It is so important to keep your bathroom suite as clean and hygienic as possible. In doing this, you will ensure it lasts longer, too! It is vital that you don’t use harmful products on any bathroom furniture, so be sure to check on the label of any cleaning products to see if they are suitable for use on your units.
To be on the safe side, organic products are always your best bet – a splash of vinegar or a bit of bicarbonate of soda will go a long way. Regular cleaning can help combat the humid conditions of a bathroom, minimising the risk of water damage and keeping your room as pristine as possible.
One of the best things you can do to keep your bathroom clean is to leave your extractor fan on after you have showered or bathed. It is best to leave it on for between 15 and 30 minutes, which will allow plenty time to dehumidify the room. If you don’t have an extractor fan, simply leave the door wide open for up to half an hour after you’ve finished. Leaving the door open as much as possible will allow a constant flow of air to go through the room, which will leave it feeling fresh all day long.
By and large, abrasive cleaning substances are not suitable for use in a bathroom. This also includes the cloths or brushes you use, so always pick something soft. Harsh materials will cause further damage to stains and scratches, and they will make your furniture vulnerable to water damage, which is the last thing you want.
If you are cleaning using any shop-bought products, it is a good idea to leave the window open, as this will let the fumes out. Make sure you also wear gloves to protect your hands – some products are not suitable for contact with skin, so it is best to cover up before you begin.
Micro fibre cloths are ideal, as they are soft but very effective. Vinegar is very handy for cleaning and bicarbonate of soda is great for getting rid of those stubborn stains. Whichever piece of furniture you are tackling, it is advisable to wipe it down with a paper towel after cleaning.
Cleaning your bathroom cabinets
Whatever material your cabinet is made of, you want to be sure not to use any bleach to clean it, nor any other abrasive product. For a very basic clean, which can be done every week, wipe your cabinet down with a damp cloth and then go over everything with a dry cloth to remove any streaks.
The cleaning methods for most materials is very similar, so for a deep clean that will leave any cabinet spotless, dilute some antibacterial cleaner - or, better yet, white vinegar – in water and use this on all surfaces. Rinse with a second cloth, slightly dampened in clean water, and then wipe everything down with a third, dry cloth.
If your cabinet is wooden, be sure to work with the grain of the wood as you clean. Never let the wood become too wet – use as little as is effective. On MDF (medium-density fibreboard) cabinets, this is best done with a diluted oil soap instead of vinegar or cleaning solutions. Bleach and other such items are just as harmful to MDF as they are to wood, so remember to keep clear of abrasive products! Painted materials are more vulnerable to scratches than others, so take extra care when cleaning your cabinet if it has been painted.
The interior of cabinets will also need cleaning regularly, as this is where a lot of bottles and bathroom essentials are often stored. Shampoo spills are not great for cupboards in which toothbrushes or razors are kept! For any drawers or cupboards, start by vacuuming them thoroughly to get rid of any dust or hair etc. You can then clean these in the same way as the exterior surfaces, but take extra care to make sure that the interior is dry before you close any doors. Leftover moisture in a dark corner of a cupboard is the ideal breeding ground for mould, so take the time to really wipe everything dry after cleaning.
For vanity cabinets, you will also need to remove anything that sits on the top in order to clean under it, not just around it. It is here that mould can build up, so cleaning these items and the areas underneath them will prevent that happening.