"If you are dealing with a bathroom at home with a tub or a shower, clean the tub or shower before cleaning the toilet. Your toilet is that last thing to be cleaned. If there was anything particularly infectious in that area, you want to clean that last so that it doesn't get on your other materials."
- Brad Stinton
What is the proper order for cleaning a bathroom?
"My general rule of thumb is to clean-dry first, wet second, and clean from top to bottom. So when we clean, if there is any dusting that needs to be done, that is done and then the floor is swept. Then we normally clean the mirror first, then the sink, then the toilet. If you are dealing with a bathroom at home with a tub or a shower, clean the tub or shower before cleaning the toilet. Your toilet is that last thing to be cleaned. If there was anything particularly infectious in that area, you want to clean that last so that it doesn't get on your other materials. Certainly, I don't recommend using the same sponge or cloth to clean the sink and the toilet."
How often should a bathroom be cleaned?
"Part of it depends on how many people you have using it. I would recommend, if you had even as many as two people using any one bathroom, that you clean it a couple of times a week, as far as the basic surfaces go. I have a housekeeper that comes to my place every two weeks. But you just don't want to leave certain things that long. I keep some Clorox Wipes [$2.99 for 35 wipes at Smart & Final] in my bathroom, and when in doubt, I go over the basic surfaces with one of those. They are really good in a home environment because anyone can grab one and wipe down something that looks questionable at any time."
For deep cleaning, what products do you recommend?
"If a person wants to go to the trouble of shopping at janitor supply houses, a quaternary disinfectant is a very strong, broad-based disinfectant. It cleans germs, viruses, just about any kind of airborne or blood-borne pathogen out there. You are basically doing a hospital-type disinfection. The one thing to keep in mind with a disinfectant like that is that generally there is no protection after the fact. You have cleaned and killed everything that it comes into contact with, but once it is dry there is no residual germ-killing ability." Continue to Part 3.