Deep Clean Bathroom Checklist: Easy to Follow Steps to a Clean Bathroom

tips on deep cleaning bathrooms

Cleaning the bathroom can be a big chore. You want to make sure that you’re doing it right and getting into all of the tough spots.

We’ve put together this comprehensive deep clean bathroom checklist for you, so that you know exactly how to get your bathroom sparkling again in no time at all!

Follow these simple steps and we promise your bathroom will shine like new again! Go ahead and print out our checklist too, so you can check off each step as you go along. This way there’s less chance of forgetting something important when it comes time to do the job.

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Deep Cleaning vs Weekly Cleaning Differences

difference between a deep and weekly clean

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between deep cleaning and weekly cleaning?

Weekly cleaning is a set of cleaning tasks you follow either daily (e.g. cleaning the toilet) or weekly (e.g.scrubbing the shower and tub. This works well to keep your bathroom clean. However, a deep or spring clean will be needed every 3 – 12 months so you can get to areas usually missed in routine cleans.

For example, a deep clean is a chance to scrub the grout in your shower, deal with mold, declutter the medicine cabinet and the collection toiletries that will inevitably grow.

List of Bathroom Cleaning Supplies you’ll Need

List of Bathroom Cleaning supplies

I don’t want to be prescriptive here. You will have your favorite cleaning products you regularly use. For example, I love microfiber clothes but you might prefer a sponge or cotton cloth.

If you have a steam mop, you love to use then use that instead of a mop.

  • Toilet brush and bowl cleaner
  • If necessary toilet descaler
  • Spray bottle with tub & tile cleaner
  • All-purpose bathroom cleaning solution
  • Glass cleaner that removes limescale
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Rubber gloves
  • Stiff brush
  • Microfiber clothes for dusting and washing walls and floors.
  • Vacuum
  • Steam or microfiber mop
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Trash bag
  • Step ladder to reach and clean light fixtures and exhaust fans.

Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Here is a list of the steps that I follow when deep cleaning a bathroom.

I like to choose a warm sunny day the reason is I love to fling the bathroom windows wide as I’m cleaning. Then air dry all my curtains, towels and bathmats. You might prefer to tumble dry these.

deep clean bathroom checklist

1. Clear the Clutter First

clear bathroom clutter before you clean

One of my top tips for a tidy home is to declutter first before cleaning.

Before you clean, go through all your toiletries, medicines and other miscellaneous items. Discard empty toiletry bottles. Go through your medicine cabinet and discard any that are out of date.

Remove all items from the inside of medicine cabinets, vanity unit tops, shelving and the edges of the bath. This will make cleaning so much easier.

Take the trash can out and empty it and give it a good clean.

2. Launder Washable Items

Remove shower curtains, towels, bath mats and draperies, and wash all these in your washing machine and dry.

While you are doing this, look carefully at your towels are they looking a bit worn and faded? Maybe you could treat yourself to a new set of towels to place in your clean bathroom (every couple of years).

3. Vacuum Thoroughly

Do this to dry surfaces only, concentrate on heating and exhaust vents, lighting fittings and ceiling fans. Then the walls, shelves and floor.

This step is optional, but you will find less dust and dirt to clean off if you do this step first.

4. Dust then Clean Surfaces

Dust Before You Clean Surfaces

After dusting or vacuuming, clean all your surfaces using all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Start with the ceiling and work across and down to the baseboards.

5. Clean Mirrors and Windows

Use glass cleaner and a microcloth to clean your mirrors and windows. If you have water splashes on the mirror near the sink, use a small amount of descaler to remove this.

6. Clean Tiles

Clean tiles that are around your bathroom. Use your all-purpose cleaner or specialist tile cleaner. Buff up to a lovely shine with a dry microcloth.

7. Clean Discolored Grouting

The grout in high-traffic areas of your bathrooms, like the shower, will become discolored. Also, you might find black mold growing in the damper corners of the shower.

Use grout cleaner and we will need elbow grease if the mold is extensive. Use a toothbrush to get into corners and around shower fixtures.

8. Clean the Shower and Tub

Using an all purpose bathroom cleaner and give the shower enclosure and tub a good clean. The glass shower door or glass enclosure panels may need to be treated with shower door cleaner to remove the limescale. I find citric acid cleaner works well for this.

Buff the shower and tub with a barely damp microcloth until they shine.

9. Scrub Toilet and Bidets

scrub the toilet

Although you regularly clean your toilet, limescale can still build up in the toilet bowl. Especially at the waterline. Treat this with toilet descaler and a good scrub with a toilet brush.

For thick layers of limescale, you may need to leave limescale removers overnight and you might need to apply more than once. Just keep going until the toilet bowl is all clear.

Wipe the seat and outside of the toilet. Concentrate on the junction of the toilet and floor.

10. Clean Floor

Sweep and mop the floor (vacuum if it’s carpeted) making sure you get into every nook and cranny.

11. Finishing Touches

Plants in bathroom add a finishing touch

Hang up the dry towels, shower curtains and window treatments. Replace mats back on the floor. Toiletries and medicines can go back. Try to arrange them neatly.

Consider adding a vase of fresh flowers or a house plant as these give the room a fresh clean feel.

Alternatively, add some pretty bathroom accessories that coordinate with the color scheme.

Stand back and admire your sparkling clean bathroom.

Clever Bathroom Cleaning Hacks and Tips

Bathroom Cleaning Hacks and Tips

You don’t need to be a professional cleaner to have an amazing-looking bathroom! Follow these expert tips and hacks.

Here are some easy-to-follow steps that will lead to a sparklingly clean bathroom every day.

  • Use green eco-friendly cleaners we’ll be doing something good for the planet too!
  • Squeegee the water off your glass shower door or enclosure to prevent a buildup of limescale and soap scum. It only takes moments to do this after a shower, and it makes a difference in how often need to have a deep clean.
  • Use a microcloth to dry the metal fixtures in the shower after use. This prevents unsightly water spots.
  • I would recommend group similar tasks together. Those jobs that use the same cleaning products and should be completed together. For example,if you clean the glass shower door, then the windows and mirrors can be done at the same time.
  • When it’s time to get your bathroom in shape, gather all the equipment and cleaning products you need. This saves you time as you won’t have to stop to hunt down cleaning materials.
  • One of the most useful tools to use is an old toothbrush. It’s small size means you can clean those awkward areas around the faucets, shower fittings and the grout in the corners.
  • As you work around the bathroom, leave the toilet until last. This will stop you contaminating the rest of the bathroom.
How long does it take to deep clean a bathroom?

This depends on so many factors. The size of your bathroom, the amount of use it has and how dirty the bathroom is before you start. A rule of thumb is about a mornings work of around 3-4 hours for a large family bathroom. Less if you just have a small bathroom and you live on your own.

How often should you deep clean your bathroom?

Traditionally, a deep clean is called a spring clean as this is undertaken just once a year. However, if you have a busy household with teen kids, the bathroom might need to be deep cleaned every 3 months or so.


Whether you’re preparing to sell your home, having guests over or just want a sparkling bathroom, keep this checklist handy. It will help with the bathroom deep clean and give you an idea of what needs attention – from sinks to toilet bowls.

Our 11 step guide will help you get your toilet shining like new again in no time at all!

Let’s make this year one where we can feel proud of the way our homes look and smell!

There is no better feeling than walking into your bathroom after it was just deep cleaned. Good luck!

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