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  • 4 Simple Tricks For Keeping A Clean Bathroom

    The best method to keep a clean bathroom is to do it routinely. Whether easy to clean stainless steel sinks or vitreous china, cleaning can still be a bit of a hassle. Cleaning the tub and shower walls in bathrooms may only be a once a week item while other areas may need more frequent attention, however, there are usually some tasks that seem harder than others to get sparkling clean and keep that way. If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of stubborn buildup, germs, and dirt, here are some expert tips for a clean bathroom that may help make cleanup a breeze.

    Tips For A Clean Bathroom

    1. Bathtub rings – A natural and effective way to remove that ring around the tub is to cut a grapefruit in half and pour a tablespoon of salt onto it. Then simply rub it around the ring and watch it disappear. Even the smallest details of a clean bathroom make a difference.

    2. Shower and bathtub tile surrounds – Save your back and knees by using a clean broom and cleanser, then rinse using a bucket or a shower wand. When dealing with deep dirt stains, empty the bathtub of water and fit a soft scrubbing brush onto your drill, saving yourself some elbow grease. Remove soap scum buildup on glass shower doors by rubbing a damp dryer sheet across them. Spritz diluted bleach from a spray bottle on grout lines and finish with a clean mop to remove watermarks. Don’t forget, from time to time, to throw the shower curtain, if you’re using one, into the washing machine with a little white vinegar and hang it wet to dry rather using the dryer. Remember to work smarter, not harder for your clean bathroom.

    3. Showerhead residue and germs – Simply place a plastic bag around the showerhead and fill with white vinegar. Wrap an elastic band around to secure it and leave it for an hour. Remove and rinse. Regular removal of bacteria is integral to a clean bathroom.

    4. Toilet brush – Put a little liquid disinfecting cleanser in the toilet brush holder to keep the brush ready for the next use.
    Bathrooms do seem to attract dirt and grime but keeping them clean is important if you don’t want germs spreading through your home or the embarrassment of having guests needing to use a dirty bathroom. Many people are unaware about how to clean a bathroom effectively, but with a few simple tricks, you can easily keep your clean bathroom germ free and fresh.

    Let DECOLAV Help

    As the experts in both residential and commercial bathroom furniture and fixtures, DECOLAV can help. Whatever the style, DECOLAV can help you achieve the look with our quality styling and expert engineering. Coupled with your unique vision, we can provide innovative solutions for your bathroom design and DECOLAV offers an abundance of options that are sure to satisfy even the most discriminating taste.
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  • 7 Items You Should Avoid Placing In Bathroom Storage

    Bathroom Storage - A Good Idea?

    Bathrooms are commonly used for the storage of necessary items that are good to keep close at hand. However, simply because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. In fact, there are several items that are regularly stored in bathrooms that really shouldn’t be. Take a look at this list to see what items should not be in your bathroom storage. You might be surprised at some of them.


    Many people store their toothbrush in the bathroom simply because that’s where they brush their teeth. However, as you might have heard, every time the toilet is flushed, particles from it are released into the air and left to settle on, you guessed it, your toothbrush. A damp toothbrush provides a perfect environment for the breeding of bacteria. Although you may try to close the toilet lid each time, it’s not likely that everyone will do so. A safer bet is to keep your brush out of your bathroom storage.


    Sure, bathroom storage is often labelled as a medicine cabinet, but most medicine labels specify to store them in a cool, dry place. Bathrooms are typically warm, humid environments, especially after you enjoy a nice hot shower. Storing medications in these conditions could cause pills or capsules to break down, which can result in less than ideal efficacy or potency. So, keep your medicine out of bathroom storage and instead place them in a drawer.


    Like the above items, heat and humidity are not friendly to your makeup. These conditions can break down formulas and allow mold and bacteria to form in powders. Therefore, cosmetics are better stored somewhere cool and dry and away from any bathroom storage areas.

    Razors and Shavers

    If shaving with a dull or rusty blade doesn’t appeal to you, then these items should be better stored in a dry location until you’re ready to use them.


    SPF lotions and creams can be costly and take time to apply properly, so of course you want them to be effective. However, placing them in a humid bathroom storage area can cause them to separate, be less effective, and even to mold.

    Perfumes and Aftershave

    Perfumes and aftershave – A lot of things can affect the stability of your fragrances. To prevent these items from oxidizing, keep your scents out of bathroom storage and always store them at room temperature and in a dark area to preserve them.

    Additional Towels

    Most people hang their towels to dry to help prevent the mold and mildew that love warm moist places. Yet those extra towels in your bathroom storage also absorb moisture, but don’t have the opportunity to dry out.

    Although most of us like to keep things handy that we use for our daily get-ready routine, a cool dry cabinet that allows for storage in a bedroom or hallway would be a better solution for these seven items. Another additional benefit might be less clutter, making it easier for you to maintain a cleaner and more welcoming room to begin and end the day.

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  • Making Kids Bathrooms Back to School Ready

    It's that time of year when parents are getting kids ready and out the door every morning. Off to school, hopefully before the school bell rings! They've laid out school clothes, and packed lunches and supplies... but getting the kids ready in a timely fashion? When kids bathrooms have a less than optimal setup, It can be a challenge.

    There are many solutions offered by parents and professionals, however, one of the easiest ways to help your children help themselves this year is by making the kids bathroom organized, easily accessible, safe, and, of course, fun! Continue reading

  • Cool Summer Bathroom Style

    Each new season brings us the inspiration to freshen our homes. The four seasons vary significantly in their traits and character, and fresh changes within a home can brighten your mood. As every season brings its own beauty, and summer temperatures typically increase to the hottest of the year, summer bathroom styles should be ultra-cool. Use candles, towels, and plants to add fresh scents and pops of color. Bright colors will bring the beautiful outdoors inside your home. These are a few of our seasonal ideas to find your summer bathroom style. Continue reading

  • Spring Cleaning: Your Renewed Bathroom

    YAY! Spring cleaning is here! The spring season is a popular time for renewing your home, and it's a great time to consider how to bring a fresh new look to your bathroom. Start with a deep down cleaning, then spring for some new towels, washcloths, bathmat, and a shower curtain, and you're off to great start. They're a terrific way to add color and texture to a dull looking room.

    Start Small:

    Hang some art you love to add charm and beauty, and then add a plant or cut flowers, along with candles, lotions, or soaps in pleasing scents. Nothing says spring cleaning like fresh smells. Then, take a look at your bathroom and decide which of these further steps could help update your bathroom's style and function. Continue reading

  • Bathroom Remodel: Running Down All of the Possible Expenses

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    Pricing a bathroom remodeling job can be extremely difficult without seeing the job first hand because so many factors are involved.  However, if you want to know which factors can affect the over pricing, I created a simple checklist of things a contractor is going to look at when pricing a bathroom remodel.

    Permits and Testing

    Remember, there are a number of permits and tests that need to be considered during your bathroom remodel. These permits include the following and can cost anywhere from $100 to more than a few hundred, depending on where you live. Continue reading

  • Add Resale Value: Adding a Bathroom or Remodeling

    The Goal: Add Resale Value & Be Happier

    When deciding to update a current bathroom or add an extra bathroom, resale value is only one of the considerations. A new or remodeled bathroom can not only help you sell your home when it's time, but can enhance your life with convenience, comfort, and style while you're living in it. Add resale value to your home and be happier until the sale happens!

    Thinking like the Prospective Buyers

    Typically, bathrooms are one of the most important features for prospective buyers. Buyers often seek a home that has about the same number Continue reading

  • Pet Friendly Bathrooms: Design Yours

    Approximately 65% of households in the U.S. own a pet, yet they are often overlooked when it comes to planning a bathroom remodel. Those who have four-legged family members love their animals, and also want to have stylish bathrooms that are fresh and beautiful. Be sure to make your pet friendly bathrooms stylish and functional. Read this edition of DECOLAV's Stay in the Know! to learn how.

    Pet Friendly Bathrooms: All About the Furry Babies

    Although a dog bath may traditionally have consisted of a garden hose and a pail filled with soapy water, many people now want to make a bathing area specifically for their pets. It is often ideal to place this bath or shower within a garage, walkout basement, screened patio, or mudroom, so they can be cleaned and dried before entering the rest of the house. An area with ceramic tile flooring is the most practical choice for pets, as it's basically waterproof and scratch proof. Continue reading

  • Spa Bathroom: 10 Best Tips

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    The term “minimalism” seems to be the theme for most of today’s bathrooms. We’re also hearing that many of the clients are requesting a space that is comfortable and cozy to literally wash your cares away. The bathroom should be a place of tranquility and peace and in most cases, designers today are keeping that in mind. Here are 10 tips you can use for creating a more spa bathroom you can start today.

    Use Natural Elements

    A spa is a place generally thought of as a mineral spring that is designed to promote health. Naturally, adding a natural element to your design creates a place of calm serenity. Think in terms of adding stones or art made of driftwood, plants and fireplaces will enhance just about any area, making it more ‘Zen-like’ spa bathroom. Even tile selection can contribute to thus, by using a wood porcelain floor, or mosaics in materials like mother of pearl, natural stone, and wood. Continue reading

  • Faucets: The Right One for Your Bathroom

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    New faucets can give a bathroom a fresh look, but with the wide variety of choices available, it can be difficult to know which to choose. However, a few basic guidelines can help the decision of choosing the right faucet. The first consideration must be the opening configuration in the sink for the faucet. There are four common types that include:


    Low Down on Bathroom Faucets

    A widespread-set has three separate holes that are at least eight inches apart, and are made to accommodate larger two-handled styles.

    Standard Center-set contains three separate holes within four inches made for two-handled faucets, which are plate-mounted.

    Single-hole sinks are for single-handed faucets typically with one lever, hands-free, or small two-handed faucets extended from one fixture, often used for smaller bathrooms.

    Wall-mounted are often used with vessel or freestanding sinks, and often have longer spouts to extend into the bowl.

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