Your bathroom should be a special place where you can go to get some much needed rest and relaxation. You can shut out the world and the rest of the family to just chill out for twenty minutes or more. But what happens when your oasis has turned into a grubby little room? It is so easy to let the bathroom’s condition slide into a disaster area. The amount of heat and water combined with the usual lack of ventilation spells certain doom if you don’t keep on top of it. Here we look at some ways to bring the bathroom back from the brink. As a bonus, most of these tips have your wallet’s limitations very firmly in mind.
Before you attempt any kind of makeover on your bathroom, you need to really tidy the place up. There will be mould and damp in places that you didn’t really think about. Get to work using some heavy duty bathroom cleaner and don some rubber gloves to protect your skin. Use water with vinegar to remove the calcium from the taps. Make sure that every surface, including the bath and shower, has been cleaned before assessing your next move.
A nicely tiled bathroom by The Kitchen Place (they also design bathrooms) of Australia
It is fairly likely that your bathroom walls will be a tiled affair, but if they are paint then you should do the obvious and repaint carefully. With the tile situation, you should be able to look at your freshly cleaned surface and see if there is any damage. If you are lucky to still have a perfectly tiled bathroom, please move on to the next section. But if you are faced with a few damaged areas, you can tackle these in a few easy steps:
- Remove the whole tile and take care not to damage the connecting tiles.
- Locate an identical replacement – maybe some left over from the last tiling job?
- Apply some tile adhesive to the substrate area.
- Place the new tile into the space and press firmly for one minute.
- Grout the joints and allow to dry.
This is usually the worst spot in any bathroom because of the way water gravitates towards the floor. If you have a carpet and it is looking worse for wear, remove it and dispose of it carefully. Instead of replacing the carpet with another one, you have a few options:
- Tile Floor
- Laminate Floor
- Vinyl Floor
The Tiled floor is going to be expensive and the laminate floor is fairly labor intensive for such a small room. But the vinyl floor is going to be fairly inexpensive and very easy to install. Try and think of a theme that does not upset the walls and ceiling design.
If your taps have seen better days, you can replace them fairly cheaply, especially if you just look to replace the upper part of the unit. You can buy some inexpensive accessories like a mirror and a nice laundry basket to make the room look more homely.
Keep It Clean
Hopefully you can start to enjoy your bathroom more frequently but remember to do a deep clean ever week and this way you can keep it looking fresh for much longer!
All Images used above courtesy: The Kitchen Place of Melbourne, Australia
Today’s guest blog is submitted by Jack Logan. He is a freelance writer who writes on a myriad of topic. He recommends new kitchens Melbourne to his readers who want to renovate their house without spending obscene amount of money.