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Spring cleaning tips for your bathroom: cleaning glass

At UK Bathrooms, we know the importance of keeping your bathroom clean with as much ease as possible, so we’re here to bring you some super simple tips for getting your bathroom feeling fresh and tidy over Spring.

In general, it is recommended to use only mild detergents for the majority of cleaning jobs in the bathroom and to add in a bit of the old elbow grease! This is no different whether it’s for the mirrors, tub or shower trays. Today though we’re looking more closely at how to clean glass surfaces including shower screens, panels, enclosures and mirrors as these are the things that can show up the most dirt and smudges, especially if you’ve got kids around. Whether you’re just trying to stay on top of the cleaning to keep a brand new bathroom in tip top shape, or it’s an old bathroom that could do with some TLC, these tips should be helpful for everyone.

Simpson’s Showers advise that their products should only be cleaned with warm soapy water since aggressive cleaning fluids contain chemicals that can easily damage your enclosures and screens, thus invalidating the guarantee.

It’s a good idea to keep a squeegee in the shower too, so that every member of the family can give the enclosure a quick wipe down once they’re finished to save you from too much hard work and scrubbing away at water marks when it comes to giving the whole bathroom a clean down.

If you haven’t given the bathroom a good clean in a while, you’re likely to have a bit of a build up of limescale at the edges of your shower screens and enclosures. For regular glass, an old toothbrush, some gentle detergent such as Roman’s Utra Care Bathroom Cleaner and a bit of elbow grease will get it sorted right out.

Fortunately if you buy from UK Bathrooms, many of our showers come with an “Easy Clean” finish meaning that they naturally repel water scum marks and areas of dirt. They do however still need to be maintained regularly. To keep them in the best condition, try using a dry microfibre cloth to give the glass a polished shine after wiping them down.

Useful tips for a plumbing emergency

Although we seem to be getting through the winter without too many frosts, it is by no means over yet and summer or winter, a plumbing emergency can occur. In the unfortunate event that an emergency does happen it is as well to be prepared for this with some useful tips.

Firstly always know just where the main stop tap is that turns off the cold water feed to the house. This can be in the road outside, under the kitchen sink, or in a downstairs cloakroom or under stairs cupboard; this should always be known to as many people as possible within the household. Also where is the feed for the hot water to be located, there will be a way that this can be isolated. It is normally a wheel valve or a tap which cuts off the supply to the cold tank which can be found usually in the roof space. Of course it will not usually prevent the tank still feeding the system until it is empty, although many houses have a valve that is fitted to the hot water outlet on the hot water cylinder. If there is no obvious supply cut off, the ball valve on the cold water tank will have to be tied up in order to prevent the tank from filling.

Temporary leaks on a pipe or joint can often be stopped by applying tape such as a duct tape or similar until a plumber can repair it. Bleeding radiators is a simple task, but you will need to have the key to turn the bleed valve. The key looks very much like the ones used to wind grandfather clocks.

Leaking compression joints can often be effectively repaired by the use of plumbers’ grips or wrenches, all which is required is to tighten the nuts on the joint, remembering to turn them in opposite directions or into the joint.

Vet often a competent person can repair a broken radiator valve by either replacing it, or using a blanking nut to replace the valve, remember of course that you will not be able to turn the radiator off completely if you do.

Toilets sink and showers can become blocked and a very simple and effective way to clear the blockage is by having a plunger at hand. These are not expensive and it is worth while having on in the garage or shed. Simply put the plunger over the sink or shower outlet and move it vigorously up and down and by magic the blockage should clear. Similarly a toilet bowl can be cleared in the same manner by butting the plunger down the bowl and working it in an up and down motion. If the plunger method is not successful the drains will have to be investigated and possibly cleared with rods.

Bathroom Interior Design Trends for 2014

Luxury is top of the bill for 2014 bathroom interior design trends. Many people are looking for comfort with a touch of luxury when it comes to remodelling their bathrooms. Many of the big design ideas we are seeing, take a nod towards home-spa styles as people look to recreate relaxing and luxury vibes they experience when at a spa. From soft bathroom designs to convenient walk in showers and wetrooms here at UK Bathrooms we can help you with all your bathroom design needs.

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Curves are big in 2014, soft and sleek designs from wash bowls to tubs through to accessories. The organic flow of the curves make for a soft and luxurious feel to your bathroom. Bathroom designs have in the past felt boxy, square and uniform however Soft Curves and Organic Shapes from 2014 see us moving away from that. Curved designs add a new dimension to a bathroom, and you can move away from sharp corners, great if you want a practical family bathroom.

Bauhaus Bowls

Check out the newest designs on UK Bathrooms, from Bauhaus, Clearwater and Villeroy and Boch if you’re looking for some Soft Curves and Organic Shapes for your bathroom. (Designs from Clear Water Baths, Bauhaus Sinks and Villeroy & Boch Bathrooms)

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Luxury Tiles

Tiles can be a wonderful focal point to a bathroom, whether a patterned tile floor, a feature tiles wall or large tiles to make a statement. For design tips in 2014 there are a couple of design trends to look out for. Large tiles and over-scaled décor are a must, making even the smallest bathrooms seem bigger. Natural looking tiles are also a must, soft natural shades from luxury marble to soft slate. While all white bathrooms are clean and a timeless look, adding some natural colour shades can add a new dimension to your bathroom.

Whether you’re looking to add a statement tile feature to your bathroom or completely covering floor to ceiling, UK Bathrooms have a great selection of tile. Keeping up with the popular trends of 2014, with designs from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel. (Luxury  tiles from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel)

Bathroom tiles

The Wetroom

Perhaps the humble bath has had its day, or people are looking for more simplicity and ease from showering, but one of the most popular trends we will be seeing from 2014 is the wetroom. Whether they are frameless showers which give an illusion of and airy open space or curbless showers which offer a continuous, seamless look, 2014 is the year of the luxury shower. Wetrooms are much easy to fit into homes now, as technology has advanced, plus it’s also a lot more affordable to get that at home luxury spa/hotel feel.

You can find everything you need here at UK Bathrooms to design your perfect wetroom, bathroom. We have Aqua4ma and Impey packs to get you started, as well as some wonderful frameless showers from Kudos and Matki. And we also have a wide range of shower trays to suit any bathroom from leading suppliers such as Simpsons and Kaldewei. (Create your perfect wetroom from Matki, Kudos, Simpsons and Kaldewei )

Wetrooms

Seamless Storage

Anti-clutter for 2014 as storage becomes key in bathroom design allowing you to store all your items easily away and out of sight, without causing clutter. Clever storage ideas from under-sink cupboards to floor to ceiling bathroom cabinets and floating shelving. There are a number of wonderful options available. Many of the furniture and vanity designs are made as flexible as possible, allowing you to easily fit these great storage options into your bathroom, no matter what the size.

You can find a range of modern and contemporary vanity units, wall hung and freestanding furniture and fitted bathroom cabinets and countertops on UK Bathrooms. Providing you with your storage needs. (Storage from Roca, Nobel and Roper Rhodes )

Bathroom storage

Tips on grout cleaning

We have covered how to remove grout however if your bathroom grouting isn’t too bad, it’s actually easy to clean. It is perfectly normal for grouting in a bathroom or shower to become discoloured, it is not that you have neglected cleaning the tiles, but natural spores in the atmosphere that thrive on surfaces when clean water, in the form of condensation is present. Because the surface of the tile is glazed, this means that spores will be easily washed or cleaned away when the bathroom or shower is used. However, the grouted joints, because this is porous, present a perfect home for these spores to grow, seen as black spots or mould.

If the grouting lines are not very bad, cleaning these is not a difficult job, but it will take some time and patience. If the grouting has become very deeply ingrained, the only solution may be to rake out the old grout and re-grout the tiled surface. Assuming that your grout is not too badly affected, you will need a small brush, a toothbrush is ideal, or a good washing brush and some cleaning solution, made from baking soda and vinegar, or for very stubborn stains a paste of baking soda and straight peroxide.

Apply the paste to the grouting lines and leave for approximately ten minutes, then using the brush scrub the grout lines and rinse off with warm water. For very lightly stained grouting, some proprietary sprays are available although not always long lasting as they can just mask the problem.

If your grouting has become very black and you do not want to go to the lengths of removing the old grout and re-grouting, small high pressure steam cleaners using a high pressure vapour are available, normally used by profession cleaners, this is another option for you to consider.

When the grouting is cleaned and looking like new again, it is worth while applying to the tiled surface the proprietary spray. If this is done about once a month, it will help kill any spores and prevent the tiles from becoming discoloured again.

Latest Bathroom Technology Innovation – Crosswater Digital Water Control

We live in a digital age and it has not taken Crosswater long to introduce a range of digital controls designed to make your life easier, with a range of shower and bath controls that will set the standard for many years to come.

The water control range offers to you the very latest and most innovative technology and convenience at your fingertips. This is not any simple control that will guarantee a water temperature setting; that technology is in another era compared with the digital controls today from Crosswater.

Crosswater digital shower

Your daily routine is now changed and effortless; yes you can programme the controls to all your families’ preferences, however with the Crosswater digital system can operate your shower or bath to run at the required temperature from the comfort of your bed or living room!

In addition to getting the water just right, it can be configured to accurately fill your bath to your desired depth of water and exact temperature requirements, with an innovative safety feature that limits higher temperature levels, peace of mind too.

Duel Touch Function

elite total water controll

Crosswater invite you into the 21st century using wireless technology and it is really simple to use, this can also operate on your home Wi-Fi network if you wish. So you can activate either your shower or your bath from your bed, the breakfast table or even the garage as you drive in from work, the ultimate in luxury and of course convenience from your iPhone or with other devices which are being included.

Some of the finest showering products and accessories to be found anywhere can be seen within the Crosswater range and we are pleased to be able to offer these to you. For information and quotations about Crosswater digital or other items simply contact us on

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