day, and leave it open for as long as you can, keep the blind or curtains open to. The sun and the fresh air will help dry the bathroom quickly reducing the chances of mould forming. In the winter when it is too cold to open the window, put the heating on to dry the bathroom out.
- Wipe the bath and shower down after each use, using a cloth or a towel, wipe away all the extra moisture leaving your bath clean and dry. Clean your bath and shower facilities properly each week.
- After you have used the shower the curtain will remain wet, therefore, to dry it out after you have finished in the shower close the curtain, this will prevent any mould from forming. Further to this, hang wet towels to dry them out. Wet towels are a breeding ground for bacteria, given that they are warm and moist, drying them out means you take away the bacteria’s home.
- Every week you should clean the rings off the side of your bath. You usually find these under things like shampoo bottles and shower gel bottoms, where the oily product has retained a ring of water underneath it. To prevent this try cleaning off the bottles after every use.
- Clean any bath toys you have, as you can use any harsh chemicals in case this causes illness to your child, the best thing to use is vinegar. Soak the toys in vinegar and rinse them off in water, let them air dry. Do this monthly.
- Clean your toilet and your sinks daily.
- Clean things like taps, tiles and grouting each week to ensure they are kept clean.
- Clean the floor of the bathroom once or twice a week with a suitable detergent.
- If you have any non-slip mats or child seats in your bath that you use daily, you will need to clean these at least weekly, as they retain water which creates a layer of grime, this them comes off in future baths if you don’t clean it away. To help prevent this pull up the non-slip mat or lift out the child seat and hang or position it so that the water drains off and it can dry thoroughly.
If you do all these cleaning jobs regularly then you won’t need to worry when someone calls you last minute to say they are going to pay you a visit. All you will need to do in your bathroom before the visitor arrives is:
- Put anything personal away, this includes things like medicines and creams and feminine products.
- Clean the toilet bowl and add some bleach, make sure the seat of the toilet is clean.
- Make sure that the sink is clean and put toothbrushes and toothpaste out the way. If you have any fancy looking soap, replace it with the normal soap
- Make sure the towels are hung up and are clean and dry and do anything else that is glaringly out of place.