[Mikayla De Guzman]
Picture this: it is a cool, breezy Sunday afternoon. The pleasant aroma of coffee is wafting into the living room from the kitchen, where your husband or wife is brewing a pot. Outside, your kids are playing with the dog. Everyone is happy, and occupied— it is the perfect time for you to relax. And a little bit of relaxation is definitely something you need, after the long and tiring work week that had just passed. But, you can’t relax. Because a certain room needs a little bit of scrubbing in order to remain clean and grime-free.
Truly, bathrooms have been the bane of our supposedly relaxing Sunday afternoons. We’ve all certainly got better uses for our time than religiously scrubbing the tiles and scouring the toilet. So, here are a few tips and tricks for making your bathroom fresh, grime-free, and easy to clean.
- When designing your bathroom, try to utilize materials that use little or no grout.
Here’s a general rule of thumb: less is more. The less amount of surfaces, corners, ridges, edges, and cluttered spaces, the lesser there is to clean!
This rule is especially true for bathroom tiles. If you want to lessen the number of times you have to scrub your bathroom tiles, banish the idea of having smaller tiles. Dirt and grime cling all too easily to the grout between them, and sometimes stubborn grout stains will not come out against even the strongest acids and bleaches.
Given that, your safest bet is to go with larger tiles that require less grout. You can go with glass panels, or water-proofed real-stone veneers. These come in large sheets that hardly require any grout at all. Large tiles mean that any staining will not be too noticeable, and it will be easier to clean any gunk and grime buildup. Alternately, if you really want to commit to our rule, you can go for this ancient Moroccan technique called tadelakt that requires lime-based plaster. This material is waterproof, resists mold and mildew, and is sealed with a soap solution! It is definitely much easier to clean than a billion tiny tiles.
- Invest in automatic faucets.
Automatic faucets may seem like the kind of things that only belong in airports and malls, but they’re actually gaining tract as a trend in home bathrooms, too. Sensor faucets are actually a good way to avoid germs, as without touch, it is hard for germs to find a foothold. Some models can even light up and detect movement! A cool futuristic touch which will definitely come in handy when you’re stumbling around in the middle of the night, needing to pee.
- Invest in a no-nonsense toilet!
Let’s face it, the most-used item in anyone’s bathroom is the toilet. It is the one that acquires the most dirt, and requires the most time cleaning it. So if you can find ways to lessen the hassle it causes you, then all the better, right?
ATS Australia recommends getting a wall-faced toilet pan with an in-wall cistern. According to them, it is the best kind of toilet to clean, as it takes up little space, and has few parts that need constant maintenance.
Rimless toilets may also be an excellent choice. This type of toilet suite is much better for cleaning, as in a rimless toilet, the water flushes from a smaller section inside the pan. This gives the toilet a cleaner flush, and you, less spots to clean.
Removable toilet lids are also a good choice for well, obvious reasons. The only downside is that they’re easier to break. Alternately, you can opt for a hard-cover lid, which, thanks to having little contact with the pan, is less likely to get stained or otherwise contribute to any part of the toilet getting stained. And less stains means less scrubbing time! Hard-cover lids are also quite surprisingly comfortable to sit on— it gives you a lot of space.
Aside from these, another option is to go for a one-piece toilet. Traditional bowl-and-tank toilets have way too many nooks and crevices for dirt and grime to sneak into, to many nooks and crevices to clean. While conversely, one-piece toilets are sculpted as a whole out of one gigantic slab or porcelain. This means that there are less crevices and fewer surfaces to clean. Plus, you don’t have to get all in your face with the nasty, gross parts of your toilet.
- The floor is lava!
Get everything off the floor or any horizontal surface. The wall is your best friend now.
Wall-mounted bathroom furniture are easier to clean, as it is easier to reach all around them. The wood of your sink cabinets or your vanity won’t get stained by the leftover bathwater on the floor, and it’ll sure make the floor easier to clean!
- Get good ventilation!
You wouldn’t think of an exhaust fan as the top-tier bathroom upgrade, but apparently it’s the number one feature that buyers want in a bathroom!
Exhaust fans are good for fighting bad microorganisms. They fight mold, mildew and grime, by making sure your bathroom surfaces are never moist or wet.Excess moisture can cause your wallboard, trim, and paint to deteriorate. Investing in a good ventilation system now can definitely save you a lot more time ands money in the long run. ##