How to clean your bathroom
The average person can tolerate a growing collection of dust balls
under the bed or a drawer full of tarnished flatware in the sideboard.
But a grimy bathroom is another story. The bathroom should be cleaned
once a week, and even more frequently if it gets heavy use from a large
Fortunately, most bathrooms are made of materials that are easy to
keep clean. Tile and porcelain surfaces are stain-resistant if dirt and
scum are not allowed to build up on them. Make it a firm rule in your
home to rinse out the tub or shower stall immediately after you use it.
Spray water from the shower head on all interior surfaces, then lather
soap onto a damp sponge, swish it around the tub or stall, and rinse.
These are but a few of the bathroom-cleaning guidelines we'll present
in the following article. Cleaning the bathroom isn't a chore most
people look forward to doing, but if you follow our instructions, this
all-important room will sparkle...for a while, anyway.
Bathroom Countertops and Basins
Bathroom countertops are sloshed, splotched, and splattered with
everything from hair spray to shoe polish. In most homes, countertops
are made of materials that can stand up to the assault: ceramic tile,
plastic laminate, and cultured marble. These materials are durable and
easy to clean. Here are some suggestions for doing just that:
Cultured marble: Cultured marble resembles real marble, but it is a
lot more versatile and much easier to care for. Avoid using abrasive
cleaners and steel wool pads, because they will scratch the surface,
making it difficult to keep clean.
Plastic laminate: Plastic laminate is made of thin layers of plastic
superimposed on craft paper and overlaid on particle board or plywood.
The colour of most plastic laminate is only in the top layer. The
glossy, matte, or textured surface is also laid on. A light application
of furniture wax will protect and brighten laminate surfaces.
To clean plastic laminate, use a two-sided scrubbing pad with fiber
on one side and a sponge on the other. Moistened slightly with water,
the fiber side is just abrasive enough to loosen greasy smears and other
Turning the scrubber over, use the sponge side to wipe the surface
When a spot or stain persists, sprinkle baking soda on the spot and
scrub gently. If this doesn't take care of the problem, apply a
polishing cleanser with a wet sponge.
Now that your countertops and basins are shining brightly, it's time
to move onto your mirrors, which take their fair share of day-to-day
A Basic Bathroom-Cleaning Mixture
Here are the ingredients for a cleaning solution that should work
throughout your bathroom:
Mix 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1/2 cup ammonia, and 2 cups warm water
and use for everyday cleaning.
Be sure to wear rubber gloves and use in a well-ventilated area.
For a bathroom cleaner without the ammonia, mix 16 ounces baking
soda, 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid, and 1 cup warm water.