by Doreen Schofield, Callen Designer
Most people do not enjoy the task of cleaning bathrooms, with the worst part often being how much grime and clutter can affect a bathroom’s appearance. A beautiful, enjoyable space can become not so nice to look at or use when it’s dirty.
The bathroom that never gets dirty has yet to be invented. However, there are ways to help make bathroom cleanup easier.
Fewer Grout Lines
Tile is a popular choice for many aspects of bathroom design, and for good reason – it can look very nice. The downside of tile is the grout lines that come along with it. Grout is a magnet for dirt, grime, mildew, and general filth in the bathroom, especially in a shower or tub surround. Not only do grout lines attract a lot of dirt, but they can be especially difficult to clean properly. Design your bathroom with fewer grout lines, and you will have a space that’s much easier to keep clean.
There are a couple of simple ways to cut down on the amount of grout lines. The first is to select larger size tiles. Solid surfaces, instead of tile, are another method. Surfaces such as stone, glass, or marble are nonporous, resistant to bacteria and mold, and many are also stain resistant.
Keep Showers Simple
Like grout lines, showers just seem to attract dirt and grime. Soap scum is another nuisance. Glass shower doors and their metal frames can be especially difficult to keep clean and looking nice, so think about an open shower design if the room’s footprint will allow it. If you want or need to have a glass enclosure, opt for a frameless shower to cut down on the amount of hard-to-clean components.
Also consider the shape of your shower and any built-in shelves or cutouts in the shower wall. The more corners and surfaces within your shower, the more difficult it will be to clean. Finally, a handheld showerhead is a simple solution, since you can quickly and easily rinse shower surfaces.
Since bathrooms are so heavily used, they tend to collect a lot of dust, hair, and dirt. The most important solution to combat this reality is to keep a clear floor and have plenty of simple storage solutions. Generally, the fewer fixtures on the floor, the better off you’ll be from a cleaning standpoint. Consider a wall-mounted vanity and wall-mounted toilet. These will make sweeping or vacuuming the floor a straightforward task.
Another friend of dirt and grime in a bathroom is clutter. Toiletry items living on the vanity countertop can leave water rings and attract other messes. The same thing holds true for any items on the floor. Make sure your bathroom design uses enough built-in storage to hold everything you need.
At Callen, we pride ourselves on designing and building high-quality spaces that meet the needs and desires of the homeowner. When it comes to bathrooms, we can help you create an easy-to-clean room that looks as nice as you ever dreamed.
For more ideas to improve your home with high-quality bathroom remodeling in Milwaukee, Brookfield, and surrounding areas, call Callen today at (414) 765-2585.