White is an inherently positive color associated with purity, light, safety and hopefully cleanliness.
If it’s the primary color in your bathroom, however, you may be having trouble making it appear as bright and spotless as you’d like.
Consider these bathroom cleaning and decorating tips aimed at making it sparkling clean and whiter than white.
- Use whiter light bulbs. Whichever type of bulbs you buy, check the label to ensure that they’re listed high on the Kelvin scale (preferably 5,000K to 6,500K). That way your light will be more blue than red, simulating daylight as much as possible.
- Avoid bleach. These days, bleach alternatives can whiten just as effectively without abrading surfaces or leaving potent-smelling chemical residue. Options may include hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, citric acid and/or lemon essential oil. Instead of using bleach and other harsh chemicals with tough scrubbing on your shower glass, a simple swipe with a Squeegee as part of your regular shower routine will prevent unsightly water spots as well as the accumulation of soap scum and mildew.
- Ensure porous surfaces are sealed. For example, unsealed marble vanity tops can easily become stained by water, makeup and other substances. Ask your installer if sealing or re-sealing is advisable, and if so which product he or she recommends.
- Optimize “magic erasers.” These non-abrasive sponge-like tools made by multiple companies really can work like magic to lift small marks on walls or cabinetry that might otherwise require touch-ups with paint.
- Scrub grout strategically. When cleaning bathroom tiles, save elbow grease by investing in an oscillating tool (around $7 on Amazon) specifically designed to be used with scouring powder to clean crevices. If mold and grime have taken over, you might need to leave a powder-and-paste on the grout for several minutes before scouring.
- Sweep, vacuum, wipe. Notice how broom sweeping can’t pick up every stray hair and piece of dust on that white floor? You’ll likely need to employ at least two cleaning processes if you wish to reach all of the corners and keep floor surfaces looking immaculate.
- Use accent colors strategically. Designers note that using dark colors, such as beiges with yellow undertones, warm grays or warm greens can make white pop more by contrast; blues or blue-based grays may have the opposite effect.
With just a little effort, your immaculately bright white bathroom can be one you’re proud to show to guests.