If you watched any of the recent Athletics world championships or perhaps the Rio olymics last year, you’ll probably have heard quite a lot about ice-cold baths. Top athletes use them to recover after their races. So, why do they do it, and why might you want to consider a cold shower. Here are ten things to consider
You know what happens, it takes longer and longer for the sink waste to empty and then one day it stops emptying altogether and you’re stuck with a basin of soapy water. Obviously you can call in a drain unblocking company, but chances are, you can fix the problem with some stuff you already have about the house.
Root around in your cupboard and find some vinegar and some baking soda (if you have a bag of soda crystals which you can buy cheaply at most supermarkets, better still):
The fizzy concoction should loosen up all the fatty deposits hanging about in the waste so that they can be flushed through
Trending Bathroom Ideas: To achieve a really warm and welcoming look, and somewhere you’d enjoy spending your time, consider natural materials including timber or timber effect tiling, elements of sandstone, onyx and marble.
It’s a look that will fill your bathroom with a sense of calm.
Trending Bathroom Ideas: Forget the typical vinyl off a roll, and think in terms of ceramic tiles designed into a pattern. This can be particularly effective in a plain bathroom, because it acts as a feature for the room, but one that is totally functional as well.
The look works equally well in a small or large bathroom, provided you adjust any pattern to suit
Allow this image to provide you with some inspiration for a modern and stylish bathroom. Obviously, this one is a large bathroom, and most of us don't have that much space, but there are lots of elements here that could apply even in a more modest bathroom. Light off-white shades throughout, lots of natural materials such as wood and stone, and some decorative flowers.
Floating bathroom cabinets for clean lines, free-standing bath and basin units plus a coat stand, and focused lighting above the bath and basin areas along with large mirrors which make the room look lighter and brighter. The overall effect, clean, modern, bright, stylish but understated.
If you plan a visit to Beijing, you may want to take your own loo rolls
After a continuing rise in the theft of toilet rolls at the Temple of Heaven Park, the authorities have decided to take some counter measures involving facial recognition. On visiting the public toilet, you will be required to "register" your face before using the facilities. Having registered by standing for a few seconds in front of a facial recognition system, the machine with dole out a two foot strip of toilet paper. And that had better be enough, because you will have to wait 10 minutes before the system will allow you to have 'seconds'.
I suppose an option would be to take a friend with you who doesn't need to go!
If you are really looking to splash out on your new bathroom, then consider using marble to provide an element of dressing. There has been a trend in that direction in recent years and whilst we've been used to seeing marble used in quality kitchens, we are now starting to see it specified in the bathroom.
There are of course many ways to use marble starting with simple basin and bath splashbacks, all the way to covering an entire wall or buying a bath made from marble. If you do choose either of the latter ideas, do be aware of the considerable weight involved and take advice from a structural engineer. Do be aware, of course, that marble is quite porous, much more so thn granite for example, so it can discolour and will need sealing. You may also be surprised to hear that the surface does scratch, so you need to keep sharp edges away from it. Because it contains mineral elements, the veining can also rust if the surface is not kept sealed
On the plus side, there is a huge choice of options with marble in terms of the base colour and of the veining. Because it's a natural material, you are guaranteed something absolutely unique, and that is a large part of its appeal
An Esso petrol station in Alberta, Canada has been awarded Canada's "best Restroom" award. Most of us in the UK would avoid the average petrol station toilet unless it was an emergency .
We've all seen them with loo roll scattered across the floor, dirty sinks, unflushed toilets and smelling as if they've been hosed down with urine (which they generally have!). Well, if only we had a few like this one in Canada
Image courtesy Global News
According to research carried out by Cambridge University's Cavendish Labs, more bubble bath is a good thing. You know how it is, you fill the bath ready for a relaxing soap, you climb in and enjoy a muscle easing soak in a deep, warm bath. Then, no sooner have you dunked yourself, than the water starts to feel colder, and within a few minutes you're attempting to top up with hot water.
Well, it seems that if you increase the bubbles in your bath, they'll' insulate the water which will stay hotter for longer. If you stay in for 30 mins, your water could be about 3 degrees centigrade warmer So, stay warm and save money.
There is nothing quite like the feel of a warm fluffy towel on the skin after you’ve finished showering; they are a great, inexpensive addition to any bathroom. You can get free standing or wall mounted towel warmers, and the wall mounted versions can be electric or they can be plumbed in to your heating system
Trending Bathroom Ideas: You can go beyond the typical potted houseplant and think about cascading creepers or even an indoor, vertical garden.
If you want a look to wow your friends, give this one a go
Before resorting to anything else, you first need to try the basics. Give them a light run with a soft soapy cloth and use a small soft brush ( an old toothbrush perhaps) to reach into the inaccessible corners.
If you don’t get the results you want, try a little warm water mixed with a small amount of Vinegar. The acidity in the vinegar will help break down the dirt. Finish off with the soapy cloth as above.
When you’ve finished, be sure to polish the chrome lightly with a soft dry cloth. This will remove any water stains that would otherwise spoil a good job.
If you are still having problems, there are a few other things you an try.
Use a little baking flour on a dry tap and rub it in with a soft cloth again. A fetr a little dry rubbing, add a small amount of water which will create a paste and rub a little more, The tiny flour grains will be very mildly abrasive and will help lift of the dirt. When you are finishes , rinse off thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.
Toothpaste can also be used as a very mild abrasive. It’s is designed to gently lift stains from your teeth and can work well for chrome fittings. Use the same procedure as for flour.
And to get that final sparkle and surface protection? Try a little baby oil followed my a buff with a soft cloth.
And what about rust? Whilst chrome doesn’t rust, the underlying metal can. Try rubbing the rust section with a little soapy aluminium foil from the kitchen, or even with a small handful of moist topsoil from the garden
And finally, lime-scale. Using vinegar and water in a 25% solution, soak a soft cloth and wrap this around the offending area, leave for a couple of hours then remove it and you should see the lime-scale dissolved away.
Disclaimer: Whilst all of these methods are known to work, if in doubt, please check with the fitting manufacturer before trying them.
In past days, showers were not considered a necessity in the UK. Virtually everybody had a bath but few had showers. Things have changed however; most people are keen to have a shower facility in the bathroom these days, and there is a huge choice available.
If you have sufficient space, a walk in shower is a great option to choose, it looks great and is really accessible. Walk in showers commonly have glass doors, although you can use a shower curtain, but some people are opting for a fully tiled dividing wall. A dividing wall can even be built with a curve for a really cool look.
With a walk in shower, you could also consider including fitted seating. It’s ideal for disabled use, but it also provides somewhere to sit and drench yourself.
This is really a variation on a walk-in shower. If space is tight, fitting a shower in to a corner can be a great option
This is probably the most common choice as it requires no additional space and will usually be the cheapest option. They are a good all-round choice, and great for kids bath/shower time. You’ll have the choice of a glass screen or a shower curtain, with a glass screen probably being the best choice as curtains will tend to get mouldy in a shower and require regular cleaning.
This is a trickier one, obviously you can elect to place the bath against a wall, and use a screen or curtain as normal, however, this is losing much of the benefit and purpose of a free standing bath.
If you want your bath away from the wall and do not want a separate shower, you will probably need a hand held shower unit and a wrap around curtain suspended from the ceiling
A bath/shower combination is not normally a good choice if accessibility is a consideration. That being said, it is possible to fit a specialist bath with a side access door to enable the user to walk-in to the bath
Walk in showers are clearly a better choice for this use, and you should consider a seating facility (as mentioned earlier) and some grab handles to aid the user
In recent years, there has been a steady rise in customers choosing the "Industrial Aesthetic" for their new bathrooms resulting in a more utilitarian look.
It's now quite common for people to specify design elements that reference the heavy duty look of Industrial design. Common features these days include the "metro" style tile with its bevelled edges and so called becasue it was historically a staple of tiling in prisons, hospitals and Undergound (or metro) stations. This tile is generally chosen in solid colours, partcularly black or white.
Lighting is often of a bulkhead or pendant variety, typical in offices and factories - tough and heavy duty. Surfaces include marble, ceramics and even concrete, with polished or natural finish; the latter often being chosen to finish worktops and walls. For flooring, that old favourite of stripped floorboards also fits in well
Bathroom taps and shower controls are regularly subject to the industrial design aesthetic also, with heavy duty levers and handles adding a rugged no-nonsense look and feel that is built to last
For the inhabitants of Delhi (and there are 27 million of them), finding a public toilet in acceptable condition proves very difficult indeed
Well, it seems that Google is coming to the aid of local residents. Working with India's Ministry of Urban Development, they are developing a Toilet Locator app. Using your GPS position, they will be able to point users to the nearest available toilet rated as accessible and hygenic. On arrival, if the loo doesn't meet expectations, the visitor will be able to leave feedback to assist other serachers. Don't know if it will be launched in the UK, but for sure, it would be useful in some of our larger cities.
If you have around £5 million available and fancy a warm climate, you can bag yourself an apartment in the UAE. Finished in Italian crystalised marble with Swedish timber floors floors, the bathroom is pretty special.
Frankly, you could spend the whole evening in the loo just looking out over the Dubai skyline
Image courtesy gulfnews.com