How to: Deep Clean Your Bathroom

Learn how to bust all of those sneaky bathroom germs by following our nifty guide to deep cleaning your bathroom, from the shower to the grouting, right through to your loo!

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  • Clean your shower by pouring white vinegar into a bag and tying over the head of the shower. Leave overnight – it’ll dissolve limescale around where the waterjets come from the shower, as well as soap scum.. Just run the water to rinse it. For the curtains, pop ’em in the washing machine with your normal detergent and some old towels, and for the shower doors, mix a paste of baking soda and white vinegar and then apply to the the doors.  Sit for 15 minutes, then buff away with a microfibre cloth. Leave the windows open for 1 hour a day in your bathrooms to reduce humidity.
  • For grout, your best bet is to dip a grout brush into straight bleach, then scrub the grout until it turns white, making sure that the room is very well ventilated. But to prevent the grout from getting mucky in the first place, try sealing it every six months with a moisture-resistant product. It’ll save you a big job down the line.
  • For general tiles, walls and ceilings, spray everything with all purpose bathroom cleaner, then turn the shower on to generate some steam, get out of the room, then shut the door behind you and go and have a sit down somewhere for half an hour. Wipe everything down with a clean sponge or cloth, then rinse with clean water/a clean cloth and use a clean microfibre mop to reach particularly high/hard to reach areas. A nifty way to prevent water marks on tiles? Apply a coat of car wax onto them once a year so that the water can just roll off of the tiles instead of  marking them.
  • For toilets, pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl, then leave to sit before brushing and flushing. It should leave the loo sparkling. Another option is to invest in a handheld steam cleaner so that you can clean hard to reach areas without having to get your fingers involved, like the hinges of the loo seat. Don’t forget to either clean the loo brush either – using a dirty toilet brush to clean your loo will only result in a dirty loo so make sure you clean it after every use either in bleach or soapy water.
  • For the sink, you can use the baking soda/white vinegar trick – it’ll reduce dirt and get rid of any soap scum. For taps, it’s much cleaner to use disposable cleaning wipes than regular cleaning products – if you use the same sponge to clean the kitchen as the bathroom you could just be spreading the bacteria around

The guys over at Cleaspiration, have some great home cleaning tips, it is still fairly new but it looks like a nice site

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How to Create a Clutter-Free Bathroom

Even the teeniest, tiniest of bathrooms can look super-duper glam, provided that you tidy away the clutter after your shower. There’s no easier way to make a bathroom appear cramped and untidy than to leave towels strewn about and empty shampoo bottles in the bath – so follow these tips to learn how to create a clutter-free bathroom. If you need help, hire a handyman or plumber to do the job for you.

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  • Use wall-hung furniture – it’s a brilliant way to make a space feel bigger, as you can see underneath cabinets and the loo, which makes it seem as though they’re floating. It also means that you’re not taking up too much space with cupboards and surrounds. It’s the same trick used to make living rooms seem bigger – choosing furniture on legs, rather than furniture that sits flat to the floor.
  • Add a luxurious feel without making the room feel cramped by using plenty of white, but in varying textures, as demonstrated in the image above – clear gloss tiles on the floor and block tiles on the walls. Contrast the white with glossy coloured cabinet doors or splashbacks for boutique bathroom style, and if your budget is a little smaller, use coloured towels, soap dispensers and toothbrush holders to add a pop of colour.
  • Spend five minutes each day after your shower, or whilst brushing your teeth, giving the bathroom a bit of a tidy. Roll up towels or fold them, adjust the bath mat, make sure that all of your bits and bobs are put away. It won’t take long, but it’ll make a huge difference.
  • Use mirrors to maximise space. We can’t say it enough, but mirrors are really one of the simplest, easiest ways to make the bathroom feel bigger without having to do any major work. Make the bathroom brighter and lighter by choosing a mirror with LED lights underneath – it’ll mimic the effect of natural light. Choose a big, bold mirror without a frame rather than with an intricate surround.
  • Reverse the door hinges so that it opens outwards, rather than inwards, or consider putting some sliding tracks down so that the door can slide open, saving floor space.
  • Maximise the available space by using hanging door hooks and organisers to hold your towels and bathrooms. If you don’t have space for a cabinet, you can get an over-door organiser to keep your shampoo and soap in.
  • If you’re renovating, opt for drawer storage underneath the sink rather than cupboards – it’s easier to see everything from a drawer if you’re standing over the sink, rather than having to lean down and look into a cupboard.

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Transform Your Bathroom from Drab to Fab

One of the best things about going to a hotel is the fancy bathroom, right? Soft, fluffy towels, a high-powered shower and flattering light combine to create a spa-like experience that instantly makes you feel like you’re being pampered. Transform your drab bathroom into a fabulous space by following these top tips – and if you need some help? Hire a plumber today.

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  • Add a mirror on tracks. Mirrors are the easiest way to add interest and glamour to a bathroom, as they bounce around all of the light that comes into the room – especially if there is a light of white or cream in the bathroom. The glossier the tile, the better, really. Putting a mirror on tracks instead of hanging two up means that you’ll be able to move it around as needed.
  • Reconsider your lighting. In most bathrooms, the only lighting that you have is either overhead or around the mirror. To create a cosier feel, use angled lamps for task lighting and consider adding additional lighting points.
  • Wet room. If you can afford to renovate your bathroom, one of the simplest ways to turn it into a fabulous spa-inspired space is by creating a wet room. Have a drain in the bottom of the floor along with a shower head hanging from the ceiling and a free-standing bath. Emphasise the feeling of space by popping a glass divide between the two. Using heavy oak pieces is a great idea if you want to create a space that will stay stylish for years to come – combine the oak with plenty of white ceramics.
  • Full length mirrors. If your room is particularly small, adding mirrors everywhere that you can is the easiest way to make the bathroom feel bigger. If you don’t think you have room, pop a full length mirror on the bath of the door. Easy peasy! If you use the back of the door to hang dressing gowns, just remove the hooks, then place single hooks either side of the mirror or on the wall instead.
  • Faux finishes. Leather, suede and wood are all luxe finishes that instantly make a room feel more opulent, but they’re often really difficult to work into a bathroom for feat of water damage. That’s why faux finishes are your friend – look for sturdy linos for the floor, ready-tiled bathroom tiles (large tiles with groups of smaller tiles within, which makes tiling a breeze) and even laminate wooden panelling for a vintage look. Whether you use faux finishes or “real” finishes, open windows or turn on the fan once you’re finished in the shower so that everything stays dry.

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How to Makeover Your Bathroom

If you’re fed up with your bathroom and want to jazz it up, but don’t have the time, budget or even the patience to renovate it (it’s a bit too miserable outside to be thinking about chucking broken tiles into a skip), you can fake your way to a full bathroom makeover by following these style tips. If you do want to go the whole hog and get a new bathroom suite, you can hire a plumber by clicking here. Do it yourself with these painting and wall covering supplies.

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  • Jazz up the floor. If your carpet or lino is looking a bit worn, you have two options: one, either cover it with some new lino (cheap and you can do it yourself in most cases – all you need is a bit of adhesive), or you can cover it up with a rug. In bathrooms with showers and baths, use a natural fibre or sisal rug so that the water can evaporate instead of soaking into the fabric and getting musty. In toilet-only cloakrooms and en-suites, you can get away with using brightly coloured fabrics.
  • If your shower curtain is more drab than fab, replace it. You can buy new curtains for as little as £5 and they can really make a huge difference to the overall look of your bathroom. If you’re into vintage style, look for a French-style shower curtain and colours like duck egg blue or sage green. Match with your towels and add a few ironwork accessories and viola! If you just like colour and lots of it, pick a curtain in your favourite colour.
  • One thing to remember when using lots of colour in a bathroom – be it on the walls, towels or shower curtain – is to choose a colour that is flattering to your skin tone. That might sound silly, but the last thing you want to do is look in the mirror and think “ugh” when you get up in the morning because the light in your bathroom makes your skin look sallow. You should feel properly pampered in your bathroom, not like you want to cover up the mirrors.
  • If you have a little bit of time but a small budget, a simple and super duper effective way to make your bathroom walls a little less bland is to add a wall decal. They couldn’t really be simpler to apply – peel off the backing, roll onto the wall, then peel off the top layer and smooth out on any pockets. The excellent thing about decals is that they can be removed and reused quite easily, so long as you’re careful when you apply them.

Source: The Nest

DIY Tips: How to Buy Bathroom Towels

There are literally thousands of options if you’re in the market for some new bathroom towels – do you go for waffle towels? 100% Egyptian cotton? A new bale or just two new bath towels? Learn everything you need to know about buying bathroom towels with our handy guide.

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  • Think about how many towels you need. Do you want a full matching set? A few new bath towels? Or just a new set of flannels? You need to know precisely how many towels you need and how many replacements you want. Generally, you’ll want two bath sheets, two bath towels and two face cloths for each person – a wash and a wear. You’ll also need a hand towel for each bathroom as well as a few spares for any guests.
  • Think about the type of towels that you want. Egyptian cotton is the most luxurious and absorbent, but Supima cotton is a great alternative if you’re watching the pennies. Waffle towels are lightweight and absorbent, and standard towels are the best budget option – they’re cheap, but that means they’re easily replaceable if you want to change things up a bit.
  • If you’re looking to recreate a stylish boutique hotel bathroom, go for the thickest and fluffiest white towels that you can find. For an easy way to introduce colour into your bathroom, choose bright, contrasting hues. Black and red towels work brilliantly in a sparkling white bathroom, but bright colours like deep pink and lime green are also great choices if you’re trying to create a modern space.
  • For a subtle look, choose towels that tone in with the rest of the colours in your bathroom – taupe, charcoal and medium beige are always a great choice as they’ll go with everything.
  • For a cool, modern look, opt for brightly patterned towels – polka dots, stripes and flowers are a great choice as you can quite easily mix and match them. They’ll look wonderfully modern against a white bathroom, but they also work well with bright colours like turquoise, magenta and bright green.
  • Keeping the towels neat and tidy is really important, otherwise your bathroom will end up looking like a jumble sale. If you’ve chosen patterned or brightly coloured towels, stack them up in order of size – largest on the bottom, smallest on the top. Generally, in terms of style, it’s better if you have two colours or patterns as you can mix and match them in stacks.
  • To look after your towels, wash them before using them for the first time and don’t use fabric softener as it’ll effect the absorbency of the towels. If you can, hang them on the line after washing to keep them extra fresh.

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DIY Tips: Hotel Worthy Bathroom Ideas

Longing for a luxe bathroom? Dreaming of your very own five star experience? Follow these tips to learn how to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted – and take a look at this link for tools to help you get the job done.

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  • What makes a hotel bathroom feel luxurious? Soft, fluffy towels hanging up at the sink and on the wall. Buy a new range of towels and instead of throwing them over the banister on the stairs, fold them neatly and arrange over wall-mounted towel racks. Choose thick, Egyptian cotton towels in shades of black, taupe or white.
  • If you have the budget, it’s a good idea to invest in a brand spanking new suite with plenty of contemporary detailing – square edges are always chic. On the walls, opt for large tiles and continue them onto the floors, too, for a seamless look.
  • For a clean, minimal look, choose a shower tray that is either inset into the ground so that it sits flush with the floor, or put a slope into the floor so that it’s a walk in shower. For the door, simply install a piece of thick glass. You could also simply add a wall, tiled in the same tile, for a chic spa-style experience.
  • Make the space look ultra-modern by using open bathroom cabinets, rather than lots of cupboards. If the space is small, cupboards will only make it feel smaller. If you use open storage, make sure you display your toiletries and towels neatly, otherwise the bathroom will look a bit of a mess.
  • Don’t opt for a dull, boring, square or rectangular tile – instead, opt for something in a unique shape, colour or style. Patterned tiles work well in larger bathrooms, as do tiles that are stone-effect or slate-effect as they give a luxurious feel.
  • Use hidden storage, such as underneath the sink, to pack away toiletries that aren’t quite so glam. Don’t lock everything away though – keep a selection of toiletries and folded towels out to add to the hotel feel of the room.
  • For a smart, sleek finish that’s affordable and easy to maintain, too, why not choose vinyl flooring? Opt for a modern pattern or keep things plain and simple with a brightly coloured vinyl.
  • Shutters aren’t particularly cheap, but they do add a smart finish to any room and look particularly stylish in a bathroom. Opt for sleek stainless steel or wooden painted shutters for a homely, period feel.
  • For a hint of period charm, why not add wooden panelling to the bathroom? Opt for a pale, painted wood – just make sure you choose a water-resistant paint that will protect the wood from the moisture in the bathroom.
  • We’re so used to using plain white, chrome and wood in a bathroom that we often forget that there are other options too. Inject a little bit of colour into your space by using a coloured towel rail or radiator, and add a brightly coloured, water-resistant chair or accessories for interest.

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