The difference between a house and a home is how much you love living there. LaunchPad explores the innovative technologies that help you care for your space more effectively.
The bathroom — it’s the worst place to clean, isn’t it? That’s how I feel about it anyway, and I have yet to encounter anyone who feels differently. I’m a big fan of long baths, especially in the winter, but it’s hard to feel calm and relaxed when my bathroom is anything less than spick and span. I end up just thinking about all the cleaning I have to do rather than enjoying my wine and suds.
In order to make sure my bathroom stays the relaxation oasis I want it to be, there’s no getting around frequent deep cleanings. However, deep cleaning doesn’t have to be synonymous with an entire day spent scrubbing. To get the results of a serious clean in just 15 minutes, efficiency is the name of the game. The central players on my team are a versatile vacuum like the Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum, which can tackle several surfaces quickly, and a good vinegar and baking soda combo: They’ll get you from grimy to shiny in no time. Here’s how to do it.
The first step to a successful cleaning adventure is to get everything properly prepped. Give any bathroom rugs a quick once over with the vacuum (its torque-driven bristle head gets deep into fibers at warp speeds) before moving them out of the way, as well as removing the soaps and bottles from the shower, and any knickknacks hanging out on counters or window sills. Then, gather the other supplies you’ll need: tub and tile deep cleaners, an all-surface spray, a couple of microfiber cloths, and a toilet bowl cleaner and a brush.
Spray the tub and tile deep cleaners on all surfaces of your bath and shower (or a vinegar and baking soda paste if you want to go the DIY route) and let it sit. Deep cleaners do the work for you while you’re busy with other tasks, which is why they’re key to a quick clean.
While those are soaking, swirl some toilet bowl cleaner around the toilet and give it a scrub. Flush and voila — toilet cleaning complete.
The thing about cleaning a bathroom is that there are so many little nooks and crannies that dust bunnies can settle into (all of the weird space behind the toilet, for example). Luckily, the Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum makes the job fast and easy thanks to its ability to get into all of those tiny spaces. Pop it into hand-held mode and glide it over any surface that needs cleaning. In 60 seconds or less, you’re done.
But it gets better. The vacuum’s HEPA filtration system cleans the air that flows through it, and its acoustic engineering reduces unpleasant noise. It’s got up to 60 minutes of battery life, so you’ll have plenty of juice for your whole tidying agenda.
Now that dust is out of the way, spritz some all-purpose cleaner on all of the bathroom’s surfaces from the sink to the mirror and follow it up with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free finish.
It’s time to go back to the tub and tile surfaces and finish what you’ve started. The deep-cleaning agents will have done their job by now, so all you have to do is wipe them up, turn the shower on hot, and rise everything down.
Now that surfaces are taken care of, it’s time to turn your attention to the floor. All of the innovations in the vacuum, from its full-size bin to its ultra-hygienic dirt ejection, make this segment one of the fastest of the entire project. Just select the setting for tile and glide it over your floors, and you’ll be done before you know it.
Put all of the soaps and shampoos back into the tub, and replace everything else you’ve moved in the process, including rugs and anything decorative.
Your bathroom is officially as clean as it’s ever been. Time to wow roommates, significant others, or any guests that might stop by.
Cinnamon Janzer is a freelance journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. You can read more about her at www.cinnamon-janzer.com.