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Oct 19

What’s Your Bathroom’s Expiration Date? Your bathroom is often one of the most used rooms in your home, so it’s particularly important to keep it in the best condition and functioning well.

It’s inevitable that fixtures and fittings will have to be eventually replaced - but did you know when that’s likely to be?

To answer this question, Mira Showers collected advice and tips from several bathroom experts on how to extend your bathroom’s lifespan.

Top tips on how to extend the life of your bathroom:

1. If you live in a hard water area the buildup of limescale can really affect how long your bathroom will last, look to install a water softener or a scale reducer to help with this problem.

2. Soak your shower head in diluted bleach once a month and scrub with a stiff brush to remove buildup and therefore extend its life.

3. Leaky taps are one of the main reasons people look to replace them and one of the key reasons this happens is being too heavy handed when turning them on and off. By never over-tightening the taps, the washers will remain intact and should last much longer.

4. It’s not the nicest of jobs, but regularly removing hair from your shower drain will avoid blockages and therefore prolong the life of your shower tray. Try to do it once a month, or use a shower drain hair trap to capture the hair before it disappears into the pipes.

5. Extractor fans are often forgotten about in a bathroom, and it’s this lack of attention that can lead to replacements being needed. The fan will attract lots of dust and debris, so once a week clear this out and once a month (after turning the electricity off) remove the vent face and soak it in hot soapy water. Make sure it’s bone dry before reassembling.

6. You’re probably regularly cleaning your shower well, but are you making sure any rubber seals are staying in tact too? They can often be forgotten and can cause leaks if left untouched, our experts recommend removing these seals once a month and cleaning with soapy water to prevent discoloration, damage and bacteria buildup.

7. If you’re looking to avoid toilet seats that easily get loose, try using metal brackets instead of plastics which are often much more sturdy and will mean your toilet will last longer.