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Tips To Clean And Touch Up Your Bathroom To Make It Look Sparkling New

Updated on April 25, 2013
gather all you cleaning equipments before you start cleaning
gather all you cleaning equipments before you start cleaning

Have a clean and sparkling bathroom

Who doesn’t like a bathroom that looks squeaky clean and sparkles like it’s been newly fitted. The bathroom requires a regular cleaning, and if not done regularly it gathers all the mold and dirt that needs to be scrubbed off really hard. Excessive scrubbing also leads to scraping or depletion of the topmost layer of the fitting, be it the basin, bathtub or the bathroom tile. One scrubbing and the shine wears off to make the bathroom look used and old.

The first and the foremost step to be followed to keep your bathroom good and clean is to let the windows open and leave the door open every day for some time, so that fresh air can circulate through the bathroom. Let some sunlight seep in. It will control mildew formation and the damp bathroom will feel dry and fresh.

Try to keep the bathroom clean by doing it bit by bit every day. If primary cleaning is carried out every day you won’t require a week end cleaning programme you can do it monthly.

Wear your gloves while you clean to protect your hands and keep them soft and smooth
Wear your gloves while you clean to protect your hands and keep them soft and smooth

Follow this before you start cleaning your bathroom.

Before you start cleaning make sure you wear a pair of gloves. All the cleaning and scrubbing should be done wearing these. Do not sacrifice your of smooth beautiful soft manicured hands for the sake of a clean bathroom : ))

You can use the hand shower to spray water and clean thoroughly
You can use the hand shower to spray water and clean thoroughly
Acrylic/enamel spray
Acrylic/enamel spray

Cleaning the bath and shower fixtures

Vinegar is the probably the best and safest cleaner to be used in the bathroom. Now if your shower head has too much of mineral deposits that even the holes are clogged fill a plastic bag with some undiluted white vinegar and tie it up on the shower such that the shower head is dipped into the vinegar. Leave it in this position for the night and remove and clean in the morning. The shower head will be sparkling clean.

Spray some cleaning liquid on the bath and shower screen and foam a little by scrubbing with a sponge. Wash away the residues with water and clean with a squeegee or use a newspaper to clean the wet screen. A similar method can be used for the mirrors in your bathroom or anywhere in the house.

Cleaning the bath tub can be tedious. Get into the bath tub and clean. Vinegar or baking soda would be great to use. Scrub the bath with a soft scrubber to avoid any scratches. If the tub has any scratches or broken chunks they can be handled easily with the bath tub finishing products. You can just seal up the broken place and spray a light coat of Original Cramer acrylic/enamel spray. Buy the one that matches with the exact shade and shine of your tub. The bath tub will not only look clean but there will be no sign of damage and you can enjoy a renewed bathroom.

Use an angled brush with a long handle to clean you toilets
Use an angled brush with a long handle to clean you toilets

Cleaning the toilet

The toilet brush that you use for cleaning the toilet should be long handled and slightly angled. It will help you reach every corner and clean efficiently. Put in some borax in the toilet bowl and let it be there over night. Clean in the morning with the toilet brush. After the cleaning wash the bowl with water. You can also use baking soda instead of borax. Use bleach only when the stains are too tough to get rid.

baking soda
baking soda

Cleaning the basin and counter top

Before you start with your cleaning remove all the clutter from the counter top. The counter top generally collects lot of hair and soap scum. While you clean your counter top also de-clutter it by throwing away items like empty lotion bottles, empty tubes and other useless stuff. Do not let the hair and other substances except the soap scum go into the basin. Mix some baking soda and dish wash liquid in some warm water and use it to clean the counter top. You can also soak a sponge in the liquid and clean the counter top and similarly the basin. Also clean the fittings.

For unclogging the basin and other pipes and drainages pour 1/4th cup baking soda and then one cup vinegar. Let it be for some time so that it releases the clogs and then pour boiling water over it to wash it down the drain.

Vinegar
Vinegar

Cleaning the bathroom tiles

Use a soft bristled brush to clean the tile grout. The brush can also be dipped in bleach. Thus bleach will be used only on the grout leaving the tiles alone. Extensive mold formation on the tiles can also be cleaned with the use of vinegar. Pour some vinegar into the corners to get rid of stubborn mold, accumulated dirt and other stain in the corners. You can scrub the bathroom tiles with a soft scrubber.

Keep two sets of curtains and use them alternate every month so that you can wash them every month. Vacuum the bathroom rugs and mats as well. The bathroom accessories such as the tooth brush holders, soap dishes should also be cleaned. A regular cleaner would suffice for these smaller accessories. The soap dish already has some soap scum accumulated it. That soap scum itself can be foamed up and used to clean the soap dish. Spray the bathroom with a freshener so that it smells good.

If your baths or any other fittings start looking old or chip off at places and you cannot afford to replace then use the DIY sealers and polishes available in the market after you have finished cleaning the bathroom. Touching up the fittings will make them look good and make the bathroom look new.



acrylic/polyester/fiberglass polish
acrylic/polyester/fiberglass polish

Other ingredients and mixtures that can be used for cleaning

Wear hand gloves and it is preferable to cover your nose while cleaning

• Mix cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste, cover the difficult stains with it and keep for some time. Scrub and rinse off.

• Create a solution of salt and turpentine and rub on the yellowed basin or the bathtub. Rinse off with water. You will get rid of the discoloration and the fittings will look better

• To get rid of rust in the bathroom cut a potato dip in either baking soda or salt and rub over the affected part and then rinse off.

• Lemon is a good cleaning agent and can be added in your cleaning liquids for better cleaning and a great lemony smell.


You can also use various bath and basin ceramic, acrylic, enamel, fiber glass etc polishes available in the market after you clean the bathroom thoroughly and squeaky clean to give it a renewed look

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      JanitorialWeb 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Other janitorial supplies that we use for clean the surface of some places, is the Microfiber Towel is perfect for this type material.

      http://www.janitorialweb.com

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      Raitu Disong 5 years ago

      Great tips..thanks Carrie

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      ha haha!! ya i know, keep the chase on!! and clean the toilets and bathroom only when you get time out from chasing. Use ma tips for sure!! and thanks for the v^,u^,i^.

      -carrie

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      no mac salad 6 years ago

      Hey there carriethomson, great tips, I'm the only person that cleans the bathroom in my house. I'll be using your tips here. I missed this hub, still chasing you know... v^,u^,i^.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi steph! agreed! baking soda and vinegar is hit combination. last time i also used it to clean the kitchen stove and it turned out great!! thanks for the visit and voteu ps!!

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Carrie,

      What a great hub! Who doesn't love a clean, sparkling bathroom. I'm a big fan of using vinegar and baking soda. Rated up!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey thanks formosangirl!! yup these tips and some hard work will help you get a super clean bathroom.

      carrie

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      formosangirl 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Lots of great tips. Hope to try them. Great hub.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey nell!! yes the newspaper is the best when it comes to glass. bath screen, window panes, mirrors and even while cleaning the car!! thanks for dropping by and leaving a note!

      carrie

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey ubani thank you for visiting!! glad you found it intresting.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I had totally forgotten about the newspaper trick! my mum used to do that! what great info, thanks!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      This is really interesting, useful and informative. Well done!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey Dexter!! Thank you for saying that!! Your comment is really appreciated :)) Thank you so very much for the vote up:))

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      oh yes dolores air circulation is a very important thing for the bathroom. Most of the bathrooms smell because of lack of ventilation and fresh air. i just hate to use such smelly toilets. thank you for leaving a note.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Chatkath! I know you definitely do. The daily cleaning requires less efforts as compared to a vigorous weekly or monthly cleaning and keeps the bathroom really well maintained :)) Some people Just don’t understand the importance of daily cleaning!! M glad you do :) thank you for the vote up!!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the comment and vote up tirelesstraveller!! much appreciated.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi OM!! thank you for the visit and commenting! best of luck to get rid of all the rust in your bathroom :))

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi simone!! thank you for the wonderful comment!!may your bathroom shine and sparkle like never before :)))

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey LOLs DRBJ Queen :)) of the loo ooh. ok the Queen part was flattering!! Doubt if queens ever clean bathrooms:((

      thank you for the comment and have a happy time cleaning the loo.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ingenira! Bleach definately kills bacteria and other germs. It is also popularly used to clean the bathrooms but i personally dont like to use bleach so much, i fell it reduces the shine of the fittings.

      thank you so much for visiting and appreciating the tips

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Carrie! I bookmark your hubs because when I need advice on bathrooms, you are my go-to person. Great information! Voted up, up and away!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I loved how you included one of my favorite cleaning tips - open the window for some fresh air! I like to leave the fan and light on for awhile after a shower, hoping to get rid of the dampness that can introduce mildew and mold.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Good job carrie! I already follow some of your tips :-) I try to do a little each day so it never gets really bad, like I always wipe down the shower after I am done to avoid water and mineral deposits on the tile and curtain, etc. Thanks for sharing these essential cleaning "hints"

      - Voted up and useful Of Course.....

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      I use all these things and they work beautifully. Voted up and useful

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Very interesting. I'll try using a potato to get rid of rust! Thanks for these nifty tips. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I'll be putting these great tips to work this very Saturday, carriethomson! Thanks so much for the simple and helpful guide!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      carrie - you are most definitely Queen of the Loo, and I mean that in the nicest way. With this cornucopia of bathroom cleaning tips that you have provided, we can all have a loo that we are proud to exhibit. Thank you. My bathrooms thank you, too.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Some interesting tips for me to try, just what I needed.

      If I use the bleach to clean the stubborn toilet bowl stain, won't that kill the bacteria in the sewage tank ?

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey larisa!! glad to know you found it useful!! enjoys a clean and fresh bathroom :)) thanks for visiting

      carrie

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      Larrisamillerr 6 years ago

      Nice article, After a-log time I got something useful Tips To Clean bathroom form carrie

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      HI K9keys thank you so much for the comment. Its much valued and appreciated :))

      carrie

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      What a great tip for cleaning the shower head of mineral deposits, this was may favorite of the many helpful tips. Nicely laid out and presented with good images.

      Cheers~

      K9

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