Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ready for the Holidays : Guest Bath

I feel like the guest bathroom is potentially one of the most used places in your home during the holiday season. And let's be honest, probably the most judged room in the house. I'm being serious here! It's the most private place in your home where guests can check out anything behind any door. Am I right?!?

This holiday season, you are going to be ready for them.... Today we are going to get our guest bathrooms under control! It's going to take some work and some elbow grease, but you won't shy away from anyone looking through your drawers....

Our guest bathroom is mainly used by Caleb. While Caleb is honing his newly discovered standing to pee tricks in this bathroom, we are in constant cleaning mode. I don't know why in the world I said "we" when it's really only me...

I always clean this room from top to bottom, so let's get started.....
  • Clean dust and cobwebs from ceilings, walls, and corners.
  • Clean exhaust vent cover and any light fixture covers.
  • Spray the tub and/or shower area with your favorite soap scum removing chemicals. 
  • Wipe down the walls if needed. I make sure to hit the wall areas closest to the toilet....
  • Clean any wall decorations or shelves.
  • Squirt a toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet. 
  • Go back and scrub your tub and/or shower. 
  • Replace plastic curtain liner, if needed. I've read somewhere that you may try washing these in the washing machine too... Definitely worth a shot if yours is in good condition. 
  • Throw fabric shower curtain, rugs, and decorative towels in the washer. 
  • Clean your toilet. Don't forget to wipe down the entire exterior too. Go ahead and scrub the toilet bowl now too. 
  • Clean all baseboards, doors, and light switch covers.
  • Spray your countertops and faucets and wipe clean.
  • Clean mirrors.
  • Wipe clean all toothbrush holders, soap dishes, and other counter items.
  • Wipe all drawers out in bathroom. 
  • Stock extra toilet paper. 
  • Use baskets to organize bath and beauty supplies.
  • Stock extra towels. 
  • Clean your floors. 
I have old linoleum floors that have definitely seen better days.... Since the day we moved in, they just looked dirty. I scrubbed and tried every product I could think of to clean the caked on grime from these floors. I got desperate with a tire scrubbing brush at one point, but I never had much luck. 

I tried a suggestion from Pinterest and it worked!!! Praise the Lord!!!! It involves ammonia, an iron (preferably a cheap or an old one), and several cleaning rags....

It's time consuming and it stinks to high heavens, but it gets the job done... I laid one of my cleaning rags flat on the floor and poured enough ammonia to wet the entire rag. Then I set the iron on top of the rag for several seconds. (Don't let it set for too long, you will probably ruin your floor.) I removed the iron and let the rag cool until I could touch it, then I scrubbed the area I just treated. All of the nasty build up on your floors will ball right up into a disgusting mess of stuff (kinda looks like black snot). I slowly worked my way through the entire floor.

 It burnt my nose and eyes....and I had to take very frequent breaks, but it was worth it! Use fans, open windows, turn on the exhaust fan! I only attempted this when I was home alone and could let the house air out before Caleb came in! 

In the top right corner of this picture, you can see the embedded dirt in my floor that just would not scrub away. I think over time dirt and cleaning product built up and stuck in the grooves of my linoleum and then got sealed in with more cleaning product build up. 

After I scrubbed the entire floor with the iron, rags, and ammonia I got a clean, smooth feeling, amazing shine! 

My floor has never felt or looked so clean! My bathroom smells fresher now that I don't have caked up dirt hiding out. 

Just in case you were wondering if I was actually doing this series along with you, here you go....
I stripped my entire bathroom down and scrubbed everything!

I also took this time to straighten my linen closet. I got rid of extra toiletry items. Before I have guests, I should probably pick up some decorative baskets to hold everything on my shelves. I scrubbed the shelves and floors of this little closet while I had everything out. 

If you were to come over now, you would see our bathroom sparkling like this:

And if you were one of those type of people who like to snoop in drawers....Well, here are mine. I saved you the trouble. 


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