4 Easy, Affordable Bathroom Upgrades that Refresh the Look of Your Bathroom

Easy, Cost-Effective Bathroom Upgrades

Easy, Cost-Effective Bathroom Upgrades

Are you sick of looking at your dated bathroom? Do you want to wow your future houseguests with a new, attractive and more comfortable bathroom?

If you are nodding your head in agreement to these questions, here are some relatively easy and cost-effective bathroom updates you can make – without knocking down any walls or putting your bathroom out of commission for days or weeks at a time:

  1. Replace the smaller fixtures – The smaller fixtures in bathrooms, especially those that your family/guests are regularly touching, can become unsightly, discolored and damaged sooner than some of the other features in your bathroom. The good news is that replacing these fixtures (e.g., light switches, outlet covers, toilet paper holder, faucet spouts/handles, small shelves) can be pretty easy and inexpensive.
  2. Update your toiletry holders/dispensers – Specifically, these items can include things like the soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, etc. that sit around your sink (or in other areas of your bathroom).
  3. Change the lighting scheme – While this may be as simple as adding a new light or changing out some of the bathroom lightbulbs, it can also involve replacing the main (or secondary) lighting system(s) with something different.
  4. Get rid of the clutter – Given that updating your bathroom is likely driven by a desire to refresh its look, taking a critical look at the items that you do NOT need to store in your bathroom is another easy way to refresh its look. For example, if you are storing items like bath towels, extra toilet paper or other toiletries in your bathroom (and if there is limited space in your bathroom), consider finding a location outside (but near) your bathroom where these items can be stored. Opening up space – and leaving some open space – in your bathroom is a free and effective way to update its look while creating a new, spacious and welcoming feel.

A Word about Your Bathtub, Tile & Countertops

While the above bathroom upgrades can revive an outdated or dull-looking bathroom, they may only have minimal effect if your bathtub, the surrounding tile and/or bathroom countertops are chipping, cracked, stained or otherwise damaged.

In these situations, one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can invest in is refinishing these major fixtures (instead of replacing them).

Contact Us for Affordable, Experienced Denver Bathtub Refinishing Services

Let us refinish the bathtubs, tile and/or countertops in your home at highly competitive rates. Contact us for a free quote today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Can Cast Iron Tubs Be Refinished?

Refinishing Process for Cast Iron Tubs

Refinishing Process for Cast Iron Tubs

Yes – although the process can involve some different steps and/or products than are associated with refinishing jobs for acrylic, porcelain or fiberglass bathtubs, cast iron bathtubs can still be refinished to appear like new again. And refinishing cast iron (or any) bathtubs can save you a lot of money when compared to replacing the tub with a brand new one.

Overview of the Refinishing Process for Cast Iron Tubs

In general, the process of refinishing a cast iron tub will involve the following steps:

  1. The old caulk is removed from around the bathtub.
  2. A commercial cleanser is applied to the tub to remove any surface dirt, soap scum and/or grime.
  3. Once the tub is clean, the old enamel is removed.
  4. Then, the cast iron surface of the tub is rinsed and primed.
  5. Next, a new topcoat will be applied to the tub’s surface.
  6. The topcoat will be allowed to dry, after which the refinishing process will usually be done.

For more details about the specific steps and/or products that Colorado Tub Repair uses when refinishing cast iron (or other) bathtubs, contact us today. We’re happy to answer all of your questions about our methods, products and services.

Is it Time to Refinish My Cast Iron Tub?

This is a good question, and one that we get asked a lot. Generally, some of the more common signs that it’s time to refinish cast iron tubs include the following:

  • The enamel surface covering the cast iron is starting to chip in certain places – Chipping can be a gateway for rusting, so fixing these eyesores ASAP is important on both a functional and visual level.
  • Rust is developing in certain spots – Once you notice any rust on your cast iron tub, getting it refinished sooner rather than later is crucial to preventing further damage.

Contact Us for Affordable, Experienced Denver Bathtub Refinishing Services

Let us refinish the bathtubs, tile and/or countertops in your home. Contact us for a free quote today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

How to Choose a Bathtub Refinishing Company: 4 Steps to Making the Right Choice

How to Choose a Bathtub Refinishing Company

How to Choose a Bathtub Refinishing Company

When you are ready to refinish the tubs and/or tile in your homes, the professionals you choose to hire can make all of the difference in the cost and outcome of the project. In fact, if you end up choosing the wrong refinishing company, you could end up spending a lot more money on a poor-quality job – and you may even need to hire other professionals to fix the damage done by the wrong refinishers.

To help you avoid this costly mistake, below are some tips for picking the right tile and bathtub refinishing company when you are ready to update the look and life of your tub, tile, countertops, etc. To pick the best refinisher for the job, look for refinishing professionals with:

  1. Experience – Start your search by looking for pros who have years of experience doing the refinishing projects you are planning. Fly-by-night refinishers can use cheap products, as well as unconventional (and possibly damaging) methods – and that can end up meaning a low-quality refinish. It may even mean that you need to refinish or replace your tub earlier than you would have had to if you had hired experienced professionals for the job.
  2. Positive customer reviews – Experience with refinishing is just one aspect to look for in refinishing companies. Another is the quality of the customer service and experience they provide, and that can usually be discovered by checking out reviews from former clients. As you search through reviews, try to take your search beyond just a company’s website (where likely only the positive reviews will be featured).
  3. Proof of their good work – In other words, look for before and after pictures that display the final products and final work done by a given company. If a company doesn’t have these available on its website, ask for some. Reputable, established, experienced refinishers should have these readily available for prospective clients.
  4. Transparency – Here, we are referring to transparency not only in the processes and products a company uses but also in the prices it charges and the project schedules. Framed in another way, it’s usually smart to avoid companies that cannot provide clear answers about the nature of the work they will do, the types of products they will be using to complete that work and the way they will be charging you for the work completed.

Looking for the Best Refinishers in Colorado? Contact Colorado Tub Repair

When you want your tile, countertop or tub refinishing project to go as smoothly as possible – and to be completed quickly and cost effectively, contact the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair  by calling (303) 908-8764 or by sending us an email by clicking here.

When you contact us, we will provide you with a free quote, as well as honest answers about our services and processes.

5 Essential Hacks for Completing Your Bathroom Remodel on Time & Under Budget

How to Complete a Bathroom Remodel on Time & Under Budget

How to Complete a Bathroom Remodel on Time & Under Budget

Remodeling projects can update the appearance of homes while possibly increasing their value. When time and money are limiting factors in getting the remodel project done, however, starting out with the right plan can be the key to completing the remodel on time and your budget.

For those who are preparing to remodel one or more of their bathrooms, here are some essential tips that can save you time and money as you work on getting the project done:

  1. Have a clear deadline – Figure out the date on which your remodel has to be finished. Do you have a baby on the way or guests arriving at some point? Or does is the bathroom remodel part of a larger home remodel project? Whatever your deadline ends up being will be important to determining how much work can realistically be completed within that time frame – and whether you may be able to do more (or less) of it yourself.
    • Pro tip – Set your deadline a little bit earlier than your projected date of completion to give yourself some wiggle room in case something unexpected arises. For instance, if you want your remodel done in 8 weeks, set your deadline for 7 weeks to give yourself an extra week to spill into if necessary.
  2. Create a plan for exactly what the remodel will entail – How extensive do you want your remodel to be? Will you be changing the layout of the bathroom? Or just be updating the major features? Writing out a detailed list of all of the elements of your remodel plans is important to understanding the scope of your project and creating an action plan for tackling them.
    • Pro Tip – Walk through your bathroom when doing this, as it can help you identify all of the aspects you want to include in your project.
  3. Set your budget – Knowing your deadline and the details of the remodel plan, you can now calculate a realistic budget for the remodel.
    • Pro Tip – Like the schedule, add some wiggle room into the budget so you are prepared in case any unexpected costs arise.
  4. Figure out what you can do yourself versus what you may need to hire professionals to do – Depending on the scope of your remodel plans, you may need to hire professionals to take care of some updates, like refinishing your bathtub or repairing your bathroom tile. Taking the time to identify which aspects of your remodel need to be done by pros before you get started can help you avoid costly pitfalls – such as attempting to take on a complicated update yourself and possibly causing more damage in the process.
    • Pro Tip – Once you know what you need pros for, shop around for the best quotes. Going to trade shows (like Home & Garden shows) can be an easy way to get at least a few quotes quickly.
  5. Don’t forget about the little things – With remodel projects, it can be easy to focus on the big aspects of the project, such as an unsightly bathtub or drab wall covers. Don’t forget, though, that the little things – like lighting fixtures and outlet covers – can really make a difference as well, so be sure to include them in your update plans.
    • Pro Tip – Update the little features last, after more major updates – like tub, tile and wall repairs/updates – have been finished. In other words, make the little updates your finishing touches.

We Can Save You Money on Your Bathroom Remodel – Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today

Let us help you with your bathroom and/or kitchen remodeling plans. In addition to providing bathtub refinishing services, we also offer tile refinishing and repair, countertop refinishing, and much more at highly competitive prices.

Contact us for a free quote today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

How to Install a Tub Grab Bar: 6 Steps

How to Install a Tub Grab Bar

How to Install a Tub Grab Bar

Adding a grab bar to your bathtub and/or shower can make it easier – and safer – to get into and out of the tub and to balance while bathing. While you can have a professional install one of these bars for  you, it’s also possible to install them yourself.

Here’s a simple guide to help those DIYers:

  1. Choose the spot for the grab bar. This should, ideally, be at least 30 inches above the floor and on an adjoining wall that is hollow (and not tiled).
    • Pro tip: Take note of the length of the grab bar as you are selecting a spot. This can facilitate the measuring process (and it may limit your choice in locations, depending on your current setup/décor).
  2. Use a pencil to mark out the location, and use a level to ensure the marks are placed appropriately.
  3. Drill the pilot holes. Then drill the bore holes, where the hollow wall fasteners will fit.
    • Pro tip: For the pilot holes, use a 3/16-in. carbide-tip bit. For the bore holes, use a 1 ¼ in. carbide-tip hole saw.
  4. Remove the paper from the adhesive on the wall fasteners, and press the fasteners into the holes.
  5. Turn the screw to the left to release the grab fingers, then tighten the screws into the fasteners.
  6. Mount the grab bar on top of the fasteners.
  7. Screw in the mounting screws, and cover them with the concealing parts (i.e., escutcheons).

Want to Make Your Tub Even Safer?

If so, consider adding a walk-in conversion that will prevent the need to have to step over the side of the tub. This can be a wonderful feature for:

  • Children
  • The elderly
  • Anyone with balance and/or mobility impairments.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Quote

Are you ready to enhance the safety of your bathroom via a walk-in conversion? Or do you want to refresh the look & life of your tub by refinishing it? If so, contact us for a free quote by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

4 Reasons to Use Your Tax Refund to Refinish Your Tub

Reasons to Use Your Tax Refund to Refinish Your Tub

Reasons to Use Your Tax Refund to Refinish Your Tub

Spring is a great time to get rid of the old and welcome the new. If you have owned your bathtubs for more than 10 years or so – and they are starting to look damaged, worn and dirty, refinishing your tubs, rather than replacing them, can be a cost-effective way to get rid of the old look and spruce up your bathrooms for spring while making your dollars go as far as possible.

In fact, if you have (or are expecting) a tax refund and you are focused on investing that money effectively to improve your home, here are some of the top reasons to consider using those funds to refinish your bathtub:

  1. Refinishing your tub is a cost-effective way to update the look of your bathroom – In fact, while a bathtub refinishing can make the surface of a tub look like new again, it can also involve updating the color of the tub (and the surrounding tile). This can give a bathroom an entire new look and feel, effectively providing the benefits of a remodel for a fraction of the cost.
  2. Refinishing tubs is far cheaper than replacing them – And that can end up meaning that more of your refund (or renovation budget) can go towards other things, like replacing the sink/vanity, getting new lights and/or switches, purchasing new linens, etc.
  3. Refinishing a tub can extend its life for years – Actually, refinishing your tub can add at least 10 years to its life, making this a great long-term investment.
  4. Refinishing your tub and updating your bathroom can increase the value of your home – And if you are thinking about putting your home on the market soon, this may be the most important reason to refinish your tub, rather than replace it.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Quote

To find out how much it will cost to refinish the bathtub(s) in your home, contact the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair today to receive a free quote. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or simply click here. You can also email us via this contact form.

How to Spruce Up Your Bathroom in Less than 15 Minutes

How to Clean a Bathroom in Less than 15 Mins.

How to Clean a Bathroom in Less than 15 Mins.

While the Spring season can be a good time to thoroughly clean the bathrooms in your home, you may not necessarily have time for careful bathroom cleanings. And when time is limited – like when you may be preparing for Easter guests to visit, having a quick clean-up fix for your bathrooms can be invaluable, cutting down your stress levels as you get ready.

So, here are some essential quick-fix bathroom cleaning tips that can help you get your bathrooms ready for visitors in less than 15 minutes:

  • Remove the garbage and put away the clutter – First and foremost, get rid of any garbage, clothing or other items that are thrown on the floors, lingering around the sink/tub, etc. This can be a good task for children to help with as you get ready for the next step, which is to…
  • Rinse & wipe down the tub and sink – If spraying the tub and sink with water and wiping them down is not removing the unsightly dirt, soap scum and other debris, use a sponge and some non-abrasive dish soap (like Dawn) to more effectively clean these areas.
  • Do a quick toilet cleaning – This doesn’t have to take long and generally involves adding soap the toilet bowl, letting it sit for a moment, and then giving it a flush.
  • Wipe down the mirror(s) – A quick mirror wipe down can really spruce up a bathroom, and it may even reveal some other dirty spots that you want to pay attention to you before you wrap up your quick cleaning.
  • Vacuum or sweep the floor – And don’t forget to get behind the toilet, in the corners, behind the bathroom door(s), and other places where dust and debris can easily build up.

A Few Pro Tips to Help

  • Keep all of your bathroom cleaning supplies together, preferably in a caddy so you can get to cleaning (and finishing it up) ASAP.
  • Make these quick cleanings a habit. The more often you do them, the faster they can go (as there will be less built up mess/dirt to have to deal with if you are regularly removing it).

Ready for a Longer-Term Solution? Contact Us for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

When cleaning your bathroom is not enough to mask an old, damaged tub, it may be time to consider refinishing your bathtub to give a fresh look and new life.

For a free bathtub refinishing quote from the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair, call (303) 908-8764 or click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is just around the corner, and for many people, that means it’s time for some serious spring cleaning.

While you may have big plans to get various parts of your home in order this year, if your spring cleaning will involve your bathroom, here is a helpful checklist to use when you are ready to get started.

Bathroom Spring Cleaning: What to Do

  • Get rid of the garbage – In addition to the garbage in waste baskets, remove other garbage that may be lingering in drawers or cabinets, on shelves, etc. A good rule of thumb to follow when you are wondering whether to throw something away or not is to get rid of it if you have not used in within the past 8 months.
  • Get rid of the clutter – Lots of things that don’t necessarily belong in the bathroom can end up getting stored there over time. So, take a critical look at the items in your bathroom and decide whether they actually need to be there (versus whether they can be stored in a roomier, more appropriate place in your home).
  • Replace old, stained linens – If it’s been more than a few years since you have replaced the linens (e.g., towels, rugs, etc.) in your bathroom – and if these items are stained and/or get a lot of use, now’s the time to replace them.
  • Shake out and/or wash rugs and/or shower curtains – For the rugs by your tub, around your toilet and/or by your vanity – as well as for other items like shower curtains, take them outside, shake them off and then wash them (according to the manufacturer’s instructions). A simple washing can really brighten up these bathroom features.
  • Carefully clean the tub, sink and toilet – And do so using non-abrasive, non-caustic cleansers so that you are effectively removing the dirt without damaging the surfaces of these features.
  • Carefully clean the other fixtures – Other smaller features to clean can include (but may not be limited to) the faucets, the shelves, the mirrors, the light switches, etc.
  • Don’t forget about the ceilings and corners – Using a duster with a handle, be sure to clean the dust bunnies and other dirt that has accumulated in the corners and/or around the ceilings of your bathroom(s).

Ready to Take Your Spring Cleaning to the Next Level? Contact Us for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Quote

While the above checklist can help you thoroughly clean your bathroom, there may be little you can do to spruce up an old, unsightly tub that is showing years of water damage.

If you are to take your spring cleaning to the next level and refinish the bathtub in your home, contact Colorado Tub Repair today for a free bathtub refinishing quote.

You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or simply click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Loving Your Tub: How to Re-caulk Your Bathtub

How to Re-caulk Your Bathtub

How to Re-caulk Your Bathtub

Years of enjoying bath time can wear down bathtubs, causing unsightly damage that may even affect the quality of your bathing experience.

If you love bath time and are ready to give some love back to your tub, re-caulking the tub can be an effective way to remove mold, mildew and other unpleasant damage while giving your tub – and possibly your entire bathroom – a fresh, clean look.

4 Basic Steps to Re-caulking Your Tub

  1. Remove the old caulk – Carefully using a putty knife or razor blade, peel the old caulk away from the base and/or top edges of the bathtub. Caulk softener can be helpful in more stubborn areas.
  2. Clean the surround – With a small vacuum, remove any remaining caulk debris from around the tub and/or surrounding tile. You may need to go over these areas with a wet towel to capture smaller debris.
  3. Apply the new caulk – After cutting the edge of the caulk tube, use a caulk gun to apply new caulk to the necessary areas. For each region, try to apply the caulk in a single, steady motion so that an even amount is distributed across that region.
  4. Smooth it out & clean off the excess caulk – Once a region has been re-caulked, use your finger to push down and smooth out the newly applied caulk. As you do this, keep an eye on the surrounding tub and tile to make sure you are not inadvertently transferring the caulk onto those clean surfaces. Once done, let the caulk set and dry.

Re-caulking Your Tub: Helpful Pro Tips

  • Replace the caulk around the tub once a year if you are serious about preventing water damage and prolonging the life of your tub.
  • When preparing to re-caulk your tub, filling it with water before you get started can be helpful (in that it can open up the gaps by weighing the tub down).
  • Take your time when cleaning the tub and tile after the old caulk has been removed and before applying the new caulk. Re-caulking on a surface that is as clean as possible is important to proper application/ensuring a solid connection.
  • Know the caulk’s drying time. Most caulks have short drying/setting times. Be sure you are aware of this before you get to work so that you know how long you have to smooth out/fix the new caulk after applying it.

Give Your Tub More Love by Refinishing It

While re-caulking a tub can go a long way towards preventing water damage, if the damage has already been done – and your tub needs more love than a simple re-caulk job, contact the pros at Colorado Tub Repair for a free bathtub refinishing quote. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Love Bathing in Your Tub: 4 Fun Bath Time Items that Won’t Kill Your Tub

Love Bathing in Your Tub: Fun Bath Time Items that Won’t Kill Your Tub

Love Bathing in Your Tub: Fun Bath Time Items that Won’t Kill Your Tub

Taking a nice, warm bath can be a joy for children and adults alike. While kids may love bath time because they get to play with water, for adults, baths can be a place to unwind, get some space and relax.

Regardless of why you and your family may love bath time, what you do and/or use during bath time may not be showing your bathtub any love. While we have previously pointed out some things to avoid using in tubs to avoid damaging them, below are some tub-friendly items (i.e., items that won’t damage your tub) that may help you (and your kids) love bath time just a little bit more… if that’s possible!

  1. Bathtub caddies – Want a place to put a book, a candle or even maybe a glass of wine while you enjoy a bath? Try a shower caddy that rests over the edges of your tub.
    • Pro Tip: Remove the caddy after every bath, and dry the edges of the tub where the caddy rested. This ensures that your tub’s surface will fully dry after each use.
  2. Dye-free bath bombs and bubble baths – Bubble bath doesn’t just have to be for your kids. Try adding some dye-free bubbles to your next bath session for some added luxury and fun.
    • Pro Tip: Rinse any residual bubbles out of the tub when the water finishes draining. This prevents the damaging buildup of soap scum.
  3. Stain-free bathtub coloring sets for kids – These allow kids to essentially color in the tub.
    • Pro Tip: Same as above – rinse any residual colors off of the tub and/or surrounding tile to prevent any discoloration.
  4. Floating bathtub LED lights – For children and adults, floating LED lights can add a new twist to bath time (and a whole new feel to the bathroom – especially if you turn down the overhead lighting).
    • Pro Tip: Remove these lights from the tub after each use. While these lights can present a falling hazard to the next unsuspecting bather, they may also trap water beneath them if you leave them in tub (and water trapped on the surface of your tub will damage it).

Show Your Tub Some More Love: Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today

If your tub is ready for some extra love, it may be time to refinish its surface, giving it a new look and life. To receive a free bathtub refinishing quote today, click here or contact us by calling (303) 908-8764. You can also email us using this contact form.