It’s definitely not my favourite job to tackle, but its a necessary evil, can you guess what it is? Its cleaning the bathroom, toilet or en-suite. Now come Christmas, when we have guests come to stay, I always give special attention to these rooms, and thought I would offer up my week-long guide to the perfectly pristine powder room today. It’s a very light-hearted countdown, don’t worry about skipping a step in an emergency, but if the MIL is coming to stay *ahem* then make sure you follow each step.
My week-long countdown to a squeaky clean bathroom fit for those Christmas guests!
1 week before
A really deep clean.
Take everything off all of the surfaces, and wipe down both the walls and floors. Sweep the floor, or vacuum, whichever you prefer. Then using a steam cleaner, I wash the floors and the tiles, including the shower screen if you have one. Thoroughly clean the loo, and my secret gem is to add a Domestos Power 5 Rimblock, as it not only keeps the loo clean, but smells great too.
Always use a dry soft cloth to make sure all the surfaces are dry afterwards. For anything stubborn, I use a little bleach on a cleaning sponge, rinse well and then dry too.
Remember to clean doors, door frames, light switches and blinds. I always try to look at a room with fresh eyes, and it helps to see it from someone elses perspective. If you use soap tray or toothbrush holder, clean these too, mine are dish-washable, so that makes life really easy.
5 days before
Take stock of what you have.
This includes, towels, toiletries and cleaning products. Have a tidy up and throw away of anything old, that you aren’t going to use. Also make a list of anything that is missing. You may need some new guest towels, and a few toiletries for your guests to make them feel at home, and then buy them before day 3 of the countdown.
Make sure your storage is working for you, if you don’t have hidden storage to keep things in, invest in some baskets or boxes to keep things neat and tidy. I use tea cups, with some samples in for guests to use if they need to. Also make sure there is some room for your guest to lay out their own lotions and potions.
I have a small basket next to each loo, which has spare toilet rolls in and some of the toilet wipes, and any other cleaning products you might need. Saves guest having to ask for things.
You should also wash and dry, either your existing or new towels ready too.
1 day to go
Add some pretty finishing touches, a small posy of flowers, a reed diffuser, even a little festive decoration, to get your bathroom fully Christmas ready!
Just before the guests arrive
Give everywhere a last-minute clean and refresh, polish the mirror.
Change the hand towel, put a little toilet bleach down the loo so that it smell fresh.
I promise you by following this guide your bathroom will be much easier to keep clean into the new year and beyond. Leaving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy time with your friends and family!
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As with all cleaning products, you should always test an inconspicuous area first. The room should be well ventilated and you should be wearing the appropriate clothing, including protective gloves.