Bought a new house? Decided to renovate your old one? 80% of people who are redoing the house start from the bathroom. The bathroom is the first room where we start our day so it is very important for it to be nice, welcoming and all the things must be in the right places.
The most important questions come to our minds before doing the bathrooms are: what is the best price for a good bathtub, Should we choose whirlpool bath or a standard bath. What is the most practical and the colour is now an important feature. Fitting all the items you require into your bathroom things like bath, vanity unit with sink and mirror. The modern bathroom can be quite small so thought and planning are very important.
So let’s start from the bathtub, as time goes by the cast iron baths are becoming a thing of the past. Even the long lasting factor doesn’t win our votes as after several years of use they become pale yellow and the longest scrub with the best cleaning products doesn’t seem to help. Acrylic bathtubs are easy to maintain, slip resistant and retain heat well. The form of acrylic baths can be the most varied: from our ordinary rectangles, triangles and hexagons, or even a unique space filling option – octagonal tub. Acrylic baths can be with handles, arm rests, seating, head rolls, etc. Bathtubs mostly are white but it is possible to choose a colour you like. For example blue, black, green or even red. Please be aware that colour can quickly become faded so you will want to change the bath. Unfortunately not everyone can afford to change the bathtub every few years. Bath prices depend on the company who produces it and the design. If the design is newer, the more expensive is the bath. There is a fashion in everything so in the baths as well, about the fashion; the popular shapes for now are oval, round and triangle shape baths.
There is another essential attribute of bathroom facilities – the toilet bowl. The price also depends on the design and manufacturer. The most important thing when choosing a toilet bowl is the flushing mechanism and its stability. Many of the water pans have an economic regime and it uses half the amount of water compared with the water pans with a simple mechanism. So in that way we can save the fresh water up to 12 500 litres per person in a year. This advantage is quite important as the water prices increase quickly and by choosing a toilet with an economic mechanism we could avoid expensive bills.
The bathroom is not just a bath, toilet and washbasin. Even washbasin on its own without bathroom cabinet wouldn’t be a great solution. We need at least a small cabinet to store our washing things such as creams, cosmetic, washing gel and etc. There is no question what kind of material bathroom cabinet has to be. If you want to save your money go only for solid wood vanity units. Choosing a cheap material even if its a designer vanity unit you would have to change it very soon, sometimes even less than a year, the cheaper materials such as MDF or Chipboard are not designed to be in contact with water, on contact they swell, with this happening over time, the unit will simply fall apart. Oak is very tolerant to humidity and water so provides very long lasting bathroom furniture, this over time is much cheaper than the cheaper option of MDF or Chipboard. To finish you bathroom you can add beautiful lamps, decorated mirrors, towel rails, fragrant soaps, candles are sure to add a little luxury to your bathroom.
So before we finish, here are some tips on how to maintain your bathtub.
1. Use a sponge or cloth for daily maintenance and wipe it dry after each wash.
2. Keep the bath surface away from hardening soluble substance such as hair spray, nail polish, glue, etc.
3. Never use cleaning powder which can scratch the surface.
4. Install a bath or shower only by the manufacturer’s provided installation instructions.
5. Use a special care concentrate for acrylic baths. If you have a small scratch on your bath’s surface there is a special polish to remove it. If it is quite deep scratch you can use light sandpaper and then finish with polishing cream.
I would like to wish you good luck when doing your bathroom. Please keep in mind in the end all the troubles and worries will be paid back by having the bathroom of your dreams.
This article was written by Daiva Grant from Interiors for Homes Ltd – www.interiorsforhomes.co.uk