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The Importance Of Cleaning Bathmats

>41% of Brits go two weeks or longer until cleaning their bathmat

Only 25% frequently clean this household item as recommended by experts

Brits Admit To Never Cleaning Their Bathmats

Hot baths are a luxury this time of year, but while you are enjoying a relaxing soak you could be forgetting about the not-so-luxurious bacteria build up on your bathmat.

We polled the nation on their cleaning habits and found that almost half of Brits neglect their bathmat, waiting up to two weeks or even longer until they clean it.

A further 13% clean their bathmat only a few times a year and 5% clean theirs only once.

Women in the UK are more likely to clean their bathmat, with 15% doing it twice a week compared to only 10% of men doing the same.

The Hidden Dangers In Your Bathmat

We spoke with home cleaning expert Belinda Everingham to highlight the hidden dangers in a bathroom and provide a simple cleaning guide for bathmats.

Bathmats are a breeding ground for nasty bacteria in the bathroom.

You should aim to clean it once a week at least, depending on how often it is used.

Clung to floors, mats have no way of circulating air or drying off and this will create moisture and result in a build-up of mildew and mould.

“Always remember to regularly clean frequently used bathroom items such as bathmats and towels, as well as highly touched surfaces. These are often the dirtiest places in bathrooms, where germs can be spread.

Belinda Everingham – Bondi wash

Step-By-Step Guide To Cleaner Bathmats

1 – Check The Care Tag

a hand holding a care label on a bathmat

Before any washing, check the care tag.

This will ensure that you treat and clean the mat correctly, depending on the guidance given for the materials used in the product.

2 – Shake It Off

Not only do mats soak up moisture and steam but they also gather dust, dirt and hair.

Shaking  the bathmat before washing is imperative to remove any unwanted debris and avoid clogging up washing machines later on.

If the mat has a rubber side to it, consider using a cloth on this area to pull away any other visible grime.

A vacuum can also be used for day-to-day maintenance- a quick once over will keep on top of your mats between deep cleans.

3 – Put It In The Washing Machine

Portrait of a man, view from the washing machine, loading and washing a dirty bathmat

When using the washing machine for this item, use a warm setting as opposed to hot.

This will be cool enough to prevent discolouration and hot enough to kill any bacteria.

Use your favourite smelling washing detergent and add in baking soda. Half a cup should be fine.

This will help to eradicate odours, brighten colours, and reduce bacteria.

Adding lavender can also help maintain freshness and aid in reducing mildew.

Never overload the washer. Wash one mat at a time and never with other fabrics such as towels, as there is a risk that bacteria could transfer from one material to another.

4 – Hang It Out To Dry

When hanging out a mat to dry, opt for an outside location if possible.

The breeze will prevent any matting together of the material so that it can dry completely before placing back in the bathroom.

If you are lucky enough for some winter sun, this will also help kill any remaining particles.

5 – Ongoing Bathmat Care

Choose an appropriate bathmat.

There are a range of styles and materials out there and some are easier to clean than others.

A regular cotton mat is one of the easiest to maintain.

Keep a few bathmats handy so that while one is washing and drying you have some replacements.

This will prompt you to clean them more often and reduce the risk of bacteria build up in your bathroom.

How Do You Keep Your Bathmat Clean?

Our research suggests that there are a plethora of ways that people clean their bathmats (or don’t), but what do you do to stave off bathroom bacteria?

If you have any tricks and tips on keeping a bathmat clean, let us know in the comments below.

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Everything You Need To Know About Smoked Glass Shower Enclosures

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Smoked Glass Shower Enclosure

We are excited to unveil one of our latest products launches- smoked glass shower enclosures. If you’re looking for a brand-new enclosure that provides a minimalist monotone feel to your bathroom space, then sit back, relax, and get ready to discover this beautiful new shower trend.

Why Choose a Smoked Shower Enclosure?

Black/ smoked glass walk-in showers, also knows as tinted shower enclosures, are a beautiful way to add depth and industrial style to your bathroom space.

The smoked screens not only looks fabulous, it has also been crafted from robust 8mm premium glass for long lasting durability and the black tint provides a layer of privacy for busy family bathrooms (you know, the kind where you don’t get a minute’s peace.)

Unique, modern, and perfect for creating glamour at home, it’s here to add something a little different from the typical clear glass screens found in UK bathrooms.

So, take the plunge, go for something different, something bold!

8mm smoked glass
8mm Smoked Glass

Let’s find out more, Types of Smoked Shower Enclosures

Here at Big Bathroom Shop, we have two types of smoked glass enclosures: the Milano Portland- Luna and the Milano Nero- Luna.

Milano Nero Smoked Glass
MILANO NERO LUNA
Milano Portland Luna Smoked Glass
MILANO PORTLAND LUNA

Both are available in a variety of modern and stylish designs, the only difference being the profile. The Nero smoked screen is part of our black collection and therefore has a dark profile for a seamless effect.

Whereas, the Milano Portland-Luna has been designed with a chrome profile for a stark contrast and extra sparkly from the chrome features.

Smoked Glass Recessed Walk-in / Wetroom Enclosure

Walk-in Smoked Glass
Walk-in Smoked Glass EnclosureShop Walk-In Smoked Glass Enclosures

One of the most popular places to install a shower into your bathroom is within a recessed wall. This is because an enclosure has already been created within 3 solid walls. This means all you need is a glass door and shower tray making it more cost effective.

The most common door options for a recessed space are a hinged, sliding, bi-fold or pivot and you can have the option between right or left entry, depending on your personal preference.

Corner Walk-in Smoked Glass Enclosure

Looking for an enclosure you can hide away in the corner or against a single wall? Then a corner enclosure just might be what you’re looking for.

Corner walk-in showers are the perfect option for anyone trying to save space in their bathroom or en-suite. As the name suggests, corner enclosures effortlessly fit into the corner of your room with doors designed to slide to either side; thus creating an easy access entry area to get in and out of the shower.

Corner smoked glass enclosure
Corner Smoked Enclosure Shop Corner Smoked Glass Enclosures

Floating Smoked Glass Walk-in Enclosure

Floating smoked glass enclosures are the ideal enclosure type if you are looking for a minimal look. As the same suggests, the enclosure appears to ‘float’ with entry on either side. Featuring a single glass panel and supporting arm for additional stability.

Floating effect enclosures are a beautiful touch to add to any minimal inspired bathroom space.

Floating Smoked Glass Shower Enclosure
Floating Smoked Glass Shower EnclosureShop Floating Smoked Glass Shower Enclosures

Smoked Glass Enclosure Size Options

When it comes to our shower enclosures and wet rooms, we like to offer a wide variety of sizes. That’s because we understand how small and difficult spaces bathrooms can be in UK homes.

If you’re looking to fill a large space our enclosures go up to 1700mm x 900mm and have a long-life guarantee of 10 years.

For those who are struggling to fit a smaller space, we have enclosures starting from as small as 1100mm x 700mm

From small to large and everything in between, discover your perfect size here.

Shower Tray Options

To enhance and maximise your smoked glass shower, we offer several finish options including, white, anthracite and light grey.

Too add an extra splash of luxury, we have slate effect options. The Milano Rassa slate effect is a beautiful way to add a soothing spa-like feel to your showering space.

Carefully crafted from material 50% lighter than standard stone. Which makes them a lot less likely to chop or crack!

Big Bathroom Shop shower trays come with a fast-flow waste to ensure your shower water drains away swiftly.

Alternatively, you can opt for an acrylic capped polymer resin tray. This type of tray is extremely lightweight yet brilliantly durable and a hardwearing surface to stand the test of time.

In our smoked glass enclosure collection, you can choose to build your ideal shower step by step.

Starting off with the style, then moving on to choose your size and tray size and finish. We have made this a simple and painless way to ensure you achieve your perfect enclosure in just a few clicks.

Anthracite Shower Tray

Grey Shower Tray

White Shower Tray

Smoked glass shower enclosures are a great choice for people looking for extra privacy and a unique flair. The tinted design creates an eye-catching shower experience like no other, providing luxury and privacy in one simultaneous seamless design.

This monochrome touch is one of the latest designs to hit bathroom interiors, and lucky for you, we have plenty of designs for you to choose and create your dream bathroom.

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