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Bathroom Cleaning Step by Step

Keep your bathroom spic and span with our helpful cleaning tips.

Bathroom cleaning is easy if you take it step by step. Here are our suggestions for tackling some of the major traffic areas.

  • Sink: Use general-purpose spray cleaners or mix vinegar and water. Scrub a mildly abrasive cleanser or baking soda paste on grime. Don't use abrasives on scratchable surfaces.
  • Toilet and Toilet Bowl: Spray the exterior 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: To remove lime, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Attach over the showerhead with a rubber band. Wait 1 hour; remove vinegar, turn on water to flush. Polish with a soft cloth.
  • Tub and Faucets: Undiluted bleach pits porcelain. Clean with general-purpose cleaner, vinegar and water, or baking soda paste. Use stain-removing cleanser on rust.

Bathroom Surface Cleaning Guide

  • 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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