Whether you’re sharing your home with guests and relatives this festive season, or simply inviting a few friends over for a mince pie, you’ll want to ensure that your home is comfortable and inviting, and the bathroom plays a large part in this. It sets the tone for the rest of the house; a clean bathroom tells your guests that your home is well-maintained and a safe place to stay. So here are a few tips for making certain that your bathroom is as welcoming to your guests as you are.
It may be an obvious place to start but making sure that your bathroom suite is clean is essential to creating a good impression. But don’t just stick to your usual cleaning routine – have a think about what your guests are looking at while they’re visiting the bathroom. Does that skirting board need wiping? How about the underside of the sink bowl? Just putting a few extra minutes effort into cleaning the bathroom will help it stay sparkling and smelling fresh when friends come to visit in December.
While you’re cleaning, take time out to put all those bottles of shampoo and bubble bath away in the bathroom cabinet rather than leaving them sitting on the side of the bath or inside the shower cubicle. Throw out any empty bottles, recycle cardboard loo-roll centres and remove used toothpaste tubes, and be sure to straighten up your hand towels.
On the subject of towels, make sure that any guest towels are freshly washed and neatly folded or hung in the bathroom. Towels can be fluffed up in the tumble dryer with some drying balls, or perhaps now would be a good time to invest in a couple of new hand towels, which will help to create a good first impression in your bathroom. A luxurious hand wash or soap will be a great addition to your sink and you can even buy coordinating soap holders, pump bottles and tooth-brush pots to create the impression of a bathroom makeover.
Now is the time to get any small repairs done that you’ve been putting off for a while. It would be good if the lock on the bathroom door worked the next time your guests use the bathroom! And that flush-handle could be tightened up to ensure it doesn’t break off at just the wrong moment. You can remove limescale or mineral deposits from drippy shower heads by soaking in a white vinegar solution – see our DIY cleaning post – or simply replace the shower head to ensure that it works properly when your guests are using it. A mouldy or discoloured silicone seal around the shower can be easily resolved by stripping it out and re-sealing, and it will make all the difference to the feeling of cleanliness in your bathroom.
What niggling jobs have you been putting off that you’ll be tackling before guests arrive this Christmas? Have you got any suggestions for other ways to prepare your home for the festive season? Please get in touch and tweet us with your ideas – we’d love to hear from you!