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How to Speed Clean Bathrooms – Only 15 Minutes Will Make Them Look Great Before Your Guests Arrive

How to Speed Clean Bathrooms – Only 15 Minutes Will Make Them Look Great Before Your Guests Arrive

Do you have clean bathrooms? Has it been a while since professionals cleaned them?

If there’s one place in your home at least one of your guests is guaranteed to go, it’s your bathroom. And while most of us were taught not to snoop, it’s hard not to notice when a bathroom’s a little on the dingy side. So it’s probably smart to clean all your bathrooms before any guests arrive.

So if you just got the call saying that guests are on their way, you only have a limited amount of time to do some cleaning and get your bathrooms in shape.

You don’t have time for a complete sanitization and disinfection, but you can definitely make them look and smell good before your guests arrive. Clean bathrooms make a difference in how clean your guests perceive your whole place to be.

Here is a cleaning routine that should take you about 15 minutes to complete — maybe less if you only have a single bathroom.

Clean Bathrooms – The GreenPro NYC Speed Clean Routine

And don’t worry! This is not a fake cleaning routine. This is not making your bathroom look clean when it really isn’t. This is a thorough way to clean bathrooms — fast.

The key to our timesaving approach is? You will not be sweeping, vacuuming, or washing the floors. 

You can certainly add sweeping, vacuuming, and washing floors to your list if they’re looking like they could use a little TLC, but be aware that it may take over 15 minutes! And when you have surprise guests coming over, time is of the essence.

Alright! With that said, let’s get started. Here are the steps:

Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

You will need one microfiber cloth for each toilet, one for each sink, and extras for tubs and showers. In a pinch, you can substitute paper towels or cleaning quotes, but microfiber cloths are the best for this.

You will also need:

  • Glass & mirror cleaner
  • Disinfecting bathroom cleaner
  • Scrubbing powder
  • Toilet cleaner and brush

You may find it helpful to also have an empty bin for dirty rags or used paper towels, a caddy or bin to carry your supplies from room to room, and a laundry basket.

Clean Bathrooms: Go to the First (Or Only) Bathroom

Take everything off the counters and sinks. If you have laundry or dirty towels hanging around, toss them in the hallway. You’ll deal with them later.

Spray glass cleaner on mirrors and wipe them clean. Microfiber cloths are especially handy here since they don’t leave behind lint and give you a streak-free shine. If you’re short on microfiber cloths, you can keep this one handy and reuse it on every mirror in each bathroom or for a quick clean of other mirrors around the house.

Spray disinfecting cleaner on your sink, toilet, bathtub, and shower surfaces. Be generous with the cleaner and don’t forget the often-overlooked back and bottom areas of your toilet. Let the cleaner sit on the surfaces for a while.

While your cleaning spray is doing the hard work, grab your toilet bowl cleaner and brush and get to work scrubbing the inside of the toilet bowl.

We’ll come back to the areas where you sprayed the disinfecting cleaner in a few minutes.

Clean Bathrooms (Repeat): Go Clean Each Of The Other Bathrooms

If you’re really strapped for time, focus on the primary bathroom(s) people will be using. At a minimum, you should:

  • Clear the counters
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Spray down the sink, toilet, tub, and shower
  • Clean inside of the toilet

Clean Bathroom: Go Back to the First Bathroom

Now that your cleaner has loosened all the gunk, wipe down your sink, toilet, tub, and shower. 

Use a new cloth for each toilet, sink, and tub so you don’t cross-contaminate. When wiping the toilet, do the bottom/back area last, since that’s usually the dirtiest.

When you’ve dirtied a cloth, toss it in your empty bin for easy cleanup. After you’ve wiped everything down, you can put your hand towels, soap, and any decorations back on the counter.

If you have a spare second, take the time to light a candle before heading back to the other bathrooms.

Clean Bathroom (Repeat): Go Back To All Of The Other Bathrooms

Wipe down the sink, the toilet, and the tub with separate microfiber cloths, and then toss dirty cloths into your empty bin. Put any hand soap, hand towels, and decorations back in place. Again, lighting a candle is a great added touch.

Once all of your bathrooms are clean, grab your laundry basket and take a moment to pick up all the laundry and dirty towels you tossed into the hallway earlier. Place the basket in your laundry room, bedroom closet, or another discreet location.

And that’s it! Your race to clean all your bathrooms is complete. You have clean bathrooms and are ready for your guests.

If You Still Have a Little Time Before Your Last-Minute Guests Arrive

If you have a little more time before your guests arrive, take a look at your floors. Perhaps it’s time to consider a quick vacuuming?

And, if you never want to have to scramble to get your home looking clean again, give us a call at GreenPro NYC and we can put together a custom cleaning plan just for you.

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