Love Your Home & Its Bathrooms: Avoid These 5 Tub Killers

Avoid These 5 Tub Killers to Keep Your Tub in Top Condition.

Avoid These 5 Tub Killers to Keep Your Tub in Top Condition.

The small touches you add in and around your tub can personalize your bathroom and enhance your bathing experience. Sometimes, however, these touches may also come with a downside – and that can be that they ruin the surface of your bathtub, causing stains, rust and other unsightly damage that reduces your tub’s shelf life.

To help you avoid this (especially in light of the fact that some of these tub killers are prominently featured on social media sites like Pinterest), here are some specific bath accessories and products to refrain from using in your tub.

  1. Acidic, abrasive or gritty cleansers – You may think that you are loving your tub back by aggressively cleaning it with caustic or gritty cleaners, including some “home recipes” for tub cleaners (like those that contain vinegar). Your tub may even glisten after you wash it with these harsh substances. The fact is, however, that these substances will damage the surface of your tub.
    • For a thorough cleaning that won’t damage your tub, use Dawn dish soap.
  2. Bathtub mats – These mats, which are fixed by suctions cups that stick to the bottoms of tubs, can trap water and soap scum beneath them. Overtime, this trapped water and grime can eat away at the surface of tubs. This causes the regions beneath the mats to become damaged far more quickly than the areas of the tub that are allowed to breath and dry between bathing sessions.
    • For slip and fall protection that won’t damage your tub, consider adding a safety grip and/or installing a walk-in tub conversion.
  3. Bathtub pillows and headrests – Also fixed by suction cups, these accessories can also be tub killers, accelerating the damage wrecked on your tub’s surface.
    • For head support when bathing, roll up a towel, and place it under your head and/or neck. Towels can be removed (and even used to dry the tub) when you are done bathing. And they won’t cause any extra damage.
  4. Any toys or accessories with suction cups – By now, it may be obvious: suction cups or anything that traps water and/or soap scum on the surface of a tub will ruin it. So, the real take away is to avoid any bathtub items with suction cups. This is a great way to show your bathtub some love!
    • For some extra fun or utility in the tub, opt for toys that can be removed after bath time, as well as shelving outside of the bathtub/shower area. Removing everything from the tub after bath or shower time allows for complete drying (another way to give your tub back some love!).
  5. Bathtub tints or colors – If these items are not specifically “stain-free,” don’t use them in your tub. They can discolor and stain your tub.
    • For extra luxury in the bath that won’t ruin your tub, go for some fancy, dye-free bubble bath or even rose petals.

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 the contact form located here.

4 Bath Safety Features We Can Install during or after a Bathtub Refinish

Bath Safety Features that Can Be Installed after a Bathtub Refinish

Bath Safety Features that Can Be Installed after a Bathtub Refinish

For elderly people, people with mobility issues and children, adding certain safety features in and around bathtubs can be essential to reducing the risk of harmful slip and falls in the bathroom.

Here are some of the most useful bathroom safety features that our refinishing professionals can install during or after a tile or tub refinishing:

  1. Conversion steps and doorsAdding conversion steps (with or without a door) to a newly refinished tub can eliminate the need to step over higher tub edges.
  2. Grab bars – Installing grab bars in and outside of bathtubs (as well as around toilet areas) can provide some extra support for those who may need it when entering or exiting tubs.
  3. No-slip linings – After refinishing a tub, our pros can also add no-slip linings to tubs, providing more traction during shower and bath time.
  4. Safety seats in tubs – For individuals with weak or impaired leg muscles, adding safety seats in tubs and showers can be another option for enhancing bathroom safety and minimizing falling risks.

Other items that can promote bathroom safety by reducing the risk of slip and falls include (but are by no means limited to):

  • No-slip rugs – Add these around tubs, toilets and sinks where water can pool up.
  • New shower doors or curtains – If it’s been some time since you have replaced the door or curtain on your shower, doing so can help prevent water leakages from showers.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Are you ready to install some safety features in or around your tub? Or are you looking to update the look and feel of your tub via bathtub refinishing?

If so, contact the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair today for a free quote. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or request an estimate by clicking here. You can also send us an email using the contact form located here.

Top 4 Benefits of Conversion Steps & Doors for Tubs

Adding conversion steps to bathtubs can be an effective way to prevent dangerous slip and falls, especially for the elderly, people with mobility issues, and even small children.

Top Benefits of Conversion Steps & Doors for Tubs

Top Benefits of Conversion Steps & Doors for Tubs

If you are considering installing conversion steps for your home’s bathtubs, here are some of the top benefits you can enjoy if you move forward with this safety enhancement:

  1. An easier time getting into/out of tubs – Instead of having to step over the high sides of bathtubs to get into the tub/shower, conversion steps and doors allow people to more easily enter and exit their bathing area. For people with balancing and/or mobility issues, this means added security, as the risk of losing their balance, slipping and falling (in or outside of the tub) can be significantly reduced.
  2. No loss in functionality of the tub – Along with providing safety benefits, conversion steps and doors can also preserve the functionality of tubs themselves, allowing people to still enjoy baths (as the door can be closed, holding in water during bath time).
  3. Cost savings – When comparing the costs of installing conversion steps and doors versus replacing tubs/surrounds with shower pans, conversion steps and doors are far more affordable, as the existing features can remain in place. This can allow people to invest in some additional safety features, like grab bars or shower seats, enhancing their overall bathtub and bathroom safety.
  4. An updated look for the bathroom – Conversion steps and doors can be customized to match various colors and décor, and these features can be added during/after the bathtub refinishing process. This can end up meaning that, by investing in the safety of your bathroom, you also get the benefit of an updated, clean, refreshed look in your bathroom.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Are you ready to install conversions steps and doors in your bathroom? Or are you looking to update the look and feel of your tub via bathtub refinishing? If so, contact us today for a free quote by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Top 3 Dangers Lurking in Your Bathroom & How to Avoid Them

Biggest safety risks in bathrooms and how to avoid them

Biggest safety risks in bathrooms and how to avoid them

Accidents at home are fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Home Safety Council. And while accidents and injuries can occur anywhere in a home, kitchens, stairways and bathrooms tend to be the riskiest places for people.

To help you stay safe and avoid a home or bathroom accident, here’s a list of the things in bathrooms that tend to create the most prominent safety threats, along with tips on how to mitigate and avoid these risks.

Top Bathroom Safety Risks

  1. Water – While flowing water is an essential feature of bathrooms (in showers/tubs, sinks and toilets), it is also one of the leading dangers, as water can easily get to places where it should not be. And this can create serious falling hazards. For instance, leaky pipes, poorly fitting shower doors and even the buildup on condensation (following a hot shower, for example) can all cause water to pool up on floors, increasing the risk of slipping and falling.
    • Safety tip: Add nonskid rugs outside of the shower/tub, as well as around the sink and toilet. If water regularly leaks from the shower or tub, consider replacing features that are contributing to the leaks (such as the poorly fitting shower door or the older curtain).
  2. Soap residue – Body washes, shampoos, conditioners and other products are commonly used during shower and bath time. These products, however, can leave behind residues (i.e., soap scum) that can create a dangerous, slippery layer in tubs. And this slippery layer can, again, increase the risk of slip and falls.
    • Safety tip: After every shower or bath, be sure to rinse the tub area so that slippery soap scum won’t build up. On a regular basis, do a more thorough cleaning of your tub (with non-caustic cleansers that won’t eat away at the tub’s lining). If slipping the tub is a big concern, consider having a no-slip liner installed by the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair.
  3. Lights and glares – Although bright lights and white, glittering surfaces in a bathroom can be the picture of clean and perfection, they can also create a safety hazard for some people, especially those who may have vision or balancing issues.
    • Safety tip: Soften up the lighting and/or color scheme in your bathroom if lights/glares present a risk to anyone in your home. You can also install additional safety features like grab bars to assist those who may have mobility issues and/or balancing problems.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Are you ready to add some safety features – like conversion steps or grab bars – to your bathroom? Or is it time to update your bathtub via refinishing? If so, contact us for a free estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.