When it comes to bathrooms, great style and high-maintenance surface materials don’t always go hand in hand. In fact, there are plenty of low-maintenance surfacing options you can choose from that look just as, if not better than some of the more high-maintenance options. Bathroom cleaning can be a gritty, messy affair, so let’s take a look at some surface materials you can use to make life easier without sacrificing any style points.
1. Non-Porous Countertops
Countertops can pose some serious cleaning challenges, depending on what material you use for them. Porous countertops like concrete and others need special sealant applied regularly if they are going to stay in tip-top shape. Compared to durable bathroom countertops made from non-porous solid surface material, non-porous materials don’t fit the bill when it comes to being “low-maintenance”.
If you want bathroom countertops that are easy to clean and available in many different colors and styles, look no further than solid surface countertops.
2. Fog-Free Glass
If you have to wipe away the fog on your shower glass and bathroom mirror before you look into or through it, you do not have a low-maintenance design. Bathroom glass that fogs up gives you one more chore to perform before you exit the bathroom, so try going with some fog-free glass instead. Fog-free shower panels and mirrors are available almost everywhere, giving you the freedom to eliminate bathroom fog before it even begins.
3. Easy to Clean Floors
The fewer creases and grout your floor has, the easier it will be to clean. Bathroom floors somehow end up being one of the most consistently contaminated areas of a home, so by installing floors made from laminate or another material known for being easy to clean, you can remove a large portion of the maintenance you would have had to perform on more intricate floors.
4. Large Slabs
In addition to floors and countertops, walls can be somewhat high-maintenance as well. Especially if they are tiled with lots of crevices, grout, and creases, cleaning your bathroom walls can be just as hard of a chore as any other part of your bathroom. Remove the hassle from cleaning by introducing solid surface wall panels to your bathroom.
Much like solid surface countertops, these wall panels are made from non-porous material so they never have to be sealed. They also feature almost zero cracks or crevices for bacteria and fungus to grow. Replace your tiles with large solid surface slabs and see how much easier your bathroom cleaning duties become.
Your Bathroom Shouldn’t Take Hours to Clean
With a low-maintenance bathroom featuring some or all of the materials we’ve covered here, you can achieve a head-to-toe spotless shine without breaking your back for hours. By eliminating fog, and complex tiled floors, counters, and walls, you can effectively reduce your level of bathroom maintenance without having to sacrifice anything in the way of cleanliness or style.
By implementing everything listed in this article, you can create a bathroom that requires the lowest possible level of maintenance to stay fresh and clean, while retaining some style as well.
Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Green Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.