Friday, August 28, 2015

10 Simple Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Cleaner Longer

Scrubbing a bathroom is time consuming. Worst of all, your bathroom will be dirty again in no time, and you’ll have to do it all over again. That’s why we’ve come up with these 10 easy tips to keep your bathroom cleaner longer, so that you can simply get more bang for your bathroom-cleaning buck.

1. Hang up towels

Hanging up your towels is both visually more appealing by making your bathroom look cleaner longer, and it also reduces the risk of moisture accumulating and turning into a smelly mess. We recommend that you add additional towel bars if you do not have ample space to hang up all of your towels, or use over-the-door hooks to keep towels neat and off the floor.

2. Put items away

Although it’s tempting to create a permanent living space on your bathroom counter for items you use every day, keeping these items out of sight can really spruce up your bathroom’s overall appearance. Keep your small items like hair accessories, make-up and general knick knacks in a basket on your counter, or stash one under the sink if your counter space is minimal.

3. Turn on a fan or run the AC when you take showers

Keeping air circulating in your bathroom while you bathe or shower will keep condensation at a minimum. Keeping condensation down results in a bathroom that stays dryer, which means there are fewer opportunities for water droplets that stain mirrors and eventually turn to mildew.

4. Clean as you go

Don’t let small messes become big ones. A small water spill or some accidental toothpaste splatter on the mirror can easily be conquered with little more than a paper towel. Cleaning as you notice small things will keep messes from accumulating, making the actual act of cleaning much less daunting and keeping your bathroom a manageable clean for longer.

5. Clean your shower while you’re in it

Forget big yellow gloves and big scrubbing brushes. Put down the chemicals, and pick up a simple, non-abrasive cleaner like water with vinegar or a ready solution like Sal Suds. While you’re in your shower, simply spray, wipe and forget it. Cleaning your shower more often and in smaller increments will keep buildup from occurring and allow you to have a fresh shower for longer.

6. Squeegee

Stop shower scum and mildew before they can start. Hang a squeegee up in your shower, and wipe down walls and doors to minimize stains, buildup and gunk. Spray shower curtains with a vinegar solution, and keep your shower curtain closed so that leftover water can’t turn into smelly mildew.

7. Don’t fear your toilet brush

Your toilet brush is happy to do all of the grunt work for you, but you have to use it. Don’t neglect toilet stains until they become unmanageable. Simply use your brush together with a little bit of soap regularly and as needed to keep your toilet bowl looking clean at all times. You’ll notice the difference and so will your guests.

8. Use soap trays or soap dispensers to keep your soap messes contained

Let’s face it - your bathroom sink could use a little cleaning right now. Bathroom sinks are notorious for collecting gunk at a blistering rate, and that’s because we use them more than any other bathroom appliance. Keep your sink cleaner longer by placing bar soaps into designated trays, or by nixing the bar soap altogether and opting for a liquid soap. We prefer foam dispensers because they help to eliminate accidental soap drips altogether.

9. Sweep

Vacuuming and mopping can both be overwhelming, so we tend to avoid them for as long as we can. We recommend that you keep a small broom nearby so that you can give your bathroom floor a good once-over when it needs it, ensuring that your bathroom floor looks cleaner longer.

10. Throw out the bathmat

Unless you are willing to wash your bathmat once a week or more, we don’t recommend keeping one on your bathroom floor. While bathmats are designed to be just that, they are really just another item in your bathroom that provides an opportunity for dirt, hair and water to collect. Instead, we recommend placing a towel in front of your shower to step on, which you can hang up to dry properly after you’re finished.

If you have any helpful hints or tips for keeping bathrooms cleaner for longer, let us know by commenting below.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tips for Planning for a Bathroom Layout

Bathroom got you down? At the Bathroom Place, we understand that today you want your home bathroom to be like a spa. We’ve put together a short bathroom planning guide to help you find inspiration, choose the right elements and actually get started with your new bathroom. Whether you have ample space or limited space to work with, read on to discover essential layout tips for remodeling any and every bathroom.

Find the Right Team

A lot of planning goes into a bathroom redesign. If you decide to do most of the work yourself, you’ll need to check electrical, water and waste installation regulations to ensure your new bathroom will turn out safe and code compliant. If your bathroom makeover involves a complete tear down and rebuild, it’s a good idea to find professionals who can help.

When you don’t want to do most or any of the manual work, you’ll likely need a plumber, electrician, tile professional, cabinet professional and carpenter. At the very least, strongly consider hiring a plumber as this part of the remodel requires the most expertise.

Make the Plan & Remember: Form Follows Function

A well thought out, functional floor plan is essential for creating a bathroom you can enjoy for years to come. Consider how many people use your bathroom and what it is most often used for. Design the room with function first and foremost in mind.

When planning your layout, decide how many “wet walls” (walls with plumbing) you want and can afford. The more wet walls you have, the more flexibility you’ll have. The remodel process will be faster and cheaper if you use existing plumbing and electrical hook-ups.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at important considerations for each type of bathroom:

Powder Rooms: Commonly located on the first floor and used as a guest restroom, these half-baths contain a sink and toilet but no shower and are often the most economical to remodel. Keeping your sink and toilet on the same wall saves labor and supplies and is a popular layout choice for smaller bathrooms.

Attached Baths: When remodeling a bathroom attached to your bedroom, there are special considerations to keep in mind. If there is no window in the bathroom, an exhaust fan is essential for removing moisture and covering noise. Attached baths are also ideal for upgraded toilets that utilize quiet, modern inlet valves.

Custom Bathrooms: Perfect for master suites, custom bathrooms allow you to install a completely new set of fixtures as well as matching, built-in cabinets and countertops. Popular choices for custom baths include two sinks and extra storage. When considering a completely custom design, it will likely be easiest in the long run if a professional helps with the design layout from the beginning.

Remember: bathroom fixtures require space around them in order to be used comfortably. Make sure there is room for the door to open, space for you to stand in front of the sink, space in front of the shower, storage that is accessible and space for a wastebasket.

Whether you’re completely redesigning an old bathroom or you’re simply looking to upgrade some fixtures, the Bathroom Place has a wide variety of quality vanities, sinks, showers, toilets and more. Visit our site today to discover what possibilities are waiting for you!