Choose a toilet with a slide-off seat option. Many toilet seats now allow you to remove the plastic covers on the screws that affix the seat to the bowl and easily slide the seat off to clean this crucial spot. Most manufacturers offer this option; just read the fine print when choosing a toilet seat. This photo shows Kohler’s Quick-Release seat.
6. Use a large-format tile or large porcelain slabs. The larger the tile, the less grout you have to clean. And in the case of large slabs like those you see here, no grout at all. This shower surround looks like Calacatta marble but is actually composed of thin porcelain slabs. “Thin slab porcelain does not require sealing and will retain its polished or honed finish under all types of conditions,” says the designer, Bonnie Bagley Catlin.
7. Choose a water-spot-resistant glass coating for shower dividers. When I remodeled my own bathroom, the shower glass pros let me know about Clarvista, a protective coating for shower glass that resists water spots and is guaranteed for life. I still squeegee after every shower to keep things looking clean and use glass cleaner to give it a thorough cleaning about twice a month, but after eight months there are no signs of water spots.
Creating easier surfaces for cleaning: 8. Pick a toilet with a skirted base. A skirted toilet has a base with a smooth profile all the way to the floor. This means none of those pipe shapes along the sides or other crevices where dust and toilet paper lint can collect. Those nooks and crannies often require some serious yoga positions just to reach them and are tough to get clean. Skirted bases make for a much easier and smoother wipe-down so you don’t have to hold your yoga position for very long.