General/Commercial Cleaning: Toilets
Toilets need to be maintained to avoid being a health risk and smelly. By knowing how to maximise your efficiency when cleaning them you can cut down on the time and unpleasantness of the entire process.
Things you will Need:
Cleaning Solution: Typically toilet cleaning will require two types of cleaning solution, though some products will do both.
Surface cleaner – These are spray on cleaners that typically can be used for most tiled and porcelain surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen. Many of these will be antibacterial as well as help loosen up any ingrained dirt or buildup. As they are designed for general use they are often not too span smelling.
Bowl cleaner – For use in the actual toilet bowl. They are spaner, often potentially more dangerous chemicals that may or may not have bleaches in them. Be careful when using them as they can damage clothing. Many brands offer non-stick surfaces or other cleaning benefits secondary to just disinfection so be sure to weigh up your choices when making a purchase.
Always follow the instructions on cleaning products and never use them in ways or places explicitly stated in the instructions; things can go bad very quickly if you aren’t careful.
Rubber gloves – Gloves are essential to avoid potentially ruining the skin and nails on your hands. They also allow you to work with hot water, which helps make cleaning easier. There are multiple brands of gloves to choose from, so finding a brand that produces sizes that fit and resist heat well is advisable. Never use the same gloves for toilet and kitchen cleaning for obvious reasons.
Toilet brush – Usually a brush with a long handle that allows you to avoid directly scrubbing a toilet bowl, many brands also come with a cover/stand that means you don’t have to ever touch it directly.
Sponges and Paper towels – There is debate over which is more hygienic, or whether paper towel is environmentally irresponsible and etc. Realistically both have their uses: sponges offer butter scrubbing action while paper is easily disposed on and is better for quicker wipe downs. Our process will include both, but you can choose one or the other if you’d prefer.
Duster – A duster to remove cobwebs may be necessary.
Surface Germ Killing Spray -Usually an aerosol style can that deodorises and kills germs. There are several brands on the market, usually the fragrance is the main discerning factor so go with your nose.
Things to Keep in Mind – Any equipment used to clean toilets should be used for that purpose only. Even other elements of the bathroom should have unique sponges and gloves to avoid cross contamination.
Make sure that any sponges you use are very thoroughly rinsed afterwards or they will smell terrible after a few uses.
Cleaning the Toilet –
First make sure all cobwebs are removed before you start cleaning. Wearing a pair of gloves is advised at all steps of the process.
Starting with the toilet bowl apply your bowl cleaner as per the instructions. This usually involves spraying it under the rim of the edge of the bowl [where the water comes up] with many brands having specialised nozzles to make it more functional. Depending on the brand waiting a minute or two may be necessary. With your toilet brush scrub the solution in to the porcelain while making sure to focus on any areas that have build-ups, including the areas below the toilet water line. Once you’ve done that flush the toilet and do another ‘dry run’, scrubbing the edges to make sure everything is off the surface. By this time between your scrubbing and the cleaning element the bowl should be clean. If not, a second application of the cleaning solution may help.
Spray your surface cleaner on the rest of the toilet; include the toilet seat and the cistern. Like with any surface cleaning you will need to leave the cleaning solution on for the recommended time then use a sponge or paper towel to wipe away the cleaning element and the dirt at the same time. More ingrained dirt may require a sponge to work off, perhaps even one with a slightly rougher edge. If you have the opportunity, using paper towel to dry the surfaces can help avoid potential germ build-ups though most surface sprays prevent that to some degree anyway.
If you have any residual concerns about hygiene you can finish off by giving the toilet a generous dousing with a surface germ killing spray.
How Often Should it be Done?
It depends on the traffic the toilets receive. A single occupant could potentially get away with monthly cleaning if they are sensible, a full family unit may need to do it fortnightly or weekly.
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General/Commercial Cleaning: Toilets