Everyone (including helpers who have worked here before) has their personal preferences of brands of commercial cleaners and types of brushes and sponges. Explain to your new helper that it is best she uses what is available and when they run out or need to be replaced, you are open to her suggestion.
To improve her efficiency, I suggest that equip her with
- a good pair of long rubber gloves;
- a bathroom caddy or pail in which she can carry all that she needs to do this job;
- cleaning liquids. If you are environmentally friendly, baking soda and vinegar are miracle workers here too ,
- toilet and other brushes (used tooth brushes and dental floss can get into those narrow grooves and crevices), and
- large and small towels to dry different surfaces to keep them shiny. In our humid weather, a very good alternative to large towels for drying the floor would be large squeegees at the end of a pole.
- One or 2 different sized squeegees is most effective in scrapping away the water from the walls, glass screens and floors.
DRY BATHROOMS ARE SAFER!
Some helpful tips include:
- Shower curtains. Pull them closed when not in use, so water can’t sit in the folds. Shower-curtain liners. Some may be machine washable using hot water and a mild laundry detergent. If you can’t machine-wash, scrub the liner by hand using a solution of 10 parts water to 1 part bleach.
- Towels. To keep them smelling fresh between washes, spread over two hooks to dry, or hang them on rods instead and if needs be, toss them into your dryer for a while during the rainy months.
- Mildew is a problem in our humid environment.
- Discourage mildew growth in the bathroom. Do this by increasing the amount of air circulation and light in bathroom. Keep windows open or open them after that hot steamy shower. Bring in your portable fan to clear the steam quickly especially during the rainy months.
- Clean mildew with a mix of 10 parts water to 1 part bleach and a soft-bristled brush. Follow up with a pH-neutral cleaner to remove the bleach solution.
- Clogged drain pipes. Using a plunger tends to be the first easy fix-it. There are commercially available drain pipe cleaners for this problem but make sure it doesn’t corrode the drain pipe or if it is bad, call in the plumber. However, good preventative measures are:
- regularly remove hair from the sink flange;
- regularly pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. The mixture will foam up. Let stand for a few minutes then pour boiling water down the drain to wash out any clogs.
- Unclog shower-heads. They are usually clogged by mineral deposits. Fill a plastic bag with undiluted white vinegar and place the bag over the head so it is submerged; secure and seal the bag with a rubber band. Soak overnight and then scrub the face with a toothbrush. It is fortunate that we have soft water in Singapore. There are some brands of new shower-heads which may not require soaking as the holes in the rubberised part of shower-heads are rubbed to remove mineral deposits on a regular basis.
- Clean Bath Toys. Wash them with usual dish-washing liquid and rinse well. You can also do so with a vinegar-water bath. Fill a bucket with warm water, adding 1/2 cup white vinegar per gallon of water. Soak toys for 10 minutes, then rub gently with a sponge and allow to dry. The acetic acid in vinegar cuts through dirt build-up and works as a natural disinfectant.
- Air dry Toilet brushes after using them. Putting a rinsed toilet brush right back in the holder. Moisture breeds bacteria, so it’s important to let the brush dry completely before stashing it.
- Family members can also develop these helpful habits.
- After using the bathroom sink or showering, take a minute to wipe down the sink, tub and faucets with a soft terry-cloth towel to help remove soap scum and prevent mineral deposits.
- Wipe shower walls and glass stalls with a squeegee after every use.
(some content taken from Martha Stewart)
DIY Enzyme Cleaners
I have written a post about this matter. Please click here for some points about its effectiveness as a cleaning agent.