Whether cozy, sleek or luxurious, hotel baths are the perfect getaway. Now you can transform your bathroom into just such an escape. While you may not want to clean your entire bathroom every day, doing small things such as wiping down the counters, faucet and sink, and spot-cleaning the mirror can give your bathroom a daily perk-up. The rest is all in the weekly routine.
Step 1: Vacuum and dust
Work from top to bottom, dusting light fixtures and shelves with micro-fiber cloths before vacuuming floors and crevices.
Step 2: Heat up surfaces
Heating tile and the tub just 10 degrees above the normal air temperature “doubles the effectiveness” of alkaline cleansers. Fill the bottom of the tub with a couple inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap and lets it sit for a few minutes. You can also throw hot water over the tiles, shower and tub.
Step 3: Spray
Drain the tub, then spray an antibacterial cleaner on tile walls, tub, counters, sink, toilet and floor. Work from top to bottom, starting at the top of shower walls, and spraying down to the tub and inside the toilet bowl.
Step 4: Spread
Use a sponge or cloth to spread the cleanser around evenly on tile surfaces.
Step 5: Sit
Disinfectants need contact time in order to work. Let the cleanser sit for five to seven minutes inside the toilet bowl and on surfaces.
Step 6: Scrub
Use a scrub brush or nonscratch abrasive pad to scrub every square inch of the tub and tiles. Most housekeeping experts swear by Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, especially for hard-to-remove gray rings inside the tub.
Step 7: Rinse
The chemicals in cleansers are designed to attract soil and particles. If you don’t rinse after spraying your cleanser, dirt is going to stick to it and build up and be even more troublesome.
Step 8: Dry
Use clean, dry cotton cloths or rags to thoroughly dry all surfaces. You can even use color-coded cloths for cleaning blue for glass and mirrored surfaces, yellow for the toilet, and pink for tub and sinks. That way, you never make the mistake of wiping off the sink with a cloth that was used to dry the toilet.
Step 9: Glass and mirrors
Spray the mirror and other glass with a glass cleanser and wipe dry.
Step 10: Floors
Exit out of the bathroom by rinsing, wiping and drying the floor.