How to design an easy-clean, future-proofed bathroom
A recent survey found that we spend six hours on average per week cleaning our homes. Some of us a lot longer. The bathroom is one of the biggest time sinks. It’s essential, but a hassle most of us could live without.
Creating a bathroom that is easy to maintain and keep clean is a vitally important - but often overlooked - part of future-proofing your home.
When you come to make updates in your bathroom, always think about how to design out awkward nooks and crannies. Give yourself a helping hand by choosing finishes and features that will reduce, rather than add to, your workload.
Your future self will thank you. Come to think of it, so will your current self!
Here are a few of our favourite tips for an easy-clean bathroom:
Wall-mounted toilets and basins not only create a beautiful sense of space, they’re also a dream to clean under and around. One swift swipe of a mop and you’re done.
SurfaceHold basin 850mm £559
Choosing a toilet with a completely smooth wraparound finish on the outside (called shrouding) covers unsightly plumbing and reduces places for dirt to hide.
Comfort Height Back to Wall Toilet & Seat £294
What’s on the inside counts too. A rimless toilet bowl is a must for an easy-clean bathroom, eliminating hidden areas where germs can lurk.
Some toilets also have special coatings so that dirt can’t stick. Some also have clever flush technology that swirls the water around in such a way that keeps things nice and shiny.
If you want to get really fancy, some wash and dry toilets can even clean themselves at the push of a button.
AquaClean Mera Wall Mounted WC £3,927
Composite basins offer exceptional durability and hygiene. Their construction creates smooth, seamless designs without a crevice or gap in sight. They are non-porous, scratch-proof and super easy to wipe down.
SurfaceHold basin 650mm £429
Similarly, a shower screen with an anti-limescale treatment makes it much harder for soap scum to stick.
Basins with sloped edges where they connect to the wall (often called waterfall edges) prevent the build-up of water in an otherwise mould-growth hotspot.
Demister pads in mirrors are one of our favourite features. Not only are you able to see yourself better, but gone are unsightly smears from using your hand to wipe away the steam, or the marks left behind by trickling water.
LED light mirror front lit 900mm £265
Keeping your bathroom well ventilated and just the right temperature is also essential to keep mould at bay. Think about underfloor heating, windows that are easy to reach and open and quality extractor fans.
Choosing larger tiles will mean fewer grout lines to keep clean. Consider a darker-coloured grout too. Not only does it look great as a design feature, it can be more forgiving than the more traditional white version and easier to keep looking smart.
Trust Copper Matt 600x600mm, £47 per m2
Heated towel rail
And finally, a heated towel rail will keep your towels fluffy, dry and fresh for longer. A warm towel is one of life’s little luxuries too.
Hyde anti-scald towel rail 1200mm £440
Our experts are here to help if you need any advice choosing products to future-proof your home, or have any questions about any of the easy-clean features of the Fine & Able range. Get in touch!