How Unsafe Is Your Dirty Bathroom?

How Unsafe Is Your Dirty Bathroom?The majority of us tend to ignore the fact that we come into contact with all kinds of bacteria everyday. While most kinds are harmless, or even beneficial to us, there are some that pose dangers to our health, and many are found in our own homes. Most of these dangers are eliminated with regular cleaning, but just to remind us how important maintaining a clean home is, let’s find out how unsafe a dirty bathroom can actually be.

According to Curiosity, a show on the Discovery Channel, bathrooms are home to many different kinds of bacteria including e-coli and staphylococcus. However, they are not limited to your toilet. When you flush your toilet, small particles of water are expelled, filling the air and landing within a ten-foot radius of the toilet. This means that any bacteria in this mist lands on the walls, floors, sink and anything lying on it, such as a razor or a toothbrush.

The best way to prevent this mist from being sprayed by your toilet is to close the lid when you flush. However, the toilet remains compromised, as does any area hit by what the toilet seat does not contain. This is why it is important to wash your hands after you use the restroom – even in your own home.

Staphylococci

Staphylococcus bacteria are one of the most prevalent types of bacteria in our homes. Usually found in noses and throats or on the skin, they are responsible for “staph infections” which can be dangerous, causing a number of different complications. In the bathroom, these bacteria can be found in and around toilets and sinks, in the shower, and on door handles. The majority of the time, they do not cause any diseases. However, damaged or other injuries exposed to the bacteria may become infected. These bacteria are passed through direct contact with an infected sore or contaminated personal hygiene products like razors or bandages.

E. Coli

Usually associated with raw meat and eggs, E. coli is actually a bacteria that naturally exists in our intestinal tracts. While most types of E. coli are harmless, there are certain varieties that produce a toxin that can be dangerous to our health and even fatal in rare instances. Thankfully, E. coli is the least common bacteria found in our bathrooms.

Streptococci

As streptococci grow, they secrete a large amount of harmful toxins and enzymes. Commonly found in the throat and on the skin, they cause mild infections such as strep throat. However, they can lead to more serious infections such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis. Streptococcus is spread through personal contact with infected or healthy carriers. These bacteria usually occur in innocuous amounts in all but the filthiest bathrooms. Salmonella and campylobacter bacteria are also possibilities, though they are small.

The Good News!

The risks posed by these types of bacteria are not serious as long as you maintain a regular cleaning schedule and focus on problem areas. Standard household cleaners are usually enough to kill off all of these kinds of bacteria.

We have created this checklist to ensure that you don’t miss any important areas in your bathroom.

1.    Remove all personal hygiene items from countertops. Take all rugs and toilet covers to the laundry room and throw them in the washer. Remove any garbage cans or freestanding shelves.

This does not need to be done in your everyday cleaning, but should be done with your monthly deep clean.

2.    Turn on some music, grab a broom, thoroughly sweep the floor and dust all surfaces. Be extremely thorough! Pay particular attention to corners, behind the toilet, and underneath anything you are not able to remove. Scoop any debris into a plastic bag and leave outside the door to be thrown away later.

3.    Open a window or door and turn on a fan to ensure that the bathroom is ventilated. Then grab a step stool, a large bucket, an old clean rag, and a scrubbing brush.

4.    In the bucket, mix the cleaning solution of your choice with warm or hot water. Clorox, Lysol, or another environmentally friendly cleaner will work to kill bacteria and sanitize your bathroom’s surfaces. Dip a cleaning rag in the cleaning solution and wring out.

5.    Starting at the highest point and working your way down, wipe down each wall from ceiling to floor and all of the surfaces in between. If you are wiping down a painted surface, test the solution in an inconspicuous corner before proceeding to wash down the entire wall. Always be sure to rinse the rag and wring it out as you reach new areas. If the cleaning solution becomes too dirty, dump it out and mix up more.

6.    Make sure you wipe down faucets, doorknobs, taps and handles, lights, and any other fixtures.

7.    When you reach the floor, pay particular attention to the edge where the wall or molding meets the floor and to corners. Then use the scrubbing brush to scrub the floor, ensuring that all debris and grime is removed from the grout – unless, of course, your bathroom is carpeted. Start at the wall furthest from your bathroom door and work your way out.

8.    Remember to clean the places you don’t see. Under the toilet lids, around the interior of the toilet, the underside of faucets…

9.    Leave the bathroom to dry and take a moment to clean the items you previously removed from the bathroom with the cleaning solution. Check on your bathmats. If they are ready, toss them in the dryer.

10.    As soon as the bathroom is dry, spray all heavily used and frequently touched surfaces with a disinfecting spray of your choice. This includes toilet seats, handles, taps, and faucets. Scrub mirrors and chrome fixtures using a glass spray or vinegar mixture. Once the spray has dried, return all of the items you removed in step one to their proper place.

These ten steps will eliminate any bacterial threat in your bathroom. Schedule one of these deep cleans on a monthly basis to prevent a build-up of these bacteria and of normal bathroom residues like hairspray and perfume.

If you lack the time for such thorough cleaning, have a disability, or are afraid you will miss a spot, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are a professional cleaning service that operates in the New York City area. To learn more about our efficient cleaning and disinfecting processes or to schedule regular or one-time cleanings, please contact us using our online form or call us at (800) 309-7881.

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