Relaxing Those Limbs In A Whirlpool Bath

You know how it is, in the summer months all lovely and warm, hardly a damp day to get in the way of activities.  Lots of working out in the garden, tidying up the borders or getting into the veg growing.  There are also those holiday hikes to be enjoyed with or without the children.  Whatever the activity, the warm, dry weather just makes it so much more enjoyable.

Once the work is done though, whatever the weather, a certain amount of wear and tear catches up with all of us.  Those unexplained aches catch us by surprise and take a little longer to leave.  Now is the time to invest in a bathroom refit to include the luxury of a whirlpool bath.  Talk to  your bathroom designer for ideas.  Nothing makes you feel more warmly relaxed, but at the same time, rejuvinated as the fiz and bubble of a whirlpool!

Plumber’s Ambitions Pay Off With Stylish Bathroom

Getting the bathroom and ensuite facilities up to scratch with paint and tiles is only one part of the job.  These days it’s no good just relying on the simplest finishes.  Magazines and home improvement programmes show the most incredible bathroom features in their ‘look what you can do’ pages.  When I updated my own, several years ago now, I invested quite a lot of money on a truly awesome fresh design suggested by my plumber – he was rather fed up of always being asked to find the cheapest saitary wares and was looking for a chance to shine and feature his own design skills.   He suggested three bathroom supply showrooms that offered stunning magazine quality layouts utilising stone tiles for walls and floor;  streamlined shower cubicles with electronic pushbutton showers;  gleaming white basin inset in a narrow worktop  . . . .    These bathroom features were so absolutely ahead of my first thoughts but I was onboard immediately and had my bathroom, ensuite and cloakroom refurbed, including stylish cabinets offering storage for all those bottles and packets!  I’ve never regretted my choices and it thrills me every time I use them.

Special Bathroom Paint Creates Better Finish

There are some differences to be made in the way we decorate bathrooms – and kitchens, to the rest of the house.   Regular use of showers and baths creates steam in the room – this seeps into paintwork, emulsion and other waterbased finishes and gradually the surface deteriorates, becoming easily soiled and prone to absorbtion of marks and splashes.  Over time these won’t wash off and the area soon becomes flakey.   To preserve the plaster underneath, moisture has to be kept from being absorbed.  Using specially developed bathroom products help to create a firm and very moisture resistant top coat that will look clean and hygienic for much longer.  After all there’s nothing worse than looking round a washroom or someone’s ensuite and seeing mouldy mucky patches.   Of course, care must be taken to apply it properly to achieve the best professional looking finish and getting it off to redecorate can be challenging, but as that doesn’t happen so often, it’s a price worth paying for the improved finish.

Latecomer To Luxury Bathroom Choices

I have a chum who is about to buy her first house after many years of sharing with relatives.   She’s not a youngster by any means but has a private income and a small fortune set aside for this very task.  I’m not sure what has now prompted her to take the leap of faith, maybe realising that she needs to gain independence from a group of family members who never let her think for herself!  Anyway I went with her to look at bathroom cabinets and towels etc.  It was fabulous fun.  We then stopped in a traffic queue right outside a premier bathroom showroom – that was it.  Of we had to toddle, round to see the most exsquisite bathroom settings – fabulous basins and taps set into neat but functional cabinets with worktops aside.  Shower cubicles that can be opened and closed with the tip of a finger.  Electronic showers . . . . . .  absolute luxury.

Showers More Economical Than Baths

In this extreme heatwave we are experiencing, it can be very tempting to use water for all the things we think are very important.  I know someone up the road who, despite their protestations, must be watering their front lawn – it is an unreasonably bright shade of green when absolutely everybody else’s is brown bald and dead.  It now sticks out like a sore thumb and the neighbour is feeling smug – until she notices that even her best pals are shunning her.  soetimes vanity gets in the way of common sense.  I also know a couple of pensioners who won’t hear of having a shower installed.  They have always had baths and won’t be changing to these new fangled things.  I cannot get through to them how much easier getting clean is with a walk in shower, than clambering up over the side of a bath.  And the water savings alone make your eyes water!

Maintaining Spa Delight At Home

I have a very lovely sparkling white bath with a whirlpool featuring 5 spouts around the sides.  There is a pump underneath the bath wired through to the airing cupboard, very conveniently placed next door.   This is a favourite from  the massive upgrade I had done to my bathroom and ensuites a few years ago.  The therapeautic effects of a fast hot spa on the limbs is wonderful.   Even better with the pouches of bergamont and other herbal scents to make it feel even more like a professional health farm!    However one issue with a whirlpool bath that gets overlooked – they need regular hygienic cleaning.  Depending on how ofen the whirlpool feature is used, it needs a sturdy chemical cleaner, the same as in a spa,   Rather than waste even more water, once I’ve got out, I top the bath up again to a few centimetres above the spout level,  add my proprietary spa cleaner and then leave the spa running for 25 minutes.  It complete solves the problem of horrible black bits of mould gushing out of the water spouts which will occur if it’s not used at least weekly.

Getting The Best Fitted Bathrooms Affordable

Oh how I have needed help with a couple of bathroom issues – well not necessarily that room but a water department matter arose last month that needed call out of the engineers.  Because there’s been a huge amount of rain, followed by snow and ice, more rain and so on, we’ve had an unbelievably challenging time wih waterlogged sewer outputs and the like.  It has made using the bathrooms and loos a bit awkward at times.   It’s only when you’ve had this problem for several days athat gets  sorted out, that you appreciate a well designed bathroom – installed by a professional bathroom installer and craftsman.  My showers are top notch, electronic on-off operation with very little movement needed.  the taps are all lever type that can be operated with elbow or chin if needed.  Such ease of use is critical when mobility is affected by a medical handicap and I for one always recommend seeking a professional installation!

Keeping Washrooms Clear Of Limescale Deposits

One of the more annoying aspects of living in an area that has much clay and also very hard water is the messy build up that gets deposited all over the bathrooms and kitchen areas.  Most folk try to keep up with the cleaning routine on a regular basis and after a few years of fruitless scrubbing and scraping they then give up in despair and just try buying new of everything.  That idea does appeal but is sometimes not possible from an economics point of view.  However there is light at the end of the mucky tunnel.  There is one particular limescale remover spray on the market that is absolutely fantastic at removing these deposits.   I’ve seen it in action on basins that look dull from using other products and the taps in this house shine as if brand new.   It even works on glass flower vases, dulled by hard water.   It is a wonder product and worth every penny!

Clean Lines In Bathroom With No Frills Allowed

I like very plain bathrooms and ensuites.  Not for me the frilly roman blinds or gingham curtains.  Certainly no place in my abode for dolls with massive knitted ‘crinolines’ to cover the spare toilet rolls.  No, le’s be honest and have a basket stacked with lovely clean sparkling white loo rolls.  I do have a set of tiny display shelves next to the mirror in the main bathroom.  A clever way to utilise the space between mirror and wall mounted cabinet.  I had the bathrooms totally gutted and updated a few years ago and I still love the modern clean feel – they haven’t dated at all – modern chrome fittings, pure white porcelain sanitary ware and very well constructed shower cubicles help to give the feeling of pure luxe quality in design and installation.  It was not a cheap transformation but it’s proven to be the fantastic value for money over the years.

Bathroom & Ensuite Envy Is Worth Enduring

I’ve been the very proud owner of smart bathrooms and ensuites for some years now.  I had a broken shower that somehow led to me having all of my facilities ripped out and replaced with amazingly modern cabinets; inset basins with press down plunger plugs and lever taps; press button flush loos; whirlpool bath . . . . and fabulous push button power showers in generous easy clean cubicles.    I had first thought about going ‘wet room’ but I had expressly wanted the hotel style cabinetry to hide away all the gubbins you inevitably collect over time.    The only drawback now is that my main ensuite basin plunger plug has packed up and although it was replaced with similar a few years ago, this one has also broken.  I shall have to find an old fashioned rubber plug on a chain!  But other than that, it’s been a most wonderful decision to upgrade and still fills me with joy every time I use one of the rooms – and even more so when I show guests or envious friends!