How To Deep Clean Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is the most vulnerable place in your house where dirt, stains and bacteria can accumulate quickly. Hence, a regular weekly clean isn’t enough to keep your bathroom spick and span. You’ll need to undertake a deep clean at least once a month for your bathroom to regain its original splendour and elegance.

Before you start deep cleaning your bathroom, always follow these two precautionary measures: open the windows (if any) and wear safety hand gloves.


How to Deep Clean the Bathroom Floor Tiles?

How To Deep Clean Floor Tiles

 

Not all bathroom floor tiles need the same treatment. You should be watchful about making a mistake because you can easily cause more damage than good. We will examine how to deep clean different types of bathroom floor tiles.

1. Marble, Granite and Other Natural Stone Floor Tiles

Most floor cleaners contain alkalines, acids or other chemical ingredients that can damage the surface or gloss of marble, granite and other natural stone floor tiles. A neutral floor cleaner is safe for natural stone tiles because it does not damage surface treatments such as sealants or wax polish or surfaces that have been crystallised. This floor cleaner has been specifically formulated to deep clean natural floor tiles. Follow the two steps below:

Step 1

Remove loose dirt by sweeping/vacuuming the floor thoroughly.

Step 2

Take half a bucket of water (approximately 10 litres) and mix the floor cleaner in dosage/dilution as per the manufacturer’s directions. Mop the bathroom floor with this solution. Take a separate bucket of plain water and rinse the floor mop regularly. (For a genuine deep clean, use a scrubber that gets into grout lines, recesses and corners.)

Alternatively, you can use an automatic scrubber that, as good as, replaces the traditional mop and bucket. You can use this lightweight scrubber to apply the cleaning solution after mixing it with water in the recommended dosage/dilution. And in one pass, you can scrub and dry the bathroom floor as this cleaning solution is a low-foaming product.

Check the dirty water container of the scrubber when you empty it. If the water you discard is too dirty, do a second pass.


2. Ceramic and Porcelain Floor Tiles

Both ceramic and porcelain floor tiles are resilient and offer a hard-wearing finish for your bathroom floor. These tiles are stain-resistant and easy to maintain. However, you need to avoid using abrasives such as steel wool and scouring pads on ceramic and porcelain floor tiles as the tile surface can get damaged. Also, avoid using chemical cleaners that contain ammonia, bleach or acids.

Step 1

Remove loose dirt and dust by sweeping/vacuuming the floor thoroughly.

Step 2

Take 5 litres of water in a bucket and mix it with approximately 2 litres of vinegar. Saturate the tile surface with this water-and-vinegar mixture using a mop. (Alternatively, you can use a commercial cleaner and mix the floor cleaner in dosage/dilution as per the manufacturer’s directions. Also, you can use an automatic scrubber to save time.)

Step 3

Wait for a few minutes, but don’t allow the cleaner to dry.

Step 4

Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the floor, focusing on stained areas. (If scrubbing the floor is not something you enjoy, use an electric floor scrubber.)

Step 5

Rinse the floor thoroughly with warm water.

Step 6

Wipe the floor dry with a microfiber cloth or clean towel.


3. Luxury Vinyl Floor

Luxury vinyl flooring is renowned for its low maintenance. Bicarbonate of soda is the number one choice for deep cleaning vinyl flooring. Avoid using scourers on vinyl floor tiles as the tile surface can get damaged permanently.

Step 1

Remove loose dirt and dust by sweeping/vacuuming the floor thoroughly.

Step 2

Take 1 litre of warm water in a bucket and mix it with one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda. Alternatively, you can use a mild detergent. (Don’t soak or wet the floor. And don’t use a steam floor mop as the high heat can damage the vinyl flooring.) Use a well wrung out soft mop to wipe the floor. (Alternatively, you can use luxury vinyl floor cleaner or any cleaning agent that is suitable for use on Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring and follow the manufacturer’s directions.)

Step 3

Using a damp cloth dipped in clean water, wipe the floor thoroughly.

Step 4

Wipe the floor dry with a clean, soft towel.


4. Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is a modern kind of flooring that provides greater structural stability compared to solid wood flooring. This stylish and practical flooring enhances the aesthetics of your bathroom. Another feature of this trend-proof flooring is it can last for decades unless there’s a fire or flood in your home. A commercial cleaning product specifically designed for deep cleaning engineered wood flooring is the ideal choice.

Step 1

Remove loose dirt and dust by sweeping/vacuuming the floor thoroughly.

Step 2

Use a sponge mop or rag mop to apply the cleaning solution you have chosen on the floor. Wet the mop with the cleaning liquid and wring it out. Mop the entire bathroom floor, focusing on stained areas.

Step 3

Use a different damp mop dipped in fresh water to wipe the floor. Repeat this step to ensure you have cleared the last traces of the cleaning solution off the floor.

Step 4

Remove any remaining moisture on the floor by wiping it dry with a clean, soft towel.


How to Deep Clean Bathroom Grout?

How To Remove Bathroom Grout

 

Grubby grout can bring down your bathroom instantaneously. And deep cleaning bathroom grout can be a nightmare, especially if the colour of the grout is light. But getting the grout to appear clean and hygienic again need not be a difficult task. You can also stop the problem from recurring by carrying out this deep cleaning process once a month. Simply follow the steps detailed below.

Step 1

Mix bicarbonate of soda with water to make a thick paste. Use an old toothbrush to rub this mixture on to the dirty grout. You can really speed up this task by fitting an old head to your electric toothbrush. Make sure you work the homemade mixture well into the grout.

Step 2

Fill a spray bottle with equal measures of vinegar and water. (Vinegar is a safe and powerful cleaning solution that’s been used for ages.) Spray this mixture over the paste you applied on the grout. The reaction for tackling grout is swift. Bubbles start forming on the thick mixture.

Wait for 5–10 minutes.

Step 3

Scrub the grime gently using the toothbrush. Rinse well with water. Repeat this process until the grout is back to its original colour.

If the stain on the grout is stubborn, you can use a drill brush with stiff bristles or a deep clean brush for quick results. This special multi-purpose brush is very effective for cleaning even the most stubborn stains on grout. Save yourself tons of time by using this 4-piece drill brush to turn a tough task into an easily manageable one. And the effort needed to clean the grout is a tiny fraction of what’s required when you scrub with a toothbrush.

Note: While vinegar does not damage ceramic tiles, it can stain marble and granite tiles quickly. Hence, avoid using vinegar on natural stone. Instead, use a cleaner that is designated as safe for natural stone.

Best Practice: Grout is porous and vulnerable to bacterial growth. Hence, using a grout sealer once in a year will prevent grime from infiltrating it.


How to Deep Clean the Bathtub?

How To Deep Clean Bath Tub

 

Like bathroom floor tiles, bathtubs are also made of different materials. And due to this reason, not all bathtubs need the same treatment. If you use the wrong cleaning solution, you could easily cause more damage than good. We will examine how to deep clean different types of bathtubs.

1. Acrylic and Fibreglass Bathtubs

Unlike other bathtubs, acrylic and fibreglass bathtubs are lightweight, durable and require minimal maintenance. You can deep clean both these bathtubs using simple cleaning solutions. However, you should avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring powders because abrasive cleaners will scuff or scratch the surface of these materials.

Step 1

Mix baking soda with warm water. Prepare a dilute solution.

Step 2

Apply this mixture gently on the bathtub with a non-abrasive applicator. A soft cloth, sponge, or brush made of polyethylene, nylon, or polyester can be used.

Step 3

Apply a thicker paste of this mixture on stubborn areas. Alternatively, you can make a paste by mixing vinegar and baking soda. You can apply this thick paste on stubborn areas.

Step 4

Wet the surface of the tub and gently rub with a soft cloth, sponge, or soft nylon brush.

Step 5

Rinse the cleaned surface thoroughly. Ensure no cleaning residue remains.


2. Cast Iron Bathtubs

Don’t let the name deceive you. Cast iron bathtubs are some of the finest bathtubs available today. They are meticulously designed and produced by handpicked craftsmen. But deep cleaning a cast iron bathtub demands care and caution. Avoid using abrasive cleaners such as steel wool and scouring powders as these harsh products can damage the enamel on the surface. And don’t use acidic products and vinegar because they can also wear away the enamel.

Step 1

Choose the right enamel cleaning solution. Test on a small area of the bathtub first.

Step 2

Pour or spray the cleaning solution on a soft towel or sponge and clean from one end to the other, leaving all accessories until last.

Step 3

Scrub at stubborn stains until they fade away.

Step 4

Rinse the bathtub thoroughly after you have finished cleaning.


3. Natural Stone Bathtubs

Natural stone bathtubs radiate beauty and luxury. While these artfully shaped bathtubs are elegant, deep cleaning them can be time-consuming because they’re usually carved from a single block of stone. Use a bathtub cleaner that does not contain harsh chemicals or scouring agents.

Step 1

Pour a few drops of a concentrated bathtub cleaner on a soft towel or sponge.

Step 2

Rub the cleaner over the surface of the bathtub using small circular motions. Clean the outer surface first. Begin at the front (head) end and move towards the back (legs) end. Repeat this process on the inner surface as well. Ensure that the overlapping circles cover the entire surface of the bathtub.

Step 3

Rinse the surface completely with clean water. Repeat the previous step to ensure no trace of stains remains on the bathtub.

Step 4

Use a soft cloth to dry the surface of the bathtub after you finish.


How to Deep Clean Shower Enclosure Including the Shower Tiles/Tray?

How To Deep Clean Shower Enclosure

 

Getting your shower enclosure to look spick and span is vital. Only then your shower will be a pleasant place in which you can look forward to enjoy spending your downtime. But soap scum can build up quickly in every area of your shower enclosure – shower door, chrome fixtures, shower head, shower tiles, shower tray and shower drain. Let’s look at the best way to deep clean each one of these shower enclosure accessories.

Note: Before you begin deep cleaning the accessories in the shower enclosure, remove toiletries, toys, shower mat and anything that’s not fixed. Open the bathroom windows, switch on the extractor fan and leave the door open.

1. Shower Door

Note: Avoid using scouring pads or abrasive cleaners on glass shower doors as these products can cause permanent scratches on the glass surface.

Step 1

Heat half a cup of undiluted vinegar for 30 seconds in a microwave. Fill a small spray bottle with this warm vinegar. (Alternatively, you can use a commercial shower glass cleaner.)

Step 2

Mist the outer side of the shower door. Allow the sprayed vinegar to stand for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Wear rubber gloves and scrub the sprayed area with a sponge or soft plastic bristle brush.

Step 4

Rinse the cleaned area with water. Repeat the previous two steps to achieve a truly deep clean.

Step 5

Mist the inner side of the shower door and repeat the previous three steps.


2. Chrome Fixtures

Step 1

In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of water and vinegar and shake well.

Step 2

Spray onto the surface of the chrome fixtures in your shower enclosure. (Alternatively, you can use a liquid chrome cleaner.)

Step 3

Scrub carefully with a non-abrasive sponge.

Step 4

Use a microfiber towel to wipe the chrome fixture clean.


3. Shower Head

The shower head can quickly accumulate lots of stubborn grime. Vinegar is the best cleaning solution for chrome as well as brass shower heads.

Step 1

Take a plastic bag that’s large enough to fit over your shower head. Pour white distilled vinegar into this bag until it’s half full.

Step 2

Place this half-filled bag over the shower head and ensure it is fully submerged in vinegar.

Step 3

Use an elastic band to hold the bag securely in place.

Step 4

Allow the shower head to soak well in the vinegar for several hours or even overnight. (If you have a brass shower head, don’t let it soak for more than 30 minutes.)

Step 5

Remove the bag and dispose of the vinegar safely. Turn the water on for a few minutes to flush out the mineral deposits inside the shower head.

Step 6

If the build-up is intense, use an old toothbrush to scrub the shower head, focusing on the base. Turn the water on once again to flush out any residue. Rinse and repeat if needed.

Step 7

Use a microfiber cloth to polish the shower head gently.


4. Shower Tiles

Not all bathroom shower tiles need the same treatment. As in cleaning floor tiles, you should be alert to making an inadvertent mistake because you can easily cause more damage than good. We have already examined how to deep clean different types of bathroom floor tiles above. Use the instructions detailed above for deep cleaning the type of shower tiles that matches the floor tiles, as explained.


5. Shower Tray

Since the shower tray is warm and cosy, it’s the perfect host for bacterial growth. Any bathroom cleaner spray is effective in cutting through the grease and grime on the shower tray. But don’t use anything too abrasive as this could damage the surface.

Step 1

Spray the bathroom cleaner on the shower tray. Wait for a few minutes. (Alternatively, you can mix white vinegar with baking soda and apply the mixture on the shower tray. However, you’ll need to allow this liquid to sit for two or three hours.)

Step 2

se a soft, damp mop to clean thoroughly.

Step 3

Rinse the cleaner down the drain with warm water.

Step 4

Remove any remaining dirt deposits by scrubbing with a sponge. Rinse once more with warm water.


6. Shower Drain

Deep cleaning the shower drain is a tough task. But if you don’t do this once a month, it can result in your drain getting clogged and the water in the shower enclosure not draining properly. While a chemical drain cleaner is effective and easy to use, the harsh chemicals can damage your pipes.

Step 1

Remove the shower drain cap. Physical blocks like hair need to be removed first. Use a drain snake for this. Alternatively, you could use a thin wire coat hanger.

Step 2

Wear rubber gloves and remove the initial debris with your fingers. Next, insert the movable end of the drain snake down the drain. As the snake winds down the drain, use a slight twisting motion to move the end forward.

Step 3

Tug upwards slowly. Pull the blocking debris out, and put everything you pull out into a plastic bag.

Step 4

Repeat this process until you’ve cleared all the blockages.

Step 5

This is an extra step. Use baking soda and vinegar to clear any remaining dirt or debris. Pour some baking soda down the shower drain. Follow this by pouring distilled white vinegar. You hear a fizzing sound as the remaining grime and blockages are cleared.

Step 6

Wait for about 30 minutes. Pour half a bucket of hot water to flush the mixture down the drain.


How Much Does it Cost to Deep Clean a Bathroom?

Image to illustrate how much it costs to deep clean a Bathroom

 

Deep cleaning a bathroom is difficult and time-consuming. The cost of house cleaning services varies quite a lot in the UK, depending on the location of your house.

The price for deep cleaning a bathroom depends on the size, the number of accessories and the condition of the bathroom. Also, you may not find a cleaning agency that’s willing to deep clean only your bathroom. Most of the agencies deep clean the whole house for a fixed price. Based on this price, you can fix up a price for deep cleaning only your bathroom.