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Simple Bathroom Updates That Work Every Time

May 28, 2014

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The bathroom is often a high traffic area at home and it’s not surprising when the smallest room in the house also looks the most worn. The ultimate bathroom is clean, crisp and beautiful but the reality is that without a lot of maintenance, this dream will never surface in reality.

However, there are a few small things you can do to help your tired bathroom regain some of its former glory. You don’t have to spend a fortune, you certainly don’t need to buy a whole new suite and you absolutely should add these ideas to your summer home improvements list right now!

Replace Seals

One of the main issues in any bathroom is keeping the water in the right place. There’s always going to be a bit of splashing about but the more that stays in the tub, the better! Seals can quickly go a bit gross but replacing them doesn’t cost much and will certainly help prevent unfortunate leaks. Have a look at for some great deals.

Clean the Grouting

Not the most exciting way to spend an afternoon, but cleaning grout will make a big difference to the overall look of your bathroom. All you need is an old toothbrush, a cup of baking soda and a cup of hydrogen peroxide and you can get scrubbing! Regrouting is also an option. A good tip though: next time you retile, go for a darker colour and choose a grey grout instead of white!

Add Some Plants

Plants make everything better and there are lots of plants who will be more than happy to live in the bathroom. You can put them on shelves if you have them or simply suspend a small basket from the ceiling. Ferns are absolutely ideal as they love to be misted rather than flooded with water so the bathroom steam is just what they love!

Paint the Tiles

If you don’t want to replace your tiles (which is an expensive route), painting them can make a big difference on a small budget. Though the tiles probably won’t have the same smooth finish, they will look fresher and cleaner so this is worthwhile even in the short term. To paint your tiles, you will need to make sure they are in good condition first with no mould or mildew present and good grouting. Then all you need is the right paint and you’re away!

Use Glass Soap Dispensers

A final update that will make a big difference is choosing glass soap dispensers. Pour your soaps, shampoos and conditioners into different dispensers and get rid of the branded plastic packaging. If you live near a reduced waste shop, you can even take your dispensers in to get refills, no plastic wrapping required!

Updating the bathroom doesn’t have to be an expensive job. A few small changes can have a bit impact on the feel of this small room and staying on top of cleaning and maintenance is essential. Now all you need is a free evening, some bubbles and a couple of candles!

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