Whether you love or loathe it, cleaning your bathroom regularly is essential. It is one of the most-used rooms in the home, and without a regular bathroom cleaning routine, bacteria, limescale, soap scum build-up and mould can become a real problem in your space. Developing a regular cleaning routine will not only keep the area hygienic, but can also help ensure that your fixtures and fittings stay in great shape for years to come, as well as improving the quality of the time you spend in the bathroom. To make things easy, we have broken it down and provided tips on how to clean every aspect of your bathroom, from your bath and shower to your toilet and sink.
How often should you clean your bathroom?
Weekly is best. It’s important to clean your bathroom regularly, which means getting out the rubber gloves at least once a week. It’s also a good idea to schedule in a monthly deep-clean to target any areas that are missed in your weekly routine or need a little extra attention.
NOTE: To speed up your weekly clean, get into the habit of wiping any spills or water marks as they occur. Find out how to get rid of watermarks.
How to clean your bath
Cleaning your bath or shower is usually the trickiest and most time-consuming job, so it’s a good idea to get it out of the way first. Baths and showers require weekly cleaning to prevent the build-up or unhygienic scum or soap residue.
Wipe down your bath with a purpose-made bathroom cleaner and soft cloth. If you live in a hard-water area, you might need to use a limescale-combating bathroom cleaner too.
How to clean your shower enclosure and tray
Dirt can quickly build up within the shower enclosure when it not cleaned on a regular basis. Over time, hard water and soap scum can develop making your shower unsightly and even hazardous with the residue making the floor tray slippery.
On a weekly basis, wipe down your shower tray with a purpose-made bathroom cleaner and soft cloth. To ease up the process, install a Mira shower tray with in-built BioCote® technology, which helps to reduce bacteria and mould growth by 99.9%. To keep your shower tray looking pristine, each time you shower, pour hot soapy water around the tray and then wipe with a cloth, and try to avoid using gritty or abrasive cleaners. For your glass shower doors, a simple glass cleaner and microfibre cloth can be used to leave it gleaming.
Find out more about how to clean a shower.
How to clean your showerhead
This doesn’t need to be part of your weekly routine, but on a monthly basis, descale your showerhead. If you live in a hard-water area and limescale is a problem, consider choosing a shower that helps to fight this. For example, many of our electric showers feature Clearscale Pro™ technology, which can reduce limescale build-up by up to 50%.
How to clean your bathroom tiles
Tiles are a key part of the bathroom; they are the centrepiece to the decoration and style of the room. As they cover the majority of the space, a lack of regular cleaning can result in a large and laborious task. On a weekly basis, simply wipe them down with an all-purpose cleaning product, but once a month you’ll need to use a bit of extra elbow grease and come armed with an old toothbrush to clean your grout. To make the monthly deep clean simpler, leave a cleaning solution on for 30 minutes beforehand to loosen the stains, making them easier to remove with the toothbrush.
For an even quicker clean, consider installing wall panels instead of tiles – you won’t have to worry about discoloured or mouldy grout, and wall panels tend to be easier to wipe down too.
How to clean your toilet
Cleaning your toilet doesn’t need to be unpleasant, especially if you keep on top of it, giving it a clean at least once a week. Pre-treat it with a purpose-made toilet cleaner: place the cleaner in the bowl and leave for a few minutes while you get on with the rest of your routine. When you’re ready, scrub the bowl with a clean toilet brush and wipe the seat, lid and outside with an anti-bacterial cleaning product. Don’t forget to wipe down the flush, too.
How to clean your bathroom sink
Over the course of a week, your bathroom sink can quickly become grimy with soap scum, toothpaste build-up, and bacteria. To make cleaning your bathroom sink a quick and simple process, spray on a bathroom cleaner and leave it for a few minutes. Once the cleaner has broken down tougher stains, you should be able to wipe your sink clean with minimal effort.
To keep taps shiny, polish with a microfibre cloth and glass cleaner. Be sure to check that your chosen cleaning product suits your taps first, as some bathroom cleaners can damage certain metals.
How to clean your bathroom mirror
Toothpaste splatters on the mirror can quickly make your entire bathroom look dirty, so keep it sparkling with regular cleaning. The best way to clean your bathroom mirror is with the tried and tested solution of white vinegar and water, and a soft microfibre towel. Find out more about how to clean your bathroom mirror.
How to clean your bathroom floor
When it comes to your bathroom cleaning routine, your floors should always be the last thing you do. To quickly clean your bathroom floor, use a purpose-made floor cleaner and mop with clean water. For smaller rooms, it may be easier to use a large sponge instead of a mop.
There you have it, a straightforward weekly bathroom cleaning routine, with the odd monthly task for a deeper clean too. For more tips on creating and maintaining the perfect bathroom space, keep exploring the Mira Showers blog.