Step-by-Step Bathroom Cleaning

Keep your bathroom spick-and-span with our helpful cleaning tips. We have ideas for maintaining high-traffic bathroom areas and cleaning the most common bathroom surfaces.

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Bathrooms have a tendency to get really gross, really fast. Stay ahead of the game by carving out a little time each week to clean. This handy, step-by-step guide will help you tackle some of the major traffic areas and properly clean different bathroom surfaces.

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Sink

Don't let toothpaste gunk build up. Use general-purpose spray cleaners or mix vinegar and water, then scrub a mildly abrasive cleanser or baking soda paste on grime. Don't use abrasives on scratchable surfaces.

Toilet and Toilet Bowl

Everyone's least favorite chore just got easier. Spray the exterior of the toilet with general-purpose cleaner or vinegar and water. Sanitize the bowl with antibacterial toilet cleaner or 1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon water.

Showerhead

Keep your shower in tip-top shape by regularly removing gunk. To remove lime, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Attach over the showerhead with a rubber band. Wait 1 hour; remove bag of vinegar and turn on water to flush. Polish with a soft cloth.

Tub and Faucets

You want to soak in a clean tub, not one filled with spots and grime. Clean with general-purpose cleaner, vinegar and water, or baking soda paste. Use stain-removing cleanser on rust. If you have a porcelain tub, don't use undiluted bleach because it can pit the surface.

Bathroom Surface Cleaning Guide

Different surfaces call for different cleaning methods. We break down the best solutions for the most common bathroom surfaces. 

  • Marble and granite: Vacuum and damp mop to remove dirt and grime. Do not wax or polish stone. Don't use acidic products as they may etch the stone.
  • Glazed tile: Wipe with a mild detergent and clear water. Do not wax or polish; glazed tiles will become dangerously slippery, especially if wet.
  • Vinyl: Use manufacturer's recommended cleaner or a mild vinegar and water solution. Use polish only if recommended.
  • Slate: Vacuum this sturdy tile to pick up dust and grit. Mop with a slightly damp mop. Never let water pool on the floor.
  • Unglazed or terra-cotta tile: Sweep to reduce dust before mopping with mild detergent and water. Rinse twice to avoid film buildup, and buff with a dry cloth.
  • Laminate: Damp mop with a mild detergent. Don't wax or polish.
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