We all love a clean and hygienic bathroom, but it is quite tough to maintain its cleanliness day after day. The reason is that bathrooms are exposed to water splashes, soap scum and dirt leading to staining and mold occurrence. But, if you are unhappy with your bathroom’s hygiene, here are some of the best tips to clean your bathrooms.
Soap scum, water stains and hard water deposits are the most common issues in a bathroom. In areas where water coming from the taps is hard, mineral deposits are evident on the tile and glass surfaces. These not only appear whitish and rough in appearance, but they also give a very dirty and unmaintained feel to the user.
Problems in a Bathroom
- Worn and damaged natural stone tile and grout may have stains and mould. These occur frequently in a bathroom because it is always wet. There is not enough ventilation in bathrooms and mold thrives in damp areas. Moreover, natural stone tiles are porous. They tend to absorb dirty water and lead to deep-rooted staining, which makes your bathrooms look dirty.
- Cracked tile and grout. This is a common problem in bathrooms and if you ignore the cracks, not only can the sharp edges hurt someone, but the water accumulated inside can also lead to mold breeding.
- Damaged Caulk. Caulk is used to seal shower corners. But most often, crack starts peeling or cracking, making the corners vulnerable to mold and stains. You need to replace the caulk with a stronger corner adhesive that will not crack or peel off.
- Dirty glass shower doors. These forever look stained due to hard water deposits, water stains or soap scum accumulation. Dirty glass doors give a dirty appearance to your bathrooms.
All these are the major problems in a bathroom. We will now discuss how to tackle all these issues step-by-step. Cleaning these areas and then sealing them will not only make your surfaces clean, but will also prevent staining or mold formation for a long time.
Bathroom Cleaning Hacks
- Use a good-quality shower-approved alkaline or neutral based tile grout cleaner to remove all the deep-rooted stains and mold from your tile and grout. Opt for a deep-penetrating cleaner that enters deep within the pores of the porous tile and grout and eliminates all traces of mold, mildew and dense stains. Once you have cleaned your tile and grout with a good cleaner and a good tile grout brush, you will instantly find sparkling walls and floors.
- Once cleaned, the cracks and holes in your tile and grout will become more evident. Bathroom cleaning does not only include cleaning, but also fixing some other underlying issues. If you ignore these cracks, water will accumulate in them soon and lead to mold breeding, which will then spread to the adjacent tiles. You can repair these damages with a good-quality epoxy/resin adhesive that covers cracks, holes, pit and hairline fractures in just one coating. Opt for a tile adhesive that does not look bulky.
- Once you have cleaned your tiles and grout, it is time to seal them to prevent re-staining. You should opt for a premium-quality grout sealer first. Do not ignore sealing grout separately because the moisture present in the grout will give a hazy appearance beneath the tile sealant.
- Once your grout is sealed with an epoxy grout sealer, it is time to seal the tile. You can choose a clear resin tile sealant that does not appear bulky and delivers a natural sheen to your tile. Once your walls and floors have been sealed, you have finished most of your bathroom cleaning work. This sealing will now prevent your bathrooms from getting stained and dirty at the root.
- After dealing with tile and grout, it is time to deal with glass doors and glass shelves. First clean your glass surfaces with a glass cleaner that will not cause etching and also remove all the stains easily.
- Next, seal the glass doors to prevent re-staining. Sealing creates a water-proof layer on the glass surfaces, thereby preventing stains from hard water, soap scum or water dots.
- Finally, you can maintain your tile, grout and glass surfaces using maintenance cleaners that can easily remove the superfluous stains and give your bathrooms the shine they deserve.
- Once you have cleaned the major hard surfaces in your bathrooms, you can dust or wipe your planters, toiletries and other accessories that you have installed or placed in your bathrooms.
This way, if you follow a step-by-step regime to clean your bathrooms, you will not have to struggle with dirty bathrooms ever. Deep cleaning and sealing will solve your problems by half and then you will only have to wipe off superficially to remove the top-settled stains or dirt.