Remodelling a bathroom on a budget is a challenge many landlords are familiar with. After purchasing another buy-to-let home to add to their property portfolio, they discover the smallest room in the home leaves a lot to be desired. Mismatched bathroom fittings do not attract good tenants, so it is time to roll up their sleeves to install a new bath, sink, toilet and shower. Of course, after fitting a sparkling white china bathroom suite they must lay new flooring and tile the walls. Tiling is an arduous task and ceramic tiles rarely look smart for long. Acrylic splashbacks are fashionable and in Sydney Perspex sheets have all but taken the place of the traditional wall tile. So, why has acrylic sheeting become so popular?
Kitchen and bathroom tiles must be well-maintained. Tiled walls are not the easiest thing to keep clean because constant condensation soon turns white grout black and moldy. Sheet plastic splashbacks are ideal for bathrooms and kitchens and it is easy to order made-to-measure Perspex sheeting in a range of attractive colors. Of course, there are many types of Perspex splashback, so a little research is needed before purchase. Frosted, matt and gloss Perspex are popular, but interior designers often favour printed, stone effect and patterned Perspex. Why choose a Perspex splashback?
For starters, in Sydney Perspex sheets are considered more hygienic than tiling. Germs and bacteria gather and breed in grout, but rigid plastic sheeting refuses to harbour dirt, grime and germs. Buy sheet Perspex and it must be cut to size, on the other hand, cut to size acrylic sheeting can be secured to a wall in minutes. Perspex is a flexible medium and in general, plastic sheeting covers a multitude of sins. Yes, you must remove old tiles, adhesive, wallpaper and flaking paint before application, but the plastic sheet will cover minor imperfections. Use a quality filler to plug holes in the plaster and clean and seal the surface beforehand. Sugar soap is ideal for cleaning walls and diluted PVA is a first-rate sealant.
After sealing the Perspex, the sheet must be affixed to the wall. Some use fixing screws and others use bonding adhesive. Certain online DIY sites recommend using Isopropyl alcohol to remove grease and dust from the rear of the splashback before bonding. Bonding drying times vary, so check before you begin. Apply lines of bonding to the rear of the acrylic sheet before pressing it into position on the wall. Hold the sheet Perspex in position until the glue takes grip. Allow 24 hours drying time and stand aside to admire the sparkling splashback.