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Time To Spring Clean That Bathroom!

March 27, 2012 in Heated Towel Rails, Off Topic

The sun’s out, the weather is warmer, the clocks have changed and the days are definitely getting longer. It’s probably time to do some tidying, cleaning and getting everything ready for summer. And this is as true in the bathroom as it is in the rest of the house.

Depending on what kind of window covering you have in your bathroom, it could be time to change from the heavy and insulated curtains of winter in favour of a fresher, lighter colour and style for the summer months. The same could be true about your bathroom rug, and even the colour of towels that you use. We find that many people tend to choose brighter, fresher colours during the summer and richer, more luxurious tones for the winter months. In summer the emphasis shifts to lightness and space while, in winter, the movement tends to be more to cosiness and warmth.

Beyond a change of fabrics and style, what else should you be doing for summer?

A thorough, deep clean wouldn’t go amiss:

Clean your pot with a mild cleaner or even spirit vinegar to ensure that you get up all the dust and dirt while keeping the glaze intact and not ruining the high shine finish of your toilet, basin and bath. The sealant around the baths will probably need special attention. Using a dilute bleach mixture and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush works wonders. You can use the same technique on grouting around the tiles.

Your shower screen, mirror and tiling can usually be cleaned with simple soap and water. Try to clean from top to bottom so that you can catch streaks and runs as you go down by keeping a side to side motion going with your soft cleaning cloth. Don’t use anything too abrasive to make sure you don’t scratch the surfaces. To bring up an extra special shine dry the surfaces using scrunched up newspaper and small, circular motions to prevent smearing.

As much as possible use the same scents throughout the bathroom to keep it pleasant and also harmonise. A citrus scent is great for summer and tends to blend better with scents without becoming cloying.

Remember that keeping your window open as much as practical will keep the room smelling fresh and also help to ensure that moisture doesn’t become trapped or linger.

With a little work you will make your bathroom inviting and refreshing, which is what you tend to need for those quick showers to help you cool off during summer rather than the long, relaxing baths you take to warm up during winter. You may still need to use a heated towel rail to dry off the towels you use, but you won’t find yourself using the central heating anything like as much.

How To Heat A Bathroom And Towels

March 16, 2012 in Heated Towel Rails

For many people, whether they have central heating or not, heating their bathroom proves troublesome. This is particularly true in winter and in older houses, but it is something that needs considering all year round as this is a room that we are often naked while covered in water in and a room where we feel the cold more acutely.

One of the most common methods of heating bathrooms is heated towel rails. These are heaters that can either plug into an existing central heating circuit or be installed as standalone devices. Even if they are integrated into the existing heating for the house, they can usually be used by themselves without necessitating turning on the heating and incurring the costs that such an action is associated with.

They’re available in a whole range of styles, from ones that look like the traditional cast iron Victorian radiator in its chunky and imposing glory, to radiators that run vertically up the wall and look more like installation art that you would see in a modern tower block than a means of heating a home. They’re also available in the conventional chromed tube or rectangular design, but even these can be vertically or horizontally orientated on a wall according to your preference and space available. They can run flush against the wall or curve slightly into the larger room, according to how much floor and wall space you have available and whether you are looking at creating a more streamlined or curvilinear effect overall.

Heated towel rails come in a range of different capacities, which means that they can heat a smaller or larger room according to how they are rated and the more powerful they are the hotter they can get a room. If you’re heating a small en-suite you might only need a small rail that is just to hold a couple of towels. However, a family bathroom may need a much larger device capable of heating a greater area and storing several towels at once.

Heated towel rails do more than just heat the room or store towels. They can be used to air towels, to dry towels and clothes, or to heat towels and clothes as a welcome treat for bathers. They make a world of difference to your bathroom, and can change it from a cold and unwelcoming room where bathing is a necessary yet unenjoyable chore to a warm, welcoming and enjoyable room where you can relax and unwind.

Pick The Right Shower Type For Your Home

February 7, 2012 in Shower Enclosures, Showers

By choosing to install a shower in your home, you are not only going to be living a more convenient lifestyle, but you will also be improving your property value. Because of this, there are a number of things that you need to be aware of before you begin shopping for showers and accessories.

Consider the fact of whether or not there has been a shower in this room in the past. If there has already been a shower in this room, things are going to be much easier for the contractor. Adding a shower to an existing bathroom will be easier than a room which has no water supply at all, but a room that has had a shower in previously will be easiest.

The next thing that you want to keep in mind is where the main water supply is for the home. It needs to be easily accessible so that you can tap in to the main pipe. Otherwise, you are not going to have a lot of water pressure and your shower will not be very enjoyable.

You want to make sure that you have plenty of extra space so that you can have moving room in your bathroom as well as a way to open and close the doors on your shower. Nothing would be worse than to find out that you spent all this time and money only to discover that the doors would not open. Often people get around this type of problem by fitting a cubicle with sliding shower doors rather than those which swing open.

Consider checking with a contractor to find out what type of shower is going to work best for your home. After all, there are a number of different possibilities that you may or may not be aware of. You want to find out the different options that are available before you get started with the remodeling process.

These are only the basic things that you need to know. A good contractor will be able to answer any questions that you may have at this time. There are three different types of showers that you are going to be able to choose from. They are a mixer, a power shower, and an electric shower.

A mixer shower is going to allow you to turn on both the hot and cold water at the same time. By doing this, you will be able to determine your own temperature without any problems.

An electric shower is perfect for a home that does not have a large hot water tank. After all, the water will be heated in the pipes and come out of your shower head. Because of this, there is a good chance that you are not going to run out of hot water anytime soon.

A power shower is a great way to use electricity to increase the amount of water pressure that you have coming out of your faucet. It is best to contact a local professional and find out what type of shower is going to work best for your situation. Make sure that you get a shower fixture that is not only going to be convenient for your lifestyle, but also energy efficient.

Towel Rails Are A Necessity In Winter

January 12, 2012 in Heated Towel Rails

As the winter draws in, and even during the summer months when you are faced with towels that need to dry out or air, you often find that your existing central heating system isn’t up to the job of heating up your bathroom and keeping your towels warm and dry. Rather than get frustrated at this, it’s the perfect opportunity to add flexibility to your bathroom by installing a heated towel rail.
Heated towel rails come in many forms, however, amongst the most common is one which drops into your existing central heating circuit and takes warm water which it either uses at the temperature of the overall system or you can heat up in isolation. This feature is especially convenient when you just want to heat the bathroom rather than spending money on the whole house. And, it being an isolated component, you can make it much warmer than you would otherwise allow a radiator to become.
Heated towel rails come in a variety of forms to fit in with any space, style of décor or purpose. They can fit in with an old style cast iron radiator central heating system, as a series of chunky fins protruding from the ground. They also come as sleek and shiny chrome that contain clean lines and help fit in with a minimalist décor. Some of them even more closely resemble installation art than a heating device.
When placing a heated towel rail, consider the space available to it both horizontally and vertically. Some heated towel rails have low profiles and run along a wall, allowing you to place storage or mirrors above them. Some have a small footprint but rise majestically, allowing you to store and heat many, many towels in the space of only a couple when compared to a more traditional arrangement.
This is not the limit to the choices available to you though. The variation in designs of heated towel rails is such that you should also consider how far you wish them to protrude from the wall. A chunky, old fashioned, towel rail tends to take more room up in the actual room than one of the newer and sleeker designs. You can even get curved heated towel rails which bow out into the room at the middle, allowing you to store and heat more towels in a smaller horizontal footprint without sacrificing functionality.

Whatever the shape of the space available to you and regardless of whether you have a large amount of wall space or not you can find a towel rail to suit. Just be mindful to check the heating properties of the towel rail and make sure it is sufficient to heat your towels and, should you wish it to, the bathroom as a whole.