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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Minimalism has become a huge trend in bathroom design in the last few years.
The driving mantra behind minimalist décor is “less is more”. The simple, clutter-free appearance of this style is great for turning your bathroom into a tranquil, relaxing space. Tidy home, tidy mind.
This understated style of décor is perfect for those with small bathrooms and helps to make any room feel more spacious.
So, on that note, let’s talk through our top tips for creating a minimalist bathroom design.
Choose your colour wisely
Colour is a vital factor in minimalist bathroom design. It’s important to keep the colour scheme light and fresh.
Neutral colour schemes are a common feature in minimalist interiors. An all-white colour scheme is perfect for keeping the room looking airy and bright and provides a blank canvas for your simple bathroom design. If you’re not keen on white all over, you could also go for grey or black to add dimension to the room.
If you’re not willing to give up colour entirely, you could opt for a single feature wall in a more colourful shade. Light blue shades work well here, as they add a splash of colour without taking away from the clean look.
The real key here is to keep things simple. Don’t add too many different shades and tones into your colour scheme. To keep things cohesive, two main colours is plenty.
When it comes to tiles, simplicity is best. Opt for plain tiles for the walls and floor. Avoid heavily patterned tiles, as these can overpower the room and detract from the minimalist theme.
Plain, block colour tiles don’t have to be boring. Choose geometric tiles in neutral colours to add visual interest, while still keeping the room understated. A classic metro tile is a popular choice that always works well and can be lain in various fashions to create different effects.
Alternatively, you could opt for tiles with a hexagon pattern, like these, to add interest while still keeping a minimalist appearance. Opt for geometric tiles in a neutral colour, like white or grey, and combine with grout in a matching colour to keep the look subtle.
Minimalism is all about keeping things simple and clutter-free. So if you want to opt for a minimalist bathroom design, you have to embrace minimalism. That means banishing all unnecessary clutter. Get rid of anything in your bathroom that you don’t need, and be ruthless. Out of date toiletries? Gone! Old razors? Gone! That face cleanser you don’t actually like but keep anyway because it was so expensive? Get rid!
When you get rid of the unnecessary clutter, your bathroom will already start to feel like a tidier and more relaxing space.
You want all your exposed surfaces to be as tidy and clutter-free as possible, and the key to doing this is storage. Add in clever storage furniture to keep all of your essentials stored away and your counters clear.
However, don’t go overboard here. Too much bulky furniture can take away from the minimalist appearance we’re going for, especially if your bathroom is on the smaller side. The trick here is to only buy as much storage as you need. Keep the amount of furniture in the room to a minimum. Multi-purpose furniture, like basin vanity units, are a great option here.
Minimalist décor tends to heavily feature modern furnishings. Opt for contemporary, understated fixtures to complete the look. Wall hung fixtures are perfect for achieving a minimalist appearance. Wall hung vanity units create a floating effect that create the illusion of a bigger bathroom. Wall hung toilets and basins are also good options; these hide away bulky plumbing and give an overall sleek and simple appearance.
Traditional shower enclosures can appear bulky. Opt for a walk in shower or, even better, a wet room instead. Pair with a simple glass wet room screen to achieve an understated appearance.
Another good tip here is to build fixtures, like shower enclosures and baths, into recesses in your bathroom. This helps to create the illusion of more space and keeps your bathroom looking uncluttered.
Choose stylish, contrasting décor to stop the room from looking too clinical. Opt for black taps, like this one, to make a bold statement and add extra style to the room, without adding in unnecessary clutter.
Another option is to choose furniture in light wood; this will add life to the room, while still keeping the look light and open.
The final touch to your minimalist bathroom design? The décor! And when it comes to minimalist décor, less is definitely more.
The majority of your decorative items should have a purpose beyond décor. Add in a stylish waste bin or laundry basket. You could also opt for a contemporary heated towel rail in a stylish design; this can act as decoration, as well as a source of heat.
Add a large wall mirror to decorate. Make sure to choose one with a simple, modern design. As well as adding style to the room, it will help to create the illusion of more space.
Finish off with a few decorative touches, like a single houseplant or a few personal ornaments. Just make sure you don’t go overboard. Have you ever heard that Coco Chanel quote? “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Well, the same applies to minimalist interior styling. When you think you’ve finished decorating and added enough ornamental trinkets, take a good look and remove an item or two. Less is more.
And there we have it. Our tips for creating a minimalist bathroom design. Would you try out the minimalist trend?
Whether you love it or hate it, cleaning your bathroom is an essential part of every household routine. But a quick wipe down of everything isn’t enough. If not kept in check, grime can build up very quickly and little things can stop your bathroom from functioning properly and looking as good as it could. That’s why it’s important to, every so often, give your bathroom a full deep clean. We know this can be an annoying task. So we’re going to take you through our best tips for deep cleaning every area of your bathroom, from top to bottom, starting with your shower enclosure. Shower enclosures are filled with lots of small elements that can be a pain to get clean. So let’s talk through our top deep cleaning tips to take your shower enclosure from grimy to shiny. Ready? Let’s go!
Shower heads can form lots of stubborn grime. To give it a truly deep clean, opt to clean it with vinegar! This works best with chrome shower heads.
Take a plastic bag, big enough to fully fit over your shower head, and fill it halfway with white distilled vinegar. Place the bag over the shower head until it is completely submerged in vinegar. Use an elastic band or string to tie the bag in place. Leave the shower head to soak in the vinegar for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight. (Keep in mind, if you have a brass shower head, don’t leave it to soak for any more than 30 minutes.)
Remove the bag, then turn the water on for a few moments to flush out any mineral deposits left inside the shower head. For more intense build-up, scrub the shower head with an old toothbrush, focusing on the base, and turn the water back on to flush out any residue. Scrub, rinse and repeat until all the dirt is gone!
Finish it off by gently polishing the shower head with a microfibre cloth and you’re done!
Cleaning your bathroom grout can feel like a nightmare of a task, especially if it’s light in colour. If you picked grout in a dark colour so it wouldn’t show any stains, this task will be so much easier for you! However, if you’re stuck with white grout, you’ve probably resigned yourself to having off-white grout until the day you finally give in and get the grouting re-done.
However, there are ways to get it looking white again. For a natural method, use a mix of baking soda and vinegar! Combine baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl and mix until they form a paste. Dip an old toothbrush into the paste and work it into the grout lines. You could also use an old electric toothbrush to take some of the leg-work out of scrubbing. After you’ve given all grout lines a thorough scrub, leave the paste for around 30 minutes to give it time to soak in. After this, rinse off the paste with water and wipe up any residue with a clean cloth.
This method should whiten up your grout and remove most dirt but, if it’s still looking slightly grimy, repeat the process until it lightens up.
After you’ve scrubbed the grout within an inch of its life, it’s time to move onto the tiles.
Luckily, this should be fairly simple; especially if you have ceramic or porcelain tiles. Spray the tiles with your favourite household bathroom cleaning spray, then wipe away with a damp cloth. For any fiddly, hard to reach areas, try scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
For tiles that are too high to reach, like near the ceiling, a good option is to use a mop. If you can, spray the tiles with the same household cleaner and use a mop with an extendable handle to wipe it away.
Chrome taps and shower valves may get missed out during regular cleanings, or not get cleaned thoroughly enough, and limescale can build up pretty quickly. Soak paper towels in lemon juice and wrap around the taps or valves, wherever limescale collects. Leave to soak for an hour then scrub gently with an old toothbrush 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 microfibre cloth to make them shiny and bright.
For more stubborn soap scum, create a paste of baking soda and water and use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub the glass. Rinse away the paste with water and then squeegee away any excess.
If you find you’re still left with streaks, a good method for this is to spray with white vinegar. Create a solution of half white distilled vinegar and half water and decant into a spray bottle. Spray the glass generously with the vinegar solution and wipe away with paper towels for a streak-free finish. Pro-tip: you can also use this on mirrors and windows!
Ah, the drain. Don’t look at me like that, we had to get here some time! I know cleaning the shower drain is a grim job, but not doing it can lead to your drain becoming clogged and not draining water properly.
The first step here is to remove anything that’s physically blocking the drain, like hair. You could buy a chemical drain cleaner, but the harsh chemicals can take a toll on your pipes. The best way to start is to de-clog your drain manually. A drain snake can be used to make this easier. If you can’t find that, you could also use a thin wire coat hanger. Start by removing any initial debris with your fingers (make sure you’re wearing rubber gloves). Then insert the end of the drain snake or hanger down the drain using a slight twisting motion. Tug upwards slowly to start pulling blockages out, and then put anything you pull out straight into a plastic bag. Repeat until you’ve cleared everything out.
As an extra step to get any remaining dirt or debris, use a combination of baking soda and white vinegar to clear it out. Pour baking soda down the drain, then follow with distilled white vinegar. The combination will create a fizzing action that will work away at any remaining blockages or grime. Leave it for at least 20 minutes, up to a few hours. Finish off by boiling a full kettle of water and pouring it down the drain quickly to flush the mixture away.
A household bathroom cleaning spray should work well to clear up any soap scum. Spray on the shower tray, lather it up with a damp cloth and rinse away. Just try to avoid using anything too abrasive, as this can damage the surface.
For intense limescale, use white vinegar or lemon juice to cut through grime.
For any pesky rust marks that have been left on your shower tray, all you need is some white vinegar and baking soda. Coat the stain in white vinegar (lemon juice would also work here) and allow the liquid to sit for 2 to 3 hours. Rinse the liquid down the drain then scrub with a sponge to remove any loose deposits. If any stains remain, mix together white vinegar and baking soda to create a paste. Cover the stain liberally in the paste, allow it to sit for another 2 to 3 hours and then scrub vigorously and rinse away.
If the sealant on your shower enclosure is dark and stained, it probably means that it’s infected with mildew. This can be tricky to deal with, but the best way to get rid of it is to use a mould cleaning spray. If this doesn’t help, you may need to look into resealing your shower.
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!