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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.

Things To Do Before Next Winter

March 1, 2012 in Off Topic, Plumbing Accessories

Thankfully we didn’t see the long harsh cold snap of last year this winter, although we did have some Siberian days. Before next winter comes round you should consider your plumbing and how best to protect it against extremely cold weather. These tips work for everywhere you have plumbing in the home, from bathrooms to kitchens:

1. Watch out for leaks

It is important to take small leaks seriously because these can also cause major problems at home if they are taken for granted. Sometime it could cause damage that already requires expensive plumbing services. Because of this, it is necessary to constantly check the pipes for any leaks particularly those that located in the basement and as well as in the walls. Having pipes that have little to no insulation can also make them more vulnerable to a lot of elements. This is the reason why they are more prone to cracking and leaking. It is also advisable to contact the residential plumber in order to get a quick tutorial of the different things that you could do in order to maintain the plumbing system at home working and intact for a long time.

2. Drain excess water and provide insulation

Before the advent of the winter season, it is necessary for you to learn how to drain and insulate all the outdoor taps and pipes at home in order to prevent trapped water from freezing and expanding that could cause cracks and leaks to the system. By securing these outdoor pipes, it can help you avoid property damages and as well as expensive repair services.

Below are some of the things that you can do in order to prepare the exterior pipes for winter.
• You must drain all the garden hose and disconnect them from the taps before placing the tap cover in order to insulate them from the freezing temperature.
• As for irrigation systems, it is important to shut the water off and drain all the excess water from the pipes.
These are some of the things that residential plumbers can teach you when it comes to draining and insulating your home plumbing in order to avoid pricey plumbing repairs.

3. Weatherproof all trouble areas
The next thing that you can do is to locate for areas that have exposed plumbing. These areas are commonly the windows, doorways and as well as the vent fans of the house. Once a seal is loose, you can fix it immediately by caulking in order to prevent your plumbing from freezing. It is also important to repair any cracked windows since these can also cause freezing temperatures that can affect the house’s plumbing system.

4. Insulation of exposed pipes is a must
Instead of sealing all the airflow in your home, it is better to make sure that all the pipes are properly insulated in order to stay sturdy against the freezing weather. Insulation is actually an easy and inexpensive procedure in comparison to repairing leaked pipes and cracks. This is as simple as adding foam tubing or towels around the pipes in order to retain heat that help reduce energy bills. Pipes that are also located near electrical outlets should also be covered with electrical heating tape. This is a great material in order to provide enough heat that will prevent the pipes from freezing.

5. Keep all of the indoor pipes warm
Although winter season commonly affect pipes that are located outdoors, it is also important for you to check the condition of your indoor pipes. These pipes can also freeze due to extremely cold weathers. This is the reason why exposing these pipes in order to get enough home heat can also prevent them from freezing. In case you are going away for several days or weeks, you must make sure to set the thermostat of the house to a minimum of at least 15 degrees C. Aside from this, ignoring drips in pipes can also cause major or serious plumbing damages once the temperature outside drops below freezing.

Following these simple tips will keep your plumbing working as it should, enabling you to enjoy using your bathroom throughout the winter. However, if it does get cold, hopefully you will have purchased at least one of our heated towel rails by then.

Bathrooms And Insulation

January 16, 2012 in Baths, Heated Towel Rails

As we are currently experiencing a cold snap, our houses may seem cold and unwelcoming in the morning as we get out of bed for work. Which makes it that bit harder to get out of bed and showered before heading off to work. We have covered the importance of heated towel rails before, and they are products that many of us will find vital during these cold winter days. But it is also worth considering other aspects of your bathroom in order to maximise the warmth and comfort inside it.

Window coverings can make a big difference, as they prevent it seeming quite so cold and dark (there is nothing quite as dispiriting as waking up and realising it is still dark) and also provide an extra layer of insulation to even the most efficient double glazed windows. Having them in the right colour, which you ideally match with your towels and bath rug, can make the room feel warmer psychologically as well.

If you have a wet room, then under floor heating will be an investment that is currently paying off massively in terms of comfort and warmth. A floor that is warm to the touch feels luxurious and means that you don’t have to dash to dry off and get dressed after you bathe.

If you don’t have a wet room and are instead using a bath, the type of bath itself can make a huge difference to how warm it feels. Obviously, when the water is in the bath, the warmth of the water will be the determining factor in how warm it is. But the material that the bath is made from is a factor, as is the way that the bath is constructed. Old enamel baths, as well as fashion glass baths are both cold to the touch and tend to take a while to heat up and will cause a cold bathing experience. Acrylic baths have fibreglass on their reverse to act as insulation and prevent them from leaking. They also have an encapsulated base board to give them rigidty and this further retains the heat to keep the bath warm. It sounds odd, but a modern acrylic bath can make the whole room warmer, especially when it has warm water in it.

We also have a range of free standing baths made from dual layer acrylic with an inner insulation layer. These remain warm to the touch and have great thermal properties, making them ideal for a decadent and warm bath, especially in winter.

Keeping Your Bathroom Warm In Winter

December 8, 2011 in Bathroom Radiators, Guides, Heated Towel Rails

Having just had the first real cold weather of the winter, we’re probably all acutely aware of the need to keep our rooms warm and cosy at the moment. Nowhere is this more important than in the bathroom, where it’s a shock to come out of a nice, warm bath into a chill. It doesn’t have to be this way.

• You need to make sure that you have proper insulation on the windows, ideally they need to be double glazed. The right privacy guards (curtains, blinds, screens, panes) can also add a layer of insulation, as well as protecting your modesty.
• Bath rugs serve a multitude of purposes, they act as insulation from the floor, absorb water and prevent you slipping.
• A heated towel rail will heat the room quicker than a normal radiator, but they serve the dual purpose of also heating towels. Drying off with a warm towel will help you feel warmer and more pampered.

Of course, you don’t just use your bathroom during the winter months, and any design decisions have to be flexible enough to be of benefit for the rest of the year as well. Keeping your bathroom comfortable all year long can be a bit of a struggle. Sometimes in the summer it just gets so stifling hot that you can feel yourself begin to melt and sweat as soon as you step out of the shower. If you are like everyone else on a hot and humid day your whole purpose of the shower was to get rid of the sweaty and dirty feeling. There are things you can do to your bathroom to make sure that it is comfortable when Mother Nature is not.

Keeping your bathroom cool can be difficult, however, there are a few things that you can do in order to keep it from being too hot during the summer months.
• If you have windows in you bathroom make sure to keep the blinds closed. This will keep heat out of your bathroom and not allow the sun to shine through causing stifling temperatures.
• If possible, run a ceiling fan or attic fan. This will allow the air to circulate and some of the cooler air to get in. It will also push the hotter air up and out of the house through the ceiling.
• Upgrade the insulation around the windows, this will allow the air to stay in the room instead of seeping out through the windows. This is also good in the winter time.

These are just a few things that can help you stay comfortable during the different seasons. Each one brings different comfort issues to deal with and these ideas may help you overcome them. The bathroom is a room in the house that can be difficult to keep comfortable but, with a little planning, you can make it a haven of luxury and tranquillity regardless of the weather.

How to Keep Your Bathroom Warm in Winter

January 5, 2011 in Heated Towel Rails

When the winter days draw in, the bathroom can be a very cold place to be. Getting ready for work in the morning or pampering yourself for a night out can be a lengthy, mundane process in itself; but getting ready in the bitter cold can make it worse. A sumptuously warm bathroom is essential, especially for when you step out of a piping hot bath or shower onto freezing floor tiles.

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