Okay, so your bathroom isn’t in the best shape but now is not the time to start a renovation, so what do you do? Stick with us, we’ll show you that there’s still life in the old dog yet! By following a few simple steps, you can revive your tired bathroom and make it presentable for yuletide visitors. Ready? Here’s how to spruce up that old boy just in time for Saint Nick….

How to get your bathroom guest ready for the festive season

Clean everything within an inch of its life
First, we want you to clean your bathroom like it’s never been cleaned before! Scrub all the white goods with a good stain removing cleaner. Then move on to the tiles, ceiling and floor – we know it’s not what you wanted to hear, but by giving your bathroom a deep clean, you will create a good base for what comes next. Let’s be honest, a clean and tidy bathroom will help you feel a boat load better about guests visiting in the first place.

Tip: always use caution when applying cleaning solution to any surface. Always read the label to ensure it won't damage the finish

Clean your bathroom well

Attack the grout
Even after you’ve cleaned your bathroom entirely, you’ll likely find that the grout is still grubby and discoloured. Not to worry, a handy grout pen is easy to use and will whiten your grout back to its original state. This can take a few hours to achieve depending on the size of your bathroom and how much tile coverage you have, but let me tell you it will be worth the effort.

Use a grout pen to whiten discoloured grout

Tackle the chrome
Over time chrome can develop a spotted appearance. You’re likely to see this on taps and showers, but it’s easy to solve. Either cut a lemon in half and rub down the affected chrome, or you can use white vinegar to remove the marks too. Make sure you give the chrome a good scrub (with something that won’t scratch it) and rinse well – your chrome will look almost new again.

Use a lemon or white vinegar to clean chrome

Disguise cracked or broken tiles
This can be a dead giveaway that your bathroom has seen better days. Rather than feeling embarrassed about the condition of your tiles, a quick paint job (or repair) will make you feel a whole lot better. If you have the missing piece, then all you have to do is reattach it using some tile adhesive. However, most of the time we don’t, so instead we recommend buying a small test pot of paint in the closest colour you can find and paint in where the missing piece should be. Remember to consider a small space for a grout line (if needed). This will disguise the crack or the broken, missing piece well enough for you to worry about bigger things on the day.

Tip: you might need to lightly sand the area you plan to paint under the tile to ensure a smooth and neat finish

Use paint to hide broken tiles

Consider a paint job
If you don’t have tiles and you just have a painted bathroom, then it’s probably a good idea to give your bathroom a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you could see what paint you have left over from previous renovations. As long as it looks clean and fresh, you won’t have any regrets.

Use left over paint to refresh your bathroom

Make it look pretty
By simply adding a few accessories you can transform a tired bathroom into a welcoming space. New fluffy towels, luxury hand soap and a nice candle will all help to make your bathroom a feel good place in your home. Swapping out bigger items like toilet roll holders and mirrors etc. can also help to make your room feel new and refreshed. Do whatever feels right to you, and of course what your pre-Christmas budget will allow.

Accessories to create a luxurious bathroom

There you have it! It’s really not hard to clean up your bathroom, granted it won’t look as snazzy as a full-scale renovation, but it will look respectable for visitors; it just takes a little time and elbow grease. Good luck and we hope that our tips get you through the festive season shame-free. Catch you all next week!