Three tips for keeping a bathroom in good condition

Posted on: 26 May 2016

The bathroom is one of the most-used areas of a home; because of this, it is more prone to wear and tear that can affect both its functionality and appearance. If you want keep it in tip-top condition, considering implementing a few of the following ideas.

Check the sealant and tile grout regularly

The sealant that lines your shower cubicle or bathtub plays a crucial role in preventing water from seeping into the floor and walls and causing serious leakages. As a result of exposure to moisture and frequent temperature fluctuations, the sealant can loosen and become stained with mould and mildew. Similar issues can arise with the grout between bathroom tiles; this can develop stains and cracks.

Ideally, the grout should be inspected and then scrubbed with a mild cleansing agent about once a week. Sealant can be wiped down with a soft cloth moistened with anti-mildew spray each time you deep-clean the bathroom. If during this process you spot any sections which have loosened, the affected area should be cut away and replaced with fresh silicone. Likewise, should you notice cracks in the grout, make sure to refill the damaged area with new grouting.

Clean your shower linens

Without regular washing, shower curtains can quickly become blackened with mould. To prevent this from happening, pop yours into the washing machine each month and allow it to air-dry fully before hanging it up again. If the curtain cannot be washed in this way, spritz it with a solution made from hot water and liquid soap, and wipe away any stains that have built up.

Alternatively, if you can afford it, consider swapping your existing curtain for a glass screen. Shower screens are far easier to keep clean, requiring just a quick wipe with a squeegee, and can also look considerably more stylish.

Invest in some maintenance tools

A few inexpensive items can make keeping your bathroom in good condition much easier. The above-mentioned squeegee is particularly helpful; it can be used not only for wiping water away from shower screens, but also for cleaning mirrors and windows. A strainer for the bath or shower drain is also a wise investment. This will prevent blockages by catching all of the soap, grime and hair that would otherwise go into and clog up the bathroom pipes. Last but not least, a small scrubbing brush -- preferably one with very firm bristles -- is a must-have for removing dirt and stains from the tiles, grouting and floor.