Your bathroom is probably the most underestimated room in your house. It may be a small room, but it plays an important part in your day-to-day life from your morning prep before work to that relaxing hot shower you take to unwind after a long day. In fact, the average person spends a total of one and a half years using the bathroom throughout a lifetime, a poll on 2,500 people found.
You need to pay more attention to your bathroom because of its role in your life and home, and this includes performing maintenance on a quarterly basis. Here are four reasons why it’s important to do this routine activity.
Your bathroom may be smaller compared to the other rooms in your home, but it can actually be a dangerous place. In fact, 235,000 people aged fifteen years old and above end up in emergency rooms every year because of injuries they suffered in the bathroom, and 14 percent of those get hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The same study reported that the majority of bathroom accidents occur near or in the tub or shower. Common accidents in the bathroom include slipping on wet floors, falling, and tripping on broken tiles. By conducting bathroom maintenance on a quarterly basis, you can make timely repairs on broken fixtures, pipes, and wires that can potentially cause accidents. Regular checkups will also let you identify potential problem areas and make the necessary changes before it is too late.
● Install antislip mats in your tub, in the shower area, the space in front of your sink, and near the entrance of the bathroom.
● Immediately fix broken or loose tiles.
● Immediately repair leaks or broken pipes to prevent water stains and puddles from forming.
● If you have a toddler in the house, purchase a toilet seat that the child would be comfortable to use.
Mold and bacteria love to grow in moist and humid places, which makes bathrooms their ideal breeding ground. Bathrooms are home to bacteria like E.coli, streptococcus, salmonella, and Bacteroidaceae, and unsurprisingly, the toilet is a hive of germs, with 3.2 million bacteria found per square inch on average.
It’s important to perform daily or at most weekly cleanups for usual danger zones like the toilet, but in addition to routine maintenance, you also need to do a quarterly deep clean in all other areas of the bathroom. Deep cleaning targets hard-to-reach areas like grout, bathroom vents, and the showerhead as well as every inch of the tub, sink, and toilet. By scheduling quarterly deep-cleaning sessions, you prevent diseases from spreading and keep your family safe and healthy.
● Clean and seal your grout every quarter to prevent moisture and bacteria buildup.
● Eliminate calcium and mineral buildup from the showerhead by soaking it in white vinegar overnight before thoroughly scrubbing it with a toothbrush.
● Blast filthy and dusty exhaust fans with compressed air to thoroughly remove stubborn dirt and debris.
Quarterly bathroom maintenance can help you stay on top of much-needed repairs and upgrades before it’s too late. Have you ever woken in the middle of the night to the sound of a leaky faucet? Broken pipes can leave unsightly water stains in your house, and they can be dangerous because their leaks can cause slips and falls.
Leaks also cost you money. On average, small leaks can cost homeowners twenty dollars every year while faucets and pipes with bigger damage could cost anywhere between sixty to two hundred dollars every year. That is hard-earned money you could have spent elsewhere if you had been paying more attention to your bathroom.
● To prevent blockage in your pipes, pour half a cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of vinegar, and then wash it down with boiling-hot water.
● Consider upgrading your toilet system to an upflush system, which features a built-in macerator that effectively shreds solid waste materials, thereby preventing clogs in your pipes.
Make Bathroom Time Enjoyable
If you have young kids, you know much of a struggle it can be to get them to take a bath. Children would much rather play and do something fun than be in the bathroom, especially if yours is a dirty, malfunctioning bathroom.
Regardless of whether you have kids or not, it’s important that you take care of your bathroom because you spend a considerable amount of time every day inside it. Conducting quarterly maintenance ensures that every fixture is in tip-top condition and ready to meet all your family’s needs. You don’t want to go to work late and frazzled because the shower suddenly stopped working.
● Make your bathroom a more fun and relaxing space by adding personal touches to it every quarter like ornamental plants and aromatic candles.
● Make bath time fun for your kids by buying toys that they can play with while in the bath like bubble machines and rubber ducks.