Probably the busiest room in your house, with the exception of the kitchen is your bathroom, and rightly so since personal hygiene is not optional. The bathroom is also the singular most damp and wet place in the entire house and measures to ensure the dampness does not overwhelm the place are necessary.
When not in use the bathroom still endures a high amount of humidity from wet clothes, used towels, and dripping loofahs and poufs. It is therefore particularly important that the layout of your bathroom is done in such a way that fresh air and sunlight can constantly penetrate and dry out the bathroom leaving the place fresh and welcoming.
While used and wet clothes should be promptly washed dried and folded, towels are a mainstay in the bathroom, and in shared bathrooms, there may be multiple towels some for varying uses such as to dry hair and so on. Towels are thicker than most of the fabrics we use to make clothes making them absorbent and difficult to dry out effectively.
When wet or damp, towels will undoubtedly become smelly, stuffy and if left unchecked, they will develop mildew that may be impossible to get rid of. While it may be prudent to dry towels in the open air or outside, this solution may not be practical for everyone, and in many cases, this is quite unnecessary.
Considering how simple it is to simply configure your bathroom to accommodate towel bars, all you have to do is acquire a towel bar or bars depending on your needs and fix them in your bathroom strategically. If you already have them, all you have to do is reconfigure the best placement to guarantee both air and light access the towels on your rack daily.
If you wish to replace or move a towel bar, you only need to know what kind of bar you are working with. Bars with visible screws are straightforward to work with. If you cannot see the screws on your towel bar then you have one of two options;
Towel bar with slot
Towel bar with adhesive
How to remove towel bar with slot
Different companies make different variations of this kind of towel bar but the mechanics of installation and removal are fairly standard. The invisible screws are concealed to give the semblance of a self-adhering towel bar which looks quite sophisticated and neat compared to the bars with clearly visible screws.
- If the entire towel bar is not a single unit, remove the bar leaving the holder in place. The bar may be slotted on which means all you have to do is apply some force on the bar and it will slide off or it may be spring-loaded on one end which means you have to pull it gently towards one side to free the opposite end and the bar comes off.
- If the entire bar is a single unit then go to the next step.
- Feel around the holders attached to the wall for any opening or orifice. It may be very small so be keen not to miss it.
- It should be on the underside of the holders and completely out of sight.
- You will need a flat head screwdriver. Insert the end of the screwdriver into the opening or the ‘slot’.
- With the flat surface of the screwdriver leaning against the wall, pull the screwdriver gently towards yourself which should also move the screwdriver and the holder upwards.
- A clicking sound should be heard which is the sound of the holder releasing from the brackets beneath.
- Pull the holder towards yourself and it should easily just come off.
- Repeat this on the other holder and release the holders or bar.
- If there is no slot or opening then you may have a holder that is fitted onto brackets with springs.
- Releasing these is even easier. Grab the holder and in a single motion, push it against the wall and towards yourself. The spring mechanism should release the holder and free it.
- The brackets on which the towel bar is attached, have screws so these are straightforward to remove and replace.
As mentioned earlier, slight deviations exist from model to model but generally, the above procedure should work for most towel bars with slots. At times what you need is to push the screwdriver either left or right so if the upward movement does not yield, do not yank.
Instead, try pushing the screwdriver either left or right which should release the holder easily.
How to remove towel bar with adhesive
The process is similar to the one above and technically, these kinds of towel bars do have a slot or a space in which you will insert the flat head screwdriver and pull.
If your towel bar is fixed with adhesive, the temptation will be to yank it off forcefully, under the assumption that the adhesive cannot be that strong. More than likely, you will only manage to extract your towel bar leaving the holders in place. Avoid doing this.
Instead, place the flatbed of your flathead screwdriver in the allowance between the holder and the wall and pull the holder towards yourself. This should be done gently but should take quite a bit of force.
The towel bar should simply detach from the adhesive neatly. These towel bars are even better than the ones attached using screwed brackets because the adhesive bed can be peeled off and reused on a different surface using industrial-grade adhesive or adhesive pads.
Furthermore, having multiple towel bars isn’t problematic since you will not need to screw in each of the towel bars making a mess of the walls.
Towel bars are a great way to keep your towels clean fresh and dry and with newer models having multiple bars as well as moveable bars, there is no justification for a damp bathroom or damp towels.
An ancillary benefit of installing towel racks is the increased functionality that comes with them since other items such as bathrobes and headwraps can be dried on towel bars as well.