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5 Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Whether you love it or hate it, cleaning your bathroom is an essential part of every household routine. We’ve pulled together our top 5 cleaning tips to take your bathroom, from grime-y to shiny!

Sparkling Showerhead

The showerhead is a key player of your shower, however it can be forgotten about, it’s not until your standing underneath mid shower that you notice all the grime that’s built up. If you live in a “hard” water area, limescale can build up fairly quickly, check out our Hard or Soft Water Blog for more information.

It might seem odd, but white vinegar is the answer to all your limescale problems.

Pour white vinegar into a sandwich bag, alongside your unscrewed showerhead, making sure the head is fully submerged in vinegar. Leave it to soak for at least an hour to work its magic, remove it from the bag, and spray down your showerhead with your favourite disinfectant. Finally, blast your shower at a hot temperature to get rid of any excess residue.

Please note, this trick works best with Chrome Shower Heads.

 Sparkling Showerhead

 Grim Grout

Cleaning your bathroom grout can feel overwhelming especially if the grime and black mould has built up. However, there are ways to get it looking sparkling, without having to renovate your entire bathroom.

Our favourite product to use is a Black Mould Remover Spray. You can find any decent spray in the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket. Make sure to read the instructions before attempting to clean, always wear protective gloves, and keep your windows open during the clean. Spray all areas affected, and leave it for the designated time stated in the instructions, with the bathroom door closed. Then, spray down the areas with your favourite disinfectant to get rid of any nasty residue left behind. Trust us, it’s magical!

Chrome fixtures

Chrome taps and shower valves are easily overlooked during regular cleanings, and can also be affected by limescale. Soak kitchen roll in lemon juice and wrap around both taps and valves. Leave this to soak for an hour then scrub gently and rinse; the acidity of the lemon juice should break down the limescale.

When your chrome fixtures are clean, give them a polish with baby oil and a microfiber cloth to make them shiny and bright.

Napoli Gloss White Vanity Unit

Napoli Gloss White Wall Mounted Unit & Basin

 Dreaded Drain

Yes, cleaning the shower drain is a super grim job, but ignoring this unpleasant task could make it 10 times worse down the line.

Firstly, remove anything that’s physically blocking the drain, like hair. Remove any initial debris with your fingers, then insert a drain snake into the drain, using a slight twisting motion. Tug upwards slowly to start pulling blockages out, then put anything you pull out straight into a plastic bag. Repeat until you’ve cleared everything out.

Lastly, blast any remaining dirt by pouring baking soda down the drain, followed swiftly with distilled white vinegar. The combination will create a fizzing action that will work away at grime. Leave for at least 20 minutes, then pour your favourite scented concentrated disinfectant alongside boiling water to flush the mixture away.

Shiny Shower Doors

For glass shower doors and shower screens, an antibacterial bathroom cleaner should work for everyday grime. Spray generously, lather with a damp cloth and wipe away with a squeegee to avoid streaks.

For more stubborn soap scum, create a paste of baking soda and water, and use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub the glass.

If you’re left with streaks, try spraying with a combination of white vinegar and water decanted into a spray bottle. Spray the glass generously and wipe away with kitchen roll for a streak-free finish.

Top tip: you can also use this on mirrors and windows!

Shiny Shower Screen

And there we have it, folks. Our tips for deep cleaning your shower enclosure. Would you try any of these tips? Do you have any favourite cleaning tips that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Design a Smart Home Bathroom

Over the past few years, we have seen the rise of smart home technology rapidly infiltrating our home life, and we have to admit, it does make life that little bit easier, doesn’t it?

You now have the power to control your heating from your phone, ask Alexa to open your blinds, as well as check your banking on the go. You can even buy a robotic vacuum cleaner – now that’s a gadget we can’t resist!

But what about your bathroom? You likely presumed there was no such thing as “bathroom gadgets”. Well… get ready to be astonished!

Mirror Mirror on the wall…

At Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms, we have a wide range of mirrors, but these aren’t just any old mirrors – they’re super smart mirrors!

With touch sensor technology, a digital clock, Bluetooth speakers and LED lights, our contemporary mirror collections are the perfect addition to help modernise your bathroom. Pair up your smartphone to your mirror and get ready to blast your favourite “songs to sing in the shower” playlist.

Bluetooth Mirror

Dionysus Bluetooth Mirror – £279.95

 

Boxsets in the Bath

Consider this; you’re relaxing in a luxurious bubble bath, a glass of prosecco in your hand, watching your favourite boxset. Well, now you can! Say hello to ProofVision, a range of stylish and safe waterproof televisions that offer excellent quality at a price that won’t break the bank! Ultra-slim in design, ProofVision TV’s provide a professional looking finish when installed into the wall. And don’t worry about the heat of your bathroom, it’s clever heated element keeps the HD screen free from mist, so you can enjoy your favourite programmes hassle free!

Proofvision TV

 ProofVision TV - from £645.00

Supercharged up

Sick of your electric toothbrush running out of charge mid brush? At Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms, we have you covered! Our ProofVision Electric toothbrush chargers are the ideal solution for keeping your toothbrushes charged 24/7, as well as keeping those untidy cables at bay. Compatible with all Oral B and Braun toothbrushes, this handy gadget adds to a sleek and modern bathroom design.

ProofVision Electric Toothbrush Charger - £59.00

 

Toast your toes with toasty tiles!

Imagine stepping out of the shower on a cold winters day onto a toasty tiled floor that's been heated to your chosen temperature. Our underfloor heating system is available in a variety of sizes to suit all different styles and shapes of bathrooms. Combine with our Cosytoes Touch-Screen Timerstat, to control the heat level as well as schedule peak heat times, a bit like your central heating.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating – from £99.95

At Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms, these techy bathroom gadgets are not out of your reach & can be easily incorporated into your home. It’s time to Go Go Gadget Bathroom!!

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How to Design an Easy-Clean Bathroom

While many of us love the satisfaction of a sparkling bathroom, most of us would agree that we don’t want to spend hours cleaning it (unless you’re Mrs Hinch, of course). We’re all looking for ways to make cleaning the bathroom a quicker and easier task.

So, if you’re planning on renovating your bathroom, why not use the opportunity to your advantage? With some clever design decisions, you can cut down your cleaning time to a minimum. 

On that note, let’s talk through how you can design an easy-clean bathroom! 

How to design an easy clean bathroom- walk in shower with wall panelsMultipanel Linda Barker Dolce Macchiato Unlipped Bathroom Wall Panel

Wall panels

Wall tiles can get dirty very quickly, especially in your shower enclosure. Dirt and soap scum builds up on tiles and in grout lines, and it can be a time-consuming task to get things looking clean again. The solution? Swap out the wall tiles for waterproof wall panels.

Wall panels are low-maintenance, grout-free and incredibly easy to clean; just wipe them down with warm water and a non-abrasive cleaner. Our best-selling wall panels are available in a variety of designs and colours, so you don’t have to sacrifice on style. You could even choose wall panels with a tile-effect design to get the best of both worlds.

Easy clean bathroom with walk in shower and Multipanel vinyl flooring

Multipanel Click Floor Coastal Grey Oak Bathroom Floor Planks

Choose your flooring wisely

The bathroom floor can be one of the most tedious areas of the bathroom to clean. With such regular footfall, dirt and grime can accumulate quickly. That’s why it’s useful to choose flooring that needs minimal maintenance.

If you’re going for floor tiles, choose a style with a matte finish. This texture tends to be more forgiving on imperfections like dirt, smudges and water spots. They generally don’t need to be cleaned as frequently as glossy tiles; no more mopping daily just to keep the floor looking presentable.

Another helpful tip is to choose larger floor tiles; larger tiles mean fewer grout lines to clean.

While we’re on the topic of grout, a great idea is to choose grout in a dark colour, like black or dark grey. Dirt is less visible on darker coloured grout, so it won’t require as much upkeep to maintain its appearance.

Alternatively, you could ditch the tiles altogether and choose vinyl flooring instead. Multipanel Vinyl Flooring is grout-free and easy to clean. It also comes in a variety of stylish designs, so you can find the perfect fit for your bathroom.

Easy clean bathroom with back to wall toiletForth Back to Wall Toilet with Soft Close Seat 

Back to wall toilets

Some might say that all toilets are much alike. However, this isn’t true when it comes to cleaning. Standard close coupled toilets can be tricky to clean. With lots of curves and tiny crevices, it’s easy for dirt to build up.

Back to wall toilets are a great option for easy cleaning. With a concealed cistern and fully back to wall design, there are no awkward crevices for grime to accumulate, making cleaning quick and easy. Our Forth Back to Wall Toilet is a great option; with a sleek and modern design, this toilet wipes clean with ease.

Easy clean bathroom with wall hung, semi pedestal basin and close coupled toiletClub 600mm Basin and Half Height Pedestal

Wall hung fixtures

Cleaning the bathroom floor can be an annoying task when you have lots of bulky fixtures to manoeuvre around. Small crevices around furniture and sanitary ware can gather a build-up of dirt and dust that’s tricky to clean. Wall hung fixtures can eliminate this issue, giving you full access to clean the floor with ease. 

Items like wall hung toilets, wall mounted basins and wall hung vanity units are all great options for an easy-clean bathroom. They’re simple to clean, they give ample access for sweeping and mopping the floor and they add a stylish, minimalist look.

Easy clean bathroom- rigid riser thermostatic shower with handheld shower attachmentUltra Thermostatic Bar Valve and Telescopic Kit

Shower handset

A shower handset is a useful tool for cleaning your bathroom. It can be used to hose down your shower tray and tiles to minimise the build-up of soap scum.

Opt for a shower with a detachable handset for easy cleaning. A rigid riser mixer shower, like our Thermostatic Bar Valve and Telescopic Kit, comes with a round showerhead and useful handset.

Easy clean bathroom with walk in showerHudson Reed Chrome Wetroom Screen 1400mm x 1950mm 

Walk in shower

Shower enclosures can be notoriously difficult to clean. Chrome frames and handles are breeding grounds for dirt and grime, and it can take a fair amount of maintenance to keep it clean. Opt for a walk in shower enclosure instead.

Walk in shower screens, like the Hudson Reed Chrome Wetroom Screen, feature a simple design with minimal framing, so cleaning is effortless. A glass return screen is also a useful addition, as it prevents any soapy splashes from spraying into the rest of the bathroom.

And there we have it: our tips for designing an easy-clean bathroom. Cleaning your bathroom doesn’t have to take an eternity; with the right design, it can be quick and easy! Will you be trying out any of these ideas?

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How to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget for 2019

The new year is upon us and we’re all feeling that itch to redecorate. However, many of us aren’t lucky enough to be able to afford a full new bathroom a month after Christmas.

Luckily, there are ways that you can revamp your bathroom décor without breaking the bank. So, without further ado, let’s talk about how to update your bathroom on a budget for 2019.

How to update bathroom on a budget for 2019- shower caddySuper Suction Vertex Adjustable Shower Caddy

Declutter and organise your bathroom

The first step to revamping your bathroom is to declutter and organise. You’d be surprised how much of a difference it can make to get everything looking neat and tidy.

Hunt down all those non-essential items that are taking up space and get rid of them. Expired toiletries and medications, old ripped towels and unwanted products are all things that can be cleared out. 

When you’re finished decluttering, organise what you have left with clever storage solutions. Shower caddies and baskets are perfect for keeping all your bathroom toiletries looking neat. A suction shower caddy, like our Super Suction Vertex Adjustable Shower Caddy, is a great option. It doesn’t require drilling, making installation a breeze!

Another excellent option for bathroom storage is to install floating bathroom shelves. Our shelves are available in a variety of colours and are useful for storing your bathroom essentials, without taking up extra space. These shelves are also great for displaying small items, like decorative trinkets and houseplants. 

White wall and floor groutTilemaster Grout 3000- Pure White

Freshen up the grout

One low-cost thing that can make your bathroom feel like new again is to freshen up your grout. Old, dirt-stained grout is a big tell-tale sign that your bathroom needs an upgrade. Give your grout lines a thorough cleaning with baking soda and vinegar to make it look good as new. For more information on how to clean your grout, check out our post here.

If your grout is too far gone to salvage, another option is to regrout your tiles. This process is fairly simple and can make a huge difference to the look of your bathroom. This is also a great opportunity to change the décor of your bathroom; choose a different colour of grout to create a whole new look. 

Traditional bathroom with dark blue painted walls

Paint the walls

Painting your bathroom walls is a great way to change the appearance of your bathroom. This is a fairly inexpensive update that, depending on the size of the room, shouldn’t take too long to complete. However, a simple change like this can create a whole new décor theme for your bathroom.

Your choice of colour is likely to depend on other items in your bathroom, like tiles and furniture. But this could be a great opportunity to experiment with colour. Dark colours, like black and navy-blue, are very on-trend and can make any bathroom look more stylish. For a more neutral option, try warm, sandy colours. These tones are very fashionable and add an elegant,sophisticated look. 

Waterfall basin tap with running waterCubix Waterfall Mono Basin Mixer Tap

Replace tapware

One simple, very effective way to update your bathroom is to replace your tapware. Replacing your taps is a fairly easy job to do yourself. Plus, with taps available from as little as £20.95, it’s a budget-friendly way to change up your bathroom décor.

Replacing your taps gives you a chance to experiment with different designs. Choose something bold to change the look of your bathroom. A stylish waterfall tap, like our Cubix Waterfall Mono Basin Mixer Tap, adds a modern, designer feel. Alternatively, you could experiment with colour; choose on-trend black taps, like our Flow Black Basin Mixer Tap, to make a strong visual statement.

When picking out your taps, make sure to choose matching taps for your basin and bath. Most of our basin taps are available with matching bath filler taps, so you can create a stylish, co-ordinated look.

4 tier wooden ladder shelf with towels and bathroom accessoriesLisbon 4 Tier Ladder Shelf

Affordable Furniture

If you have the extra floor space, adding in a new piece of furniture is a great way to update your bathroom.

Modernise the room with a small storage unit. Our Alexander James storage units are a great choice. As stylish as they are functional, these units will add a modern touch to your bathroom. The units also come pre-assembled for your convenience, so it couldn’t be easier to revamp your bathroom.

Another great furniture option is a stylish ladder shelf. The Lisbon 4 Tier Ladder Shelf features a unique design that adds a contemporary and elegant look to any bathroom. This versatile unit is ideal for both storage and decoration. Place small baskets on the shelves to neatly store all your bathroom essentials, or use it to display decorative accessories. 

Grey electric heated towel rail Marco 700 x 500 Curved Grey Electric Towel Rail

Electric Heated towel rail

Another useful bathroom update is to install a heated towel rail. An electric heated towel rail is an easy and affordable way to revamp your bathroom. This type of towel rail plugs directly into your electric system. As it doesn’t require access to the boiler, installation couldn’t be simpler.

Your choice of heated towel rail can completely change the appearance of your bathroom. Choose one in a stylish grey shade, like our Marco Curved Grey Electric Towel Rail, to add a touch of elegance.

Arched bathroom wall mirrorSoho 600mm x 450mm Arch Mirror

Accessories

Accessories are, by far, the easiest and most affordable way to update your bathroom.

A new mirror can completely change the appearance of your bathroom. Choose something small, like our Soho Arch Mirror, for a subtle, but stylish look. Alternatively, if you want to treat yourself, you could invest in a sleek Bluetooth mirror.

New fixtures can also make a difference to your bathroom décor. Replace all your essential fixtures, like your towel ring and toilet roll holder, with matching ones for a brand new look.

Finish off your revamp with a few small accessories to place on your storage unit. Choose a new toothbrush holder and soap dish to match your updated décor.

As you can see, updating your bathroom doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. We hope you found these tips helpful. Are you planning on revamping your bathroom in 2019?

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How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean: The 5-Minute Routine

In a perfect world, we’d only have to clean a room once and then it would stay that way forevermore. Sadly, cleaning is a never-ending task, and nowhere is that truer than in the bathroom.

However, there are quick and easy things you can do to keep your bathroom looking squeaky clean, with minimal effort. We’re going to talk you through our Go-To 5 Minute Cleaning Routine. Done daily, this guide will help you keep your bathroom clean and tidy until your next deep clean. 

Ready? Let’s get started.

How to Keep your Bathroom Clean- The 5 Minute RoutineWholesale Domestic Multiclean 1 Litre Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner

The Prep

Before you start cleaning, the first thing you need to do is gather all your cleaning supplies together.

You’ll need a toilet cleaner, a shower squeegee, a few cleaning cloths and an anti-bacterial cleaning spray. Our favourite is the Wholesale Domestic Multiclean Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner.

Stash these daily essentials somewhere in your bathroom; under the vanity unit is usually a good place, but store them wherever you have space. Keep the products together in a storage basket or cleaning caddy. When you start doing quick daily cleaning sessions, having everything to hand will make life much easier. Running back and forth to the cleaning cupboard for supplies could double the time it takes to complete a task, especially if you find yourself getting distracted by things on the way. Keeping everything you need handy will speed up the process and make cleaning your bathroom feel a bit less daunting.

How to keep your bathroom clean- squeegee your showerSeries 6 Bi Fold Shower Door 800

Minute 1

The first step might not be done at the same time as the rest, but it’s a very useful one. After you’ve finished taking a shower, use a squeegee on your shower doors and tiles. Do this while the surfaces are still wet; it will make it easier to remove soap scum before it has time to dry down. It will also remove any excess moisture, which will help to prevent mildew. It sounds laborious and annoying, but this step only takes a minute and it will save you from vigorous scrubbing later.   

how to keep bathroom clean- Laundry basketMatteo Large Laundry Basket

Minute 2

Before you start cleaning surfaces, it’s time to clear the clutter from your bathroom. Put any dirty washing in the laundry basket, bin the used toilet rolls and put any products back in their place. Use a shower caddy to keep all of your bathroom essentials organised.

how to keep bathroom clean- toilet brush and holderKuba Collection Toilet Brush & Holder

Minute 3

Next, it’s time to clean the surfaces. This will be a busy 60 seconds, and you might be running around like a cleaning maniac, but it can be done! First, pour some toilet cleaner into the toilet. Give the bowl a quick scrub with one of our affordable toilet brushes, and leave the cleaner to work.

Now, work from the cleanest area to the dirtiest and wipe down all surfaces. Wipe down your countertop and basin with a damp cloth, using your cleaning spray if needed. Wipe down the bath/shower tray, again using your cleaning spray if necessary. Finish off with the toilet; clean the seat and cistern with cleaning spray and a damp cloth. Then flush away the remaining toilet cleaner and you’re done.

How to keep bathroom clean- vanity mirrorChelsea 600mm x 450mm Rectangular Mirror

Minute 4

Next step: check your mirrors. This might not seem like a task that needs done daily, but it’s easier than you think to splatter toothpaste on it (especially if kids are using it). Give it a quick wipe down with cleaning spray and a cloth and you’re sorted. If it’s already clean, use this minute to clean the taps on your basin and bath.

Once or twice a week, swap out this step for giving the bathroom floor a quick clean. Sweep the floor then use a damp cloth to spot clean any dirty areas.

Minute 5

We’re almost there. Now’s the time to give the room a quick straighten up. Close the shower curtain or door. Straighten up any small items like shampoo bottles and toothbrushes. Hang up your clean towels, straighten your bath mat and replace the toilet roll if needed. Give the room a once over to make sure everything is in its place. Et voila; you’re all done!

These steps aren’t set in stone; if you have other areas of the bathroom that need more TLC, focus on that instead! If you find the mirror doesn’t get too dirty, but the floor needs to be swept more often, swap out the steps. Do what works for you. The real key here is to clean the room every day. Not only will this keep your bathroom looking clean and presentable day to day, it will make those deep cleaning sessions feel a bit less overwhelming.

We hope you’ve found these ideas useful. Don’t forget to share your favourite cleaning tips with us in the comments!

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