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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...

As we complete the first quarter of 2019, we thought it would be a good time to share some of the recent bathroom fit out projects that we have completed. You can read more about these specific projects on our previous bathroom renovation work page This first project was a worn out and characterless wet room in Dublin 2, we renovated it completely and installed new tiles and a shower and significantly reduced the size of the step into the shower, making it much more accessible. You can see full details on this Dublin 2 wet room replacement here. This next project in Castleknock involved installing another new wet room using the Wedi wet room system that is a very high quality wet room package. You can learn more about this Castleknock wet room project here. This next bathroom was completed for a client in Castleknock, this incorporated...

One of the more irritating occurrences of first world living is standing underneath a trickle of tepid water in the shower, when you’d rather be standing under a rainfall of muscle relaxing hot water. If your shower seems to be struggling with water pressure, read on to find out how you can fix it.   Check Your Water Mains Before you charge off and start ordering new shower parts, it’s a good idea to check the volume of your water main. Find the shut-off valve for your mains water supply before you do this. Locate the stop tap and ensure it’s fully open. You can do this by using pliers to turn it anti-clockwise until it can no longer turn.   Low System Pressure If you have a problem with water pressure in other household systems as well as your shower (taps, washing machines, dishwashers), then you probably have low water pressure....

Ok, so the weather has lied to us about it being Spring, but the sunshine is coming back, we promise. If your bathroom is looking tired, drab and in need of modernisation, we have some top style trend tips for your attention. Decorative Wet Room Shower Trays You’ll be pleased to know that here at Bespoke Bathrooms, we’re qualified Wedi Wet Room installers, and that’s why we’re fans of this current trend. Instead of a plain white or cream shower tray, why not go for a boldly patterned one. Think geometric monochrome patterns to make a feature out of your shower. Gunmetal and Pewter Fixtures and Fittings Brass fittings are still a popular trend for this season, but gunmetal and pewter taps aren’t as ‘brassy’ looking and still bring drama to a space. Team with neutral, natural materials such as wood and stone, for a bathroom that brings out...

Bathroom sealant does a really important job: It helps keep your sanitaryware in place and keeps your bathroom water tight. If your sealant becomes worn, there’s a danger of water getting in behind tiles, your sink and bath and causing lots of damage. On top of this, old, clean looking sealant helps keep your bathroom looking fresh. Sealant Removal Gel Sealant Removal Gel is usually a thick gel that you coat onto the old sealant; Most brands are manufactured to remove sealant from plastics, ceramic tiles, glass and painted surfaces. You can use sealant removal gel to safely and effectively get rid of and replace old sealant. The great thing about using removal gel is that it will remove the sealant without scratching or damaging your sanitary ware; however, removal gel isn’t always effective at removing smaller bits of residue. You can pick up a bottle of removal...

Completely eradicating the growth of mould in a bathroom is virtually impossible as the bathroom is the perfect environment for it to thrive. By following our top tips, however, you can certainly stop it in its tracks and enjoy a fresh and mould-free bathroom. Good Ventilation Is key for helping to stop the spread of mould and bacteria. Always try to shower with the bathroom window open. If it’s too cold for this, just make sure you open the window straight after and keep it open for as long as possible along with the door. This will allow the moisture to disperse, giving it less time to wreak its damage! Extraction! Along the same vein as ventilation is the need for a good extractor fan. Most bathrooms have an extractor fan fitted these days, but even when they do, a lot of people aren’t very good at keeping them...

If you have a leaking shower head or shower fixtures, we’re on hand to help! Whether you want to fix your shower head or replace it, read on to find out how… Fixer Upper or Replacement? Firstly, you need to ascertain whether you want to fix your shower head or if it’ll need replacing. If you’re a confident DIYer, this should be no problem. If you’re a bit unsure, our step by step instructions will get you there in no time. Fixing Your Shower Head Whether you decide to fix your shower head or replace it, you’ll need to turn off its water supply. Ensure both the hot and cold water supply are turned off before starting. You can turn of the mains water supply to make this easier. Run all of the taps in your home to make sure there’s no excess water in the system. Make sure you...