Design an Easy-To-Clean Bathroom

Bathrooms seem to be the one area of the house that are the most frustrating to clean. Not everyone has a housekeeper, so when you are the one who has to do the cleaning, your design choices will make an impact on you every day. Implement the strategies below and you will end up with a bathroom that looks and feels like a dream bathroom, but cleans as easily as a no-nonsense public restroom.

Just say no to grout. Scrubbing grout lines has to be one of the least favorite chores when it comes to cleaning a bathroom. Using a solid-surface choice for your walls will save a lot of elbow grease. Consider using stone slabs, which have few seam lines and are very thin. Other options include: caesarstone (which can be used alone or in a combination with tile), vinyl wall coverings, and back-painted glass. In areas where your walls don’t have to be tiles, paint it a great option. Use one specifically formulated for bathrooms for its resistance to mildew. If you can’t eliminate grout lines entirely, then reduce the number and thickness.

Buy a (quiet) fan. Yes, buy a fan for your bathroom and put it on a timer. This may not sound like a design strategy for making your bathroom easier to clean, but it is. If you have a fan that sounds like a jet engine, you will be less likely to turn it on and that will lead to an increase in mildew- which means more cleaning. A whisper-silent one is so quiet that you’ll need a timer so you won’t forget to turn it off.

Select a linear drain. Installing one of these drains means that your shower floor will have a flat slope in one direction. You will be able to run your large-format floor tile right on into the shower instead of using little mosaic tiles to accommodate multiple directions of slope.

Say good-bye to glass. Cleaning glass is almost as bad as cleaning grout. Instead, strategically plan your shower around a corner in a wet zone. This will eliminate the need for a glass partition. With large-format tiles and a slab countertop as well, the bathroom would be very low maintenance. You may go even more extreme and create a fully watertight wet room. The handheld showerhead lets you hose it down and go. In fact, handheld showerheads are a real help in cleaning your shower, even if you have a more conventional-style bathroom. Get one with a long hose. If a wet room isn’t for you, consider a shower curtain and its waterproof liner in the washer to clean it. A bonus to using a shower curtain is the visual warmth fabric it adds to the décor.

Go frameless. The aluminum frames around glass shower doors are a magnet for gunk. Going frameless on your glass gives you a simple sheet to clean. There are a number of options for coatings on glass that also help it to repel water and soap scum. Check with your glass shower door manufacturer for factory coating options. Many recommend Rain X.

Get everything off of the floor. Getting on your hands and knees to clean a toilet crammed into a narrow space with that horrible, convoluted shape on the side is not a fun task. Wall-mounted toilets are easier to reach all the way around. They also make cleaning the floor easier. Mounting your vanity on the wall will also make the floor easier to clean. If you choose to not install a wall-mounted toilet, then at the very least, choose a skirted model. The smooth sides don’t catch as much as dusk and gunk.

Wall-mounted faucets are a better choice than deck-mounted ones. Gravity is working for you, carrying the soap and water residue away from the faucet instead of having it all collect at the base. Wall-mounted facets also keep the counter clear, making it easier to wipe down.

Choose tile placement carefully. If you absolutely love tile and want to have some in your bathroom, then place it where it will need the least amount of cleaning. Try to place tile out of any splash zone.

Have a place for everything. One thing that makes it easier to clean a bathroom is to have a spot for what you want to put away. No thinking about where to place it or having to organize a messy drawer to make room.

 

Benefits of Phylrich and ROHL Plumbing Fixtures

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When picking out plumbing fixtures, you should expect the best.  Long lasting quality along with elegance and style. In our review today we will being speaking about two companies that always brings out the best products. Phylrich and ROHL products are one of the finest you will see in the kitchen and bathroom industry.  Continue reading

Tired of Taking a Boring Shower?

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Today’s showerheads offer more innovative options for cleaning, comfort, and water conservation than ever before.  Installing or changing your showerhead in your shower is one of the most economical ways to create a more pleasant and eco-friendly shower experience.  There are two basic types of showerheads:  fixed showerheads are attached to the shower arm and mounted permanently to the wall; hand-held showerheads are attached to the wall with flexible tubing, which makes it easier to maneuver the water where you want it.  These two types offer a wide variety of configurations with many different adjustable settings or spray patterns available.

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When choosing the showerhead to fit your needs, keep in mind the following information:

  1. Traditional showerheads are fixed and the most affordable option available.
  2. Dual showerheads are fixed and offer wider water flow to cover a larger area, at multiple angles.
  3. Body spas and body mists are fixed strips of jets or misters that create soothing, massaging sprays with full body coverage.
  4. Overhead showerheads or rain showerheads are fixed and allow for a cascade of water to flow down from above to create a light, even distribution of the water.
  5. Slide bar showerheads are fixed and provide for a moveable mount of a vertical bar that can be moved up or down to adjust to the right height for the person in the shower.
  6. Handheld showerheads offer a wide variety of features and water flow options as well as provide the user to direct the water where it’s most needed or to concentrate the water in a specific area.
  7. Spray patterns determine the direction, range, and volume of water coming from the showerhead. There are wide varieties to choose from including full body sprays, massaging pulse sprays, power sprays, mist sprays, drenching rain sprays, and combination sprays.
  8. The material and finish of your showerhead will enhance the overall look of your shower and can be made to match the other fixtures in your bathroom. Chrome, nickel, solid color, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and mixed colors are available and provide polished, brushed, matt, satin, high gloss finishes or looks and can determine the durability, economical, and easy to clean materials.
  9. Water pressure and flow of the showerhead should be considered. Look for low-pressure showerheads as an option since they use less water but still offer a full shower experience without sacrificing the water pressure.  Many showerheads allow you to adjust the nozzle for a stronger flow when necessary.

Regardless of what you decide on, make sure you choose the best option for your lifestyle so you can enjoy your shower again!

Wow Your Guests with GINGER Bath Accessories

Chelsea CollectionDuring holiday parties and family gatherings, the guest bath always gets plenty of visitors. Make sure yours is up for the challenge with the finest solid brass products by GINGER. Their products are hand finished and individually inspected for quality assurance, so they’re sure to impress your guests and stand up to plenty of use. Don’t let your guests use an outdated wash room! Continue reading

Bathtub versus Shower – Which will you Choose?

In today’s world, your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house, so whytub not make it luxurious and comfortable or a soothing oasis away from the outside world.  When designing or remodeling your bathroom, make sure you choose the things that you would really, really like to use every day, since according to fact, you will spend approximately 2 weeks a year in your bathroom.  Both bathtubs and showers offer benefits and disadvantages, so you need to consider your needs before deciding which one to install.

Space, safety, features and style should all be considered when making your decision.  The size of your bathroom will determine whether you install a shower or bathtub.  Safety needs to be included when you have handicapped or children in your home, for their ease of use.  Both bathtubs and showers offer different features and styles to choose from.  There are a full range of traditional and contemporary designs, including shower heads and fixtures and bathtub types.  Bathtub types can include three – wall alcove, recessed, drop-in, or freestanding styles.   Showers can be combined with the bathtub if you want the best of both worlds.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Both:

Bathtub:

Bathtubs provide a great spot for extreme relaxation.  Historically, baths have been used for their therapeutic and healing properties.  If you add the right mixture of aromatherapy bath salts to your bath, you can relax your mind and aid in rheumatic, inflammatory, and muscular ailments, as well as relieve stress, since you can relax and take time for yourself.  They help your circulation by dilating your blood vessels, which can help to relieve aches and pains and be therapeutic.  Also, by immersing yourself in a bathtub of water you can take the weight off your joints and muscles and which can be helpful for arthritis, back pain, headaches, sports injuries, and many more ailments.

Shower:

Showers are invigorating and perhaps more cleansing and generally use less water if youshower have a low-flow shower head and don’t spend much time showering.  Beside water use, showers are quick to take, they’re effective since you can wash and rinse at the same time, feel good with the water flowing over or massaging your body, and can be incorporated into your hydrotherapy treatments since you can change from hot to cold water almost instantaneously.

Regardless of which you choose, make the most of out of your bathtub and shower by pampering yourself while bathing.  Make sure you get the maximum relaxation and benefits from both by using warm water, shower/bath gels and soaps, and aromatherapy bath salts to indulge your senses.  Enjoy the most benefit from your bathing experience, no matter which method you choose, by setting the mood – turn down the lights, light a candle, and indulge in your “you” time!

Trendy Bathroom Designs Ideas

Contemporary_bathroomIn today’s world, the options to buy have become so vast that it’s now even harder to make choices for bathroom designs. One has to think about the color ideas. Is this a makeover or a new construction? The storage and the usage of the bathroom entirely effects bathroom designs. A major decision process falls into the layout of the bathroom for most people. Three elements of bathroom design make a trendy bathroom, functionality, modernization/customization, and overall style of design.

There are always new trends to be set or to have when it comes to bathroom designs. The design of the lighting fixtures, bathroom sinks and shower heads, even down to the brand of products that you chose – can set or become part of the trendy fad. The most important thing to remember when it comes to bathroom design trends, is the personalization that you want to achieve; not the trend. Mind yourself that you are paying for this, so you should have the bathroom design their way.

There are many different options when it comes to trendy ideas. Many people choose to go with themed bathrooms like an ocean scenery or checkered floor pattern. There are also several unique storage spacing solutions that have become trendy, ultimately the design of the bathroom chosen can say a lot about a person. Another thing to consider is the shape and sizes of windows available. When going through the bathroom design process, do not forget to consider what bathroom flooring option was chosen.

This should definitely allow those creative juices to begin flowing and bathroom design can range from very complicated to the most simplistic designs. With all the information provided, you should be able to make the right decision for them when it comes to bathroom designs.

Brizo Will Get You Cleaned Up for the Holidays

holden_largeThere are two rooms that get the most attention during holidays: the kitchen and the bathroom. You spend countless hours in the kitchen preparing food, drinks, and infinite desserts and treats. Plus, it’s finally time to show off your guest bath when visitors come over for parties and dinners. If your kitchen and bath aren’t quite up to par for this year’s happenings, Brizo has you covered.

Brizo kitchen designs are for people who appreciate fashion in all parts of their home, not just their closets. Their faucets combine form and function with beautifully crafted designs to add exquisite style to your home.

Kitchen and bathroom faucets by Brizo provide great hardware design that can be used in a classic or modern kitchen and bath. From the classic look of the Traditional collection to the modern look of the Venuto collection, they offer styles and finishes to match any décor.

Loki-bath-jason_wu-photo1In 2007, Brizo partnered with the noted fashion designer Jason Wu. Wu is known for his timeless luxury and craftsmanship. The partnership began with Brizo sponsoring Wu’s fashion shows and has now grown and evolved to include Brizo bringing guests to New York Fashion Week, using the designer’s gowns in advertising campaigns, and collaborating with him on a co-branded lavatory suite. The Jason Wu collection features the aesthetic sense of a renowned fashion designer coupled with the design and innovation that could only come from Brizo.

Brizo produces luxury kitchen, bath and shower fixtures along with premium medium flow and Sensori high flow shower systems. From efficient wall mount pot fillers to sculptural soap dispensers, Brizo kitchen faucets and accessories combine leading edge design with exceptional functionality.

Hansgrohe – The Bathroom of Tomorrow

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The bathroom that stands the test of time: just what building owners and renovators are increasingly looking for. When you have young children who enjoy engaging in water fights in the bathroom, safety is a must; but convenience and safety are also key factors for older people, who need to be able to enjoy a bathroom design that is tailored to their needs and requirements. Hansgrohe, the bathroom and shower specialist from the Black Forest, has a host of innovative products to offer. Plumbtile can help you make the right choices. Continue reading

Hansgrohe – Products that express personal style are trendy

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Your home is reflects your individual taste, and is designed to meet your own personal style when it comes to comfort. In the living area – and in the bathroom design – diversity should ultimately create unity, reflecting the personality of the occupants. Standard products can be inadequate. It’s no wonder that customized products have become a trend: designed to meet the specifications and expectations of customers and which stand out in a unique way – a favorite color, an inscription or a special format. Continue reading