We scouted the streets of Melbourne to find the answer to this question, and the feedback was just as we expected. Everyone we interviewed agreed that their least favourite area to clean is… the toilet.
The toilet is the most visited room in your home. It can also be the most unwelcoming, especially if the previous visitor didn’t flush. And if ignored, it quickly becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.
As our survey confirmed, no one likes keeping the loo clean, so we thought we would share our pro tips that bring sparkle to our clients’ toilets. Incorporate them into your cleaning routine!
Create Cleaning Space
It’s a messy job and the chance of getting the toilet paper wet or dropping something in the bowl is too high. Make sure you remove everything you can from around the toilet before you start.
Pour a cup of baking soda in the bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub and flush. If you see any spots after this, try using a wet pumice stone. Pumice is abrasive enough to remove stains caused by mineral deposits but gentle enough not to damage surfaces.
In the case of grime build-up, we like to use a light-duty electric pressure washer. It blasts hard-to-reach areas like the spots where the hinges meet the seat, and you don’t have to get too close!
We recommend deep cleaning at least every six months to avoid potential health hazards. Deep clean more frequently if you have a big family or many visitors.
The Brush, the Brush, the Brush
It is so easy to overlook the brush. Most families we work with confess that they don’t see the need to clean the toilet brush frequently. We can’t over-emphasise how important it is to tackle the brush after every use. And pay even more attention to it when deep cleaning.
Here’s how to do it right: first, place the brush over the bowl. Pour your choice of bleach over the bristles, wait for a few minutes, and then rinse with clean water. Fill the brush holder with warm, diluted bleach and rinse into the toilet.
Clean the Outside of the Toilet
Always remember to clean the outside of the toilet as bacteria can hide there, too. Start at the top to avoid dripping on clean surfaces. Spray the tank, handle, and bowl edges with a cleaner and wipe down. Then do the same on the outside of the toilet lid. Finally, wipe down the entire bowl. Start with the sides and front before going to the bottom edges where it meets the floor. Remember not to neglect the toilet seat – it’s the part that comes into contact with people!
When you are satisfied with your work, check for and wipe any drips or spills. Put your tools away, throw away anything you no longer need and put back the items you moved before you started cleaning. Sit back and enjoy a job well done.
Of course, if all this is too unpleasant, you can give GSR Cleaning Services a shout. We’re a small cleaning company based in the heart of Melbourne, offering both commercial and domestic cleaning specialists. We have a team of well-trained cleaners ready to tackle even the most unpleasant home hygiene duties!
Contact us today to find out how we can prevent bacteria and viruses from invading your toilet and make it one of your favourite areas to clean.