Not everyone shares Donald Trump’s political views but there are millions of people around the world who share his extreme fear of germs and his obsession with cleanliness.
Trump is a self-confessed germaphobe and for someone whose job involves shaking the hands of hundreds of strangers on a daily basis, it must be tough facing those demons every day.
Germaphobes also face a tough challenge when it comes to their bathrooms because, like kitchens, these places are havens for germs and bacteria unless they are cleaned regularly and properly.
Thankfully, you can create a bathroom that won’t give you the heebie-jeebies every time you open the door or turn on the tap. There are plenty of innovative new products and smart bathroom designs that make it hard for germs, dirt and grime to accumulate - and so if you’re considering a bathroom upgrade and have hygiene and sanitation at the top of your priority list, you need to read this.
Here are some great ideas on how to renovate your bathroom to make it friendly to germaphobes but un-friendly to germs:
1. Grout is out
Grout can be a sticking point for dirt and grime, so you should consider flooring and cladding materials that minimise the need for grouting. Polished concrete, plaster, glass, sheet vinyl and thin veneers of real stone are all great options - and if you do still want to go for tiles, choose large format ones which minimise the grout lines.
2. Touchless taps
Germs are commonly spread through contact, so you should think about ways of reducing the number of surfaces that you have to touch. Sensor-operated taps which use infrared technology to activate the flow of water are widely used in the restroom areas of commercial properties like airports and restaurants, but are now becoming increasingly popular for domestic bathrooms too.
This motion-sensing technology is also being incorporated into contemporary toilet suites, so you can have a hands-free flush!
3. Savvy sanitaryware
Few of us would claim to enjoy cleaning a bathroom - it’s more of a chore than a choice. Thankfully, there are lots of smart toilet and basin designs on the market today that are easy to clean and which look great. You may end up spending a little more on these premium products, but you’ll definitely spend less time cleaning them. Streamlined wall hung toilets, rimless toilets and one-piece models are much easier to clean than their traditional counterparts, and their powerful pressure-assisted flushing system is good for fighting germs too.
4. Surface suggestions
Your choice of material for your new vanity is also really important if you want to keep your bathroom as germ-free as possible. Surfaces like engineered stone and quartz are popular among germaphobes because they’re non-porous and therefore impervious to the growth of bacteria.
5. Clever copper
With metallics bang on trend in the style stakes, copper is making a big statement in bathroom designs around the world. But it’s not only recognised for its gleaming aesthetics, it’s seen as an effective germ-busting material and is being used in a variety of applications in the bathroom from door knobs and rails to basins and bathtubs.
7. Efficient exhausts
Your exhaust fan is your number one defence against mould, mildew and other nasties. Adequate ventilation is essential for the bathroom and your exhaust fan will draw out humid air and other bad micro-organisms before they have a chance to do any damage - so it’s really worthwhile spending a bit of time choosing the right model which will do the job properly.
Even if you’re not a germaphobe, you’ll want to protect yourself and your family by keeping your bathroom as healthy and germ-free as possible. An experienced bathroom renovation company will know of all the smart ways to create a beautiful haven that is perfect for humans, but bad news for bacteria.
Why not chat to one of the professionals at WA Bathrooms, specialists in bathroom designs in Perth, about a high-quality, affordable and beautiful bathroom upgrade that’ll be the envy of everyone who sees it? Find them at http://www.wabathrooms.com.au or get an obligation-free quote by calling them on 08 9444 4537.