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What Are the Benefits of Renovating My Bathroom?

by Columbus Bath Design |March 17, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Maintenance, Bathtub Conversions

Ask any real estate agent or financial adviser and they’ll say the best investment out there is putting money back into your home. It’s your biggest purchase (this side of a Lamborghini) and thus eventually your biggest sale.

So where do I spend on home improvement? Eight out of ten contractors will say in the kitchen because it is the focal point of a property. Master bedroom renovations are profitable too, but what is a room in your home that each resident and nearly every guest uses? The bathroom.

Bathroom renovations might not sound like a worthwhile area to invest in. That budget could be better off used in creating a man cave or turning that spare bedroom into a craft room, right? Sure, but here are also some reasons why renovating your bathroom is more rewarding than you think.

Creating a Sanctuary

Bathrooms are functional for sure, but they don’t have to be “get in and get out.” There’s nothing wrong with enjoying what can be a very peaceful time in the bathroom.

Instead of cold, plain, bland tile, imagine your bathroom smelling like lavender, having soft accent lighting, and with neutral décor that is relaxing and inviting.

We think of finished basements or upstairs media rooms as the spots that really offer the improved quality of living in a home. But how often do you use those areas? Weekends? Random Tuesday nights? You use the bathroom many times a day.

So Many Options

Bathroom renovations don’t sound all that appealing, but that’s because most homeowners think of it as putting in a new toilet and vanity and being done with the process. There are so many options out there to customize a bathroom though, including:

  • Bath Tub – Watch any home improvement or house-flipping show – tubs matter. You’re going to spend some money on your bathroom renovation, but one way to feel better about that is with a nice relaxing soak. According to those shows, bathtubs are a selling point that greatly improves your market value.
  • Dual Sinks – We’ve seen his or her towels, but now two sinks are almost minimum in a bathroom renovation. The convenience of dual sinks is something many homeowners are accustomed to.
  • More Space – You don’t have to just renovate the existing bathroom, you can create a whole new layout. Knocking down some walls to create more space or just moving pipes to make a more convenient traffic path or privacy porthole are all part of the process.
  • Technology Integrated – Never miss a moment of the game or the final minutes of a singing competition vote with a mirror TV. How about LED lights in your walk-in shower? A warming drawer for a toasty towel after your soak? We can do that. Setting shower temps from your phone before you enter? Yes. Heated floors? Certainly. Wine chiller under the vanity? Doable as well.

More Accessible

In commercial construction, amenities have to be considered for individuals of all different capabilities and accessibility levels. Light switches need to be at a certain height, there needs to be enough space to turn a wheelchair or walker around, there should be a lot of bracing, etc.

There’s no reason not to incorporate that into a residential bathroom remodel, even if you don’t need it now. If you’re getting the room down to the bare bones anyways, there’s no sense in not making it accessible in case of future health woes, if an older relative visits or moves in, or for potential buyers that may have a family member with a disability.

Energy Efficiency

A lot of home renovation projects pay you back in the long term by increasing your home’s market value. But with how much water and energy your bathroom uses you can start recouping payback in the first month.

Let’s look at the very simplest bathroom renovation, you don’t have to run an exhaust fan and you’ll prevent mold growth just by having a window installed if there’s not already one there. Privacy glass can be used to maintain that sense of calm.

Bathroom renovations work great for reducing water consumption as well. Low flow faucets and toilets pay themselves off, and even something as simple as a shower timer can really start reducing your carbon footprint. Many homeowners make money off their bathroom renovations eventually.

Making the Space Memorable to Buyers

Every floor plan has an open concept and a breakfast bar now. So much so that these are indistinguishable aspects to home buyers. With an exquisite bathroom renovation, you create a selling point that future buyers cannot forget.

A bathtub, heated floors, creative lighting, and some technological upgrades are things that a future buyer will remember.

You can enjoy your renovation now, but also get paid for the project when the time comes to sell your home and you subsequently need to remodel your new property.

Yes, a kitchen is very important, so is a master bedroom, but they won’t get nearly the usage (or the compliments) as a bathroom renovation.

Bathroom Organization Tips

by Columbus Bath Design |August 21, 2020 |1 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom tips

Let’s face it, your bathroom is one of the most difficult spaces in your home to organize. Finding a place to put all of the necessary items and their backups can be a little tricky. Bathrooms are often given less space than needed, which makes the problem even worse.

The design experts at Columbus Bath Design can help you create a storage system in your bathroom that will help solve the problem, but in the meantime, there are some simple things you can do to keep your bathroom functional yet tidy at the same time.

1. Keep your medicine cabinet organized

Try to reserve your medicine cabinet as a repository of the things you use most regularly. This may mean you need to discard any outdated medicines and relocate backup products to another spot. Despite its name, the medicine cabinet is better used to store your grooming supplies as opposed to medicines.

2. Labeled storage bins to the rescue

Consider keeping like items in labeled storage bins underneath the sink or in your linen closet. If you need something, you can grab the whole container for easy access. Then, when you’ve finished you can put the whole bin back, keeping the area neat and clean. This is most useful for those items like medicines and first aid that you don’t need to use every day, but still want to have close at hand.

3. Control your hair products

Things like sprays, curlers, gels, combs, and hair dryers take up a lot of real estate in your bathroom. They are easily and quickly organized by placing them in a plastic tub under the sink. Don’t forget to check the tub regularly – you may not need that extra strong, super strength gel you got when you had the spiked hair. You can donate extra products to a charity.

4. Be creative with your towels

Sometimes towel racks are in exactly the wrong place, sometimes they are too small to handle all of your family’s towels. Think about where in your bathroom it makes the most sense to have towels, and install some hooks. They are inexpensive and easy to mount, you’ll be shocked how big a difference they can make.

5. The great makeup divide

It’s easy to let the drawers in your bathroom become catchalls for all kinds of different things that inevitably get jumbled together. Try adding an expandable cosmetic drawer organizer to find a place for all your necessities. Different sized compartments will organize blush, lipstick, and eye shadow. Keeping them in their compartments means that you’ll never have to dig around in the drawer to find what you’re looking for.

6. Shower caddy considerations

Take a critical look at your shower caddy to make sure that it’s doing its job right. Shower caddies that are either too big or too small can be more of a nuisance than a help. No need to settle – there are many different shower caddy options, from corner caddies, to over the shower head and suction shelves. If you still don’t have enough space, really think about what shower products you use on a daily basis. Things you use less often can be put in a bin under the sink, ready for when you need them, but not taking up valuable space in the shower.

7. Reclaim the air rights over your toilet

There can often be a ton of unused space above your toilet, just waiting for the right organizational solution. There are some great racks and cabinets designed to fit over your toilet that is perfect for storing extra toilet paper, towels, and toiletries. It’s best to use a design that has close-able doors so that you can keep things from falling out and moisture from getting in.

8. Hang things over the doors

Another great idea is to hang hooks on your cabinet doors to keep the bulky yet frequently used items out of the way. This is a perfect solution for things like hairdryers and curling irons. No need to waste drawer or counter space, plus they are ready to go when you need them, and easily stored when not in use.

9. Function can still be stylish

For things that you plan to leave on the counter, consider investing in some stylish containers like apothecary jars. This will add some style to your bathroom while still providing functionality. Things like cotton swabs, bath salts, and soaps look fantastic in clear glass containers. An added benefit is when guests visit, they can easily find the things they need without having to snoop in your cabinets!

10. Call a design expert!

In the end, the best way to organize your bathroom is to have a professional design expert from Columbus Bath Design help you create the perfect space. We’ll assess your needs, design a solution, and have it perfectly, professionally installed in no time. Every bathroom is different, and every family has different needs. We know what works, and we can’t wait to help you create your perfect bathroom oasis.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |March 13, 2020 |0 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance | , , , ,

spring cleaning

In spite of all the knocks against it, spring cleaning is a fantastic way to shake off the winter chills, freshen up your home and get a head start on the often frantic warmer months ahead. With the first day of spring (Thursday, March 19) rapidly approaching, it’s time to get moving. 

While cleaning decks, patios and other outdoor living areas are important, your bathroom definitely needs attention.

Why is cleaning my bathroom so important?

When you think about it, it’s easy to recognize the bathroom as being the most important room in your home. 

  • It’s where we begin and end our days. 
  • For many, the room stimulates inspiration – while taking a shower or enjoying a long soak in the tub.
  • Because there’s an unwritten rule that no one else enters when it’s in use, the bathroom can serve as your “safe space.” 

When you get down to it, the bathroom is far more than a personal maintenance room. It’s your own fortress of solitude, and well worth the effort and elbow grease associated with spring cleaning.

What supplies do I need to spring clean my bathroom?

You probably already have a basic cleaning kit containing spray bottles, baking soda and all-purpose cleaners. That’s a good start. 

Other essential items for specifically cleaning your bathroom include:

  • Microfiber cleaning cloths – these are far more effective than regular cloths or rags in getting bathroom grime and dirt than regular cloths
  • Toilet bowl cleaner – yes, we’ll be going there
  • A toothbrush
  • A sponge
  • An equal parts water/vinegar mixture in the spray bottle
  • Duster
  • Ziplock bag
  • Dish soap
  • A steam or bleach cleaner

It’s important to make sure you have all these items before you begin cleaning. Each time you have to leave the room to buy another product is an opportunity to lose track or become distracted.

What’s the most effective way to begin cleaning my bathroom?

Before you get started, open the window to let in the fresh air. Even though it’s still a bit chilly outside, you’ll need the open window for air circulation and to keep you comfortable while cleaning.

  • The first step is to de-clutter. We’re not talking about a major reorganization of your bathroom. Rather, this should only take a few minutes to remove things from countertops and off the floor. Just put everything right outside the bathroom door. This ensures you’re more easily able to do an in-depth cleaning.

    Don’t forget about shower and window curtains, bath mats and dirty towels. This is the perfect time to either put them in the wash or replace them altogether.
  • Clean the surfaces. It’s best to work from top to bottom. Dampen the microfiber cloth with warm water and the water/vinegar mixture, and wipe down your walls and backwash areas over the sink. 

As for cabinets, you should be able to use your water/vinegar mixture. 

  • Clean your countertops. Don’t use the water/vinegar solution here. Instead, use a dry microfiber cloth with a little dish soap.

  • Clean the toilet itself. This can be a tricky one but it’s well worth the effort. The inside of the toilet bowl can be taken care of with scrub brush and toilet bowl cleaner. We recommend letting the cleaner soak inside the bowl for a while as you concentrate on the toilet base.

    If you do not have a steam cleaner, soak the toothbrush head in the water/vinegar solution, and use it to clean the nooks and crannies along the seal of the toilet.

  • Clean the shower and tub. Dampen the tub and shower surfaces by letting the water run just a bit. Then, use the bleach cleaner and the sponge to scrub out and clean the surface.

  • An ingenious way to clean the showerhead and faucets: This is where the Ziplock bag comes in. In the bag, mix two tablespoons of baking soda with a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Dab a bit of vinegar over the faucet or showerhead. Hold the bag around the head of the faucet or showerhead and secure it with a rubber band. After letting it soak for about an hour, use your toothbrush to remove any leftover residue. 

spring cleaningShould I clean or remodel my bathroom?

You can do both! In fact, through the process of decluttering and cleaning, you’ll have a much better understanding of the amount of room you have in your bathroom. 

Use this time to think about what your ideal bathroom would look like. For inspirational ideas, you’re always welcome to visit our online gallery that shows some of our most recent work. You can also visit our Columbus showroom for in-person inspiration.

Here at Columbus Bath Design, we realize the thought of a remodeling project can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Our personable and friendly designers will be happy to work with you, listen to your ideas, and find the perfect solution for you and your budget.

Find out how you can get $250 off your bathroom remodeling project by calling us at 614-721-3883. You can also get in touch by completing our online contact form

How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom for Holiday Company

by Columbus Bath Design |November 8, 2019 |0 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Blogs | , , ,

deep clean bathroomThe holidays bring people together. It’s the time of year that you can enjoy the company of your family and friends as you celebrate this joyful season. That means that it’s time to deep clean every nook and cranny of your bathroom! After all, you want to make sure the space is sparkling clean and ready for use.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry; we have a few simple reminders to help you achieve a perfectly cleaned bathroom that your guests will appreciate. To kickstart the deep clean, let’s take a look at how you can get the space ready for your next holiday party.

Start with the Basics

Remove all clutter from the area. If you have small children, this means removing their toys and toilet bowl attachments out of sight. Remove all laundry, unnecessary items on the sink, and of course, any trash or debris that may be lying around. You want the space to look as clutter-free as possible.

Focus on Laundry

We don’t mean just to wash your clothing. This is also the time that you should take down and launder shower and window curtains and any washable rugs. Doing so will make your space look and smell great! Keep in mind; you should add fresh linens so that your guests may dry their hands after using the restroom.

Wipe Down Mirrors and Windows

You want every space to be sparkling clean. Start by wiping down the windows, shower doors, and mirrors. These spaces are usually covered in fingerprints and smudges, so wiping them down will give the space an instant facelift.

Clean Counters and Fixtures

Make sure that the counters and all fixtures are thoroughly cleaned. You may want to polish your fixtures to give them an even cleaner shine and that deep clean feeling.

clean bathroomDon’t Forget Floors

Floors should be scrubbed thoroughly. Be mindful of corners as well as baseboards. You’ll want to be sure to wipe down these areas by hand, as most cleaning products will not get to these areas adequately. Doing a little more work will have a huge pay off in the end.

Scrub the Toilet

Make sure that the toilet bowl is completely clean—this means no water stains! Take a moment to wipe down the outside and the base of the toilet to ensure that the entire bowl is cleaned.

Deep Clean the Bathtub

Make sure that your bathtub doesn’t have any toys or used washrags sitting around the edges. Clean the tub thoroughly and make sure that there is no hard-water build up around the drain. Speaking of drains, you should take a moment to clean out the drain of any debris.

Remove Anything Not Needed

Bathrooms can become somewhat of a “catch-all” in some homes. If this sounds like you, take a moment to remove any items that aren’t necessary. You may also want to put away some items that are too personal such as toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and other sensitive items that you may not want to be displayed.

Add the Extras

You can make the space feel even fresher by adding in a toilet bowl fragrance, spritzing the area with a holiday scent, and making sure that all of the trash bins have fresh bags.

Add in Storage

During the holiday season, you want to be sure that you have prepared the bathroom for guests. You may want to have extra soap, lotion, and toilet paper available. Make sure you incorporate adequate storage so that these extra items are easily accessible, but not out in plain sight. This will help the space look tidy and fully stocked for guests.

Cleaning Products

One of the best cleaning products you can possibly use is just regular vinegar. Vinegar can tackle harsh build-up and can make cleaning a breeze. A simple mixture of 1:1 vinegar and water and you can clean your entire bathroom essentially with this one concoction. It simplifies the process without sacrificing quality cleaning. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the space smelling like harsh chemicals. It’s certainly a simple approach to cleaning that many of us can appreciate.

Make it Feel Welcoming

There are many small touches you can do to make your space feel welcoming. You can add in some greenery, have artisan soaps available for use, and even add little pops of holiday décor. Doing so will make your space feel even warmer and more inviting.

Overview

At Columbus Bath Design, we are always looking out for our customers. We want to help you get your space holiday and guest-ready by incorporating a quality cleaning strategy that works. If you want to do even more with your space, reach out to us to schedule a design consultation. We are happy to answer your questions and walk you through various design options. Give us a call today for more information at (614) 907-4558!

Our Favorite Bathroom Deep Cleaning Tips

by jon |May 10, 2019 |0 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Blogs

A neat and clean bathroom is not only inviting, but essential to rid the room of germs and bacteria. Maintenance is the key to keeping a spic and span bathroom year-round, but in order to tackle the mess when it’s at its worst, a super deep clean gets to the core and in and out of all the nooks and crannies. Every so often such cleaning is crucial in order to keep mold and mildew at bay, dust away dirt and grime, and make every inch sparkle and shine. After all, there is nothing less appealing than using a bathroom that doesn’t seem up to par.

The idea of deep cleaning the bathroom isn’t usually at the top of anyone’s list of favorite things to do, but once a plan of action is in place, the project is far less painful than anticipated. In fact, it’s pretty easy to do, and the results are remarkable. A job well done is surely worth the effort when a blissful bathroom is the prize. Plus, that post-cleaning shower will be more refreshing and relaxing than it has been in a while.

Here are some ways to deep clean the bathroom without too much bother. Once it is dealt with deeply, keeping the room tidy from then on out is a piece of cake. Cleaning doesn’t even seem like a chore when the resulting shine is spectacular. You may even feel like you’ve stepped on set of a cleaning product commercial with the pristine finish you’ll enjoy from a DIY deep clean.

The Grout Between My Bathroom Tiles Looks Dirty And Discolored. Is There Any Hope To Get It White Again to Have a Clean Bathroom?

Dingy grout makes the whole bathroom look lackluster. And the more tile you have, the more grout, so in this case, bigger is definitely not better. But no matter the size of your bathroom, the same process applies. All you’ll need is some spray bleach and a good grout brush. Spray the grout generously and leave the bleach to do most of the work for you, for about 15-20 minutes or so. Come back and see how the grout looks. It’s sure to be brighter already. Whatever’s not quite there yet will need a bit of “elbow grease” to get to the finish line. Scrub gently but firmly with the brush and see the grout go from grimy to gorgeous right before your eyes. Maintain this whiter look by spritzing with bleach every month or so. If you keep it whiter year-round, you won’t have to scrub much the next time you’re ready for a deep cleaning job.

The Inside Of My Toilet Bowl Looks Brown And Stained. It’s Gross And Grimy. How Do I Clean It And Keep It That Way?

A nice and clean toilet is always a pleasure to plop down on, so keeping yours squeaky clean is a to-do that’s sanitary as well as aesthetically appealing. While getting inside the bowl and brushing isn’t a thrill for anyone, it’s a job that somebody’s got to do. With the power of baking soda, you can cut down on the scrubbing time as the action activates the cleaning process. Sprinkle some on the sides of the bowl and leave it there for about 10 minutes. Return with a toilet brush and scrub the slime and stains away. Finish off with a bleach spray and flush after about 5 minutes. Keep the bowl beautiful with regular spritzes of bleach about once per week.

My Shower Head Nozzle Is Gunky. I Have No Clue How To Clean It. Any Tricks?

There’s nothing worse than looking up and seeing a clogged up and crusty shower head staring back down at you. A deep clean can be done overnight, simply and effectively. White vinegar is the solution; just pour some in a plastic bag and tie it over the top of the shower head making sure it’s submerged and the vinegar won’t spill out. Come morning, untie, dump the vinegar, let the water run for a while, and you’re ready for a fresher shower…finally. Keep it clean by doing this process a few times per year or as needed.

What About An All-Over Deep Clean? The Rest Of My Bathroom Could Use A Lift.

As far as the rest of the bathroom goes, a glass spray cleaner or all-purpose cleaner is all you’ll need for the tub, countertops, mirrors, etc. Spray and wipe using a cloth or even paper towels. Get into all the corners and crevices so you are sure no spot is left untouched. You may be surprised at the amount of dirt and grime you’ll find. Maintain the shine with weekly wipes, or more often if many people regularly use the bathroom, or you happen to be messier than most. Remember, it’s far easier to clean with less clutter, so put your personal items away after each use.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Trust Columbus Bath Design

by jon |April 16, 2019 |1 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Maintenance, Bathroom Remodeling Cost, Blogs, Columbus Bath Design News, Full Bathroom Remodel, One Day Bathroom Remodel | ,

A bathroom is a sacred space for many people, so why not make it the best you possibly can? It doesn’t take much to cultivate your mood in a new direction, and a redesign of your sacred space can do just that. We understand that it can be difficult to let people into your home and redesign your space. You need to trust your designers, their process, and what they can deliver. So why choose Columbus Bath in remodeling your bathroom?

One-Day Remodeling

Imagine waking up with the bathroom you have now, and by the end of the day,  you have the bathroom of your dreams. One-Day Remodeling services by Columbus Bath allows you to remodel your bathroom while only losing access one day.  This is only possible because Columbus Bath is a master in the field of bathroom design.

We Will Accommodate Your Needs!

We meet you where you’re at. If you don’t know squat about bathroom design, don’t worry! We will guide you through the process step by step. We support The Green Sky loan program so that it’s easier for you to make your renovation decision. We also offer 6-12 month payment plans without interest to any customers who request it!

We will support you not only financially, but creatively, and match the vision you have to the best of our ability. Creating is the fun part, and together we can make your vision become a reality through listening to your needs, wants, and desires. Our design team are experts when it comes to listening to what homeowners are looking for.

The Proof Is In The Pictures

You don’t just have to use your imagination. Take a look at some of the amazing remodeling projects in the gallery that show our work off! These may support you in getting a clearer idea of your vision. Here you can also see the wide range of offers Columbus Bath caters to so that there really is no limit to what we can do for you. Our projects look just as good in motion too so check out this video gallery.

Our Process Is Solid And Proven

The process of going from 

your stale bathroom to a new radiant bathroom only takes 5 steps.

Make Contact. To get started, call us at 614-721-3874 and we will have a design expert talk to you and listen to what you need and when you need it. Our experts are ready to 

answer any questions you may have about the process.

Exploring. Here we will dive into the creative process and start gathering ideas for potential bathroom projects. We will guide you through what is in your price range and what also looks the best for the room you’re designing. You might not know exactly what you want but we know what questions to ask to support you in getting the bathroom you want.

Estimate. After you know what you want and you’re confident in it then the next step is showing you an estimate. We can also work to lower it by changing some designs or we also offer payment plans to support you!

Finalize. After all changes are made and plans are approved, we will go ahead and order the materials. Even if you change your mind last minute, we are prepared to accommodate you!

Installation. We then schedule a time for our contractors to come over and set up your new bathroom. We will do our due diligence to keep your home as clean as possible while keeping speed with the process so that you are not inconvenienced.  

We’ve Done It All

It doesn’t take much to be confident, but we’ve got the experience to back up our confidence.  Any question you ask, we’ve probably heard it and are ready to take your bathroom to the next level. Come check us out at Columbus Bath to see if we’re the right choice for you!

 

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |March 7, 2019 |4 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance, Blogs, Cleaning tips | , , , , , ,

Temperatures are warming up and flowers are blooming, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning. Rinsing porches and cleaning behind furniture is a good start, but what about your bathrooms? How can you get them ready for the warmer and brighter weather coming your way? In this article, I will share some tips with you for sprucing up your bathroom just in time for spring.

How deeply should I clean my bathroom?

When doing a deep clean of your bathroom, expect to get in every nook and cranny. Faucets, drains, grout, baseboards, all of it could use a clean every once in a while. Begin by collecting all the supplies you’ll need: bleach, soap scum cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, rags, old toothbrushes, baking soda, vinegar, glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, a toilet bowl brush, a broom and dustpan, a mop, a trash bag, and last but not least, rubber gloves.

I have everything I need, now where do I start?

Begin by emptying the trash can in your bathroom, and then start to go through drawers and cabinets. Take one thing at a time, starting with one drawer. Throw away expired medicine, old makeup, stray Q-tips, and anything of the like. If you haven’t used it in a while and don’t see yourself using it soon, go ahead and toss it. Freeing up space will help you better organize the things you do use daily in your bathroom. Once you’ve thrown out as much as you can, remove everything else from the cabinets and drawers and set them out on the ground or in another room out of the way. Use multi-purpose cleaner to spray out all drawers and cabinets. Then, begin to put everything back while organizing by type (example: makeup goes with makeup, hair care goes with hair care, etc). This will make sure that all the items in the same category are in the same place, so you never again have to go digging through multiple drawers to find what you need. Now that the interiors of your bathroom drawers and cabinets are fresh and clean, let’s move on to some of the more nitty-gritty areas of your bathroom.

Tubs, Sinks, Drains, and Faucets

There’s no doubt that your tubs and sinks get a lot of use and abuse. Between soap scum, hair clogs, toothpaste, and more, these parts of your bathroom will need a little tender love and care. Begin by pouring baking soda down all the drains in your bathroom. Follow it with vinegar to create a homemade drain cleaner that’s safer than the harsh chemicals found in many other products. The chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda will both dislodge any clogs that may be hanging around in your pipes, but will also begin to break down the items causing the clogs and will wash them down. For best results, cover the drains after pouring the vinegar so the entire solution stays in the pipes and doesn’t bubble out into your sink or tub. After 2 minutes, run hot water down the drains to further clear any blockages. Now that you have clear drains, you can begin working on the tub, sinks, and faucets themselves. It would be best to put on your rubber gloves now to protect your hands from the chemicals in your cleaning products. Start by spraying soap scum cleaner all around your tub and/or shower, as well as on any of the faucets. Let it sit for approximately 30 seconds, then wet a rag with hot water and get to scrubbing! As you work, rinse the rag periodically to rid it of extra cleaning solution, soap scum, or dirt. When you come to the end of your scrubbing, rinse the entire tub/shower down with hot water, and wipe the faucets down with multi-purpose cleaner to rid them of any streaks caused by the soap scum cleaner.

Counter Tops and Toilets

Countertops, luckily, are simple. Move everything out of your way and spray them down with multi-purpose cleaner, following this with a wipe from a clean rag. Done! Toilets, on the other hand, will take some work. Often, the toilet is the most dreaded thing to clean in a bathroom. But have no fear! You’re armed with rubber gloves, the right cleaning supplies, and the perfect amount of elbow grease to make your toilet gleam. Begin by cleaning the bowl: squirt a generous amount of toilet bowl cleaner around the inside rim and begin scrubbing with your toilet bowl brush. Don’t leave a single nook unscrubbed! When you’re done, flush the toilet and leave the seat up to begin cleaning the rest of the bowl. Use bleach and a fresh rag to wipe down both the seat and the rim underneath, paying close attention to the back of the seat where the lid attaches. Try to get in and around the hinges of the lid to get a fresh start for spring. Finally, wipe down the lower part of the toilet and the floor directly surrounding the toilet with bleach. Voila! A perfectly clean toilet!

Floors, Mirrors, and Windows


We’re coming to the end of our bathroom cleaning extravaganza! Only the floors, mirrors, and any windows remain. For windows and mirrors, simply spray with glass cleaner and wipe down with a rag or paper towel. Your floors, however, will need a little more elbow grease. Begin by sweeping up any dust or hair found on the floor. Then, if you have tile with grout in your bathroom, grab your bleach and an old toothbrush. Pour a little bleach on the floor and use the old toothbrush to scrub in between the tiles on your bathroom floor. This will help lift dirt from the grout while bleaching stains. This could take a while, so buckle down! Once the grout is to your liking, you can simply mop the floor with hot water and multi-purpose cleaner.

And there you have it! A fresh and shining bathroom, ready for spring! Though the term is ‘spring cleaning,’ your bathroom can benefit from a deep clean 3-5 times a year. Bathrooms get heavy use, and deep cleaning more regularly can make the process go faster than waiting until each spring. I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips! If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, take a look at our website or call us at 614-721-3883. Happy spring, everyone!

The Benefits of Tub to Shower Conversions

by Columbus Bath Design |September 14, 2018 |1 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance | , , , , , ,

One popular bathroom remodeling project is the bathtub to shower conversion. While some people enjoy baths, renovating your tub can be a wise investment.  A shower not only improves efficiency and saves time and money, but modern shower construction materials and accessories also increase a home’s overall value. There are other benefits to think about when considering a conversion:

Mobility and Safety

Many people make the decision to replace their tubs with showers as they get older. Physically getting in and out of a tub can become strenuous if not dangerous with old age. You can also design your shower to have fixed seating and other accommodations. Seating options, including folding-style fixed seating are also a possibility. Showers greatly reduce the risk of falling that bathtubs present. If you are getting older, or live with an older family member, a shower is an overall safer option and will put you and your family members’ minds at ease.

Fewer Maintenance Hassles

Overall, bathtubs involve more time in cleaning and maintenance. As water splashes out of a tub onto the floor, moisture can seep under the flooring and into walls spaces. This often results in expensive repairs and mold remediation efforts.

Showers can cause higher humidity in a bathroom, but they are less likely to cause this type of damage. A strong bathroom fan or dehumidifying system also dry any moisture left over from a shower. More importantly, modern shower stalls are made with materials and designs that make cleaning simple. No matter how frequently the tub is cleaned, many homeowners have difficulty with accumulations of mold along caulk lines, soap scum, and hard water minerals along rounded interior surfaces. A shower decreases the chance of these types of accumulations happening with normal cleaning.

Relaxation

If you’re hoping to take back some physical space and reduce water usage, a tub to shower conversion is the perfect choice for you. With a handheld or dual showerhead, you can direct the water flow at one particular area where you need the water the most to soothe painful muscles or joints. Custom shower options also include body jets positioned in the walls of the shower that provide the exact same style of comfort and relief as tub jets.

A tub to shower conversion will add value to your home and save you time, money, and water in the long run. Our expert team can usually replace a tub with an easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing shower in a single day. Columbus Bath Design has been proudly helping homeowners in the Greater Columbus region achieve their bathroom design and functionality goals for 20 years. For more information or to request a free conversion estimate, contact us today.

 

Quick Upkeep Tips After A Remodel

by Columbus Bath Design |August 9, 2018 |0 Comments | Bathroom Maintenance | , , , ,

A bathroom remodel is one of the best investments that you can make for your home. With proper care and upkeep, you can keep your new bathroom functioning and looking great for years to come. Here are several upkeep tips to help you maintain the results of the bathroom remodel:

Stop Moisture

Water can cause mold and mildew to build up in your bathroom. Because of this, it is important to clean up moisture as soon as possible You should have everyone in your home wipe down the walls with a squeegee after they shower. Using water repellant on walls to help prevent soap scum and mineral buildup is also a good idea. This will save you lots of time and effort spent scrubbing and deep cleaning.

Keeping a window open in your bathroom is also a great way to reduce moisture. The more air that is circulated throughout your bathroom, the dryer the area will be.

Alternative Cleaning Methods

Many store-bought cleaners can leave behind toxic remnants. Because of this, it is always a good idea to use homemade cleaners when possible. Vinegar and baking soda create a powerful combination that can be used to clean faucets, pipes, and showerheads. This homemade alternative both better for the longevity of your bathroom and also environmentally friendly.

In addition to making your own cleaners, add baby oil to your cleaning routine. By adding a little bit of baby oil to a cloth and cleaning off appliances, you’ll keep your remodel bright, shiny, and looking as good as new.

Switch to Liquid Soap

Using liquid soap when possible will help to keep your bathroom neat and clean. Bar soap produces scum and leaves behind streaks and build up. It also harbors bacteria and creates a mess over time. Liquid soap is a neat, efficient way to keep things clean.

Keep Your Bathroom Clutter-Free

Over time, it is easy for your bathroom to become cluttered with deodorants, soaps, gels, and shampoos. A clutter-free bathroom not only looks better, but is cleaner and easier to maintain. Go through and get rid of any bathroom products that you don’t use or need.

If you still have trouble keeping your bathroom clutter-free, then you may need extra storage space. Purchasing storage cubbies or decorative baskets are a cute way to make extra storage space.

Clean Your Grout

Grout can be found in the crevices of your shower tile. Many people neglect cleaning this part of their bathroom, which can lead to growth and build up of mold and mildew. To effectively get rid of grout, mix bleach and warm water. This will remove any growth and get rid of bacteria. For optimal results, plan on cleaning your grout every month or so.

These upkeep tips will ensure that your remodel stays beautiful and clean for years to come. If you have any questions about remodel upkeeping, or you are considering a bathroom remodel, give us a call at Columbus Bath Design today!

Caring for Bathroom Tile

by Columbus Bath Design |July 27, 2018 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Maintenance, Full Bathroom Remodel | , , , , , , , , , ,

Bathroom tile can be a beautiful complement to any beautifully decorated bathroom. Properly caring for your bathroom tile can be a bit of a challenge, but if you do it properly, it can help your tile last for years to come. Because of its’ frequent use, the bathroom requires a lot of maintenance. Follow these time-saving tips to keep your bathroom looking clean:

Stay Away from Harsh Cleaners

More abrasive cleaners may get the job done, but they can also cause your tile grout to wear and down and eventually begin to crack. Even small cracks can be a perfect spot for mold and mildew to develop. Instead, use mild soap and water for light cleanings, and gentle or specialized cleaners for more stubborn stains.

Periodically Apply SealerScrubbing Bathroom Wall with Sponge

Sealing your tiles on a regular basis minimizes wear and tear. This is especially true with tiles frequently exposed to water, such as ones on shower walls, bathroom countertops, or flooring with tiles near the bathtub/shower area. Be sure to choose a sealer made for your tiles specific location and material.

Keep a Squeegee Handy

If there’s one tool you’ll want to keep on deck at all times in your bathroom, it’s a squeegee. First, use a towel to wipe up any visible moisture, such as spilled water on tiles near the sink or on shower walls. Then use the squeegee to easily brush away any excess moisture to reduce your odds of growing mold or mildew.

Be Mindful of Signs of Mold

Doing regular visual inspections to check for signs of these common bathroom growths can reduce your odds of having a big problem on your hands. If you spot a few spores or signs of mold-related growth, a store-bought grout cleaner can usually do the trick. But if the problem is more widespread, hire a professional cleaning service. Either way, deal with the issue as quickly as possible.

Clean Grout Lines

The cement-based mixture that fills the spaces between bathroom tiles is where stains usually show up first. Keep your tile grout clean and free of potentially harmful contaminants by using either mild bleach or a grout cleaning product. If there are existing stains, let the cleaner sit for about 10-15 minutes before cleaning it with a scrub brush or toothbrush. Avoid scrubbing tiles directly so you don’t accidentally scratch the material.  

Know When It’s Time for Replacement

Cleaning tiles on a regular basis can prevent serious issues with your tile flooring and can help it last for quite a while. However, there are circumstances in which it is necessary to replace flooring. If your flooring has an excessive buildup of mold or mildew, or if it is beginning to crack, talk to a professional about replacement options.

Caring for your tile floors can be simple and can keep them looking beautiful and functional for years to come. If you have questions about flooring or you are looking to redecorate, contact the experts at Columbus Bath Design today!