Cleaning the bathroom is probably last on your list of things that you want to do at the weekend but you can’t really avoid it. Unless you want to live with a dirty bathroom, you’re going to have to get in there and spend the afternoon scrubbing it clean. It’s a real pain to do and it can take a while if you haven’t designed the bathroom properly. There are a lot of simple ways that you can make a bathroom easier to clean and half the amount of time it takes, you just have to be clever with your design.
The way that you arrange the bathroom and the fixtures and fittings that you decide to put in there have a big impact and if you don’t choose wisely, you’ll end up creating a lot more work for yourself. Here are just some of the simple design choices that make your bathroom so much easier to clean.
Before we get into the specifics, it’s important to remember that simplicity is key. The more stuff you put in the bathroom, the more you’ll have to clean. A cluttered bathroom also creates a lot of hard to reach spaces which gather dust and dirt if you can’t get in there to clean them properly. Avoiding that is the best way to make your bathroom easier to clean. Just put in the essentials and leave the rest out, you’ll appreciate the decision when it comes time to clean the bathroom.
The toilet is one of the hardest areas to clean, particularly the space behind it. It’s difficult to get in there and clean and it’ll soon get dirty behind there. It looks awful but it’s a real pain to tackle when you’re cleaning. You can get around that by putting in a back to wall toilet. You eliminate that annoying space behind the toilet by having it flush to the wall. It’s far easier to clean that way. If you want to save even more space, companies like Tap Warehouse do hidden cistern toilets. The cistern is built into the wall, out of sight, and you’ll just have the bowl itself in the bathroom. That means you’ve got less surfaces to clean and you’ve got more space in the bathroom as well. When you’re picking a toilet, consider how easy it’ll be to clean; if it’s a particularly curved one with lots of hard to reach areas, that’s going to be a bit of a pain. You’re better off going for something with lots of straight edges which is simple to wipe down in seconds.
The shower screen is always tough to clean. All of those hinges and frames around the edge attract a lot of soap scum and grime over the years and if you don’t regularly get in there and scrub it out, you’ll struggle to keep it looking good. Luckily, there’s a great solution to that; frameless shower screens. They’re so much easier to clean because you can just wipe the glass and then you’ve only got a few small hinges to contend with, rather than trying to keep all of the grime out of the frame around the edge. Whatever you do, always go for a glass screen rather than a shower curtain. They’re like magnets for mold and damp and you’ll end up replacing them all the time. It’s also a good idea to keep a sponge handy and give the shower screen a quick wipe down when you’re done in the shower, it’ll stop that build up and make life a lot easier when you clean the bathroom.
The shelving in your shower that you keep your shampoo and things on is another big problem area. It’ll build up with limescale and soap scum pretty quickly and even if you’re scrubbing it regularly, it’ll never look like it did when it was new. What a lot of people are doing instead is having a shelf built into the wall. By having a small tiled alcove to put all of your products in, you make the shower area so much easier to clean. Just give it a wipe down with the rest of the walls and it’ll be sparkling. No more trying to scrub limescale off your chrome shelving unit.
Getting a back to the wall toilet eliminates hard to clean areas, but the same rules don’t apply to baths. If you’ve got an integrated bath, you’ll have a lot more tiles and grout to contend with, and they can be a real pain to clean off. If you get a freestanding bath instead, you won’t have to worry about that and it’ll be easier to clean it all the way around. It’s worth pointing out though, freestanding baths take up a lot of space and if you’ve got a particularly small room, they can create some more hard to clean areas. For smaller bathrooms, consider a back to wall freestanding bath; it’s not an integrated bath but it has one flat side that you can put flush to the wall. You get the best of both worlds because you eliminate the hard to reach area behind the bath but you don’t have to worry about cleaning all of the grout that comes with an integrated bath.
As a general rule, you should always be trying to avoid creating hard to reach spaces when you design your bathroom. It’s those tricky areas that will increase the amount of time you spend on your hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom. The best way to do that is by using back to wall or even hidden cistern toilets, and carefully considering the placement of your bath. You also need to make sure you’re cutting down on materials that attract soap scum and limescale. Use a glass shower screen without hinges if possible and swap out that shelving unit for a built in alcove. Make these simple design choices next time you do your bathroom and cleaning it will never be a chore again.