Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tips for an Easy-to-Clean Bathroom Design

MKBD has been remodeling homes in the Greater Philadelphia area since 1982, so we feel quite confident naming the most hated household chore: cleaning the bathroom! Yes, over thirty years of experience has proved this simple, unassailable truth: when faced with a dirty bathroom, most homeowners turn the blind eye.

When was the last time you cleaned your bathroom? If you're like most homeowners, this simple chore inspires your most steadfast bouts of procrastination. And really, we can't blame you. We've seen plenty of bathrooms designed without even the slightest notion of ease-of-cleaning. For many homeowners, this chore is really the chore.

The culprit here is not necessarily budget. We've seen plenty of expensive bathrooms that fail the ease-of-cleaning mandate. In pursuing luxury at all costs, many homeowners often sacrifice practicality. It doesn't have to be this way.

The common-sense tips below will help you design a bathroom that is beautiful and easy-to-clean.

Opt for a Shower Curtain

This is a no-brainer, yet some of the most popular bathroom materials are also some of the hardest-to-clean. Glass and fiberglass, for example, cloud easily, and need to be treated with special, non-abrasive cleaners.

Shower doors are often fitted with glass doors. The simplest (and most cost-efficient) alternative to a glass shower door is a shower curtain and liner, which can both be thrown in your washing machine for easy cleaning.

The appeal of a shower curtain is not simply ease-of-cleaning. Note how the shower curtain in this MKBD project provides warm textural variation to the cool marble shower.

Think Carefully About Tile Choice

Likes glass, tiles are a popular bathroom material choice that homeowners hate to clean. We're not suggesting you avoid tiles--of course not. But you would do well to think carefully about tile placement as well as the type of tiles you use. Larger tiles are best for floors and showers.

In this MKBD project, clean-up is a breeze thanks to large slate tiles.
Durable, beautiful, and easy to clean: large marble tiles int his MKBD project (also seen below) provide a seamless look and cleaning experience.
For ease-of-cleaning, tile mosaic--a notoriously hard-to-clean material--is best avoided in heavy traffic spots. If you love the look of mosaic, why not take it out of the shower or off the floor?

Lining your walls with a strip tile mosaic is a great way to include this desirable material in an easy-to-clean spot. This MKBD project is all about practicality and beauty.

In this inventive MKBD project, tile mosaic lines the outer wall of the tub, yet we're especially proud of the tile mosaic on the wall, which reflects light far away from the heavy-traffic areas. Ease-of-cleaning and beauty: a match made in remodeling heaven.

Eliminate Grout Lines

If cleaning the bathroom is the most hated household chore, dirty grout lines are likely the most hated of the most hated! Grout lines can seem like incubators for bacteria, dirt, and mold. Worse, they can be surprisingly hard to clean.

At MKBD, we try to avoid the hassle of grout altogether. Instead of the unseemly grout lines, install solid surfaces on your shower stalls and walls. And remember, the larger your pieces of material, the less need for grout!

In this MKBD project, large slabs of imported marble tile envelops the bathroom from floor to ceiling, reducing the grout lines. We have to say: this is one of the easiest-to-clean bathrooms in the world!
Mount Those Toilets

Toilets are notoriously hard to clean: all those nooks and hard-to-reach crannies. Why not eliminate the nooks and crannies all together by mounting your toilet on the wall?

In this European-inspired MKBD project, the wall-mounted toilet makes clean-up a breeze!

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