Post by Wetroom Materials
With the right installation, aftercare and maintenance, a wetroom can last a lifetime. This is why it’s so important to give clients the right guidance on how to care for their new wet room, because no matter how well it has been installed, they can end up with unwanted problems down the line if they are not careful.
Cleaning a wet room is actually pretty simple, and much easier than cleaning a traditional bathroom. It just needs to be carried out regularly in order to prevent issues such as blocked drains, missing grout, mould and grime buildup.
The appropriate aftercare steps should be communicated to your clients in order to maximise the longevity of their wetroom. Read on to find out how to clean a wet room floor, drain, vent and more…
Please make sure the wet room installation is carried out by a professional, as even the smallest errors during this stage are the first of any wet room downfall. If you need help with wet room installation, then our local wet room installation team can help.
Our advanced wet room drains can cope with any amount of water you throw at them – but it’s important to take good care of them so that they work for as long as you need them to. When a shower is used, the drain can quickly fill up with soap residues and hair, which can cause the water to drain less efficiently and eventually become blocked.
Cleaning: Make sure you clean the drains periodically with the right cleaning products, to prevent the build-up of dirt. Do not use abrasives or sharp scraping objects to clean your drains as this can scratch/damage the drain materials. Do not use cleaning agents with a high concentration of fluorine, chlorine or hydrogen peroxide as this can damage your wet room.
You can find all of the items you need above in our wet room cleaning kit.
All of our drains come with removable grates/tile covers for easy cleaning, as well as an internal channel which prevents stagnant water. View our range of wet room drain systems.
Wet rooms need to be fitted with a good ventilation system during installation due to the frequent presence of heat, water and steam – which means this is your job to ensure the wet room is fitted with an electrical extractor fan. This needs to be the right kind of wet room extractor fan, in the right place, ideally near the shower, but not next to an air conditioning/heat vent as it can disrupt the flow of air. But, even the best and most perfectly installed bathroom fan can’t improve ventilation if it’s thick with grime and dust.
Cleaning: We recommend the wet room extractor fan should be cleaned at least twice a year. Make sure the electrical circuit to the bathroom is turned off completely so there is no risk of an electrical shock.
Do not use a harsh or corrosive cleaner/scouring pad to clean the extractor fan as they can scratch the surface of the fan, making it easier for dirt and mould to attach itself.
You can find items you need to clean the ventilation system such as cleanser, polish and cloths in our wet room cleaning kit.
After cleaning with any chemicals, make sure to rinse with water and wipe thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove any cleaning material, and then dry the screen with a towel to prevent new water spots.
Cleaning: The shower screen should be cleaned regularly with normal domestic bathroom cleaning materials.
We offer a range of innovative, unique shower accessories to help improve functionality and maintain your wetroom. Our Reframe Collection includes a magnetically attached soap shelf, which turns into a shower wiper, helping you keep the glass clean and streak-free.
Your wet room floor is one of the key features of your bathroom, and needs to be maintained to preserve the quality of the tiles. So, how do you clean a wet room floor?
Cleaning: Providing that the drainage system is efficient, you will not have to worry so much about watermarks and tile stains. The wet room floor can be cleaned regularly with normal domestic bathroom cleaning materials, as long as they are not too harsh. Make sure the products you are using do not leave a slippery surface once dry as this can be dangerous to users.
If installed properly, grout and sealant can last a long time without worry. In wet rooms and bathrooms in particular, it’s common to get a build-up of soaps, moisture and sebum within the grouting and sealant. If this is not cleaned properly, this can encourage mould and mildew to grow and make your bathroom furniture, flooring and wall tiling look old and dirty.
Cleaning: The grout and sealant within your wet room needs to be cleaned regularly with bathroom cleaner. If all your grout and sealant cleaning attempts fail, or through general wear and tear they become damaged, they will need repairing right away. Sealant and grouting issues in a wet room are not something that should not be ignored as it’s needed to prevent moisture from getting in between or under the tiles.
Limescale is a common problem in many households, especially in areas with hard water – which is around 60% of the UK. Over time, the limescale build-up within taps and showerheads will mean the flow of water can be made inadequate and weak.
The best way to solve this is to remove the blocked tap, showerhead or pipe and clean it with limescale cleaner. Our wet room cleaning kit contains specially formulated wet room cleanser which has been designed to dissolve the limescale and get the fixtures working properly again in no time.
All of our wet room products and wet room kits are designed and manufactured to the highest standards, but it’s important to ensure that they are fitted properly and maintained to preserve their aesthetics and functionality.
We offer a wet room bathroom cleaning kit that comes with everything needed to look after a wet room. The kit includes a hook to lift grates/tile easily without damage, strainer, cleanser for limescale, polish, grout sealer, and cloths for the drains and glass.
Visit our wetroom cleaning and maintenance kit page to learn more, or download a more detailed product maintenance instruction document.
Preventing Mould Growth in Wetrooms
12th December 2019
My client bought a range of Wet Room Unislope Systems from our local retailer, Bathworks. We struggled to find anyone to come to site and take responsibility for the waterproofing until we came across Wet Room Materials. They were willing to stand over their tanking system and more than helpful throughout all stages of the installation from site survey and room preparation to installation. A 10 Year no leak fully insured warranty gave me the confidence that we were dealing with a professional organisation. I would highly recommend these guys and will certainly be using them going forward.
Steven Quinlan | Director | Citius Limited
I have honestly found, Wet Room Materials to be an easy and reliable company to work with. Whether it be a one wet room residential project, apartment block or a gym; they ensure there are no installation problems and we don’t have to worry about leaks. They take care of the specification and advising us on correct build ups and preparation. On a recent project we were able to buy their Unislope System p from our bathroom show room retailer and they subsequently came to site to tank out the bathrooms. It was a time sensitive job and The Wet Room lads worked through the evening and into the weekend to ensure we completed the project on time. I have no hesitation in recommending Wet Room Materials. They are a pleasure to deal with.
Noel Geraghty | Director/Founder | NGS Mechanical Services
In Bright Designs, we understand the importance of specifying a reliable waterproofing system for bathrooms. We have worked on a number of projects with Wet Room Materials over the years and I can honestly say that their waterproofing installation service offers complete peace of mind for us and our clients. The Wet Room Materials Team are there throughout all stages of the project from site survey and specification to installation. More importantly they also give us a 10 year no leak guarantee. I also like the fact that they will handle communication with the client and contractors in terms of delivering a high-quality installation which allows me the head space to focus on other aspects of the build."
Alan Burns | Director/Co-founder | Bright Designs. B Arch, B Sc Arch, MRIAI.