Make a Small Bathroom Feel Comfier

Bathrooms are a huge part of the house, so if you have a bathroom that is too small for comfort, it can be quite the downer. The good news is that there are tons of ways to redo your small bathroom to make it seem less cramped. Listed below are 10 small bathroom design ideas that will help you find inspiration to combine DIY fixes, bold paint colors, and pretty decorating details. Continue reading

Plumbtile Vows to Help Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims Rebuild

Our nation is still picking up the pieces after the natural disasters that occurred in Florida, Texas and now Puerto Rico. Thousands of homes were lost in the storms and residents are just beginning the long process of rebuilding. At Plumbtile.com , our hearts ache for these families and we want to do our part in helping them move forward and rebuild; that’s why we’ll be offering special pricing and discounts for residents of the affected areas damaged by the hurricanes. Continue reading

Design an Easy-To-Clean Bathroom

Bathrooms seem to be the one area of the house that are the most frustrating to clean. Not everyone has a housekeeper, so when you are the one who has to do the cleaning, your design choices will make an impact on you every day. Implement the strategies below and you will end up with a bathroom that looks and feels like a dream bathroom, but cleans as easily as a no-nonsense public restroom.

Just say no to grout. Scrubbing grout lines has to be one of the least favorite chores when it comes to cleaning a bathroom. Using a solid-surface choice for your walls will save a lot of elbow grease. Consider using stone slabs, which have few seam lines and are very thin. Other options include: caesarstone (which can be used alone or in a combination with tile), vinyl wall coverings, and back-painted glass. In areas where your walls don’t have to be tiles, paint it a great option. Use one specifically formulated for bathrooms for its resistance to mildew. If you can’t eliminate grout lines entirely, then reduce the number and thickness.

Buy a (quiet) fan. Yes, buy a fan for your bathroom and put it on a timer. This may not sound like a design strategy for making your bathroom easier to clean, but it is. If you have a fan that sounds like a jet engine, you will be less likely to turn it on and that will lead to an increase in mildew- which means more cleaning. A whisper-silent one is so quiet that you’ll need a timer so you won’t forget to turn it off.

Select a linear drain. Installing one of these drains means that your shower floor will have a flat slope in one direction. You will be able to run your large-format floor tile right on into the shower instead of using little mosaic tiles to accommodate multiple directions of slope.

Say good-bye to glass. Cleaning glass is almost as bad as cleaning grout. Instead, strategically plan your shower around a corner in a wet zone. This will eliminate the need for a glass partition. With large-format tiles and a slab countertop as well, the bathroom would be very low maintenance. You may go even more extreme and create a fully watertight wet room. The handheld showerhead lets you hose it down and go. In fact, handheld showerheads are a real help in cleaning your shower, even if you have a more conventional-style bathroom. Get one with a long hose. If a wet room isn’t for you, consider a shower curtain and its waterproof liner in the washer to clean it. A bonus to using a shower curtain is the visual warmth fabric it adds to the décor.

Go frameless. The aluminum frames around glass shower doors are a magnet for gunk. Going frameless on your glass gives you a simple sheet to clean. There are a number of options for coatings on glass that also help it to repel water and soap scum. Check with your glass shower door manufacturer for factory coating options. Many recommend Rain X.

Get everything off of the floor. Getting on your hands and knees to clean a toilet crammed into a narrow space with that horrible, convoluted shape on the side is not a fun task. Wall-mounted toilets are easier to reach all the way around. They also make cleaning the floor easier. Mounting your vanity on the wall will also make the floor easier to clean. If you choose to not install a wall-mounted toilet, then at the very least, choose a skirted model. The smooth sides don’t catch as much as dusk and gunk.

Wall-mounted faucets are a better choice than deck-mounted ones. Gravity is working for you, carrying the soap and water residue away from the faucet instead of having it all collect at the base. Wall-mounted facets also keep the counter clear, making it easier to wipe down.

Choose tile placement carefully. If you absolutely love tile and want to have some in your bathroom, then place it where it will need the least amount of cleaning. Try to place tile out of any splash zone.

Have a place for everything. One thing that makes it easier to clean a bathroom is to have a spot for what you want to put away. No thinking about where to place it or having to organize a messy drawer to make room.

 

Cleaning Ceramic Floors

With its durability and visual appeal, it’s no wonder ceramic tile is the material of choice. There are ways to maintain it, and keep it looking its best.

Like everything, consistency is key. Taking a broom or vacuum to the ceramic tile weekly is important simply because any sand or dirt particles can take away the amazing shine that was attractive to begin with. Follow this routine by passing a mop using a solution created from detergent and hot water. Sponge mops are not ideal when cleaning a ceramic tile floor. This type of mop shoves the dirt left behind into the grout and darkens its color. Be sure to constantly change out the water being used to mop so as not to leave a dirty film over the tile. Should film end up on the floor, it can be removed by a soft all-purpose cleaner. Avoid extremely harsh chemical based products. Wherever possible, use homemade products to clean the surface. Continue reading

Deciding on a Bathroom Mirror

Choosing the right bathroom mirror for your home is important to your choice of style and necessity. These mirrors are always bigger than most other mirrors found in any home. It might also have to double up as storage space in some cases. The first thing that should be done during the process of mirror shopping is to measure the space it will be displayed in. You will then want to consider other add-ons needed to make the room complete. Continue reading

Don’t Get Unhinged: Choosing the Right Hinge for your Project

While no one ever gets to see them, hinges are very vital to the functionality of the kitchen. There is definitely a right and wrong hinge to purchase for your project. So how do you know which hinge to choose? Here are a few things to add to your checklist when shopping for the right one. Continue reading

Getting Your Bathroom Retirement Ready

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Is Your Bathroom Retirement Ready?

Most people will buy and sell a house at least twice over the course of their adult lives. When you start out you purchase a “starter home”, something smaller, quaint for a small family, couple or a single person. As your get older you marry and start a family or your family grows and your income increases all of which drive you to sell that starter home and purchase a larger one. Then as the children grow up and move away you might sell again to “downsize” and get ready for retirement. Continue reading

The Reality Of A Bathroom Makeover

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The day is finally here, you have made up your mind and you are going to renovate your bathroom. But you are not really sure what the cost of it will be. You are looking at contractors and taking bids on the labor and you know you have some variables to think about; How old are the pipes? Will I need new plumbing? Would it be more cost effective in the long run to replace the copper lines? How do I plan a budget? Continue reading

Tips to De-Clutter and Brighten Your Bathroom

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Bathrooms like a kitchen just seem to attract clutter, it doesn’t matter how big or how small it is you can just walk in some days and think the closet or cabinets just exploded all over the room. There are some easy fixes to take care of this and make your life easier and more comfortable. So, take a deep breath and let’s dive in! Continue reading