Simple ways to improve the look of your Bathroom
It’s true when they say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so improving the look of your bathroom is so important when selling your property.
Everyone loves the idea of hotel spa chic when it comes to bathrooms, but not all bathrooms are able to achieve this look. It doesn’t mean you can’t improve the look of your bathroom by cleaning the grout, replacing the sealant and giving everything a thorough clean.
Mildew and mould can ruin the look of any bathroom and can easily turn potential buyers off by making them think they have to replace the bathroom suite straight away. If everything looks clean and fresh then this may take these thoughts out of their heads.
There are a few easy steps you can take to improve the look of your bathroom without much cost and only a bit of effort
Replace the Sealant
Sealant round baths, showers and basins can easily become grimy with mould and mildew and make your suite (however new) look shabby. Replacing the sealant is not the difficult job you might think it is and can by done as a DIY task.
Firstly you need to remove all the old sealant using either a blade or a sealant remover from a DIY store. Make sure the area is clean and dry before you continue.
To get sharp lines at the top and bottom of the new sealant use making tape. Run a strip along the bath/shower, about 5mm from the edge and do the same where the tiles meet the bath/shower.
Fill the bath with water (cold will do)! If you don’t it will cause the new sealant to split when the bath is full of water (and you!). Standing in the shower cubicle whilst resealing should achieve the same result.
Use a good quality sealant and run a strip along the edge of the bath/shower. You can buy sealant smoothing tools, but your finger is a free tool! Run your finger round the sealant so that it seals the gap between the bath/shower. If there are any gaps then add a little bit more and smooth with your finger again.
Leave for approx. 30 minutes then remove masking tape to reveal sharp edges to your newly applied sealant. Leave to fully dry
Clean your Grout
If scrubbing with a bathroom cleaner doesn’t do the trick, try making your own grout cleaner.
In a small bowl mix a solution of bleach and baking soda. Wear some rubber gloves for protection. With an old toothbrush rub the solution into the affected grout and leave for a while. Rinse off with warm water to reveal clean grout. If the grout still isn’t clean, try and second application
Replace your Grout
If your grout has seen better days and no amount of cleaning does the trick, it may be best to replace all or some of it. Again, this is not the difficult ask you might think it is.
Recently I had to remove a column of tiles in my bathroom so bought a grout removing tool from Screwfix for £3.99. I assumed it would be an onerous task and take me ages. 10 minutes later all the grout was gone!
Work out how much grout needs to be removed and make a start with your grout removing tool.
Once the area is free of the old grout, clean up the dust you are ready to reapply new grout. Ready mixed grout is easily available from all DIY stores. You can buy a grouting tool or just use a filling knife to work the grout between the tiles. Leave to set for a few minutes then smooth off and remove the wet grout from the tiles with a wet sponge. If you leave it to dry on the tiles you’ll have to scrape it off.
Removing Limescale on and around taps
Limescale can make taps looks old and shabby. Bringing the shine back makes a huge difference.
In the first instance try using a standard limescale removed like Viakal or Cillit Bang. Leave it for at least 10 minutes then scrub off with a sponge.
If you have crusted on limescale around the tap ends try using white vinegar. Pour some vinegar into a food bag, then put the bag round the end of your taps, attaching with a rubber band or similar. Leave for 30 minutes and remove. If there is any limescale left scrap it off with a knife whilst it’s still soft.
If you still don’t feel confident then you could always ask a friend or relative to help you or check out one of the numerous ‘how to’ videos on You Tube
By now your bathroom should look like new again.
All that’s left to do is have a good clean and tidy and add some new fluffy white towels. If you want to save your towels for best, just get them out for the estate agent’s photographs and subsequent views.
Try not to keep too much bathroom paraphernalia on display. Have a cull of all those shampoo bottles and children’s bath toys!