How To Deep Clean A Bathroom

How to clean deep a bathroom? How professionals do it? How can they do it that fast? Is it actually clean?
Can I learn to do it?

Sure you can!

Bathroom cleaning can be a daunting or disgusting task, and no one likes to do it. But as the saying goes, sometimes you do what you want to do. The rest of the time, you do what you need to do. So, let’s do it!

STEP 1 - Make A Checklist

As in any other area, we’ll start with a walk-around. If your bathroom is not big enough for a “walk-around” (like mine), then let’s keep it to a look around. We’re doing here what we, here at Springify, call “reading the room”. We’ll go about it in more depth in a future post, but mainly it consists of looking at the room like you would read a book, left to right, top to bottom.

Look for everything that needs to be done. Make a checklist. It will be easier to remember everything if it is written down. “Read” one wall at a time, then the ceiling, and lastly, the floor.
This process allows you to know what needs to be done. With that knowledge, it will be easier to know what tools you’ll need!

Springify - How to clean a bathroom checklist

I’ll leave here the checklist used by all our cleaners at Springify for you to download.

STEP 2 - Grab Your Tools

Each bathroom will need its own tools, but for the sake of this exercise, we’ll do a full Deep Clean Checklist, which is the checklist we use in every Deep Clean service we do at Springify.
Here is a list of all products we’re going to use. I’ve carefully selected these products for their properties and because they’re easy to find. All links are from Amazon Australia.
You don’t need the exact same products that I am listing. However, pay special attention to the cleaning products. The ones I selected are efficient against several types of harmful bacteria. I’ll create other posts explaining in detail how to choose the best cleaning products for you and your family in the future.

A must-have when dealing with chemicals.

Always wear eye protection when dealing with chemicals.

This one includes the extension pole. Find the one that suits you and your pocket best.

This one is effective against Salmonella, E.coli, MRSA, Listeria, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus.

This one kills E.coli, an odour-causing bacteria.

I’m putting the fancy one here, but you can often find cheaper versions at Aldi and Bunnings.

Some say that CLR does remove soap scum. Still, personally, I have better results using a dedicated product.

Any non-scratch scrub spong will do.

No need to be fancy here. Go for the cheapest one that works.

Any will do. It’s always good to set up a colour system for your cloths to avoid cross-contamination.

Any will do.

Any will do.

Springify - Sabco scrub brush for tiles and other surfaces

I personally prefer the full arch ones for better grip, but any will do.

Be sure to use the fancy one. Just kidding, use yours and buy a new one for your teeth.

I couldn’t find a good one on Amazon, so here’s a link for Bunnings.

I love these spinning mops and buckets. So much easier to use.

We’re also going to need toilet paper or paper towels.

If you don’t need or don’t want to use everything we listed here, no problem! Follow along and find what works best for you! Alright, next step!

Here’s the list again in the text if you want to copy it.

  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Cobweb duster
  • Multi-purpose disinfectant
  • Toilet bowl gel
  • CLR
  • Soap Scum Remover
  • Non-scratch scrub sponge
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Toilet brush
  • Grout brush
  • Scrub brush
  • A toothbrush
  • Toilet paper or paper towel
  • Broom
  • Bucket and mop

STEP 3 - Take Everything Out (as much as possible)

Usually, people don’t have that much stuff lying around in their bathroom, which is a good thing!

Get a small box and move as much stuff out of the bathroom as possible. It’s not uncommon for people to have chairs inside the bathroom, and we can get these out as well. Spray some disinfectant multi-purpose in a microfiber cloth and clean the chair while you’re at it.

It may be a good idea to clean/wash and dry everything as you’re taking them out of the room. Hair products, toothbrush holders, etc.

If you have a soap dish, leave it in the sink. We’ll apply some products since it usually has lots of soap scum or that mucky gunk in them. Yikes!

STEP 4 - Ventilate The Room As Much As You Can

I cannot stress how important this step is. Fumes from cleaning products may be harmful or even deadly. Of course, we will not mix dangerous chemicals. Nonetheless, be safe and open all windows and turn on the exhaustion fan if you have one!

Springify - How to clean yourh bathroom STEP 2 - ventilate the bathroom as much as possible

STEP 5 - Look Up! Cleaning the Ceiling!

It’s easy to forget to clean the ceiling of a bathroom. Use the cobweb duster with the extension pole to reach high areas and clean the exhaustion fan as well! Be careful with lamps, and remember to turn the fan off before cleaning it. Turn it back on once you’re done!

Springify - How to clean a bathroom - ceiling, lights and exhaustion fans

STEP 6 - Start With The Toilet Bowl

Spray your disinfectant multi-purpose all over and around the toilet bowl. Include the lid on top and under the seat, and don’t forget the base bowl as well! We want to cover the whole bowl with cleanser!

After that, use the toilet gel cleaner inside the bowl. Remember to use a product that does not contain bleach. We are using products that may contain ammonia, and mixing it with bleach results in chloramine gas, which are deadly.

If your toilet has stains, it is better to use the bleach-based product another time.

Once the bowl is covered with the products, we’ll let it sit for a few minutes while we clean the rest.

STEP 7 - Let's Soak The Soap Scum

Springify - soap scum example. Soap scum stains on the floor

Soap scum is one of the nightmares of bathroom cleaning. It once was, but not anymore! There are heaps of specialised products to remove soap scum on the store shelves.

As an alternative, you can mix bi-carb soda (sodium bicarbonate) with enough vinegar to make a paste. The acidic pH of the vinegar (2.5) should break down soap scum easily.

Apply the product, or the homemade paste, on the shower area, including glass, showerhead, tiles, grout and handles. Let it sit while you finish the rest. We’ll come back to the shower later.
Continue to apply the product to the basin, drain and tap handles. These spots are known to hold soap scum buildup.

Springify - sink covered in cleaning products - soap scum remover
Springify - bathroom tap covered in cleanser - soap scum remover

Soap Scum Remover With Bleach Is A Bad Idea

When choosing a Soap Scum Remover, I recommend staying away from products that contain bleach in the composition. It can be listed as Sodium Hypochlorite. These products usually promote whitening or mould removal as well. They’re not a good idea for two reasons.

Reason Number 1

Bleach can stain copper and stainless steel. If you have those materials in your shower, then bleach is a no-no.

Reason Number 2

The second reason is that we’re dealing with lots of cleansers here. Some of them might contain ammonia. As I explained on STEP 5, the combination of ammonia and bleach results in chloramine gas. Nasty, deadly stuff. Stay away.

Here are two links with further explanation on what is Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach), how it works as a disinfectant and its dangers.
New Jersey Department of Health

STEP 8 - How To Clean A Shower

For the inside of the shower booth, use the sponge with the harsh side for tiles. Use the soft side for glass and other materials, as we don’t want to scratch the glass or the coating of the metals. For the floor tiles, use the scrub brush and for the grouts, use the grout brush. Rinse everything to get rid of all the cleanser.

Springify - scrubbing the wall tiles

You can also use the sponge in the sink, but for the tap handles, use a toothbrush to scrub the small crevices and the part that touches the sink or wall. For the rest of the handles, use a microfiber cloth only, as we don’t want to scratch the chrome.

After you finish rinsing, use a squeegee to get rid of the water inside the shower cabin. For everything else, dry with microfiber cloths. As a result, the shine will finally come out!

STEP 9 - Calcium Deposits (optional)

Suppose some stains on the glass or chrome parts, like tap handles or showerhead, were not removed by the soap scum remover. In that case, they are calcium deposits left by water sitting for extended periods. Not to worry. Spray some CLR (calcium, lime and rust remover), let it sit for a minute and rinse it off with water. Proceed to dry the part with a clean microfiber cloth.

STEP 10 - Cleaning Mirrors Like A Pro

Mirrors can also have soap scum or even calcium deposits on them. If no stains are visible, you can use glass cleaner or warm soapy water to clean them with a microfiber cloth. Dry it right away with a clean and dry microfiber cloth. Letting water or glass cleaner sit on the glass will cause streaks, which we don’t want, right?

Springify - How to clean a mirror
Springify - drying a mirror

STEP 11 - Let's Finish The Bowl

We go back to the throne! Clean it like a peasant, so you can sit on it like a king!
Jokes aside, use a dedicated toothbrush for the exterior details of the bowl. Then use some toilet paper or paper towels to wipe the outside of the bowl, lid, and seat clean. We recommend using toilet paper so we can flush the paper after. We use eco-friendly, water-based products, there is minimum harm in flushing them down.

Springify - Paper Towel

Paper towels, on the other hand, even the biodegradable ones, will take at least one year to decompose in landfills. They’ll also be openly exposed, with all the cleaning products in them, which can cause all sorts of issues.

If you’re using products that are not eco-friendly, then maybe microfiber cloths are the way to go but reserve these cloths for this purpose only. Avoid cross-contamination!

Springify - how to clean a toilet bowl

After that’s done, Grab the toilet brush and start brushing the water jets on the top part and make your way down until everything is clean. Flush the toilet with the brush still inside to rinse the brush. A good tip is to place the brush between the bowl and seat to let it dry while taking care of the floor.

Springify - how to clean a toilet bowl
Springify - how to clean a toilet bowl

STEP 12 - Put Everything Back In Place

Bring all the countertop and shelf items back into place, leave the floor items out for now. I’ll cover some organisation tips for these items in another post.

Springify - Bathroom organization

STEP 13 - Taking Care Of The Floor!

Broom the floor (or vacuum it) to get rid of all the debris. Then fill your bucket with water and the recommended dosage of disinfectant. Mop the floor, including the shower booth. A tip is to start inside the shower booth, then proceed to mop from the opposite side of the door, so you can finish without having to step where you already moped.

Springify - Mopping the bathroom floor

STEP 14 - Finishing It Up!

Let the floor dry. After that, put back the floor items in place.

Springify - How to clean a bathroom - Complete
Springify - How to clean a bathroom - Complete
Springify - How to clean a bathroom - Complete

Now You Know How To Clean A Bathroom Like A Pro

Rejoice. Now you’re a bathroom cleaning pro! As always, practice makes perfect. You’ll get faster every time you clean your bathroom.

Remember to clean your cleaning tools and put them back in place. This way, they’ll last longer and always be ready to use!

This is the standard procedure used by the professionals at Springify for a Deep Clean of a bathroom. If you keep your bathroom clean, this heavier clean won’t have to be done so often. But, if you’re like me, you can do it every week!

Comment below if how often you clean your bathroom! If you have any questions or want us to cover any other topics, let us know!

See you in the next one!

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