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10 STEPS TO THOROUGH CLEANING

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How do hotels keep those bathrooms so clean? One quick answer is that hotels clean bathrooms every day. While you may not want to clean your entire bathroom that often, doing small things - such as wiping down the counters, faucet and sink, and spot-cleaning the mirror - can give your bathroom a daily perk-up. The rest is in the weekly routine.

Step 1: Vacuum and dust

Work from top to bottom, dusting light fixtures and shelves with micro-fiber cloths before vacuuming floors and crevices.

Step 2: Heat up surfaces

Heating tile and the tub just 10 degrees above the normal air temperature doubles the effectiveness of alkaline cleansers. Let the tub soak in hot water for a few minutes.

Step 3: Spray

Drain the tub, then spray an antibacterial cleaner on tile walls, tub, counters, sink, toilet and floor. Work from top to bottom, starting at the top of shower walls, and spraying down to the tub and inside the toilet bowl.

Step 4: Spread

Use a sponge or cloth to spread the cleanser around evenly on tile surfaces.

Step 5: Sit

Disinfectants need contact time to work - five to seven minutes inside the toilet bowl and on surfaces.

Step 6: Scrub

Use a scrub brush or nonscratch abrasive pad to scrub every square inch of the tub and tiles.

Step 7: Rinse

If you don't rinse after spraying your cleanser, dirt is going to stick to it and build up and be even more troublesome.

Step 8: Dry

Use clean, dry cotton cloths or rags to thoroughly dry all surfaces.

Step 9: Glass and mirrors

Spray the mirror and other glass with a glass cleanser and wipe dry.

Step 10: Floors

Exit the bathroom by rinsing, wiping and drying the floor.

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