The mundane task of cleaning a bathroom is rarely considered when selecting your stylish new suite. However, once you come to use your new bathroom furniture on a regular basis, how easy it is to clean suddenly becomes very important. You wish you’d put more thought into it right from the start. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can follow to make sure your cleaning regime is stress-free, whilst still flexing your interior design muscles.
Forget the grouting
Grouting stains easily, needs regular costly maintenance work, and always gives the appearance of a dirty bathroom, even when the space itself is perfectly hygienic. The good news is, you can do away with it altogether these days, opting for solid wall materials and patterns that require no grouting. Use over-sized stone slabs on your floors which have fewer seams, while vinyl wall coverings offer a beautiful texture that’s inexpensive and can simply be wiped down with a sponge.
If you must…
If you’re far too in love with tiles, or you’re going for a more traditional look where mosaics are required, bear a few things in mind. Firstly, opt for a grey grout, as the staining will be less noticeable, and secondly, go for larger tiles across larger expanses of wall to minimize the amount of grouting needed. When you do want a mosaic style, keep the amount smaller by adding a border or a sink backing, or keep it to walls away from showers that are less likely to have a build-up of mildew.
Say goodbye to exposed pipes
The image of being on your hands and knees, scrubbing the dust and dirt hiding in the crevices of toilet piping is enough to put anyone off the idea of a traditional toilet. Instead, swap your bathroom furniture, particularly toilets and sinks, for wall-mounted equivalents. Not only are they easier to reach around and clean, with pipework safely concealed out of water’s way, but it’s also easier to clean the floor beneath them.
Seek alternatives to glass
The smear stains and water marks that cover the glass you so scrupulously cleaned that morning will be back every time you have a shower. Even with daily cleaning, it can still build up into a rather unsightly collection of stains. The best thing here is to seek alternatives to the traditional clear glass. Switch to a frosted version where water marks will be less obvious, or even create a walk-in wet room area around a fixed wall.
Ventilation is king
Finally, how much ventilation a room has will have a knock-on effect on the build-up of any mold. On the one hand, you could put in a larger window area, but this requires more building work and isn’t cost effective. Instead, invest your money in a top-quality, quiet fan. The noise factor is crucial; if it’s loud, you’ll be less likely to use it, and the fan will be useless.
Do you have any more cleanliness tips?
Until Next Time… Charlotte x