Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know
Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

A shower pump is the perfect addition to any bathroom if you have been suffering from low water pressure and are in need of a more refreshing shower. What do you really know about shower pumps though? Are you prepared for any potential problems and issues, or are you jumping in head-first?

This guide has been created to give you more guidance, and to help you understand more about shower pumps, how they work, and the issues that might need to be fixed down the line. So, if you want the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about shower pump problems, you better be ready to read below. 

Why is My Shower Pump Not Working? 

There are so many different reasons why your shower pump might not be working, and practically every reason is listed here in this guide for you to look through.

It could be anything from limescale to a leak caused by an excess of pressure or loose seals. Therefore, you should have no problem finding out what the problem is, as well as the potential solutions. 

A Leaking Pump 

If a pump is leaking, that usually means that there is an issue with the seals. These deteriorate over time, and so leaks tend to indicate that they need to be replaced. However, there could be several other causes for the leak in your pumps, and more of the symptoms can be found further down in this FAQ. 

A Cold Pump 

When you install a shower pump, it is important that you do not let it get cold or frosty as this can affect its functionality. The best way to avoid this is to protect it with insulation. By doing this, you keep it safe from the frost and also prevent it from getting cold. 

A Noisy Shower Pump 

You should expect some noise from your shower pump because they are not silent installations in any way, but excessive noise can prove to be a problem.

It could mean that the pump is jammed, and therefore the impellers are not able to rotate correctly. Generally, this is caused by limescale, seals that have become stuck, or an electrical issue. 

If the pipes are not flexible, it can cause a large increase in noise, and the same goes if there are no anti-vibration feet attached to the base. Improperly connected or placed piping may also create extra noise, as does pipework that has not been supported correctly. 

Airlocks 

This is quite a common problem, and they can end up restricting the flow of water quite substantially. In order to remove the air from the pump, you will need to bleed the system – which is actually quite easy to do. You can find instructions in the next question, below. 

shower pump

How to Bleed a Shower Pump? 

Before you start, make sure you shut down the electrical supply for the pump. Then, turn on the shower and ensure that it is completely emptied of water before switching it off again. You can then vent the pump directly by removing the connection pipes.

Blocked Pump Filters 

This is really common in hard water areas because there are more limescale and mineral deposits that build up and end up clogging shower heads and pipes. However, it can also affect the filters on your pump and restrict the water flow.

You don’t necessarily need a professional to come and fix it, and if you feel confident enough you can save a little cash by doing it yourself. Make sure the service valves have been switched off and that the electrical supply has been disconnected.

Once this has been done, you can remove the filters and clean them carefully; removing any limescale and debris. After replacing them, you can reconnect everything and go back to use as normal. 

Can a Shower Pump be Used with a Combi Boiler?

No, you cannot use a shower pump with a combi boiler. This is because they rely on mains pressure, which can be great in some situations, but also means it cannot be used with a shower pump. This is because there is no hot and cold tank, and so it can’t work with a pump because it would need separate hot and cold lines. 

Can a Shower Pump Freeze? 

Yes, a shower pump is just like any other piping system in your home – if it gets too cold it will end up freezing. This can be really damaging for a shower pump, and it should never be allowed to get too cold.

As we mentioned earlier in this FAQ, installing insulation around the pump should help to prevent freezing and rapid temperature drops. When you put the installation in, ensure there is a ventilation system to also prevent overheating. Ideally, a professional should undertake this task. 

How to Make a Shower Pump Quieter

There are a couple of ways you can reduce the amount of noise produced by your shower pump. The first, is with an anti-vibration mounting pad.

This offers you the perfect level of noise insulation, working to absorb motor noise and vibrations from the shower pump. You can also get a sound absorption mat, and this works in a similar way, as well as being an incredibly cheap solution. 

How Does a Shower Pump Switch on?

As soon as you start your shower and the water starts flowing, the pump will get to work. It needs water passing through its system so that it can boost the pressure and push the water out in a powerful stream.

The increased pressure also works against gravity as it travels upwards, which is why your overall pressure from the shower head is massively improved. 

Further Reading: Tips for Increasing Shower Pressure

How to Connect a Shower Pump? 

The process of connecting your shower pump can be complicated, and we actually have a detailed step-by-step for how to connect your shower pump up that you can read through.

However, we do strongly recommend that you have an electrician and plumber come out to do the work for you so that you know it meets safety standards and has been installed correctly. 

What is a Positive Shower Pump? 

These have been designed to be fed by gravity, and it needs at least a metre of distance (also known as a head) between the bottom of the cold-water cistern and the pump. The gravity feed will then serve to kick-start the pump, pushing water to the shower. 

What is a Negative Shower Pump? 

These are for use in a situation where it will be located at an equal level to, or above, the cold-water tank. This is so that it can take water from the tank and feed it to the shower, and the fact that it is such a compact pump makes it popular for use in bungalows. Plus, the position of the hot water cylinder doesn’t matter either. 

What’s the Difference Between Positive and Negative Pumps? 

The positive shower pumps are gravity fed, and they need a specific amount of distance between them and the cistern. The negative versions are able to be placed at an equal level to the tank, and are also designed to be used in smaller spaces. It all depends on your home and plumbing system. 

Why Does My Shower Pump Pulse?

While it may feel like the issue is with the actual shower pump, it is usually actually caused by a blockage in your plumbing system. This clog will cause a decline in the overall flow rate, creating a pulsing movement in the pump. It can be really difficult to determine exactly what is causing the issue, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Limescale 
  • Blocked shower head
  • Blocked filters 

If it is not caused by any of the above, you should call a plumber out to investigate and figure out where the issue is within your plumbing. It is the safest bet for your home, and for your pipework. 

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Shower Pump Does Not Start 

There could be several reasons why your shower pump is not starting up, and most of them are best looked at and repaired by a plumber. Here are some of the main issues that could be occurring if your shower pump won’t start up:

  • It has been installed too far away and so cannot operate correctly
  • There is a blockage that is causing a drastic decrease in pressure
  • There is air in the pipe, and it needs to be bled 

Shower Pump Too Powerful 

Too much power, or flow, can actually become a major issue, even though it may not seem that way when you are taking a shower. How can it be an issue though? The three main problems caused by a shower that is too powerful can be found below:

  • A flow that is too strong can end up damaging the plumbing system
  • It can waste a lot of water, leading to much higher water bills than you were expecting 
  • It can use stored hot water way too fast, leaving none for the rest of the household

If you want to try and fix this, the best thing to try is partially closing the isolator valves on the outlet slide of the pump. Just make sure you do not restrict the flow on the inlet side.

Shower Pump Burning Smell 

A lot of the time, the burning smell is caused by a blockage in the filters. This is because the clog will cause the pump to essentially work against itself, causing the motor to overheat.

Unblocking and cleaning the filter, as well as rinsing any debris from the hose, should get things working normally again. However, you should also get a professional out to inspect the motor and make sure that things are working correctly.

Shower Pump Broken 

If your shower pump is no longer working and you can’t figure out what the problem is, there is only one course of action you can take. You need to call a plumber. They will be able to assess the situation and tell you what’s wrong with your shower pump, as well as fix it for you. 

Shower Pump Buzzing 

A buzzing or humming sound is a strong indication that your shower pump is jammed. If you live in an area with hard water, the most likely cause is limescale clogging up the machine, but it could also be due to a broken impeller. Sadly, no matter the cause, this particular issue almost always ends in the pump being completely replaced. 

Shower Pump Blowing Fuses 

There are a couple of reasons why a shower pump might be blowing a fuse. The first, and most common, is that you might be running too many electrical appliances at once, and the system simply can’t cope with the amount of power required. 

However, it could also be that there is an electrical short or fault within the pump that needs to be looked at by an electrician. Additionally, you could be using the wrong fuse for the pump. Make sure you use the exact fuse the manufacturer tells you to if you want it to work correctly.

Using one that is too powerful will cause it to short because it was not made to deal with that level of current, and one that is not powerful enough will not be able to work hard enough to get the pump working. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Power Shower

Shower Pump Comes on Randomly 

This can also be described as your shower pump turning itself on and off, so one moment it will be working fine, and then the next it’s not. This tends to be an issue seen in the higher end models, but that’s not a bad thing in any way.

The reason it does this is because the pump detects a leak in the system and shuts down before any further damage can occur. If this happens, you should check the system for leaks quickly, and possibly call a plumber out to fix it. 

Shower Pump Doesn’t Start Straight Away 

Sometimes, this is down to a faulty flow switch, and replacing it will be more than enough to get things working normally again. It is also the cheapest choice, so definitely worth trying before anything else. 

However, it is most likely due to there being incorrect space (or head) between the pump and the tank. While this is something you can fix yourself, the safest and most accurate option is to call out a plumber to do it for you. 

Shower Pump Hose Leak 

Leaks need to be dealt with quickly so that you can minimise damage to your home, as well as get things working correctly again quickly. Sometimes, wrapping PTFE tape around the leak will keep it secure, and there is also PTFE sealant that you can try. 

However, unless you are an expert, DIY jobs don’t always last as well as they could, and severe hose leaks may require professional attention. 

Shower Pump Jammed 

If your shower pump is jammed, there are a few things that could be causing it, and you can find them listed below:

  • Limescale has built up and caused a severe blockage 
  • The seals on the pump have become stuck and jammed it
  • The impeller is broken and unable to turn properly

Unfortunately, the prognosis for a jammed shower pump is not usually a good one, and you will often find that the whole thing needs to be replaced. 

Shower Pump on But No Water 

If there is no water, it is usually because there is a blockage that is causing a massively reduced flow through the pipes, sometimes blocking it completely.

This is often because of limescale, but it could also be due to air in the pump that needs to be vented (as described in the “Airlock” section of the FAQ). By clearing the blockage or bleeding the system of air, you should find free water flow returns to your pump. 

Shower Pump Replacement 

If your pump needs to be replaced, you’re going to need to start getting quotes from qualified installers. Generally speaking, you can expect a high-quality shower pump with twin impellers to be around £350 without the fitting cost. In total, you should have £500-£700 set aside so that you can pay for both the new pump and the installation costs. 

Shower Pump Running Dry 

Usually, the main symptom of this is the pump turning itself off every time you go to start it. The reason this happens is because most pumps actually have a protection system in place to prevent damage to the pump if the water supply gets interrupted.

Fixing this involves venting the system of air, something we explain in more detail at the start of this FAQ under “Airlocks”. 

Shower Pump Pulsating 

A pulsing pump means that there is either a lack of water or lack of pressure. So its important to remove the head and and flush any air stuck in the pipes and make sure it is clean so that they can get the pressure back to normal.

How Long Should a Shower Pump Last?

Generally speaking, you can expect your shower pump to last for longer than the guarantee period. They tend to be quite reliable pieces of kit for your bathroom, and the average lifespan for a pump is eight years.

As a handy side note, you will find that most manufacturers will be happy to extend the guarantee by an additional year; and, in many ways, it’s a very reassuring feature. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you learn more about the ways in which you can fix (or prevent) issues with your shower pump. From how to deal with the noise and the temperature, to the ways in which you can solve pulsing and general technical issues.

It’s always good to be fully informed before you have your shower pump installed, and you can never go wrong with a little extra knowledge.

What did you think of our shower pump problem FAQ? Were all your questions answered, and more? Are there places that we fell short? We love hearing from you, so let us know in the comment section below. 

Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass
What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

There is little more satisfying than cleaning your shower glass, especially when it’s quite cloudy and grimy. Once you have it looking clear and sparkling, you can stand back and congratulate yourself for your hard work and effort, and you can actually enjoy your next shower without being surrounded by grime, scum, and mildew.

To help you make the most of your time spent cleaning, we have created this detailed guide to washing your shower glass – with all of the latest tips and advice to ensure the process is a smooth one. 

It’s time to don your cleaning clothes, slip the marigolds on, and grab your cleaning supplies, because we are going to get into every little corner of your shower glass and make it shine. 

Use the Right Products 

It is so important to make sure you are using the right products when cleaning your shower glass. We also understand that it can be difficult to know if you are making the right choices because the supermarket shelves are lined with so many products it can leave you feeling a bit dizzy and confused.

Picking the right product for the job doesn’t have to be hard though, and if you take a moment to read the packaging you will be able to determine which one is going to be right for your bathroom, and you may find the label has some helpful tips for the best results.

You don’t even have to use chemicals in order to clean your shower glass, and you might find that natural solutions are the best option for you – something we explore further later on. 

The Essential Equipment 

There are a few cleaning essentials that you should have in your home at all times, as these will be able to help you get top results when you are scrubbing it down (gently, of course). Here’s a quick list of the things you should have, and the reason why:

  • Soft sponges. These are great for quick cleaning jobs, especially if you are performing regular maintenance on your shower. Make sure they are soft though as any rough sides could damage your glass. 
  • Squeegee. We look at these further in the next section, but they are an absolute must in any bathroom, and are able to remove excess water without leaving a mark. 
  • Microfibre cloths. Another thing we look at in the next section, these cloths are incredibly soft and gentle on the glass, making them ideal for washing and drying tasks alike. 
  • Empty spray bottles. These are incredibly handy to have around when you make your own natural solutions, or if your cleaning product doesn’t come in a spray bottle. It is always a good idea to have two of these hanging around. 

Squeegees and Microfiber Cloths 

In my humble opinion, squeegees are one of the greatest inventions when it comes to cleaning your shower, and they work amazingly when finishing off the glass so that you are left with a clear and streak-free look.

Are there loads of different types of squeegee on the market? Yes. Do they all work pretty much the same? Yes again. It doesn’t matter what kind of handle or fancy feature it has, they are essentially the same thing, and they will all do an excellent job if used correctly.

In order to make the most of your squeegee, you should run it down the length of the shower after rinsing the product of your choice off. This will remove the excess water, but also ensure that there are no streaks once it dries.

You just have to remember to always drag it down so that it dries without marks. You can even use them to prevent watermarks and stains from occurring on the glass.

The microfibre cloths have been praised for their soft touch and ability to reach even the most difficult and tight areas, but what we also forget is how gentle they are on the glass, as well as how effective they are when cleaning and drying.

They can get rid of water spots effortlessly, and provide the perfect finish that won’t leave a single streak should you decide to dry the glass after cleaning. You should always have multiple cloths to hand, and they should be washed once a week. 

Also Read: Tips for Removing Mould on Shower

Daily Shower Cleaners 

Keeping on top of things every day means that the overall cleaning is much easier and faster in the long-run. So, after your deep clean, you can use a daily shower cleaner to top things up after each daily use of the shower. All you need to do is provide the glass with a quick misting and wipe it down after.

You can pick these daily products up from the supermarket, or just use one of the natural concoctions that we take you through a little later. It’s the best way to avoid regular deep cleaning and keep your glass looking amazing. 

Tesco shower cleaner spray

Tesco shower cleaner spray. Using this shower cleaner is exceptionally simple. Once you have had a shower, turn the nozzle on the spray bottle to the ‘on’ position.

Once this is done, you can begin to spray a light mist over all of the wet surfaces, including the glass enclosure.

After that you just leave it, there is no need to scrub or rinse. It removes limescale from the glass and helps to prevent a build-up of it in the future.

Waitrose daily shower shine

Waitrose daily shower shine. This product works much the same as the Tesco version. Simply spray after each shower you have to prevent the build-up of limescale, soap, and scum on your shower glass.

There is no need for it to be scrubbed, wiped, or rinsed at any point (unless you spray too much) and it will not leave streaks or marks if the right amount is applied.

Sainsbury’s daily shower cleaner

Sainsbury’s daily shower cleaner. This nifty cleaner works in the same manner as the other supermarket brands. Spray a light mist after showering each time and leave it.

There is no need for scrubbing or rinsing at any point. However, do not over apply it as this could cause streaking to occur.

It will prevent the build-up of limescale and other soapy scums, and will also leave the glass of your enclosure sparkling. Plus, like all the other brands, it is very reasonably priced.

Make Your Own Daily Shower Spray 

Now we can get into the ways in which you can create your own daily shower spray, which is especially good if you want to avoid the chemicals found in supermarket brands.

Plus, using natural ingredients is much kinder to the environment, and often just as good at keeping things clean and free from bacteria. So, how do you make this amazing spray? Just follow the instructions below:

  • Take half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, a teaspoon of dish soap, and a tablespoon of dishwasher powder, before mixing it all in a spray bottle. 
  • Once all the ingredients are in, fill the rest of the bottle with water and screw the cap on. Then, shake it very gently to combine the ingredients without causing them to foam. 
  • Store it away from sunlight, as the sun can cause the hydrogen peroxide to lose its cleaning attributes. 

Deep Cleanings 

There are going to be times when a deep clean is what your shower glass needs, because life doesn’t always give us the option to maintain things on a daily basis.

When this happens, you are going to need to put in a fair amount of elbow grease, and you will also find that your squeegee and cloths will not be enough to get it back to a perfectly clean state.

A lot of this is because soap scum will have gathered on the glass, which can cause mold in the shower and this is not something that wants to go away without a fight. So, what can you do to deep clean your shower?

  • Use a magic eraser sponge or dryer sheets to gently scrub the glass and get rid of both soap scum and hard water stains. Many people swear by these two items, and they are able to work wonders on several areas in the home – including stained paintwork. 
  • Spray the door with white vinegar to break down the soap scum and water stains on the glass. Then, rinse it off and wipe down afterwards to prevent streaking. You can repeat this several times to get really stubborn areas. 
  • Use a bathroom cleaner that contains chemicals from the supermarket. These will work really quickly on the scum, and break it down easily. Often, you only need one application, and if your shower glass is in a really bad state, you might want to save a little time by using these. All you need to do is spray, scrub, rinse, and dry.

A Natural Alternative 

Going for the natural solution can be beneficial for a few reasons. The first is that it is cost-effective, mostly because you are likely to have the ingredients in your cupboard already. Even if you don’t, they cost hardly anything to buy and will last you a long time.

Secondly, they work really well and tend to be gentler on your glass than chemicals. Finally, it is kinder to the environment and far less damaging than using supermarket cleaners. So, here are our top natural alternatives: 

#1 White vinegar

It is the most popular home cleaning ingredient, but for a reason. It has antibacterial properties, disinfects, and is able to break down pretty much any kind of grime that dares to invade your home.

You can fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar if you have a really tricky area to clean, or you can dilute it with water if you don’t something quite that strong.

Once you have applied it to the glass (leave it for a few minutes on stubborn areas), take a soft sponge and gently scrub the area. Then, rinse it off with warm water, and you’ll be left with a lovely clear pane. 

#2 Baking soda

This is another formidable and popular product for cleaning in the home, and it really is a force to be reckoned with. If you mix it with water and create a paste, you can make a scrub that will see scum and grime go running in no time.

Apply the paste to a soft sponge and then use it to really scrub the glass. Afterwards, rinse it with white vinegar, then warm water, and you can have shiny clear glass. 

Long-Term Solutions 

This refers to protecting your shower glass in the long-term, especially if the idea of regular maintenance is not something you feel you can commit to. Obviously, you will still need to clean your shower, but the added protection takes some of the stress away.

It can also prevent scum and watermarks from forming because they won’t be able to stick to the glass. Why? Because of the shower screen protector that you can install.

Usually, these kits come in packs where you gently rub the protector onto the glass after you have finished cleaning it. These then work for an allotted period of time (depending on the manufacturer) to prevent the growth of scum and watermarks on the glass.

You can buy both chemical and natural products as well, giving everyone the chance to choose something they are comfortable with. Application, maintenance, and reapplication tend to be very easy as well. 

Further Reading: Sloping Roof Shower Enclosures

Cleaning Those Pesky Metal Tracks 

The tracks, or rollers, at the bottom of your shower doors, are the perfect place for grime and bacteria to grow and thrive. Plus, they are so often forgotten about that they can become quite filthy very quickly.

They can be really hard to clean, and this is much of the reason they get neglected, but it certainly isn’t an impossible task. Here are a few quick and easy steps:

  • Plug up any holes or gaps in the roller tracks so that you are left with a secure trough. 
  • Pour pure white vinegar into the tracks until they are filled to the top, and then leave the vinegar there overnight.
  • In the morning, release the vinegar, rinse the area, and wipe the rollers clean. They will be left looking shiny and beautiful without you needed to go to extremes like removing the doors. 

Ban the Bar Soap 

I hate soap bars, and many others are beginning to realise that they are actually the reason their shower needs to be cleaned so much. This is because bar soap contains talc, and this creates the build-up of scum that overtakes your shower and leaves the glass (and floor) looking grimy, filmy, and generally dirty.

If you are insistent on keeping your bar soap, we suggest that you find a brand that does not use talc in their ingredients, as this will massively reduce any build-up and the need for extreme cleaning.

Personally, liquid soap is the best way to go for avoiding scum. Then the only thing left to worry about are the watermarks – and there’s no way to stop them from happening. 

FAQ's

Q: How can you clean cloudy shower glass?


AWhite Vinegar

  1. Pour a 50/50 ratio of vinegar to water in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray on the glass.
  3. Wipe with a clean cloth.

To Conclude

We hope that this guide has been helpful when trying to determine which method is the best for cleaning your shower glass and getting it to look brand new again. There are so many things you can do, big and small, to keep your glass looking fresh, but also to ensure that it is maintained.

From chemical sprays to natural solutions, there is a tip for everyone in this guide. All you need to do is grab your cleaning supplies and get to work. What did you think of our guide to cleaning shower glass?

Did it contain everything you needed to get the job done, or are there a few tips and tricks you felt we missed? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

How to Change a Shower Head – Step by Step Replacement Guide

How to Change a Shower Head Step By Step Replacement Guide
How to Change a Shower Head Step By Step Replacement Guide

There will come a time when your shower head needs to be changed, and it might seem like a Herculean task, but it can actually be pretty simple.

As with any task like this, you do need to make sure you know what you are doing if you want to get things right, and that’s where we come in to lend you a helping hand.

This guide doesn’t just give you the steps you need to take in order to change your shower head; it also answers all of the important questions that you might have about the process. Gather your tools and get ready to replace your shower head quickly and efficiently. 

Do You Have to Turn the Water Off to Change a Shower Head? 

The short answer is no; you don’t need to turn your water off in order to change the shower head. As long as you have the shower turned off, you don’t have to worry as no water will be able to get through.

If you want to be extra safe with an electric shower, you can switch it off at the socket or fuse box – however, even with these you don’t need to have the mains water turned off, and you don’t need to worry about the power as long as the shower is in the “off” position. 

How Do You Get an Old Shower Head Off? 

The steps to getting an old shower head off are actually really simple, and you don’t necessarily need any tools to do it. We have a couple of methods for you to try, so take a look and see which one works best for you. 

#1 No Tools 

First, grip the shower head (or the connecting nut), and then turn it anticlockwise in order to unscrew it. You might need to use a little force if it is really tight. If this is the case, you can try to use both hands to unscrew it for some extra strength. 

#2 With a Wrench

What you will need:

  • A wrench
  • A clean cloth

Take the cloth and place it over the wrench, as this will act as a barrier between the tool and the shower to prevent scratching and damage. Next, get it around the connecting nut and prepare to unscrew it. Make sure the wrench is tightened, and use gentle force while turning the nut anticlockwise. 

Is There a Shut-Off Valve for a Shower? 

This really does depend on the type of shower you have, as well as the plumbing in your home. Some will have a valve, and some won’t, but this section will help you to locate both. Of course, it should be noted that this may not be the same for every home, and instead consists of the most common locations.

How Do You Get an Old Shower Head Off? 

#1 The Shower Valve 

Unless you have one installed yourself, you will often find that the valve for the shower is behind a wall and inaccessible to you. This is because the plumbing code does not state that a valve is needed for showers and baths, and so on the rare occasion that there is one, you will find it hard to get to without taking some wall out.

However, if you do have a valve for the shower behind the wall, you can always create a panel there instead. This means it can be opened when needed so that you can shut the water off.

It is rare that you will need the water to your shower to be turned off, but if this happens and you don’t have a separate one for the shower, you will have to use the mains one (see the next part).

#2 The Mains Water Valve 

Generally speaking, you will find the mains water valve is pretty close to the water metre, as this is where it is usually installed. There are a number of locations where it could be including:

  • The basement (if you have one)
  • The outside wall
  • The utility room 
  • The kitchen

These are just examples of the most common places for the water mains to be installed, and yours could be somewhere else entirely.

If you live in an apartment building, then it may even be one that connects to the whole place, and you will need to contact the building owner. To turn the valve off, rotate it clockwise, and then test it by letting a tap run until it stops – that’s when you know it’s off.

How Do You Remove a Stubborn Shower Head?

What about the really stubborn shower heads though? It often happens that old shower heads can get stuck, and therefore are really hard to get off. We have the solution for you, and all you will need are these simple tools:

  • Strap wrench
  • Pipe wrench (just in case)
  • A clean cloth
  • White vinegar in a spray bottle

Step 1: Vinegar 

Take the vinegar in the spray bottle and apply it to the base of the head where it has become stuck. Vinegar is the perfect way to break down deposits and really help to loosen things up. If this doesn’t work, take a cloth and absolutely saturate it in pure white vinegar, wrap it around the base of the head, and leave it overnight.

Step 2: Removal

Get the strap wrench and wrap the strap around the base of the shower head before tightening it. With gentle force, twist it in a clockwise direction to loosen it. Repeat until the shower head screws off.

Step 3: Pipe Wrench

If the stray wrench doesn’t work, you are going to need a good pipe wrench. It will give you extra leverage, and it is very unlikely that your shower head will be able to resist this level of force.

It should unscrew nicely, leaving it ready for the new head. However, it is possible that the arm will come off as well if you use too much force, in which case you will need the next section.

How to Change a Shower Head Arm?

The arm can seem a little daunting at first, especially as it often looks like it will be complicated to remove. However, if you find yourself needing to switch it out for a new one, you might be surprised to learn that it isn’t as difficult as it seems, and we have some easy steps for you to follow.

What you will need: 

  • Two or three clean cloths
  • Adjustable pipe wrench 
  • Vinegar or cleaning products 
  • WD-40
  • Plumbers tape 
  • Your new shower arm 

Step 1: Cleaning and Inspecting 

The reason it is important to clean the shower arm before you remove it is because it may have a lot of deposits and grime that is actually causing it to stick, and therefore making difficult to remove.

Take some vinegar, or your chose cleaning products, and a clean cloth and use it to scrub the shower arm so that it is nice and clean. You should also check the tile around the shower arm for cracks and leaks before you remove it.

Much of the time, it is advised that you replace the surrounding tiles after the new arm has been installed to prevent any weaknesses from worsening and letting water in. Once this is done, turn the water off before you start the next step.

Further Reading: Best Rainfall Shower Heads

Step 2: Removal

Clamp your pipe wrench around the arm and tighten it as much as possible, making sure to gain the best possible leverage while doing so.

You should ensure that it is just above the tiles so as to avoid cracking or smashing any as you turn the wrench. If it’s too tough, soak it in the WD-40 for a couple of hours and then try again. Repeat the process until it is loose enough for removal.

Step 3: Installation

Now that the old arm is out, you can install the new one, but before you do there is one little task. At the base of the arm, where it connects to the pipe, there is threading.

Take some plumbers tape and line the threading with it for a really waterproof seal. Once that is done, connect it to the pipe by twisting it in clockwise. Make sure the fit is a tight one.

Step 4: Testing and Tweaking 

The last thing to do is test the water, so turn it back on and then go back up to your shower and do the same. If there are any leaks, you can tweak it by turning the shower head and arm a little more clockwise in order to tighten things up.

Once everything is flowing smoothly, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done and go enjoy a cup of tea.

Shower Head Costs 

The price for a new shower head varies massively, because it all depends on what you want. The brand can play a big part in how much it is going to cost, as well as the number of settings available, whether it is a handheld or a mounted model, and the material that is it made of.

As a result, you could end up spending less than £10 or over £1,000. If you are struggling to find a shower head that fits in with your budget, we actually have a few handy guides to help you out.

Shower Head Types 

There are two main types of shower head – the handheld ones and the mounted models. The handheld forms are the most versatile because the hose they are attached to is flexible so that you can move around freely and position it in any way you need.

They usually slot into a little holder attached to the shower wall, allowing you to either stand under it or take it in your hands. The mounted models offer less flexibility, but they often look a lot smarter and have wider heads. So, if you fancy a rainfall shower that covers your entire body, you’ll want to go for a mounted one.

They can be attached to the wall or the ceiling, and they either come with an arm so that you have some level of adjustment available, or directly attached to the wall/ceiling for a tight and secure fixture.

Just make sure that you check your water pressure in your home is compatible with your shower before you make the purchase (and that applies to any and every shower head type).

Also Read: Best High Pressure Shower Heads

Tools You Will Need/Items Needed to Change a Shower Head 

Before you get started, there are a few things you are going to need. The best way to approach tasks like this is to be completely organised before you start, so make sure you take note of our extensive list below and get everything that’s on it:

  • A thick towel 
  • Three clean cloths 
  • An old toothbrush 
  • An adjustable wrench 
  • Slip-joint pliers 
  • Plumbers tape 
  • WD-40 or a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle 
  • The new shower head 

Steps to Change a Shower Head

This is where we gather everything that we have learned so far (and more) together for the ultimate guide to removing your shower head and putting a new one on. Follow these steps, and you will be enjoying a steamy and relaxing shower in no time at all.

Step 1: Preparation

Once you have all of your tools gathered up, make sure the shower is turned off. Unless you are changing the arm as well, there is no need to switch it off at the valve as changing the head is a much simpler, and less intrusive task. Just make sure all the knobs are tightly turned off.

Once that is done, place a towel on the floor of the shower (or bath) to prevent any debris from falling down the drain. You can even put a few strips of tape over the drain to be extra careful. Debris in your drain can end up causing severe blockages that cost quite a lot to fix, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Step 2: Removing the Shower Head 

If you have a handheld shower, this is usually the easiest to remove as it should simply twist off the hose. Shower heads that are attached to arms can also be easy, and they may only require you to use one hand to twist it off its perch.

If this is the case for you, you can move onto the next step, but for tougher removals, we have a solution. First, wrap a cloth around the shower head and then take the wrench. Use this to gently twist the shower head with some extra force so that it can be removed from the arm.

The cloth means that you won’t damage the arm, and can also provide you with a bit of extra grip while you are removing the head. If it’s really stuck, use this method combined with the tips below.

Previous sections have mentioned these tips, but we are going to put them here for you as well. Really tight and stubborn heads may need a bit of coaxing, and are often stuck due to a build-up of debris (on handheld and mounted showers alike). 

Spray the joint between the head and the arm with either white vinegar or WD-40. Leave it for two hours and then try again. You can repeat it until it works, or soak the entire thing in white vinegar overnight for some serious power.

Step 3: Cleaning the Shower Arm/Hose 

It’s really important to clean the end of the arm or hose, because you don’t want any debris from the previous head to make the new one stick or even block it. You can take a clean cloth and wipe the threads of the arm clean, or grab an old toothbrush to really give the area a scrub.

The threads are little ridges on the end of the hose, and they can be either inside or outside depending on the kind of shower head you have. They are easy to recognise, and very quick to clean, so make sure you follow this step.

Step 4: Taping the Threads 

This is an essential part of the process because it helps to create a solid waterproof seal for while the shower is running, but it also ensures a snug fit when it is attached to the arm.

You should apply two or three turns of plumbing tape to the threads on the shower arm, and make sure that the threads are nicely embedded in the tape. You should also wrap the tape clockwise so that it doesn’t come undone when you attach the new shower head. Might sound odd, but it’s also very true.

Step 5: Attaching the New Shower Head 

Now you are ready to attach your new shower head and get it ready for action. Screw the new shower head on clockwise and make sure you get it as tight as you can with your hand. Once this is done, use a cloth to wrap the base of the shower head and the arm, using the pliers to keep them (and the shower arm) secure and in place.

Next, clamp onto the cloth with the adjustable wrench and use it to really tighten the head and make sure that it is on securely. If you use a handheld shower, you will need to follow the same procedure, but it is unlikely that you will need to use the cloth and wrench to get it all together.

Step 6: Testing the Results 

Finally, you get to test the results. Turn the water for your shower on and watch it fall to make sure that the shower head is working properly and in the right position.

It also means that you can check for any leaks between the base of the head and the arm, and if there are some, you can use the previous step to further tighten them. Once it’s all done, step under the water and enjoy the fruit of your labour.

How often should you change your shower head?

When To Get A New Shower Head. Many people don't realize it, but shower heads should actually be replaced every 6 to 8 months. That's up to two times each year! Most people neglect to do this, of course, but the reasons for keeping up with the replacements are more important than you might expect

To Conclude

We hope that this extensive guide has not only shown you how to change your shower head, but also answered any questions you have about the process. Once you know what you are doing, it’s really not that hard.

It doesn’t matter if you have a mounted or handheld shower head, we have just the thing to get it off safely, without damaging anything, and ensuring the new one is installed correctly – as well as letting you know which tools you are going to need.

The best part is that a new shower head won’t always cost a fortune either, and you can find plenty of them at a fantastic budget price.

What did you think of our shower head replacement guide? Did we teach you how to replace a shower head, or are there areas where we fell short? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave a message in the comments below.

Small Shower Room? Design and Plan to Help Maximise Space

Small Shower Room Ideas

At first, having a small shower room can be really frustrating because you don’t have enough space to set your vision in motion.

However, they can also be some of the most gorgeous rooms out there, and there are plenty of ways to make the most of your space and create something that you are sure to fall in love with.

So, don’t despair at the sight of your small shower room, we are full of ideas and here to guide you through some of the designs that maximise space.

Stylish and functional, each of our tips is sure to spark your creativity – and we have suggestions for everything from the tiles to the enclosure. 

Buy Freestanding and Multifunctional Furniture 

This is such a great way to decorate your bathroom, both for small and regular sized ones alike. Freestanding furniture means that you can move it around whenever you want, so you can rearrange the space on a regular basis.

This level of flexibility is ideal for small bathrooms because of the increased freedom – but also because you can take all the furniture with you when you move!

Having multifunctional furniture is important as well because it won’t take up as much space and you can ensure that everything has been stored away neatly. A good example is getting a set of drawers for the bathroom as you can keep everything from toilet paper and toothpaste to medicines and hairbrushes. 

Buy Freestanding and Multifunctional Furniture

Products from Heritage Bathrooms

Trick the Eyes with Tiles 

You can make your bathroom feel a lot larger by being smart with the tiles, and by this, we mean using them to play a trick on your eyes.

If you tile both the bath and the wall with the same tiles, your mind will find it hard to tell where one ends, and the other begins unless you really focus, and therefore the room is made to feel much bigger than it actually is. This example from Houzz is quite impressive, and actually links in with the next renovation tip. 

Further Reading: Best Bath Tub and Shower Drain

Trick the Eyes with Tiles

Image from Houzz

Use the Same Tiles on the Floor and Walls 

Again, this is one of the best small shower room ideas when trying to make a room look bigger than it actually is. Having tiles that match on both the floor and the walls will make it feel incredibly spacious and welcoming.

While any colour tile can be used, we strongly recommend natural and neutral ones for the best effect – much like the example in our chosen image. The porcelain tiles really give a natural feel; elongating the room and making it more inviting. 

Products from Topps Tiles

Make the Most of a Sloping Roof 

Bathrooms with sloping roofs are less spacious, but they can also be the most beautiful. Whether the roof slants on one side or both, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the space you have.

For those that have slopes on each side, placing the bath at the back of the room between the two slopes can make a real statement – especially if you decide to add a feature wall. For those with one slope, you have a little more freedom to play around, and may even be able to fit both a bath and a shower in the room.

The image we have chosen of a bathroom with a single slope shows the perfect setup – with the sloped wall left painted instead of tiled to keep the room open and light. We really like this as an Ensuite shower room idea. 

Products from Victoria Plumb

Furnish to Scale 

If you have a small bathroom space, buying large furniture can make the room feel really cramped and uncomfortable. You need to furnish your bathroom to fit its size, and that means getting smart with the furniture.

It doesn’t need to be tiny, but it does need to be well-planned, and sticking with the basics is often a good idea. That way, you can store everything neatly without it taking up too much space. 

Products from Roper Rhodes

Tile Halfway up the Wall 

This is a great shower idea for small rooms, but also for those with higher walls before the ceiling starts to slope. Tiling halfway up the wall gives it a really classic feel, but also means you can avoid the potential hassle that comes with attempting to tile a sloping ceiling.

Our top tip for making the space look bigger, as well as creating a statement, is to use light coloured tiles with a dark paint at the top (or vice-versa). It just looks so defined, and our example image is proof of that. 

Products from Mandarin Stone

Invest in Made-to-Measure Fittings and Fixtures 

Coming back to the concept of not filling your bathroom with furniture that is too bulky, getting stuff in that is made-to-measure can be a fantastic idea- both for the fittings and the fixtures.

It means that your bathroom is your own, and if you are looking for efficient storage ideas for small shower rooms, or just want to make sure all the lights are going to fit comfortably, this is the way to go. It might end up costing a little more, but it makes your dream bathroom more of a reality. 

Products from UK Bathrooms

Keep it Simple 

Small shower room ideas don’t come any better than simplicity, and it is exactly what you need in order to maximise space and make the most of what you have.

All you need are the essentials – a toilet, shower/bath, sink, and a small storage area to keep toiletries and possibly cleaning products. You can have a modern statement bathroom without filling it up too much, and the results are wonderful.

Photo by What Katie Does, Flickr

Make it Appear Larger with Mirrors 

Some suggest getting mirror tiles to make the room feel larger and more inviting, but these can end up being too much – especially when you turn the lights on and get the glare from them.

Instead, you might prefer to invest in a couple of large mirrors so that they can brighten up your bathroom and make it feel more spacious. That and no bathroom is truly complete without a mirror. 

Photo from Domino.com

Fit a Statement Shower 

There’s nothing quite like a statement shower, and if you’re working what these actually are, just think of rainfall showers, ones which are directly attached to the ceiling, and very large showerheads that allow your whole body to be immersed in water.

Or, if you are looking for some really modern shower room ideas, you could go for a digital shower. These have LCD displays, save your favourite temperature, and come with some really fun tech to keep you interested.

We actually have a whole guide dedicated to shower heads, and you should check it out if you are searching for one, but we also have two of our favourites below. 

iBath
This 16” shower head is made from stainless-steel, and it comes at a great price. It is incredibly easy to clean, which means that you don’t need to worry too much about putting a lot of effort into maintaining it. 

The design is incredibly modern, with a slim square head that can be mounted to the wall or ceiling. The head itself swivels up to 15-degrees for better adjustment, and there are loads of great settings (including rainfall) to give you the shower of your dreams. 

Crosswater
This luxurious shower has been designed with a really slim finish, and it just looks absolutely spectacular once it has been installed.

It is a wall-mounted model, and it uses a separate water supply for each of the settings so that you can conserve water and keep things energy efficient.

It has a rainfall and air rain mode, as well as a waterfall that will leave you feeling as though you are in a tropical wonderland. On top of it all, the installation is really easy. 

Space-Saving Shower Enclosures 

If you want a shower enclosure that will look amazing and fit into your small bathroom, you are going to want a quadrant model. These have a curved front and have been designed to slot into little spaces or corners for maximum efficiency.

We have a great guide on shower enclosures for small and large rooms alike – but to give you a little taste, we have two of our favourites below for you.

Further Reading: Best Shower Enclosures

Lakes 
One of the great features for this quadrant shower enclosure is the 8mm safety glass, ensuring a durable and resilient build that won’t break easily.

It comes with the option to buy a shower tray and a plumbing kit to help you maintain it, and the finish comes in a choice of silver or white.

The whole design is a smooth one, with easy opening on the doors, as well as glass that has a special coating to prevent the build-up of dirt, limescale, and bacteria. It looks and feels amazing. 

Lakes 
This shower enclosure has been designed for the smallest spaces, with corner doors that allow for easy entry and exit even when squished between two walls.

The glass is 6mm thick for durability, and you can choose to buy a tray for the bottom when you pick it up.

The enclosure itself is relatively tall, and the quick-release doors make everything a lot easier and smoother. The installation is simple, and it looks stunning once it has been setup. 

Heat Your Shower Room

If you can get it, underfloor heating is the perfect solution – especially in a wet room for small rooms – because it takes up no space while also ensuring you are nice and warm on those cold winter mornings.

However, if this form of heating is not affordable for you, a heated towel rack is another top choice. They come in a variety of styles and sizes, offering a way to keep the room toasty while also drying and storing your towels. 

Product from Warm Rooms UK

What is the Smallest Space for a Shower Room? 

If we are looking at a bathroom that contains a shower, toilet, and a basin, the minimum amount of space that would be required is 0.8x1.8m.

This gives you enough space for all of the fittings, while also leaving room for you to get to each one. You can get even smaller shower rooms, but these can be really cramped and a little uncomfortable to use. 

Products from Room H2o

Do Small Tiles Make a Bathroom Look Bigger?

It is a very common thought that small tiles are ideal for making a small bathroom look bigger, but it can actually have the opposite effect. This is because there are so many grouting lines with smaller tiles, and it can leave things feeling cramped and crowded.

Instead, you should go for larger tiles as they will leave the space with a spacious atmosphere and a more refreshing one. Make sure they are plain though, as tiles with busy patterns can have the same effect as the small ones. 

Photo from Home4rt

Is there a minimum size for a wet room?

If you want to make the most of a bathroom, a wet room could be the ideal solution. The recommended minimum space required for a shower tray for wet rooms is 800 x 800 mm.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has given you the boost you need to get your bathroom design plans under control and in motion. There are loads of great ideas here, as well as some fantastic products for you to consider when you start your renovation project.

It doesn’t matter if your shower room is sloped or square, there is something here for you, and we have piles of additional advice here as well – including ways to keep the room lovely and warm when the cold winter days hit.

From modern shower room ideas to those that are more rustic, we have catered to a number of different tastes and styles.

What did you think of our guide to renovating your small shower room? Did we get your creative juices flowing or are there things that you would have recommended? We love hearing from you, so let us know in the comments below. 

How to Fit a Shower Enclosure – Easy Step by Step Guide

How to Fit a Shower Enclosure – Easy Step by Step Guide
How to Fit a Shower Enclosure – Easy Step by Step Guide

The process of fitting your shower enclosure is actually a lot easier than it seems, and if I am able to put them together myself with no experience, then I have no doubt you will be able to as well.

To help you overcome the initial nerves that come with unboxing and preparing yourself to do the job, we have taken the time to create this excellent and detailed guide, listing easy to follow steps so that you are able to complete the task without the need for a professional.

So, if you’ve been wondering how to fit a shower enclosure, wonder no more. Everything you need to know can be found below. 

What is a Shower Enclosure? 

Put simply; a shower enclosure is a standalone cubicle that you stand inside in order to wash yourself and avoid soaking the entire bathroom.

There are one or two doors so that you can get in and out, and while there are a number of plastic models on the market, you will find that the vast majority are made from a combination of metal and glass.

The shower enclosure will contain a drain so that water can be directed to the waste pipe that will be hooked up to it.

Unless you have a wet room, there will also be a shower tray on the floor, and this is designed to keep water inside the enclosure and away from the ground. The enclosure also tends to rest on the tray for extra support. 

Tools You’ll Need 

Once you have unpacked your shower enclosure, make sure that you check for any damage or faults before you begin constructing it.

There isn’t much worse than putting all of the work and effort into constructing it only to discover that it’s faulty. Once this is done, gather the tools you need, each of which have been listed for you below:

  • Claw hammer
  • Electric drill
  • Hack saw
  • Sealant gun
  • Spirit level
  • Standard screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Wood chisel

Tools for stone shower trays:

  • Bucket
  • Jigsaw

Tools for acrylic shower trays: 

  • Adjustable wrench 

Check You Have the Following 

Next, you need to make sure you have all of the following materials so that you can construct your shower enclosure properly. Like the tools, this is an essential step before you get started:

  • Glass panel(s)
  • Frames (aka channels)
  • Door(s)
  • Door handle(s)
  • Fixings
  • Shower tray
  • Shower tray waste
  • Shower and/or valve
  • Silicone sealant

Materials for when you have no riser kit:

  • Building Sand
  • Cement
  • PVA Glue

Time to Complete 

Honestly, it’s not a job that will take you masses of time. To ensure you set a steady and patient pace, we recommend you set the whole day aside to get the job done. Realistically, however, it will only take you a few hours to complete. 

Fitting Your Shower Tray Without a Riser Kit 

If you don’t have a riser kit, there is no need to panic. If you are wondering what they are, then you are in the right place.

A riser kit refers to a fixed height shower that cannot be adjusted to your preferences, and therefore the head is locked in place. They do not have flexible hoses, and are usually attached to arms or mounted directly to the ceiling. 

Further Reading: Tips for Fitting Shower Tray Riser Kit

Here is How to Fit a Shower Tray 

In this section, we look at how to fit your shower tray, both with and without a riser kit. First, we will look at the process without a riser kit.

Step One: Place the shower tray in your desired position, and then use a pencil to draw around it on the floor. You should also pay careful attention to ensure that the position of the trap is clearly marked. 

Step Two: Using the jigsaw, cut a hole in the floor that is big enough to fit the shower trap. This is so that the water can flow into the waste outlet pipe.

Step Three: Now you need to cut an access hatch into the floor next to the tray. This is so that you will be able to get into the space beneath the tray once you have secured it. Your arm should be able to get into it comfortably so that you can access the waste outlet and trap.

Step Four: Using the instructions that have been supplied, attach the waste to the tray. Make sure that you attach rubber gaskets to either side of the waste to make a watertight seal that will prevent leaking. 

Step Five: Dilute some PVA, using one-part water and five parts PVA, and spread the mixture across the area where the shower tray will be placed. Make sure you give it some time to dry – making it the perfect moment for a quick coffee break. 

Step Six: To make mortar, use the bucket and take four parts building sand to one part cement, mixing it until you create a form consistency. Apply a thin layer of approximately 25mm in depth to the area where the tray will be placed. 

Step Seven: Now, place the tray on top of the mortar and allow it to rest into its new position. Using a spirit level, ensure that it is completely level from all angles. This is the ideal point to even out the mortar if necessary.

Step Eight: Smooth the mortar around the edges of the tray, and then leave to dry for 24 hours before you proceed with the next step.

Step Nine: Reach into the access hatch and connect the trap to the waste, and the waste to the waste outlet pipe. Make sure there are no leaks or potential areas for it to happen.

Step Ten: Seal the edges of the tray with silicone sealant, using the gun for speed, accuracy, and efficiency. Then, replace the lid on the hatch and prepare to build the actual enclosure. 

If you have a riser kit, there are less steps, and the process is actually really simple. You can find each of the steps for tray installation with a riser kit below:

Step One: Using the instructions that have been supplied, screw the adjustable feet into position. Then, fit the waste to the shower tray.

Step Two: Place the shower tray in the desired position, using a spirit level to ensure that everything is even. If it is not, take the adjustable wrench and fiddle with the feet until it is even.

Step Three: Connect the waste to the waste outlet pipe.

Step Four: Clip on the side panels that have been provided with your tray, and then check for any leaks to make sure that everything is secure.

Step Five: Using the silicone sealant and the gun, seal around the edges of the tray and then prepare to build the actual enclosure. 

Fitting Your Acrylic Shower Tray Without a Riser Kit 

The steps for fitting an acrylic shower tray without a riser kit are actually the same as above. The only difference is that you will not need the jigsaw or the bucket because you will have a set of adjustable feet instead of needing to mix mortar and such.

So, make sure you read through the detailed instruction in the previous section for shower tray installation without a riser kit. 

Fitting Your Enclosure 

There are so many different shapes and sizes of shower enclosure, and each of them may end up varying slightly. For the next section on fitting your shower enclosure, we have used the most common type and position; a square enclosure being installed in the corner of the room.

In this situation, you will only need one panel and door, but the same methods can be easily applied to other forms of enclosure. 

Here is How to Fit a Shower Enclosure 

Whether you are looking to see how to install a corner shower enclosure, or even a frameless one, the basics are all the same. Just follow the steps below and remember the key piece of information: always be patient and take things slowly.

Step One: Start with the channels that you will be using to fix the panels to the wall. Use your spirit level to ensure that they are vertical, and then place the channels at the corner edges of your tray.

Step Two: Take the electric drill and use it to drill pilot holes in the wall. Then, insert the raw plugs and screw the channels into place.

Step Three: Decide which side your door is going to be on, and then take the side panel that will be permanently held in place and insert it into the appropriate channel.

Step Four: Fit the door into the other channel. If you have a friend or family member that is able to help you hold everything in place, it is ideal. If not, it is possible to install the door and wall separately. 

Step Five: Using the instructions that come with your enclosure, fix each of the panels together at the corner. Then, using the fixings provided, screw the panels into position.

Step Seven: Attach the handle to the door and secure it in place. Then, seal around the outer edges of your enclosure using the silicone sealant and the gun. Make sure you do not seal the inside edges. 

Step Eight: Take a step back and admire your good work. You have just successfully installed a secure and sturdy shower enclosure. 

Do I tile before fitting shower enclosure?

If a shower enclosure is being fitted, the tiling should be done after the shower tray has been installed. The rest of the enclosure is fitted after the tiling has been completed.

Framed Shower Enclosures 

Installing a framed shower enclosure is the same as the instructions above, so it’s very simple with very little deviation from the main steps (unless the manufacturer states otherwise).

However, when you are looking at how to install a frameless shower enclosure, there are a couple of differences – each of which has been listed below for your convenience:

  • The glass panels must be suspended from brackets fixed to a solid wall, and cannot be fixed to a stud partition. 
  • The shower tray must be perfectly level because it is the core foundation for the enclosure. 

There are not many differences, but they are important, so if you have a frameless shower enclosure that is being installed, make sure you are careful to remember these key pieces of information. 

To Conclude 

Hopefully, this guide has shown you that the installation process for a new shower enclosure is not actually as terrifying as it initially seems, and it has given you the motivation to get right into the task without too much worrying.

As we have said before, it is a lot easier than it looks, and you will find that if you take your time and are patient, the process is incredibly smooth. Of course, if you ever feel like you need professional help, there is no shame in calling them out.

After all, it is better to get the experts in than damage your new enclosure permanently. What did you think of our guide to fitting a shower enclosure?

Were the steps detailed enough for you to handle things on your own, or are there details you feel that we missed? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave a message for us in the comments below. 

8 DIY Fixes to Give Your Old Shower an Instant Makeover (Budget Hacks)

8 DIY Fixes to Give Your Old Shower Makeover (Budget Hacks)
8 DIY Fixes to Give Your Old Shower Makeover (Budget Hacks)

You don’t need a lot of money to redo your bathroom and give it a whole new vibe. That may sound surprising, and potentially unrealistic, but it really isn’t.

A lot of it is because you don’t need to rip everything out and replace it with new stuff just because things are starting to look a little old and outdated; there is so much you can do with your two hands, a limited budget, and a quick visit to the hardware store for your supplies.

Your shower is included in this list, and there is quite a bit you can do in order to bring your shower into the modern age or just get it to blend in with your new décor.

So, before you decide to throw it all out and spend a fortune on a new set, take a moment to sit back and read through our eight key pieces of advice for giving your shower an instant makeover, all on a budget, all DIY, and all with the aim to answer your biggest question; how can I redo my bathroom for cheap? 

Paint Your Tiles

This might seem a little odd at first, but it can actually be the defining feature of your bathroom, as well as an incredibly affordable way to mix things up a little. Retiling your shower can be really expensive after all, not to mention that it takes up quite a bit of time and resources.

All you need for painting your shower tiles is your bathroom tile paint of choice, primer, and some paintbrushes. You can paint the tiles one colour, or if you are feeling more artistic, you can even create new patterns and imagery that will bring the whole room to life.

There are some really beautiful things you can do with your bathroom tiles, so why not take this opportunity to experiment a little? If you have a few tiles left over in storage, you can even use them to practice on.

Get Yourself a Shower Caddy 

Having all of your toiletries, facecloths, and other bathing accessories sat on the side of the bath on sprawled on the shower floor is quite unsightly, and it can also lead to grime and scum collecting much faster than normal.

If you pick up a shower caddy, you will have a safe and tidy place to store everything you need when you step into the shower, and it will be available at an accessible height. There are loads of different styles available on the market as well, so you are sure to find one that suits your current décor perfectly.

shower caddy

A New Shower Screen 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to need a new shower screen, but instead that you can get your current one looking brand new with very minimal effort. Over time, your screen might become a little cloudy, or it may even get so bad you can hardly see through it.

The solution? Some good old-fashioned baking soda. If you mix the baking soda with some white vinegar, you can spray it onto the shower screen and scrub it gently with a damp soft cloth. After scrubbing, rinse it with warm water and repeat until the cloudiness is gone and you are left with lovely clear glass.

It’s a very simple solution that delivers some fantastic results. There may come a time when your screen or enclosure will need to be replaced though, and if you notice that it is splintering, then you need to buy a new one.

This is for your safety as well as for hygiene reasons. A new screen or enclosure can be very inexpensive, and they also tend to be easy to install alone or with another person.

Replace the Shower Head 

A new showerhead can breathe life into a bathroom that is starting to look weary and old, and you can pick them up for incredibly low prices.

On top of that, replacing a showerhead yourself is incredibly quick and easy, and we even have a guide on it that you can read through if you want some further advice. To give you a rough idea of what the process involves though, we have a quick run-down for you below:

  • Remove the old head 
  • Clean the arm and surrounding area 
  • Attach the new head and seal it 
  • Check for leaks by testing the water

On top of that, we also have a detailed buyer guide for a variety of showerheads if you aren’t entirely sure which one you want to invest in. 

Kill the Mould 

There is no shame in having a little mould in your bathroom, it is something that has happened to us all and no doubt will again – especially during the winter months where ventilation tends to be more restricted.

Getting rid of any mould in your bathroom is the first step to improving its overall feel and appearance though, and we have a few tips to get the job done effectively. If the mould is on the paintwork, you can try washing it with a very diluted bleach solution as this will kill the mould.

However, it could cause the paint to fade, and there is no guarantee it won’t come back. The best thing you can do is actually remove the paint with a scraper, use some mould treatment on the area, and then repaint with some kitchen and bathroom paint, or one that has been designed to prevent mould.

If the mould is on your tiles, it can be washed off effortlessly with soapy water. If the mould is actually on the sealant in your shower the most effective course of action would be to remove and replace it.

It’s the ideal option for your health, and to prevent regrowth as you can invest in a dehumidifier to try and stop mould and mildew from forming in your bathroom in the future.

Further Reading: How to Remove Mould from Shower

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Cover and Re-Surface Instead of Replace 

The concept of not fixing things if they aren’t broken comes to mind here, and it really is true. We throw so much away just because it is looking a little rough, when all it actually needs is a little love and maintenance so that it can get back to looking amazing. Are your cabinets looking a little worse for wear?

Why not paint them so that they have a more rustic appearance, or give them a coat of white paint for something fresh. Similarly, the bottom of your walls might start looking scuffed and mistreated, but the quickest way to deal with this is by using a pre-fab board known as wainscot.

If there are holes and scuffs, the board will cover things up nicely, leaving your wall looking brand new again. If your entire wall is looking a bit dinged, you can even get some wainscot that will extend to the very top.

The most important thing to remember with this DIY fix is that if you’re bathroom furniture just needs a little love; it is worth repairing it rather than replacing it. Not only will it save you a lot of money, but you can actually create a very stylish bathroom as a result.

Search for Low-Cost Substitutes 

Price isn’t everything, and you will actually be surprised by how good the stuff you can get for bargain prices actually is. A lot of this is because the quality of the cheaper items is actually improving, especially when it comes to vinyl flooring – which looks and feels more realistic than ever before.

So, when you are searching for tiles, wall coverings, and flooring, it is worth considering the budget options and looking through them. The same goes for the furniture and plumbing in your bathroom as well, none of this needs to be expensive.

You can buy a gorgeous budget bathroom that looks and feels just like a luxury one, and while this doesn’t necessarily relate to the DIY aspect, it is worth keeping in mind if you ever need to replace the bath, shower, or other plumbing items in the room.

Refinish Your Tub Instead of Replacing it 

Ok, so this is a big one because when the bath starts to look a little sad many of us (myself included) are guilty of replacing it instead of taking the time to see if simply refinishing it will help.

A lot of the cosmetic issues with your bathtub, or even your shower, can be fixed by simply taking the time to refinish it – and this includes things like cracks, little chips, and yellow staining that has occurred over time.

You also have the option to line your bathtub or shower instead, as this will provide it with some much-needed protection. However, it should be noted that liners will need to be installed by a professional, and they are a lot more expensive than refinishing the tub.

While the liners will last you a few years before they need replacing, we guarantee they won’t look as good as a refinishing.

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Bonus Tips

While we have already gone through our eight DIY tips for making over your shower, we would also like to offer you a few bonus pieces of advice before you embark on your next renovation adventure.

After all, when you are creating your dream bathroom is there such a thing as too many tips? We think not, so take a moment to flick through the following headings for some more inspiration. 

Replace Shower Door Rollers 

Over time, your shower door rollers will become loose, they might get damaged, or the doors just won’t be opening as smoothly as they used to. When this happens, the best move you can make is replacing them with a new set.

You can buy them pretty much anywhere, but it is always best to go with ones that have been manufactured by the same company that made your shower because they will fit better and are often easier to install.

They also tend to be very affordable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank when the time comes to get new ones. 

Remove Old Silicone 

We briefly mentioned that removing silicone that has mould on it is an important step to take, but old silicone, in general, should also be removed. This is because over time it may become loose and start to lose its watertight properties, allowing moisture to seep through.

Additionally, there is also the risk of it becoming stained and discoloured, taking away from the overall look and feel of your bathroom. Replacing it with new silicone is really good for the aesthetics, but also more hygienic and better for the longevity and protection of your walls. 

Also Read: Tips for Replacing Tile Grout

Lighting

Updating the lighting in your bathroom can have a big impact as well, especially in terms of the atmosphere. Bulbs that are too bright can take away from the calming atmosphere when you are having a bath or shower, so a medium glow is often the best choice to make.

Consider investing in some new fixtures that go with the décor, or taking a moment to really scrub the ones that already exist – you’d be surprised how much dirt and dust they are able to collect. Small and simple things like this can make a noticeable difference to the appearance and vibe your bathroom provides. 

Can a fiberglass shower be painted?

Instead of replacing the entire shower, you can bring new life to it by painting the fiberglass. Use enamel paint, which is waterproof and stands up well to the moist conditions in the shower. Enamel paint comes in many colors and can be matched to your current bathroom decor.

To Conclude 

We hope that these DIY tips and tricks (as well as our little bits of bonus advice) have helped you to get a better understanding of the ways in which you can completely change the way your shower looks without spending a fortune.

Even a fresh coat of paint can be enough to brighten up your space and give your bathroom a new lease on life. A lot of your shower room makeover is down to general care and maintenance as well, with touch-ups and refreshing instead of all-out replacement.

What did you think of our guide to redecorating your shower room? Has it been everything you needed in order to inspire you, or are there things you felt were lacking and needed a little improvement? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave a message in the comments below. 

How Often Should We Shower? Showering Habits of the World Revealed

How Often Should We Shower Showering Habits of the World Revealed
How Often Should We Shower Showering Habits of the World Revealed

Are you the kind of person who showers every day like me? Or maybe you prefer to hop in twice each day. You might even be a weekly washer, and one of those lucky people who can go that long without it impacting their hair or odour.

Regardless of your bathing preferences, there is a question that has been asked for quite some time now – how often should we shower? Well, there is some good news ahead for you. Not only do we answer this pressing question, we reveal the showering habits of the world. Scroll on and enjoy. 

How Often Should I Shower? 

First, I’m going to tell you that you might be disappointed with the answer in this section, and second, it’s all dependent on how old you are. You’ll probably be surprised by the second part though. As a child, you shouldn’t actually be washing every day like you might think – unless you are absolutely covered in mud.

Between the ages of six and 11, your immune system is still developing and learning to become more resistant, and so you should only be washing once or twice a week. That way, the germs on your body can help the immune system to grow stronger and more resistant for later life.

After the age of 12, the official guidelines are dropped, but during puberty, we tend to smell pretty awful most of the time (no one wants to go through that again) and so need to shower more frequently. A lot of the time it is down to personal needs and preference.

I like to shower daily to help me start my day, but others I know go weekly and don’t end up smelling or contracting greasy hair. An important note, however, is that if you are showering with soap every day you are likely to be stripping away your skin’s natural moisturiser – which can cause it to become dry and cracked.

The same goes for shampoo, as it strips the sebum from your hair, making it dry and brittle. As a result, it is advised you drop the soap and shampoo every other day (at least) to give your body a better chance. Showering with nothing but water can be just as refreshing. 

How Long Should I Shower? 

The age-old question of how long should I actually be spending in the shower? I know people who spend over half an hour standing under the water, and while there are some days I can relate to that level of relaxation, I can’t bring myself to do it.

In the USA, the average shower length is 13 minutes. In the UK, it is a little less at eight minutes, and Spain is super speedy with between two and five minutes on average. It’s quite a variety of times when you look at it, and while it can depend on the person, it’s always good to know if there is a time you should be aiming for.

The experts say that you should not spend more than ten minutes in the shower, and the five to ten-minute timeframe is the most ideal. This gives you ample time to scrub your body, wash your hair, and fit in a little bit of relaxation. The reason for this is that it’s better for your skin, as well as the health of your hair.

However, there is such a thing as a shower that is too quick. Those in Spain who only spend two minutes in the shower may find their risk of baldness increased. Why? The time you spend massaging your head when you cover it in shampoo is actually stimulating hair growth and encouraging it. Even if you are already experiencing hair loss, it can help. 

How Many Times Do You Shower a Day? World Statistics Revealed 

Before you start wondering if you shower too much or too little, why not have a look and see how your showering habits match up with the rest of the world? You might find yourself surprised by how often (or not) people around the world step into steamy bliss. In the USA, 65% of Americans shower every day, and 21% shower every other day. 

In Spain, France, and South Africa, the average number of showers each week is seven, which means that most people are hopping in for a wash once a day. The really clean citizens of the world, however, are the Brazilians, who shower a staggering 12-14 times per week! We’re looking at two showers a day here.

The British and Japanese aren’t quite as neat as the rest of the world with an average of five showers per week, and the Aussies outshine them both with eight.

Looking at all of these statistics, you might feel a little bad skipping a shower once or twice a week, but as we’ve said before, the fact of the matter is you probably don’t need to shower as much as you think. It’s all down to personal preference, as well as your culture. 

Showering Habits 

Before we get into some of the really interesting showering habits in the world, here’s a few more fun (and shocking) statistics for you to fill your knowledge pool with:

  • 63% of women and 58% of men in the UK shower daily 
  • 76% of women and 71% of men in France shower daily 
  • 61% of women and 35% of men in Russia shower daily 
  • 30% of Aussie men are happy to go to work each day without a shower (the sweat!?)
  • 99% of Brazilians shower every week (serious levels of cleanliness)
  • 2% of South Africans quite like sharing their shower with someone else, if you know what I mean. 

If these statistics show us anything, it’s that women do seem to be quite a bit cleaner than men since they shower a lot more often. That, and South Africans are proudly saucy while some Aussie men are happy to go to work still wearing yesterday’s sweat. What are some other bizarre shower habits though? 

Showering Tips 

Of course, we can’t leave you without a few handy showering tips to help keep your skin soft, your body clean, and allow you to enjoy those warm showers. Here are our tips and tricks for showering perfection:

  • Keep the water temperature warm instead of hot to prevent skin from getting dry 
  • Moisturise damp skin when you get out to lock all the good stuff in 
  • If you shower every day, keep it brief for the sake of your skin 
  • Only soap up the essential areas, your arms and legs have less moisture and will dry up
  • Natural products will usually dry your skin out just as much as regular soap does
  • Replace your loofah every four weeks without fail as they encourage bacterial growth 
  • Washcloths have exfoliating properties and can be rotated frequently, so are a top choice 
  • Don’t scrub your body too hard; the skin will become sore and dry 
  • Find the shampoo that is right for you, everyone is different, and your hair will thank you 
  • Leaving the conditioner in for extra time won’t actually benefit your hair 
  • Shave at the end of the shower. This allows the pores to open up, reducing the chances of you getting an ingrown hair. Hot water will also cause the follicles to swell, so make sure it is just warm

Should you shower in the morning or at night?

Most of the science, it seems, falls on the side of the shower at night camp for two main reasons: Cleaning your skin and helping you fall asleep faster. Dermatologists say that an evening shower is good for your skin because it cleans it before sleep.

Bathing Tips 

For those of you that prefer the bath, the advice above applies to you as well. It might be tempting to spend five hours relaxing in the tub (I know people who do that), but if you are doing that more than once a month you could be drying your skin out.

Additionally, for all the ladies who like a hot bath, it is advised that you don’t spend too much time in the bath and that you have a quick rinse in the shower after. This is because washing in the bath every day can increase the risk of a UTI due to the stagnant bath water that is surrounding you. Otherwise, follow the handy tips and tricks above. 

To Conclude

We hope that this has been both a fun and informative read for you, and that you have learned more about showering – both for yourself, but also in terms of world habits. Full of tips and tricks, you may even leave this page with some new knowledge on how to make the most of your time in the shower.

There’s a surprising amount to learn about washing habits, and the ways in which you can improve your own style, and it’s a weirdly interesting topic. What did you think of this journey through the showering habits of the world?

Did it open your eyes to new and shocking statistics, or have you seen it all before? Maybe you have a few surprising facts of your own to add to the piece. We love hearing from you, so feel free to drop us a message in the comments below. 

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Keep Your Shower Clean to Keep You Clean – Descale Guide

How to Descale Your Shower - Step by Step Guide (UK)
How to Descale Your Shower - Step by Step Guide (UK)

There is little more annoying than limescale, and it really does occur everywhere there is water. From your kettle and kitchen taps to the showerhead, you are sure to find at least a little bit of scale lurking there.

If you haven’t descaled your shower recently, chances are that every time you wash you are also getting covered in it, and so you aren’t getting a clean as you could be.

Scale can be both annoying and damaging, which is why we have put this guide to descaling your shower together, helping you to get things back to the way they should be. 

What is Limescale and What Causes Limescale? 

Limescale is that horrible flaky stuff you find in your kettle water, or the annoying substance that seems to be growing constantly on your showerhead and taps. It can even end up staining your surfaces if left for prolonged periods of time.

Limescale only really appears in hard water areas (which is most of the UK), and it is actually a deposit of calcium carbonate. What’s hard water though? Well, this water contains a higher concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium; all of which has been fully dissolved.

When the water is left behind and evaporates, it leaves these little deposits behind, and they eventually grow into larger ones – creating limescale and scum. Usually, you can find limescale anywhere there is water, with the most common rooms being the kitchen and bathroom.

You may also find limescale in the boiler though, as well as any general surface where water has evaporated. What are the issues with limescale in your home though? We have compiled a handy list below to show you the problems it causes:

  • It gets everywhere and can accumulate quickly, as well as be tough to remove. 
  • Your kettle may need to be replaced regularly, thanks to the floating scale found inside. 
  • It can block your plumbing and heating systems, requiring a professional to come fix them. 
  • It makes appliances like dishwashers and washing machines less energy and cost efficient. 

Top Tips 

Cleaning your shower and getting rid of limescale doesn’t have to be a difficult process, and we have three key pieces of advice to help you get your shower back to looking brand new and fabulous. Follow these, and your shower will thank you for it. 

Method 1: Vinegar 

This is usually the most popular technique, partly because white vinegar has antibacterial properties and works as an amazing disinfectant.

However, remember to only use white (also known as distilled) vinegar because brown often stains, and malt is less effective. We have two main techniques; one for handheld showerheads, and one for mounted models. 

Handheld

What you’ll need:

  • A bucket or basin
  • White vinegar
  • An old toothbrush
  • A soft cloth
  • A wrench and rag (if stuck)

Step One: Remove the showerhead. Usually, you can unscrew it, but if it is a tough one you can place an old rag around the joint and use a wrench to loosen it.

Step Two: Place the showerhead in the bucket or basin and fill it with white vinegar. Then, leave it to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes (although an hour tends to work best).

Step Three: Remove the showerhead from the bucket and rinse it with water to get rid of loose limescale.

Step Four: Using an old toothbrush, remove the rest of the remaining limescale, with special attention focused on the nozzles to ensure they are clear. Then, rinse with water again and polish with a soft cloth.

Step Five: If the process does not need to be repeated, reattach the showerhead and use it as normal.  

Further Reading: How to Choose and Fit Shower Wall Panels

Removing Limescale

Fixed/Mounted:

What you’ll need:

  • A plastic bag
  • String to secure it
  • White vinegar
  • A soft cloth
  • An old toothbrush

Step One: Take the plastic bag and fill it partway with vinegar, being careful not to fill it up past halfway so that it can be lifted easily.

Step Two: Hold the bag under the showerhead and raise it until it is immersed in the vinegar. Then, holding the bag tightly over the shower head, secure it in place using the string. Check it will not fall, and then step back.

Step Three: If the limescale is moderate, leave it to soak for 30 minutes. If it is severe, leave it to soak overnight.

Step Four: Once time has passed, remove the bag from the showerhead and empty the vinegar. Then, switch the water on so that it can rinse away any remaining limescale.

Step Five: Scrub the head using an old toothbrush to get any limescale out of the nozzles, before switching the water on again to flush it out. Polish with a soft cloth. If you need to, the process can be repeated.

Things to Remember

  • If your showerhead is made from brass, do not leave it to soak in vinegar for more than 30 minutes as it could lead to discolouration.
  • The soaking method for fixed showerheads works best on chrome, stainless steel, and other forms of metal.
  • You can use vinegar on bath and sink taps as well to get rid of limescale and grime. It’s very effective.
  • If you mix a little lemon in with the vinegar, it will reduce the odour without altering the effects of the solution.

Method 2: Specialist Limescale Cleaner 

Sometimes we need something with additional power to get rid of limescale, and sometimes we just don’t have the desire to whip up a batch of natural cleaner.

Your supermarket will tend to stock a wide range of specialist limescale cleaners that will be able to get your showerhead looking fantastic and releasing a steady stream of water. Just make sure that when you descale your showerhead using these cleaners, you don’t get any on your clothes or in your eyes. 

Method 3: Prevention 

Ideally, you will want to prevent limescale from building up on your showerhead in the first place, and while regularly descaling your showerhead is a great option, there is an even better one.

You can actually purchase a showerhead that has anti-scale nozzles, preventing the limescale from collecting and keeping them clear. All you need to do to clean them is rub the nozzles gently with your finger – it’s that simple. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Shower Tray Riser Kit

A Few Top Products 

In this section, we have collected a few of our top picks for specialist products that will help to remove limescale from your shower. Hopefully, at least one of them is able to meet your requirements. 

Ecover Limescale Remover

This particular bundle contains three bottles of limescale remover, making the price pretty irresistible from the moment you take a look.

It is also completely natural, so there are no harmful chemicals that might end up washed down the sink after use.

Suitable for use even with septic tanks, this spray can be applied to any affected area to rid it of even the worst limescale deposits. 

The foamy solution acts quickly and can be rinsed away afterwards, leaving the surface in question squeaky clean. It’s the natural solution you won’t regret picking up. 

HG Professional Limescale Remover

This limescale remover is a professional mixture, used by those who are top in their industry to remove stubborn limescale deposits from every corner of your bathroom and kitchen.

It even has the power to remove the stains left behind by limescale, rust, and copper oxide, so even the most rundown bathrooms can look amazing again.

Safe for use with bathroom drains, you can apply it neat or diluted without worry, and it gets to work quickly so that you don’t have to wait around.

While the price might feel a little steep, for a litre bottle, it is worth every penny. 

Viakal Limescale Remover Spray

The price for this bundle might shock you at first, but the thing is you are getting 10 bottles in the pack – which is amazing value for money.

Not only will it be tough on limescale, but it also has a hit of Febreze to give it a fresh aroma after you have scrubbed the area and rinsed it away.

It can even work as a preventative for limescale, ensuring that it either doesn’t come back or at least takes its time to do so. This means less maintenance and more relaxation.

It cleans soap scum as well as general bathroom grime, and the enduring shine left behind afterwards means that your shower will be left looking brand new. It’s a great choice for any household, and the perfect excuse to stock up. 

How do you deep clean grout in shower?

Mix a thin paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, apply it to the grout, wait 10 minutes then scrub with a toothbrush, wiped clean with a damp cloth. Baking soda is mildly abrasive so it helps remove the dirt that is stuck in the porous grout surfaces without causing any damage

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn more about the ways in which descaling your shower can benefit you, but also some of the methods you can use to really get things clean. After all, you deserve to be washing somewhere that is pristine as opposed to dirty.

Plus, the product selection we have gathered is a great way to get rid of massive limescale build-ups that natural methods simply can’t fix.

What did you think of our descaling guide? Are you currently having the shower of your life, or did our tips fall short? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below. 

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Follow Our DIY Guide and Fit Your Shower Tray Yourself

DIY Guide How to Fit a Shower Tray – Tips and Advice (UK)
DIY Guide How to Fit a Shower Tray – Tips and Advice (UK)

The shower tray is an absolutely essential part of your shower enclosure, and unless you are building a wet room, you need one in order to use your shower. Choosing a shower tray that is robust, reliable, and excellent quality is important – but in the end, it will mean nothing if you install it incorrectly.

Done wrong, it can leak, damage the ground, and end up ruining your floors. The process will take time and patience, but it is worth it for good results in the end. To ensure you don’t make the same mistakes as many before you, this guide will take you through the installation process for your new shower tray. 

What Type of Shower Tray are You Installing? 

First, you need to determine the type of shower tray you are installing – is it a height adjustable one or a low profile one? This is important because they require different installation methods. In this guide, we are looking at the low-profile shower tray.

It is not as popular as the adjustable (or high-riser) version, and can be a little more complicated to install, but is still commonly used. If you are looking to install an adjustable shower tray in your home, you can head over to the guide we have written for it. 

What Tools You Will Need

Before you get started, you need to know exactly which tools are required to get the work done so that you are fully prepared. Here’s a quick checklist for you to go through: 

  • Jigsaw 
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level 
  • Shower tray
  • Shower tray waste
  • Silicone sealant
  • Building sand 
  • Cement 

The Installation Process

Now that you have everything you need to get the work done, we can finally move onto the installation stage. Before we do so, there are a couple of key pieces of advice that you should keep in mind.

The first is that while these steps cover pretty much every aspect of how to install a low-profile shower tray, it may also vary slightly between manufacturers, so you should always read the instructions and paperwork that comes with your new tray first. 

The second is that while the process may seem very straightforward, it can be difficult to install a low-profile shower tray, and there is no shame in admitting this. The trays need to be placed and fitted correctly, so if you are ever in doubt make sure you call up the professionals and ask for advice.

It’s better to admit defeat than do things completely wrong – especially since it can end up flooding and damaging your bathroom. Now that’s out of the way; you can find the detailed steps for tray installation below:

#1 Ensure that the area of flooring you are going to put the shower tray on is level, sturdy, and made from strong materials. Any flexibility can cause issues with the stability of the tray over time. Once this is done, place the tray in the intended area and use the pencil to draw around it – marking where it will be installed. 

#2 Now that this is done, you can use the jigsaw to cut an access hatch into the floor next to the tray. It should be large enough for you to get your hand and part of your forearm into, because this is where you will be able to reach the waste if and when you need to. Remember to place the flooring you cut back on top as the hatch will need a lid.

#3 There will also need to be a hole for the shower waste tray, and this is where the jigsaw comes in handy once again. However, it is essential that you take precise measurements of the area before cutting the hole because accuracy is key with this particular task. Once you have done this, you can assemble the waste and get it fully installed. 

Further Reading: Best Shower Trays Reviews

#4 At this point, it is time to get the floor ready for the shower tray. Take five parts building sand and one-part cement, mixing them together to create mortar.

Then, apply a thin layer to the area where the tray will be installed before pressing the tray into the area to ensure it fits comfortably. Use the spirit level to then ensure that everything is even. Once you are happy with the results, leave the mortar to dry for 24 hours. 

#5 Return to the hatch you made earlier and use this opportunity to connect the waste trap to the outlet pipe so that everything is ready to go. Take a moment to also ensure the seal between the two is watertight. Once the mortar is dry, you can also start to apply sealant to the edges to keep

With all of this done, you have successfully installed your shower tray and can get on with using it as normal. It takes a good amount of work, so you should be quite impressed with yourself and your accomplishment. If you also have a shower enclosure to install, we have another guide on the process that you can read. 

Further Reading: Guide for Fitting Shower Enclosure 

What is an easy plumb shower tray?

Easy plumb shower trays have been designed to help with common plumbing problems when fitting shower trays and enclosures. Easy plumb trays come with adjustable legs and removable side panels which makes pipework easier to run, and provides easier access below the shower tray.

How Deep Should a Shower Tray be?

The depth of your shower tray will vary depending on the type, shape, and material that it has been made from. When looking at low-profile trays, the total depth doesn’t matter as much because it doesn’t need to be placed on legs when it is installed.

Generally speaking, you will find that the depth ranges from 25mm to 40mm – although there are models out there that are deeper. When looking at how deep a shower tray should be, we have already mentioned that it doesn’t have much of an effect.

While a 25mm tray will be able to hold less water, it will still function correctly, and you won’t need to worry unless your drain becomes blocked and you have not noticed. Personally, I prefer a deeper shower tray, but that’s just my own recommendation. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you to install your shower tray effectively and correctly so that you can spend time enjoying your shower instead of stressing out over where you went wrong.

The process won’t be quick, but it is also a lot simpler than you might have expected, so following this guide means that you will be able to get the installation just right. After all, it’s better to do something correctly the first time than have to re-do it later.

What did you think of our guide to installing a shower tray? Did it hit all the right marks, or are there areas where you thought it fell short? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below. 

Give your Bathroom a Makeover – Remove & Replace Your Tile Grout

Give your Bathroom a Makeover - Remove & Replace Your Tile Grout
Give your Bathroom a Makeover - Remove & Replace Your Tile Grout

Grout is not something we often think about when we are in the bathroom, and it is only when it becomes grimy that we really start to notice it’s there. Usually, by this point, the grout is past the point of no return, and it needs to be fully removed and replaced in order to be fully functional as well as look good.

It’s not always the most convenient task, but it is fairly simple to complete, and with the help of this handy guide we have compiled for you, we are sure you’ll be able to undertake the task with no problem. It’s time to get the tools out and learn how to replace your tile grout. 

Why Do This? 

Before we get into why you should replace your tile grout, you should first check to see if it can be salvaged at all, as this will reduce your workload and means that you won’t need to go through with the whole removing and replacing process.

If your grout has mould on it, there are several ways you can clean it – using a chemical mould killer or natural solutions – and we have a great little guide that covers the various cleaning methods for you to read.

Before you head over to our grout cleaning page, here is a quick rundown of some of the natural methods you can use when you’re wondering how to clean grout in showers:

  • Mix a small amount of bleach with baking soda and create a paste. Apply it to the affected grout and leave it to sit for around 10 minutes. Then, take an old toothbrush and scrub it, repeating several times if the mould is quite bad. After, rinse with clean water and wash the area. 
  • Mix hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap together to create a paste. Apply it to the grout and leave it to sit for around 5-10 minutes. Then, use an old toothbrush to scrub the area, and rinse with clean water once finished. 

However, if your shower grout is so mouldy that chemical and natural solutions no longer work, removal and replacement may be the only way to go. The black mould that grows in bathrooms can be damaging to your health, and for those who have asthma and allergies, it can even lead to hospitalisation.

If you have brown mould, it is likely that there is a leak behind your tiles, and you should not undertake any re-grouting work until this has been repaired. What are the other reasons you might remove your grout?

If your grout is chipping or crumbling, it needs to be removed and replaced because it is no longer watertight, and it also looks unappealing. It may also be because the grout was not applied properly in the first place, and so a new application will be able to fix the issue.

Further Reading:  Tips for Fitting a Shower Screen

One key thing to remember when putting new grout in is to make sure that you do not leave any holes when you are finished as this can let water through, causing mould and also the tiles to become loose. You may also want to change the colour of the grout, and for this to happen it will usually need to be completely replaced. 

There are loads of different grout colours available, so you may find yourself surprised by the selection provided. Sometimes, it is possible to colour the existing grout, but this method is far less effective than taking the time to replace it. 

How to Soften Grout for Removal 

A lot of the time you will find that you don’t need to soften the grout before removal, but sometimes it will have set incredibly hard and be difficult to get rid of – especially if it has solidified on a hard surface.

When this happens, there are a few different methods you can use in order to soften it up a little so that it is easier to scrape out. We have each of them listed below:

  • Use a high-pressure steam jet and apply it directly to the grout. This will make it softer and much easier to remove. The jet needs to be positioned close to the grout in order to be most effective. 
  • Apply warm water and lemon juice to the grout and allow it to soak in. It should help to soften the area a little to make removal easier. For grout that has solidified on a surface it should not have, use steel wool to remove it as the water dissolves the grout. 
  • You can also use a heat gun or hair dryer positioned around 8in away from the grout. The heat will cause the grout to become a lot softer, and therefore easier to take out. 

Once the grout has been softened, you can move onto the next stage of the process; the actual removal. In the sections below, you will be able to learn more about the ways you can remove grout both with hand tools and powered ones. 

Grout Removal Tools

If you want to remove the grout in your bathroom by hand, you will need a tool known as a grout rake. While quite small, it has been specifically designed for this task, and most models will come with replaceable blades so that you can use it for years to come.

It might seem like using this tool will become a very time-consuming task, but actually, it doesn’t take that long at all. Generally speaking, these tools are very affordable, so you won’t need to spend a lot on your new grout rake.

There are also some models that will allow you to fit two blades so that work with tiles that have large gaps, and therefore a lot more grout to remove. They can also mark your tiles and scratch them if not used carefully, so make sure you don’t rush during the removal process. Even when you are taking your time, the whole thing is still pretty quick.

How do you use the grout rake though? Here are the quick and simple steps:

#1 Place the grout rake in the joint, and push it gently into the grout. It should not be more than 2mm in the grout to be effective.

#2 Move the rake up and down while applying gentle force. You will see the powder start to drop as it is loosened.

#3 Repeat the above step until the whole joint is clear, and then move onto the next section. 

Also Read: Best Silicone Sealant for Showers

Grout Removal Power Tools

Large areas are often impractical to clear if you are using hand tools, and power tools are the best option in cases like this. It will take less time, and still do an excellent job keeping everything clear.

However, when you are using power tools, you should make sure that you wear safety goggles to avoid any dust or debris getting in your eyes. You should also take things slowly, as rushing and slipping could result in destroying entire tiles.

The best thing to do before you undertake the entire bathroom is to practice with the tools on an unseen area. That way, if there is any damage to the tile, it will not be noticed, and you get the chance to learn how to control the tools properly.

There are also loads of different tools you can choose from as well, some of which were designed to deal with grout. However, these are expensive and only really used by professionals – which is why a multitool will do the job perfectly. 

What you will need:

  • Oscillating multitool 
  • Safety glasses 
  • Gloves 
  • Flathead screwdriver 
  • Dull Stanley knife 

The steps:

#1 Fit the tool with a blade that has been specially designed for dealing with grout removal. Then, hold the tool up to the grout (horizontally or vertically, depending on the joint you are working on) and switch it on, gently pressing the tool into the grout. The blade will be able to get through the grout without you forcing it, so be careful.

#2 Once the joint is clear, angle the tool so that it can work on the next one following the same method as the previous step. As you continue to work on the grout, your arm may start to get tired. If this is the case, you can rest it on your toolbox while you work to keep everything steady.

#3 Now that all the joints have been cleared using the power tool, you can remove the excess that is stuck using a flathead screwdriver. Make sure the head fits in the joints and then use it to scrape the stubborn chunks of grout out. Don’t remove everything though; the next step helps with this.

#4 Take the blunt Stanley knife and use it to get the little bits that are left in the joint out. The dulled blade is better for this, but it also removes the risk of the sharp point snapping off and potentially causing you injury.

Once these steps are complete, you can move onto actually replacing the grout with new stuff. 

Grout Removal with Chemicals 

If you have really tough grout, there is also the option to use chemicals in order to remove it. It’s also really easy to get your hands on some, as you can find it in your local hardware store or a specialist tile shop.

Most of these places have it available to order on their websites as well, but be careful not to mix it up with grout cleaner as this won’t have the effect you are looking for.

Removing grout with chemicals will make the grout incredibly soft and easy to take out, but you will still need a hand tool to remove the chunks smoothly. You should also remember to wear gloves and old clothes, as well as safety goggles, because getting chemical remover in your eyes could have painful results. 

Continually Vacuum Grout Work During and After 

When you are removing the grout from the tiles, you will find it creates a lot of mess and dust. This can obscure your vision, and may lead to you accidentally damaging your tiles or wall because you cannot see where everything is.

This is why you should use the vacuum cleaner almost constantly when you are removing grout. It will get rid of the dust and debris, leaving your work area clean and making sure that you are able to see what you are doing at all times. Vacuuming also means that each of the joints is completely clear, ready for new grout. 

How to Apply New Grout 

The application of new grout is actually a lot easier than the removal process. It does need care and attention, which means a slow and steady pace works best. Instead of listing instructions, we have included a fantastic video that will teach you all about what you need, how to apply the new grout, and finishing it off. 

Can you put new grout on top of old grout?

It is possible to grout over existing grout if there is enough depth to do so. 1/8 inch depth may or may not be adequate depending on the type of grout used. A latex modified grout may work, but you have to properly clean the existing grout to ensure the new grout adequately bonds.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to take you through the various methods you can use for grout removal so that you can get your bathroom back to looking spectacular.

Whether you are undertaking the task by hand or using power tools, there is definitely a way for you to get the work done with minimal stress and hassle.

What did you think of our guide to grout removal? Did it help you to give your bathroom the makeover it needed, or did you feel it was missing something? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

How to Choose the Best Bathroom Heater for Winter

How to Choose the Best Bathroom Heater for Winter
How to Choose the Best Bathroom Heater for Winter

When purchasing a bathroom heater, a few questions might pop in your mind, “Are bathroom heaters safe?”, “Is my bathroom too small/large?”, “What kind of heater should I buy?”.

We are here to give you answers to those questions and help you decide which heater will work best for your bathroom.

Why should you add a heater in your bathroom?

Few things are worse in life than having to get ready in the morning in a cold bathroom, or heaven forbid, stepping out of a hot shower into freezing air, especially in the winter months.

Instead of turning on your central heating system and unnecessarily heating up your whole house, why not just warm up your bathroom?

This will make a huge difference in reducing your heating bills, all while making it possible for you to stay warm during the cold days after showering.

Additionally, bathroom heaters can also boost your overall health through improved circulation. The extra heat will have a huge benefit for your sore muscles and joints as well.

When choosing a heater, you need to take into account every detail, including safety, bathroom sizing, air flow, heater type, heating costs and your heating needs.

Why should you add a heater in your bathroom?

It is also important that they are installed properly and safely since mixing water and electricity can be dangerous. Bathroom heat lamps are intended to be able to work in a wet environment. Bathroom heat lamps are designed to cope with the damp bathroom environment.

Safety guidelines when choosing a bathroom heater?

Safety always comes first. The most important thing you need to know about bathroom heaters is that, just like any other electrical appliances, they cannot be placed near water sources, like the sink, shower, or the bathtub.

Regular electric radiators must be at least 1.2 meters away from a sink, and 3 meters away from a bathtub. However, most bathroom heaters have a form of splash protection so they can be placed even 60 centimetres away from a water source.

Just in case, make sure to read the manual before placing it as there are specific standards for many heaters.

Choosing the right heater for your bathroom size

Choosing the right heater for your bathroom size

This will be one of the most important decisions when choosing a bathroom heater. If you pick a heater that is too small or weak, you will never be able to properly heat your bathroom, raising your bill without warming your feet. So, how to choose the right one?

The rule of thumb is 10 watts of power for every square foot of your bathroom (12 watts for a poorly insulated bathroom). This means, for a bathroom that’s 150 square foot, you will need a 1,500-watt heater.

But, what to do when there’s only BTUs (British Thermal Units) labelled on the heater? Simply divide the total BTUs by 3.41 (1 watt = 3.41 BTUs). Most bathroom heaters use around 5,000 BTUs, which is around 1,500 watts.

If you have high ceilings (over 8 feet), you can calculate the required wattage to properly heat up your bathroom by multiplying the total square footage with the ceiling height and 1.25. Example: 150 sq ft x 10 feet x 1.25 = 1,875 watts.

Choosing the right type of bathroom heater

Once you know how much power it will take to warm up your bathroom, it’s time for choosing the right type of bathroom heater.

Portable bathroom heaters

These are particularly useful if you do not need a heater for the warmer months. Portable heaters are easy to set up and move around, making them ideal for people who don’t want to go through too much trouble heating up their bathroom.

Safety and Placement: Portable bathroom heaters should be placed at a specific distance from any water source, according to the heater type. Never put clothing or wet towels on this type of heaters.

Ceiling bathroom heaters

A great choice if you want permanent heating. Usually, a single unit combines a radiant heater, a fan, and a light. They are perfect for smaller bathrooms as they are almost impossible to get in the way.

Safety and Placement: One of the safest bathroom heaters, as they are away from any water sources. Ceiling heaters should be placed where it works best for you, as they do not get in the way of anything. One of the most common placements for this type of heaters is just outside the shower.

Heater/exhaust fan

An excellent way of preventing humidity damage in bathrooms, installing a heater and exhaust fan combination unit will draw out the moist air while producing a warm stream of heat to your bathroom.

Safety and Placement: Before purchasing this type of fan, make sure your home has a proper ventilation option that can carry all the moisture out into the atmosphere to avoid any damage to your walls and ceiling.

Wall heaters

Wall heaters are mounted to the wall and the existing wiring, so they are a good fit for any smaller bathroom as they don’t take any floor space.

Safety and Placement: Wall-mounted heaters should not be obstructed in any way. The space in front of them should be clear so the heat doesn’t do any damage to objects. The risk of electrical shock is much smaller with this type of heaters as they are usually connected to the existing wiring. Just make sure to install them at a proper distance from the wall and the floor, according to the manual.

Heated towel rails

Heated towel rails

Another great option for small to average bathrooms. They are a more practical heating solution than standard radiators and keep your towels warm and fluffy, all while being a stylish detail in your bathroom.

Safety and Placement: Just like wall mounted heaters, they should not be obstructed. The best place to hang your heated towel rail is on the coldest wall of your bathroom, usually an exterior wall, to ensure that heat will distribute evenly throughout the bathroom.

Just remember, no matter the heater type, always take into consideration the manufacturer clearances, and/or consult a professional electrician before installing one.

To wrap things up, no matter how big your bathroom is, or what your heating preferences are, there are bathroom heaters for everyone’s needs. Remember to pick a heater according to your necessities if you really cherish those warm mornings in the bathroom. A quality bathroom heater will last longer and come with a warranty as well, leaving you worry-free.

How to Clean a Showerhead – Descaling Tips and Hacks

How to Clean your shower
How to Clean your shower

It’s not always the most enjoyable cleaning task – although it certainly beats having to clean the toilet – but getting the shower back in shape is still an important part of keeping your home nice and tidy.

Plus, there isn’t much worse than stepping into a shower that’s a little grimy and has soap scum all over the floor.

Whether you are just giving it a quick touch-up, or you want to go all in and get the de-scaler out, we have a whole load of tips and tricks to help you make cleaning your shower a more enjoyable task.

So, snap those marigolds on, gather your product arsenal, and let’s get that shower sparkling. 


Before You Start: Natural or Chemical Products?

Why Clean a Shower Head?

Cleaning Methods for Showers

How to Clean a Clogged Shower Head?

How to Clean a Shower Without Using Vinegar?

How to Clean Shower Head Holes?

How to Clean a Shower Head Without Removing it?

How to Clean a Shower Head for Better Pressure?

How to Clean a Shower Head Quickly?

How to Clean a Shower Head that has Mould?

How to Descale Your Shower Head?

Tool-Free Shower Head Cleaning

Before You Start: Natural or Chemical Products?

The first thing you need to decide is whether you will be using natural products (homemade and store-bought) or chemical ones.

Both are quite effective, and a lot of the time you will find that the natural cleaning supplies provide just as much power as the chemical ones, but to help you get a better idea of what you want to use, I have gathered a little list of pros and cons for each of them. 

The pros of using natural cleaning products:

  • Better for the environment 
  • Often, the ingredients are around the house and readily available 
  • Effective on stains, and usually naturally antibacterial 
  • Natural smell, or neutralises odour 

The cons of using natural cleaning products:

  • Usually more expensive than chemical products, even for vinegar 
  • Not always as effective at killing bacteria 
  • Can take longer to take action 
  • Can cause staining if the wrong products are used 

The pros of using chemical cleaning products:

  • Incredibly strong and ideal for really tough stains 
  • Often kills more bacteria than natural products 
  • Works quickly to save time and hassle 
  • Budget-friendly as usually very inexpensive 

The cons of using chemical cleaning products: 

  • Harmful to the environment
  • Can be dangerous for health 
  • Can be too harsh on materials and surfaces
  • Strong smell that can be hard to get rid of 

Why Clean a Shower Head?

There are a few reasons you should clean your shower head, and make sure that it is maintained regularly. The first is because the little holes that allow the water to flow can become blocked due to limescale or other mineral deposits.

This will either cause the water to stop coming through them (leading to a negative increase in pressure), or it will cause the spray to be skewed and spurt out in the wrong direction. Shower heads can also be a great place for things like mould and bacteria to grow.

This can be dangerous for your health, especially if mould spores are inhaled by someone with asthma or allergies. Mould and mildew are quite common in bathrooms because they like to grow in damp environments, so it is essential to keep things clean in order to prevent their growth.

Above all, having a clean shower head is just nice. The feeling of stepping into a grimy shower is not a good one, and it can leave you feeling pretty stressed out. Getting into a shower that is nice and clean, however, feels a thousand times better. Cleanliness in your bathroom is good for your mental and physical health.

Cleaning Methods for Showers

There are a thousand ways to skin a cat, or so the saying goes, and the same can be said for cleaning showers.

Everyone has their own technique for each part and problem, and that’s why we have taken some of the top cleaning questions and answered them with some great methods to help you take back your bathroom and get your shower looking amazing again. 

#1 How to Clean a Clogged Shower Head?

There isn’t much that is more frustrating than a clogged shower head, but we have the perfect solution for you. Alongside the one we have listed here, there are also a few others listed within this section, providing you with quick and easy access to a whole range of methods that you can implement if one doesn’t quite work for you.

Gently remove the shower head from the hose or the arm it is attached to. If it is a model that can be taken apart easily (and put back together after), make sure to do so for the best results.

Place the head in a large pan of water and white vinegar (50:50 ratio) and place it on the hob, bringing it to the boil – ensuring that the shower head is fully immersed in the solution. Allow it to simmer for around 15 minutes, and add more vinegar for stubborn stains.

If you are boiling a plastic head, it should not be in the water for longer than 20 minutes, and if it needs to be re-boiled, it should be allowed to cool fully first.

Once it is done, rinse the shower head with cool water and check for any remaining scale or mineral deposits, removing any stubborn ones with a toothpick or a toothbrush. Once assembled and reattached, turn the shower on to flush it out.

Further Reading: Best Shower Heads Review

#2 How to Clean a Shower Without Using Vinegar?

For this section, we are going to look at the shower as a whole, and the ways you can clean it without using vinegar. Not everyone enjoys cleaning with it, after all, and sometimes you need something a little stronger to really tackle the grime.

As a side note, if you are using chemical cleaners, please make sure you crack the bathroom window open beforehand for ventilation.

Tiles: all you need here is your favourite brand of floor and tile cleaner, a clean sponge, and a dry cloth. Spray the tiles with the cleaner and use the sponge to scrub the area really well.

Then, rinse it in a bucket of water and use the now damp sponge to rinse the tiles. Once this is done, take the cloth and dry them off using straight downward lines to avoid streaks. Results? Good as new.

Shower Door: first, you need to rinse the door and get it wet before you do anything, and you can achieve this either by using the shower head or a bucket of water. Once that is done, apply your cleaning product of choice to the door and leave it to sit for an hour.

This helps to lift grime and stains. Then, take a soft cloth and wipe the cleaner off the door before rinsing it off again with clean water and then using a second dry cloth to prevent streaking.

Shower Curtain: if you have one of these, it is so easy to forget that they need to be washed, and it might not be until you look at the base of the curtain that you realise this. Cleaning it is really simple, and all you need to do is chuck it in the washing machine.

However, you should place a couple of towels in there with it as this will help with removing any stains. Follow the instructions on the shower curtain label, and when it is clean, you can hang it up to dry ready for use.

Drain: if you have a blocked drain and you don’t want to resort to drain cleaner just yet, you can try pouring a bucket of boiling water down there to see if it clears things up.

A lot of the time, the boiling water will loosen any clogs and allow you to benefit from a clear drain. You can also add baking soda to the solution for a little more strength, but if this doesn’t work, you may need to pick a bottle of drain cleaner up from the store.

Taps: honestly, a bowl of hot water or some antibacterial wipes does the job perfectly for me. Dampen a cloth in the hot water and gently scrub the taps to remove toothpaste and watermarks.

Use a dry cloth to wipe them down after so that they do not streak, or use antibacterial wipes to remove the marks and the cloth after to get rid of excess moisture.

#3 How to Clean Shower Head Holes?

This can be a pretty tricky task, but it is far from impossible. To clean the shower head holes effectively, a handheld shower is preferred because they are often easier to get to, but there are plenty of methods that suit a fixed model as well.

If you do decide to remove the head from the arm, if you need to use a wrench (or other tools) make sure you place a cloth between it and the arm to prevent scratching or any other form of damage.

Fixed and Handheld: all you need here is a slim toothpick, making it a really cheap way to get those nozzles unclogged.

Using the toothpick, gently poke each of the holes in turn and wiggle it around a little – breaking a hole in any deposits while loosening it ready for removal. Once each hole has been prodded, you can turn the shower on and rinse out the broken-up debris.

Handheld: for this, the best handheld shower head is easier, but you could probably do it with a mounted one as well. Take a toothbrush and soak it in white vinegar before really scrubbing each of the little nozzles to clean it up and remove any debris. 

Once this is done, turn the water on and let it blast through, clearing the holes and also letting you know if any are still blocked.

#4 How to Clean a Shower Head Without Removing it?

Don’t quite feel like the extra hassle that comes with removing your shower head? Have no fear; we actually have three quick and easy tips to help you get it clean without all the faff. However, our first technique can also be found in #9 (the plastic bag trick), so make sure you take a quick look there for our top effortless cleaning tip.

Nozzle Rubbing: take an old toothbrush and gently scrub the nozzles on your shower to loosen any limescale and debris that may have built-up.

If you don’t have a toothbrush, you can actually use your finger to the same effect, and this is especially good if you have silicone nozzles as they are the easiest to clean. Once done, turn on the shower to rinse the now loose debris, and you’re done.

The Rest: your whole shower needs a clean, so grab some cleaning mix (white vinegar and water or something stronger, whatever works for you) and a few clean clothes.

Rinse the shower head first with some warm water, and then apply the solution and really rub it in with the cloth while also being gentle. Once this is done, use another damp cloth to rinse the cleaning products from the shower, and finally a dry cloth to prevent streaks and to give it a bit of a polish.

#5 How to Clean a Shower Head for Better Pressure?

The first thing you need to do is make sure that your shower head is working properly and not retaining water, because it is often the case that you have a poor-quality shower head when the pressure suddenly drops, and the temperature begins to change somewhat rapidly.

Once you have determined that the head itself is not the root cause of the problem you can look at cleaning it. Usually, a lack of pressure is caused by a blockage within the head, and the most likely suspect is limescale.

We have mentioned how to get rid of limescale a few times in the method section, with a detailed look at the process in #8, but here we will take you through some of the top methods for cleaning your shower head in order to get better pressure:

  • Use a toothpick to unblock the holes in the shower head
  • Use an old toothbrush or a sponge to scrub the nozzles 
  • You can try boiling the shower head in a vinegar/water solution for 15 minutes 
  • Some shower heads have silicone nozzles that only require a finger wipe to get clean 
  • For really bad blockages, soak the shower head in white vinegar for an hour 

#6 How to Clean a Shower Head Quickly?

If you are in a bit of a rush and just want to give your shower head a quick clean, all you really need to do is give it a wipe with a damp cloth and the cleaning solution of your choice.

Make sure that you scrub it well and rinse afterwards, but it is the quickest way to get your shower head looking presentable. If you have a little extra time, you can also clean the nozzles using a regular kitchen sponge just for a little extra care and attention.

#7 How to Clean a Shower Head that has Mould?

Mould and mildew are a pretty serious issue, and one that is best tackled with the help of chemical cleaning products as opposed to natural ones. This is because they are often more effective when killing the mould and any bacteria that comes with it.

Diluting some bleach in a large bucket of water and leaving the shower head to soak in it for 30-60 minutes is often a great way to get rid of really stubborn mould – just make sure that you only use a little bleach so that it does not damage the shower head.

Once you have finished soaking it, rinse it off with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth. The mould should have rinsed off, but if it has not then just soak it again.

You can also try a mould and mildew spray, and these can be squirted directly onto the affected area – which is quite handy if you have a shower head that can’t be removed easily, or at all.

All you need to do is leave the cleaner on the shower head for an allotted amount of time (read the label), and then rinse clean and wipe dry. The mould and mildew should be gone, and your shower head left good as new.

#8 How to Descale Your Shower Head?

One of the best ways to descale a shower head is with vinegar, and while any will work the most effective is a white distilled vinegar. This is because malt is less effective and brown vinegar could end up staining your shower head, while white remains the best at cleaning and leaves no trace.

All you need to do is soak your shower head in a tub of white vinegar for around an hour and then rinse it all off with water before drying it off with a clean cloth. This will remove most of the limescale from the shower head, and any that is remaining can be gently scrubbed off using an old toothbrush.

For this stage, you should make sure that you pay careful attention to the nozzles to ensure that they are cleared and cleaned carefully. Once this is done, turn the shower on and allow the water to run freely through the head, flushing out any remaining deposits and also giving you the chance to make sure it is all running accordingly.

#9 Tool-Free Shower Head Cleaning

We don’t always have the tools we need for keeping our shower head clean, and if you are in this situation, we have the perfect solution for you.

It’s also a great option if you have a shower head that can’t be removed – and all you need is a plastic bag and an elastic band. All you need to do is fill the plastic bag with white vinegar, and then attach it to the shower head using the elastic band.

Leave it there for an hour (or 30 minutes if you have a brass shower head), and then remove the bag and turn the water on to flush it all out. You can finish by wiping it down with a clean, dry, cloth. This method works best for chrome and other metal shower heads.

How Often Should You Clean Your Shower Head?

It is generally agreed that cleaning your shower head once a week at least is the best way to go. This is an overall clean, so making sure that there is no mould growing and also getting rid of any bacteria that might be lurking on the head.

If you see black dots forming on your shower head, black mould is already present and needs to be dealt with quickly. For mineral deposits and build-ups, the recommended cleaning time can vary according to where you live.

For those in hard water areas, limescale often occurs quite frequently, and so you may find yourself needing to unblock and clean the head on a weekly basis – a lot like the current state of my kettle. However, you may find that once a year is more than adequate for scale and deposits, it really is down to individual cases, situations, and locations.

How long do you soak your shower head in vinegar?

30 minutes

Fill the pot with enough white vinegar to cover the showerhead. The acids in the vinegar will help dissolve the white mineral deposits on the showerhead. Let the showerhead soak in the vinegar for 30 minutes to overnight.

Prevention

The main things you will want to try and prevent are limescale, mould, and mildew. The best way to do this is by ensuring that you clean your shower head regularly (as mentioned in the section above), or installing a filter in your shower so that it is able to catch the deposits and prevent them from blocking up your shower head.

However, there is another method of staying on top of things and trying to prevent build-up. There are a good number of shower heads out there that self-clean, and this means that in order to unblock the nozzles and keep it all running, you just need to run your finger over them to ensure it remains clear.

They are quite readily available, and are featured in many of our shower head buying guides. Other than that, giving your shower head a quick rinse and dry after every wash is a great way to prevent mould and mildew from forming.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you to find new and effective ways to clean your shower and get it back to looking brand new. Gone are the days of worrying about limescale and mildew as you can clean your shower head in ways you may not have even thought of before.

Whether you want to take the natural route or would prefer a few chemical mixes, there are tips and tricks for absolutely every household readily available. We are here to save you a little time and effort, and none of our advice should take too much time out of your day or your cleaning schedule.

What did you think of our shower cleaning guide? Did you find our advice useful, or are there other little cleaning secrets that you feel we should have added? We love hearing from you, so please feel free to leave us a message in the comments below.

How to Fit a Power Shower – DIY Installation Guide 2019

How to Fit a Power Shower – DIY Installation Guide 2019
How to Fit a Power Shower – DIY Installation Guide 2019

Are you getting ready to have a power shower installed in your home? Are you looking to do the job yourself instead of hiring the professionals? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you are in the right place.

We have compiled this excellent guide to doing the whole thing yourself – from figuring out the costs, to the actual installation of your new power shower. Are you ready for the wash of your life? It’s time to get out the toolkit and start work on your dream shower. 

How Much Does It Cost to Fit a Power Shower? 

A lot of this depends on the path you choose. If you decide to go with a professional plumber, you could be looking at around £500 for a new installation in your bathroom. For simply replacing an existing system, however, a plumber and the shower is more likely to cost around £300 instead.

It should be noted that the day rates for both plumbers and electricians are approximately £150 to £200, and then you factor in the cost of the shower unit on top of that.

New installations tend to cost more because both the plumbing and electrics within your home will need work, but it also depends on how much of it you are prepared to do yourself. 

Can I Have a Power Shower in My Bathroom? 

A typical power shower works in much the same way as a mixer shower in that it combines hot and cold water from the appropriate tanks to create the perfect temperature. They also tend to come with a pump to increase pressure, which is why they are so suited to homes with low pressure.

As a result, they tend to work best with gravity fed systems. There are also electric versions of power showers available for you to buy, and these do not need access to both water tanks as they heat the cold water up within the unit.

Again, they work best with the gravity fed systems. While there are some mixer versions that can be compatible with a combi boiler, it is essential that you check with a professional or the manufacturer before you buy and install the power shower. 

Further Reading: Tips for Increasing Water Pressure

How long does it take to fit a power shower?

How long does it usually take to install, replace or repair a shower or shower pull cord? Electric shower normall will take 8 hours for a new installation. 2 hours to replace a shower unit , once parts have been organsised.

Preparation 

There are a couple of things you need to do before you can install a new shower, and each of them is essential. The first is checking the kilowatt rating as soon as possible. This will give you a rough idea of how much the shower will cost to run because it will tell you how much power it needs.

Therefore, you have time to look into options that are cost-effective or have lower power settings. You should also ensure the room is clear and free from clutter. This gives you a good working space, but also ensures that nothing of value will get damaged during the installation process.

You should also have a qualified electrician booked to come and check the finished results. Even if you are doing it yourself, you need to be safe and make sure that everything is working correctly. Plus, they will be needed to make the final connection. 

Materials Needed and Instructions 

Now that you are prepared for the installation, you need a list of the materials required for you to get on with the job. We’ve gathered an excellent one for you below:

  • Drill (and bits)
  • Electronic detector 
  • Adjustable wrench 
  • Reciprocal saw 
  • Compressed tee fixing 
  • Pipe cutter 
  • A good screwdriver set 
  • Pencil 

Once you have all of these items gathered up and are ready to go, you can follow each of these steps to get your power shower installed:

#1 The first thing you need to do is switch off the fuse box. Once this is done, you can find a good position for your new shower unit. When you have found the perfect place, take the front cover for the water heater, lean it against the wall, and trace the outline with a pencil. Make sure you clearly mark drill hole locations, pipe points, and cable points. 

#2 Before you get down to drilling, take the electronic detector and scan the wall to ensure that you aren’t going to hit or interfere with anything. When that is all clear, you can begin drilling the fixing holes in the wall.

As a safety side note, the electrical cables from the water heater in the wall should be buried in the middle of the switch and unit either horizontally or vertically. 

#3 Now, drill the holes for the pipes and cable. If you need to, use a reciprocal saw to get everything just right, and then use the wall bracket or sliding rail so that you can make the outline for the shower rail hole position.

Then, turn off the main stopcock and run the cold tap dry. You can then use an adjustable wrench to connect the copper piping to the rising main with the compressed tee fixing.

#4 For this step, cut a hole in the wall at the mains pipe so that the compressed fixing can be accommodated. Once this is done, put the new copper piping in the third arm on the tee and place a stop valve close to the tee so that you have easy access for any future repairs.

Turn the stop valve off, reconnect the cold-water supply, and then attach a flexible hose over the end of the copper pipe. 

#5 You should then flush the new pipe so that you can check for leaks. Once finished, shut off the stop valve and link the copper pipe to the bottom of the heater unit. You should use an elbow pipe for this part, as well as a nut that can be sealed with an adjustable wrench.

You can then open the stop valve again to check the whole system for potential leaks. All you need now is for an electrician to come and ensure that everything is hooked up correctly to the electrics. Just make sure the unit is attached securely to the wall, as well as any railings, and you are good to go.

Choosing a New Power Shower 

When you do go to select the next power shower for your home, you have the difficult task of choosing one that is just right. You will have the option of an electric or water-based system, and each of them is explained in a little more detail below:

  • Electric. This is ideal for a high-pressure combi boiler, especially as they take less time to fit and don’t need a lot of pipework.
  • Water-based. This runs directly from the mains supply while it is also using an integrated booster pump to draw the hot water from the tank. 
  • Mixer. This is for those who have separate hot and cold tanks for their water. They cost less to run, but do need a little more maintenance. 

Power Shower Pipework Size 

While there are varying sizes of power shower pipes out there, only one of them achieves the best results. A 22mm set of pipework is the ideal size, and alongside a 2-3 bar shower pump, you are sure to be enjoying the best shower of your life as soon as you turn it on. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Power Shower

To Conclude

Hopefully, this little guide has been able to help you gain the confidence to take on your DIY project. Alongside the steps to fitting your power shower, there is a plethora of handy information and tips so that you get the project just right.

Of course, we always advise that you seek out professional help if you feel stuck, concerned, or even a little unsure during the process. After all, having an incorrectly installed power shower would be an absolute nightmare.

What did you think of our power shower installation guide? Did it help you to achieve success, or are there areas you felt were lacking? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comment section below.

10 Expert Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Warm

10 Expert Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Warm
10 Expert Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Warm

Nobody likes the feel of a cold and chilly bathroom during the winter season. We all crave a warm and toasty bathroom when we want to shower in the cold weather. If you are looking for a way to warm up your bathroom then we've got you covered. 

Here are 10 expert tips for keeping your bathroom warm during the colder seasons. 

1. Keep the cold air out 

Now, what good are electric heaters and towel warmers if there are numerous gaps and leaks in your bathroom windows and walls then cold air will definitely make its way in and chill the entire area. 

The weakest areas are your window frames. If these frames are old and cracking then there will be gaps from which cold air will make its way in.

You need to fill these leaks and gaps with caulk. You can get caulk in multiple colors nowadays, so pick one that matches your bathroom colors. 

Also, another area of concern is your piping system. If the plumbing pipes have holes that aren’t properly filled then those can let the air in as well. So, make sure that you also caulk those gaps as well.  

2. Exhaust fan can be the enemy

When you are taking a shower, you need to make sure that your exhaust fan is completely turned off. If it’s on, it will pull all the warm air and steam from your bathroom and kick it out.

You need to keep the windows and doors locked as well, so the warm air doesn’t just leak out. 

However, you can turn the exhaust fan on when leaving the bathroom so it can remove the moisture which could cause mildew and mold.

Although, during the winter season, moisture won’t be a big problem as it will be quickly absorbed by the season’s dry air, so you can pretty much leave the exhaust off for the entire winter. 

3. Get a portable electric heater

This is a simple and straightforward tip. Just get a portable heater that can pre-heat your bathroom for you. I will suggest you to read this bathroom heater guide before buying.

Portable Electric Heater

If you don’t like a chilly bathroom then just turn on the heater for a while before you enter. This will heat-up your entire bathroom in a short time so you can experience the toasty temperature before and after the shower.  

4. Towel Warmers are all the rage

There are numerous methods to warm your towels. You could just put them in front of the electric heater for a while to warm them, but that won’t do much for the bathroom. 

However, if you invest in a towel warmer then you are set for life as it will also keep your bathroom heated as well. 

There are two types of towel warmers, wall-mounted variants (Radiators) and freestanding models. You can get either one of these to warm your towels while at the same time warm your bathroom as well. 

5. Add a heated bathroom floor

If you are up for giving your bathroom a makeover then adding a radiant floor heating is definitely going to make things toasty for you. There are different styles of floor heating, but the easiest to install is a simple electric mat.  

These electric mats are embedded in a layer of thin-set mortar and the floor tiling is laid on top of that. These mats are linked to your wall thermostat through which you can easily control the heating.  

6. Install heat bulbs

Yeah, you can get bulbs that are developed to warm up smaller areas. Now, these bulbs are not going to you with the sunny day experience, but you can still warm-up a small area with the help of these nifty little lights.  

Heat Lamps

So, these are perfect for a bathroom as it’s going to be a lot smaller than the bedroom. Install a couple of these bulbs to enhance the overall lighting and the heating at the same time. 

7. Change your color scheme

Now, this isn’t going to turn your bathroom into a brick oven, but changing the colors can warm it up a little. Most people often choose white or blue for their bathrooms which are considered cool colors.

You could change the colors to some yellows or reds can definitely add a warm touch to the bathroom.  

8. Get a bunch of rugs 

Now, if you are not able to afford the electric heating floor, or just don’t want to renovate your bathroom then you need to get yourself a couple of rugs to keep things warm.  

No one likes to walk on icy cold bathroom tiles, especially not after showering with warm water.  

So, having a few rugs can definitely help alleviate that problem. These rugs are soft, warm, and can also absorb the water from your feet. Make sure you pile up on a bunch of plush rugs and mats.  

9. Get a large showerhead

Now showerheads are not going to warm up your bathroom, but it will ensure that your entire body stays toasty when you are showering. A smaller showerhead will only cover your head while your front or back of the body stays cold.

Large Shower Head

So, investing in a bigger rainfall showerhead and installing it directly overhead will make sure that your whole body is covered in the hot water. 

10. Humidity is your best friend 

Humidity means there’s moisture in the air. Having moisture in the air causes it to be warm while dry air can be extremely cold and chilly. So, make sure that the steam from your shower doesn’t escape out any fans or leaks. Keep it in the bathroom to make it warmer. 

You can also place a few plants in the bathroom to increase humidity. Plants release moisture into the air which makes the room feel warm and cozy. These plants can also double up as awesome natural decor for the bathroom as well. 

#Last tip - Invest in a bathtub that helps retain heat, to make sure you can have a warm bath at all times.

Finally 

Armed with the tips mentioned above, you are now ready for the winter seasons. No matter how chilly the weather gets, your bathroom will stay warm and cozy for the entirety of the seasons as long as you follow these simple tips.  

Feel free to tell us how you keep your bathroom warm and toasty during the winter season?   

How To Remove Mould From Your Shower (Including Silicone & Grout)

How To Remove Mould From Shower (Including Silicone & Grout)
How To Remove Mould From Shower (Including Silicone & Grout)

There is nothing worse than mould in your shower, and as someone who has lived in homes with poor ventilation in the bathroom, I have a personal vendetta against it.

Not only can it cause serious health issues, but it is also unsightly and can leave your bathroom smelling awful if it gets really bad. It can feel a little overwhelming, and sometimes it seems like a problem that will never go away.

However, it doesn’t have to be like that, and this is why we have created this epic how-to guide for ridding your shower from mould – including the silicone and the grout. It’s time to say farewell to your mould crisis and hello to a fresh-looking shower. 

What is the Best Way to Clean Mould off Your Shower? 

You could be sat in your living room, having just clicked this guide, wondering what will remove mould from the shower. Well, you’re in luck because this section is here to take you through the wonderfully detailed world of mould removal for showers.

So, get the marigolds out from under the sink, snap them on, and let’s get to work bringing life back into your bathroom. 

How to Remove Mould from the Drain and Walls 

The shower drain tends to be the main place that mould gathers, but you may also find that it creeps up on your shower wall or shower tiles. It might seem frustrating, and maybe even a little daunting, at first, but the way to get rid of it is actually pretty simple.

However, since we are using a lot of bleach here (and throughout the guide), please remember to wear gloves and old clothes (if it splashes, it will leave discoloured spots) while ridding the shower of mould. 

#1 Mix up a bleach and water solution, and make sure there is more water than bleach. Although not too much, because you want it to be relatively strong. Then, pour it into an empty spray bottle.

#2 Spray the solution around the drain and on top of the mould before leaving it to sit for around 10 minutes.

#3 Take a coarse brush and start to scrub the mould away. Hopefully, it will have started to fade a little beforehand to make the job a bit easier on you. For the really tight spots, you might need an old toothbrush or something similar so that you can reach. 

#4 Rinse the solution and mould away, and you will be left with a sparkling drain. You can use this same method for your tiles and shower walls as well. Just make sure the bleach solution isn’t too strong if you are using it on walls. 

How to Remove Mould from Shower Grout 

This is the first place you will find mould growing because it is porous and holds water for much longer. This method of mould removal uses bleach, so if you have coloured grout, it would be best to use one of the natural methods that we go through later on.

#1 Mix up another batch of the bleach solution (one part bleach, two water) and pour it into the spray bottle.

#2 Spray the mixture onto the affected grout all over the shower. 

#3 Using a brush, preferably nylon, scrub the grout and get the mould off. 

#4 Rinse the grout, and watch the mould and dirty water wash away, leaving everything looking clean and new. 

How to Remove Mould from Shower Silicone 

When trying to remove mould from shower silicone, the process can be a little difficult because of the way the silicone dries and its positioning. So, we have a quick list of things you are going to need before you start our tried and tested method:

  • A basin or bowl to mix the solution in 
  • Bleach 
  • Baking soda 
  • Clingfilm 
  • Paintbrush 

#1 Spoon some baking soda into the bowl and slowly pour in the bleach, mixing it until you get a paste-like consistency.

#2 Take the paintbrush and use it to apply the paste to the mould on the silicone. You can also use rubber gloves if you don’t have a brush to hand. 

#3 Do your best to cover the paste on the silicone with clingfilm, although this can be a bit tricky so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. Once this is done, leave it for between one and two hours.

#4 Remove the clingfilm and clean the paste away with warm water. If the mould is gone, the job is done, but if it still remains, you will have the start the process again. 

Health Risks

Mould is really bad for your health, especially the black mould that grows in bathrooms. For those with asthma and allergies, it can cause serious breathing issues that can lead to hospitalisation if they are exposed to it for a prolonged period of time.

This is because the mould spores disrupt lung function, making it harder to breathe, as well as irritating the throat – causing coughing and shortness of breath.

Black mould is even able to cause asthma, which can be quite terrifying, and WHO has attributed a significant number of child asthma cases to exposure to black mould in damp conditions.

Even for those who are otherwise healthy, the mould exposure does increase the risk of chest and lung infections, which can cause serious illness. It’s not good for your body to breathe it in, so the best thing is to remove it as soon as possible.

This is also why ventilation is so important, and if you are not able to keep your windows open a crack in the bathroom, or you don’t have any windows in the room, it is worth investing in a dehumidifier. This will suck the excess moisture from the air and help to prevent the growth of mould and mildew. 

Products: Natural DIY

You’d be surprised by how effective natural products can be when you are cleaning mould from your shower. We have a couple of top solutions that we strongly recommend you try when mould removal duty calls, and you can find them both below.

White vinegar: This amazing natural cleaner is fantastic for cleaning mould, and also acts as a disinfectant. It’s something you should always have in your cupboard for cleaning, and it can be used neat or mixed with water to create an effective spray.

Baking soda: This is also an incredibly effective method for mould removal, and after turning it into a paste with some water, just let it sit on the mould for 20 minutes before using a brush to scrub all the mould away. You can also mix it with white vinegar for something a little stronger.

Borax: Mixing this with a large amount of water is a cheap and easy way to get rid of mould naturally. All you really need to do is scrub the solution onto the area and then wipe away afterwards to get rid of the mould. It’s very effective on tiles and grout.

Clear ammonia: This can be sprayed onto the mould and then left to sit for a couple of hours. Afterwards, it just needs to be wiped away. Remember to only ever use clear ammonia, and to never mix it with bleach as the fumes are toxic.

Hydrogen peroxide: Again, this is a spray, leave for a few hours, and wipe away solution. You should use 3% hydrogen peroxide, and it can be mixed with white vinegar for an extra kick when tackling serious mould on your shower walls.

Further Reading: How to Descale Your Shower 

If you don’t fancy making natural remedies at home, there are quite a few that you can find on the web, each of which contain natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals. We have two of our favourites below for you to take a quick look at. 

Ecozone Bathroom Spray

This particular bathroom spray is made with natural ingredients and no chemicals, so you don’t need to worry about any harsh chemicals coming into contact with your shower.

It is able to cut through limescale effortlessly, and despite using natural plant extracts within its formula, it is also able to destroy mould easily.

Free from allergens and artificial preservatives, it’s a great solution to use if you suffer from asthma or allergies but desperately need to clean your bathroom.

Cruelty-free, made in the UK, and completely vegan-friendly, it comes at an incredibly affordable price and is sure to change the way you clean for good. 

Surethem Mould Cleaning Spray

This particular natural cleaning spray has been specially designed to tackle black mould – the main form that you will find lurking in your bathroom.

The ingredients are all natural and organic, with no nasty chemicals, so you can have peace of mind while also enjoying a clean shower that looks and smells amazing.

It is ready to use, so there is no need to dilute it, and the spray bottle means that application to the affected areas is quick and easy.

It can be used on walls, ceilings, tiles, and practically every bathroom surface for widespread application, and for a litre bottle, the price is quite reasonable. 

Products: Shop Bought 

There are times when mould situations call for something more powerful than the natural solutions, and it is in these cases where the shop bought chemical cleaners are most effective. There are loads of them on the market, leaving you spoilt for choice when finding the one that works best for you and your situation.

We have been through a number of ways in which chemicals such as bleach can be helpful when the mould is really tough to get rid of. Below, you will find two of our top picks for your consideration. 

HG Mould Remover 

A good and trusted brand, this particular mould remover has been designed for black mould, making it exceptionally effective when you are trying to rid your bathroom of it.

The formula is foam, which makes it very easy to apply, and it can be used on silicone seals, grout, plaster, tiles, stone, and essentially every other bathroom surface that needs to be freed from mould.

It only takes 30 minutes to work, and will even help to control re-growth – keeping your bathroom cleaner for longer.

Using it is incredibly simple, and it comes at a superb price for a 500ml bottle. 

Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover 

Probably the biggest cleaning name out there, we all know Cillit Bang, and this particular cleaner has been made to remove black mould.

The strong chemical formula is able to obliterate the mould in your bathroom, without leaving any stains behind, and it will even work to remove them from your shower room walls and surfaces.

The results are visible within a matter of seconds because the solution works incredibly quickly to break the mould down, and there is no need to scrub it in; you just rinse it off gently with a cloth.

It comes in a pack of three bottles, making this an incredible bargain you won’t want to miss out on. 

How to Clean a Shower Curtain 

How do you remove mould from the shower curtain though? While they can be incredibly cute (I have a small collection of printed shower curtains), they can also be massive mould traps that need some serious cleaning and maintenance to prevent them from getting ruined and smelling.

However, the process of removing mould is not necessarily a hard one, and we have two excellent methods for getting the job done. The first of these is by using a baking soda and vinegar solution to remove the mould in question, the steps for which are below:

#1 Remove the shower curtain from the shower.

#2 Place it in the washing machine with a couple of bath towels (these prevent creasing and act like sponges for scrubbing the curtain).

#3 Add half a cup of baking soda alongside your usual washing tablets and start the cycle.

#4 Once it reaches the rinse stage, stop the machine and add half a cup of white wine vinegar and then allow the cycle to finish.

#5 Remove the curtain from the machine and hang it out to dry. The mould should be gone. If not, you can repeat the process a couple of times.

You may find that the baking soda and vinegar method isn’t quite enough though, and in cases like this, you can try our next method. This one uses bleach, which means it is a lot more powerful and so likely to be effective on curtains that are severely mouldy. Here are the steps for you:

#1 Place the curtain in your washing machine with some bath towels, for the same reason as the first method.

#2 In a basin or bucket, mix a solution of a half cup of bleach and a quarter cup of your regular laundry soap. Then, fill the rest with water. Put it to the side, and move onto the next step.

#3 Start the wash cycle, and once the machine has filled with water, you can add the bleach solution. The reason this is done is so that your towels don’t get ruined by the bleach.

#4 Once it has finished washing, hang it out to dry, and the mould should be gone.

Further Reading: Old Shower DIY Makeover

It should be noted that for really bad mould growth you may need to wash it twice this way for the mould to go. If it still remains after two washes with a bleach solution, lay the curtain on a flat surface and scrub it off by hand.

Should this fail, you may be better off purchasing a new curtain and throwing the mouldy one away. You can look at the next section for a few ideas. 

Anti-Mould Shower Curtains and Mats 

Your shower curtain is naturally susceptible to collecting mould, as is the mat you use on the shower floor. While both of these should be kept clean at all times, it’s always worth investing in ones that are mould resistant so that you don’t have to worry so much about their maintenance.

To help you get an idea of the products on offer for you, we have selected our favourite shower curtain and shower mat for you to look at so that you can get some ideas. 

ANSIO Shower Curtain

This polyester shower curtain is ready to hang from the moment you open it, and it is really simple to install. While this particular one is solid white in colour, you can also pick up curtains with gorgeous patterns if you want to mix things up a little. 

Measuring in at 180cm x 180cm, it offers full coverage of your bath or shower, allowing you to wash without splashing water everywhere.

Additionally, it has been designed to be resistant to both mould and mildew, meaning that the maintenance is lower, but that it is also much easier to clean.

For all of this, the price is exceptionally good as well and will fit into any budget comfortably. 

TowelsRus bath Mat 

Shower floors can get really slippery, which poses a threat to your safety and can also make your experience a pretty stressful one. This mat is here to stop all of that, and it is secured to the floor of your bath or shower using a set of suction cups. 

It is made from rubber, which is comfortable under your feet, and the non-slip surface means that you won’t fall over when you are half-asleep and trying to bathe in the morning.

It is incredibly easy to clean and maintain, as it just needs to be washed in warm water, and it is also resistant to mould and fungus – so you don’t have to worry too much. Long-lasting, it comes at a great price and with excellent levels of reliability. 

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FAQ's

Q: Is black mould in shower dangerous?


A: yes, not just black mould but all mould is dangerous in the shower and can make you sick in many different ways. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn all about the ways you can rid your bathroom from mould and mildew, leaving it looking fresh and new so that you can really enjoy your bathroom again.

There are so many handy pieces of advice that you can follow, but we have also gathered some of our favourite natural and chemical products for you to look at.

This is to help you figure out which methods are going to work best for you, but also show you some of the most reliable mould killers on the market so that you can get rid of everything faster and more efficiently.

What did you think of our mould removal guide? Did it contain everything you needed to get your bathroom looking spectacular again, or are there tips you would have liked to see included here? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below. 

How to Remove Silicone from a Shower – DIY Guide

Silicone can be fiddly and frustrating to remove, but it is a job that needs to be done. Over time, it starts to lose its effectiveness, and needs to be removed and replaced so that you are able to keep your shower nice and secure.

Silicone removal is about more than just the shower though; it’s good to know how you can get it off your hands and clothing (since it tends to stick).

We answer every burning question you have about silicone removal, even how to remove mouldy silicone, as well as why you should be doing it in the first place. Time to get to work fixing up your shower. 

Why Do We Need to Remove the Old Silicone? 

Silicone doesn’t last forever, and it will need to be replaced so that it can keep working to protect your walls and tiles. Over time, it starts to lose that adhesive stick, and it may even become damaged or have mould growth that you can’t get rid of.

Mould is especially tricky because it can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing, which means it should be tackled as quickly as possible. Even if none of this is true, you should be removing and replacing the sealant every year or two to ensure that it remains strong and watertight. 

How to Remove Silicone from Your Shower 

The best method for removing silicone sealant from your shower is the old-fashioned way; with your hands and a few tools. To get started, you are going to need the following:

  • Stanley knife 
  • Chisel 
  • White spirit
  • Thick gloves 
  • Safety glasses 

Once you have all of these, you can follow the steps below to successfully remove the silicone sealant from your shower. Remember to put your gloves and safety glasses on before you begin. 

Step 1:

Use the Staley knife to cut away the old sealant. Make sure you are as gentle as possible while you do so, as this will ensure you do not damage the wall or surrounding area. You don’t need to worry about getting every little scrap, just focus on the bulk of the sealant. 

Step 2:

At this point, you will be likely to be left with some silicone strands. A lot of the time, this can be removed with your hands, using a chisel/scraper, or rubbing it with a cloth dipped in white spirit. It can take a little while, but it is important all of the sealant is removed so that you can reapply it smoothly. 

Step 3:

Make sure you also remove the residue from the silicone as well so that the entire area is nice and clear. Now that everything has been removed, you can apply the new silicone sealant to the area. We have a great guide on that for you as well. 

Further Reading: Silicone and Caulk Guide

How to Remove Silicone from Your Hands 

There are a few ways you can remove silicone from your hands, and it is important to do it quickly because it can be really tough to remove once it dries.

Plus, it can irritate the skin if you are quite sensitive, which is partly why gloves are so highly recommended. Each of the tips below contains a series of detailed steps to help you get it right the first time. 

Method One: The Plastic Bag 

#1 Remove as much of the silicone as you can before it dries, either by washing your hands or wiping them with paper towels. Do not use a fabric towel because the silicone will be difficult to get out once it dries. The more you can get off while it’s wet, the easier it will be to ensure they are completely clean.

#2 Grab a plastic bag from the supermarket and use it in the same way you would a cloth. This is because the silicone will be more attracted to sticking to the plastic than your hands, and so it will draw the excess away from you.

#3 Rinse your hands with water once you have used the plastic bag to remove any remaining silicone from them. Then, dry your hands and repeat the method if you need to. This can be done as many times as you need, but if you act fast, you will only have to do it once. 

Also Read: Remove Mould from Shower

Method Two: Nail Polish Remover (Acetone)

#1 Remove as much of the silicone with a paper towel before it has a chance to dry, maximising your chances of getting rid of everything in one go. Silicone does tend to dry faster on hands because the amount is much smaller, so time is of the essence.

#2 Once the large chunks have been removed, wash your hands with soap and water to soften the remaining silicone so that it is a little easier to remove in the next step.

#3 take some cotton pads, or kitchen roll, and apply the nail varnish remover (which contains acetone) liberally. Rub it all over your hands so that they are nice and damp, and wait for the remover to start taking effect. Once it does, use a paper towel to vigorously scrub the areas so that all of the silicone is removed.

#4 When this is finished, wash your hands with soap and warm water before drying them. Apply moisturiser to your hands to prevent them from drying out, and then check to see if you need to repeat the process.

You should only go through it again once to prevent your skin from cracking, and if it still does not work wait for the silicone to come off naturally. 

How to Remove Silicone from Your Clothes 

There really isn’t much worse than your clothes getting covered in silicone, because it’s really difficult to handle when it dries, and fabrics can be a nightmare.

This is why it is usually recommended that you wear old clothes you don’t care about when using silicone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t want them to be clean again. Have a look at our methods, and the steps that come with them. 

Method One: Freezing 

#1 Place the clothing in a bag and then put it in the freezer for a few hours, causing the silicone to become incredibly hard. The biggest and lumpiest part of the stain should peel off once you take it out of the freezer, and you can do this with your hands.

#2 Grab a pair of scissors and use them to scrape off the remaining areas of the stain. You can also use a butter knife to do this, but make sure your chosen tool isn’t too sharp so that you don’t accidentally tear the fabric.

#3 Once this is done, take some rubbing alcohol and scrub the affected area to remove the stain and leave it looking fresh again. You can also use a stronger cleaning agent if you feel the stain needs it. The process can be repeated if some of the silicone remains. 

Method Two: Blotting 

#1 This method is best if the stain has not yet had the chance to dry, and if this is the case throw it in the washing machine with your usual detergent and let it run on a regular setting. For white clothing, you can add a little bleach to the mix. If the stain is quite fresh, you might find that this step is the only one you need to take.

#2 If the washing cycle was not quite enough, take a cloth and dampen it with warm water. Press it firmly against the stain to let the water sink in and dab it repeatedly to get as much of the silicone off as possible.

#3 When a good chunk of excess silicone has been removed, use a clean cloth and some rubbing alcohol to work out the remainder of the stain. You should blot it liberally and leave it to soak in, repeating as many times as needed until the stain is practically gone.

#4 For the final step, put the clothing into the washing machine and run it through on the usual setting. It may need to be washed a few times in order to remove it, and you should not place it in a dryer as this can cause any remaining stain to fully set and harden. 

Method Three: Chemicals 

You can also use chemical stain removers that you find in the supermarket to get rid of silicone stains. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the label to remove the silicone stains. Just remember to test it on some old clothing first to ensure it won’t damage your garment. 

Method Four: Baking Powder 

#1 Wet the stain with water and leave it to soak for a moment. Then, pour the baking soda onto the area.

#2 Take a cloth and massage the baking powder into the stain so that it can absorb everything. Repeat the process as needed until the stain is completely (or at least mostly) gone.

#3 Put the clothing in the washing machine and run on a regular cycle to rinse the clothing out. Leave it to dry naturally and then check to see if the stain is gone.

Can You use Acetone to Remove Silicone? 

In short, you can use acetone to remove silicone sealant, but it is not always advised. It does a fantastic job at dissolving the silicone, making the job pretty quick and easy when compared to other methods.

However, the solution is so powerful that it can actually melt some plastics so you should test it on a hidden area first. It can also damage the seals on drains, so you should speak to an expert before you decide to use it in your shower. 

What will dissolve silicone?

Vinegar and isopropyl alcohol will work well to dissolve silicone. The best way to remove silicone caulk short of using a digestant is to treat it with a silicone sealant remover, WD-40, vinegar or alcohol, wait for it to soften and then attack it with a knife or paint scraper.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has helped you to figure out the best way to remove the silicone sealant from your shower. What about replacing it though?

It may feel like it is missing in this guide, but we actually have an entire one dedicated to the application process that you can check out. We’re dedicated to making your bathroom renovations a massive success, so no matter your needs, we have something here for you.

What did you think of our silicone removal guide? Were you able to get it out of everything, or are there other areas that you felt should have been covered? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comment section below. 

How to Increase the Shower Pressure UK – Expert Advice Guide

How to Increase Shower Pressure UK – Expert Advice Guide
How to Increase Shower Pressure UK – Expert Advice Guide

There is nothing more disappointing than stepping into the shower each day to discover that you have low pressure that barely does anything to help you get clean.

There was a time when I thought there was no way to tackle the low pressure in my shower, but the solution can actually be incredibly simple; and really cheap. So, if you are looking for ways to increase your shower pressure, this is the perfect guide for you – because we have all the problems and solutions. 

Do I Have Low Pressure in the Shower? 

Before we look at whether or not you have low pressure, it is good to go over the main causes so that you have a good idea of what might be causing the issues. Here are the most common reasons:
Your mains use old piping.

If you are in the middle of a town or city, then you likely have low water pressure because of the mains system. This is because they use much older piping as replacing it would cause severe disruption and so is not deemed as urgent work (unless it breaks).

You have an undersized piping supply. There are so many homes with piping that is technically too small, and this can cause very low water pressure. Older houses are most at risk because the original plumbing system is likely still in place.

Again, this is disruptive work, which is why so many homeowners don’t bother replacing it. Your system might be clogged. If you live in a home that uses iron piping, then you are more at risk of it becoming clog.

This is because iron is very prone to rust, and where the pipes are frequently in contact with water, parts can break up and block the pipes so that the water cannot flow as freely as it did before. You have a shower head that is restricting the flow. 

Your shower head can actually make or break your water pressure, and you might not even realise that you have a flow restricting or water saving head attached. Before you do anything, try replacing the head and see if that changes the pressure.

Your valve is obstructed or shut off. This usually happens when you buy a new home or have just had building work done. Often, you will find that it is not fully opened, and ensuring that it is can make a huge difference to your water pressure.

Usually, it is located under your kitchen sink, and if you think it is broken, you need to contact your plumber immediately. The thing is, it can be hard to know if you actually have low pressure or not, and it is not always possible to tell just by watching the water come out of the head.

To determine whether or not you have low pressure, here are some quick and simple steps. How long does it take? Six seconds, to be exact. Just check out the section below to find out how to do it. 

Further Reading: How to Install Concealed Shower Valve Mixer

How to Test Low Pressure 

What you need:

  • A 1-2 litre measuring jug 
  • A timer 
  • A calculator 

Step One: take the jug and place it under the shower head.

Step Two: turn the shower on, and make sure it is on the most powerful setting.

Step Three: use the timer to see how long it takes to fill the jug. If it takes more than six seconds, you have low water pressure.

Step Four: if you want to measure the full water flow, take the calculator and the timer. The flow rate should be at least ten litres of water per minute for a regular shower.

This is the quickest and easiest way to measure your water pressure. You can also hire a professional plumber to do it if you want an expert reading, but the above method is just as accurate and effective. 

Shower Pressure Booster 

This is the hardcore way to increase your shower pressure, and it is also one of the most effective (aside from changing the head). You could be boosted up to 60 litres per minute by having one of these, and the key is ensuring that you purchase one that is high-quality.

It might end up costing you a little more, but it will be worth it for something that works well and provides you with the pressure that you need. However, before you decide to embark on this venture, you should have a professional come an assess your home.

There are some systems that are not compatible with a shower pump, and if this is the case for yours, it would be awful to buy one only to discover that it doesn’t work. The expert consultation also means any other potential issues can be identified and addressed.

Here’s a quick look at how they work, and how they increase electric shower pressure (and general shower pressure), as well as the estimated cost of your new installation.

When you turn them on, the shower pump is activated, and the water travelling to your shower will pass through it first. As it does this, the pump uses a propeller mechanism to boost the water pressure before it reaches the shower. 

It’s a really simple process, but also exceptionally effective. Generally speaking, it could cost anywhere between £100 and £500, depending on the pump and the quality. You will need to put an extra £150 or so aside if you decide to have a plumber install it. 

How to Fit a Shower Pump 

If you are going to install a shower pump yourself, you really need to know what you are doing before you do so. If at any point you feel it might be too complicated, call a plumber to do it for you.

A shower pump that has not been installed correctly could leak and cause water damage, as well as general damage to your shower system. Now, if you’re ready, you can follow the steps below:

Water-Saving Airdrop Showers

Step One:

Choose where you are going to install the pump. It should be in a location that is easy to access in case it needs to be repaired, replaced, or the filters have to be cleaned. It must not be covered, and it should never freeze or be exposed to low temperatures. Similarly, for safety reasons, it must be installed two feet from the shower tray and basin.

Also Read: Find the Best Shower Trays

Step Two:

Now you can hook up the electrics, although unless you are a qualified electrician, this stage should be done by a professional for safety and to ensure it is up to standards. When you connect the pump, it should be from a 230v switched spur off a ring main.

You should never connect it to the supply for the hot water immersion cylinder, or another high-load installation, as these require a dedicated supply and cannot have others working off them. 

Step Three:

Make sure that the water supply to and from the pump can be isolated, and the pipework should be 22mm to reduce any flow resistance. Even if it has 15mm connections, you should still use 22mm pipework. A flange should also be attached to the top of the hot water cylinder to prevent air from escaping. 

Step Four:

Ensure the outgoing and delivery pipes are flexible, because they are less likely to break or be affected by the vibrations that occur when the pump is running.

This also means that the noise levels will tend to be reduced, and there is little risk of damage to the actual pump. Make sure to flush the pipes before they are connected to the pump. 

Step Five:

once it has been installed, prime the pump. To do this, switch the electrical supply off and run a bucket of water out of both the hot and cold sides until it runs clear. This means that air will not be trapped in the pump while it is running. 

Can a New Shower Head Improve Water Pressure? 

The short answer? Yes, it really can, and it is perfect if you are looking at how to increase shower pressure without a pump. There are a few shower head issues that could cause the water pressure to below:

  • You have a water saving shower head 
  • You have a bad shower head that blocks easily 
  • Your shower head is dirty 

These three factors can be detrimental. If you have a shower head that blocks easily (I have one like that currently, and it is a nightmare) just replace it. There is no point trying to fix it, most of the time it won’t work, and they are cheap to replace.

If you have a water saving shower head, again, replacing it is the best way to boost your water pressure. A top tip for new shower heads; pick one up that is easy to clean, these have nozzles that just need you to rub a finger on them in order to keep them clean.

Now, if your shower head is dirty, there is a way to fix that. One of the best and most effective ways to clean your shower head is to leave it to soak in a bucket of white vinegar for 30 minutes.

If you have a mounted shower, just tie a plastic bag around it and fill it with white vinegar. After, drain the basin/bag and scrub the nozzles on the shower head to remove any excess limescale and debris. Then, rinse it out and make sure that it is running smoothly. 

What causes low water pressure in shower?

What Causes Low Water Pressure in the Shower? ... Shower low water pressure can be caused by many things ranging from blocked shower heads or accidentally turned shut-off valves to the more serious causes like blocked pipes or a leak somewhere in the line. Low water pressure can also be due to more than one problem

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide was just what you needed to try and solve your shower pressure issues. It could be something simple, like replacing your shower head, or something more serious that requires the attention of a plumber, but there are so many things you can try to get things working properly again.

Plus, we even included a handy guide to installing your own shower pump if you feel like taking that road. What did you think of our guide to increasing your shower pressure? Did our solutions work for you, or are there others you would have added? We love hearing from you, so leave us a message in the comments below. 

How to Fit a Shower Screen Easy Step by Step Guide (with video)

How To Fit Shower Screen Easy Step by Step Guide (with video).jpg
How To Fit Shower Screen Easy Step by Step Guide (with video).jpg

Doing the work yourself when installing things like shower screens can save a lot of money, but it can also take up time as well as cause stress if you aren’t entirely sure what you’re doing.

There’s nothing worse than spending hours on a project only to find that you have done it wrong – and the frustration can be enough to make you want to give up there and then. However, we have a solution for you.

We aren’t just here to take you through a few basic steps; we are here to show you exactly how to install your new shower screen with ease, allowing you to get on with the job and get back to using your shower in no time at all.

This guide is here to help, take some of the stress away, and make life that much easier for you. So, keep reading below and let us deal with the hard stuff. 

Tools Required

Before you do anything, you need to make sure that you have all the tools required to get the work done, and you will find each of them on the list below:

  • Electric drill
  • Hammer
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Sealant gun
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measure

Check for Pipework

The first thing you need to do is turn the water off at the mains. This will prevent any leaks, and if you accidentally hit something, you are less likely to cause water damage to your home.

This is because you will need to check for pipes before you drill to ensure that you aren’t going to hit one, and the best tool for this particular task is a multi-detector. 

Position the U-Channel

You will find the U-channel comes separately, for later you will need to place it on the side of the screen, and for this step, you will need to position it where you plan to install it.

At this point, you should also use a spirit level to ensure that everything is even and correctly positioned. Once you are happy with where it is, use the pencil to mark the areas you will be drilling for your reference. 

Drill the Holes 

If you are afraid the drill might slip while you are using it, you can place some masking tape over the area you plan to drill before you do so. This does often help keep everything in place, and offers a little more security while you work. Once ready, drill the holes and insert the plugs provided with the shower screen. 

Hold the U-Channel in Place with Adhesive 

For this step, take a strip of adhesive and place it on the back of the U-channel. Then, place it against the wall in the area it is to be installed and hold it firmly in place so that it can get a good grip on the wall.

Once you have held it for a few moments, you can secure it in place with a set of screws and fixings. Make sure that it is in place and steady, as well as fully fixed to the wall. 

Insert the Screen 

First, take the rubber seal provided and place it along the bottom of the glass screen to protect both it and the floor. Once that is done, insert the screen into the U-channel and hold it in place while you secure it in the next step. 

Secure the Bath Screen

Using the U-channel as a guide, drill the necessary holes into the frame before securing the screen with the provided screws and fixings.

Make sure you remember to fit the caps at the end in order to finish it – both for safety and so that it looks good. You can also adjust the top and bottom screws if you feel the seal is too close or far from the ground.

Also Read: Cost of New Shower Room in UK

Seal the Outer Edges of the Screen 

Now that everything is in place, you can use silicone sealant to seal the edges of the screen where they meet the wall. This creates a watertight seal that prevents moisture from escaping so that your bathroom stays nice and dry when you are showering.

Specific Types of Shower Screen

When you are installing a shower screen, it will typically follow the steps above regardless of which type it is, but there may be variations that need to be taken into account for specific screens.

In the section below, we go through the six main types and highlight any extra steps that may need to be taken during the installation process. 

#1 How to Fit a Folding Shower Screen

There is nothing different for this particular type of shower screen; you just need to make sure that the foldable section is secured so that it does not end up hitting you or something else while you are trying to install it. Sometimes, it is easier with two people, but otherwise taping it together tends to work well. 

#2 How to Fit a Shower Screen on a Bath 

When you are fitting a screen on a bath, there are a couple of things you need to consider and do differently. The first is that when you are positioning the U-channel, it should be a 40mm depth away from the actual bath and it should sit flush.

This means that you may need to cut away silicone or beading and fix the area up later. The shower screen should also rest on the edge of the bath with a silicone seal at the bottom to prevent them from scraping against each other.

Similarly, the outer edges of the bath will need to be sealed with silicone sealant at the end to create a watertight finish. 

#3 How to Fit a Shower Screen Over a Window 

This can be a little tricky, and realistically you cannot fit a shower screen over a window. The best and most recommended option is that you either have the window removed and bricked up, or you buy a shower wall panel to go over the window so that you can install the screen.

Otherwise, it is sometimes possible to have a custom shower screen made that works with the window, but this tends to be an incredibly expensive option. 

#4 How to Fit a Shower Screen on Tiles 

Typically, there isn’t an issue with fitting a shower screen on tiles, and the process is the same as the main one above. You just need to be careful with the drill to ensure that the holes do not end up too big, and if the tiles are ceramic a gentle touch is strongly recommended. 

#5 How to Fit a Shower Screen on Uneven Tiles 

If you have uneven tiles, there is no need to worry about it as a good splash of silicone on the U-channel should sort the problem out effortlessly.

You could also take an angle-grinder to the area, but that can be quite an extreme measure. In the vast majority of cases, the extra silicone when attaching the channel is more than enough. 

#6 How to Fit a Curved Shower Screen Seal 

The seals tend to be really stiff, and this can be exceptionally frustrating when you are trying to attach them to a curved screen. In cases like this, placing the seal in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes tends to loosen it up a little so that it becomes more flexible when you go to put it on.

A little dab of Vaseline can also be a great trick to keep it moving smoothly as you slide it onto the screen. It’s our favourite option as it takes all of the stress and rage out of the process. 

Further Reading: How to Fit a Shower Enclosure

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is fitting a curved screen harder than a flat one? 

In some ways, yes, it can be a little harder than a flat screen. This is purely down to the fact that it is shaped differently and can, therefore, be a bit trickier to carry around.

However, once you have it stood up and ready to slide into place, it is just the same as fitting a flat panel. Just make sure you don’t rush it, and that you carry and place it carefully to avoid any accidents – something that really applies to the whole process. 

What is a bracing bar, and do I need one? 

You only need a bracing bat of you are installing the screen for use with a walk-in shower, and this is because the screen tends to be larger (often in several parts) and needs the extra support.

It is quite easy to install as all of the components will come with it, and you can find the quick steps for bracing bar installation below:

  • Push the provided inserts into the wall profile and then screw the locating pins into them. 
  • Fit the mounting and wall brackets onto the bracing bar and place it on top of the locating pins. Mark the position with a pencil.
  • Remove the wall bracket from the bracing bar, mark the location of the fixing hole. 
  • Drill the fixing hole, tap the wall plug in, and secure the wall bracket to the wall. 
  • Slide the bracing bar in and put it into its correct position using the locating pins. Secure it with an Allen key. 

How much silicone do I need to seal it at the end? 

You only really need a bead of silicone at the end in order to secure everything and get a nice seal. Too much leaves a lot of mess that needs to be cleaned quickly, and the term “less is more” strongly applies to the use of silicone sealant. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how far a little bit can go when perfecting your bathroom. 

Can I install the screen without an electric drill? 

No, you can’t complete the installation process without an electric drill. This is because it offers the required amount of power to ensure that the screen is held in place and secure at all times.

Without it, you run the risk of the screen being loose after installation, which could potentially lead to it falling and injuring you. Do not attempt installation without the required tools for the job. 

How long does it normally take to install?

Usually it will only take around 1 - 2 hours to install a shower screen as it all depends on your skills and which tools you are using. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been extensive enough to show you just how to install your new shower screen. It might seem like a lot of hassle when you first unpack everything, but as long as you are patient with the process you will be surprised by how easy the process can be.

Just follow our advice, never be afraid to reach out for help if you need it, and make sure you take things slowly instead of rushing. Do all of this, and you will have the job done in no time.

What did you think of our shower screen installation guide? Is it a massive success, or are there steps you felt were missing from the process? We love hearing from you, so please feel free to leave us a message in the comment section below. 

What is a Thermostatic Shower and How Does it Work? 101 UK Guide

What is a thermostatic shower and How does it Work - 101 UK Guide
What is a thermostatic shower and How does it Work - 101 UK Guide

When living with young children or elderly folks, it can be difficult choosing a new shower. Is your shower prone to constantly running too hot or cold no matter where you turn the handle? Does your shower like to torment you with intermittent temperature changes or unusually low water pressure? 

If the answer is yes, then thermostatic showers may be a safer alternative for your home. Their internal valves ensure that hot and cold water is mixed together before exiting the shower head to provide a safe and pleasant showering experience. 

To give you a clearer idea, let me take you on a journey to show you what thermostatic showers are, how they work, and how you can take care of them. 

What Is A Thermostatic Shower? 

A thermostatic shower seems like a regular shower, but it has something very unique inside; a thermostatic valve. Thermostatic valves mix both hot and cold water together to a consistent predetermined temperature, preventing scalding and thermic shock.

These thermostatic showers are an excellent choice for families with young children or older relatives as they provide safety and convenience.  

How Does A Thermostatic Shower Work? 

Thermostatic showers store water at a high temperature before mixing it with cold water to a pre-set temperature, rather than having an internal heating system like electric showers do. The valve also reacts instantly to changes in water temperature and immediately adjusts the mixed water to get it back to the pre-set temperature.

Thermostatic showers will also instantly shut down if the cold-water supply fails in order to avoid injury. It is these functions that make thermostatic showers stand out from others. 

Is a Thermostatic Shower Electric?  

Thermostatic showers are not electric as they rely on the mains water supply to function. A combination of water pressure and water temperature is what allows the shower to work.

Electric showers have their own heating element, so they use only cold water, whereas thermostatic showers use both hot and cold water. Electric showers are an excellent choice for Ensuite bathrooms and shower rooms, and can be rather economical as their temperature is not affected by other water use in the home.  

Thermostatic Valve Problems  

While thermostatic showers seem high-tech, they can have problems like other showers. Common issues that are reported include intermittent hot and cold water or constant hot or cold water.

Sometimes water can drip from the shower head when the shower is not on and running. Another common issue is a reduced water flow rate during showers.

All of these issues are easily fixed with regular adjustments and maintenance. If you are having trouble with your thermostatic valve, consider contacting a professional for support. 

Further Reading: Best High Pressure Shower Heads

What are Thermostatic Shower Valves?  

As we briefly mentioned in the first paragraph, thermostatic shower valves mix hot and cold water from your supply together. This premixed water then comes out of the shower head and can sometimes be set to a predetermined temperature.

Thermostatic shower valves are often made of metals such as brass or chrome to increase their life span. These valves are what make the thermostatic showers function safely and seamlessly to give you the ultimate shower experience.  

Can You Repair a Thermostatic Shower Valve?  

Repairing a thermostatic shower valve is easy enough with the right tools. Perhaps the handle is jammed, or the water is not mixing to the correct temperature? Taking the handle apart and having a look at the valve may show you what the problem is. Depending on the issue, you can even do it yourself without the expense of hiring a professional.

However, some valves cannot be replaced, so please do proper maintenance to prevent a nasty shock. If you are unsure how to fix the valve, I would advise contacting a local professional for advice and conducting thorough research before attempting repairs yourself. 

How to Adjust a Thermostatic Shower Valve 

Is your thermostatic shower valve not quite working as it used to?  To adjust your thermostatic valve, you must follow these steps; 

  1. Unscrew the handle or lever. Once removed, this will expose the grub screw.

  2. Loosen the grub screw with an Allen Key. This will allow you to pull the handle off of the valve. 

  3. Take off the brass temperature stop lug by removing the retaining screw on the end. 

  4. Turn the flow control back on. If the water is too cold, turn the brass spindle anti-clockwise until it reaches your preferred temperature. Turn the brass spindle clockwise if the shower is too hot. Once you are satisfied with the temperature, turn off the water flow with the handle and reassemble the parts. 

How to Clean a Thermostatic Shower Cartridge 

To clean a thermostatic shower cartridge, you will need a pair of channel lock pliers and some white vinegar. Once you are ready, complete the following steps; 

  1. Remove the handle and trim piece from the valve. 

  2. Using the channel lock pliers, unthread the cartridge and remove completely from the valve body.

  3. Soak the entire cartridge in a bowl of white vinegar, ensuring it is completely submerged for one hour. 

  4. While the cartridge is soaking, turn on your shower to flush the opening until the water runs clear. 

  5. Once the hour is up, rinse the cartridge thoroughly with water. 

  6. Reattach the valve, trim and handle.

How to Descale a Thermostatic Shower Valve  

To descale your thermostatic shower valve, simply remove it from the body and soak it in a white vinegar and water solution for at least half an hour before rinsing it off and reassembling the handle. A good ratio for this cleaning technique is one-part vinegar to one part water.

If this is not quite strong enough, soaking it in pure vinegar as described above is another good solution. Soaking the shower valve in shower descaling products from your local supermarket may also do the trick if the vinegar solution is not quite working or you fancy something stronger 

Why is My Thermostatic Shower Running Cold?  

If your thermostatic shower is running cold intermittently, it may be down to a blocked shower head, damaged shower hose, or blocked inlet filters in the shower itself. Another option is faulty non-return valves. If it is running consistently cold, it may be caused by blocked inlet filters or faulty non-return valves.

If adjusting any of these issues does not work, you may need a new thermostatic cartridge. However, replacing thermostatic cartridges is often more expensive than buying a new shower, so bear this in mind when making your decision. 

Thermostatic Shower for Bath 

It is indeed possible to find a range of thermostatic valves that work for both baths and showers. Often, they appear similar to normal combination taps but just have the thermostatic valve inside them. Thermostatic taps for baths work in the same way as thermostatic showers; water just comes out of a tap rather than a shower head.

There are also thermostatic taps designed for baths alone for people who do not have showers in their home. Places such as your local Screwfix will usually supply these, or you can buy online from websites like Amazon.  

Best Thermostatic Shower for Combi Boiler  

Having a combi boiler in your house may seem like an issue when buying a thermostatic shower, but it is not. There are plenty of excellent thermostatic shower choices that work with a combi boiler. One such option is the Mira Element Thermostatic Mixer Shower; it is a little expensive, but it has an elegant design made of complete chrome. 

It has Magni-flo technology which is capable of delivering three times more flow than other models. All this paired with a five-year guarantee make this is fantastic choice for your bathroom.  

Thermostatic Shower Valve for Camper Van  

Travelling on road trips does not mean sacrificing your creature comforts. Camper van showers have slightly different requirements to other showers, but it is possible to bring a thermostatic shower into your camper van. You can get shower valves for showers only, or a combination bath and shower tap for your convenience.

There are plenty of choices for every need and budget, so you are sure to find the right shower valve for you. Thermostatic shower valves for camper vans can be a little pricey, but the safety and convenience are worth it. Having a thermostatic shower valve in your camper van means that you can take amazing showers even while on the go.  

FAQ's

Q: What is the difference between a mixer shower and a thermostatic shower?


A: Similar to a manual mixer shower, a thermostatic shower takes water from the existing supply, but unlike the normal mixer unit, it incorporates a pre-set thermostat to keep the water temperature consistent – this continues to work when a tap is used elsewhere in the house.

To Conclude  

Now you know everything there is to know about thermostatic showers. From what they are, to maintenance and how they work; this guide has covered the essential information you need about thermostatic showers.

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