What’s the chore you do from Monday to Sunday and from Sunday to Saturday and absolutely hate it? Cleaning the bathroom. Who doesn’t? Well, did you know that the bathroom design, the quality of the materials, the layout of the fixtures, the moisture levels all affect how easy will cleaning be?
Worn and stained surfaces, old bathroom fixtures, tight spaces, bad ventilation all make your chore extremely hard – apart from yucky, while the results are not always satisfactory. No matter how much you scrub this moldy spot, it will still be there.
Perhaps, it’s time to stop getting sick to your stomach every time you grab the sponge and actually feel good by cleaning the bathroom. Can it ever? Well, it all comes down to the bathroom’s layout, the materials, the clutter. And while it feels funny to tell a bathroom remodeling contractor that you want a design to make cleaning easy, believe me. He/she will know exactly what you mean, unless they are not the ones cleaning their bathroom.
Which is the best strategy to follow to get an easy to clean big or small bathroom remodel? Let’s see.
3 words for your bathroom remodeling contractor: Less Is More
The minimalistic principle of less is more is best seen in action when you try to clean the bathroom. Because let’s face it. One of the things that makes this chore so obnoxious is that we bump into things every step of the way. Every step of the way, I repeat. Clutter takes a new dimension since it doesn’t have to do only with a messy space but also a bad bathroom layout, tight corners, having things you don’t necessarily need to have in the room. Cleaning the bathroom is yucky enough, why should you have to lean over to wash narrow spaces behind the toilet? So, bring in the principle of less is more, and keep clean lines. For example, get floating toilets and vanities.
Forget about bathroom tile grout, go seamless
While tiles are used broadly by bathroom renovation contractors due to the material’s high resistance to moisture, grout must remain sealed perfectly at all times. If not, it absorbs moisture, gets discolored, starts getting moldy. And no matter how hard you scrub, you won’t clean it. Stay away from grout. Today, there are excellent, seamless wall panels or you can opt for concrete. And that’s for both the walls and the floor. Make cleaning easy and eliminate the possibility of mold build-up by investing in solid surfaces – no seams.
Choose resistant materials
There’s moisture in all bathrooms. While the levels of moisture are reduced with good ventilation, you cannot avoid steam when you step in the bathtub or walk-in shower. But some materials – as you likely know, are susceptible to damage when exposed to high levels of moisture. Getting resistant – composite, materials is good for your pocket as well, since you won’t have to replace them any time soon. Since they are not affected by humidity, they won’t get worn, making cleaning easy.
Stop the clutter with storage space
It’s best to get your bathroom organized and have a place for everything. If not, you will end up cluttering the limited storage space and before you know it, you will start leaving all items on the bathroom countertop, creating chaos and making cleaning a very hard job. Not only do you need lots and lots of storage space but also get things organized. Your goal? To leave the countertop nearly empty and know exactly where to put every comb and brush. To, also, leave the floor completely free of ten different items, like buckets, baskets, plants, clothing, accessories, etc.
Invest in good bathroom ventilation
If there’s a bathroom window, it’s a good thing. Just make sure the bathroom design doesn’t block your way to reach it in order to open it. A proper ventilation system works miracles too. It will absorb, not only the bad odors, but also the excess moisture – hence, making your life a lot easier.
Give your bathroom planning some good thought
The secret to a smart bathroom renovation that won’t only refresh the room but also make cleaning easy? Planning, planning, planning…You need to spend some time thinking of your habits, family, needs all in relation to the bathroom’s size and shape to find the best layout that won’t tire you when you clean. One thing you need to remember is that there’s a need for some space, especially around the toilet – the more disgusting fixture to clean in the bathroom. Leave some room to have the bathroom cleaned easier – faster too, creating room for some real life.