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How to clean the bathroom of your Richmond home
Published on Sunday, 17 March 2013

How to clean the bathroom of your Richmond home

Like any well meaning resident of Richmond, one of the best kept towns in London, you know the meaning of the word clean. The bathroom is where most of the cleaning takes place, and more than most other rooms, the importance of keeping it germ and dirt free is a high priority. Here's how to keep the bathroom and it's many utilities as clean as possible.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Get all of your cleaning tools together. It's imperative that you have everything before you start, so you're not rushing around. Here is a list of things you'll need for the basic clean;

-All purpose cleaner
-Scrub pads
-Toilet brush
-Bleach
-Disposable wipes
-Tile cleaner (if you have tiled walls)
-Mop and bucket

Step 2: Clear the room

Now that you're ready to start cleaning, the first step is to remove any and all items that don't belong in the room. All of the stray magazines and other things on the floor. It's also a good idea to empty the bins and take all of the rugs out to allow full access to the floor. Make sure to keep the windows or doors open while you work, so the cleaning fumes won't harm you.

Step 3: Disinfection

Pour bleach, or any disinfectant of your choice in and around the toilet bowl. It's a good idea to do this early, because it takes time for the bleach to do its job. That way, you can get to work with everything else and make good use of your time.

Step 4: Clean the shower and sink

Spray an all-purpose cleaner onto the shower walls, and shower head, let it stand for a few minutes, then get to work with the scrubbing pad . If it's neccessary, repeat the process until all of the soap scum is gone. There are cleaners on the market that are specifically designed to counter calcium build up. If you have that, that's great, If not, you'll just have to scrub for a little longer. If you have a shower curtain, use a mixture of bleach and water (one part bleach for every two parts of water) and give it a good wipe.

When it comes to cleaning the sink, use the same cleaning techniques for the taps that you used for the shower heads, then disinfect the sink like you did with the toilet bowl.

Step 5: Finish cleaning the toilet

Start with the exterior and wipe it down with disposable, hand sanatising wipes. Make sure you throw them away rather than down the bowl, then spray your all purpose cleaner into the bowl and scrub with the toilet brush. Once you've cleaned thoroughly, you can flush the toilet.

Step 6: Clean the walls and floor

Use the same mixture of bleach and warm water that you did for the shower curtain, and start to clean the walls with a different scrubbing pad. If you have tiled walls, then use that instead, it'll be kinder to the grout and the ceramic. Once you've finished, mop the floor, again, with the same bleach mixture (make some more if you have to) in the same manner you would elsewhere. Start away from the door, then and work your way towards it. That way, when you've finished, you can let the floor dry without tracking any more dirt into the room.

Make sure to do this every couple of weeks, to ensure that any limescale or soap scum won't become unmanageable. If it does, then you can simply call one of the many cleaning companies based in Richmond – they'll clean up for you, and most will offer advice, too.

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