The bathroom is perhaps the most heavily used room in any home and it is on call 24 hours a day. The medicine and vanity cabinets need to hold up to constant use; the drains should clear easily and faucets should not leak. The combination of water and humidity presents a breeding ground for mold and mildew so preventive measures are important. Whether you have curved or straight shower rods, the shower curtain and liner should slide freely and there should be adequate space between them so they can dry thoroughly.
Bath mats and rugs should feature anti-skid backing to help reduce the possibility of slips and falls; where possible, the installation of grab bars is a good idea. If your bathroom is looking a bit dated it’s a good idea to dedicate some time to clean the bathroom and look for potential problems which can be corrected before real trouble begins.
Start with a good cleaning
Begin by giving the bathroom a good cleaning from top to bottom. Draw the drapes, raise the blinds and remove the window treatments for cleaning or replacement. Clean the light fixtures and replace any burned out or missing light bulbs with new ones at the highest wattage recommend for the fixture. This is also a good time to switch over to energy-efficient CFL bulbs if you have not already done so.
The bath cabinets and vanity can be updated by replacing drawer knobs and cabinet pulls with more modern versions; bathroom door knobs and the like can also be updated to give the room a new look. New textiles are the fastest way to transform the look of a room in minutes and experts recommend shower curtains, bath mats and curtains on a regular basis.