1. Dilute Your Bathroom Cleaner
Using full strength cleaners directly on sink surfaces and glossy tiles will ruin them quickly! Bathroom cleaners like Mr. Clean can actually erode the glaze on these materials, making them look dull and old. Keep your bathroom cleaner diluted in a spray bottle, and make sure you rinse it off with plenty of water. This will keep your tiles and sink looking shiny and newer longer.
2. Update Your Bathroom Accessories
Nothing draws attention away from a beautiful bathroom renovation more than plastic bottles, toothpaste, and cups sitting on your vanity or toilet. Buy the updated and stylish soap dispensers, tooth brush holders and containers. DIY tip: cookie jars, sugar jars, and spice bottles are also cute and can function as bathroom accessories. They’re a perfect place to hold Q-tips, lipsticks, and hair elastics.
3. Air Out Your Bathroom
Mildew, and black mould form when there is moisture and water stuck in the corners and edges of your bathroom. The caulking in your bathroom can also turn black if it is constantly wet. After showering, open your windows to allow the bathroom to dry completely. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, keep the fan on to draw out the humidity and air. Water and condensation actually penetrates your grout and pits the glaze on the tiles, and with buildup this will make it impossible to clean as time goes on. You can also spritz the bottom of your curtain with bleach-containing cleaner to kill bacteria and stall mould from growing.
4. Seal Your Tiles and Grout
Natural stone, marble, slate and porcelain tiles are porous and need to be sealed before their first use. This will keep them from absorbing water and stains. Sealing the grout will also waterproof your bathroom and keep water from penetrating underneath and inside your walls. Don’t forget that sealing should be done once a year, since it can get worn out with use. If your tiles and grout get dirty to the point of no return, don’t fret! With a scraper tool you can easily remove it and re-do your grout, avoiding that tiring bathroom renovation all over again!
5. Develop A 5 Minute Cleaning Routine
If we skip the cleaning for a few days, the dust and grime builds up which takes way longer than 5 minutes to clean up! Create a daily cleaning ritual and STICK to it! Have a spray bottle of cleaner ready for a quick wipe down with some paper towel. After you shower, spray down your shower while you get dressed, and before you leave quickly rinse it off.
Follow these tips to avoid a dirty, shame-worthy bathroom. No more need to be embarrassed! 😊