Worried your home isn’t as clean as it should be? Fear not, we’re back with the second instalment of our ultimate guide to home cleaning. If you read the first part of this series and followed our tips your kitchen, living room, dining area and hallway should be looking and feeling cleaner than ever by now. In this second part of the guide we’ll cover the bathroom and bedroom areas of the home.
So if you’re ready to protect your home from harmful germs and bacteria whilst getting each room looking its best, continue reading. As well as providing tips and tricks for each area of the rooms covered, we’ve given you our recommendations on which tools are best for the job.
It’s pretty obvious why it pays to keep your bathroom squeaky clean. If you enjoy cleaning then the bathroom tends to be a very satisfying room to scrub due to all those beautiful shiny surfaces. What’s more, all those waterproof tiles and other hardy surfaces mean you can really get in there, ridding the room of any harmful germs or bacteria.
Bath & Shower
If you read the first part of this guide you’ll know that we’re huge fans of cleaning a room from top to bottom and your tub or shower is no exception. In order for your chosen products to break down the build-up of soap scum and limescale on areas such as the bathtub and shower screen, it’s best to apply them approximately 15-20 minutes beforehand and let them sit to give them enough time to work their magic. A great tip for the shower head is to fill a plastic bag with your cleaning solution, submerge the shower head inside and secure the bag with an elastic band. Whilst you wait for your products to do their thing it’s time to tackle the tiles.
The PowerFresh Slim steam cleaner is perfect for all areas of the bathroom and makes not only cleaning but sanitising your bathroom a breeze. Plus, steam mops/steam cleaners harness the power of steam to remove up to 99.9% of bacteria from surfaces without the use of harsh chemicals. Use attachments such as the grout tool to give your tiles a thorough clean or use the flat scraper tool to easily clean shower screens. The PowerFresh Slim is also super lightweight so it’s easy to get to those hard to reach areas close to the ceiling. Once you’ve given the tiles a once over, it's time to rinse off the cleaning products from your bathtub, screen and shower head. For more stubborn soap scum that survived the soaking, you may wish to use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove this before rinsing the entire area.
Tiles, Walls & Ceilings
Next, give your walls and ceiling the same treatment as your tiles around the bath or shower. If you’re not using a Steam Cleaner this task may take a little longer. As an alternative, spray your area with a good all-purpose disinfectant and let the shower run hot. Leave the room and close the door, allowing it to fill with steam for around 5 minutes. Depending on the size of your bathroom, this should be enough time for the steam and disinfectant to remove most of the unwanted germs, bacteria and other nasties from the surfaces. Using a squeegee or microfibre cloth to remove the residue should minimise streaks and leave your surfaces looking spick and span.
Your toilet is one of the main places in this room where germs will be lurking and therefore you should aim to give your toilet a deep clean as often as you possibly can. Whilst strong disinfectants and bleach can be your best friend when tackling the toilet, steam cleaning can often be just as effective at killing germs whilst being less harmful to you and your family.
The SteamShot allows for portable yet powerful steam cleaning and can often remove stains and dirt without scrubbing. When showing your loo some love remember to also disinfect the flush buttons, toilet roll holder and the toilet brush. It’s often these areas that harbour the most germs and should therefore never be overlooked.
Can you believe that our bathroom sinks often have a much higher bacteria count than our toilets? For a more natural way to clean and unblock your sink, try using a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar down the plughole. This home-made solution will often be more than strong enough to successfully deal with whatever undesirable grime that’s blocking your drains (this also works for the bath and shower). Similar to the bath or shower, you’ll then want to use a disinfectant or steam cleaner to rid the area of germs. In order to keep your sink as sanitary as possible pay particular attention to the taps, and also be sure to wash your hand towels frequently.
Finally, you can finish the job by cleaning the floors. Pop your bath mats in the washing machine, using the hottest cycle or add sanitising cleaning formula to kill any bacteria. For the floors, we recommend using the PowerFresh V, this hard surface cleaner eliminates up to 99.9% of germs from surfaces making it a must-have for areas like the bathroom. The triangular base of the steam mop also allows you to easily manoeuvre around key areas such as the base of the toilet and sink.
The great thing about deep cleaning your bathroom is that you can often use the same tool or formulas throughout for many of the different surfaces, which can make the whole job much more straightforward and save time.
Our bedroom is our sanctuary, our personal and private retreat where we go to unwind, recharge and refresh. Yet there’s absolutely nothing relaxing about stepping into a space that doesn’t feel clean and fresh after a hard day's work. That’s why it’s super important to keep bedrooms looking their best at all times.
Unlike the other rooms we've covered throughout this home cleaning guide, we’re not starting with the ceiling or walls. Instead, start by stripping the bed. Pop your quilt cover and pillowcases into the washing machine along with some detergent so they can wash whilst you work on the rest of the room.
If you’re a fan of making your bed extra cosy with scatter cushions and throws then add these to the wash load. Whilst the bedding is off it’s time to pay your mattress some attention. Dust, dead skin, hair and other dirt will build-up over time if you don’t vacuum your mattress regularly. Most Vacuum Cleaners come with an upholstery attachment which is perfect for this job. If your mattress needs a deeper clean due to stains or spills, then the SpotClean Turbo, or the SpotClean with their variety of tools and attachments will extract deeply embedded stains out of your mattress with ease, leaving it as good as new.
Walls and Windows
Once the bed’s been started (we’ll make our finishing touches later) you can go ahead and clean this room top to bottom starting with the walls. If your bedroom has heating vents or a ceiling fan you’ll need to vacuum these areas as it’s likely they’ll be full of dust. The ICON cordless stick vacuum is excellent for getting into these tricky areas.
Whilst you’ve got it you may also want to remove any dust or cobwebs from the rest of the walls, light fittings or ceiling. Don’t forget to give light switches a wipe down to disinfect them whilst you're cleaning your walls too. For your windows use hot soapy water or glass cleaner, a soft cloth and a squeegee. If you’re looking for a quicker cleaning option for your windows which will leave them sparkling and streak-free invest in a steam cleaner for the job. We love using the PowerFresh Slim for bedroom windows as not only does it kill germs and effectively clean the glass in minutes but the spring breeze scent disks leave the room smelling lovely.
Surfaces and Storage
Although the surfaces in your bedroom don’t get too grubby, they’ll still need dusting every couple of days. You can use a traditional feather duster for this, but we find using a handheld vacuum such as the Featherweight Vacuum to be much quicker and easier.
The inside of your bedroom storage such as drawers and wardrobes seem to be the perfect place for dust to hide, so always remember to give them a once over whilst you’re at it. To remove fingerprints and give all your surfaces a freshen up you may also want to follow the dusting with furniture polish or a wipe down using an all-purpose disinfectant. If you didn’t polish any mirrors you may have whilst you were tackling your windows then now is the time to do so. Either use glass cleaner, or for a more throughout clean use a steam cleaner.
In order to ensure you’ve removed as much of the dust as possible from the entire room, dust or vacuum your skirting boards, underneath furniture and under the bed before you move onto the floor. This step is even more important if you used a traditional duster instead of a vacuum during the previous steps. If you have a hardwood floor, with or without area rugs, our favourite product for the floors has to be the newly released CrossWave Cordless Max. This high powered multi-use product not only vacuums hard floors and rugs but it also mops them at the same time, saving so much time and leaving your floors spotless.
To clean carpeted bedrooms a product such as the Proheat 2X Revolution Pet will serve you well. This carpet washer removes stubborn dirt, dust and bacteria leaving your carpets looks and smelling super fresh. Cleaning your carpeted floors with a high-quality carpet washer rather than just a vacuum cleaner will give you a much deeper clean. It’s also a better option for those of us with pets who therefore need to deal with pesky pet hair and odour as well as standard carpet dirt and grime. And if you live in an apartment or small space, then the HydroWave Ultralight, our compact carpet washer will be a great machine to tackle these carpet cleaning jobs.
The best bit of cleaning your bedroom has to be those final flourishes that leave it looking immaculate and inviting. Once the room’s clean you can add your freshly washed bedding, replace your throws and cushions and give these a spritz with linen spray if you're feeling fancy.
Spending that little bit of extra time on your deep clean will really make a difference when it comes to the end of the day and you sink into a freshly made bed, admire your cleaning efforts and feel satisfied that your room is sparkling clean, safe and sanitary.
With bedrooms and bathrooms being among the most used areas of the home and should be cleaned at least once a week to ensure that you can relax in a hygienic and sanitary atmosphere. When cleaning these rooms you should clear any clutter first and then use a methodical approach to address all areas. Using our range of cleaning products, you can be sure that your home will be spotless and that your cleaning routine will feel enjoyable - rather than a chore.
Part 3 of The Ultimate BISSELL Guide To Home Cleaning will be available next week, where in our final instalment we offer cleaning tips and advice for other areas of the home!