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Thorough Bathroom Cleaning With Pets At Home

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Thorough Bathroom Cleaning With Pets At Home

Introduction

Having pets at home brings immense joy, but it also comes with the added responsibility of keeping your living space clean and hygienic. The bathroom, in particular, can be a breeding ground for pet-related messes and odors if not properly maintained. In this comprehensive guide, I will share my tried-and-true techniques for achieving a spotless bathroom while living with furry companions.

Preparing for the Deep Clean

Before diving into the cleaning process, it’s essential to gather the necessary supplies. Here are the items I recommend having on hand:

  • Protective gear (gloves, goggles, and a mask)
  • A sturdy toilet brush and toilet cleaner
  • Tub and tile cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Disinfectant spray or wipes
  • Microfiber cloths and sponges
  • A scrub brush or pad for tough stains
  • A squeegee for mirrors and shower doors
  • Baking soda and vinegar (for natural cleaning solutions)
  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments

Additionally, I suggest setting aside a dedicated cleaning caddy or bucket to keep all your supplies organized and easily accessible.

Tackling the Toilet

The toilet is often the most dreaded area to clean, especially with pets in the house. Here’s how I approach this task:

  1. Flush the toilet: This simple step can help remove any lingering pet hair or debris before cleaning.
  2. Apply the cleaner: Generously apply your preferred toilet cleaner, paying extra attention to the rim and under the bowl’s edge, where pet hair and dust tend to accumulate.
  3. Let it sit: Allow the cleaner to sit for a few minutes to work its magic on stubborn stains and buildup.
  4. Scrub thoroughly: Using a toilet brush, vigorously scrub the bowl, ensuring you reach all corners and crevices.
  5. Flush again: Once you’ve scrubbed every inch, give the toilet a final flush to rinse away the cleaner and any remaining debris.
  6. Wipe down the exterior: With a disinfectant spray or wipe, clean the toilet’s exterior, including the tank, handle, and base, to remove any pet hair or paw prints.

Cleaning the Bathtub and Shower

The bathtub and shower area can be a haven for pet hair, dirt, and grime. Here’s how I tackle these spaces:

  1. Prepare the surface: Start by removing any bath mats, shampoo bottles, or other items from the tub or shower area.
  2. Apply the cleaner: Generously spray or apply your tub and tile cleaner to the walls, floor, and fixtures.
  3. Let it soak: Allow the cleaner to sit for a few minutes to penetrate and break down soap scum and grime.
  4. Scrub vigorously: Using a scrub brush or pad, vigorously scrub the walls, floor, and fixtures, paying extra attention to corners, grout lines, and any areas with built-up grime.
  5. Rinse thoroughly: Once you’ve scrubbed every inch, use a handheld showerhead or a bucket of clean water to rinse away the cleaner and any loosened debris.
  6. Squeegee the surfaces: After rinsing, use a squeegee to remove excess water from the walls and doors, preventing water spots and streaks.
  7. Clean the shower curtain or door: If you have a shower curtain, consider washing it in the washing machine or replacing it if it’s too stained or smelly. For glass shower doors, use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away any water spots or pet paw prints.

Tackling the Vanity and Mirrors

The vanity area and mirrors can quickly accumulate pet hair, toothpaste splatters, and water spots. Here’s how I keep these surfaces pristine:

  1. Clear the countertops: Remove any items from the vanity countertop to ensure a thorough cleaning.
  2. Apply the cleaner: Use a disinfectant spray or wipe to clean the countertops, faucets, and sink, paying extra attention to any pet hair or drool stains.
  3. Wipe down the cabinets: Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the cabinet doors and drawers, removing any pet hair or paw prints.
  4. Clean the mirrors: Spray a glass cleaner directly onto the mirrors and use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe them down in a circular motion, ensuring a streak-free finish.
  5. Dry and polish: Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff the mirrors and any chrome fixtures, giving them a streak-free shine.

Dealing with Pet Hair and Odors

One of the biggest challenges when cleaning with pets is dealing with stubborn pet hair and odors. Here are some tips to help you tackle these issues:

  1. Vacuum thoroughly: Use the hose and attachments on your vacuum cleaner to remove pet hair from corners, crevices, and hard-to-reach areas.
  2. Use a lint roller: Keep a lint roller handy to quickly pick up any remaining pet hair on surfaces or fabrics.
  3. Baking soda and vinegar: For tough odors, sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas, let it sit for a few minutes, and then spray with vinegar. The fizzing action can help neutralize odors and break down stains.
  4. Air purifiers and deodorizers: Consider using an air purifier or placing deodorizing sachets in your bathroom to help absorb lingering pet odors.

Maintaining a Clean Bathroom with Pets

Keeping your bathroom clean with pets at home requires consistency and regular maintenance. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of the cleaning:

  1. Daily spot cleaning: Quickly wipe down surfaces and remove any pet hair or debris daily to prevent buildup.
  2. Weekly deep cleaning: Set aside time each week for a more thorough cleaning, following the steps outlined above.
  3. Groom your pets regularly: Regular brushing and grooming can help reduce the amount of pet hair and dander in your living space.
  4. Use pet-friendly cleaning products: Choose pet-safe cleaning products to ensure your furry companions’ safety.
  5. Consider restricting access: If your pets tend to make a mess in the bathroom, consider restricting their access or providing them with a designated pet-friendly space.

By following these tips and establishing a regular cleaning routine, you can enjoy a fresh, clean bathroom while sharing your home with your beloved pets.

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