6 smart bathroom cleaning tips to turn your space into a spa

Help your bathroom shake off the winter blues and feel loved this spring

Bathroom cleaning tips
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Fed up with cleaning the bathroom after the family have been in there at what feels like a constant rate? With everyone staying home together a lot more, the bathroom is taking a pounding in terms of use and it can be difficult to keep on track of lifting wet towels from the floor and putting the toilet seat back down. These bathroom cleaning tips are here to help.

RAK Ceramics has put together seven bathroom cleaning hacks that will have your bathroom looking sparkling in no time, leaving you free to enjoy the closest thing to a spa experience that you’ve had since pre-lockdown.

See: Cleaning tips – our essential guide to keeping your home spotless

1. How to clean baths and basins

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to help in cleaning a bathroom sink and tub rinse them out after use to help fight against grime. An all-purpose bathroom cleaner and a damp cloth will do the trick. Make sure you clean around the plug hole and taps as these are areas where dirt and germs most like to linger.

2. How to clean grout

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Use an old toothbrush to clean and some diluted bleach to clean up discoloured grout. If you’ve a new bathroom in mind, consider large format tiles or a mega slab for your walls to reduce that grout problem even further.

3. How to clean showers

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When you’ve showered leave the door to the enclosure open to help prevent mould from growing in a humid atmosphere. Wipe down wet tiles and dry off the shower tray. Use white vinegar to clean a glass screen and if you’ve got a shower curtain instead, pop it in the washing machine regular.

4. How to clean taps

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Toothpaste and soap can damage the finish on taps so make sure you wipe them clean regularly. Washing up liquid works wonders here and if you’ve noticing a build-up of lime scale opt the white vinegar rather than an abrasive cleaner.

5. How to clean a toilet

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As well as keeping the inside of the toilet bowl clean and germ-free pay attention to the outside too, wiping it down an all-purpose bathroom cleaner. Don’t forget the toilet handle or flush buttons. Neutralise nasty odours by pouring a cup of washing soda crystals or bicarbonate of soda down the bowl once a week.

6. How to store toiletries

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Pop clutter behind closed doors to create a relaxing environment. Cleaning products and toiletries should all have their place in a cupboard and if your bathroom lacks storage it’s time to think about adding some furniture.

See: Bathroom storage ideas –clever ideas to make the most of your space

Leave this list where it can be seen and read by all the family, so they all do their bit!

What is the best way to clean a bathroom?

The best way to clean a bathroom is to begin by taking out all of the removable items, like towels, rugs, and toiletries. 

Then it's time to vacuum or sweep, before applying cleaner to a tub or shower and tackling all the other surfaces, following that you can turn to the toilet. The final thing to do is to mop the floor and let it dry.

Can you use vinegar to clean the bathroom?

 You can use vinegar to clean the bathroom as its high acidity level helps loosen mineral deposits, like lime and rust, and dissolve soap scum.

Distilled vinegar is the best type for cleaning because it doesn't contain a coloring agent, so it won't stain surfaces.

Jennifer Ebert
Deputy Editor (Digital)

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