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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...

Recently we had a customer come to us who was considering financing his sanitary ware using a 0% interest free for 12 months credit arrangement. This had been offered through a bathroom showroom that he had visited. On the face of it this sounded like quite a good deal. Who doesn't want something for free right? However when we looked at it a bit closer with him, what had seemed like a good deal turned out not to be quite so good. You see when a business is offering 0% interest it isn't going to be out of the kindness of their heart. It just means that some financial sleight of hand is taking place. You see the 0% offer was against the full retail price of the sanitary ware, whereas we know that if our customers ask us to supply sanitary ware we can typically...

Installing an en suite in your home to add value is a solid idea that’s been around for many years, and the fact of the matter remains: adding an ensuite to your home will add value. If you’ve been thinking about installing an ensuite in your home but are worried that you don’t have the space or ideas, read on for a little helpful guidance… If Space is your Concern… A clever way to create enough space for an en suite is to shave some off a bedroom or bedrooms (depending on the layout of your home). If you struggle with technical drawing or planning, it’s a good idea to consult a professional bathroom installers for help. Here at Bespoke Bathrooms, we offer a no obligation, no fee consultation for potential customers as well as a site visit. If you’re happy with what we have to say...

Your shower is a wet and humid area that needs to be kept clean for several reasons: One, because mould and germs love to thrive in wet, hot and humid conditions; Two, because a clean shower means a shower working at optimum level; Three, because a clean shower safeguards against blockages/build up of dirt. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean the three main areas of your shower: The shower head; the shower door/curtain; and the shower drain/trap, and we’ll also tell you how often you should do this. The Shower Head A build up of limescale in your shower head can clog the holes in the shower head, leading to poor water flow/pressure and/or temperature; but cleaning your showerhead is relatively easy. All you will need is: A bowl (large enough to fit the showerhead in) White, distilled vinegar Simply unscrew the shower head from its fitting and...

Is your bathroom a bit worn and tired looking? Have you been thinking about a modern bathroom refurb for a while but feel overwhelmed by all of the advice out there? If you want to bring your bathroom into the twenty-first century, but are not sure where to begin, read on to find out about our contemporary bathroom ideas… Bathroom Suites Planning a new bathroom doesn't have to be intimidating; with the right advice and a bit of direction, you can easily attain the kind of bathroom you desire with the smallest amount of work on your part. The easiest way to do this is with a sleek, modern bathroom suite. Contemporary bathroom suites usually consist of a sink and vanity unit, shower and toilet, all in matching/complementary colours. Do a bit of online research to discover a bathroom furniture manufacturer that's perfect for you. A great place to...

There are lots of simple ways you can spruce up your bathroom: Replacing your toilet seat with a newer model is one of them. So, if your toilet seat is looking a bit worse for wear or you just fancy a change, read on to find out how to replace your toilet seat. Tool Kit For replacing your seat, you’ll need: Your new toilet seat Rubber gloves and cleaning products Pliers A crosshead or slot screwdriver Step 1 - Cleaning your existing toilet and toilet seat Cleaning your old toilet seat might seem a bit pointless, but you’ll need to store it somewhere while you wait to dispose of it, and toilet seats are fantastic harbourers of germs. Spray it down with some bleach or antibacterial cleaning product and wipe it off with a clean wet cloth. Dry with a clean, dry cloth. Step 2 - Remove the old seat A lot of modern toilet seats...

A majority of us are good at keeping our bathrooms clean, but one piece of equipment that can be neglected even though it does a very important job, is the extractor fan. Your extractor fan helps rid your bathroom of moisture (which leads to mould), so they are worth maintaining as they help keep your bathroom clean and odour-free as well as safeguarding against any cosmetic or structural damage that may come about due to damp conditions. A dusty or dirty extractor fan won’t work nearly as effectively and will only cause you more expense in the long run. If your extractor fan has become noisier or sounds like it’s struggling to work, this is a sign it needs some TLC. So how do you effectively clean your extractor fan? Read on to find out… One Rule There is a huge variety of extractor fan makes and models, but...

Mirrors are often an afterthought when it comes to refurbishing a bathroom, but the size and shape of the mirror you choose can have a big impact on the entire look of the finished product. Mirrors are an essential addition to any bathroom, as the bathroom is usually the place we undertake self grooming. So how do you choose the right one? Size Matters It’s imperative to get the right sized mirror for the space you have as well as your own needs. People normally choose a mirror length that matches their vanity unit length, and this normally ties in with personal needs (for instance, a large family bathroom will normally have a large vanity unit and therefore, a large mirror). You may want to have additional lighting around the mirror edge, for things like make up application and grooming, which would mean having a smaller mirror. Measure your...

Placing plants in your bathroom may seem odd but as we’re finding out from various studies, keeping indoor plants in and around your home can have amazing health benefits for humans. Plants can convert Carbon Dioxide and water into Oxygen using photosynthesis, which helps us to feel clear headed and de-stressed. Thanks to the hot and humid environment, however, not all plants are suitable for your bathroom (many species of plants can develop mould and mildew if they become too wet). It’s also important to ascertain whether your bathroom can provide a large natural light source for your plants or whether you’ll need to choose a species that can thrive in low level light. Here, we give you a breakdown of our top five plants, which are suitable for the bathroom… Aloe Vera Aloe Vera is made for any bathroom with a small window, as it doesn’t like...