A Clean Bathroom Will Help You Sell Your Home Quicker

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A Clean Bathroom Will Help You Sell Your Home Quicker



After years of living in your home, it’s finally time to sell. Put yourself in to that potential buyer’s mindset: what is it that you are looking for? No doubt, one of the things that comes to mind is a modern, updated bathroom. In order to make your home more appealing to all of those house hunters out there, a clean bathroom is key. What’s the best way to go about cleaning your bathroom? The Team Edge Properties has a few suggestions as to how.

Like in any room, the dirt and grime in your bathroom will only build up and become harder to remove over time. Give the bathtub or shower a rinse after every use to cut down on soap scum, and use antibacterial wipes to clean handles and faucets that are starting to look dingy. If you keep on top of things, you won’t need to spend a whole day cleaning your bathroom later on.

When it comes time to do a preparatory cleaning for an open house, start with your sink. Your sink can accumulate all sorts of deposits from hairspray, toothpaste, and other products, so if a first attempt with an all-purpose cleaner does not remove everything, you can try a cleaner with a mild abrasive or a textured sponge. Just be mindful of ceramic sinks, as anything too tough could scratch them. Same thing goes for your shower and tub; start gentle, then get tougher with your cleaning supplies as necessary.

For any fiberglass or glass in your bathroom, use a pine oil or baking soda based cleaner. Anything harsher or more abrasive could damage these delicate surfaces.

For your toilet bowl, be sure to let cleaners soak in the water for as long as directed; you can pour the cleaner in at the start and continue with the rest of your cleaning as it does its work if you want to save time. After it soaks, start scrubbing with your bowl brush to eliminate any built-up stains or bacteria.

Having a clean bathroom with make your house more appealing to homeowners-to-be. Want more tips? Contact The Team Edge Properties today.

Posted by

Bill Ames, Owner/Investor

The Team Edge Properties

Phone: (410) 207-1151


The Team Edge

Comments (34)

Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Good morning Bill Ames fantastic advice on bathroom preparedness for selling.

Mar 25, 2016 01:48 AM
Bill Ames

Thanks Joy!  Happy to share!


Mar 28, 2016 10:45 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Clean bathrooms are a must.  Should there be stains or something you cannot remove here is what I did. 

We had a bath/shower that was fiberglass and my granddaughter decided to dye her hair a deep red.  The shower became very pink and with normal cleansers I couldnot remove the stain.  Then I tried a combination of  blue dawn and white vinegar.  The receipe is "heat 1 1/2 cups of vinegar (I used white) in the microwave.  Pour vinegar into spray bottle.  Add 1 1/2 cups liquid blue dawn, shake and spray." Equal parts of both.  Be sure to let it set on the stains for a short while.  It does work, I think heating it makes a difference.  You can also use a little less Blue Dawn if you prefer.  The stains in my shower/tub were really hard and the tub/shower was old a somewhat pourous.  It cleaned it pretty good but not what I wanted so I sprayed again and left it overnight.  The next day I wet it down scrubbed with a pretty non-abraisive sponge and it became very white again.  It just took a couple of times because of the red dye and the tub being pourous. 

I use this method for so many things in my house and it is something you generally have in your home at least the vinegar.

Mar 25, 2016 03:11 AM
Tammy Lankford,

I'm going to try this, thanks for sharing.

Mar 27, 2016 08:46 AM
Bill Ames

What a great tip!  I have some rental properties and sometimes the tub is a nightmare to clean!  I will have to try this next time.  Thanks Mary!


Mar 28, 2016 10:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Bill, your picture shows a good looking bathroom for sure. Nothing takes the place of a sparkling clean home when selling, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, etc.

Mar 25, 2016 03:56 AM
Bill Ames

Nina, I would like to have that bathroom!  You are right, sparkling clean is the key.


Mar 28, 2016 10:42 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager


I once told a seller to clean his bathroom, which had globs of toothpaste and God knows what in the sink and all his nasty personal products everywhere. He rolled his eyes and said "I don't think so....its a bathroom! People expect to see a toothbrush in a bathroom".

His house ended up bank owned.  No surprise.

Mar 25, 2016 07:27 AM
Bill Ames

Wow!  Sometimes people have to learn the hard way.  


Mar 28, 2016 10:41 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't know what the name for it is, but I have a bathroom phobia! I almost will NEVER use someone elses bathroom.  So this post was written with me in mind, and even if it was as clean as your photo, I would still clean it before I used it.

Mar 25, 2016 01:23 PM
Bill Ames

I don't know what the name is either, but I'm sure there is one.  I completely understand where you are coming from.


Mar 28, 2016 10:40 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

People's acceptable standards of cleanliness vary a great deal. The safest way to proceed is to overdo it when you prepare a house for showings.

Mar 25, 2016 08:19 PM
Bill Ames

That is very true Eric.  Thanks for bringing up that point.


Mar 28, 2016 10:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


                         Thank you Bill Ames for my ah-ha moment. 

Mar 26, 2016 12:02 PM
Bill Ames

You are very welcome Kathy!  Thank you for featuring my post.


Mar 28, 2016 10:39 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the post. I hope home sellers will read it.

Mar 26, 2016 09:49 PM
Bill Ames

You are welcome Gita!  I appreciate you commenting on it and I also hope home sellers read it!



Mar 28, 2016 10:38 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Years ago when I was in Property Management, I was at a seminar.  The speaker asked who thought their suites were market ready before renting.  I was sitting in the front row and raised my hand.  I inspected every suite before it was considered market ready.  He told me to go back to my property, go into the bathroom, close the door and sit on the toilet.  Then he told me to look in the corner behind the door.....he was sure I'd find hair and dirt.  He was right!

Mar 26, 2016 10:04 PM
Bill Ames

Funny, but also great advice!  

Mar 28, 2016 10:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bill Ames ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! You are so right..clean bathrooms are a must! Welcome to Active Rain..I just subscribed to your blog.

Mar 26, 2016 10:30 PM
Bill Ames

Hi Dorie!

I'm also glad Kathy featured it.  I have gotten many comments.  Nice to know when your blog is of interest!  Thanks for the "welcome" and thanks for subscribing to my blog.

Mar 28, 2016 10:10 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bill and welcome to the Rain. This is excellent advice and important too. Last week I decided to clean my bathroom sink and I couldn't believe how beautiful it actually was.

Mar 26, 2016 11:47 PM
Bill Ames

Hi Sheila.  Thanks for the "welcome"!  And thanks for commenting on my blog.

Mar 28, 2016 10:09 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose it today!  Happy Easter to you too!

Mar 27, 2016 12:48 AM
Bill Ames

Thank you Kristin!  I hope you had a great Easter!

Mar 28, 2016 10:08 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Very well taken. Thanks about pointing out areas that have not been focused.

Mar 27, 2016 02:55 AM
Bill Ames

You are welcome Sam 

Mar 28, 2016 10:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There are some great tips here, Bill. A grungy bathroom is a total turnoff to buyers.

Nice to see a bathroom photo WITHOUT the toilet seat up!!


Mar 27, 2016 04:18 AM
Bill Ames

You are right about the toilet seat.  What a difference it makes in the photo when the seat down!  Thanks Jeff!

Mar 28, 2016 10:07 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Wonderful tips here and even a great cleaning solution tip in the comments.  There is no bigger turn off than a dirty bathroom when seeing property.

Mar 27, 2016 08:47 AM
Bill Ames

Thanks Tammy 

Mar 28, 2016 10:06 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have worked for REOs that don't want me to spend any money what-so-ever. I would still make a point of taking out my clean freak frustrations. They sold every time Bill Ames 

Mar 27, 2016 12:10 PM
Bill Ames

That is good thinking Paul.  It is a shame that the banks don't understand how they can get more money if they would just spend a little money to at least clean up as opposed to just cleaning out!


Mar 28, 2016 10:05 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bill Ames - yep, clean bathrooms do make a big difference in the sale of ANY home.

Mar 27, 2016 03:22 PM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

Don't forget to "look up" when cleaning the bathroom.  Light fixtures and bathroom vent fan hold a look of dust and debris.  Clean them!  DIY tip I use at home.  Formula 409 and super fine steel wool (0000 super fine).  It cleans the white ceramic sinks of all hard water spots.  I use a razor blade around the faucets where hard water seems to hang around and crust up.   I also use steel wool on the granite right under the sink faucet where water stands and dry cloudy from dripping off your hands.  Really puts the shine back.  I also use it on our bathroom fixture, but they are brush nickel.  I wouldn't use it on any others though.

Apr 04, 2016 01:09 AM
Bill Ames
The Team Edge Properties LLC - Catonsville, MD

These are all great tips!  Thanks for sharing.



Apr 05, 2016 11:16 AM
Sarah Lee
Sarah Lee Photography - Cockeysville Hunt Valley, MD
Photography for Real Estate

Good tips! Pictures of clean bathrooms also always look better on the listing! :)

Sep 24, 2019 03:47 PM