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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.

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.

Drying And Heating Towels Quickly And Efficiently

December 15, 2011 in Heated Towel Rails

Heated towel rails are aesthetically appealing, which is one of the reasons that make them a great alternative to the traditional radiator. They have been designed so that they can dry towels faster and are lighter so that they can be hung on partition walls more readily than their traditional counterparts. Additionally, they are usually finished in chrome and are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. You may also want to consider the cost, depending on the size and design that you want.

Many people believe that heated towel rails originated in European Hotels, even though this fact cannot be certified. Heated towel rails have multiple functions. They can dry and store towels as well as heat the bathroom at the same time. They are also very attractive and do not take up a lot of space in the bathroom. These towels are the ideal choice for hotels that have many rooms because the contribute to a lower structural load. Additionally, they contain less water than traditional radiators. That is what makes heated towel rails much easier to install and maintain than traditional radiators.

There are electric alternatives available. However, the hot water version is more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly in the long run.

When you are choosing a traditional radiator or towel radiator, it is important that you select one that will emit the right amount of heart. This is especially important if you want to use your towel rail to heat your bathroom. For simplicity I recommend that you measure the length and the width of your bathroom in metres. After that, you multiply the length by width and that will give you the area of the bathroom floor. If you allow 90 watts for ever square metre, you will have enough to meet your heat demand.

For example: Let’s say your bathroom is 3m by 4m. This is pretty large bathroom, so you will need to select a towel radiator that is at least 3X4X90. This would be equal to 1 kilowatt or 1080 watts. Keep in mind that towel rails have a smaller surface area than traditional radiators. You will need about three towel rails to meet the heat demand. I have given this example to show that heated towel rails are best used for smaller bathrooms. If they are used in larger bathrooms, they can supplement the primary means of heat. Heated towel rails are best used for drying and storing towels. Because they have a chrome finish, they are clean and attractive and make a nice addition to a bathroom.

The majority of heated towel rails measure 4 on the pressure bar. The normal domestic heating system usually functions at a 2 or 3. Pressure is not as large a concern due to modern-day manufacturing standards. However, you should still make sure that you know the pressure before you install your towel radiator. This is especially true if you have an older heating system. This type of system will use a hot water cylinder that will also provide heat for your hot water outlets. These systems may have a higher pressure because of the cylinder. Additionally, this pressure may also be increased due to gravity.

Buying a Heated Towel Rail

December 1, 2010 in Heated Towel Rails

If you’re planning to renovate your bathroom, purchasing a heated towel rail to help keep your towels hot is an excellent idea. Not only can they keep all of your towels warm in the tough cold months of winter, it will also make sure that you don’t keep wet bath towels lying around your home! If you’re planning to purchase a heated towel rail for the house, this post is about to let you know the way you should go about it.

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