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Spring Cleaning Tips from Luxury Bath

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Can A Bathroom Be Spring Cleaned? You Bet!

Spring cleaning usually involves clearing closets, cabinets, and storage areas on unwanted clutter. We wash windows, refinish floors, and prep the windows and doors for warm weather. What about the bathroom? Some bathrooms have no windows, which means mold and mildew growing over the long winter. Because of this, it is important to deep clean bathrooms as well!

Supplies

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Just working with a can of scrubbing bubbles and a sponge might not cut it. Here are the supplies we recommend you pick up for this endeavor:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Seventh Generation cleaning liquids (these are all natural with no harmful chemicals)
  • Dusting cloths
  • Swiffer mop or microfiber mop
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Spray bottle with water

Cabinets

Many bathrooms have wooden cabinets. To dust and clean them, mix in a small jar one half cup lemon juice to two cups olive or coconut oil. Shake until well mixed, then dust your wood cabinets. It’s a natural alternative to cleaning chemicals and will make the wood glow.

Glass and Mirrors

Some people mix dish liquid with vinegar and water to wash glass and mirrors. However, the dish liquid isn’t really necessary. Lemon juice or vinegar and water will clean most everything.

Close the glass shower door after you’ve turned on the hot water. Allow the steam to build up, and then shut the shower off. On the glass shower walls, apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off. Spray with water. Wipe down with microfiber cloths to prevent mildew.

Floor and Wall Tiles

Close the shower door again with hot water running for steam. Use either the Seventh Generation cleaners or a mixture of vinegar, lemon, and water. Apply the cleaner to the tile walls and floors, then close the door. In a few minutes, shut off the shower. With a Swiffer or a microfiber mop, remove the moisture from the ceiling.

Wipe off the tile walls and floors. If not all dirt was removed from the grout, apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush. If it still won’t come clean, then a professional formula should be applied.

Tips For Deep Cleaning the Bathroom

Now the windows, mirrors, walls and floors are clean, it’s time to deep clean the sink and toilet. One of the best tips we’ve seen for cleaning the toilet and sink is to sprinkle in baking soda. After a few minutes, pour in vinegar. It will sizzle and bubble. When it’s finished bubbling, rinse it. It will shine like new!

Faucets and Shower Heads

Next you’ll need plastic sandwich baggies and rubber bands. In the baggie, mix vinegar, baking soda, and water. Wrap the faucets and shower head with the baggie. Let them sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, remove them and wipe them down. Your faucets and shower head will shine!

These simple tips and tricks should be all the cleaning you need to make your bathroom shine like new. If your bathroom needs more than just a little freshening up this spring season, give Luxury Bath a call to get started on your dream bathroom!

Updating Your Bathroom Decor for Spring

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While you make time for de-cluttering, cleaning and storing winter clothes, welcome spring by sprucing up your bathroom, too! With new décor, colors, and creativity, a dull area becomes a dazzling paradise. Take a peek at our tips below to get a fresh spring look in your bathroom!

A Dash of Color

Nothing says springtime like bright colors. Get rid of black, white, brown, gray, beige, navy blue, and neutral shades and aim for colorful bath decor. Mint, yellow, red, pink, green, and purple shades are great standout colors to incorporate into the room. If changing the wall color to be brighter is too much for you, however, use bright pops of color in the vanity, artwork, or vases to get the same feel.

Get Decorative

Designs and knickknacks add personality to any room. Stripes, shapes, and patterns on towels, shower curtains, window curtains, bathroom accessory sets, mirrors, and artwork enhance that personality. Embrace the shape of the decorative piece (likely a square or rectangle) in multiple areas to create balance in the space. Quirky accent pieces such as artwork, sculptures, or trinkets tell a story through their detailed designs.

Elements of Nature

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Flowers, plants, and beach pieces will give a spa-like, natural element of the area. It makes the room feel fresh, intimate, and special. Flowers in vases, potted plants, seashells, and conch shells are examples of different natural elements to add to your space. Accessories made of brick, stone, or wood work well also. You could even add a reclaimed wood wall or shelves to give some texture to the room.

Add Storage Solutions

It’s impossible to have too much storage space in bathrooms. When shelving is too full to store unused items, portable storage space may be your solution. Portable storage items make bath items easy to access while being stylish. Baskets, bath storage racks, shower caddies, and countertop organizers are great storage options. Larger rooms can add small bath cabinets, over the toilet storage, and ladder shelves for more  space.

Mirrors on the Wall

A mirror is a staple in bathrooms for enlarging the room, so updating the mirror with a new frame will make it pop. If you have only space for small mirrors, we recommend adding multiple to create symmetry. You could even replace one large mirror with two smaller ones to enlarge the space and allow for more creativity. Pair mirrors with sunlight and new lighting fixtures, and the mirror-light combo will illuminate the space.

Light it Up

Let light brighten the area through natural and indoor light. You may even want to replace darker shades or curtains with white or see-through ones if you can. Adding bright, new light fixtures help a space appear brighter and refreshed as well. That could even become a fun spring DIY project – painting old light fixtures to give them a new look!

As you can see, paint jobs and renovation overhauls aren’t necessary to turn bathrooms from drab to fab. Swapping home decor to and from the area will have a major impact on the appearance and vibe without spending thousands to achieve a similar result. Even if Ohio’s weather isn’t ready to welcome spring gracefully, welcome it in the bathroom using accessories.

If you’re looking to give your bathroom a complete or partial update besides fresh paint and accessories, contact us today to get started!

How Can Updating Your Bathroom Save You Money?

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When it comes to the priority of home improvement projects, the bathroom runs a pretty close second to the kitchen, and there is a plurality of reasons behind why homeowners choose to take on a bathroom remodel. It could be to modernize an outdated design, make it more energy efficient, or just make it their own. A remodeled bathroom not only adds to the aesthetics of your home but also to its resale value. Renovating your bathroom can add upwards of $10,000 to your home’s resale value, making it a great long-term investment.

Improving Efficiency

Aside from increasing the resale value and improving aesthetics, many homeowners are also seeking ways to improve energy efficiency in their homes. In doing so, they are also beautifying their space, essentially killing two birds with one stone.

Many homeowners have turned to energy-saving lighting fixtures to effectively and efficiently light this space in their homes. We recommend investing in high-efficiency LED lighting instead of using traditional bulbs. Another change you can make is turning to energy-saving fans for ventilation purposes. These fans are not only quieter but are also far more efficient than average fans, saving you money.

Remodeling Ideas

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So, other than lighting, what are some of the more common upgrades? Well, believe it or not, it’s countertops; the highly sought-after granite and quartz countertops commonly used in kitchens are becoming a must-have for today’s modern bathroom. Also, when it comes to flooring, as well as walls, many homeowners are choosing porcelain, with many citing the material’s aesthetics as the basis for their choice.

Bathrooms that are designed with practical usage in mind are becoming more common as well. For example, many people are taking built-in bathtubs out to create a combo bathtub/shower wet room, that is handicap accessible. Creating more storage space by adding shelves, cupboards, baskets, and more is becoming common, too. This can increase a home’s resale value by catering to many different types of buyers and making the bathroom easy to use.

Choosing a Contractor

Once you’ve decided on the type of upgrades you would like to make; your next step will be to choose a quality contractor. As with any home improvement project, you will want to find a licensed contractor and have a discussion about labor cost, material cost, and timeframe for completion. Finding a high-quality contractor or service provider can save you money by doing everything right the first time and ensuring your improvements last for years.

As with any major home improvement project, you’re encouraged to get a written estimate and do some comparison shopping to get the best deal possible. Your home is your biggest investment, and you will want to get the most out of your remodeling dollars.

We are committed to giving our clients amazing service and high quality products at an affordable price. Call us today to get started on your next project and increase your home’s value!

Planning a One-Day Remodel While Mom is Away

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Trying to surprise your mom is a tough proposition–especially when you’re looking at a remodeling project. You know that she’ll be quickly frustrated by a half-done room that’s difficult or impossible to use, so surprising her while she’s away is one of the most effective ways to get that remodeling project taken care of. If you’re planning a one-day remodeling project, however, make sure that you’re appropriately prepared for the process. 

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If you’re going to finish your remodeling project in a day, you need to know exactly what you want to do. Work closely with your contractor as you discuss details like color scheme, how much remodeling you really need to do, and other key attributes of the project. The better prepared you are, the more likely you’ll be able to complete your project effectively. 

Step Two: Let Your Contractor Evaluate the Space

There’s nothing worse than diving in with a project that’s supposed to take a single day, only to find significant problems with your home that will lead to more difficulty. Bring your contractor in when Mom’s not home and let them take a look at the space. They may be able to predict issues like mold behind the walls, uneven surfaces, or tile problems before they start the project, allowing you to assess whether or not you can really complete that project in a day. 

Step Three: Prioritize

When you’re working on a remodeling project, things often fail to go exactly according to plan. Those tiles you just had to have for the bathroom walls will fail to stick, or the vanity will come apart as you’re trying to take it out, or you’ll discover that an unexpectedly wet day makes it take twice as long as usual for the paint to dry. By creating a priority list, you’ll be able to decide what pieces of the project can wait until another day if you need to finish up fast. 

Step Four: Prepare

In order to truly remodel a space in a single day, you need to be prepared. All of the items you need should be purchased ahead of time, from new mirrors to towel bars. The last thing you need to do is spend your day running back and forth to your local store. Make sure that you’ve chosen materials that work well together and that will effectively fit into your space in order to streamline the remodeling process. 

Step Five: Stick With It

A one-day remodeling project is not the time to decide that you want to turn your original ideas upside down. Instead, make sure that you’re willing to live with your original plan–and more importantly, that Mom will be! Last-minute changes can extend the time necessary to complete the project, leaving you with a half-finished room when Mom gets home. 

Choosing the right contractor is critical to ensuring a smooth remodeling project, especially if you want to do it in a single day. Carefully preparing and letting the contractor know what you’re doing, however, will ensure a smooth process that will result in a great surprise when Mom comes home.

Use Your Tax Return to Remodel Your Bathroom

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Tax season is upon us and what better investment to spend your tax refund on than a one-day bathroom remodel?  Other than the kitchen and living rooms, your bathroom is where you spent the majority of the time in your home.  It is where you bathe, where you get ready for bed, and often where people try to relax for a few moments in the tub or shower.  

Homeowners often find run into the issue of budgeting or saving for a home improvement project. This is why tax season is the perfect time to remodel your bathroom. Use Your Tax Return to Remodel Your Bathroom-use-your-tax-refund-for-bathroom-remodel

Invest in Your Home

Although you aren’t really adding square footage to your home, an extensive bathroom remodel can add a lot of perceived value to your home.  Upgrading flooring, countertops, bathroom fixtures, and aesthetics is a phenomenal way to create a whole new environment in your home.  

If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, it’s a great idea to remodel your bathroom. Upgraded fixtures will definitely attract buyer interest.  The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home for people especially if you have some nice upgrades.  It can really help sell the home.

Improve Energy Efficiency

If your bathroom has not seen an update in a while, it’s the perfect time to use your tax money to make your bathroom fixtures more energy efficient.  Energy star rated toilets, faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures can help you save money on your water consumption.  

This is especially true for folks that have large families.  If you are using hundreds of gallons of water on a daily basis, those savings can really add up when you have modern day fixtures.  You can also take the opportunity to upgrade light fixtures, switches, outlets, and other electrical components in your bathroom.  

Treat Yourself to Something New

Perhaps the best reason to spend that refund on a bathroom remodel is to get something fresh and new in your life. Often we forget about how drab our current bathroom has become that we don’t even think about how outdated or in need of attention it is.  

Doing a complete remodel can help give you a fresh start and make it so you actually want to spend time in your bathroom. Spice things up with a new shower door or make things brighter with new colors or modern cabinetry. A remodel is a chance to remake something exactly as you would like it to be.  

One-day bathroom remodeling projects are a fantastic way to go because you can get everything you want in a new bathroom without having to endure weeks of living in a construction zone.  Just because it is done in one day does not mean the work is sub-par or that you are getting an inferior service. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a free in-home estimate.

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3 Tips for Preventing and Handling Bathroom Leaks

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Leaks in the bathroom are always a cause for concern for homeowners. After all, no one wants to waste water or have a small leak turn into a major, costly issue. An undetected leak can do a lot damage over time, and even over a short period if it’s serious enough. Once you know what to look for, you can attempt to identify the problem, make the necessary repairs, and resolve the situation quickly. Here are some tips on how to detect a leak, and how to handle the situation. 

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Detect a Leak

If you suspect that you have a leak in the bathroom, you’ll need to find the source and see if there’s any visible water damage. One way to locate a leak is by taking a dry cloth and run it along the pipes or water lines to see if any spots come up damp. If you do locate a spot that’s wet, try to tighten pipes and connections to see if that stops it. It could be a loose joint between pipes or water lines.

Leaks in the bathtub or shower stall can occur in several different spots. Check the caulking along the tub and the wall to ensure that it’s in good condition. You will need to fully remove old caulking completely before you can fill in any spots with gaps. This should be done every few years so that you maintain a tight and secure seal between the tub and the walls.

Remain Calm

Any time that you discover a potential problem with the fixtures or systems in your home, you’re likely to worry. It’s natural to be upset, but remaining calm is more helpful to you and your family. Take a deep breath, and remember that these things happen. Making repairs and dealing with these types of issues are a part of being a responsible homeowner.

Do your best to locate the source of the leak, shut off water if necessary, and then determine if it seems like a repair that you can handle on your own. It could be something simple, or it could be something more serious. Once you’ve stopped the leaking by turning off the water, you can do a more thorough assessment and decide whether it warrants calling in a pro.

When to Call a Professional

It’s always best to contact an expert if the issue is serious. A skilled and experienced plumber will know how to find the source of the leak, and they’ll have both the equipment and the expertise to fix the leak for good. It may mean spending money on their services, but it’s well worth it to save you money and spare you the stress in the long run. Having a pro come in to do repairs is a great way to prevent future problems, as well.

You don’t want to simply patch up a leaky spot and then have to face the issue again in a few days or weeks. Getting it fixed properly the first time is the best option. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that a professional has solved the problem and prevented costly damage.

How to Design a Safe Bathroom

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Thousands of people are injured in bathroom accidents each year.  Fortunately, many of these incidents are preventable if homeowners follow a few simple safety tips. January is National Bath Safety Month, and a good time for homeowners to look for tips on how to design a safe bathroom. Below are some helpful suggestions on how to prevent bathtub injuries and avoid slipping while taking a bath or shower.

Install Safety Accessories

Installing specific accessories can make your bathroom significantly safer than it is currently. For example, grab bars are an excellent addition to any bathroom. Many falls occur simply because there is no practical area to grab onto if you lose your balance or trip. Grab bars can be installed on the sides of the shower, at its entrance, or in both areas, depending on the design of your bathroom. Such bars also make it easier to navigate the shower overall, as they provide a place to grip when stepping in and out of the bath.

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Control Water Temperature

Many people have quickly entered a shower or bathtub assuming that the water is at the appropriate temperature, only to discover it is much hotter than desired. This sudden exposure to hot water may cause you to become injured by a burn or by falling if you attempt to hastily exit the shower. Therefore, make sure you have a way to control water temperature or check to make it is a desirable temperature before entering. There are devices available that monitor and control the temperature of the water and prevents it from exceeding a certain degree, so this may be an option for you if you frequently have water temperature concerns.

Cover Sharp Edges

If your shower has doors, glass fixtures, or similar components, you should make an effort to cover sharp edges in order to avoid cuts, scrapes, and other injuries. This is an important aspect of bath safety, as clothing is not present to provide extra protection when bathing or showering. In addition to covering sharp edges in showers and baths, be sure to cover them on counters as well.

Senior Bath Safety

If you or other residents of your home are elderly, you should consider the addition of accessories such as a shower seat and a hand-held shower head. Such devices make it easier and safer for seniors to bathe or shower, particularly those who have balance issues or take medications that may cause dizziness or an unsteady gait.

In certain cases, it may be necessary to plan a remodeling project in order to design a safe bath for you and your loved ones. When remodeling, your contractor can create a floor plan with safety in mind. This way, you can avoid slipping, control water temperature, cover sharp edges, and have the contractor install accessories such as grab bars and seats during the bathroom remodeling process.

Although it is not always possible to completely prevent every minor accident, designing a safe bathroom is a great place to begin. Contact Luxury Bath to receive a free estimate and talk to a professional about making your bathroom a safer place.

Go For A Modern Style While Redoing the Bathroom

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Go For A Modern Style While Redoing the Bathroom-Go-For-A-Modern-Style-when-Redoing-the-Bathroom-Luxury-Bath-July-2017-300x199Most homeowners will look to renovate bathrooms when they are considering any home improvement project. Modern bathrooms make for spaces that are clean and utilitarian. Less clutter also decreases the chances of accidents.

Keeping it simple is the best way to undertake any bathroom decor in your home decorating schemes. Replace any fixtures and accessories that are more than 10 years old and give equal attention to door and cabinet handles. You can create an illusion of space by installing large mirrors, while the use of neutral colors like white or grey, can make a bathroom appear sophisticated. Bathroom decor tends to use geometric shapes and simplistic designs. Lighting must be bright and the use of natural lighting is highly recommended.

Cabinets used in a modern bathroom are streamlined, clean and crisp. Modern fixtures and accessories, as well as a free standing bathtub enhances the modern feel. Surfaces and counter tops must be easy to maintain and give the bathroom a sophisticated style. Showers can have steam, while a seamless glass enclosure helps to maintain cleanliness in a bathroom.

To give the bathroom a comforting, fresh and elegant look, accessories are a must. This includes mirrors, towel rods, soap dishes or dispensers, paper towel holders and the like. They must follow a particular theme, which follows the home decor. The location of the accessories is also important and must rely on the true utility, more than appearances.

Lighting must be bright and not allow any shadows, as this can make a bathroom appear smaller. Ambient lighting in the center of the bathroom will give the best results. Once your bathroom looks wonderful and is comfortable to use, you will have the added bonus of increased home valuation. For more tips like this, pay a visit to the Luxury Bath Ohio showroom.

Trends in Bathroom Remodeling for Home Decorating Projects

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Trends in Bathroom Remodeling for Home Decorating Projects-Trends-in-Bathroom-Remodeling-Luxury-Bath-Ohio-June-2017-300x200When you are planning on home decorating, redoing the bathroom is often at the top of the list. A bathroom remodel follows furniture and fashion trends. Bathrooms must become functional and innovative after remodeling and trends in doing this keep changing ever so quickly.

Compared to the bathrooms of the past, bathrooms in modern homes have become almost three times bigger than earlier. Bathroom trends for the remodeling include cabinets that hold sinks and make for stylish furniture. The most common trend is to have other cabinets that serve as bathroom furniture to be wall hung. Sinks have become brighter with the advent of fiberglass and acrylic sinks. Small style tips like tub coverings can improve the looks of a bathroom without having to invest large sums of money. Current trends in bathroom remodel have included the flooring, which ranges from vinyl to concrete instead of the traditional tiles. Concrete floors last longer and can be colored to become a part of the home decorating scheme.

Among current bathroom trends is the changing of fixtures to chrome or gold plated, instead of the plastic and resin that were among the earlier trends. Jacuzzis have replaced tubs and most shower-seekers opt for steam options. Water usage is also another topic that is trending and people are conscious about reducing the usage of water in shower heads and toilets. Many have become low or dual use. Water heaters used in modern day bathrooms are those that supply hot water on demand, not the storage types that were common earlier. Lighting in bathrooms has also given due weight to energy efficiency while, if possible as part of home decorating, natural lighting and ventilation are given preference. Mirrors are used to create the illusion of space and making rooms that much brighter.

To customize your perfect bathroom look, contact Luxury Bath Ohio.

How to Finance Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

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How to Finance Your Bathroom Remodeling Project-How-to-finance-your-bathroom-remodel-Luxury-Bath-Ohio-June-2017-300x199When you decide that it is time for a bathroom remodel, it is necessary to decide how much you will need to spend. Since most homeowners do not have the cash available to pay for such a project, it is necessary to search for the best financing options.

Loan Options

When you want to perform some home upgrades, there are a few loan options available.

  • Home Equity Loans – These kinds of loans provide tax benefits that are associated with traditional mortgages and do not come with any closing costs. The entire loan is given up front and you can pay it off over a long period of time. Usually, the interest rates are fixed, so payments are easy to fit into your monthly budget.
  • Home-Equity Line of Credit – Lenders provide a line of credit that comes with a ceiling. Since this loan option comes with no closing costs and you only pay interest on the amount that you borrow, it is a smart idea for a home project.

Borrow Directly Through Your Remodeling Company

Many times, a reputable remodeling company will offer special financing when you use their products and services. At Luxury Bath, we want to make sure that all your home projects are affordable. Our one-day remodels are currently being offered at payment options as low as $89 per month. For a small cost, you will be able to enjoy a new bathroom with a multitude of updated features.

For over two decades, Luxury Bath has been serving residents of Columbus, Ohio. We try our best to make all of your bathroom remodeling projects as easy and affordable as possible. Whether you want a new whirlpool tub or an updated tile backsplash, we have ideas that will make your dreams come true. For more information about the finance options available through Luxury Bath, contact us or visit our showroom today.