If I had to make a list of the top 10 dreadful things I hate most, cleaning the bathroom (specially the floor) has to be right between having the dentist’s drill in my mouth and driving in Friday rush hour traffic with no air conditioning. But as much as I hate it, it still needs to get done and sadly there is still not an app for that.
I am a very practical person and I believe in constant improvement of ways to do things better, in less time and with fewer resources. So over the years of collecting and testing every tip and way I could find on how to clean a bathroom floor (and after much trial and error), I have come up with a fast and effective method that will work for any bathroom floor you have to face.
Step One: Gather The Supplies
Having the right supplies will save you hard work, money and time. Here is my list:
- A lemon cut in half
- Baking Soda
- Cleaning toothbrush / Tile brush
- 1/2 Vinegar 1/2 water solution in a spray bottle.
- Small broom (that you can use comfortably)
- Paper towels
- Your oldest towel (Or a large dry cleaning cloth)
- Clorox toilet bowl cleaner with bleach (Only for critical situations were grout is hosting entire civilizations of germs)
- Grout colorant & sealant (MAPEI white grout refresh, if you can find it)
Step Two: Clear and Sweep
- Get your small broom and sweep the dry floor, starting from the sides and corners and work your way to the center of the bathroom floor. You should end up with a pile of dirt, hair and other nasty stuff.
- At this point moisten one or two paper towels and put them over the nasty pile (everything will stick to the paper towels).
- Wipe the pile off the floor and place the dirty paper towels in the trash can.
Step Three: Treat Grout and Let Chemistry do The Hard Work
- Take your lemon halves and rub them on every inch of grout (Start on the bathroom floor corner that is farthest to the door)
- When you are done, go back and sprinkle baking soda on every inch of lemon treated surface (Once again start on the corner farthest from the door.
- Finally get the spray bottle that contains the water / vinegar solution and spray enough to cover the entire floor (use the “mist” setting). Just don’t get it too wet.
- Leave for 15 minutes.
Step four: Wipe and Dry
- When your 15 minute break is over, come back with, cleaning toothbrush, paper towels and your old towel or dry cleaning cloth.
- Wet your cleaning toothbrush and brush every inch of grout using the same pattern from the previous step (If the grout is not perfectly clean after this, next time you clean substitute the eco-friendly lemon and baking soda with the Clorox toilet bowl cleaner).
- Moisten paper towels and wipe the entire floor (make sure to get all the baking soda residue).
- Finally use your old towel to dry the floor. This avoids leaving moisture for new bacteria to grow in, plus you can walk in to the bathroom immediately after, without making a mess.
Bonus Step: Seal and Forget
Once you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your grout, apply the grout colorant & sealant following the instructions in the bottle. If you do it right, you will be able to skip the grout cleaning steps of the process and maybe do it only once a month instead of every week.