You purchased a historic home because you were fascinated with the history and find vintage homes charming and full of personality. For these reasons, it's important to focus on bathroom updates that add functionality without destroying the original charm. Here are four tips for restoring the bathroom in your historic home:

Have Your Clawfoot Tub Refinished

In many vintage bathrooms, the old porcelain clawfoot tub is the centerpiece of the room, adding significant beauty and charm. Unfortunately, years of use can also leave a historic bathtub scratched, stained, and dull. Instead of tossing out the old tub and replacing it with something newer and more generic, it's a great idea to pay an expert from a company like Carefree Koatings to refinish and reglaze the tub. The tub refinishers will buff, clean, paint, and glaze the tub, leaving it fresh, clean, and undamaged.

Replace the Toilet

Unlike clawfoot bathtubs, there is usually nothing especially charming about an old toilet. Older toilets are not nearly as powerful or energy efficient as modern toilets, so it's a good idea to replace the toilet with something designed for modern needs. Stick to toilets with neutral colors and low-profile designs that won't call attention to themselves or stick out like a sore thumb in an otherwise vintage bathroom.

Add a Modern Ventilation Fan

Another area where historic bathrooms are often lacking is ventilation. Vintage bathrooms often don't have a ventilation fan at all, or they have a very old fan that is very noisy without doing a great job of actually ventilating. Paying an electrician to install a modern ventilation fan is important because adequate ventilation during and after showers is the main way to prevent mildew and mold from taking over your bathroom.

Get The Vintage Tile Floors Sparkling Clean

Vintage tile bathroom floors are often intricate and beautiful, but they can also come with very dingy and discolored grout. A simple way to get the grout back to its original brightness is to use a "magic eraser" plus a lot of elbow grease. Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners on your vintage floors, as they tend to be more delicate and easier to scratch than contemporary floors. Simple warm, soapy water rinsed with clean water and wiped up with a soft cloth is usually the best way to keep vintage floors clean.

By following these tips you will get the best of both worlds: a bathroom with loads of original vintage charm that functions as well as a modern bathroom.