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  1. Decorate your Bathroom this Christmas

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    Are you looking for a fun way to get into the festive holiday spirit without making too much effort? Why not try decorating your bathroom this Christmas? It’s a small but meaningful project that will brighten your space and make it feel extra special. From festive shower curtains featuring Santa, snowflakes and more to garlands of brightly coloured tinsel – there are plenty of ways you can bring the warmth of Christmas cheer into your home through this small act. Whether you have an ensuite or family bathroom, join us at Showers to You as we explore some easy yet exciting decoration ideas. Christmas Bathroom

    Christmas Lights – Brighten up your bathroom with colourful lights.

    Who says Christmas lights are only for your tree? Let’s take a break from the traditional holiday décor and brighten your bathroom with colourful lights! There are many ways to incorporate them into your bathroom décor, from lining the Bathroom Mirror to wrapping them around the Towel Rack. Not only will it add some much-needed cheer to your morning shower routine, but it will also create a relaxing atmosphere for those much-deserved bubble baths. Plus, with so many options and colours, you’ll be able to find the perfect lights to suit your taste and style. So go ahead and get creative with your Christmas lights this year and give your bathroom the festive touch it deserves!

    Holiday-Inspired Art – Add a touch of festivity to your walls with art pieces featuring Christmas imagery.

    The holiday season is finally here. What better way to spread the cheer than adding festive art pieces to your walls? Whether you’re a fan of classic Christmas imagery, like red-nosed reindeer and snow-covered trees, or prefer a more modern and abstract take on the holidays, there will surely be plenty of options. Think vibrant colours, playful patterns, and whimsical designs that capture the wonder and magic of the season. Plus, bonus points for incorporating art that you can display all year round, not just during the Christmas holidays. You can even rest the art on your Bathroom Shelves for a temporary solution. Decorating with holiday-inspired art is an easy and affordable way to elevate your home décor and spread joy throughout your space.

    Festive Candles – Fill your bathroom with the warm smell of the holidays with scented candles in festive colours and designs.

    The holiday season is upon us. What better way to embrace the festivities than by filling your bathroom with the inviting scent of festive candles? From cinnamon and spice to sweet vanilla, there is a wide variety of scents to choose from that will get you in the holiday spirit. The candles come in various vibrant colours and festive designs, making them perfect for adding some holiday cheer to your bathroom décor. So go ahead and light up a candle while you take a relaxing bath or refreshing shower – you won’t regret it! Why not check out our Autumn Fragrance Tips for Your Bathroom Blog Post for alternate ideas?Christmas Bathroom (2)

    Bathroom Plants – Give your bathroom a unique pop by adding some potted plants, herbs, or succulents themed in a wintery way.

    If you’re looking for a way to liven up your bathroom, why not add some plants? Not only do they add some much-needed life to the room, but they can also purify the air and make your space feel more welcoming. For a wintery twist, consider choosing plants like Christmas cacti, poinsettias or cyclamen to add a pop of holiday cheer. Or opt for some succulents or herbs that can thrive in the bathroom’s humid environment. Whatever you choose, adding some greenery to your bathroom can help create a relaxing and tranquil space for you to unwind in after a long day.

    DIY Decorations – Get creative by making your decorations using paper, fabric, and other materials.

    Do you want the same old decorations in your home? Are you looking to add a personal touch to your space? Look no further! DIY decorations are the perfect solution. You can create unique and captivating decorations that reflect your style using simple materials like paper, fabric, and other odds and ends. Plus, making your decorations is fun and satisfying. Whether you’re looking to spruce up a room for a special occasion or add flair to your home, DIY decorations are the way to go. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative and let your imagination run wild!

    Christmas Towels

     

    Towels and Rugs: Use towels or rugs in seasonal colours to give the space a cosy feeling.

    Picture stepping out of a warm, inviting shower onto a cool, tiled floor. It could sound more inviting, couldn’t it? That’s where towels and rugs come in. Transitioning from function to aesthetics, these items not only serve a practical purpose but also enhance your bathroom’s cosy ambiance. You can create a warm and inviting atmosphere by incorporating towels or rugs in seasonal colours. Imagine sinking your toes into a plush, soft rug that complements the wintery colours outside—or wrapping yourself up in a soft, fluffy towel in a calming winter hue from the Towel Ring. The small details can make all the difference in transforming your bathroom into your oasis.

    From planting an evergreen tree or herb in the corner to changing out your towels and rugs in seasonal colours to filling the room with candles and Christmas lights, this holiday season, you can make your bathroom a top-notch wintery spot. Remember to bring in some holiday-inspired art or get creative with DIY decorations! Whatever you choose, make your bathroom look and feel just as cosy as comfortable. Your loved ones will appreciate it when they come over for the most wonderful time of the year. So please take a few minutes to spruce up your bathroom and enjoy its festive transformation! Showers to You wishes you merry days full of merriment! Merry Christmas from everyone at Showers to You!

    Get in touch with Showers to You today. Contact us via email at info@showerstoyou.co.uk, call us on 01472 242159, or get in touch through our online contact form.

  2. How to Change a Radiator Valve

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    That time of year has come again. The darker nights are quickly closing in, the temperature outside is slowly dropping, and you have decided to turn on the radiators in your home. Have you debated whether to replace or update your radiator valve?

    You may ask, “Why should I change my radiator valve“? There are several reasons why you might consider changing your radiator valve. The first and most obvious reason is if the valve is broken or faulty, as this can hinder your ability to effectively control the heating in your home. Another reason to change your radiator valve is for efficiency. Over time, valves can become worn or damaged, and replacing them can improve the overall performance of your heating system. Lastly, aesthetics can be a compelling reason to change your radiator valve. If your current valve doesn’t match your home’s colour scheme or style, replacing it with one that does can enhance the overall look of your space.

    This blog post will expertly guide you through efficiently removing and installing a new radiator valve. Unless you are confident about more advanced DIY jobs, we recommend hiring an experienced trade professional to deal with plumbing issues within your home. We also have a dedicated guide on how to install a radiator.

    When should I change my radiator valves?

    Changing radiator valves is not a frequent requirement. Still, there are certain circumstances when it becomes necessary for the efficient functioning of your heating system. A malfunctioning valve can hinder your ability to control your home’s heating effectively. Another situation where changing your radiator valve might be needed is upgrading to a new thermostatic radiator valve (TRV). Radiator Valve (1)

    What is a Thermostatic Radiator Valve?

    A Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV) is a specialised valve that adjusts the flow of hot water to a radiator based on the surrounding room temperature. This self-regulating mechanism ensures that your living spaces maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature. When the room temperature drops below the set level on the valve, it opens to allow more hot water into the radiator, increasing the heat output. 

    Conversely, when the room reaches the desired temperature, the valve automatically reduces the flow of hot water, maintaining the optimum temperature and conserving energy. This energy-saving feature enhances your comfort and contributes to reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your heating bills.

    Can you change a radiator valve without draining the system?

    Yes, changing a radiator valve without draining the entire system is possible. This method can save you time and hassle, making the process less tedious (more on this shortly). If not done correctly, there’s a risk of causing damage to your heating system. Therefore, if you’re uncomfortable undertaking such tasks, seeking professional help is always advisable.

    Are radiator valves interchangeable?

    Most radiator valves are interchangeable. The standard size in the UK is 15mm. However, alternate sizes are available (8mm, 10mm and 22mm). There is only sometimes interchangeability between different brands or models unless by sheer chance. Furthermore, whilst all Thermostatic Radiator Valves may have a standard thread size, they are calibrated differently, requiring you to match the manufacturer/model.

    How to change radiator valves without draining the system?

    You will need (for both options):

    Towel/ Old Cloth

    An old container or a bucket

    Adjustable spanner

    Radiator bleed key or a flat-top screwdriver

    Jointing compound

    Pliers

    Radiator Drain Hose/ Dedicated Draining Kit

    Please note that this is a general how-to guide. Although we have tried to make this guide universal, your radiator valve set-up may differ. We always suggest consulting a trade professional before undertaking a plumbing task.

    Step One: Turn off the valves

    Turn off the radiator drain valve to stop the water flow to the radiator. Alternatively, if the radiator has a lock shield, use the adjustable spanner to turn it off.

    Step Two: Release the pressure

    Slowly release the pressure from the radiator using a flat-top screwdriver or a bleed key. Some water may start to leak from the valve (see our guide on how to bleed a radiator), so use the old towel or cloth to prevent the water from spilling onto the floor. Once the hissing noise has stopped, close the valve and tighten it back to the original position.Valve (2)

    Step Three: Loosen the valves

    Using the spanner, carefully undo the large-cap nuts until you hear them clock. Some excess water may spill from the valves, so have your towel ready. After draining the water from the valves, grab a spanner or pliers. With these tools, unscrew the nuts and extract the valve from the radiator.

    Step Four: Install the new valve

    Whether the valve is manual or thermostatic, align the body with the radiator valve adapter and tighten the cap nut. Be careful not to tighten it too much, or the thread is at risk of getting damaged! Using some form of jointing compound ensures a watertight seal.

    Step Five: Final checks

    Please make sure the valves are tight and ensure they are all closed. Turn the system back on and watch for leaks within the new joints. Once you’re happy with this, open the new radiator valve so the water can flow into the radiator. Bleed the radiator again to remove any trapped air (it is also worth bleeding any radiator near the new radiator valve).

    How to change radiator valves by draining the system?

    Step One: Turn off the heating system: The first step in changing your radiator valves is to turn off your heating system. This will prevent hot water from circulating and potentially causing injury.

    Step Two: Drain the system: Next, you’ll need to drain the system. This can typically be done by locating the drain valve on your central heating system and attaching a hose to it or with a Radiator Drain Hose Kit. The other end of the hose should be placed somewhere where the water can safely drain away, such as outside or into a bucket.

    Step Three: Remove the old valve: Once the system has been drained, you can remove the old valve. Typically, you loosen the cap nuts connecting the valve to both the radiator and pipe.

    Step Four: Install the new valve: After removing the old valve, you can install the new one. Make sure to tighten the cap nuts securely to prevent any leaks.

    Step Five: Refill the system: Once the new valve is installed, you can refill the system. This is typically done by closing the drain valve and opening the filling loop on your boiler.

    Step Six: Bleed the radiators: Finally, you’ll need to bleed the radiators to remove any air that may have gotten into the system during the process.Valve (3)

    Why should I shop for radiator valves at ShowerstoYou?

    ShowerstoYou, a trusted online bathroom supplier in the UK, has provided customers with an impressive range of Radiators, Heated Towel Rails, and Radiator valves for over four decades. With our extensive experience and deep understanding of bathroom and shower supplies, we have built a team of knowledgeable professionals who are always ready to assist you with your needs.

    If you have any questions, need guidance, or wish to place an order, our customer service team is readily available to assist you. You can contact us via email at info@showerstoyou.co.uk, call us on 01472 242159, or get in touch through our online contact form. We look forward to helping you find the perfect radiator valve.

    Still have more questions on valves? Why not check out our Radiator Valves FAQs for the most commonly asked questions answered?

  3. How to Replace a Shower Head

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    Switching out your shower head is one of the most direct and manageable DIY tasks for homeowners. Whether you’re aiming to refresh your bathroom with a new look or need to replace a faulty unit, this process is as straightforward as it gets. Installing a new showerhead or handset can significantly boost the functionality of your bathroom while also elevating its visual appeal. In this detailed and informative blog post, we at Showers to You will guide you through each step of replacing your shower head swiftly and efficiently.Shower Head (3)

    What tools do I need to replace a shower head?

    If you are replacing a Fixed Shower Head, chances are no tools are required! However, if you are replacing an older model or handset, we suggest having the following at the ready:

    – Adjustable wrench

    – Slip-joint pliers

    – Old cloth

    – Teflon tape

    Can I replace a showerhead myself?

    Indeed, changing a shower head is a task that you can easily perform yourself. It’s a straightforward process that requires only a few basic tools and steps.

    Step One: Ensure the Shower is Off 

    This is an essential step that might appear fundamental or even self-evident. Still, it carries immense importance in the overall process. Turning off the shower is not just a matter of convenience but also a vital safety measure. It serves to prevent any unnecessary water leakage during the replacement process. This step safeguards against potential water wastage and protects you and your bathroom surroundings from possible water damage.

    Step Two: Remove the Old Shower Head

    Using adjustable pliers, loosen the nut connecting the shower head to the arm. Once you’ve loosened it, use your hands to unscrew the head in an anticlockwise position. Use a wrench to remove it if it’s too tight to move with your hands alone. Set it aside.

    Some shower heads will not require any tools to replace them. Once removed from the handset holder, some can be easily unscrewed with an anticlockwise position. However, ensure the washer remains inside the shower arm or hose.

    Teflon Tape ImageStep Three: Add Teflon Tape

    Wrap Teflon tape around the threading of the shower arm. This tape will help prevent leaks and ensure your new shower head is tightly connected. Ensure that you cover the threading but do not overdo it, as it can cause the head not to screw in fully.

    Step Four: Install New Shower Head

    Take your new shower head and screw it onto the shower arm in a clockwise direction. Tighten it with your hands, then use adjustable pliers to secure it, ensuring it’s not too tight. Turn on your water supply and test your new shower head. If there are leaks, tighten the nut slightly with the pliers. Wipe down the new head and the old shower hose or arm using the cloth for a sparkling finish.

    Shower Head Installation FAQ

    Do you need to turn the water off to replace a shower head?

    No, turning off the water supply when replacing a shower head is unnecessary. Your home’s plumbing system is designed to keep the water from flowing until the shower valve is turned on. So, as long as the shower valve remains in the ‘off’ position, you can replace the shower head without worrying about water flow. However, be careful not to accidentally activate the shower valve.Shower Head (2)

    Are all showerheads the same size?

    Shower heads come in varying sizes and designs. Still, the connection size between the shower head and arm is typically standardised globally, including in the UK. The standard thread size for these connections is 1/2-inch BSP (British Standard Pipe). This means that most shower heads should fit onto any standard shower arm with a 1/2-inch outer diameter and male threads.

    However, while the connections are usually standardised, the shower heads’ length, width, and overall design can vary significantly. They can range from small, fixed models to larger rainfall or handheld types. For example, the Roper Rhodes Square Single Function Handset has a length of 235mm, and the Nuie Round Pencil Chrome Shower Handset size is 195mm.

    How much do showerheads cost?

    Shower heads come in a wide range of prices, depending on factors such as design, brand, features, and materials used. The cheapest on Showers to You is the Bristan Single Function Rub Clean Handset, at only £10.44. Meanwhile, the Aqualisa 200mm Wall Fixed Traditional Shower Head in Gold is the most expensive at nearly £420.

    Shower Head ImageHow do I clean my new showerhead?

    Maintaining your new showerhead is essential. If the head is not cleaned regularly, limescale and harmful bacteria can build up over time, potentially damaging the shower head. We have written a detailed and thorough blog post on How to Clean a Showerhead, including various remedies and step-by-step instructions.

    In Conclusion

    Replacing a showerhead may seem intimidating, but you can do it in less than an hour with the right tools and the proper steps. Following our step-by-step guide, you can upgrade your bathroom without paying for professional plumbing services. Whether you plan to install a new showerhead for design purposes or to improve functionality, you can save time and money and achieve a satisfactory result.

  4. World Toilet Day: A Global Sanitation Crisis

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    The hummingbird is the symbol for this year’s World Toilet Day.

    Have you ever taken a moment to ponder on the privilege of having access to clean water and sanitation facilities? These amenities, which many of us take for granted, remain a distant luxury for countless individuals across the globe. This stark reality underscores the significance of World Toilet Day, an annual observance held on 19th November. The primary aim of this day is to raise global awareness about the pressing sanitation crisis and the urgent need for clean, safe toilets accessible to all.

    In this blog post from Showers to You, we delve deep into the history and purpose of World Toilet Day, a topic that holds great relevance today. According to the United Nations, which officially recognised this observance day in 2013, its objective is to inspire action to address the global sanitation crisis.

    The History and Purpose of World Toilet Day

    The history of World Toilet Day can be traced back to 19th November 2001 to raise awareness against the ongoing global sanitation crisis. World Toilet Day, celebrated annually on 19th November, is a critical global observance officially recognised by the United Nations since 2013. The primary objective of this day is to draw attention to the pressing global sanitation crisis. This is a significant issue that remains largely overlooked despite its far-reaching implications.

    Today, an alarming number of around 3.5 billion people across the globe are still without access to safe sanitation facilities. This constitutes more than half the world’s population, a sobering statistic that underscores the severity of this crisis. Lack of proper sanitation facilities poses severe health risks and infringes on individuals’ dignity and fundamental human rights.

    World Toilet Day is a powerful platform to raise awareness about this critical issue and galvanise collective action towards addressing it. The observance of this day is not just about highlighting the problem; it is also about fostering a sense of urgency and commitment towards finding sustainable solutions.Saving Water Mother Nature

    Why Raising Awareness is Important

    In 2023, the theme is Accelerating Change. The absence of sanitation facilities is a significant contributor to disease and mortality, predominantly impacting developing nations. Insufficient sanitation amenities coupled with substandard hygiene practices can lead to the spread of infectious diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, and typhoid fever.

    Women and girls are disproportionately affected by this lack of access to sanitation facilities. The need for privacy and safety often compels them to travel long distances in search of a secure place to relieve themselves. This not only exposes them to potential threats and dangers but also places them at an increased risk of attacks and violence.

    Taking Action: What We Can Do to Help Tackle the Sanitation Crisis

    We all must play an active role in tackling the global sanitation crisis. According to UN Water, there are three key actions that have garnered popularity in the UK for their effectiveness:

    Water Conservation – One of the most direct ways to contribute is through water-saving measures. This can include taking shorter showers, promptly repairing leaky faucets or pipes, and installing water-efficient appliances such as low-flow showerheads and toilets. Through these simple yet impactful steps, we can significantly reduce our water consumption and contribute towards a sustainable future. Check out our dedicated blog post on How to save water in the Bathroom for various suggestions.

    Prevention of Pollution – Another critical action is to prevent pollution. This includes being mindful of what we flush down the toilet. Non-biodegradable items such as wet wipes or sanitary products can cause significant damage to our water systems. Instead, opt for disposal methods that do not harm our environment. Additionally, using eco-friendly cleaning products can substantially reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that enter our water systems.

    World Toilet Day Logo (1)Sustainable Food Choices – Conscious food choices can also make a difference. Opting to consume locally sourced food or food with a lower water footprint helps reduce the demand for water-intensive agriculture. This not only supports local economies but also reduces our overall carbon footprint.

    We can all contribute to tackling the global sanitation crisis by adopting these actions. Remember, every small effort counts, and we can make a significant difference together. You can see the United Kingdom’s current Water Action Agenda and future goals.

    To Conclude

    In summary, World Toilet Day serves as a reminder that access to sanitation facilities should be a fundamental human right, and we must raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis and take steps to tackle it. We can solve the sanitation crisis by implementing simple actions like saving water, stopping pollution, and eating local food. We all have a role to play in ensuring worldwide access to safe and clean toilets, promoting dignity. Remember, your contribution is vital for a world with dignified sanitation facilities for everyone

    To learn more about World Toilet Day, please visit the official website for detailed information and fundamental resources.

  5. Benefits of a Heated Towel Rail this Autumn

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    As Autumn creeps in, thoughts of snuggling up into a cosy blanket and settling down for winter become home comforts. One luxury item that can instantly transform your bathrooms is the introduction of a heated towel rail. Not only are there numerous benefits when it comes to adding a Heated Towel Rail to your bathroom, but with modern advances in heating technology, you’ll have complete control over the cost of keeping one running over the colder season. Read on as Showers to You reveals why this ingenious product is worth its weight in gold come Autumn!

    Understand the Benefits of a Heated Towel Rail 

    Autumn Heated Towel RailAs Autumn approaches, we all know the feeling of not wanting to leave the warmth of our bed, let alone step into a chilly bathroom. But fear not; a heated towel rail can ease that morning dread and elevate your bathroom to the next level of luxury. Compared to a Radiator, a heated towel rail not only warms the air in your bathroom but also provides the bonus of warm towels when you step out of the shower or bath. Not only does this provide a little comfort, but it also helps prevent mould and mildew growth on your towels. So, upgrade your bathroom this Autumn and enjoy the benefits of a heated towel rail.

    Choose the Best Heated Towel Rail for Your Home 

    A heated towel rail is a must-have when adding a luxury to your bathroom. Not only do they keep your towels warm and fluffy, but they also create a cosy atmosphere that will make your bathroom feel like a spa. But how do you choose the right heated towel rail for your home? Stainless steel is a popular material choice for its durability and sleek design. Reina Heated Towel Rails offers a range of styles and finishes that will complement any bathroom décor. Another great option is Scudo Towel Rails, known for its high-quality construction and contemporary designs. Consider the size of your bathroom, budget, and style when choosing the perfect heated towel rail for your home.

    Creative Ideas for Where to Place a Heated Towel Rail Reina Towel Rails

    A heated towel rail is the perfect solution for adding warmth and comfort to your bathroom. But have you ever thought about where to place it? You may be surprised at the variety of creative options available! Use wall space often overlooked, such as above the bathtub or beside the toilet. Another factor to consider is the size of your bathroom. Larger spaces may benefit from freestanding or multiple heated towel rails. And if you want to take your bathroom to the next level, check out the stunning designs of Bathroom Designer Towel Rails that can double as a statement piece in your space. These inventive strategies guarantee your heated towel rail’s functionality while adding a chic aesthetic to your bathroom.

    Top Tips and Tricks for Maintaining a Heated Towel Rail in Autumn 

    As temperatures drop, a heated towel rail can make all the difference in creating a cosy and relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom. However, giving your heated towel rail the necessary maintenance is essential to ensure it continues functioning efficiently. One of the most crucial tasks is bleeding the towel rail, which helps to remove any air bubbles that may have accumulated and could potentially cause damage. You should perform this task every few months to maintain optimal performance.

    Additionally, keeping the rail clean by wiping it down can help prevent the build-up of dust and grime, ensuring that it operates as effectively as possible. Implement these tips to ensure the lasting warmth and comfort from your heated towel rail, all through Autumn and beyond.

    Autumn Blog Heated Towel Rail ImageTake Advantage of Energy Savings when You Use a Heated Towel Rail in Autumn

    As the crisp autumn air settles in, many homes use the heat to stay warm. While this is a cosy solution, it inevitably leads to higher energy bills and sometimes a hefty cost of living. However, a heated towel rail is a simple and effective solution to combat rising costs. They ensure warm towels and a heated bathroom, enhancing the overall comfort of your personal space. Moreover, it contributes to considerable energy savings, marking a smart financial decision. By taking advantage of this energy-efficient appliance, you can stay cosy and comfortable all season long without worrying about the financial consequences. So why not invest in a heated towel rail for your home this Autumn and reap the benefits of energy savings?

    In conclusion, heated towel rails provide great convenience and flexibility to any bathroom. With sleek and modern styles, finding one that fits the space’s look is easy. Plus, regular maintenance is straightforward – wipe down periodically and avoid searing the metal occasionally. Opting for a heated towel rail also saves energy than other towel drying options. With lower energy costs and a more comfortable bathroom , there are many advantages to opting for a heated towel rail. 

    Now that you understand all these benefits, there is no reason not to get one! So why wait? Get ready for comfortable towels and a cosy experience in the bathroom with Showers to You heated towel rails today!

  6. Five Reasons you need a Shower Toilet

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    Are you considering a switch to a shower toilet in your bathroom? If so, look no further – we’ve got five compelling reasons to convince you why having one is the best choice. You may be thinking, what are the benefits of adding a shower toilet into my home? Should I make this investment or stick with my regular commode and showers? Showers to You understand your hesitancy, but there are many advantages to such an upgrade – from saving space and energy efficiency to comfort levels for all family members. Reap these rewards when you switch things up with your shower toilet!

    Wall Hung Shower ToiletStay Clean and Hygienic – Get a gentle, clean feeling from using a shower toilet with its built-in bidet function.

    Hygiene has become more important than ever before. Fortunately, with technological advancement, we now have shower toilets with their built-in bidet function. Hugely popular in Japan, these toilets offer a gentle and effective water-based cleaning method that will leave you feeling fresh and clean. The bidet function is incorporated into the toilet, saving you money and space and eliminating the need for additional plumbing. Using these toilets means you will no longer have to compromise on your hygiene. It’s time to upgrade to the latest toilet technology and experience thorough and efficient cleaning with the built-in bidet function.

    Save Time – Get ready faster with a shower toilet that automatically flushes and cleans itself.

    Are you tired of wasting precious minutes each day cleaning your toilet? Imagine a world where you never have to scrub your toilet again, and even better, you can get ready faster. The Vitra Sanitaryware Collection of shower toilets is the perfect solution for saving time and making their morning routine more efficient. With heated seats and self-cleaning features, this toilet is ideal for any household, such as the V-Care Smart Essential Rimless Toilet. Plus, with both front and rear wash options, everyone can enjoy the benefits of this innovative technology. Say goodbye to outdated toilets and hello to a more accessible, quicker, and cleaner way of life.Shower Toilet Image

    Perfect for All Ages – Easy to use for anyone, as it has intuitive features like adjustable water pressure and temperature. 

    In your search for a family-friendly toilet solution that caters to all ages, focus on the Shower Toilets. These remarkable fixtures are engineered with intuitive features such as adjustable water pressure and temperature control, ensuring a comfortable and personalized experience for everyone. With some models even boasting remote controls, users can have complete control over their bathroom routine in the palm of their hand. Known in the industry as Washlets, these high-tech toilets come in diverse designs, offering options that will seamlessly blend with any style preference you may have. The advanced technology incorporated into these toilets provides a spa-like experience with every use. They transform the mundane act of using the loo into an indulgent moment of relaxation. In choosing these bidet and toilet combinations, you’re investing in a product and a superior quality of life.

    Less Toilet Roll

    Upgrading to a Shower Toilet significantly reduces Toilet paper or Flushable Wipe usage.

    Eco-Friendly – Reduce your environmental footprint using less water and toilet paper.

    In today’s world, living an environmentally friendly lifestyle has become increasingly essential, and a fundamental way to participate is by lessening your water and toilet paper usage. A simple switch to a shower toilet can have a significant impact on reducing your environmental footprint. Shower toilets, or bidet toilets, are ingeniously designed to clean users with water, eliminating the need for toilet paper. This transition not only aids in shrinking your carbon footprint but also results in a noticeable reduction in your expenditures on toilet paper or flushable wipes. Therefore, by making this small but impactful change in your daily routine, you can join the growing movement of conscious consumers positively affecting the environment. So, make the switch today and contribute towards a greener and more sustainable future, one flush at a time.

    Want to know more about how our bathroom habits impact the environment? Check out our detailed blog post dedicated to World Environment Day for more information.

    A Luxury Upgrade to Your Home – Impress your guests with this modern upgrade to your bathroom.

    Elevate your bathroom to a whole new level of luxury with the latest in-home upgrades – a shower toilet! Impress your guests with this modern marvel that combines a toilet’s functionality with a refreshing water-cleaning experience. Choose from wall-hung or back-to-wall fitment options to seamlessly integrate this new addition into your bathroom décor. Enjoy the ultimate luxury of a heated Toilet Seat, warm water bidet, and a self-cleaning function that will always leave you feeling clean and refreshed. Turn your bathroom into an oasis of relaxation and indulge in the ultimate luxury experience with a shower toilet.

    Overall, upgrading to a shower toilet is an excellent choice for any bathroom. If you desire a healthier environment for your family, wish to lessen your environmental footprint, or seek to elevate your bathroom’s look – this is your solution! Choosing a shower toilet is an ideal way to bring luxury to your home, while conserving time, resources, and energy. Don’t hesitate, invest today! Take action now and upgrade your bathroom today with the ultimate shower toilet experience.

    Do you want to learn more about these hygienic toilets? Check out our dedicated Shower Toilet Buyer’s Guide for more information!

  7. How to Clean a Showerhead

    Showerhead with Limescale

    Every shower head comes into contact with hard water. Unfortunately, the gradual build-up of limescale is unavoidable, so keeping on top of cleaning your shower head is essential. You will notice if your shower head needs cleaning when you see a chalky substance coated around the nozzles, low water flow/ pressure or if the water only shoots out from a few of the nozzles. Descaling and maintaining the shower head is hygienic and helps the longevity of your shower. Need help figuring out where to start? Have no fear! Showers to You are on hand to explain the most effective and straightforward solutions for cleaning your shower head!Shower Handset

    Why should I clean my shower head?

    Shower heads can be a breeding ground for bacteria, including potentially harmful ones like legionella. Regular cleaning will help to prevent this growth, ensuring a safer shower experience. Over time, mineral deposits can build up in your shower head, reducing water flow. Cleaning it can help to remove these deposits, improving water pressure and flow. Furthermore, regular cleaning can extend the lifespan of your shower head. By preventing build-up and damage, you can keep your shower head working efficiently for longer.

    What is Hard Water?

    Hard water is not typically harmful to health. Hard water in showers is a common occurrence, and it stems from the source of the water supply. When water travels through the ground, it picks up minerals like calcium and magnesium. This contrasts soft water, which has low concentrations of these minerals.

    What happens if I don’t clean my shower head?

    Over time, mineral deposits from hard water can accumulate in the shower head. This build-up obstructs the water flow, leading to a weak water stream that can compromise the quality of your shower experience. The accumulated minerals and bacteria can also wear down your shower head over time, shortening its lifespan and necessitating premature replacement. We recommend investing in high-quality shower heads like the Aqualisa Replacement Handsets

    How do I clean a Shower Head?

    First things first, you will need to identify which shower head you own. Maybe you have a convenient shower handset attached to a Showerhead Holder? On the other hand, perhaps you have opted for a Fixed Shower Head, firmly anchored to either a wall or ceiling. Not all showerheads are removable, so the cleaning and descaling may be tricky or complicated. Regardless of the particular model gracing your bathroom, gaining an in-depth understanding of your shower head is always advantageous. This knowledge will enable you to comprehend that rub-clean nozzles offer a significantly more efficient cleaning process than traditional nozzles or holes.

    Cleaning ProductsYou will need:

    • White Vinegar
    • A bucket or plastic container big enough to hold the shower head
    • Baking Soda (Optional)
    • Hot water
    • Old toothbrush
    • Plastic Bag (for Fixed Shower Heads that can’t be removed)
    • Cable tie/ string (Optional)
    • Microfibre cloth (Optional)

    Step One:

    Remove the shower head: If possible, unscrew the shower head/ handset from the Shower Arm or Hose. Some shower heads have a rubber washer, preventing water from leaking at the joint. Remember to keep this in mind when you remove the shower head.

    Step Two:

    Make the solution: We have two solutions depending on how much limescale covers the showerhead. The first one is to leave the nozzles in white vinegar for 30 minutes and an hour. If the finish is Brushed Brass, such as the Nuie Square Minimalist Brushed Brass Shower Handsetdo not leave it in the vinegar for more than 30 minutes.

    The second is to add baking soda to water until a thick, creamy paste is formed. Using a toothbrush, coat the nozzles in the solution and leave for 30 minutes to break the limescale down.

    Fixed Shower Heads: If the head cannot be unscrewed, fill a plastic bag half-full with white vinegar. Submerge the head in the solution and tie it into place with a cable tie or string. Leave for 30 minutes.

    Step Three:

    Cleaning the Solution and Rinse: After 30 minutes, remove the shower head from the solution you have chosen. Using hot water, a toothbrush and some elbow grease, thoroughly scrub away any excess limescale. Repeat this process until all of the limescale and dirt are removed.

    If you have a Fixed showerhead, unclip the plastic bag and scrub the nozzles with a toothbrush until the limescale is removed. Fixed Shower Head

    Step Four:

    Reattach the Showerhead: If the handset or showerhead was removed, reattach it and the rubber washer to the arm or Shower Hose. Once the components are securely reassembled, turn on the water supply. This action will effectively flush out any potential deposits accumulated within the nozzles. It’s a simple yet effective method to maintain the cleanliness and performance of your showerhead, enhancing your overall showering experience.

    Step Five:

    Polish the Showerhead: To achieve an extra layer of shine and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your showerhead, we highly recommend polishing the head with a soft microfibre cloth. This particular cloth stands out for its soft texture and exceptional cleaning capabilities, perfectly suited for ensuring an immaculate condition.

    How often should I clean my Shower Head?

    Cleaning and descaling your shower head once a month should help prevent a build-up of limescale and bacteria. The bacteria and limescale can cause low water pressure or potential blockages if left untreated. If you live in a Hard Water Area, we suggest cleaning the shower head more frequently than once a month. You can check if you live in a Hard Water Area through Scale Guard’s Map of the UK.

    Can I clean my shower head with bleach?

    Showers to You do not recommend using bleach as a cleaning solution on any shower head. Some bacteria are resistant to chlorine-based cleaning products, such as household bleach. Moreover, bleach has a reputation for its harsh and toxic properties that can potentially damage our skin. As a trusted provider of quality shower products, we prioritise your safety and well-being. Therefore, we recommend using safer, non-toxic cleaning solutions to maintain your shower heads’ cleanliness and longevity.

    Why should I shop for Showerheads at Showers to You?

    At Showers to You, we offer a wide range of showerheads, renowned for their convenience and ability to direct water exactly where you need it, enhancing your everyday shower experience. Alternatively, a huge collection of other Shower Accessories is available for your Shower. Contact our knowledgeable team today via email at info@showerstoyou.co.uk, by phone at 01472 242159, or through our online contact form for more information!

  8. Spooky Halloween Bathroom Ideas

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    With Halloween approaching, it’s time to get creative with your bathroom decorations! If you’re throwing a Halloween party or want to add spooky touches for fun, these unique bathroom ideas can help your home stand out. From eerie lighting and fascinating window decorations that will have kids in awe to quirky toiletries and accessories that will bring some dark humour—there are endless possibilities for creating the ultimate haunted restroom experience this season. Showers to You shows you how to transform your bathrooms into something truly spectacular. So keep reading this blog for our best tips and tricks for scary-cute style!

    Hang Up Hanging Ghosts – Create a spooky atmosphere in your bathroom with a few hanging ghosts or other creepy decorations.

    As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to turn your bathroom into a spooky space. Add a touch of terror to your shower enclosure with some hanging ghosts. These creepy decorations will sway back and forth, creating an eerie atmosphere. But don’t stop there. Take your horror décor to the next level and place a few ghosts on your bathroom cabinets. Imagine guests’ surprise as they enter the bathroom, only to be greeted by these terrifying apparitions. Get creative with decorating and turn your bathroom into a haunted space that will scare everyone.Spooky Bathroom Towels

    Use Black and Orange Towels – Replace your regular white towels with black and orange ones for a more Halloween-y look.

    Get into the spooky spirit this Halloween season and switch out your everyday white towels for black and orange ones. Not only will it give your bathroom a spooky flair, but it’s also an easy, affordable way to decorate your space. Store your new towels on the towel rack and watch your bathroom become a haunted oasis. And the best part? You can reuse them for years, ensuring your Halloween décor is always on point. So, embrace the black and orange and elevate your home décor game this Halloween.

    Incorporate Pumpkin Décor – Place small pumpkins around the bathroom, either on shelves or counters, for added decoration.

    Prepare your bathroom for the Halloween season by incorporating pumpkin décor! Utilise small pumpkins as decorative pieces and place them on bathroom glass shelves, the window sill or the vanity unit. The added touch of pumpkin décor creates an inviting atmosphere for guests and gives your home a festive feel. Don’t hesitate to bring spooky season to every corner of your house and incorporate pumpkin décor in unexpected places!Spooky Bathroom Candles

    Add Glowing Candles – Dimly lit candles create an eerie ambience that will make any guest feel as if they’ve stepped into a horror movie. 

    There’s no denying the mesmerising allure of dimly lit candles. The flickering flames can transport us to another seemingly enchanted world and a little bit mysterious. But as with anything, there’s always a catch. In this case, it’s the fact that candles can quickly transform a bathroom from cosy to creepy. Before you know it, you’re frantically checking over your shoulder, convinced that something ominous lurks in the shadows. If you want to preserve the magical ambience of candles without the spooky undertones, consider adding some glowing candles. This unique Bathroom Lighting emits a soft, comforting light that will ease even the most anxious guests. Plus, they add an enchanting touch to any room. It’s a win-win situation!

    Hang up Cobwebs – Place faux spider webs in the corners of the bathroom for a spooky look! 

    Looking to add a little spookiness to your bathroom décor this Halloween season? Look no further than hanging up some faux spider webs in the room’s corners! Not only will this give your bathroom an eerie atmosphere, but it’s also a quick and easy way to transform the space into a Halloween wonderland. Imagine taking a shower or brushing your teeth surrounded by creepy cobwebs and wondering what creepy crawlies might lurk in the shadows. Hang up those cobwebs and see just how spooky your bathroom can become!Spooky Bathroom Soap

    Use Creepy Soaps – Find soaps shaped like ghosts, bats, or other creatures to give your bathroom an extra spooky touch!

    As the days grow shorter and the leaves turn golden, it’s time to start decorating your home for Halloween! One easy way to add a touch of spookiness to your bathroom is by switching out your regular soap for unsettling cleansing companions in the shape of ghosts, bats, and other creepy creatures. Just imagine the delight on your children’s faces (or guests!) when they reach for soap in your bathroom and come face-to-face with a grinning skull or wriggling spider. Display these creepy soaps in a soap basket or on soap dishes to make a fun, unexpected statement this Halloween season. The little details make all the difference, and these creepy soaps are an easy and affordable way to add some extra fun to your festivities.

    In the end, adding unique and creative elements to your space is all part of having fun with decorating. Using black and orange towels in combination creates an atmosphere that encourages a sense of luxury while sparking energy and enthusiasm in any bathroom. Adding glowing candles to the mix adds the perfect warmer touch, creating an inviting ambience suitable for any situation or occasion. Let your creativity take you wherever it may go.

  9. Autumn Colours for your Bathroom

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    Are you looking for a way to add a splash of seasonal colour to your bathroom? Autumn is the perfect season to transform your bathroom into a warm, inviting space that radiates an aura of warmth and richness. Incorporating autumn hues will provide a stunning backdrop and enhance the room’s comfort. From choosing the right colours to picking out stylish accessories, follow these tips from Showers to You on incorporating autumn colours in your bathroom.

    Choose bold autumn-inspired colour palettes for your walls. 

    As autumn rolls in and the leaves start turning, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your home with bold autumn-inspired colour palettes. Why not bring the season’s colours inside with warm reds, burnt oranges and earthy browns? Whether you’re redecorating your bathroom cabinets or adding some flare to your tall boy storage units, choosing the right colour can transform a space. Mix and match different shades to create a truly unique and eye-catching look. So, why not embrace the season and give your walls a new lease of life with these stunning autumn colour palettes?Bathroom Autumn Colour Blog Post

    Use shower curtains, towels and rugs to add an autumnal feel. 

    As the leaves turn and the temperature drops, it’s time to add warmth and cosiness to your home. One easy way to do this is by incorporating autumnal elements into your bathroom. Swap out your light and airy shower curtain for one with a more seasonal print, like falling leaves or pumpkin patches. Layer in plush towels in rich, earthy tones like burnt orange or deep red, and complete the look with a soft and fluffy bath rug that will keep your toes warm on chilly mornings. With a few simple updates, your bathroom will feel like a cosy retreat from the changing weather outside.

    Incorporate natural elements into your bathroom – think wood, textiles or plants. 

    If you want to give your bathroom a natural, organic feel, incorporating elements such as wood, textiles, and plants is the way to go. Not only do these elements look aesthetically pleasing, but they also create a calming atmosphere and bring a touch of nature indoors. Hudson Reed Fusion Natural Oak Furniture is a great way to incorporate wood into your bathroom. This furniture line features a mix of natural oak and textured grey finishes that will complement any bathroom style. Adding soft textiles like raffia baskets or a woven bath mat will make the space warm and inviting. Finally, incorporating plants like succulents or ferns will give a refreshing pop of greenery and help purify the air. Give your bathroom a nature-inspired update with these simple tips!

    Place some warm and cosy lighting in the space – candles or a wall light with an orange/amber glow. 

    When creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, lighting makes all the difference. One of the best ways to achieve this is by incorporating some cosy, warm-toned lighting options into your space. Whether you prefer the subtle flicker of candles or the gentle glow of a wall light, Burlington Lights has got you covered. Their range of lighting options is perfect for creating a peaceful, thought-provoking environment for relaxation or reading. So, if you want to create a welcoming and cosy space, consider adding some warm lighting from Burlington Lights to your home today.Autumn Blog Post Image

    Add unique touches like mason jars or pinecones to bring rustic charm to the room. 

    Are you looking to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your bathroom? Why not add some rustic charm with unique touches like mason jars or pinecones? These simple additions can easily elevate a “vanilla” space. For instance, you could fill a mason jar with flowers and place it on the vanity unit for a pop of colour. Or, arrange some pinecones in a decorative dish near the bathtub to add a natural element. These little décor touches can transform your bathroom from bland to cosy, creating an inviting space that will make you feel right at home.

    Accessorise with seasonal items like pumpkins, leaves and branches. 

    Adding seasonal items to your home décor can create a warm and inviting atmosphere as the seasons change. Adding pumpkins, leaves, and branches throughout your home is a great way to accessorise for the Autumn season. These natural elements bring a touch of the outdoors inside and can complement almost any décor style. Whether you place a few small pumpkins on your mantel or create a centrepiece with a mix of leaves and branches, incorporating seasonal items is an easy and affordable way to update your space. So embrace the change in seasons and get creative with your décor!

    Hang autumn-themed artwork on the walls to finish off the look.

    As we approach the autumn months, it’s time to start thinking about how we can bring the warm and cosy vibes of the season into our homes. One easy way to do this is by hanging some autumn-themed artwork on the walls. Whether it’s a painting of autumn foliage or a fun pumpkin-shaped decoration, the right art piece can help bring a room together. And if you’re looking to finish off the look of your bathroom, why not consider installing a glass shelf to display some of your favourite pieces? This will add an extra touch of style to your space and provide a practical place to store all your essential toiletries. So embrace the autumn season’s magnificence by sprucing up your walls with fabulous art.Autumn Bathroom Blog Post Image

    To Conclude

    To give your bathroom a seasonal upgrade this autumn, follow these tips! Start by choosing bold autumn-inspired colour palettes for your walls to make the space more inviting. Use shower curtains, towels and rugs with an autumnal feel – don’t be afraid to mix different textures. Incorporate natural elements like wood, textiles or plants into the space to give it an even more rustic vibe. 

    Add some cosy lighting like candles or a lamp with an orange/amber glow – you can also hang them from the ceiling. Some unique touches like mason jars or pinecones will charm the room. You can accessorise further with seasonal items such as pumpkins, leaves and branches – you can also use these as centrepieces for display purposes!

    Additionally, hang some autumn-themed artwork on any blank walls in the bathroom – this is a great way to complete the look! Remember all these tips while you’re renovating, and remember that it’s essential to keep both looks and comfort in mind when creating your autumn bathroom oasis. Consequently, by implementing these steps today, you can revel in the comfort and warmth of your newly designed autumn-themed bathroom this season!

  10. Scent of Autumn: Fragrance Tips for Your Bathroom

    Autumn Fragrance Blog Post

    Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year. Cooler temperatures, crunchy leaves in vibrant colours, and cosy evenings by the fire are all part of this particular season. But one thing stands out among all these brilliant staples that make us fall head over heels for Autumn…the smell! The scent of cloves, apples, cinnamon, and pine brings a powerful aroma to your home – invigorating it with warmth and earthy tones. However, this glorious smell doesn’t have to be limited to the kitchen or living room; you can take it straight into your bathroom! Read on as Showers to You provides essential fragrance tips to spruce up your bathroom with an Autumn-inspired ambience everyone will love.Autumn Candle Scent

    Explore the power of essential oils to create a soothing atmosphere in your bathroom. 

    Transform your bathroom into a serene oasis of tranquillity with the power of essential oils. A simple and effective way to enhance your daily routine is infusing your bathtub with calm-inducing olfactory experiences. A soak in a tub infused with essential oils can provide countless benefits, including relaxation and stress reduction. Indulge in the power of a fragrant blend, such as lavender, rose or chamomile, and enjoy a deep, comforting and wholly rejuvenating bathing experience. Discover how the scents surrounding you can improve your mood, reduce anxiety and promote physical wellness. The possibilities for a luxurious soak in the tub are endless with the suitable essential oils.

    Discover autumn-inspired scents like pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

    As the leaves turn orange and the air gets crisp, it’s time to bring the autumn spirit into your home with the sweet aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can enjoy these scents in your kitchen, but why not add them to your bathroom routine? Imagine stepping out of the shower enclosure and wrapping yourself in a warm towel nestled on a heated towel rail infused with the comforting smell of cinnamon. It’s the perfect way to start or end your day and will transport you straight to autumn bliss. Feel free to experiment with different scents and discover which evokes the most warmth and comfort in your space.

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    Experiment with incense sticks or beeswax candles to add warmth and cosiness to the bathroom. 

    Add incense sticks or beeswax candles to transform your bathroom into a tranquil escape. As you step into your shower enclosure, light a stick or two and experience the warmth and cosiness emanating from the scent. The soothing aroma will create an ambient atmosphere that will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Imagine yourself engulfed in subtle notes of eucalyptus, lavender, or sandalwood and let the fragrance transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the day. Elevate your self-care routine and indulge in the pleasure of an aromatic shower time.

    Bathroom Essential Oils

    Create a homemade diffuser with items around the house, like an empty jar or cotton balls. 

    Are you looking for a simple, affordable way to keep your home smelling amazing? Look no further than a homemade diffuser! Good Housekeeping Magazine suggests using items around the house, like an empty jar and cotton balls, to make your customised diffuser. It is a great way to repurpose things you may have otherwise thrown out, and you’ll also have an amazing-smelling space without the cost of store-bought diffusers. So go ahead, get creative and see what scent combinations you can come up with for your very own homemade diffuser.

    Freshen the air with natural sprays from herbs, fruits, and flowers. 

    Bathroom odours can be unpleasant, but you mustn’t rely on chemical air fresheners to combat them. Instead, use natural sprays made from herbs, fruits, and flowers. These easy-to-make sprays not only freshen up the air but also add a pleasant scent to your bathroom. Mix water and your favourite fresh or dried herbs, fruits, or flowers, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Keep it on your vanity unit for easy access whenever you

     freshen the air. Your guests will be impressed with the lovely fragrance in your bathroom. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that you’re using natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals.

    Autumn Fruit Peelings

    Utilise seasonal fruits for natural fragrances, such as lemons or orange peels.

    Bring refreshing scents into your home with seasonal fruits such as lemons or orange peels. Not only do they serve as natural fragrances, but they also make for exquisite decorations. Place a bowl filled with lemon peels or orange slices on your window sill to uplift your mood and add warmth to any room instantly. Embrace the natural aromas that come with each season and create a calming and inviting environment in your home.

    In conclusion, essential oils have the potential to transform any bathroom into a spa-like oasis. Not only will they provide an inviting atmosphere, but they will also reflect the changing seasons. With items from around the house, you can craft items such as incense sticks, beeswax candles or homemade diffusers with natural fragrances like lemons or orange peels. Why not follow these ideas from Showers to You this Autumn and transform your bathroom into a calming retreat?

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