How to choose a bath

The first thing to consider when buying a bath is what space you are working with in your bathroom. Most bathroom imagery is pretty inspirational and when customers try to recreate ‘the look’ at home they struggle for space.

If you are trying to maximise space in a smaller bathroom then a corner bath, shower bath or small freestanding bath can help increase the floor space.

The budget is also going to play a major factor when choosing a bath, the majority of Bathrooms of Kents baths are UK manufactured and all our baths meet the relevant UK standards.

A bath and bathroom is a major investment and can also drastically increase the value of your house so it’s worth investing in a good quality bath with UK guarantee. Our baths start from just over £100 with the average model costing around £200-300.

Over the past 10 years bath design has really moved on with hundreds of designs now available. The best selling designs are as follows:

Single ended straight baths – This is where the bath taps are mounted at the narrow end of a rectangular bath tub. Straight baths range in size from 1200x700mm to 1800x700mm and are available in steel or acrylic. Straight baths are usually used in smaller bathrooms and often have an additional straight bath screen with over head shower.

Double ended straight baths – Very similar to a straight bath the double ended bath will have the taps mounted on the long side with the ends left untouched. Double ended baths are generally larger than single ended baths are usually larger with our best selling sizes being 1800x800mm and 1900x900mm.

P shape and L shape shower baths – To utilize space P and L shape baths where created to provide a dedicated bathing space at the end of a bath. These are now very popular in the UK and make up almost 50% of our bath sales. The baths are usually bought in pack from whereby you get a bath, front panel and bath screen. The baths come in a number of lengths and widths making them very adaptable for most projects.

Corner and offset corner baths – In a small room sometimes you just don’t have enough room to fit a straight bath, much like an offset quadrant cubicle the corner bath will allow you to make the most of your space by providing a small yet stylish bathing space.

Freestanding Baths – Sales have surged of freestanding baths in the UK with 1 in 20 bath sales now being freestanding. We offer a full range for traditional roll top with chrome feet to the ultra modern floor mounted minimalist designs. Prices have fallen dramatically over the past 3-4 years with freestanding baths being available from around £300 with the majority for sale at around £500+.

Practicality is a big point to consider, how often will you use the bath? Do you have kids? Is it suitable for them? Most baths are pretty simple to use but some now feature built in taps, overflow fillers and whirlpool systems. 

Baths come in a variety of materials, at Bathrooms of Kent we ensure all our materials are top quality. Acrylic is our most popular options, it’s warm to touch, allows the bath to be formed in detailed designs and fully reinforced to provide excellent durability and longevity.

So contact us today to arrange a quote.

It’s time to move home…

If you’re looking to sell your home and move onto pastures new then you might think that doing up the bathroom is a waste of time because you won’t be there long to benefit from it.

But think about it, when you look around a house to buy the bathroom is a big factor and can often be a big selling point. An older, dated or dirty bathroom would almost certainly lower the asking price or put people off.

Make the decision to maximize the number of offers you get on your home by having a freshly cut lawn, some bread in the oven, and a really lovely fresh bathroom! So contact Bathrooms of Kent today for more info.

Bathrooms of Kent – design, provide and install.

With over 11 years’ experience in designing and fitting stylish, functional and elegant bathrooms in rooms of all shapes and sizes around Kent, we will make it easy for you to have the bathroom of your dreams too. Need bathroom tiling? Or, a new shower? Talk to the specialists here at Bathrooms of Kent as we will provide you with the bathroom design and installation services you require.

Bathrooms of Kent – fitting and supplying luxury bathrooms across Kent

Bathrooms of Kent supply homeowners from across Kent and the South East with market-leading and affordable bathroom suites that are individually tailored around their needs, tastes and styles.

For more information on having your gleaming new bathroom, wet room or shower room designed and installed, speak to us as we will ensure you receive the professional and quality products you deserve.

Contact us via our ‘Contact us’ page today.

My Tap Is Broken!

A leaking tap – it seems like a nightmare scenario. You go to turn on your bathroom tap to brush your teeth, cleanse your face or pour yourself a glass of water and the tap jars won’t turn off. This problem can occur with all manner of tap types throughout the home. You look at all of the wasted water just running away from you, and don’t know what to do. After all, where do you start when the tap just isn’t responding? You can always contact Bathrooms of Kent to help solve your problem! Our experienced engineers are fantastic problem solvers that make sure the job is done to the highest of standards, every time!

My Radiator Won’t Heat Up!

We are in the midst of an English winter so a radiator that won’t heat up is really no good at all. After all, we’re known for our chilly winters that motivate us to stay inside where it’s warm and cosy. When that’s not possible, things can turn unpleasant in the home, and certain people with health issues or the elderly can be put at risk. So, if you are having problems with your radiators in the bathroom or around your home then please contact Bathrooms of Kent via our ‘Contact us’ page.

The Perfect Wet Room

Why Are Wet Rooms So Popular?

Wet rooms are popular for a variety of different reasons, one of the main ones being they can save you space if you only have a small bathroom. They also create a lovely open-air feeling and can make your bathroom look a lot more spacious.

Another positive of wet rooms is that they are particularly good for people who have issues with mobility as it involves no climbing into the bath or shower cubicle you simply just walk in.

On top of that they are also stylish and modern as well as being easier to clean as you don’t necessarily need a shower screen, and certainly no shower trays.

Getting A Wet Room Installed

Here at Bathrooms of Kent our team of certified plumbers are specialist trained to ensure that your bathroom is waterproofed appropriately and the drainage system set up properly so that you get the most out of your new bathroom. Bathrooms of Kent offer a professional plumbing service at a great rate, to get a quote simply send us an email via our ‘Contact us’ page.

Invite CHANGE to your bathroom

We all love a change once in a while. Perhaps you’re not happy with your current bathroom’s look. Some decide that their bathroom doesn’t fit the current colour scheme or style of the rest of the house and often this becomes a significant ‘eye-sore’. A redesign can ensure that your bathroom becomes a area in your house where you can relax, efficiently use and clean with ease.

As a growing business with over 35 years combined experience in successfully designing and supplying bathrooms to clients across Kent and surrounding areas, Bathrooms of Kent have a team of design consultants on hand to discuss your requirements.

Contact us today via our ‘Contact us’ page more more info.

Top tips to keep your bathroom looking new after instillation

A clean bathroom environment is one we all desire. But keeping on top of a dirt, mould and rust prone room can be quite tricky. It’s important to look after your bathroom though, as over time, lack of care and attention can cause permanent damage to your beloved luxury bathroom suit. Thankfully, you don’t need to spend fortunes on cleaning products, and most things you have in the house, such as vinegar, are perfect for getting your bathroom sparkly and dirt free.

How to Clean a Bathroom: Top Tips

1. Remove mould

Remove mouldy grouting or sealant with a toothbrush dipped in a solution of one part bleach to four parts water.

2. Easily Remove limescale 

Keep on top and get rid of dried deposits around chrome taps by soaking a cloth or a kitchen towel with white vinegar and wrap it tightly around the tap. Leave overnight and rinse thoroughly with warm soapy water in the morning. If there are any stubborn deposits, gently remove them with a toothbrush.

3. Keep taps shiny and sparkly

Brass fixtures can soon look tarnished so clean by making a paste of bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. Lightly scrub the fixtures, leave for a few minutes and then buff with a clean cloth. This should give a result of new looking taps.

4. Clean marks and prints from mirrors

Remove caked on hairspray from mirrors by wiping with a little surgical spirit on a soft cloth. This will enhance the gleam of your mirror and reflect more light around the room, giving the room a deeper feel.

5. Remove stains from the toilet seat

To remove stubborn rings around toilet bowls, use a pumice stone. Keeping the stone wet, rub until the ring has gone. Don’t try this on enamel or plastic fittings.

6. Descale shower heads

Descale shower heads monthly in hard water areas, such as Kent, where they can easily clog up. Soak overnight in a solution of half white vinegar and half water and then rinse.

7. Clean Your Toothbrush  

Your toothbrush picks up MILLIONS of germs and bacteria, even after just 1 use. So you can imagine how dirty it actually is when it’s been sat on your bathroom shelf for a few weeks. To clean it, and kill all bacteria, soak it in several tablespoons of white vinegar and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Rinse, and use as normal. We recommend doing this every other week. Another solution is get buy a pack of cheap toothbrushes, use once then dispose in to recycling.

8. Unblock Your Sink Without Bleach

Using just vinegar and baking soda, you may unblock your sink. If this doesn’t work then contact us for advise or to arrange a Bathrooms of Kent member of staff to visit.

We hope these tips have enlightened you, and given you some hope when it comes to cleaning your bathroom. In this next part we aim to give you a guide for how to clean a bathroom successfully.

How to Clean a Bathroom: Step by Step Guide

The Magic Ingredients!

You may have heard them banded about as the magic ingredients of any kind of cleaning, whether it is in the kitchen, the lounge or the bathroom. The multi-purpose ingredients that will help a bathroom get back to its sparkling original state are white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. These ingredients will accomplish whatever those supermarket cleaning products profess to achieve, and at much cheaper prices. Say goodbye to ingredients you cannot pronounce and chemical-smelling cleaning products, and embrace a more natural and wholesome approach to bathroom cleaning.

A Natural Approach to Cleaning your Bathroom:

Begin with the Bathroom Suite

The toilet is often the first place you want to start when cleaning a bathroom, for obvious reasons. It’s also everyone’s least favourite spot to clean, so get it out of the way first! Prepare your ingredients for the task at hand; grab half a cup of the white vinegar or lemon and mix it with one spoon of baking sofa, before pouring it into the toilet bowl. The vinegar and the lemon are both acidic and will both cause a particular reaction when mixed with the baking sofa; this will help to remove any stains or marks that have accumulated within the bowl. Both work as well as each other, but the advantage of using lemon for the task is the fresh scent it leaves behind.

The mixture works far more effectively than bleach or any other cleaner, which simply sits there until it is washed away. Pull on your rubber gloves and scrub away at any of the more stubborn stains, and make sure to pay close attention to the outside of the bowl, the area under the toilet seat, and the hinges where dust and dirt can gather. The same technique can be used to get limescale and other dirt off bath tubs and basins.

Glass Areas

Next, move onto any glass in the room. Shower enclosures and mirrors are omnipresent in many bathrooms nowadays, and they are notorious for acquiring streaks and marks easily. Using basic warm water and a lint-free cloth (the lint-free aspect is important; have you ever tried wiping over a mirror with a tissue or a towel only to find tiny particles cling to the glass?) you ‘can remove everyday stains that appear. The hardier stains will require a little more effort; combine white vinegar or lemon with some water in a spray bottle and wipe free using the same lint-free cloth.

Using different combinations of water and natural acids such as lemon juice, almost any area in the bathroom can be cleaned, from the bathroom floor to the taps, and from the drains to the toilet lid. Forget buying expensive supermarket cleaners; the answer lies in your kitchen cupboard!

If you have any tips of your own we’d love to know them, so head on over to our Facebook and Instagram pages for a chat @BathroomsofKent.

A new bathroom can INCREASE the value of your property

If you’re from Kent and considering selling your existing home or looking to invest in revitalising the bathroom in a property you’re looking to put on the market, remodelling your bathroom is definitely going to increase the overall value.

Potential buyers place great importance on a remodeled bathroom and they tend to sell more quickly than houses with an older, outdated bathroom. In their perspective – it ensures they have a modern and new bathroom that they can enjoy the moment they move in.

The bathroom is one of the key areas of the home that help buyers make an informative decision. You should ensure your bathroom is not outdated, out of fashion or has old plumbing systems that may put potential buyers off. If you’re from Kent and interested in having a new bathroom fitted then please contact us via our ‘Contact us’ page.