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Why Mildew Happens and How to Deal With It

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

We have all had to deal with mildew at some point in our lives, whether it is on our clothes, our bathrooms or on some old favorite toy of ours. While this pesky malady can be annoying to get rid of, it can be quite easy to remove if a few simple rules are followed. Here we will be discussing the different ways to prevent and get rid of mildew on various surfaces. But first, let us find out what mildew actually is.

Mildew refers to particular forms of fungi and molds. While mildew can also occur in plants, household varieties can thrive on materials such as clothing, leather, ceilings, walls, floors, and any area where there is a lack of moisture control. Stachybotrys chartarum is black mold or mildew that is usually found on bathroom walls and other areas exposed to high levels of moisture. These microscopic organisms digest materials by emitting certain enzymes that decompose the material they infest. The damage caused by mildew depends on the extent to which you allow it to continue and the measures you take to reduce the effects of the damage.

There are quite a few preventative measures that can be employed to prevent and control the spread of mold and mildew in modern house plans. One of the major preventative measures is to keep all areas as clean as possible, because clean surfaces are less likely to grow mildew than dirty or soiled objects. Allow as much light into your house as possible; this helps to inactivate mold and prevents it from reproducing. Also ensure that the area is well ventilated as this allows the air to circulate more. Moving air helps to remove moisture build-up, which allows mildew to thrive. Chemicals such as silica can also help to keep moisture levels to a minimum without destroying your valuable items. Keeping humidity levels down also assists in preventing the occurrence of mold, as warm air is more conducive to the growth of mold than cold air. Drying out air by using humidifiers or air conditioners can aid in preventing the spread of mildew.

For areas that are already plagued by mildew, such as walk-in bathtubs that are in constant contact with water, try removing the mildew by scrubbing down the walls with a bathroom cleaner such as chlorine bleach. However, if this method fails, you may choose to replace the old tiles with tiles that are strengthened with latex. For double bathroom vanities that do not have an anti-mildew varnish and faucets, the same method of cleaning can be used. It is best to use a mixture of chlorine with water, vinegar, or lemon juice and salt. This solution can also be used on clothing and other household fabrics. For furniture, gently wipe a clean cloth with a small amount of alcohol over the surface to remove mildew stains. For walls and ceilings, you may choose to add a mildewcide to your paint before painting the surfaces. You may also choose to store your firewood outside to prevent the excess moisture that can be emitted by wood.

These are some of the best ways to prevent and treat mold and mildew in and around the house. So, if you are tired of that musty smell, get rid of it and ensure that you, your family, and your valuables are kept free from irritating and destructive mildew.

Abby Evans is an avid blogger, designer and recent proud homeowner. She loves studying architecture, home design and decor, and furniture on Pinterest.com. She is gathering plans to one day buy a custom house plan to build her dream home.

Bathroom Renovations: How to Make a Cohesive Look

Monday, March 26th, 2012

When renovating any room, you run into hundreds of decisions. What appliances and furniture do you want? What color paint should you use? What is the new theme going to be? Renovating the bathroom is no different.

Plan Your Theme

The look and feel of your bathroom is very important. What kind of feeling are you trying to convey? Before you rip out your tub, get a new vanity and rip up the floor, you need to know what you want the room to look like. You can get inspiration in a variety of ways. Check out home décor magazines, enlist your friends’ opinions and browsing the web are all great places to start. Once you have the look and feel nailed down, it’s time to put your thoughts into action.

Flooring

Choosing the right flooring for your bathroom can cause headaches. You have to decide what material you want, and it sets the foundation for your overall theme. Remember you won’t be changing the flooring often, so finding neutral colors is a great idea. Also, look for flooring that is timeless. You don’t want your flooring to look dated in two years because you jumped on a trend that won’t be in vogue next year.

New Bathtub

Choosing the perfect bathtub can be an arduous task. Many people are now finding customization as a great option. Purchasing a customized bathtub is a great way to ensure you get everything you want in a tub with no compromises.

Vanity

Once your bathtub has been chosen, you want to make sure the vanity you choose fits the look and feel of your bathtub. Many couples love the functionality of double bathroom vanities as it let’s both people do their coifing needs at the same time.

Paint

Since you can easily change the color of your bathroom without a major overhaul, you can take a little more risk in the color choice. Remember you can add color with décor, so a neutral color isn’t always a bad option. Depending on the size of your bathroom an accent wall might work well too.

Décor

Once the main features of your bathroom are finished, it’s time to look at décor. This is the time you can up the wow factor on small pieces. Trendy items can easily be changed, and isn’t a fixed item such as the tub or vanity might be. Add pops of color with the shower curtain or rug. If you are low on storage, find some shelves to showcase your beautiful towels.

In the end, the best thing to remember is to have a clear plan before starting any renovation. Once you have a strong foundation of what the look and feel of the room is going to be, the rest can fall into place. Set a budget and start looking for your dream bathroom. Have you already been through the process? Let us know your tips in the comments below.

Small Bathtub Options

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

We’ve received a lot of requests and questions about smaller bathtubs. With a lot of homeowner’s looking to add an additional bathroom into their existing square footage or looking to spruce up their existing bathrooms, space is always an issue especially with so many other components to consider. Regardless of the space, adding a comfortable bathtub that you can soak in is as important as the size. Below you will find some of our smaller bathtubs for your consideration.

This corner bathtub is 48 inches from corner to corner making it a perfect choice for a space looking to add a whirlpool bathtub but doesn’t have much room to work with. The bathing well dimension is a comfortable 40 inches in length at the bottom allowing you to comfortably soak in your corner bathtub. You also have the option between an air jet system and a whirlpool system.

A small cast iron bathtub can be hard to come by. Our 48 inch cast iron bathtub is one of the few on the market. The stylish roll top cast iron bathtub is perfect for a child’s bathroom and comes available in your choice of clawfoot finish.

These are just two of the many options available when looking at smaller options for your bathtub space. Whether you’re looking to add a space-efficient bathtub or add a new bathroom, there are options out there for you. Take a look at the selection on SimplyBathtubs.com for all your bathtub needs.

Bathtub Refinishing, Can You do it Yourself?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Bathtub refinishing can be a do-it-yourself job, but if you are going to do it on your own and forego calling the professionals, there are a few things you should know. A successful bathtub refinishing project will, of course, result in a finished product that is beautiful and functional. But a successful bathtub refinishing job is also ultimately one where no one was hurt in the process and safe practices were followed during every step of the way.
 
Bathtub refinishing will inevitably involve the use of several kinds of chemicals. Before starting your project, the first step should be to make a checklist of safety materials you will need for every part of the process. You want to protect yourself from any potentially harmful chemicals by wearing safety goggles and gloves. Also, make sure to protect yourself from any fumes by using a ventilator.
 
You only want to begin your bathtub refinishing project once you know you have all the safety gear on hand, and you are sure you understand all the precautions you must take. Once you have all the necessary supplies you can start refinishing your bathtub, which will typically start with cleaning and removing loose caulking or gaskets. There are a number of different kits that you can buy in your local hardware store, which will usually include several chemicals, or you can find do-it-yourself instructions online.
 
If you are thinking about doing a bathtub refinishing project you simply have to be safe and take all the necessary precautions. There are many chemicals involved, and many different ways you could get hurt. Or if this sounds like too much work, just buy a new bathtub and hire someone else to do all the work!

 

 

Maintaining a Cast Iron Tub

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Cast iron bathtubs are great for historic beauty and elegance. They are perfect for people that have a period home with lots of details from past eras. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise that cast iron clawfoot tubs have re-emerged in bathroom trends. Cast iron baths are certainly dramatic pieces for the period bathroom.

Cast iron is well known for its lasting quality. The color of a fractured surface can be used to identify an alloy. White cast iron is named after its white surface when fractured due to its carbide impurities, which allow cracks to pass straight through. Grey cast iron is named after its grey fractured surface, which occurs because the graphitic flakes deflect a passing crack and initiate countless new cracks as the material breaks.

If the surface becomes dirty, use a general purpose cleaner that is water soluble. Try not to use cream-based cleaners as they can cause build up. Glass cleaners work wonderful on bathtubs, use harsher cleaners like Formula 409 only when absolutely needed. Do not use steel wool while cleaning or any abrasive materials as they can ruin the finish. If you have a bathtub shower, remember to regularly use mildew stain remover. Make sure your shower head doesn’t drip after it’s turned off as this can lead to rusting. From time to time you may notice rust buildup. Use a rust and iron stain remover or muriatic acid to get rid of rust.
 
Rinse thoroughly after cleaning. Any remaining cleaner can build up and reduce friction on slip-resistant surfaces. It is recommended to towel dry the tub after every bath to reduce rust occurrence. If the surface becomes dirty, use a general purpose cleaner that is water soluble and rinse thoroughly after cleaning. With these simple tips, it’s easy to maintain a lovely and well-cared for cast iron bathtub.
 

Refinish Your Bathtub or Purchase a New One

Monday, July 13th, 2009

During these troubled economic times, people like you are looking for ways to trim budgets. Some home improvement projects can wait, while others may need your attention sooner. For example: if you are trying to sell your house, one of the first places that real estate professionals recommend sprucing up is the bathroom, because it will increase the value of your home. Buyers like to see nice, bright clean bathrooms. But what if the bathtubs are an eyesore? How could they be improved without spending a lot of money? There are a couple of options available. One is do-it-yourself bathtub repair, like taking on bathtub refinishing. Another option would be to replace the bathtubs entirely.

Bathtub refinishing is appealing to many, at first. Resurfacing the tubs would be the cheapest means to get your tubs looking new again. It only costs upwards of $75 and a day or two of your time. Resurfacing kits vary in cost and quality, so follow the instructions closely if you want to achieve a desired new bathtub look. This would be the best option if your tubs are not that old, and if the problems with them are only cosmetic scratches. It would be a lot less hassle and far less money.

 

However, what if personal bathtub repair is not an option? Then you could hire out and have someone do it for you. There are plenty of dedicated bathtub repair specialists available for assistance. A contractor would resurface your bathtubs or install new fixtures. This option would be best if you do not consider yourself a handy person around the house or if your bathtubs have more than just cosmetic problems. Let’s say that your bathtubs have cracks in them or you have had serious mold issues in your bathrooms. Would be a worthwhile investment tobuy brand new bathtubs. The job would also be done professionally, which would insure that you get more value for your money in the event that you decide to sell your home.

Simply Bathtubs is the leading online source for everything bathtubs, and we hope you can find what you’re looking for here today. Whether you’re looking for more classic tubs, walk in bathtubs, whirlpool bathtubs, antique or clawfoot tubs, corner bathtubs, acrylic bathtubs, free standing bathtubs or cast iron tubs for your home improvement project or new house, we have a bathtub for you.

 

What to Expect When Purchasing an Antique Bathtub

Friday, July 10th, 2009

If you’re in the market for bathroom fixtures, antique clawfoot bathtubs provide luxury, functionality, and personality to your décor. With a little knowledge, you will know what to expect when you accent your bathroom with a vintage fixture.

Antique clawfoot bathtubs complement any bathroom. They are made out of cast iron, although reproductions are made out of acrylic and other materials. Cast iron tubs conduct heat well, are very heavy, and extremely durable, but can chip or scratch. Due to their weight, extra delivery fees are customary if the tubs are carried to the bathroom as opposed to just the home. There are several styles of antique clawfoot bathtubs:
 
·         Classic clawfoot bathtubs have a traditional square-shaped end where the faucet sits. The tub is round on the opposite side. 
·         The double-ended clawfoot style has a rounded edge on both shorter ends.
·         A slipper clawfoot style has a squared end at the faucet side, but the opposite end arches gracefully outward to create a lovely slope.
·         A double clawfoot tub has an arched slope on the faucet side and where your head rests.
 
All styles can have a rolled rim, which goes around the entire tub.
 
When making your purchase, consider the appearance, size, and condition of the tub. Consider your own size, as well as the length and width of your bathroom space before determining the size bathtub you want. Generally, narrower tubs are cheaper. You want to make sure that you purchase a bathtub with original feet since refitted feet can change the support and stability.
 
Antique clawfoot bathtubs are priced from several hundred dollars to thousands depending on the condition and style. Many cost between $800 and $1800. When you need bathtub repair or refinishing, it will need to be cleaned with a non abrasive cleaner, sandblasted, primed, and resurfaced. Kits can be purchased for do-it-yourself gurus, or there are companies that can provide the service. Repair costs generally run between $150 and $500.

 

Maintain your antique bathtub with bi-weekly cleaning so that mineral deposits don’t build up. Use a soft brush to apply the non-abrasive cleaner. With proper care, you will enjoy your bathtub for many years.

Simply Bathtubs is the leading online source for classic bathtubs, walk in bathtubs, whirlpool bathtubs, antique or clawfoot tubes, corner bathtubs, acrylic bathtubs, free standing bathtubs or cast iron tubs for your home improvement project or new house. Thank you for your interest.

Bathtubs American Standard for All

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

If you don’t have a bathtub in your home, you should.  Definitely think about the benefits of a bathtub.  After dealing with all the kids and chores, you need a place to unwind other than your bed.  The bathtub is the next best place to relax.  The warm water and soothing bubble if you have a whirlpool bathtub will make all your worries melt away, at least for that moment. 

If you are a guy, you would also benefit from owning a bathtub.  Why you ask?  Because after you work a long hard day and do some work around the house, you need to unwind just like anyone else.  I know what you’re thinking.  It’s a bit feminine to say you spent your afternoon soaking in the bathtub.  But no one has to know and it can be your guilty pleasure.  If it makes you feel any better, you can turn the television on and watch some football while you soak.  Think about how those big football players spend their time after work.  They soak in bathtubs also! Now you can compare yourself to the greats such as Troy Aikman and Dan Marino.  I purpose that in 2009 every home should have a bathtub.  The slogan should be, "Bathtubs American Stand for All!"

Use Your Bathtub Every Now and Then

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

A lot of bathtubs go unnoticed and rarely get used.  I know many homes that have a soaking bathtub as well as a shower enclosure.  Many people use the shower enclosure almost everyday and never use the bathtub.  Sadly you are only doing a disservice to yourself.  The bathtub is a great place to take a dip and relax.  There are many ways you can spice up your bath.  A lot of people use bath oils to scent the bathtub and moisturize the skin. 

I can understand why many people don’t use their bathtub.  It’s because many people can’t find the time in their busy schedule to actually relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor.  This is a real shame because all that beautiful modern bathtub does is collect dust.  Find time to treat yourself to the wonders in your very own home.  You will be glad you did.