Have you recently remodeled or upgraded your bathroom? Do you cringe at the thought of your new bathroom returning to its previous condition after having invested money and time into the project? The bright side: you are in control of maintaining your new bathroom. Even if you do clean your bathroom more than once a week, there are some lesser-known preventative methods that greatly contribute to the lifetime of your bathroom’s new look.
Bathroom Do it Yourself Tips
Here are a few do it yourself guide for your bathroom –
- If your cabinets or any other surfaces are made from wood or particle board (a combination of sawmill shavings or woodchips), they are susceptible to water damage. Be cognizant about this and make sure to immediately dry them completely of any splashes or spills. In addition, use the vent fan while showering to minimize moisture infiltration.
- The trouble with keeping shower-bathtubs free of stains usually comes down to the products that are kept and used inside. Rust stains from bottles (especially shaving cream) can withstand even the toughest of cleaners. If you’ve done everything you could and still find that your bathtub is not up to par, consider bath liners. They are inexpensive compared to other repair solutions. Bath liners also are easy for a remodeling company to install, and virtually give you a brand new tub! Bath liners are great for not only stained or discolored tubs, but also those that are cracked, chipped or moldy.
- Showering with the vent fan on not only minimizes the moisture infiltration of wood surfaces, it greatly prevents the growth and buildup of mold and mildew everywhere. Also, did you notice your wall paint may have what looks like sweat or water drip markings? This condensation is a result of the high level of humidity produced during and immediately after showering. It is extremely important to shower with the vent fan on to prevent this. Even more, leave the fan on for 20 minutes after you’ve showered to decrease any lingering effect of humidity that is released when you open the shower curtain or door. If you have a window in your bathroom, keep it closed. It may seem like a smart alternative for ventilation, but it will likely only bring in dust and dirt.
- If you had new, porous tile flooring installed, make sure to use a paint sealer to coat the tiles. The sealer “waterproofs” the tile, protecting it from spills, and thus, protecting the color and life. Examples of porous tile include terra cotta, brick, concrete, sandstone and flagstone. If you installed the tile yourself or the flooring company didn’t seal it, it is a fairly simple process. You can buy a sealant at any home improvement store. Using a paint roller brush and roller pan, apply a light coat to not only the tile but also the grout. Depending on the tile, you may need to apply two coats.