If you are planning on renovating a bathroom, you have probably researched the overall look, the colours, the tiles, the fittings…but have you considered how easy it will be to keep clean and tidy once you’re finished? Creating a low maintenance bathroom is clearly important for a busy family, but very few home owners factor it into the equation when they plan an update.
Here’s a few tips on creating a low maintenance bathroom that you might want to consider before you finalise your plans.
- Smooth surfaces are easier to clean
Textured floor tiles are much harder to keep clean than a smooth surface, particularly in high traffic areas. The fewer joints you have, the easier cleaning becomes.
- Wall-hung fittings make cleaning easier
Cleaning floors gets easier with fewer items to clean around. A wall-hung toilet and vanity unit will help keep your floor area clear, and consider access to nooks and crannies when laying out your low maintenance bathroom floorplan.
- Tiled walls are easier to clean
One way to minimise time spent cleaning or maintaining walls is to tile them. Painted walls show the dirt, and wallpapers tend to wear more quickly, particularly where damp can be an issue.
- Reduce places for mould to grow
Mould is often the number one issue in wet areas, so by reducing places for it to grow is a great way to create a low maintenance bathroom. Extraction fans and opening windows or skylights will also help.
- Shower doors should be simple
Before you finalise your shower design, consider how easy it will be to clean. A hinged shower door is usually easier to keep clean than bi-fold or sliding doors, as they have less places for mould or limescale to collect.
- Storage is important
A bathroom always looks better, (and therefore less in need of cleaning), if you have plenty of storage space. Don’t forget to consider both behind the mirrors and under the vanity as space to reduce the clutter.
- Do you have hard water?
If you live in an area where hard water is an issue, it is wise to use white grout in your tiling rather than a darker shade. Hard water tends to cause a white bloom which is very visible on darker grout, adding to your cleaning tasks.
Of course, if you are considering a bathroom renovation with a future property sale in mind, stop! Make sure you talk to one of our team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates first, so you don’t run the risk of spending money on changes that won’t make an impact on your eventual sale price. You’ll also find lots of other helpful advice about making the most of your property sale in “FATAL REAL ESTATE TRAPS EXPOSED”, our free booklet which you can download from this website.