Show your bathroom some love this Valentine’s day

I have to think back 17 years to when I last had a new Valentine date, and I went back to his house for the first time (just for a coffee mind you! Pinky promise!). He shared a house with three other men. Men that liked to ‘entertain’, men who had an overburdened but patient cleaner. When I used the bathroom, it was a test my date didn’t know he was under taking. The results were thus.

It was clean, it smelled fresh, there was plenty of toilet paper, there were no dirty clothes lying around. It turns out the cleaner wasn’t due to come in till the following day but my date wanted to make a good impression, so he cleaned the house, bathroom included. It was immaculate. I was impressed. He had passed this little test. Could he be a keeper?

Like most girls, I use the bathroom to freshen up, re-apply make-up, check my hairstyle is still going strong; the essential first date routine. So take note gentlemen (and ladies alike) a clean bathroom matters!

Here are some tips:

The grout: Fill a spray bottle with 50:50 vinegar & water. Spray the area generously. Make a paste with baking soda and a bit of water. Dip a toothbrush (not your house mate’s) in the paste and work into the grout. Spray the area again with the vinegar and water solution. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to bubble up and work its magic on the grout. Continue to work in with the toothbrush if necessary. Rinse with water.

The toilet: Get yourself some gloves and use kitchen towels that can be thrown away – don’t use the sponge you are going to be cleaning the sink and bath with! If you’ve run out of cleaning products, pour coca-cola down the toilet and leave it for an hour or so before scrubbing and then flushing – just don’t forget to flush! And hope your date doesn’t ask for Rum & Coke.

The basin: Leave this until the end, you’re going to be using it a lot to do everything else, be sure to dry the taps, they may look clean, but if they are not dry, watermarks will appear, and there is nothing quite as impressive as blinging taps.

The shower/bath screen: I would highly recommend using a window cleaning wiper for your tiles and shower glass/screen. If you get into the habit of using it to wipe off the excess water after each use from your glass (and tiles while you’re at it), you will have a streak-free, clean and gleaming screen every time. No more scrubbing away at the limescale.

The dust: Bathrooms can get very dusty, especially on top of cabinets and around skirting boards – just dusting will help make the room smell fresh. Use polish to attract the dust, or a wet cloth, otherwise you are just moving the dust around the room, not collecting it up.

The floor: Use throw-away wipes. Quick, easy and will leave your floor stick-free. What’s not to love?

The mirrors: Your date is bound to use them! So don’t forget them, wipe them or even polish them. Leave them dry, no watermarks remember.

The towels: Big fluffy towels are great but if you don’t have those, at least make sure you have clean ones put out. Grubby towels can be quite off-putting, especially when you’re trying to impress.

As it happens, that last Valentines date turned out well, he was a keeper, and is now my husband. And after all these years he still impresses me with his clean bathroom skills. Which is a big tick on my Valentines wish list.