Whilst it might not have been the warmest summer for most of the UK but regardless, winter seems to be drawing in again. As one of the wettest rooms in most houses, it’s the bathroom that suffers the most from the cold. As steam condenses against cold walls and windows problems begin. Your bathroom is also one of the last places you want to be cold. There are few things worse than getting out of the shower and feeling like there are icicles forming around your toes.
There are some pretty simple, inexpensive, steps you can take to winterproof your bathroom before the cold really sets in.
Seal up everything.
An icy draught is very unwelcome on a dark, December morning, so it’s a good idea to check your windows for cracks and reseal any worn silicone. It might also be a good idea to check your pipes for cracks and leaks, as well as ensuring all your pipework is properly insulated. By ensuring there are no problems in your bathroom to begin with you can avoid small gaps becoming bigger problems down the track, which can often happen in winter with frozen pipes causing expensive issues.
Check your heating
Before winter really kicks in is the perfect time to bleed any existing radiators in your bathroom. Also, give it a “once over” and make sure it is in full working order before you have to use it again. If your bathroom is doesn’t have a radiator then a quick and affordable way of heating it up is by installing a heated towel rail, which will double as a handy storage solution for your towels, making sure they’re lovely and warm when you step out of the bath or shower.
An alternative way of keeping your bathroom toastie is to install underfloor heating. This requires a bit more foresight (and a bit more cash) than a new radiator or towel rail, so don’t launch in too close to the holiday season. This could leave you without a usable bathroom for when the family arrives for Christmas dinner.
Add Some Colour
A white bathroom can be a serene, clean place to be in summer but in winter is can make even the warmest bathrooms feel cold and unfriendly. One way of making your bathroom seem warmer is to add a pop of colour! You could paint a simple feature wall, add a bright statement furniture unit, or just buy some fun, colour-coordinated towels to cheer up you bathroom.
Think cuddly, snuggly and cosy!
Treating your home to some cosy new towels, a fluffy bath mat or a rug to keep your toes away from the cold floor can make a big difference. If your rug is likely to slip, there are special rug tapes and underlays you can use to keep it still.