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  • The Great Toilet Roll Debate – Over or Under?

    FridayIt feels as though this debate has been raging as long as the toilet roll has existed. Having your toilet roll facing out or in has sparked many arguments and even been discussed on popular TV programs such as Oprah.

    Well, regardless of all the debates, there actually is a definitive answer!

    According to the patent created by the toilet paper inventor Seth Weeler, the end of the roll should be hanging off the exterior i.e. it should be placed in the 'over' position not under. The 1891 patent for the toilet paper roll shows this quite clearly:

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    However, let’s not just take Seth’s word for it. Science agrees! According to scientists, over is the way to go because under can greatly increase the chance that harmful bacteria could spread from a bathroom/toilet to other areas of your property.

    How does this happen? If you hang the toilet paper over, your hands are more likely to only touch the toilet paper that you intend to use. If you hang the toilet paper under then there is an increased chance that your hands may touch the wall too. It is here that deposits may be transferred. This means that every person using your bathroom is at risk of leaving or picking up deposits.

    Now, back to the debate. Apparently, almost half of people in the UK get annoyed if they spot toilet roll holders sporting a toilet roll facing the wrong way.

    An American Doctor named Gilda Carle even devised a Toilet Paper personality test where she randomly sampled 2000 men aged between 18 and 75. One of the questions in this test was whether you were an over or an under.

    She found that people that roll over are more dominant that those that rolled under. It has also been determined one in five people in the US would change the toilet paper if they thought it was the wrong way.

    Oprah even polled her audience on one of her shows back in the eighties. She asked whether they preferred it if the toilet roll holder had the paper facing over or under. Whilst the debate was raging, Oprah stated the following "Let me say that I, Oprah Winfrey, am an over girl myself". She explained further "I prefer it over, because it tears so readily." This was met with cheers from all those over supporters (68%) and boos from the under supporters (32%).

    You can watch it for yourself below:

    Here at UK Bathroom Store, we are not ones to judge and therefore fully support both camps (although based on a quick straw poll, we are over supporters too). We are on hand to supply a wide range of bathroom accessories including toilet roll holders in all shapes and styles.

  • Everything you Need to Know About Dog Showers

    Often when we get home from work or a long day, we like nothing better than to indulge in a nice hot shower. Now while we are not saying that your dog wants to unwind in the shower, most dog owners would agree that that their pooch is a much-loved member of the family. It is also a fact that dogs get dirty.

    Rather than trying to wash your dog in your bath, why not consider using a purpose built dog shower.

    What is a Dog Shower?

    As the name suggests, a dog shower is a dedicated shower to wash and clean your dog. Otherwise, it is called a domestic dog wash station. They differ from unsupported pet sinks in that they are incorporated into the home plan.

    While there are many purpose-built dog showers available, it is perfectly possible to build your own. In fact, all you need is a bit of creativity and some basic equipment. How much you spend is up to you depending on how lavish you want your dog shower to be. We would recommend a shower head that is not fixed to allow washing your dog from head to toe with ease.

    You will need to consider where you are going to house your dog showering station. There is no doubt that having a boot room, utility room or garage space will make things easier but with a bit of thought, a dog shower could be placed in any convenient space.

    Why Shower Your Dog?

    Washing your dog regularly has several benefits. The most important one is that it will improve the quality of your dog's skin and fur.

    Other than that, you will be able to spot any skin conditions or allergies much sooner when you wash your dog often. It will also stop any type of parasite from attaching to their skin.

    muddy-dogMud! Let’s face it. It is almost impossible to avoid. Walking your dog can often end up with muddy paws, cars, and houses. A dog shower will certainly help keep your carpets, floors, and furniture mud free.

    Safety. Not only for your dog but also your own back. As raised platforms are often incorporated, it allows your dog at a more comfortable height. This makes it far easier to get your dog in and out safely. They are also easier on your back. Constant bending and twisting while washing your dog can take its toll on your back as well as your dog. The added benefit is that raised platforms are usually easier to clean too.

    If making shower-time for you and your dog a stress-free experience is paramount, then choosing to buy or create a dog shower if a great idea. Here at UK Bathroom Store we have a wealth of experience in the bathroom industry including showers.

  • Our Guide to Buying a Shower Bath

    There are many reasons you may choose a shower bath. Ranging in style and shape, shower baths are a practical solution ideal for smaller bathrooms.

    We have written this guide to help you understand the types of shower bath available and which one will be the right choice for your bathroom layout.

    Read on to discover everything you need to know about shower baths.

    What is a Shower Bath?

    Shower baths come in either a P or straight-edged L shape to create a showering and bathing area in one.

    P-Shaped Shower Baths

    P-shaped shower baths have a curved section at the shower end with a matching curved glass screen, providing you with extra space for showering. Classically designed, P-shaped shower baths look equally at home modern and traditional bathrooms alike.

    L-Shaped Baths

    L-shaped shower baths use straight edges for a more modern, contemporary look. The square end gives ample room for showering.

    Straight Shower Baths

    For small bathrooms or the space conscious, a straight bath is the perfect solution.

    Traditional Freestanding Shower Baths

    It is possible to have a traditionally styled bathtub and shower. While this may not be the obvious choice there are traditional baths such as the Burlington Hampton that give you the best of both worlds.

    Do I need a Shower Bath?

    There are several reasons you may decide to choose a shower bath.

    Cost-Effectiveness

    A shower bath will normally prove to be a more cost-effective solution rather than buying a separate bath and shower enclosure.

    Space & Versatility

    A shower bath may be the perfect solution to help make the most of your bathroom space. Many bathrooms simply do not have the available floorspace to house a separate bath and shower. Fitting a shower bath gives you the convenience of a shower and also a full-length bath for a luxurious soak in one space.

    Shower baths can be a good addition to a family bathroom. Catering for all age ranges and scenarios, a bath is a must for young families whilst allowing busy adults and teens to jump in the shower when required.

    Should you have any additional queries regarding whether a shower bath is the right choice for you, feel free to speak to one of our expert advisors. They are contactable on Live Chat and phone (01524 841087).

    Some Examples of Shower Baths

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  • 6 Reasons to choose Crosswater's CrossBox

    Crosswater CrossBoxUpdating your showering space can be a truly daunting task, with the sheer volume of shower valves available, deciding how many outlets and what features you will need can get overwhelming. If this is the case for you then the incredibly versatile CrossBox valve from Crosswater could be the answer to your prayers.

    Here are our six reasons why CrossBox is the shower valve for you.

    1. Future Proofed

    Crosswater’s CrossBox contains innovative design features which allow you to easily add or remove an outlet. The only thing you would have to do is swap to the corresponding 2 or 3-way diverter valve, which just needs to be screwed into the CrossBox. CrossBox is also compatible with most trim kits* within Crosswater’s latest ranges, allowing you to easily swap them out without removing the valve or disrupting the wall.

    So, no matter how your tastes change in the future, you can rest assured that Crosswater’s CrossBox will suit your needs.

    2. Compact

    Crosswater CrossBoxCrosswater’s CrossBox boasts one of the shallowest installation depths for any valve available today, at 65 – 85mm, so it requires much less room within the wall than other similar products. This can be particularly helpful in newer houses where improvements in wall insulation have led to wall cavities becoming significantly smaller. It is also useful for installing in solid walls, where a deeper the cavity has more chance of damaging the rest of the wall. CrossBox also allows for elbow joints to be fitted directly to the valve, meaning that even the pipework can be compact.

    3. Quiet

    If you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a zone of zen tranquillity, then CrossBox is the obvious choice for you. Built with noise dampening technology to be as quiet as possible, you’ll be able to shower in peace for many years to come.

    4. Safe

    CrossBox has also been built to be completely watertight, so even if there is a leak inside the valve, that water can only escape through the front, into the shower/bath area, avoiding any risk to the wall or surrounding area.

    1. MPRO CrossBox5. Stylish

    CrossBox is available in a wide variety of colour options with almost all Crosswater’s newest and most popular shower ranges, Including MPRO, MPRO Industrial and Marvel along with matching brassware to complete the look.

    6. Made by Crosswater

    Crosswater has established themselves as one of the most well-known and respected bathroom manufacturers around. With a dedicated approach to achieving excellence in design and quality, Crosswater has created an extensive range of some of the most innovative and stylish products on the market today.

    So, with Crosswater you can rest assured that you are getting the highest quality product that will never fail to delight.

    So what are you waiting for?

    Start your bathroom transformation today, Shop CrossBox at UK Bathroom Store.

    * Trim Kits – A trim kit is essentially all the visible parts of your shower, such as the shower head and faucet. In terms of the CrossBox however it refers to the faceplate** and handles, the pieces you push/pull/turn to control temperature and flow.

    ** Faceplate - The faceplate refers to the visible plate which covers the shower valve once installed and surrounds the handles.

  • Get Ahead of Christmas

    The temperature’s dropping steadily as this is being written, and that can only mean one thing; winter is coming.

    A lot of frozen pipes lie ahead, which means a lot more call on plumbers’ time. Add in Christmas and New Year holidays in December and you get some very full calendars.

    If you’ve had your eye on installing new fixtures or fittings for your bathroom and you want professional help, what that means is that you need to book now – or you’re going to be putting it off until into 2018.

    Making the Choice

    The positives of putting it off include more freedom in booking a time; it could make it easier to arrange. On the other hand, if you get the work done now, you get it done ahead of family visits and busy days at Christmas. Depending on what you’re having installed, it could even act as some extra protection against those burst pipes!

    If you’ve been trying to choose between options and you want to act fast, why not contact us for advice? We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction and take your order.

  • Look in the Mirror

    It’s getting rarer for bathrooms not to boast a mirrored cabinet near the sink.

    It may be the only mirror in the place; either way, it’s likely that your cabinet serves two purposes and brings a double meaning to the phrase ‘look in the mirror’ – a quick check that you’ve wiped away all the excess shaving foam or cleaned the last traces of your makeup, or a check for bathroom aspirin, spare razor blades, mouthwash and more.

    Originally created as a space saver for the more compact of bathrooms, the idea caught on like wildfire. And well it should; a mirrored bathroom cabinet has a lot of flexibility, and these days, may come with any number of technological add-ons and benefits.

    We carry cabinets with LED and overhead lights – and those lights, in some models, are operated by IR switches, allowing you to turn them on with a wave of your hand. Some come with shaver sockets incorporated!

    The mirrored cabinet isn’t a humble thing anymore. Far more than a space-saving measure for a smaller home, the mirrored cabinet now can be a mark of opulence – and a very practical one at that.

    For more information on how to make the most of your bathroom while also making it look stunning, please get in touch – we’ll be happy to help you choose the perfect cabinet.

  • Aquarius Skara – Soaking in the Elegance

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    When it comes to your new bathroom, there’s no finer choice than something stylish, sleek and modern. As trends move to clean, straight edges, we think that the Aquarius range’s Skara products are a stunning combination of what makes sharp lines so attractive in bathroom design whilst retaining a unique sense of identity. The result is as eye-catching as it is practical.

    Take for instance the Skara bath. Even from first glance you can tell that this is a stylish unit that will look perfect in your modern bathroom, but the real trick – both to the bath and to the entire Skara range – are the subtle curves. This is a bath that is as comfortable as it looks.

    Aquarius Quality, Armatura+ Dependability

    What’s more, the Skara baths come with Armatura Plus reinforcement. That means that you can depend on the acrylic being premium grade and reinforced with bonded layers of Armatura Plus reinforcement and fibreglass. This means that when you slip into your Skara bath, the very shape of the bath will remain solid. There’s no bulging as the water shifts, meaning that you can relax knowing that your bath is going to be as durable in a year as it was the day you bought it.

    As well as this Armatura Plus reinforcement provides an unparalleled thermal capacity to your Skara bath. The water is going to stay hotter for longer, meaning that after a long day you’re going to get a bath at the temperature you deserve, for as long as you deserve.

    Excellence Throughout the Range

    These are the trends that continue right the way through the Aquarius Skara range, curves that don’t detract from the contemporary style of the fixture. For instance, the BTW WC unit provides a solid backing, but a softly curved seat that keeps an element of more classic fixtures. The same goes with the basins – straight lines where it counts, with subtle arcs in the design to keep it all eye-catching and remarkable.

    We think you’ll agree that Aquarius’s Skara range is satisfying to behold, and you’ll be stunned at just how affordable a price this quality comes at. It’s easy to see why our Skara bathroom rage has become so popular. We invite you to come and talk to us, either through our form or over the phone on 01524 841087, so you don’t need to delay in having the elegance of Aquarius Skara bath in your home.

  • The New Wave: Wetrooms

    When we were kids, the common complaint after a shower, especially in a big family where someone else would need to use it not long afterward, was that we’d tracked water all over the floor. It gets everywhere, it doesn’t drain – there were, and are, so many complaints.utaw

    The fact of the matter is that a traditional bathroom may be designed for heavy use of water, but the room itself isn’t built for it.

    And that’s one of the reasons that wetrooms have become so popular, so quickly; they aren’t just the room where it happens; they’re purpose-designed for it.

    Upgrading to a Wetroom

    As with everything else in life, the cost for something new starts out high but it falls pretty rapidly. Companies like Impey, in particular, have really worked hard to bring the price down without sacrificing quality. While it does represent a bigger investment than just putting together a new shower, it’s one that repays itself in life expectancy; your wetroom will last longer and function better throughout its life.

    Water drains away easily and quickly, with no risk of it seeping into cracks it shouldn’t and damaging your bathroom fixtures. Best of all, Impey’s various wetroom floor formers are designed to be easy-fit while still making conversion to a full wetroom simple.

    If you’re wondering whether a wetroom is the right option for you, we invite you to get in touch.

    The team here are ready to listen to your circumstances, discuss your wants, needs, and budget, and work out whether a wetroom is something you should be looking at right now. Contact us through our form or over the phone on 01524 841087 today.

  • New Year, New Bathroom

    January’s started comfortably now and, let’s face it, most of our New Years’ Resolutions are already petering out or already dead in the water. Still, a new year does feel like it needs to be properly marked in some way; redecorating or renovating a room in the home is a common reaction.

    And why not, after all?

    Why Not Update Your Bathroom?

    It may not be something you think about all that often, but your bathroom is one of the places you’ll spend a lot of your time – and the design of bathroom fixtures and fittings is constantly developing.

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    Consider the Aquarius range, which blends state-of-the-art engineering, design, and high-quality manufacture with advances in construction that make for a fast, easy, and above all, watertight fit.

    Building a new design around an Aquarius bath or shower provides a better experience every time, gives you long-term piece of mind about your plumbing, and gives you that satisfied New Year feeling of achievement.

    More generally, it’s still worth taking a moment to ask yourself if the shower you currently have is up to date, or if it’s time to upgrade the bathroom as a whole. We’ve looked at a number of potential options for that already in our Bucket List Bathroom series, from the Devoted Reader through the Sumptuous Shower to the Comfortable Combination, and any of those might set your imagination going.

    Keeping Up with Changes

    Food for thought; the Aquarius range that we mentioned before carries a 10-year guarantee when you order it from us at UK Bathroom Store.

    And that’s the guarantee period for products made to today’s standards with today’s materials, designed with today’s understanding of technology and the wear and tear that the plumbing in your home takes.

    Has it been ten years since the last time you replaced your bath, shower, toilet or sink? Has it been longer? Something failing and a plumbing nightmare engulfing your house could be years away – but if it’s been some time, then remember that the clock is ticking.

    That’s why we recommend considering replacements regularly. Even if you don’t upgrade, it’s good to take the time and ask yourself if you need to.

    If you’re not sure, then please, get in touch. We’ll happily offer expert advice.

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017 to All Our Customers

    As December gets rolling and the team here at UK Bathroom Store turn out to have already opened most of the doors on our Advent calendar and made off with the sweet stuff, Christmas is definitely on the horizon.

    christmasIt’s traditional at this time of year to reflect on what’s past and what’s yet to come, and from our perspective, it’s been a busy year – and that’s good. We’ve dealt with a lot of customers, domestic and in the trade alike, and we’re confident that we’ve made bathrooms across the country more comfortable, better looking, better heated and even, in some cases that badly needed bringing up to date, more efficient.

    From our perspective, it’s hard to complain about a year with a record like that, and we hope that for you reading this you’ve had a year of success too, and happiness, and progress.

    Whatever the case, to all our customers, past, present and future alike, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year from everyone on the team. Remember, on into 2017 nothing will change – we’ll still be here whenever you need new fixtures, fittings, or accessories for your bathroom, and we’ll still work hard to get you the low prices and expertise you need.

    See you in the New Year!

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