So you’ve chosen the traditional bathroom suite that’s right for your home. You’ve battled the DIY demons (or employed a contractor to fit the suite for you). And you love how your new bathroom looks. You don’t want to do this again for a while though: bathroom remodelling can be very expensive and is time consuming, even when you go for the budget option. So how do you keep your new bathroom suite looking this good for years to come?
Top tip number one is cleaning. Clean regularly, clean well, clean until you can see your face in all your surfaces! Don’t use an abrasive cloth (such as a scouring pad) or an aggressive cleaner. There will be no need for these if you clean often, and you’ll find that they can actually sometimes do more harm than good, leaving tiny scratches in the surface of your bathroom suite and eventually causing it to look old before its time.
A regular wipe down and rinse is the key to maintaining cleanliness in the bathroom. Don’t forget to rinse: this gets rid of any sticky soap residue which could otherwise attract dust and dirt beck to your clean surfaces in record time.
Make sure you keep the strip of sealant between your sanitary-ware and the wall clean too. Use of abrasive cleaning materials here is to be avoided as well, since they will only help to degrade the surface of the sealant. Keep a check on your sealant: its job is to keep water out of the gap between your traditional bathroom suite and the wall, and any moisture that gets in here because of a problem with the sealant is free to do its damage unseen and unchecked. If the sealant needs replacing, simply peel it all back, clean and dry the area, and apply a fresh strip of sealant (make sure it’s sanitary grade).
If you live in certain areas of the country, you may find that your bathroom is prone to limescale. Calcium carbonate, as it’s scientifically known, is a hard, unsightly mineral build up that can affect your taps and shower head. It’s due to the chemical composition of the water in your area and if you’re prone to it, you’ll need to clean it away regularly to avoid your bathroom suite looking uncared for. It’s a simple job: soak the affected area in a limescale removing solution (use a shop bought brand or, if you’re hoping to save money or cut down on chemical use in the home, lemon juice). Leave it for about an hour, then wipe the area down. It should be sparkling clean once more.
Regular cleaning is pretty much the only aftercare a modern traditional bathroom suite needs: taps these days are fitted with ceramic disc technology that’s more effective than the old rubber washers we used to have. If problems do occur, simply replace the whole cartridge in your tap. Blocked drains can be cleared using a plunger or a chemical solution, poured down the drain and left to do its work for a few minutes. And that, barring accidental damage to your new traditional bathroom suite, is that.