The sun’s out, the weather is warmer, the clocks have changed and the days are definitely getting longer. It’s probably time to do some tidying, cleaning and getting everything ready for summer. And this is as true in the bathroom as it is in the rest of the house.
Depending on what kind of window covering you have in your bathroom, it could be time to change from the heavy and insulated curtains of winter in favour of a fresher, lighter colour and style for the summer months. The same could be true about your bathroom rug, and even the colour of towels that you use. We find that many people tend to choose brighter, fresher colours during the summer and richer, more luxurious tones for the winter months. In summer the emphasis shifts to lightness and space while, in winter, the movement tends to be more to cosiness and warmth.
Beyond a change of fabrics and style, what else should you be doing for summer?
A thorough, deep clean wouldn’t go amiss:
Clean your pot with a mild cleaner or even spirit vinegar to ensure that you get up all the dust and dirt while keeping the glaze intact and not ruining the high shine finish of your toilet, basin and bath. The sealant around the baths will probably need special attention. Using a dilute bleach mixture and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush works wonders. You can use the same technique on grouting around the tiles.
Your shower screen, mirror and tiling can usually be cleaned with simple soap and water. Try to clean from top to bottom so that you can catch streaks and runs as you go down by keeping a side to side motion going with your soft cleaning cloth. Don’t use anything too abrasive to make sure you don’t scratch the surfaces. To bring up an extra special shine dry the surfaces using scrunched up newspaper and small, circular motions to prevent smearing.
As much as possible use the same scents throughout the bathroom to keep it pleasant and also harmonise. A citrus scent is great for summer and tends to blend better with scents without becoming cloying.
Remember that keeping your window open as much as practical will keep the room smelling fresh and also help to ensure that moisture doesn’t become trapped or linger.
With a little work you will make your bathroom inviting and refreshing, which is what you tend to need for those quick showers to help you cool off during summer rather than the long, relaxing baths you take to warm up during winter. You may still need to use a heated towel rail to dry off the towels you use, but you won’t find yourself using the central heating anything like as much.