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How Often Should You Update Your Bathroom?

If you’ve landed on this page, it means you’re wondering whether it’s time to update your bathroom.

Bathroom updates aren’t something that happen all too often and can be a costly job. But as the years go by, things can start to rust, break or, you simply might just hate the décor of your bathroom as seasons change.

Key Signs Your Bathroom Needs an Update

If you’re thinking about selling your property, a nice bathroom will add to the value of your home.Most of your bathroom products have extreme wear and tear damage.Your bathroom is looking extremely outdated.
Woman updating her bathroom

How Often Should You Update Your Bathroom?

Experts at LT Plumbing say you should update your bathroom every 7 -10 years. This is based on the general lifespan of bathroom products as they can become damaged through wear and tear. This is also based around trends, opting for neutral, timeless colours will avoid your bathroom looking dated or ‘out of fashion’ quick.

A great example of how you can keep the same bathroom design and just update features


Of course, this is only a suggested estimate and bathroom products can last much longer.

Big Bathroom Shop has industry leading guarantees on all our products for long lasting durability – we do spoil you!

Continue reading this article to find out how often even the of bathroom products should be replaced such as bath mats and toothbrushes – it will shock you!

If It’s Falling Apart – It Needs An Update

If you’ve had the same bathroom for over 7 years, things can start to stop working, rusting, leaking and other annoying wear and tear. As we mentioned above, the lifetime span of a bathroom, on average, tends to be between 7-10 years.

An Example Of A Rusty Old Shower Head, In Need Of Replacing!

Of course, if looked after well and you’re happy with your décor. There’s no reason to say you can’t wait longer to update.

We all know, a new bathroom isn’t cheap. It’s a costly project, so we would always suggest keeping the bath and vanity unit as long as possible and spend less by only updating your fixtures and fittings.

For example, in the last few years black taps and showers have completely knocked chrome off the favourite finish shelf. So instead of ripping out your entire bathroom, why not just upgrade to a more fashionable finish and style?

Update bathroom with black tap

If You Are Thinking About Selling Your Home, You May Need to Update Your Bathroom.

Selling home, house for sale

When selling your home, you want to get the most you can for it and believe it or not, a fresh, new bathroom will add more value for your home.

According to Property Market, ‘29% of homes sold in 2019 had a new bathroom fitted, so a full update might be the key to selling fast and earning more.’

Given that the Kitchen & Bathroom is one of the most important rooms, it should be the first space you want to tackle updating before putting your home on the market.

Resi, states ‘Typically, bathrooms have the potential to add between 4-5% onto your home’s value’.

We know what you’re thinking, ‘why would I spend thousands on a new bathroom, I won’t even be using’ and we understand your dismay.

But a new suite will be a huge selling point for selling your home and can even increase the price.

Updating your bathroom can increase the value of your property

That being said, we will always provide you with some tips on how to keep the price down whilst making sure your bathroom is show stopping brilliant:

Keep your existing layout, moving sanitary ware such as baths or toilets would mean relocating pipes, which would add cost.If your bathroom furniture is in good condition, focus on only updating the walls/ floors. This could be adding a lick of paint (keep the colours muted/ neutral) or changing the floor tiles.If your bathroom is big enough, make sure you include a shower/bath. This will appeal to families with small children.

If You Don’t Like Your Bathroom, It’s Time to Update/ Renovate.

Perhaps you might have moved into your home some time ago and only just managed to get the money together to renovate the bathroom that never really fit your style.

Now, is the perfect time to start that bathroom renovation. Especially if this is a home you are planning to stay in for the next 30 years!

Before Image Photo Credit: @renovatingwaltonhouse

After Image of a bathroom that has utilised a small space and kept style
Photo Credit:@renovatingwaltonhouse

Depending on your budget there are a few products we would recommend you include in your bathroom. They are this season’s must haves!

Wall Hung Furniture are beautiful modern bathroom pieces that will help save space in your cloakroom, bathroom, or en-suite.

Black fixtures are everywhere at the minute and it’s no wonder when they look this good. The Big Bathroom Shop Nero collection is filled with silky, matt shower sets, taps and shower enclosures.

Inspired by urban living and statement décor, find a whole collection available to help you create a harmonised space.

@@buckinghamrenovation displaying how beautiful black bathroom features can look.

‘So, how often should we update other aspects of our bathroom?’, I hear you ask. Of course we have the answers for the smaller changes…

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Changing your toothbrush is not something people do often enough. Resulting in your toothbrush becoming less effective and covered in bacteria.

A survey conducted by Carisbrook Dental, found that Woman change their toothbrush twice as often as men.

Experts from Oral B recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Over time your toothbrush bristles will become frayed. Worn out bristles will be harsher on your gums and will not clean your teeth properly.

How Often Should You Update Your Shower Curtain or Bath Mat?

Depending on what your bath mat is made of, they generally they last up to 2 years. That is of course depending on how often you wash them.

As you can imagine they gather a lot of dirt and dust, so it’s important to wash them every week to keep them bacteria free.

The job of a bathmat is to catch the water from our bodies when we step out of the shower, so it’s inevitable they will get extremely wet. Therefore, it’s extremely important to always allow your bath mat to dry out after every use.

You can either pop them on your towel rail or radiator to keep them dry and toasty warm.

Shower curtains are notorious for collecting bacteria that can often turn into mould – we’ve all been there.

To avoid this from happening, make sure you scrub the curtain – this is a good option for plastic liner shower curtains, or pop it in the washing machine if made from fabric.

As soon as your shower curtain starts to look grubby or smelly, try to replace it every few months.

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A Buyer’s Guide To Modern Showers

Modern Shower Styles For A Refreshing Bathroom Reset

When you really think about it, a shower system has to be considered one of the utmost important fixtures within a home – it provides the facility to kick off your day in a wholly revitalizing manner.

So, for the many people who count a refreshing showering experience as an integral part of their daily routine, we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on an immense variety of contemporary showers to ponder when upgrading your system.

Think premium performance, stunning aesthetics and ease of usability. All elements that will play a part in punctuating the profile of a perfect modern shower system addition, and enable the user to enjoy an efficiently invigorating shower with regularity for many years to come.

As such, the selection and buying of a modern shower really can prove to be one of the most integral decisions you make, certainly in terms of additions you make to your home, and more specifically, bathroom.

Don’t be daunted by the sheer wealth of modern shower ideas available, though. Allow Big Bathroom Shop to steer you through an ultra-stylish contemporary shower system landscape, dropping handy hints and tips along the way to ensure you ultimately arrive at the right modern shower choice.

What To Consider For Modern Showers

Milano Amara Thermostatic Shower w/ Recessed Shower Head

Before diving straight into shopping for modern showers, there’s a few things to take heed of, that might even help you to eliminate certain models from your thinking from the off.

Basically, you should consider which sort of domestic water system is in use at your home, in addition to the water pressure that is operational throughout the property.

The importance of these two simple factors cannot be underestimated – they can play a huge role in determining which types of contemporary showers represent suitable options for your bathroom specifically.

Essentially, the water pressure within your home will largely dictate how powerful the performance of any modern shower will be, and realistically which type you can install.

There’s a simple means to measure water pressure as detailed in our blog on How To Create An Amazing Showering Experience. However, if you aren’t totally confident in drawing up the correct calculations, you can enlist the services of a professional plumber for peace of mind.

With regards to the water system, you’ll typically find that UK properties tend to be built with one of three specific types. We’ll explain how to identify which sort your home incorporates below.

What Type Of Water System Do You Have?

Gravity Fed Water Systems

Milano Ryukyu Modern Concealed Thermostatic Shower Tower Panel w/ Waterfall Shower Head, Hand Shower & Body Jets

The most common type to be found within UK households, gravity fed water systems typically feature a cold water tank (often housed in an attic area), along with a water cylinder (usually stored in a closet or airing cupboard).

Such systems can be susceptible to providing low water pressure, however it is possible to enhance the pressure via the fitting of a shower pump.

A single pump has the facility to feed into multiple modern showers at the same time as well, making them a very worthy addition to larger properties with two or more working shower systems.

Combi Boiler Water Systems

Milano Orta Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Shower Head & Hand Shower

Typically, combi boiler water systems will include a boiler in the absence of water cylinders or tanks. They are designed to heat up water as and when it is distributed via the connected shower, taps or other water outlets.

Generally speaking, combi boilers tend to offer the highest level of water pressure, and they can be teamed alongside a shower mixer to deliver hot water to order when required.

Unvented Water Systems

Milano Nero Black Shower w/ Wall Mounted Round Shower Head

In the case of unvented water systems, a boiler or immersion heater raise the temperature of a water cylinder under high pressure.

This enables mass quantities of hot water to be supplied to modern showers and other water outlets within the home.

After you’ve identified which sort of water system is present in your home, and gauged an idea of the water pressure levels too, you’ll have formed a general idea regarding which sort of modern showers will be suited to your property specifically.

Furthermore, you’ll be aware of any sort of extra shower accessories you might need to guarantee your chosen component is working to its full capacity, such as shower pumps.

Essentially, determination of the correct water pressure and water system can help you narrow your modern shower system search down considerably, right from the off.

What Are The Main Types Of Modern Showers?

There’s a broad array of modern shower styles on the market, each offering their own unique advantages and in some instances, minor drawbacks as well.

We’ll dive deeper into the properties and features of each main type shortly, but first enjoy a brief overview of the various available models…

Thermostatic Mixer Showers

Milano Arvo Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Diverter, Ceiling Mounted Shower Head & Hand Shower

Milano Lisse Modern Concealed Shower  Tower Panel w/ Wall Mounted Square Shower Head, Hand Shower & Body Jets

Thermostatic mixer showers boast a thermostatic shower valve, which allows the shower to deliver water which remains at a consistent set temperature.

They represent an especially prudent modern shower choice for family households in which elderly adults or young children make use of the shower facilities, given that they pose a much lower scalding risk.

Manual Mixer Showers

With manual mixer showers, both hot and cold water supplies are combined with manual functionality.

A fairly no-nonsense contemporary shower selection, manual mixer shower systems are simple to install and offer excellent ease of usability.

Digital Showers

Milano Vis Chrome Thermostatic Digital Shower w/ Glass Grabbing Shower Head & Hand Shower

Milano Vis Concealed Digital Shower Tower Panel w/ Round Recessed Shower Head, Body Jets & Hand Shower

Digital showers can essentially pertain to take the form of a new-age, ultra-modern thermostatic mixer shower. Basically, this shower style utilises digital technology to enable the user to program a set water temperature that will not fluctuate.

Depending on how advanced a model you potentially invest in, you could source a digital shower system with the capability to be regulated via a smartphone, remote control or alternate device.

Smart Showers

Another style to retain distinct possibilities with thermostatic mixer showers, smart shower systems do so in a yet more technologically savvy sense than even digital models do.

Smart showers seamlessly integrate with other smart home systems including the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Nest, so you can control water settings like flow and temperature via voice activation settings.

Power Showers

Milano Astley Modern Corner Thermostatic Shower Tower Panel w/ Large Shower Head, Hand Shower, Body Jets & Shelf

Milano Select Chrome Thermostatic Mixer Shower w/ Shower Head, Hand Shower & Riser Rail

Power showers are another type renowned for offering an efficient, hassle-free installation means.

They operate by taking water from both hot and cold water feeds, incorporating a key internal pump which bolsters water pressure to deliver an altogether more gratifying showering experience.

Electric Showers

Another modern shower style that is quick and easy to fit, electric showers are often confused for power showers due to their similar aesthetic. Such is the makeup of electric shower systems to include their own heating element, they are able to work with only a cold water supply intact.

Of course, the technical aspects of modern shower systems are a crucial consideration. However, you shouldn’t allow the ‘nuts and bolts’ elements completely dictate which type of shower you opt for.

Once you are satisfied you’re shopping in the right category of contemporary showers to suit your water system and pressure levels, you can go about selecting a style that meets your preferences from an appearance perspective.

Classic chrome, as well as brilliant bronze and black are amongst the most readily available modern shower finishes, so there’s versatility abound in terms of something to suit contemporary bathroom décor.

As earlier alluded to, there’s an immense variety of modern shower room ideas to wade through, so you can be confident of identifying the perfect combination of performance and aesthetics to enhance your specific bathroom space.

Thermostatic Mixer Showers

The mixer controls contained within these showers feature a thermostatic valve which will make sure water is maintained at a constant temperature. Exactly what the temperature is set to can be determined and altered by any users manually.

What results is a supreme choice with regards to family households, in which small children or elderly adults will regularly make use of the modern shower cubicles present. The increased reliability concerning temperature control makes them such a stellar pick from a safety perspective.

In order to successfully fit a working thermostatic mixer shower, you’ll need a hot and cold water supply with a water pressure of 0.1 bar or more.

You can also top up the water flow, if you would prefer, via the use of an electric pump.

Key advantages, as well advertised previously in the article, are the safety features of thermostatic mixer shower systems. They offer, on a basic level, a reduced scalding risk, with the water temperature completely unaffected by the use of other water outlets elsewhere in the home.

Manual Mixer Showers

Manual mixer showers are a perfect selection for settings that boast a strong hot water supply in cohesion with lofty water pressure.

This sort of modern shower combines both hot and cold water supplies so it can be set to the user’s ideal temperature any time they set foot within the shower enclosure. They are also very easy to initially install and simple to operate thereafter.

The same basic requirements exist for manual mixer showers as they do with thermostatic versions – both hot and cold water supplies must be present with a minimum water pressure gauge of 0.1 bar.

Usually providing a cheaper alternative to mixer showers with thermostatic properties, manual mixer shower systems are very much advantageous from an ease of installation and use perspective.

Given their inferior safety features in comparison however, manual mixer showers are perhaps better suited to adult-only households.

Milano Mirage Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Diverter, Overflow Bath Filler & Hand Shower

Digital Showers

As aforementioned, digital showers can largely be defined as a jazzed up, technologically enhanced version of thermostatic mixer models. They are able to provide meticulous water temperature control due to the presence of a standard processor.

Certain digital shower systems offer remote control functionality, allowing users to regulate water temperature and flow rate at the touch of a button via smartphone or an alternate device. An excellent generational innovation that enables you to get your shower up and running in prime condition ready for when you enter.

Both concealed and exposed shower valves can accompany digital showers as well, as well as specific digital valves, so you can be sure to find the right key fitting to enhance any modern shower room aesthetic.

To successfully fit a working digital shower, you’ll require hot and cold water supplies in addition to an electrical supply, plus a minimum 0.1 bar water pressure level. As with thermostatic showers, you can team electric pumps with digital systems to boost water flow, if you would prefer.

Ultimately, digital showers derive the utmost popularity for a combination of safety features, simple-to-use controls and cutting edge convenience elements such as remote control utility. Typically, they’ll boast ultra-contemporary looks as well, making for a seamless blend within a modern bathroom setting.

Smart Showers

Right at the very forefront of modern shower technology sit smart showers, which could loosely be referred to as a savvier, more modernised version of a digital shower system.

Smart showers can provide users with a truly tailored showering experience, with customisable features and settings applicable to water flow, temperature and timings in terms of when to switch on and off.

Many smart shower systems also offer touchless control, with in-built sensors constituting extremely easy usability. Plus, remote control functionality is again a regular feature amongst several smart shower models.

Hot and cold water supplies are again needed, with a minimum 1 bar water pressure level also required for smart showers to thrive. And an electric pump can be fitted to boost water flow, if a more immersive shower coverage better suits the preferences of the user.

Perfect for gadget lovers, smart showers’ main advantages stem from their capability to deliver a fully customised showering experience even without having to touch a single button. Most smart shower systems can be linked to voice activation devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa components.

Furthermore, you can create safety-specific shower programmes for any children or elderly relatives who might make use of your modern shower enclosure. All in all, they represent an excellent investment for the tech-savvy modern bathroom shopper, who loves to keep up to date with all the very latest home tech innovations.

Milano Vis Chrome Thermostatic Digital Shower w/ Square Recessed Shower Head, Hand Shower & Body Jets

Power Showers

The term ‘power showers’ is bandied about with great regularity, often times in reference to any sort of contemporary shower system that outputs a vigorous flow rate. But they are a modern shower type in and of themselves in actual fact.

Power showers incorporate an integrated shower pump, and are fed water from each of the hot and cold water supplies to provide an enhanced water flow.

Both thermostatic and manual versions of power showers exist, so you can select the style best reflective of your household needs. Generally, manual power showers will tend to be less expensive than thermostatic options.

Either type makes for an excellent addition to a home with low pressure water systems, especially those with gravity fed networks, though a consistently reliable water supply is a necessity. Again, hot and cold water supplies are required along with a minimum water pressure gauge of 0.1 bars.

Perhaps the biggest beneficial aspect of power showers as a modern shower selection is the fact that they can bolster water pressure even in the absence of an extra water pump.

Electric Showers

Often confused with power showers in several scenarios, electric showers actually represent one of the most common modern shower types available, due in no small part to their versatility. Essentially, they are suitable for fitting in almost any property.

Electric showers feature their own heating units, meaning they can operate irrespective of a connected hot water supply – a fact that makes them an especially prudent choice for the likes of bathroom en-suites or particularly small downstairs modern shower rooms.

Only a cold water supply is required with a minimum 0.1 bar water pressure gauge for a successful electric shower installation. However, the fitting must be completed by a qualified plumber and electrician. So be sure to factor in additional costs for these services when considering your modern shower budget.

Probably the biggest plus point with regards to electric showers is their suitability for any setting, along with their economical and efficient performance quality, and the fact that the temperature of the water they deliver is unaffected by any other outlets within the home.

Milano Arcadia Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Round Shower Head & Bath Spout

Selecting The Right Modern Shower Head

Once you’ve zoned in on the perfect style of modern shower to add to your home, you can begin to think about which sort of shower head will best line up with your modern shower room ideas.

Contrasting shower head styles can have a massive influence not only on the aesthetics of the bathroom, but also on the way in which your modern shower system actually operates.

There’s four main styles of modern shower heads on the market, so we’ve put together a brief overview of each type below…

Ceiling Mounted Shower Heads

Arguably the most in-vogue option with regards to statement modern shower head style, ceiling mounted shower heads offer an entirely streamlined appearance, with the fixture failing to impact on any surrounding space.

Both square and rounded designs can be fit within the ceiling itself to create an ultra-contemporary look, and deliver a fully immersive shower experience with full coverage from above. They are an especially tempting option to team with modern shower systems that can provide a rainfall effect water flow.

Milano Nero Black Modern Square Ceiling Mounted Recessed Shower Head

Riser Kit Shower Heads

Riser kit shower heads are parked into a fixed bracket attached to the shower enclosure wall, and are adjustable depending on the height of the user for a more comfortable shower. Furthermore, they can be detached from their fixed or ‘resting’ position for targeted showering – homing in a specific area of the body or even for rinsing the modern shower cubicle.

An expansive array of riser kit shower head designs exist so you can be confident of finding a style to suit your tastes, and they’re certainly worth looking into as a fail-safe, simple shower head option.

Milano Mirage Chrome Modern Round Twin Diverter Thermostatic Valve w/ Handshower

Fixed Shower Heads

With fixed shower heads, which are amongst the very most popular available styles, the shower head can be wall mounted or ceiling mounted dependent upon personal preference, each providing a clean, luxurious aesthetic.

As such, fixed shower heads bore their main advantages from a looks perspective. They’re ideal for accentuating an elegant modern bathroom appearance, but are perhaps not the finest option for busy family bathroom areas, as they can’t be adjusted for more flexible usability.

Again, a wealth of fixed shower head designs exist, so if you do decide the style is right for you, there’ll be no trouble identifying attractive models for contemporary or traditional bathroom interiors.

Milano Elizabeth Brushed Gold Traditional Apron Shower Head & Wall Arm

Combination Shower Heads

There’s the best of both worlds, at least from a functionality point of view, with combination shower heads. In essence, this shower head type features both detachable and fixed shower heads to provide the utmost level of versatility.

Although you could fear multiple heads resulting in a cluttered look, the plethora of stylishly streamlined combination shower head sets available means such worries are unfounded.

You can create a classy appearance with the best aspects from both fixed shower heads and adjustable riser kits factored in with regards to usability.

Milano Arvo Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Diverter, Recessed Shower Head & Hand Shower

Choosing The Right Modern Shower Valves

Another supporting element that has to be considered when investing in a new modern shower system is which sort of valves you opt for, as well. Two main types exist in the form of concealed and exposed shower valves, with single, double and sometimes triple versions available in each style. So you can select the ideal version in accordance with the number of outlets your modern shower features…

Concealed Shower Valves

Concealed shower valves are a particularly popular pick for modern shower room areas in which slick, streamlined designer flair is the order of the day.

As their moniker suggests, concealed valves are barely visible, with their working parts cleverly masked by the wall they are attached to. The only parts to be clearly seen tend to be the controls attached to a back plate which are connected directly to the wall.

When fitted in cohesion with fixed shower heads, concealed shower valves will feed straight into the ceiling or wall. If you install concealed valves to work with a riser kit or shower hose, by contrast, an extra outlet will usually be used to feed into the component.

The space-saving, sleek profile of concealed shower valves probably has the strongest claims with regards to reasoning for their immense popularity.

Exposed Shower Valves

They’ll typically take the eye instantly, with exposed shower valves visible on the exterior of shower walls.

Again, there’s a multitude of different exposed valve designs available to suit any bathroom layout or style. Shower bar valves are the most common type of model available.

In the case of exposed valves, riser kits, shower pipes or hoses will connect to the valve directly.

All in all, they’re an easy-to-install and comparatively inexpensive shower valve solution, if perhaps not providing the same level of aesthetic appeal for modern bathroom interiors as their concealed counterparts.

Milano Clarus Brushed Gold Modern Manual Shower Valve

Combining Features For A Perfect Modern Shower

Once you understand the key features that combine to make the right modern shower system for you, you can work out whether all main components fall within your budget, and start putting together your dream setup.

Of course, a simpler and potentially more cost-effective way to do so can be to invest in modern shower bundles or shower panels, which will often incorporate all the elements you crave into a single component.

Indeed, sleek shower towers will typically incorporate a shower head, often offering rainfall flow functionality, as well as in-built valves and simple touch-button or touchless controls.

As alluded to, they can make for a simple but effortlessly stylish means to bring ideal modern shower aesthetics and practicality to your bathroom in one fell swoop.

Alternatively, you can put together your own bespoke perfect modern shower package by selecting a shower head in your ideal shape, along with the perfect accompanying valves and control panels.

Shop Modern Shower Systems With Big Bathroom Shop

No matter which sort of modern shower style you have your heart set on, there’s an excellent array of options available from Big Bathroom Shop, seamlessly combining outstanding aesthetics with premium quality functionality.

If you would like any further help or advice with regards to selecting the perfect modern shower system for your bathroom space, or have any other pressing bathroom concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below, or contact us via InstagramFacebook or Twitter.

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Does A Bath Or Shower Add More Value To A Home?

Will Baths Or Showers Enhance The Value Of A Property?

As another notch on the Big Bathroom Shop baths vs showers belt, we’ve dived deeper still into the debate, conducting our own research to determine whether a bath or a shower adds more value to a home.

With the notion already discussed in our Bath Or Shower blog, we’ve now gauged the British public’s opinion on the matter, finding out what percentage of people asked view a bathtub as an essential home fixture and the answers to other key questions.

Can the value of a property really be enhanced or downgraded based upon the presence of a simple bath, or lack thereof?

Read on to see our findings, and what they indicate with regards to baths and showers influencing the cost and saleability of a home.

Do Most People Prefer Baths Or Showers?

Milano Ballam Standard Single Ended Bath w/ Bath Screen & Front Panel

A simple enough way to begin our research was to ascertain whether most people actually preferred baths or showers on the whole. Of course, the 8.2% of people asked who said they never take a bath are highly unlikely to view the lack of a bathtub as a ‘deal breaker’ or see it as having any sort of detrimental effect on the value of a property.

However, a much larger proportion of those surveyed were partial to a relaxing soak. Although 56.1% stated that they preferred taking showers over baths, a decent 37.8% were of the opposite persuasion.

That said, whilst a freestanding bathtub focal point might not be a bathroom priority for that near 40 per cent range, you could expect something like a shower bath to be a desirable property feature to say the least.

Certainly so, the space to accommodate a bathtub of some sort even if one isn’t already fitted would appear to be a key factor to a significant portion based on our research.

Can Lifestyle Factors Influence A Bath Or Shower Choice?

Even on a basic level, it’s simple to see that people will opt to take a bath or shower for different purposes, and the decision could alter from day to day if they have comfortable access to both vices.

Our research backs up the notion entirely though, and spells bad news for those who could potentially be looking to sell on a property in which a bathtub isn’t present.

A big 68.9% of people surveyed explained that a bath helps them to relax, with a majority 56.9% explaining they enjoy hot baths. Furthermore, almost a third of the people asked (28.9%) said they choose to take a bath when feeling stressed, whilst 31.2% cited ‘alone time’ as their reasoning for hopping in the tub.

With data to back up the general idea that baths are a perfect means for unwinding and de-stressing, it’s reasonable to suggest they’ll be viewed as a vital fixture for many following a busy day-to-day working schedule.

Indeed, 34.3% of 25-34 year-olds admitted to taking a bath when feeling stressed, the largest proportion of any of the age ranged inquisitees. The same bracket were the second most responsive (5.8%) when asked if they’d ever taken a bath on their lunch break too, beaten only by the 18-24 clan (7.8%). Kids, eh?

re Showers Seen As Essential?

Milano Nero Black Sliding Door Shower Enclosure w/ Tray

Whilst we’ve loaded up on the bath talk so far, one of the main reasons for doing so is because the far more diminutive stylings of shower systems makes them a practical inclusion for pretty much any home.

And for all the evidence we’ve presented to show how crucial many people see baths, it would appear that showers still have the edge when it comes right down to it, in accordance with our samplings anyway.

A majority 56.1% registered a preference for taking a shower as opposed to a bath, whilst 25.2% said they would never live somewhere that didn’t have a shower. By comparison, 19.2% echoed the same sentiments as it pertained to bathtubs.

So, although the difference might not be massive, our research does suggest that showers are a priority inclusion in comparison with baths. Perhaps most telling though, is the results that suggest people want the best of both worlds.

Almost half of all those surveyed (44.9%) were in agreement with the statement that “when looking at a new property, a separate bath and shower is important to me”. Centrepiece freestanding tubs still are prospectively popular then, as well as modern showers.

Only 28.6% outlined a preference for traditional bathroom styles when searching for a new home, while 40.9% were in favour of contemporary bathrooms.

re Baths Or Showers A More Valuable Fixture For A Property?

Milano Richmond White Traditional Freestanding Bath w/ Brushed Gold Feet

Milano Rosso Matt Bronze Corner Walk-In Shower Enclosure w/ Slate Tray

In essence, the value of a property can be some way determined by how desirable it is to own, to how many people.

And given the fact that showers would tend to be a standard fitting in more or less any home, and that a decent amount of people would not entertain the purchase of a property if it didn’t feature a bathtub, baths probably hold the edge as the more valuable asset.

However, the popular conception that people really want both components has been firmed up by our research, which suggests that as long as there is a bath somewhere in the home, the value of the property shouldn’t be affected.

As aforementioned, shower baths provide a valuable combination option if space is at a premium within the master bathroom of the home. And in instances where a bath isn’t fitted, it could even be worth sourcing a relatively cheap option for installation before the property is placed on the market. An initial outlay of a few hundred pounds could see an added valuation of a couple of thousand tacked on to the price just via the presence of a bath.

Get In Touch With Big Bathroom Shop

Be sure to check out the wide selection of baths vs showers debate articles on the Big Bathroom Shop blog, or for more information or help and advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

You can reach us by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below, or contact us via InstagramFacebook or Twitter.

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Keeping Clean On Company Time?

>How The Pandemic Has Changed Our Cleaning Habits

The last 18 months or so have seen many of us working from home for extended periods of time – and we’ve been taking advantage of this in a range of different ways.

Somewhat safe in the knowledge that we can get up and take things a bit slower than we normally would, some of us stay up past our “usual” bedtime and get out of bed a little later. 

Others kick back in the garden and enjoy a few extra minutes on their lunch break, knowing full well that an additional 15 minutes of lazing in the sun “won’t do any harm”.

And then there are those of us who have decided to shower or bathe on company time. 

That’s right, we British like to talk about the “stiff upper lip” and “just getting on with it”, but we’re just as guilty as everyone else when it comes to getting that little extra time away from our workspace!

Taking Advantage Of The Boss Not Watching

We surveyed 2000 people and found that around 1-in-10 of us were either taking more showers or having more baths since we started working from home. 

And that’s no bad thing, really, as we all know that there are many of us who have taken to showering a lot less since we weren’t allowed to leave the house!

But with the boss not being around to watch us (though that would be weird), we found that men were more likely to take advantage of working from home, with 10% of those surveyed saying they were taking more baths in lockdown – compared to 6.2% of women.

3.8% of men and 3.6% of women have also started taking baths on their lunch breaks, with 7.8% of those aged 18-24 most likely to take the plunge when they should really be fuelling up for an afternoon of work.

And of all the cities in the UK, residents of Southampton are more likely to try and get away from their home office desks, with 10.2% taking more baths in lockdown and 8.2% using their dinner break to have a nice relaxing soak.

re We Really Using Company Time To Take Get Clean?

Making The Most Of Our Bathtubs

Although many more of us are now taking baths in our lunch breaks, the question of whether we are actually eating into company time – and being paid to get clean – still remains. 

The average UK lunch break is 34 minutes – but according to our study, we spend an average of 25 minutes in the bath, so perhaps we’re being a bit hasty calling out the UK’s workforce! 

However, if 25 minutes is the average, that means some of us are spending a lot longer in the bath than others – so who is it? 

Well, according to our data, 35-44 year olds tend to spend a little longer soaking away their worries than anybody else, with 25% of them taking over 45 minutes in the tub. 

However, the biggest offenders for extended lunchtime bathtub breaks are actually the over 55’s – as 6.5% of them freely admit to spending well over an hour giving themselves that “prune-like” glow!

nd Sneaking A Shower

For showers, it’s a little different and perhaps not as naughty as it is taking a bath. 

Of those surveyed, we found that many people only took around 10 minutes to take a shower – which leaves ample time for a bite to eat in the remaining 24 minutes of the average lunch break. 

However, some residents of London (2.5%), Birmingham (1.4%) and Nottingham (1.5%) did say they spent in excess of 25 minutes showering, leaving little time to dry themselves off before needing to be back at their desks. 

Men were marginally more guilty of taking their time in the shower, with 1.3% of those asked stating they spent over half an hour in there, compared to 1.2% of women. 

And it was the millennials in the survey that showered for the longest, with an average shower time of 12.2 minutes, with 5% of that age group taking over 30 minutes in the shower!

What Happens When We Go Back To The Office?

With all this extra time being spent showering and bathing while working from home, it begs the question – what will employers do to accommodate this new-found desire to keep clean when we get back to the office? 

If companies allow a “smoke break” for those people dependent on nicotine, will they have to start allocating time for people wanting shower and bathtub breaks too?

Maybe we’re on the road towards showers and freestanding bathtubs in every office in the country! 

Perhaps we’ll see employees demanding contracts that state they must be allowed to take showers on site and enjoy the relaxation a bath can offer on a daily basis! 

Who really knows? 

One thing is for certain, however, the “new normal” is not as “normal” as we think, and in years to come don’t be surprised to find yourself walking past your colleague in their bath robe, making their way back to their desk, smelling strongly of Original Source or Dove. 

I for one support these possible changes, if only for the singing in the shower competitions that are likely to come about when everyone has got used to it all!

Have You Changed Since Working From Home?

We’ve all been through a lot in the last year and a half, and we’d love to hear how you are doing things differently than before the pandemic began.

Are you a secret lunchtime showerer? Leave a comment below or tag Big Bathroom Shop on Instagram or Facebook and tell us about your own bathroom tales.

The post Keeping Clean On Company Time? written by John Lawless appeared first on Big Bathroom Shop.

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>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.

The post The Importance Of Cleaning Bathmats written by Rikki Fothergill appeared first on Big Bathroom Shop.

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