Bathroom Spring Cleaning

The weather is already getting warmer, and summer will be here soon. It’s time to pack up the space heaters and down comforters and put them back into storage, and replace them with room fans and cooler bed clothes. Depending on your demographic location and your living arrangements, you might like to open all the doors and windows when the weather gets warmer, allowing the air to filter through your home and air things out; or it might be so hot that you have to close everything up and crank up the air conditioning.

Regardless of what it is, almost everyone has a routine that they go through in preparation for the warmer weather, and part of that routine often involves a bit of spring cleaning.  It’s hard to put things away and get new things out without cleaning them first, and once you get into cleaning mode with one thing, it’s easy to fall into a cleaning frenzy and start scrubbing down the whole house.

One key cleaning spot for spring cleaning is the bathroom. It may be the least desirable space to clean, but it is often the most necessary. After a while, the mirror starts to gather so many water droplet stains that it becomes difficult to see through, the bathtub starts to grow mold and mildew, things clutter up inside of drawers and on top of counters, and dust balls start to gather under the vanity and behind the toilet. So, what are the key areas to clean in the bathroom as part of your spring cleaning ritual?

Towel and Vanity Cabinets
Cabinets are one of the most important areas to go through as part of your spring cleaning. Begin by taking everything out of the cabinets and wiping down the interior of the cabinets. You might be surprised to find out much dust, debris and clutter can build up in cabinets over time. Scour the inside of them, especially if it is a cabinet where your clean towels are kept – you wouldn’t want to have to dry off with a mothball-covered towel. Once the inside of the cabinets have been cleaned, go through everything that was previously stored in the cabinet. Are there old, ratty towels that can be thrown away or moved to the rag pile? What about old toiletries that have expired and should no longer be used? Go through your stuff and try to get rid of anything that will not be used and just takes up space.

Tub/Shower Scrub Down
We all know that mold and mildew love warm, damp spaces (a.k.a., the bathroom!). We’ve seen it at that friend’s house that has a huge black spot forming in their bathroom ceiling, or maybe it’s happened in our own bathroom. Yet, this knowledge doesn’t make the cleaning process any more appealing. Use this spring cleaning as an opportunity to give the tub and/or shower a thorough scrubbing. This is the time to bleach those stains and remove surface mildew before it causes serious damage. It can be a great experience to step into a bathtub or shower after it’s been thoroughly cleaned, and you’ll feel much better when this task is out of the way.

Take Care of the Flooring
Whether it is hardwood or grouted tile, the floors in the bathroom need a good cleaning from time to time. Your cleaning methods may differ based on the material out of which your floors are made, but a good sweeping or vacuuming is necessary for most floors, followed by mopping (if you have anything other than carpet). Take special care of things like baseboards where dust and debris accumulates and is often ignored. Behind the toilet and under the bathroom vanity are also areas that see build up of dust and debris.

Counter Surfaces
Countertops are another area that should get special attention. Water stains build up over time, as well as toothpaste and water splatter that covers the faucet, sink and counters. Surfaces are known to be one of the most bacteria and germ ridden places in any room of the house, but this couldn’t be truer for the bathroom. Use Clorox wipes or another safe anti-bacterial cleaning product to make sure that the counters are disinfected appropriately. While you’re add it, wipe down the toilet handle, bathroom door handles, and the light switches as well.

Medicine Cabinet Makeover
You don’t have a lot of space in the medicine cabinet to begin with, but after a while, things stop being as organized as you first placed them, and things tend be just sort of thrown into the medicine cabinet, as you close the door quickly hoping that nothing falls out – until you open it again, that is. Medicine cabinets are another space that tends to accumulate expired and unused products that never get removed. Take this opportunity to go through the supplies in your medicine cabinet and throw out anything that has expired or will no longer be used. Wipe down the shelves and reorganize everything in such a way that it will be easy to maintain over time.

Trim Shower Curtains
Not all curtains are made alike, and this means that some of your shower curtains will be too long for your shower. While this may not be a huge problem, trimming the curtains can give your bathroom a neater and more tidy appearance, and it can prevent the spread of dust and debris, as the curtains won’t sweep them together every time you open or close the curtains. If your shower curtains touch the floor, or come pretty close to touching it, they’re probably due for a trim, and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in your bathroom.

Bathroom Organizers
Since you’re in the spring cleaning mode already, take this opportunity to create more organization in your bathroom. Even if you are the most organized person you know, things tend to revolt over time, and there are always new and improved ways to maintain order in your home. Make floating shelves out of old crates, install in-door shelving inside your vanity cabinets, hang a towel rack, etc. There are many ways to create organization in your bathroom, and we encourage you to find the right solution for your space.

Spring cleaning may not be fun, but it sure does feel good when it’s done. Spring cleaning in the bathroom is especially important if you’re one of those folks who never seems to have the chance to clean the bathroom as often as you would like. What are some ways that you like to reorganize and clean out your bathroom around this time of year? Leave your feedback in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

Bathroom Flooring

When it comes time to remodel your bathroom, or create it from scratch, one important decision involves the material you’ll use for the floor. With some of the bigger decisions that go into constructing a bathroom, the flooring often gets left behind, but it is a crucial part of a bathroom design and can greatly add or deter from the other aesthetics that make your bathroom beautiful and unique. When it comes to bathroom flooring, the choices are varied. Materials include anything from carpeted floors to wood and tile floors. There are pros and cons to each of these choices, and the cost, material and design are almost certain to be a vital decision maker. Here are the positive and negative aspects of each choice, as well as some things to consider before making a commitment.

A more traditional and perhaps, now old-fashioned style, carpeted bathrooms are most often seen in master bathrooms that are connected to a master bedroom. Carpet can be a great way of creating a luxurious and sophisticated bathroom that promotes relaxation and health. However, carpet also has its disadvantages. Ever spill a bottle of shampoo or soap in the bathroom? What about that one time when little Johnny was sick and couldn’t quite make it all the way to the toilet? Carpet will be much more difficult to clean and maintain over time than will other types of flooring. If you have a free standing tub that easily overflows or ever happen to deal with a clogged toilet, this could be very bad news for your carpeted bathroom.

A beautiful choice that seems to have value no matter what style your bathroom takes, is wood (or laminate, if you’re open to saving a few bucks for the same look). Whether your bathroom follows an antique style, a modern style, a rustic style or something in between, wood is almost always a choice with which you can’t go wrong. Wood gives you several choices with the same look, as well. Laminate is slightly cheaper than engineered wood (real wood backed with plywood), but gives off the same look as a pure wood floor. Engineered wood resists humidity and can be a great choice if you live in a humid area or don’t have any windows in your bathroom with which to ventilate the steam. Conversely, wood is also not a friend to water, and if you know that your bathroom usage might be susceptible to water or other fluid leaks, it might not be the best choice for your bathroom remodel.

Tile is one of the most popular flooring choices for not only bathrooms, but for the entirety of your home’s flooring. Tile serves as a great flooring option, because it comes in so many different shapes, styles and colors. Ceramic tile is one of the best choices for bathrooms, because it is durable, waterproof and stain-resistant. Ceramic tile is also known for being slip-resistant, which makes it a great choice for any bathroom that has children running in and out at any given time. Tile is an all-around great choice for the bathroom, but it can be tricky to install, and it can be one of the more expensive materials to purchase. The cost of the tile, plus installation can start to add up, especially if you have a bathroom that’s on the larger side.

A less popular option, cork floors can actually be a great choice and will allow you to create a more sustainable space in your home. Cork can come in a variety of styles and colors and often looks very similar to wood or laminate flooring. The cork material is made from bark and is highly renewable and a great resource for the environment. It is resistant to mold and mildew and it is also water resistant. Cork is also an affordable option for those looking to save room in their budget to splurge on other aspects of the bathroom remodel.

Bamboo is another highly sustainable resource, though not quite as cost effective as cork. On the other hand, bamboo is often undifferentiated from wood, while costing about half the price as true hardwood floors. Bamboo is relatively easy to install, making them a can-do DIY project, and the planks of bamboo are also easy to replace, which is always a great fallback for unseen disasters. For bathrooms, engineered bamboo is the recommended choice, because the planks are durable and withstand humid environments better than some other materials.


These are some of the most popular options for bathroom flooring, and we hope they help you get a head start in your bathroom flooring planning. If you’re remodeling, what type of flooring did you have before, and are you making any changes? If you’re still figuring out the flooring for your new space, what key factors are helping you make a decision? Leave your feedback in the comments below, and let us know which type of flooring you think works best in the bathroom!


Technology is constantly emerging and changing the way we live. As these changes take place, they have started to reach so far as design. Today, even the modern bathroom is utilizing technology in ways that we could never have even imagined ten or twenty years ago. Technology has paved the way for the kind of luxurious and spa-like bathrooms that have become a part of the contemporary expectation. Because new technology is always evolving, we have the opportunity to be continually surprised and enlighten by these new systems and devices, which create ease of use, and often solve problems or make our lives better and more efficient. So what are the top tech trends that can push your bathroom to the next level?

Programmable Shower
Let’s start with the basics – what could be everything you want in a shower? How about the ability to set the temperature to the exact degree you want, an overhead faucet for a rainfall flow, the ability to set the ability to set the strength and position of the water stream, speakers that play your favorite tunes while seamlessly connected to your favorite device through Bluetooth capabilities, and chromatherapy through the use of LED lights built into the faucets. Technology brings you all this and more, creating the perfect shower experience. We’ve only come across one problem – you may never want to get out.

Shower Technology     Image via This Old House

Tub Sound System
If you have a decked out shower with all the works included, it doesn’t make sense to skimp on the bathtub. Technology has also brought some pretty neat innovations to the tub district. Aside from high-functioning whirlpool and hydrotherapy tubs, you can get a tub that works as its own sounds system. When the tub is empty, the system works like simple stereo, filling the room with sound; but when the tub is full, you can enjoy a relaxing bath not only to the sound of your favorite tunes, but through the vibration the music sends throughout the entire tub, creating an enhanced massage feature to your bathing experience.

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Hands-Free Faucet
Sure, we’re all familiar with hands-free faucets, they’ve been adopted by restaurants and savvy businesses everywhere; but when was the last time you noticed a hands-free faucet in someone’s home? With increasing technology, it’s becoming easier than ever to have these simple luxuries in your home. Why would you want a hands-free faucet, you ask? Well, a hands-free faucet can not only help you stay clear of infections or illness by the reduced hand-to-knob contact, but it can also be a great way to conserve water and help the environment while cutting down on your water bill.

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In-Door Sunbathing
We know, it sounds like a novel idea, but it is actually a thing. The contemporary bathroom style is big on windows. From the wall-sized window of a tenth story building, to the slightly-larger-than-standard bathroom window that looks out onto a home’s backyard, windows are big in contemporary bathroom style. And if you live somewhere that commonly has 100+ degree days, going outside might not sound so pleasurable. Instead, you can enjoy a sun bath from the comfort of your bathroom while you control the inside temperature.

Sunbathing TubImage via Duravit

LED Bathtubs
Similar to the sound system tub, modern technology brings us the LED tub that can light up your bathroom with subtle luxury. Not a fan of candles? No problem. The LED tub will replace the classic candle-lit bath and provide your bathroom with a fresh, sophisticated vibe. If you want the true white-glove experience, you won’t want to skip this.

LED TubImage via Huffington Post

Self-Cleaning Toilets
Nobody likes cleaning the toilet, but we’ve all had to do it at some point or another, some of us more frequently than others. But with modern technology, you can now invest in a toilet that cleans itself with every flush, keeping it clean and sparkly for longer periods of time between cleaning cycles. Still other toilets feature self-closing lids and toilet seats that the issue of leaving the toilet seat up is never a problem again.

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Water Proof Television
Have you ever debated between watching an episode of your favorite show and taking a shower? Or maybe you’re someone who likes to be able to catch the morning news as part of their morning routine. Well, with modern technology, you’ll now be able to do both things at once.  With increasing technology updates, we now have water-proof Televisions that will allow you to catch up on news or watch your evening show without wasting time anytime.

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Warming Drawer
Similar to a traditional towel warmer, these warming drawers keep your towel nice and warm for you until you are finished bathing and ready to use them. Many of the warming drawers come with temperature adjustments so that you can set the heat as high or low as you prefer.

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These are some of our favorite bathroom gadgets that modern technology has brought about. Many of them are not needed, but they can be fun perks that liven up your bathroom space and help give it that spa-like vibe. It’s nice to be able to treat yourself to extravagant luxuries here and there, and we’re firm believers that this is as much, if not more true of the bathroom as anywhere else.

Do you use any fun technology in your bathroom? Are there any tech gadgets that you’d like to try? Leave your comments below and let us know which products of modern technology sound best to you!