When you consider what life will be like after your next renovation, does cleaning ever enter your mind? Most likely… that’s a hard no. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Plenty of folks don’t think about managing their mess until after the fact. However, renovating your bathroom is the perfect time to think about ways you can make your life – post-reno – much easier; especially when it comes to cleaning. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of popular little hacks to make keeping your newly renovated bathroom squeaky clean.

Faucet Fixtures

This is a two-fold problem solver. Maybe even three-fold. The first bathroom hack is picking a hand-held nozzle for your shower or bathtub. When you install this type of faucet, not only do you have the ability to clean your body better, but getting all the cleaning suds off the sides of your shower or tub become exponentially easier, too.

While you’re looking at your new faucet options, check out the models with a brushed finish. Specifically one that doesn’t leave behind fingerprints. It’s inevitable. There will be fingerprints. But if you choose a finish like brushed nickel or copper that is more on the matte side as opposed to shiny, you won’t be able to see those fingerprints. Appearances can be deceiving, but in this case, that’s kind of what we’re going for.

Toilet Choices

Another element of the bathroom that does more than just please the eye. Innovation is being used in all elements of home design from function to style. Toilets of yesteryear showed their plumbing outlines in the porcelain bases. The seats are fixed on, creating crevices that are harder to clean. Now, you can install toilets that allow the seats to easily slide off for cleaning, as well as models with a skirted base that doesn’t showcase all that plumbing, creating a smooth and sleek finish that’s easy to wipe clean. If you want to go the extra mile, try installing a wall-mounted toilet so you can clean the floor beneath in no time.

Quartz All The Way

If there’s one building material that brings function and class to the forefront, it’s quartz. Engineered by some pretty smart cookies, this non-porous material is as beautiful as granite, but won’t stain and is so easy to clean, it’s almost embarrassing. All you gotta do is wipe it down with your favorite all-natural cleaner. The. End.

Less Grout

Tile is absolutely beautiful and the tiny subway tiles – along with the roaring twenties – are back in style. The grout, however, is always going to be hard to keep clean and looking like new. By cutting down on the amount of grout in your bathroom, you can cut the job of cleaning in half. You can do this by choosing a larger tile, or panels of porcelaine, or opting for a solid base for your shower instead of tile. For a uniquely urban look, you could even opt for a poured, stained, and sealed concrete on your floors. Smooth and easy to clean.

Shower Enclosures

Most of us think about shower with either doors or a curtain to enclose them. However, a very popular trend – that also helps open up a smaller bathroom – not only makes a beautiful decorative aesthetic, it also helps reduce time spent cleaning. A glass-paneled enclosure will do just the trick. You really only need to keep the splash zone of the showerhead covered, the rest can remain open. All you need is a squeegee to wipe away water droplets after your shower and you’re set.  Treat your glass with a water-spot resistant coating to make keeping it clean even less of a hassle. 

If you’re going to go through the trouble of reimagining a new bathroom, you may as well turn those dreams of low maintenance into a reality while you’re at it. Right? Precisely.