COVID-19’s rapid spread across the world has a lot of people understandably worried. With health being so important, particularly for those who are already at a greater risk for the virus, sanitation is extremely important. While professional sanitizing services can get your home truly clean, keeping it that way is also important. However, it doesn’t have to be difficult. That’s why our professional sanitizing experts are offering a few sanitizing and cleaning tips for homeowners in our series of blogs this month. This week, we’re taking a closer look at how to tackle by far the toughest room in your home to keep clean: your bathroom.
Bathrooms are going to sustain a lot of additional grime and mess, just by their very nature. While we’ve done everything we can to try and minimize the mess we make as humans, the truth is we’re still messy and in many ways unsanitary beings. Our bathrooms are the spaces that have to sustain the majority of this mess.
Keeping Your Toilet Disinfected
When you ask the average person what the dirtiest thing in their home is, the majority will more than likely respond with their toilet. Toilets are a rather remarkable bit of technology—they collect the waste we produce and dispose of it in a way that’s fast, safe, and sanitary. In fact, toilets and public sewage systems have exponentially lowered the risk of sustaining a disease associated with exposure to bacteria or viruses found in sewage—a problem that was rampant throughout societies around the world as little as 150 to 200 years ago.
Your best ally when it comes to disinfecting your toilet is going to be bleach. Because your toilet is made from durable porcelain, bleach won’t hurt it, but will eviscerate the bacteria growing on it. Use bleach* and a toilet scrubber to scrub out the bowl of your toilet and remove any residue or gunk you can see. Don’t be afraid to spend some extra time on this. For the seat, use a disinfecting spray. If you don’t have one, spray the seat with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for a minute and then scrub it off. Do this for the handle as well, as handles are one of the most bacteria-prone surfaces in your entire bathroom.
Disinfecting Showers & Bathtubs
Your shower isn’t nearly as clean as you’d probably like to think it is. Showers have to deal with all of the dirt and grime we wash off of ourselves each and every day, and while much of this waste flows down the drain, some of it can build up on the surfaces around this fixture as time goes by. Start by bleaching the floor in your shower. The overwhelming majority of shower tiles and materials can be bleached. However, if your floor cannot, use a strong cleaning chemical or isopropyl alcohol to thoroughly disinfect it. In either case, start by scrubbing the floor and all sides of your shower and tub with soap and water to get rid of as much grime as possible.
If you have a glass door, a small amount of bleach sprayed on to the glass itself can help disinfect the glass, but you’ll want to follow up by using a glass cleaner to remove any streaks or stains. Shower doors are often overlooked as one of the higher-traffic surfaces in your bathroom.
Clean Your Sink & Faucets
Your sink is yet another bacteria-prone fixture in every bathroom. When you wash your hands, your sink collects everything from dirt and grime to soap to bacteria and more as it flows off your hands and down toward your drain. While anti-bacterial soap makes it more difficult for microbes to stick around, they can and do accumulate over time.
One area that does not receive a lot of attention and really should are the knobs or handles for your sink. Most people turn these on with their bare hands after using the bathroom, meaning a lot of bacteria can be passed from skin to surface. Use a strong cleaner or even bleach to clean these surfaces and ensure they’re completely bacteria free.
Other High-Contact Surfaces
Some other areas to consider disinfecting include the door handle on both the inside and outside of your bathroom, the toilet paper holder, and the handle or latch on a medicine cabinet if one is present. Almost all of these surfaces can be handled with bleach, with the exception of your medicine cabinet. Bleach can be detrimental to wood, so any wood cabinets should be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide or a disinfecting cleaner spray.
Finally, you’ll absolutely want to clean the floors in your bathroom. Most bathroom rugs can actually be machine washed, and we strongly advise doing so, particularly with any bath mats, toilet liner mats, or sink mats. These rugs are often exposed to bare feet, and bare feet are often riddled with bacteria. Be sure to wash these mats in their own cycle, and use a good amount of laundry soap. Let them air dry when the wash cycle is complete. As for the floors themselves, tile floors can usually be cleaned with bleach. If you have a wood or laminate floor, you may want to use a weaker solution or floor cleaner. Then follow up with hydrogen peroxide for maximum disinfecting.
Interested in sanitizing services for your home? Call the experts at FP Property Restoration at (888) 408-2335 today to learn more!*If using bleach or isopropyl alcohol to clean any surfaces in your bathroom, be sure to open a window and increase ventilation. These cleaners can emit strong fumes that can be harmful in high concentrations.