Bathrooms are notoriously hard to clean, but what if I told you there was a way to design a beautiful bathroom that was both stylish and easy to keep clean? Thankfully, with the variety of different bathroom materials available on the market today, this is both achievable and affordable. If you’re looking to build a low-maintenance bathroom, here are a few options you might want to consider.
1. Solid Surface
Solid surface materials are becoming popular lately because of their versatility, durability, and low-maintenance requirements. Solid surface shower panels, countertops, and even large floor tiles made from solid surface material are seeing more usage in bathrooms across the country. Made from a combination of polyester, pigments, epoxy, resins, or acrylic, this material features no grout, tiles, or grooves and requires only a basic household cleaner to get the job done.
2. Engineered Quartz
Quartz makes the list here because it’s not only low-maintenance and tough, it’s one of the most attractive materials you’ll find on the market. Quartz bathroom countertops, in particular, are a great choice for a low-maintenance bathroom because they are non-porous and heat resistant.
3. Fog/Streak-Proof Glass
Everyone knows foggy shower panels with streaks are pretty difficult to clean. Instead of wasting time and money using special cleaners on your shower glass, you can always opt for the fog/streak-proof variety. This type of shower glass is designed not to fog up and won’t develop those stubborn, unsightly streaks you see so often in regular shower glass. Fog/streak-proof mirrors of the same variety are also a great option.
4. Wet Bathroom
The wet bathroom concept is an interesting one. A wet bathroom is a bathroom designed completely from materials that can get wet without issue. You won’t even need a shower curtain as the entire bathroom, including the toilet, tub, sink, shower, and floor will be made from a non-porous material that can be easily wiped down and cleaned. This is especially great for smaller bathrooms where you’ll have enough steam to keep you nice and warm even with a curtain to trap it in place.
5. Luxury Vinyl Tile
If you want the benefit of a low-maintenance material while retaining the look, grain, and feel of wood or Italian slate, look no further than luxury vinyl tiles. The tiles are inexpensive, durable, unique, and low-maintenance as well. You need only a damp mop for regular cleaning, but if you want to do a deep cleaning every once in a blue moon, they’re tough enough to handle that also.
Porcelain tiles are another low-maintenance bathroom material rising in popularity. They resist stains and don’t require any sealant. If you use them in a large-tile design, you can minimize the amount of grout and cracks present as well, making them even easier to maintain.
There Are More Low-Maintenance Bathroom Materials Available Than Ever Before
When it comes to keeping your bathroom easy to clean and maintain, your choices are almost endless. Any of the materials listed in this article will not only make your bathroom cleaning duties much easier, they will look great and last you for many years to come.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.