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Care, Remodeling

Use This Not That: How to Make Your Bathroom Low Maintenance

If you’re like most people, one of your favorite Saturday activities is cleaning the bathroom…or NOT!  We can all definitely find more enjoyable things to do with our free time than clean. Let’s look at some tips to consider when remodeling your bathroom that will create a beautiful and low-maintenance space, and ensure your Saturday mornings are spent relaxing.

low maintenance bathroomLow Maintenance Options for Countertops

For years, granite countertops have been the undisputed champion in the countertop world, but more recently, quartz has been challenging that coveted title. With manufacturing technology improving, quartz now comes in stunning patterns and colors that can achieve a more “natural” overall look, or a dramatic statement depending on your preference.   Unlike granite, marble, or other stone countertops, quartz is exceptionally durable and stain-resistant without the need for sealers. While other materials may need coasters for stain protection, quartz does not require a vigilant eye to keep it from staining or chipping. With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why quartz is becoming more popular!

low maintenance bathroomEasy-to-Clean faucets and Finishes

I’m sure you have seen the array of glimmering chrome and polished bathroom fixture finishes on Houzz and in home design magazines. There’s just one catch: all that shine requires constant cleaning to keep water spots and fingerprints from smudging the finish.  Other options, such as satin nickel, satin chrome, and stainless steel on faucets and other fixtures will hide water spots and fingerprints much better than their highly-polished counterparts.

Can’t resist the glitz? Many faucet manufacturers offer lifetime finishes that are durable and easy to clean. Their slick finishes make removing the everyday spots much easier, and they keep that new shine for many years to come.

low maintenance bathroomShowers Curbs…Or Lack-There-of

Safety is another issue you might want to consider.  Stepping over a curb into or out of a wet shower can be dangerous, and the corners created by the curb are tedious to clean. A barrier-free shower design provides easy access and a nice flat entrance that’s easier to clean. No toothbrush required!

low maintenance bathroomHandheld Showerheads for Easy Cleaning

Using a cup or bucket  to rinse your shower when you clean  can be frustrating and time-consuming.. Consider including a handheld showerhead in your bathroom design. This will provide you with an efficient way to rinse your shower and glass enclosure after every shower  and when you do your routine deep cleaning, (which will be less often with regular rinsing), it will be easier and less messy to rinse away  the soap residue.

low maintenance bathroomNatural Stone Tile Options

Tile is a beautiful material that is used in many bathroom surfaces.  However, with all those grout joints and tile surfaces, you could end up with a lot of maintenance if you make the wrong choice. While natural stone is a beautiful choice in tile materials, it does bring some maintenance concerns. Stone will typically require sealers to be applied periodically to keep soap scum from accumulating and to keep the tile from absorbing too much water. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are practically impervious to water and stains and are also highly durable and chip-resistant. Additionally, they are usually a less expensive option.

You can make your life easier and cleanlier with these low-maintenance options for your bathroom. Even choosing just one of these tips can reduce the amount of time you have to spend on your hands and knees scrubbing your bathroom clean. 


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