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Updating Bathrooms on a Budget

No matter how tight your budget (or the restrictions on decorating), there’s a way to give your bathroom a new lease of life.

Our tips include low-cost refreshes you can make in just a couple of hours, plus tactics to keep the cost down even if you need to make bigger changes.

If you want to get an idea of the cost of a new bathroom, our page on planning and buying a bathroom suite reveals the average cost for different-sized rooms. 

Clean and regrout

A build-up of grime, limescale and mould can quickly make any bathroom look tired, so your first step in any budget bathroom makeover should be to give everything a thorough clean. You can buy specialist products from supermarkets and DIY stores to shift tough dirt.

If that doesn’t do the trick, try an anti-mould grout-reviving pen on any stubborn patches. They come in a variety of colours to match what you already have, or – if you’re very patient and have a steady hand – to allow you to change the colour of your grouting.

‘My bath and surrounding tiling was in good condition. It just needed thoroughly cleaning and descaling.’

Alternatively, if you have a lot of tiling, you could bite the bullet and redo the grouting. If you go down this route, look for a product that will help prevent staining and mould growth in the future.

Upgrade your bathroom tiles

If regrouting or painting tiles isn’t practical, replacing them could give your bathroom a much-needed style boost. To get good value, make sure you use them wisely.

‘Tiling the entire bathroom is expensive,’ says Terry Ward from Ward Brothers Bathrooms Ltd, a bathroom fitting firm endorsed by Which? Trusted Traders. ‘Can you get away with only tiling around the bath, shower

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