How to clean a bathroom

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How to clean a bathroom


  • Bathroom cleaner

  • Antibacterial spray

  • Toilet cleaner (remember, no bleach)

  • Floor cleaner

  • Limescale remover (Viakal is recommended)

  • Window/glass cleaner

  • Microfibre cloths 

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Mop and bucket

  • Rubber gloves

  • Toilet brush


  • It’s always a good idea to start in any room with a general tidy up. In the bathroom this might mean putting toothbrushes and toothpaste away or returning bottles & sprays etc. back to their rightful home.

  • Next, we’re going to dust. As with all rooms in the house start high and finish low, so as not to dust onto previously cleaned areas. You can use a microfibre cloth to dust accessible areas, and a feather duster for areas outside of standing reach.

  • It’s now time to wipe surfaces - you guessed it, working high to low. Start with mirrors (using a glass cleaner spray) or shelves that are highest, and then work down to sinks etc. that are waist height, and finally finish off with any surfaces below this. Don’t forget that the exteriors of cupboards need to be wiped too. Remember the details, like the knobs on any cabinets, as well as the toothbrush holder.

  • When cleaning the sinks, check the plug and taps for any limescale. If there's limescale there, use a limescale-remover like Viakal to clear it. You just need to spray, wait a few minutes and then rinse off. Buff dry for a sparkling finish.

    Top tip: Before using any limescale remover, make you’ve properly read the instructions and don't use these near any sensitive materials like marble or natural stone. 

    If you'd like more information on how to remove stubborn limescale, click here.

  • Next, move on to cleaning the bath and/or the shower. Shower screens and bathtubs should first be sprayed lightly with limescale remover and rinsed. Be super careful not to use limescale remover near any sensitive materials that may be around the shower & bath.

    The shower screen should then be sprayed with glass cleaner and buffed for a streak-free finish. 

  • The bath should be wiped with a cloth & bathroom cleaner and have the product washed away completely. If the shower is in the bath you can detach the shower head and use this to help. Make sure there are no visible watermarks or residual cleaning product around the bath.

    When wiping around the bath make sure to lift up any products that are resting on the surface. Make sure to give the outside of the bottles a wipe down too before you place them back.

  • There may be limescale on the taps and shower head - if so, spray some limescale remover on the affected areas, wait for a couple of minutes, then rinse and buff with a dry microfibre cloth.

  • It’s toilet time. Nobody’s favourite task, but an essential part of every clean. Dispense toilet cleaner around the underside of the rim as per the instructions and leave for a couple of minutes to soak. Use the toilet brush to scrub the inside of the toilet, ensuring you work all the way around the bowl, including below the water level. Flush the toilet to remove the product, and clean the toilet brush with the running water.

    Top tip: Have a quick peek at the toilet when starting the bathroom clean; if the toilet looks particularly dirty then apply the toilet cleaner straight away and leave it to soak for a few minutes before coming back to scrub it.

  • The seat (top and bottom), hinges behind the seat, cistern and flush handle of the toilet should all be wiped with antibacterial spray and a cloth. This cloth should not be used to clean anywhere else in the property.

    Top tip: Colour code your microfibre cloths so you know which one you've used for the toilet. 

  • We’re almost done now, and it’s time to empty the bathroom bin and replace the bin bag. 

  • Finally, we’re going to finish in the bathroom with the floors. But before you do this, make sure that everything is neat and tidy. Remove any cleaning products from the surfaces & straighten up bottles etc. Doing this now means you won't have to walk over your clean floor later on.

  • Vacuum or sweep, lifting any bins or other objects to vacuum beneath. Work methodically, left-to-right, and back to front, ensuring that the room is vacuumed right into the corners.

    More info on how to vacuum, here.

  • Fill a bucket with warm water and an appropriate floor cleaner. As with vacuuming, work methodically, mopping in rows left to right, from the back of the room to the front. Mopping in a small figure of 8 motion ensures that no areas are missed. You'll want to dip & wring the mophead frequently to ensure the mop is nice and clean.

    Make sure you start at the far end of the room, so you back out as you mop - this prevents you walking over areas that you’ve already mopped.

    For more information on how to mop, click here.

  • Pour the bucket water down a sink or toilet that you've not yet cleaned. If you've already cleaned the rest of the house, give the floor time to dry before you walk across & pour the bucket water  down the toilet. Then flush the toilet again to make sure it's still sparkly clean. 

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