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Hello, as we have been in the bathroom industry for over 100 years between us,

we use this area to pass on advice on problems and new products which might help those problems.


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Semi pedestals in a bathroom......what are they for?

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Bathroom Semi Pedestals are purley decorative. They do not support the weight of the basin which is hung directly on the wall.

They are there to hide all the pipes and bottle traps on the underneath of a basin.

I prefer them to normal pedestals as they are easier to clean the floor underneath them.

PLEASE NOTE: they tend only to be for a specific basin so are not generic, so please make sure you buy the one that is meant for the basin you have.

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Armera new displaying showroom in South London

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Hello, we are delighted to welcome the Armera brand to our South West London Bathroom Showroom

This is a displaying showroom  exclusive product which means you cannot buy it online i`m afraid.

This great bathroom brand who have been around for over 20 years make all sorts of bathroom products.

Such as basin units and toilets but we really like the slim shower valves as seen below.

why not give our showroom a call on 020 0870 0066 (option 1)

 

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Mist Spray Shower head for a really hot day

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On a roasting hot day like today you don`t really want a normal shower (well i don`t)

If i had my way i would just walk into a gentle cooling mist.

This can be done and it doesnt have to cost a lot (less than £300)

Just mount the shower head below into the ceiling of your bathroom with a 2 funtion valve to operate it.

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Bathroom Signs?

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We Sell signs for bathrooms and toilets on this site, but i kind of don`t get it.

The signs themselves are a lovely quality from a decent manufacturer.

I totally get why you would have a sign for the toilet but am struggling to 

think where you would have a bathroom sign in a normal house.

i know, i know, the bathroom you say but have you ever seen one on the door of a bathroom.

And in public places it is just signed as the toilet.

 

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Hix Matt Black the bathroom tap with a swagger

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I saw this Hix Matt Black tap by JTP in our showroom the other day.

I was struck by how noncalant it looked. Most taps look awkward when the lever is to one side,

but this tap looked like "yeah this is the way i roll" and over the years i have seen thousands of taps in the shops i have worked at.

It just stopped me in my tracks and i kinda liked that, so i took a photo (i am a sad, sad man).

 

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What is a bathroom washstand?

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A basin washstand in a bathroom is normally a metal stand that the basin looks like it rests on.

Sometimes the basin does rely on the washstand for suppory but not always as sometimes the stand is just decorative.

The cheaper ones are normally decorative only, so please be aware when buying them,

Often the basins will be attached to the wall with Fischer bolts to take most of the weight as basins tend to be very heavy.

Washstands are often in a traditional English style but there are some modern ones around on the market..

I have mixed feelings about them in that they certainly look much better than a pedestal basin in some settings.

However like pedestal basins they lack storage and unless you have this elsewhere in the room then this can be an issue.

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What is a integrated wall outlet in a bathroom?

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Oh the bathroom industry loves a new name, now these integrated wall outlets are sometimes call shower kits.

These kits will use one outlet from your shawer valve with the mixed water from the valve coming out of the handset.

Basically they are a much neater way of having a showering option for a shower valve rather than a bulky slide rail kit.

The advantage are that they look really neat and suit many a modern design.

The disadvange is that they have to sited well, as the height of the shower handset cannot be changed.

So not ideal if used by people of vastly different heights.

 

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Cheap waterfall taps....are they any good

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Well my friend has a very small bathroom and bourght a very very cheap waterfall basin mixer tap (see below in the picture).

A year later and it is still working fine. You have to be careful when using it as it will wet your trousers if you turn it full on,

but it is on a very small basin unit to be fair.

The simple answer to wether to buy one of these is that if someone good installs it and if your willing to clean it very frequently,

and if the users know its fault then you can get away with it for sure.

Personally for me, the constant cleaning of it would drive me mad, but all waterfall style basin mixer taps need to be cleaned more often than normal taps.

Perhaps i have become a bathroom snob? and she has proved me wrong so far and i am happy to admit defeat (for now) on this issue.

 

 

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Are acrylic shower baths a good idea?

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Well shower bats that are made from acylic sure look pretty, but are they any good?

Personally i like a good thick super steel bath to shower in but acylic ones like the one below can work.

There are two really important things to make sure it works well.

Firstly don`t buy the cheapest you can get as these are normal wafer thin and rubbish with no guarantee.

Secondly get a really good fitter who will baton it to the wall and make a reinforcing cradle for it.

If you do both of these thigs you will end up with a bath that is warm to get into, stable to stand in, 

and most importantly has that room that you need to shower in.

 

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Knurled head on a shower valve...what`s that all about?

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I love these i have to say. A lot of the better bathroom manufacturers do them now.

Cheaper shower valves are all in one kits that wont allow for different heads.

As thats what these are basically, these knurled handles are options for existing shower valves.

But are sold as different codes to make it easier foor you.

They are more expensive of course but for the extra £20 or £30 they are well worth it.

Of course that is only my opinion but they not only look good they are better to handle when wet 

with water and shower gel.

 

 

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