Clean and clear – easier, healthier choices for your bathroom

Nobody likes cleaning the bathroom. It’s a time-consuming, dirty job, and if your bathroom isn’t up to scratch, it can feel pretty pointless as well – why bother if your shower never looks clean or your tile grout is irredeemably stained?

Story by: Trends

Upgrading your bathroom won’t let you avoid cleaning altogether, but it could help make the process quicker, easier, and more satisfying. The key is choosing the right fittings and finishes, so dirt, grime, and damp don’t hang around. Another plus? A well-designed bathroom will prevent damp and mould – which is better for your health.

Easy access features

When you’re choosing products for your bathroom upgrade, don’t just consider looks – think about accessibility for cleaning as well. Wall-hung vanities – – let you reach underneath to clean dust and debris. On the other hand, floor-standing models flush with the floor, so there is no underside to catch dirt in the first place

For toilets, look for models with a cistern and back that sit against the wall – here’s an example – so you won’t need to reach around awkwardly to clean. The same goes for baths – that retro claw foot looks great until you have to get on your hands and knees to clean underneath it

Because they have large expanses of glass and often include metal edges and hinges, showers can also be tricky to keep clean. Look for shower enclosures with minimal metal or plastic edging to give dirt and grime fewer places to hide

Fittings and finishes

Tiles are always a popular choice for bathrooms – look for larger styles with smooth surfaces to reduce the amount of grout you’ll have to scrub. Or consider a glass or marble splashback and bath surround instead.

Shower glass can be coated with a special protective film to prevent water and lime-scale build up, meaning less scrubbing and polishing for you.

Ventilation and health

Damp and mould are huge problems in New Zealand bathrooms. These aren’t just a hassle when it comes to cleaning, they can also be hazardous to your health – damp, mouldy homes are associated with asthma and other breathing problems.

If you’re installing a new bathroom, make sure you include adequate ventilation to remove steam, reduce dampness and prevent the mould and mildew build-up.

Sick of damp, mould, and endless cleaning? Check out the latest options in the Plumbing World Home catalogue for gorgeous, easy-care bathroomware, or pop into Plumbing World for a chat with our team


Jul 02, 2018





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