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How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom

So, we can probably all agree that no one really likes cleaning the bathroom. Even as a professional cleaner, its one of my least favorite rooms to clean in the house. But ii’s an important task.

Besides, we are only as clean as the spaces we occupy. With that being said, you’re in the right place to learn how to professionally clean a bathroom.

This is a straight forward, but thorough guide that will help you complete your bathroom cleaning journey.

Professional cleaning isn’t just about making spaces look clean; it’s also about ensuring a hygienic and germ-free environment. Proper disinfection plays a vital role in this process. Here’s why it matters:

1. Health & Safety:

Bathrooms are hot spots for bacteria and germs. Proper disinfection helps eliminate harmful pathogens, reducing the risk of illness and infections.

2. Preventing Mold & Mildew Growth:

Disinfecting surfaces in your bathroom can also help prevent the growth of mold and mildew. These fungi not only look unsightly but can also trigger allergies and respiratory issues.

3. High-Touch Surfaces:

In the bathroom, certain surfaces are touched frequently, such as faucet handles, toilet flush levers, and light switches. Disinfecting these high-touch areas is essential for preventing the spread of germs.

4. Toothbrushes & Personal Items:

Many people store toothbrushes and personal items in the bathroom. Proper disinfection ensures that these items remain free of harmful bacteria.

5. Fighting Odors:

Disinfectants can help neutralize unpleasant odors often found in bathrooms, leaving your space smelling fresh.

6. Enhancing Overall Cleanliness:

While cleaning removes visible dirt and grime, disinfection goes a step further by targeting invisible germs and bacteria. This enhances the overall cleanliness of your bathroom.

7. Guest-Ready Bathroom:

Regular disinfection ensures your bathroom is always ready for guests. You can welcome friends and family into a clean and hygienic space.

8. Peace of Mind:

Knowing that your bathroom is properly disinfected provides peace of mind, especially in households with children or individuals with compromised immune systems.

Proper Disinfection Tips:

  • Use disinfectant products that are effective against a broad spectrum of germs, including bacteria and viruses.
  • Follow the product instructions for the appropriate contact time. Disinfectants need a certain amount of time to work effectively.
  • Pay special attention to high-touch surfaces, including faucet handles, doorknobs, toilet flush levers, and light switches.
  • Regularly replace cleaning cloths and sponges to avoid spreading germs.
  • Consider disinfecting your bathroom at least once a week, or more frequently in high-traffic households or during flu seasons.

The Importance of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. It includes items like gloves, masks, goggles, and aprons designed to protect us from from potential hazards while we work.

By wearing the appropriate PPE, you create a safer environment for yourself, and minimize the chances of accidents & injuries.

The Importance of Good Ventilation

Turning a fan on or opening a window for a little breeze is a good idea when doing a cleaning, especially when using aerosols and other strong chemicals.

Wearing mask does help, but some chemicals are so strong, they can pernitrate right through the mask. Even If you’re opting to use eco-friendly products, allowing extra ventilation is always a good idea.

To achieve that professional touch in bathroom cleaning, having the right supplies at your fingertips is important. Here’s a detailed list of the supplies you’ll need, along with their specific purposes:

Bathroom Cleaning Solutions

  • Multi-Surface Cleaner: Opt for a quality multi-surface cleaner that works on various bathroom surfaces like counter tops, sinks, and tiles. Look for one with disinfectant properties for added hygiene. I like to use Dawn Dish soap for my all purpose cleaner.
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Choose a toilet bowl cleaner that effectively removes stains and disinfects. Acid toilet bowl cleaner works wonders.
  • Tile and Grout Cleaner: To tackle tile and grout effectively, invest in a specialized tile and grout cleaner or a good-quality acid-free bathroom cleaner.
  • Tub & Shower Cleaner(Optional): You can either use the multi-surface cleaner for this, or you can use something especially for showers and tubs.

Cleaning Tools

  • Scrub Brushes: Have an assortment of scrub brushes with various bristle strengths. Stiff brushes work well on tough stains, while softer ones are better for delicate surfaces.
  • Microfiber Cloths: These are your best friends when it comes to wiping and polishing. They’re highly effective at trapping dust and dirt.
  • Glass Cleaning Cloth-Instead of using glass cleaner to clean mirrors and windows, we will use a two-step cleaning process using only water that will them streak free
  • Sponges: Keep a few sponges handy for gentle scrubbing and wiping down surfaces.
  • Microfiber Mop & Bucket: A microfiber mop isn’t a must, but it kind of is. not only is it the easiest to maneuver due to its light weight, its the best at picking up fine particles.
  • Toilet Brush: A dedicated toilet brush with sturdy bristles is essential for thorough toilet cleaning.

Safety Gear:

  • Masks: Masks act as a barrier, preventing you from breathing in irritants and maintaining your respiratory health. These are good to wear especially when spraying cleaners that can linger in the air.
  • Eye Protection: Wear safety goggles or glasses to shield your eyes from splashes of cleaning solutions and potential debris.
  • Gloves: Always use protective gloves, preferably made of Nitrile or latex, to safeguard your hands from chemicals and bacteria.
  • Proper Clothing: Wear appropriate clothing that covers your skin to minimize contact with cleaning products. Wearing slip resistant shoes are always best when working with or around water.

Other Supplies:

  • Trash Bags: Keep a few trash bags nearby for disposing of any garbage you come across during cleaning.
  • Labels: If you mix your cleaning solutions or store them in unlabeled containers, make sure to label them clearly to prevent accidents. This is also important if you have clients that you clean for. You’re clients should always know what your using when they look at the bottle.

By having these supplies on hand, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle professional bathroom cleaning efficiently and effectively. Now, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty of the step-by-step cleaning process.

Before you learn how to professionally clean a bathroom, it’s crucial to assess the current state of your bathroom. This evaluation will help you prioritize tasks and address specific cleaning needs. Here’s how to evaluate the state of your bathroom:

  1. Mold and Mildew: Check for any signs of mold or mildew growth. Additionally, pay close attention to areas around the bathtub, shower, and in corners with poor ventilation. Mold and mildew can be health hazards and should be dealt with promptly.
  2. Hard Water Stains: Look for stubborn white or cloudy spots on glass shower doors, faucets, and fixtures. These are often caused by hard water mineral deposits and can be challenging to remove.
  3. Soap Scum: Examine shower tiles, glass surfaces, and sinks for soap residue buildup. Soap scum can make surfaces look dingy and can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
  4. Grout Condition: Inspect the condition of the grout between tiles. Cracked or discolored grout can be a sign of water damage and should be addressed.
  5. Overall Clutter: Take a moment to de-clutter your bathroom by removing personal items such as toiletries and towels from counter tops and shower/tub areas. This will make it easier to access all surfaces.

By evaluating these aspects of your bathroom, you’ll gain a better understanding of what needs attention during the cleaning process, as well as what tools & supplies you’ll need.

Now that we’ve got our supplies ready and have assessed the state of your bathroom, it’s time to roll up those sleeves and dive into the cleaning process. Learning how to professionally clean a bathroom doesn’t have to be hard. Follow these steps to achieve a professionally cleaned bathroom:

1. Decluttering & Trash Removal

Maintaining a clutter-free bathroom and handling trash efficiently are essential for keeping the space clean and inviting. Here’s a straightforward approach to decluttering and managing trash:

Start with Decluttering:

  • Assess Your Items: Look around your bathroom for any items that don’t belong or are no longer needed. This includes expired products, empty bottles, and rarely used accessories.
  • Sort and Throw Out: Create piles to keep, toss, or relocate items that shouldn’t be in the bathroom. Be decisive to avoid unnecessary clutter.
  • Organize: For the items you’re keeping, organize them neatly. Use drawers, cabinets, and organizers to maximize space and maintain order.
  • Empty the Trash Bin: Empty the trash, but keep it until you’re fully done cleaning so you can continue to throw away things if need be.
  • Clean the Trash Bin: After removing the trash, give the bin a quick clean. Wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe or wash it with soapy water to remove germs and grime.
  • Replace the Liner: Always use a liner in your bathroom trash can to make disposal easier and to keep the bin clean. After cleaning, place a new liner in the bin.

2. High Dusting the Bathroom

High dusting in the bathroom is crucial for removing dust and preventing it from settling on lower surfaces. Here’s how to effectively high dust your bathroom:

  • Gather Supplies: You’ll need a microfiber duster or cloth, a step stool (if needed), and an extendable duster for hard-to-reach areas.
  • Start at the Top: Begin with the highest points, such as light fixtures, top edges of cabinets, and vents. This prevents dust from falling on already cleaned areas.
  • Use the Right Technique: Gently sweep the duster over surfaces, trapping dust. For textured surfaces or vents, you might need to use a slightly dampened cloth to pick up dust effectively.
  • Be Systematic: Move methodically around the room to ensure you don’t miss any spots. Don’t forget areas like the top of the mirror frame and window ledges.
  • Safety First: Use a step stool to safely reach higher areas. Never stretch or reach beyond what is safe to avoid falls.
  • Final Touches: Once all high areas are dusted, proceed to lower surfaces, following the top-to-bottom cleaning rule.

3. Cleaning Bathroom Fixtures

Keeping bathroom fixtures clean not only enhances the room’s overall appearance but also prevents buildup and prolongs their life. Here’s how to clean them properly:

  1. Prepare Your Cleaning Solution: Use a mild bathroom cleaner suitable for the type of fixtures you have. Vinegar diluted with water works well for most fixtures but check if it’s safe for your specific materials.
  2. Wet and Wipe: Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with your cleaning solution. Gently wipe fixtures, paying special attention to areas with buildup or water spots.
  3. Scrub if Needed: For tougher grime, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub gently. Avoid abrasive materials that can scratch the finish.
  4. Rinse Thoroughly: Use a clean, damp cloth to rinse away any cleaner residue. This is especially important for fixtures like faucets to prevent spotting.
  5. Dry and Polish: Dry each fixture with a clean, dry cloth. For an extra shine, you can use a microfiber cloth to buff the surface.
  6. Regular Maintenance: Regularly wiping fixtures after use can prevent water spots and buildup, making deeper cleaning easier.

4. Cleaning Toilets and Urinals

Keeping toilets and urinals clean is essential for bathroom hygiene. Here’s a streamlined approach to tackle both, ensuring they’re not only clean but also sanitized:

  1. Prepare Your Supplies: Arm yourself with toilet bowl cleaner, a toilet brush, disinfectant spray or wipes, gloves, and possibly urinal cleaner if dealing specifically with urinals.
  2. Start with the Bowl or Urinal: For toilets, apply bowl cleaner under the rim and around the inside of the bowl. For urinals, apply urinal cleaner directly onto the interior surfaces, focusing on any stains. Allow the cleaner to sit for 5-10 minutes to effectively break down stains and kill germs.
  3. Scrub Thoroughly: Use a toilet brush for toilets and a brush suitable for urinals to scrub the inside surfaces. Pay special attention to under the rim and the waterline in toilets, and the drain area in urinals. This step is crucial for removing buildup and ensuring a deep clean.
  4. Flush to Rinse: For toilets, flush to rinse away the cleaner and debris. For urinals, activate the flush or manually rinse with water to wash away the cleaner.
  5. Disinfect Exterior Surfaces: Using disinfectant spray or wipes, clean the exterior of both toilets and urinals, including handles, seats (for toilets), and any other touch points. This step is vital for removing germs that can spread through contact.
  6. Dry and Polish: Wipe down the exterior surfaces with a clean cloth or paper towel to dry and give a finished look. This not only removes any remaining cleaner but also helps prevent water spots.

5. Cleaning Doors, Drawers and Cabinets

Maintaining the exterior of drawers and cabinets is key to keeping your bathroom looking neat and tidy. Here’s how to effectively clean these surfaces without delving into the interiors:

  1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies: You’ll need a gentle cleaner suitable for the cabinet material, a soft cloth or sponge, and gloves to protect your hands.
  2. Dust First: Begin by dusting the surfaces to remove any loose dirt or debris. This step prevents scratching the surface when you start wiping.
  3. Prepare the Cleaner: If using a commercial cleaner, follow the instructions for dilution if necessary. For a simple, gentle cleaning solution, mix warm water with a small amount of mild dish soap.
  4. Wipe Down Surfaces: Dampen your cloth or sponge with the cleaning solution and wring out excess liquid. Gently wipe the exterior of the drawers and cabinets, paying special attention to handles and knobs where fingerprints and grime accumulate.
  5. Tackle Stubborn Spots: For any stubborn marks or stains, you may need to apply a bit more pressure or use a cleaner specifically designed for the material of your cabinets and drawers. Always test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the finish.
  6. Rinse (if needed) and Dry: If your cleaning solution requires rinsing, go over the surfaces with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. Then, use a dry cloth to thoroughly dry the surfaces, preventing any water marks or damage.
  7. Polish for a Finishing Touch: For wood or laminate surfaces, you might consider using a furniture polish or wood conditioner after cleaning to leave a protective shine and enhance the appearance of the material.

Cleaning Sinks & Mirrors

A sparkling sink and streak-free mirror can transform the look of any bathroom. Here’s how to effectively clean these essential fixtures together:

  1. Gather Supplies: You’ll need a non-abrasive cleaner for the sink, glass cleaner for the mirror, a sponge or soft cloth for the sink, and a microfiber cloth for the mirror to avoid streaks.
  2. Start with the Sink:
    • Rinse: Begin by rinsing the sink with warm water to remove any loose debris.
    • Apply Cleaner: Use a bathroom cleaner suitable for your sink’s material. Apply it to the surface, focusing on any spots with buildup.
    • Scrub Gently: With a sponge or soft cloth, scrub the sink, paying extra attention to the faucet and drain. For tough stains, a baking soda paste can be gentle yet effective.
    • Rinse Again: Wash away the cleaner with water, ensuring all soap scum and residue are gone.
    • Dry: Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down the sink and faucet, preventing water spots and giving them a nice shine.
  3. Move to the Mirror:
    • Spray Cleaner: Apply glass cleaner to the mirror. Avoid spraying too much to prevent drips that could reach and damage the sink or countertop.
    • Wipe in a Pattern: Using a microfiber cloth, wipe the mirror in a circular motion or a Z-pattern to cover the entire surface without leaving streaks.
    • Detail for Perfection: Focus on any spots or marks that didn’t come off in the first pass. Edges and corners often need a bit more attention.
  4. Final Touches:
    • Once both the sink and mirror are clean, take a step back to check for any missed spots or remaining streaks on the mirror. A quick touch-up can make all the difference.
    • For chrome fixtures on the sink, you can use a little bit of vinegar on a soft cloth for an extra shine. Just be sure to rinse and dry afterward to avoid damage.

Disinfecting High-Touch Areas

  1. High-Touch Surfaces:
    • After cleaning, focus on disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as:
      • Faucet handles
      • Toilet flush handles
      • Door handles
      • Light switches
      • Cabinet pulls
      • Towel racks
    • Use a disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes specifically designed for these surfaces. Follow the product instructions for contact time

Mopping Bathroom Floors

With each surface and fixture shining and properly disinfected, you’re one step closer to a fresh and inviting space.

  1. Preparation: Remove rugs, mats, and any movable items from the floor. Sweep or vacuum thoroughly to remove hair, dust, and debris.
  2. Dilute Cleaner: Follow the cleaner’s instructions for dilution. Using too much cleaner can leave residue, while too little may not clean effectively.
  3. Start Mopping: Begin at the farthest corner of the bathroom and work your way towards the door. Dip the mop into the cleaning solution, wring it out well to avoid excess water (which can damage some floors), and mop the floor in sections using a figure-eight motion for efficiency.
  4. Rinse Mop Regularly: Frequently rinse the mop in the bucket to avoid spreading dirt. Change the cleaning solution if it becomes too dirty.
  5. Focus on Grout Lines: If your floor has tiles, pay extra attention to the grout lines. Grout can harbor mold and mildew, so use a scrub brush for these areas if necessary.
  6. Rinse Floor: After mopping with the cleaning solution, it’s a good idea to go over the floor once more with just clean water to remove any cleaning residue.
  7. Dry the Floor: Use a clean, dry mop, towel, or microfiber cloth to dry the floor. This step is crucial to prevent slips and stops mold from growing in the moisture.
  8. Replace Items: Once the floor is completely dry, replace rugs, mats, and any items you removed.

In the course of your bathroom cleaning journey, you’re likely to encounter a few challenges that demand some extra attention. Furthermore, some of these challenges could ruin the overall aesthetic if not conquered.

Let’s take a closer look at these common bathroom cleaning issues and how to conquer them effectively:

Mold & Mildew Removal:

Mold and mildew thrive in damp environments like bathrooms, often appearing as black or greenish spots on grout, caulk, and tile surfaces.


  • Safety First: Wear gloves, safety goggles, and a mask when dealing with mold to protect yourself.
  • Vinegar: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray affected areas, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub with a brush.
  • Baking Soda Paste: Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it to moldy areas. Let it sit, then scrub and rinse.
  • Bleach: In severe cases, a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) can be used, but use it with caution and ensure good ventilation.

Hard Water Stains:

Hard water can leave unsightly white or cloudy stains on glass shower doors, faucets, and fixtures.


  • Vinegar & Dawn Soak: Mix 2 parts white vinegar to one part dawn dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray it on the stained surface and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Scrub gently and rinse.
  • Commercial Products: Consider using a commercial lime and scale remover for stubborn stains, following the product instructions carefully.

Soap Scum:

Soap scum accumulates on shower doors, tiles, and glass surfaces over time, creating a dull and hazy appearance.

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: Create a paste by mixing baking soda and water. Apply it to the scummy areas, then spray with vinegar. Scrub and rinse thoroughly.
  • Commercial Cleaners: There are many commercial soap scum removers available. Follow the product instructions for the best results.
  • Prevention: Consider using a daily shower spray to prevent soap scum buildup.

Some showers lack a removable shower head, making it challenging to rinse the walls effectively.


  • Use a Bucket or Pitcher: Fill a bucket or pitcher with warm water and use it to rinse the walls. Pour the water over the walls, starting from the top and working your way down. Repeat as needed to remove cleaning residue.
  • Extendable Mop or Brush: Attach a cloth or sponge to the end of an extendable mop or brush. Dip it in clean water and use it to rinse and wipe down the walls.

By tackling these common bathroom cleaning challenges, you’ll be well-equipped to maintain a sparkling and inviting bathroom. Next, we’ll explore chemical & safety precautions to take while cleaning your bathroom.

  • Slip Hazards: Be cautious of slippery surfaces when using water or cleaning agents. Additionally, use caution signs if necessary for anyone else.
  • Ladder Safety: If you need to reach high areas, use a stable and properly positioned ladder, and ensure it’s in good condition.
  • Electrical Safety: Keep electrical appliances away from water sources to avoid electrical hazards.
  • Chemical Handling: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on product labels and avoid mixing different cleaning chemicals, which can produce harmful fumes.
  • Read Safety Data Sheets (SDS): Familiarize yourself with the SDS for each cleaning product you use. They provide critical safety information.
  • Store Chemicals Safely: Keep cleaning products out of reach of children and pets, and store them in a well-ventilated, cool, and dry place.
  • Proper Tool Use: Use cleaning tools and equipment according to their intended purpose, and exercise caution when handling sharp or heavy items.
  • Labeling Containers: If you transfer cleaning solutions to different containers, clearly label them to prevent accidental ingestion or misuse.

Wrapping up…

I hope this guide has helped you with all of your bathroom cleaning needs. My goal is to provide a detailed step by step guide that will help you tackle any bathroom, any size, in any condotion.

We’ve discussed the importance of cleaning your bathroom, as well as saftey precautions to take before you start. I also provided a detailed list of all the bathroom cleaning supplies and equipment you’ll need to provide a professional cleaning.

Remember, a clean bathroom isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about creating a hygienic and inviting space for yourself, your loved ones, or your clientele.

If you’re interested in more bathroom cleaning techniques, try out my 8 Toilet Cleaning Hacks. As always, Happy Cleaning.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Professionals Clean Bathrooms?

Professional cleaners follow a systematic approach to ensure a thorough clean. Usually, we begin by de-cluttering the space and removing items and trash from counter tops and shower areas. This is also a good time for collecting any trash and getting rid of it. Usually follows the dusting and cobweb removal, starting from the highest points of the room and dusting downward. Then we clean surfaces, fixtures, tubs and sinks etc. Disinfecting the bathroom and then mopping are normally the last task.

What Do Professional Cleaners Use For Bathroom Cleaning?

Professional cleaners use a range of cleaning products tailored to various bathroom surfaces. This includes multi-surface cleaners, disinfectants to kill germs, tile and grout cleaners, glass cleaners for mirrors and shower doors, and specialized products for tackling tough stains and mold. There are also various tools and equipment that cleaners use such as shower scrubbers, Squeegies and microfiber mops. The choice of product depends on the specific cleaning needs of the bathroom.

How Do I Completely Deep Clean My Bathroom?

Deep cleaning your bathroom involves a thorough and detailed approach. Start by removing items and de-cluttering to access all areas. Begin with dusting and removing cobwebs. Then, work from top to bottom, cleaning fixtures, tiles, and grout. Additionally, pay close attention to high-touch surfaces like faucet handles and light switches. Last but not least, don’t forget to disinfect these areas for a hygienic finish. Regular maintenance and deep cleaning as needed will keep your bathroom in top shape.

How Do You Clean a Bathroom Perfectly?

Regular, consistent maintenance is the key to keeping your bathroom in a near-perfect state. Additionally, cleaning a bathroom perfectly requires attention to detail and a little hard work. Start with a methodical approach, ensuring every surface is cleaned and disinfected. Then use appropriate cleaning products for each task. Making sure you have the right products for each bathroom cleaning project will ensure items get as cleaned correctly. Double checking your work multiple times, and also have another person look over your work is a good way to catch anything you may have missed.

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