Reduce the spread of germs and help stop mould and mildew growing in your bathroom with simple cleaning techniques.
Bathroom cleaning should aim to remove germs from surfaces, and stop mould and mildew growing.Although toilet bowls are likely to contain germs, the risk of picking up germs directly from the toilet bowl is usually low because people don’t usually touch it. However, germs from the toilet can splash onto other surfaces during use or flushing, and travel round your bathroom on unwashed hands. This is a particular concern if someone in your family is sick with a tummy upset.
The greatest risk of catching harmful germs in the bathroom comes from surfaces that you frequently touch — like the toilet flush handle, toilet seat, taps, and door handle.
You can reduce germs on bathroom surfaces and help stop mould and mildew growing by following these simple steps.
- Keep bathroom surfaces as dry as possible and keep the bathroom well ventilated to help prevent the growth of mould and mildew.
- Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl as often as necessary to prevent the build-up of dirt and lime scale that can harbour germs and cause nasty odours. Use a toilet disinfectant product. If you use a toilet brush, make sure it is stored clean and dry after use. Close the toilet lid before flushing to help stop germs spreading.
- Clean and disinfect hand contact surfaces such as the toilet flush handle, toilet seat, taps and door handles frequently
- Clean up spills of body fluids (e.g. faeces, vomit) immediately, and disinfect these surfaces.
- Rinse baths, sinks and showers with clean water after use, and clean them regularly using a product that will remove soap scum and scale, then rinse the surfaces thoroughly and leave them to dry. ou only need to use a disinfectant on these surfaces if they are used by someone who has an infectious disease or if they are contaminated with body fluids (e.g. faeces, vomit).
- Germs can grow in showerheads. If you haven't used your shower for a while, let it run on full power on a hot setting for a minute or two to flush any germs away before using.
- Store personal items (like toothbrushes and razors) where germs are unlikely to splash onto them. Rinse them with clean water after each use and store them dry. Never share personal items.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and after cleaning the bathroom.
- It is best to replace bathroom carpets with hard surface flooring, such as tiles, linoleum, or laminate. These are more hygienic because they are easier to clean and do not collect debris in the same way that carpets can. Use an all purpose disinfectant cleaner to help clean and disinfect hard flooring. If your floors are wood, use a product that is safe on wood surfaces.