Is an easy-clean bathroom top of your priority list? We asked the experts at Ideal Standard, who’ve been designing bathrooms for over 100 years, for their top tips on balancing hygiene with style.
Considerations around hygiene, whether washing your hands properly or being cautious about the surfaces you touch, have never been more important. Hand sanitiser and a facemask have been added to our mental checklists before we go out and, even when in the comfort of our own homes, cleanliness has jumped up the list of priorities. But that doesn’t mean we all want to live in sterile surroundings. In fact, more than ever, we’re craving comfort and beautifully designed spaces to switch off in. So, how can you balance hygiene and style, when it comes to your private sanctuary? Here are some simple tips, to help you create an easy-clean bathroom.
Create an easy-clean bathroom, ensuite or cloakroom with a toilet and basin suite from the Ideal Standard Strada II collection
Find a product that does both
There are lots of products, fixtures and fittings available, that are designed to make cleaning and regular maintenance in the bathroom that little bit easier. For example, wall hung toilets, furniture and basins mean the floor is clear of obstructions, allowing you to carry out a deeper clean. By being able to reach every part of the floor, you can rest a little easier knowing you’ve cleaned away any germs or bacteria that may be lurking. As well as providing added hygiene benefits, wall hung items also make your bathroom appear larger and leave you with more floor space, making them a brilliant design choice.
Keep your floor space clear with a wall hung suite, like this one from the Ideal Standard Studio Echo collection
Let’s get technical
When it comes to choosing your toilet, technology might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but there are products out there with clever tech seamlessly built in, which don’t compromise on design. For example, our unique AquaBlade® technology provides a highly effective, hygienic performance through splash-free flushing, even at low-water volumes. It comes with powerful jets that are built into the rim of the toilet which help to clean the entirety of the bowl, also reducing the chance of any aerosol effect occurring. AquaBlade® also helps to promote water-saving, as its design means a full clean of the bowl can be achieved using just a half-flush.
Take it one step at a time
If you have an older bathroom that you’re happy with appearance-wise, but are concerned about the hygiene levels or reliability of old fittings, like taps and showerheads, you can look into replacing these one by one rather than completing an entire bathroom refurbishment.
By swapping out your old taps and wash basins for a newer model, not only can you refresh the style of the room without breaking the bank, but you can also incorporate products that support better handwashing. We all know by now that washing your hands properly takes at least 20 seconds—that’s much trickier if you’re trying to balance the flow of hot and cold water from separate taps. Swapping to a wash basin with room for a mixer means you can keep a steady temperature, making it easier to wash your hands properly without the risk of scalding.
We may also eventually see the use of touchless and sensor-operated taps or toilet flushes within the home. Typically, these products are seen in offices, hotels or shopping centres, but as we all become more aware of stopping the spread of infection, these solutions might become more widespread in our homes.
A neat, compact basin mixer tap, like the Tesi from Ideal Standard, is a more hygienic option
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