As retailers are so fond of reminding us, the holidays will soon be upon us. That means parties and family visits. If you start getting the house ready now, the run-up to your soirees will be less chaotic and you can focus on the finer points.
This article is part of a series over the next few weeks. Offering you tips to get various parts of the home holiday-ready. Today, we start with the one room most of your guests will use, the bathroom.
Pretend You Are Selling Your Home
Approach your bathroom makeover as if you were readying it for a steady parade of potential home-buyers. This means starting with a deep clean, top-to-bottom – literally. Start at the ceiling and work your way down.
- Before you start, remove everything from the counters and any shelving. Take down the shower curtain and remove the throw rugs.
- Next, use the vacuum or a duster to get the accumulated “fuzz” out of the ceiling fan grate. Then, check the walls (especially where they join the ceiling) for cobwebs.
- The light fixtures come next. If you have the Hollywood-type strip vanity lighting, your bulbs may be dusty so remove each one, dust them and replace them.
- If you have windows, tackle those next. Clean the glass and then clean out the tracks. Vinegar and water, and old toothbrush and a rag work well for this task.
- Mirrors come next. There are lots of ways to do this – from using ammonia and water, to vinegar and water, or commercial window cleaners.
- Vinegar and water also works well on counter tops and shelves.
- Next, clean the sink and shower/tub. I’m a believer in Kaboom (the purple pump spray bottle – not the aerosol bottle), some favorites of others are: a mixture of Dawn dishwashing soap and vinegar; Ajax cleanser; Tide laundry detergent, used like a scouring powder, it truly does get off the toughest bathtub grime. Always check to ensure that whatever products you use won’t do damage to the type of surface material that you are cleaning.
- Toss the shower curtain, window curtains and rugs in the washer.
- Wash the floors.
If you have shower doors, clean those with a mixture of warm distilled vinegar and a few drops of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Don’t use this on stone, though. Instead, try a paste of baking soda and the dish soap and use a non-scratching sponge. Always check with the manufacturer for best results.
Now it’s time to bring back all the items you removed from the shelves and counter-tops. Unless something is decorative, hide it away in the cupboards and drawers.
Throw out anything you don’t use and those empty shampoo bottles that tend to collect.
Bring Back The Fabrics
But, check them first and get rid of rugs, towels, mats and curtains that are frayed, faded or torn.
Replace them with new items that coordinate with the rest of the bathroom’s décor. Beautiful towels can double as attractive accessories if folded in clever ways. Check out these amazing towel display ideas on Pinterest.
Give It That Extra Touch
Wall treatments can improve the look instantly. Again, Pinterest can serve as inspiration. Houzz.com offers 260 photos of bathroom artwork and more inspiration can be found at Apartment Therapy and Brit.co.