How To Sanitize After Toilet Overflows[A Complete Guide]

Toilet overflow is a big issue for every household, and everyone has to face the toilet overflow problem once every three to four months. Using the toilet carelessly, flushing anything in it and improper cleaning are the main reasons for its clogging. 

This is a very awful experience if your toilet overflows due to clogging. There are many ways to unclog a clogged toilet in an easy way.

There is a detailed guide about what to do when toilet overflows with poop You can check it out.

But after unclogging a clogged toilet, you need to thoroughly clean your bathroom and proper sanitization is necessary to kill the harmful bacteria and ensure you and your family members remain healthy while using the toilet again.

If you’re looking for some ideas about how to sanitize after toilet overflows, then read on.

How To Sanitize After Toilet Overflows: [Step By Step Guide]

Here, I’m going to share some simple steps about how to sanitize your toilet by sanitizing the floor, walls, and carpet of your bathroom to ensure 100% germ protection: 

  • Floor & Wall
  • Carpet

What To Do When Your Toilet Overflows Onto Carpet And How To Disinfect It?

After unclogging the overflowing toilet successfully, the next step is to clean the bathroom thoroughly. The overflow of dirty water spread everywhere and it makes the carpet wet and pungent. 

Tools you need for this process:

  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Liquid Detergent
  • Bleach

Steps to clean the wet and dirty carpet after toilet overflow:

Step 1: First off, wear hand gloves, remove the solid waste particles using a shovel or scoop, and throw them in a bucket lined with a plastic bag.

Step 2: Wet and dirty carpet needs proper cleaning. It is better to wash it outdoors if it is not possible then spray liquid detergent and scrub the carpet so that the pungent and contaminated water is washed out from the carpet. 

Step 3: Now it’s time to disinfect the carpet from bacteria. A toilet carpet is an easy shelter from bacteria, dander, and mold. Take bleaching powder and mix it in warm water and sanitize it on the carpet to disinfect it from harmful bacteria. 

Also Read: Toilet Overflow Bacteria & How To Prevent Them In Your Toilet

What To Do If Toilet Overflows Onto Floor?

Steps to clean the floor and walls of your toilet from the contaminated and pungent toilet water mixed with poop. 

Things you need for this process:

  • Wet & dry vacuum
  • Mob
  • Dry Towel
  • Plastic bucket
  • Gloves
  • Bleaching powder

Step 1: First, use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner in your home to suck excess water from the floor. A vacuum can suck water from the floor but still, your floor remains wet. 

Step 2: Use a dry towel to mob up the remaining water and mess from the floor. 

Step 3: Mob another dry towel to the wall of your toilet to clean them properly. 

Step 4: Now it’s time to disinfect the floor and walls of your toilet. We use bleach for this. Take one cup of bleach and mix it with one gallon of water and sanitize this liquid to the floor and wall of the toilet. 

How To Clean A Hardwood Floor After Toilet Overflow?

The hardwood floor is different from other bathroom surfaces. Hardwood is porous in nature and allows toilet dirty water to pass through slowly. 

Step 1: Before doing anything, you need to first soak all the water from the hardwood using a dry cloth or a wet and dry vacuum cleaner. 

With time water goes inside the pores of your hardwood floor and seeps into the lower floor, which will make the situation challenging. 

Step 2: Use some good quality cleaners that your hardwood floor company recommends.

Step 3: Now again clean the hardwood floor using a damp mop or rag to remove extra squeezes.

Step 4: Now move your wet vacuum again over the hardwood floor.

Step 5: The final step is to dry the hardwood floor. You can start your room fan, start a dehumidifier, or on the AC of your room to remove the moisture from your room and this also helps to remove moisture from the hardwood floor. 

The drying process takes some time, and drying the floor surface is very important. 

Also Read: Upstairs Toilet Overflowed And Leaked Through Ceiling[Do’s & Don’t]

How To Sanitize Toilet Seat?

After cleaning all the mess and contaminated severe water from the toilet seat, you have to sanitize it so that you and others can use it with full hygiene. This is also very important because your toilet seat has unsighted urine and feces stains which make most people don’t even open the toilet door. 

Steps to sanitize a toilet seat for a better look and complete hygiene:

Required tools

  • Hand Gloves
  • Sponge
  • Bleaching Powder
  • Hot Water

Step 1: Wear hand gloves before doing anything.

Step 2: Make sure your toilet bowl is filled with some water.

Step 3: Pour one cup of bleaching powder into the bowl and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 4: Now flush the toilet. 

You are all done with a proper sanitization process to sanitize your toilet seat. 

Also Read: 4 Easy Ways To Prevent Toilet Water From Splashing Up


In conclusion, sanitizing your toilet is very important after an overflow. Harmful bacteria are the main reason behind this. I’ve mentioned some very easy ways to sanitize your toilet completely. 

You need to clear all the mess first, and then sanitize your toilet floor, walls, carpet, and toilet seat for complete hygiene. 

Also Read: Toilet Not Used For Month: 8 Pro Tips To Keep It Usable


Q.1 What Are Some Crucial Steps To Sanitize After Toilet Overflow?

Ans: You need to sanitize, the floor, wall, and carpet first to ensure complete germ protection and hygiene of your toilet. 

Q.2 How Long Does It Take For A Floor To Dry Out After A Leak?

Ans: It will take several days to dry a floor after a leak. Your floor becomes wet due to several reasons, which may be due to toilet overflow, rain, ceiling leakage, etc. The time of drying a floor also depends on the humidity level of your room, how wet it is, and how is the weather in your area. 

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