Hard Water Bathroom Cleaning

Avoiding Hard Water Stains in Your Bathroom

How to stop hard water from spoiling your bathroom

Bespoke Bathroom Solutions, as you may already know, covers both the South Yorkshire and Derbyshire boundaries. This is where most of our clientele hail from, an area stretching from Swadlincote to Silkstone; or Glossop to Bolsover. If you travel between Yorkshire and Derbyshire, you will notice some difference in your water. In Slaithwaite for example, the water is softer than in Chesterfield. Hard water is characterised by its difference in taste and the residue it leaves in your bathroom.

Hard water seeps into underground springs, after permeating the rocks. On reaching your water supply, its limestone particles become limescale whilst warmed up. This leads to the furring of your kettle, and a residue around your plugholes. Soft water stays on the surface, as it is unable to penetrate the rocks, particularly on granite. Some people might ask ‘can you change your water supplier?‘ and the answer is yes, if you feel like the quality of your water isn’t good enough. But you may want to find other ways of preventing hard water from creating limescale.

In our area, most of Derbyshire has hard water, whereas South Yorkshire veers from having moderately hard to very hard water. Geology determines how hard our water is; in Derbyshire, it is the limestone of the White Peak which plays a great part. It is harder still as we get to Doncaster and other more easterly parts of Yorkshire.

In your bathroom, hard water can leave limescale film around your sink, shower, or bath plughole. It can leave a brown ring around your cistern. To wipe away the brown ring, a couple of dental tablets and a going over with the toilet brush helps. Equal parts of water and white vinegar is good for cleaning sinks, bath tubs, and shower tubs.

If you opted to clean your bath with neat white vinegar (or the part water/part vinegar solution), please be careful and clean around the affected area. Especially as too much of its use would strip the enamel off your bath. To be on the safe side, buy a limescale removal product. Compare similar products on the market or ask your friends, neighbours or family for recommendations.

Bathroom cleaning image by Tolikoff Photography (via Shutterstock).

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Why Taking Your Tablet to the Toilet Has 99.9% of All Known Germs

Believe it or not, taking your smartphone or tablet to the toilet means more germs on your digital device than the toilet seat

At some point in the day, we are guilty as charged in terms of taking our digital devices to the bathroom. In the same way we used to take a book or magazine to the lavatory, we do the same with our iPads, iPhones or whatever device we have to hand. Next time, before you do, consider this thought. Taking your digital device to the toilet means more germs on your tablet or ‘phone than the toilet seat.

That is definite. Scientific proof. In 2011, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine cited that one in six handsets had a trace of faecal matter. Poop. Detritus. Excreta. Or any other word, less eloquent than the last two that we shan’t mention.So, next time you are talking to your loved one on the ‘phone, give the handset a clean.

Oh, and try not to take it to the toilet. Unless you have the right kind of wipes. Why does this matter? Your smartphone, and possibly your digital tablet, has ten times more germs than the toilet seat. If Domestos kills 99% of all known germs, does your iPad have 90% of the 1% of germs that the bleach cannot shift?

As for wet wipes, a pack of baby wipes are the wrong kind of wipes for your devices. A pack of antibacterial wipes. You should be able to get a pack for less than a pint of real ale. A set of computer screen wipes should also do the trick. If you can get a portable pack for your backpack or handbag, it is a small price to pay for a clean handset. Whether you take your smartphone to the toilet or otherwise.

Terrible Toilet Design

Terrible Toilet Design

In this post, we look at how not to lay out a lavatory. In other words, some of the elementary errors in toilet design. For example:

  • Toilets that are positioned too close together;
  • Lavatories lacking in privacy;
  • A urinal with its own door;
  • A loo with a washing machine above the cistern;
  • Two toilets positioned for conversational purposes;
  • A conference room inside a lavatory.

Each of these poorly positioned toilets have been the subject of a Reddit post, shared on the Daily Mail Online website. If you thought the article wasn’t enough, here’s a YouTube clip featuring some hilarious toilet design fails. Fifty of them. Some of which have appeared on the Daily Mail Online article but it’s a good laugh nonetheless.

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Do I Need a Bidet?

Could a bidet be a useful addition to your bathroom?

Let’s get to the bottom of this: do you need to a find an easier way of cleaning your nether regions? A bidet might be a better alternative to a stand up wash, or cleaning your crotch in the shower. Throughout the UK, from Sheffield to Swaffham, there are probably fewer bidets than flat screen television sets. In fact, they are less popular in northern parts of Europe, than in southern parts of our subcontinent. If you go to Italy, a bidet has been compulsory in all bathrooms since 1975.

Its popularity in some parts of Europe has made the bidet the butt of all jokes. There are proven health benefits and environmental benefits to using one. Firstly, if you have haemorrhoids (sorry folks, too much information there), they are less harsh on your posterior than paper. Secondly, you use fewer sheets of toilet paper (though bidets are not a substitute for toilet tissue). Thirdly, because you are using fewer sheets of toilet tissue, your lavatory isn’t blocked up as often.

In today’s more hygiene conscious times, they are becoming more fashionable. Who knows? Any reluctant Brits washing their bits might consider having one in their bathroom. Sometimes, you don’t even need to have a separate bidet. You can even get an add on for your toilet seat. Some of which are electronic bidets with remote controls. If space is at a premium, consider this approach.

Alternatively, you could go for a bidet shower head. These sit next to a regular toilet, turning your toilet into a bidet for part of the time. This option is good if you’re only the sole occupant or part of a couple living together.

We at Bespoke Bathroom Solutions are willing to answer your queries. If you would like more information or a free no-obligation quote, call us on 0114 258 6372, or send us an email to sales@bespokebathroomsolutions.co.uk. We will be happy to hear from you.