It's possible to keep your bathroom looking like new if you take the right steps
Every time Nu-Trend completes a bathroom renovation in Sydney we also try to make sure every home owner understands how to keep it looking new. We know what it is like, you’ve just had your bathroom reno completed. Everything is bright and shiny, fresh and clean. Not a water spot to be found. The grout is bright and white. The mirrors gleam. The vanity, bath and tiles sparkle. Your newly remodeled bathroom is like a showroom and its almost a shame to use it.
You then spy that new deep bath we installed and the amazing new shower head that offers a massage after a long hard day. What is life if we cannot enjoy all we have worked for?
Here are our tips to preserve that new bathroom look and feel. There are certain products and cleaning tools that are the main staple in almost everyone’s cleaning product cupboard that should be avoided when cleaning your new bathroom. At the end of the day keeping your bathroom looking new just takes some common sense and where possible, avoiding harsh chemicals that can break down the surfaces of your new products.
These type of products are not only hard on your hands and your lungs, they are also damaging to your newly purchased vanity, bath, toilet cistern and seat. Ammonia based products will take the shine away from these items. These products also damage your tap-ware, causing it corrode and “green” around the crevices between where the tap-ware meets your vanity bowl, bath and shower tiles. There are many disinfectants that do not contain ammonia that do the job just as effectively.
We have all had an occasion when cleaning, that no matter what product we use, a little extra elbow grease it needed. This is quite a common occurrence in the shower recess. No matter how tempting this may be, try to avoid this if possible. Or use as soft as a bristle brush as you can and even then, only do this sporadically. Scrubbing the grout joins vigorously between tiles over time can wear and loosen the grout. Remember grout is porous and no matter how high quality the grout and no matter how talented the tiler, if you constantly scrub away week in week out, wearing away is inevitable. This wearing away can affect your waterproofing system causing leaks. Remember leaks cause damage. So avoid scrubbing over the grouted areas. Prevention is better than cure. Weekly cleaning the shower recess will help to avoid the need to scrub and will in addition avoid mould growth. Ensuring adequate ventilation during showers is key to avoiding mould. Be sure to leave the shower screen door open after to shower to allow the area to dry more effectively.
Using a small window squeegee or a chamois on the shower glass after showering will avoid water spots staining your shower screen and the need for scrubbing.
We make this easier to do because we normally use a single piece glass shower screen in our renovation projects that makes cleaning very simple.
Creating good air flow within the bathroom can help avoid mould. Leaving a window cracked open, opening the blind during the day to allow light in and using your exhaust fan whilst showering and bathing will all help avoid mould.
Regularly cleaning drains, especially the shower drain is imperative. Have you ever noticed your shower pooling that little bit whilst showering or experienced a bad smell coming from your drains? These are both signs of a blocked drain.
Cleaning the drains on a monthly basis is not only something that should be done for hygiene, it helps to keep your waterproofing system working the way it should.
It’s amazing just how much hair and soap residue builds up in a short period of time.
This build up creates a blockage that can cause the water to pool up inside the drain and seep under your waterproofing instead of draining off the waterproofing and straight down the drain as it should.
Avoid using abrasive cream cleansers on your baths, vanities and cisterns. These over time, will dull these surfaces and create scratches where bacteria can latch on to. Abrasive creams and products are perfect however, for that shower recess we mentioned earlier and done weekly avoids the need for bleach and mould removers.
Using a mixture of vinegar and water on all surfaces of the bathroom is a perfect way to keep vanities, baths and tiles clean and sparkling.
Use a 50/50 vinegar and water solution, a squirt of dish soap for sudsy effect and a couple of drops of essential oil for a pleasant aroma (lavender is pleasant and has calming effects) however we will leave you to peruse the web for your favourite “DIY natural bathroom cleaner” if that is your preference, there are plenty out there.