Life can be hard on your bathroom. Your medicine cabinet can turn into an overflowing storage bin. Your cabinets can become black holes. Mirrors get covered with so many toothpaste splatters you sometimes aren’t sure if you rubbed in all your moisturizer or not. And after a winter-long hiatus from cleaning the shower, you might have forgotten what color its walls really are.
While it might not be the most enjoyable task in the world, the good news is a deep clean can restore your bathroom to its original glory. To make the task less daunting, we’ve broken it down into individual, easily accomplished steps.
Just work your way through this list and you’ll be able to restore your bathroom’s original beauty.
Start the decluttering process by putting your dirty clothes and all the towels sitting out in the hamper. This will instantly remove a massive amount of the ‘stuff’ cluttering your bathroom. Then, gather all the belongings which should be in another room and put them in a box outside the bathroom. Finally, take a large trash bag and toss all items that are expired, practically empty or things you’ve never used for years.
Clear Items Out
Take a look around. Chances are there are things in your shower and on your countertop. Remove them from the bathroom. Your trashcan by the toilet? Remove that. Rugs on the bathroom floor? That goes too. If it’s not attached, it’s gets removed.
This takes decluttering to the next level. Work systematically through each cupboard and drawer, removing every item, sorting it into donate, keep, and toss piles. Once you’ve emptied each space, wipe the interior with a damp microfiber cloth. Then wipe any of the ‘keep’ items and return them to their homes.
Take Down Everything
Draperies on the window? Take them down and wash them according to the factory directions. Shower curtains? Take it down. In some instances, you may need to replace the items, but more often than not, they just need a good clean.
Dust from the Top Down
Mold and moisture may be the biggest culprits of bathroom scum, but dust is a real issue too. It clings, particularly up high. So, start at the top of your bathroom. Remove fan vent covers. Wash them in soapy water and allow them to dry completely before returning. Use a damp cloth to wide down any fan blades and vacuum any of the nooks and crannies.
Using a long-handled dusting tool, dust the top corners of your walls. Dust your ceiling and window casings. Dust any shelves and then move to the baseboard.
Add Cleaner to the Toilet Bowl & Shower
Just because ‘spring cleaning’ can be a lot of work, doesn’t mean you have to work any harder than necessary. Add your toilet bowl cleaner to the toilet bowl and close the lid. Add shower cleaner to the shower walls and floor. Walk away. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
Spray & Clean the Mirror
While you’re letting the toilet and shower cleaner do their thing, spray window cleaner on all the mirrors in your bathroom. Using a microfiber towel, wipe down the mirror using an ‘S’ motion, working from the top down.
Scrub the Toilet
Using a toilet bowl brush, scrub the toilet. Flush the toilet. Rinse the toilet bowl brush and use the toilet seat to hold the brush head end suspended over the bowl for 10 minutes.
Wipe Down Base of the Toilet
Using a damp microfiber towel and some disinfecting spray, wipe down the base of the toilet, making sure to clean even the back of the toilet.
Rinse & Scrub the Shower
Rinse the shower cleaner completely. Often the cleaner will have done most of the heavy lifting. Then, use a fresh, damp microfiber cloth and some disinfecting spray o clean the door jambs and any other small nooks and crannies.
Wipe Down the Vanity
Using a microfiber cloth and disinfecting spray, wipe down the vanity – including the sink. Make sure to remove all soap scum and makeup spills that may have accumulated.
Mop the Floor
Using a mild soap, mop the bathroom floor. Make sure pay close attention to the corners, where dust and grime often cling. Allow the floor to dry completely.
Replace and Enjoy
Replace all the items you’ve removed that you plan to keep. Then, enjoy your clean bathroom!