If you have just recently moved in with a flatmate or partner, the time is right to start establishing some ground rules; everyone has their little quirks and habits which can really start to grate on others if not nipped in the bud; when the kitchen or living room are involved, usually you will get warning signals from others about something which you are doing that is proving to be irritating: it might be forgetting to switch the oven extractor off, leaving water in the kettle when it is not in use, or even dumping fat down your drain and causing a subsequent clog; whatever it is, you will be quickly corrected when you have an ‘epic fail’ at home – but what about in the bathroom?
The bathroom is often held as a sacred place – a hallowed ground where people go for sanctuary from the outside world and a place designed where you can be free to do, well, the unspeakable…
Your flat-sharing companions may find it a bit embarrassing to mention any bathroom related issues they have – you might not even realise that you are doing anything wrong, so could end up in danger of slowly eroding your good relationship with your bathroom-sharing buddies!
Follow our guide and avoid the most common bathroom-related faux-pas – if you can avoid committing the following five bathroom-crimes, you will be well on your way to becoming a social pin-up instead of a pariah!
Yes, you have some lovely locks that need taken good care of – your luscious strands of hair look fantastic on top of your head – but they are downright disgusting when caught in your drain! After a shower, why not take 30 seconds to grab a bit of toilet paper and pick out any of your hair which has wrapped itself around the plughole – it’s a small step you can take which will go on to make a giant leap towards ensuring peace and harmony in your household in the long-run!
Toilet rolls are not self-replenishing
When you tear off that last bit of toilet paper during your bathroom adventures, make sure to get rid of the old cardboard tube (re-cycling is recommended by the planet) and pop a fresh roll on the holder; you wouldn’t like it if disaster struck and all you had to work with was a bit of cardboard on the holder, so neither would the ones who share your bathroom!
Toilet bowls are usually not self-flushing
Unless you have one of those fancy Japanese toilets with a vibrating massage seat, hot air dryer and built in MP3 player, it is unlikely that you have a self-flushing toilet-bowl; go on, before you leave the bathroom, make sure that you have flushed…and why not give it a quick check even if you have… sometimes a ‘double-flush’ would be required under certain circumstances.
This is one for the guys…whether you use a badger hair brush and a ‘gilette fat-boy’, a handful of spray on foam and a multi-blade disposable, or even one of those fancy waterproof electric razors, there is one side-effect common to all of these methods: stubble…when you are done with your shave and have just finished slapping on your aftershave, give the sink a bit of a rinse – the little bits of hair which you have just shorn from your chiselled jaw might be hard to notice for you, but you can guarantee that they will be spotted by your eagle-eyed household companions!
So, you successfully flushed that pesky toilet…but did all of the ‘evidence’ get wiped out? Sometimes, stains can be left behind…not a good thing for the next person who is about to use the toilet to discover; get that toilet brush out and give it a good scrub with bleach before you leave the scene of the ‘grime’!
About the author: John Hartmann is a bathroom expert who specialises in Digital Showers, luxury vintage bathtubs and customised lighting as part of his portfolio of Prestige Bathrooms