Bathrooms are one of the hardest rooms in the house to clean. Despite people’s best efforts, they are often prone to limescale, mold, hair and bacteria. For those planning a bathroom design soon, bathroom expert Richard Ghinn of Tradebase.com has shared the easiest bathroom designs to clean.
The bathroom pro says a steel tub is more hygienic, while replacing tile and grout with seamless panels will save homeowners valuable cleaning time.
Richard said: “Like fashion and interiors, bathroom trends can change quickly, and it can be easy to get caught up in what looks good online if you’re planning a new bathroom.
“But until these products are installed, it’s hard to know what life will be like with them.
“Some of the most popular bathroom products are difficult to clean, and no one wants to spend more time than necessary keeping a new bathroom looking good.”
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Brass also shows significantly less fingerprint and limescale marks.
The bathroom expert shared his top tips for keeping brass fixtures shining.
He said: “An easy way to keep brass shiny is to squirt a little bit of olive oil on a rag and simply wipe it on the faucet or shower head.
“It stops tarnishing and leaves the brass shiny and less likely to show water marks.”
Mildew resistant steel bath
Freestanding bathtubs are very popular, but due to their size they are often placed close to a wall, creating a difficult area to clean.
To achieve the “freestanding look”, it may be best to opt for a freestanding back-to-the-wall bathtub.
Richard said: ‘This is a stylish option that also works well with wall mounted bath taps, again making it easy to clean.
“If you’re going for a more traditional style, a stainless steel tub has a lot of cleaning benefits.
“It’s naturally non-porous so germs can’t stick to it, and it’s UV, limescale and mold resistant. One advantage is that it keeps your bath water nice and warm for longer.
Concealed shower kits
Shampoo, soap, and other bath products can cause mold to grow in some shower areas.
Limescale can also attach to shower heads and surrounding areas.
In order to ensure that this does not happen, homeowners should design a simple shower.
Bathroom experts said: “Most family bathrooms have a shower over a bath, and our best advice is to opt for a concealed shower kit, which means only the dials and the showerhead are exposed.
“It makes wiping down a lot easier, especially when paired with the grout-free wall panels.”
Richard said one of the most “misleading” products being marketed as “easier to clean” are wall-hung toilets.
These actually have gaps between the toilet and the floor which means they are more difficult to clean.
He continued: “A hassle-free alternative is a back-to-the-wall toilet, in a ‘rimless’ design.
“This design is one of the newest and biggest feature enhancements to humble toilets in recent years.
“Although they look exactly like a standard toilet from the outside, when you lift the seat you won’t find any ‘ledge’ inside the toilet.
“No rim = nowhere for germs to hide! It’s much faster and easier to clean.
“We tested many of these designs in different shapes, and the rimless round toilet passed our splash test, compared to the square shape that leaked water as it washed around the pan. “