Cleaning your home is already a dreaded chore—but, nothing tops the cringe-worthy, mammoth task of cleaning a toilet.
There are many reasons why toilets get dirty: leaky pipes, general wear, and tear, or merely poor aim by male users.
The toilet itself is bad enough, but all this combined could lead to an unkempt floor surrounding the toilet—and, if left alone long enough, it can be nearly impossible to remove.
The grout gets stained, the thick build-up can start appearing, and the odor can oftentimes be unbearable if uncleaned.
We’ve devised a foolproof method to keep your bathrooms squeaky clean—notably, the floor surrounding the porcelain throne.
If you determined a toilet leak is not the primary cause, one quick, easy solution for users with poor toilet aim is using an absorbent & odor removing mat.
Please keep reading to find our ultimate guide to keeping this nasty floor from appearing in your home and making sure the floor around your toilet remains spotless.
Finding The Main Cause Of The Problem
So, in order to clean the floor, you should look into what exactly is causing it to get so dirty.
Most likely, in doing so, you’ll be keeping your floor cleaner for longer.
Addressing Toilet Leakage
A lot of perpetually-dirty floors around toilets are caused by an unknown leak at the base of the toilet.
Here are some signs that your toilet could possibly be leaking:
● The toilet continues to make a sound after flushing.
○ This means the water is still running, possibly due to a disruption in the tank.
● There are yellow, brown, or grey stains around the base of the toilet.
○ However, if it is dry, this could be the sign of an old leak that has been repaired.
● Water is dripping or seeping from the bottom and/or base of the toilet.
○ Yep, that’s a leak.
● The floor is damp around the toilet.
○ This could be due to the leakage drying up, or the water has seeped under the tiles.
● There is a strong smell of sewage or urine.
○ Almost always, this is an indicator of a leak. However, this could also be a leak in the plumbing and pipes behind or around your toilet.
In any case, if you’re even the slightest bit suspicious of a toilet leak, you should call a plumber to check it out.
Not only will fixing the problem save you from continuous floor and toilet cleaning, but it could protect you from harmful mold or structural damage to your home.
Patrons With Poor Aim
You may be sharing your toilet with multiple people in your home—whether they be guests, roommates, or family members—and they could be the ones encouraging your dirty bathroom floor.
To be sure, the more people using a single toilet, the faster it will get dirty. That’s just a simple fact.
However, you can minimize the muck by kindly asking each user to take care and clean up after themselves.
Some of us have seen those embroidered signs in our grandmas’ toilet, reading something along the lines of, “Leave it cleaner than it was when you found it.” She was right.
A small gesture along these lines—or a simple conversation with the ones using the toilet frequently—could go a long way.
You’ll have less to clean up in the long run and less frequently.
How to Properly Clean the Floor Around Your Toilet
1. Sweep or Vacuum
Before getting into your deep cleaning, you’ll want to either sweep or vacuum to remove any larger dust particles or other debris.
This will save you time in the long run by not adding extra gunk to clean off your rags and brushes.
2. Gather your Supplies
The last thing you want to do when cleaning the floor around your toilet is to slip around in the middle of your half-cleaned floor to get a forgotten item.
Make sure you have all your cleaning products at hand before getting into it.
Recommended Products For Cleaning A Toilet:
● Rubber cleaning gloves
● Spray bottle containing 3 ½ cups warm water, ¼ cup baking soda, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and two tablespoons of ammonia, mixed well
● A bowl containing baking soda/peroxide paste: 3 parts baking soda, 1 part peroxide
● Old toothbrush
● Cleaning brush or abrasive sponge
● Cleaning rags
● Bucket of warm, clean water
The gloves are especially essential. Since you’ll be working with some rather harsh chemicals, you want to keep your skin safe and clean.
3. Chemically Remove Stained/Discoloration on Grout
- Shake up your spray bottle until the mixture is homogeneous
- Spray all of the stained areas on your floor—especially the grout and edges where your toilet bowl meets the ground.
- Let the cleaner sit for about 5 minutes.
- Wipe it down vigorously with a cleaning rag.
- Take your baking soda/peroxide mix and scrub it into the stains that are left using the tool of your choice. An old toothbrush will work best in the small grouting between tiles
- Let the mix sit for ten more minutes before scrubbing a second time.
- This process can be repeated until stains are gone.
- Rinse the area and the mixture off with a cleaning rag and clean water.
4. Cleaning The Surface Of Your Products
Before you revel in your freshly cleaned bathroom floor, you’ll want to sanitize your cleaning products to not only keep the harmful chemicals where they belong but to disinfect any germs that you or your products may have touched.
Using either disinfectant wipes or white vinegar and paper towels/clean rags, wipe down all of your materials, including the outside of your spray bottles, inside AND outside of your cleaning gloves, etc. You can even go into one more time with the disinfectant to the floor you just cleaned, to be totally safe.
Frequency Of Cleaning
This process should be done at the very, very least, once a month—however, it is recommended to clean your toilet once a week to keep germs at bay.
And, you don’t necessarily have to clean the floor around your toilet as often as you clean the toilet itself. You can keep an eye on it and decide when it needs a good cleaning based on pure aesthetic measures.