While the bathroom is the place that you shower, bathe, brush your teeth, wash your hands, flush a toilet, you don’t want excess water to stick around on the floors or in the shower. So instead of always getting out a towel to wipe up excess water, opt for tiles that can stand up to your bath-hating pets, daily steamy showers, or the kids’ tidal waves. Here are a few ways to use tile to increase the water-resistance of your bathroom. Continue reading
You get home from a long day at work. You’re tired, stressed, and all you want is a nice warm bath. There’s just one problem, you don’t have a bathtub or your bathtub isn’t the right one for you. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. We have all been there. Continue reading
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.
With summer drawing to an end, everyone is starting to feel the gloom of fall. But just because this season is over, doesn’t mean your rest and relaxation has to be. There are many ways to convert your bath into a year-round getaway. Continue reading
Every day should be a spa day. After a long day at work, you wish you could just stop by the spa and refresh your body, mind and soul. Unfortunately, we can’t stop by the spa every day. So, why not turn your bathroom into a spa? Leading the decorative marketplace since 1978, Plumbtile provides products that reflect elegance, luxury, quality and functionality. Continue reading
During 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
Accessories for Your Hasting Tub
Soaking free standing tubs are becoming the more popular tubs see in more home today.These soaking tubs are emitting simplicity, style and quiet luxury. Nearly two-thirds of homeowners display soaking tubs in a home’s master bathroom giving a spa like ambiance, simplicity and with easy maintenance. A freestanding tub offers an appealing focal point, providing sleek, classical lines. A freestanding soaking tubs can give your home a great piece of artwork by enhancing your bathroom.
Now, that your bathroom is embellishing your freestanding tub, it is time to accessorize it! You can add on to the simplicity with a place to keep the shampoo, soap, or other bath care items. How about a nice place to sit down and take your shoes or slippers?
Hastings Tile & Bath not only provides the greatest free standing soaking tubs, but also beautifully designed accessories to help make your bath as beautifying and simplistic as possible.
Chelsea Silk Tubs and Accessories for Your Hasting Tub
Let us start with the tub. You have your choice of Chelsea Silk Tubs with their luxurious smooth matte finish or a dazzling gloss finish. This tubs gives you comfortable silhouette design with spacious proportions. This type of quality tub will be the soaking stress free experience your body is looking for!
Silk Tub Organizer
Nothing breaks that nice soaking experience than forgetting your shampoo or soap and having to get out of your relaxing experience to fetch your bath care products. With the Hastings Silk Tub Organizer, it can be all in one place where you can reach. This addition to your bath is not just both stylish and handy, but it even holds your towel for you
Need a place to sit down and remove your cozy slippers? Hastings Silk Stool simple designs are a brilliant companion to any free-standing tub. This comfortable design and waterproof stool is also small enough to be used in the shower.
How about some music while soaking in your Hastings Silk Bath Tub! The Msound possesses a simple, striking form as well as flawless functionality. The Msound speaker is a simple but striking form as well as purely functional. Made from rich ceramic, the Msound is a passive vibration speaker for your smartphones and is a stylish work of art. Simply place your phone in the dock and listen to the luxuriously amplified sounds. Thanks to its special rounded form, the Msound’s natural amplification requires no wires or electrical input that can be supreme for any wet locations – in the bath space or outdoors.
The Msound is available exclusively through Hastings Bath & Tile in a variety of luxurious finishes: matte white, gloss and matte black, matte grey, orange, red, and gold bi-color. You can even have a decorative patterned finishes like deco, swirl, lines and nature and more.
Accessories for your Hasting Tub can contribute to the relaxing atmosphere and experience you are longing to have. Stop by Plumbtile.com today to start planning your luxurious bath!
In today’s world, your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house, so why 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:
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.
Showers are invigorating and perhaps more cleansing and generally use less water if you 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!