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Christmas is a fantastic, fun and festive time of year, but it’s also a time where we tend to put a lot of stress on ourselves, physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. If you’re feeling a bit strung out and in need of some down time, why not pamper yourself with these easy-to-make home detox recipes.They’re all natural and have many healing properties, ranging from detoxing the skin to helping you get a good night’s sleep. Before We Go On… Although the ingredients in these bath detoxes are completely natural, please consult your doctor if you have any kind of existing health condition, or allergies; especially (but not limited to): high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes and pregnancy. Energising Citrus Bath For many of us who have to balance busy working lives with family, it can sometimes feel like we don’t have enough energy to get everything done that we need to....

Most people choose their mixer taps as part of a design choice: They look at the aesthetics, the price and the manufacturer. But how do you know which mixer tap is right for your requirements? Here we look at the benefits of installing mixer taps in to your home and the purpose and functionality of the different varieties. Benefits of Using a Mixer Tap: They save water: This is because instead of having to run two taps and fill a bath or sink to get the temperature you need, you only have to run one at the temperature you want. They’re hygienic: A lot of mixer taps have easy to move levers, which means if your hands are dirty/contaminated, you can use wrists or elbows to open it. Even better are the censor mixer taps, which work when you move your hand(s) in front of the censor. They make life...

There’s nothing nicer than wrapping yourself up in a big, soft, fluffy towel after stepping from your bath or shower, but over time, towels can become rough and hardened. Here, we give you some top tips on how to look after your towels and keep them looking (and feeling) like they’ve come straight from a luxury spa! Choose the Right Temperature With all of the advice out there regarding carbon footprints and the environment, a lot of people are choosing to wash their clothes on a thirty degree wash or less, but when it comes to towels, this is a bad idea. Why? Because water that’s below forty degrees isn’t hot enough to completely kill bacteria, and as your towels spend a lot of time in hot and humid conditions, bacteria do love to thrive on them. So, we know the environment is important, but wash your towels on...

There’s nothing more annoying than standing ankle deep in tepid water when taking your shower: Having a blocked shower or bath waste can take the pleasure out of your morning routine and can also be quite unhygienic. While there are lots of products out there that are marketed for unblocking sink, shower or bath waste pipes, did you know that a lot of these products can actually be quite harmful to your pipes? The harsh chemicals can erode sealant and even the inside of your pipes, causing you bigger problems later on. Here we show you different ways to unblock your shower or bath without having to reach for the harsh chemicals… Get Your Hands Dirty (We recommend wearing rubber gloves). As most blockages are usually caused by a build-up of hair and soap scum, manually pull out any visible debris and then test if it’s all gone...

I am delighted with our bathroom. Start to finish, I found yourself and your team excellent to deal with and the quality of the work just great. Special mention to Andy your tiler who is a gentleman and superb at his job. I went for herringbone tiling with mitred edges so the job was tricky to say the least. He did an impeccable job and is easy to have around the house. I need to also thank you for your professionalism and responsiveness throughout. Happy for you to use the images and act as a reference site should you ever need it. See details of this job here...

If you’re looking for the best bathroom fitter in the Dublin area, here are some things to take into account: How to Find the Right One Think about what services you require - write them down; once you start searching, check this list against the services the different bathroom installers offer. For instance, some bathroom installers will offer an installation only service (so no design, product placement or project management). Some bathroom installers will help you source bathroom furniture from other manufacturers or wholesalers, while others will only install products you’ve purchased from them; and some will offer a sanitaryware installation service but won’t carry out construction work on walls or floors. Be very clear about what you want in your communication and ensure that they are very clear in return. Cost Of course, cost is always a really important factor when choosing the right bathroom installers. Choose someone who’s...

Wetrooms are becoming increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why: They’re easy to clean, practical and stylish and these are just some of the benefits a wetroom has to offer. But a wetroom isn’t always the right choice for everybody. Here we discuss the details and the pros and cons of having a wetroom installed in your home. What is a Wetroom? A wetroom is a completely watertight room that is usually installed by a professional to safeguard against leakage and to ensure that the floor is fitted at the correct gradient (so the water fully drains away). Wetrooms do away with the need for a shower tray and screen, making them particularly useful for people with mobility issues, as the seamless floor and walls make it easy for wheelchair access or for individuals to manoeuvre. What are the Benefits of a Wetroom? As just mentioned, wetrooms are fantastic...

When we first met Nigel of Bespoke Bathrooms, what impressed us most was his innovative design recommendations for our bathroom. Our bathroom is quite small, but he came up with a design which was simply terrific. By using his new layout, we now have a fully equipped bathroom, but with plenty of space. Having come up with a great design, the work was carried out in a totally professional manner. The work was well planned and very well carried out. The Bespoke Bathroom team was a pleasure to work with. We also have peace of mind with the fact that there is a 5 years guarantee. Nigel was a pleasure to work with. We worked to agreed timelines and these timelines were respected and always met by Nigel and his team. We are very happy to recommend Bespoke Bathrooms to other people. In fact, we...

Carrying out a bathroom refurb is a very exciting thing but the one aspect that people don’t always think about until it comes to the crunch of decision making time is the floor. What type of floor you choose can have a huge impact on many things, from aesthetics and expense to longevity. If you know exactly what kind of bathroom suite you want but you’re stumped on choosing a floor, read on and discover your options… Vinyl One of the more popular flooring materials if you’re refurbing on a budget; here are the pros and cons: Pros: Easy to install, even with limited DIY skills, which means that most people can manage it: It can save you even more money because you don’t need to have it installed by a professional Water resistant. Water won’t easily seep into vinyl, meaning it should last for a very long time Hardy. Vinyl can...

Although there are many fantastic bathroom cleaners out there that can remove limescale, mould and stains from your bathroom suite, many people these days like to use eco-friendly products. If you want to know how to remove limescale and other common bathroom infestations with everyday household products, read on… How to Remove Limescale from Bathroom Taps: Giving a perfunctory wipe around your taps once a week might keep them clean for a while, but chances are, limescale will start to build up around the handle, spout and other places that are exposed to water. To keep your tap looking as shiny as the day it was installed, you can clean it with white vinegar or lemon juice. Here’s how: Soak a clean cloth in white vinegar or lemon juice and wrap around the tap, ensuring that every part is covered Leave for at least one hour Rinse Repeat if...