Bathroom Maintenance Checklist
1. Check the Condition of Caulk & Grout
One of the most neglected aspects of bathroom upkeep is checking the quality of caulk, and the grout around your tub or shower. Caulk and grout ensure that water won’t get behind tile and vinyl. Water that finds its way behind these seals can create opportunities for mold and decrease the overall integrity of your bathroom. Caulk should be inspected if not replaced annually, depending on its condition. If your bathroom is in extensive need of new caulk or grout, you might consider hiring an expert, like your local handyman company Odd Job Larry.
2. Clean Shower Door/Curtain
Any time you notice scum buildup or mold developing, scrub your shower door or curtain with an abrasive cleaner, particularly towards the bottom and in any corners or folds. A tip for keeping shower curtain liners cleaner for longer is to keep your shower curtain pulled closed when not in use. When drawing the curtain to the side after getting out of the shower and leaving it that way, moisture will be caught in the folds and create a breeding ground for bacteria!
Since the shower door gets the most wear and tear, the caulk around them has a tendency to wear out faster. Take extra notice of this area when examining the condition of your shower’s caulk.
Cleaning your shower curtain or shower door every month will help prevent mold build up from escalating to the point where it may need replacement.
3. Clean Bathroom Fixtures
Any place that water either comes out of, or goes into, is subject to build of mold and grime. This would include your shower head, shower drain, sink faucet, sink drain, and if you have one, your floor drain. The water that comes through your faucets and shower heads is known as hard water, which
means it contains dissolved minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium bicarbonate. As water evaporates, the bicarbonate remains and builds up into a chalky white substance. This is commonly referred to as limescale.
Not only does limescale look bad, but build up can also decrease your water pressure. One method of cleaning is to soak fixtures that have limescale build up in vinegar for a several hours. You can do this for your shower head by wrapping a bag around it filled with vinegar, or remove it yourself, or have Odd Job Larry remove your shower head for you, and soak it in a container. Doing this once a month will prevent significant build up of limescale.
4. Inspect Your Cabinets
It is easy for things to pile up in your drawers and cabinets going through everything once a month will help you keep track of what you have and make it easier to find. This would also a good time to clean the surfaces of your cabinets, drawers, and mirrors . You’ll be surprised by just how much filth builds up over time.
5. Clean Common Surfaces
The most rigorous chore in bathroom cleaning is scrubbing the floor, toilet and tub or shower. However, if you follow the previous steps in this checklist, you’ll find this part is much easier! Bathrooms are often too small for a mop, so using a rag and spray bottle may be your best option for the common surfaces. This also helps to fight illness caused by the spread of bacteria that can form in these areas.
If you find any problems during the course of the above 5-step checklist that are beyond your ability to fix, contact your local handyman service, Odd Job Larry! You can rest assured that your project will be taken care of quickly and efficiently and we’d love to help you out!