Each year, more than 230,000 people go to the emergency room after bathroom slip and fall accidents. While the vast majority of these slip and fall injuries are sustained in and around bathtubs, as people age, these slip and falls are far more likely to result in severe injuries – like broken bones and head injuries.
To reduce the risks of a bathroom slip and fall and keep your family safe, below are some bathroom safety basics to review and keep in mind.
Bathroom Safety Basics
Never leave any water sitting in your tub – Of course, water will be in your tub when you shower, draw a bath and/or bathe. Once these tasks are done, however, never leave water sitting in your tub. Sitting water not only presents a drowning hazard for little ones, but it also will etch your tub’s lining, damaging your tub. If your tub is slow to drain, it may be time for a drain cleaning (or drain repair).
- Place a mat outside of your tub or shower – Getting in and out of the shower can be risky for anyone, especially if their balance is slightly off. You can reduce this risk by simply putting a carpeted mat outside of your tub/shower. You may even consider installing a grip outside of your tub/shower so that your family members have something to hold onto, helping them maintain their balance as they get into and out of the tub/shower unit.
- Consider installing a non-slip liner in your tub – If you have a few small children or aging loved ones who regularly use your bathtub, having a professional install a non-slip liner can be a smart move, as it will provide further traction in the tub, enhancing shower time safety for everyone.
- Childproof your bathroom if necessary – This can include plugging outlets with flat, plastic outlet protectors, putting cabinet-locking mechanisms inside of lower bathroom cabinets and/or adding a faucet cover to the faucets in your bathroom. These are all relatively affordable fixes that can be easily removed later – and that can keep your curious little ones out of trouble in the bathroom.
Ready to Install a Non-Slip Liner in Your Tub and/or Get Your Bathtub Refinished?
When you are ready to take the next step in safety by having a non-slip liner installed on your tub – or when you want to update the look and feel of your tub via bathtub refinishing, it’s time to contact the experienced professionals at Colorado Tub Repair.
In theme with our bathtub safety focus this month, in this blog, we’ll highlight some safety tips for bathing toddlers.
How to Keep Your Toddler Safe during Bath Time
Prepare the tub before bath time starts – Make sure that you have everything necessary for bath time before your child is in the tub so that you never have to be more than arm’s reach from your child once bath time begins. So, be sure that the soap, washcloths, bath toys and even drying towel are all by the tub before you even start to fill it up.
- Put away all possibly hazardous items – Do you have glass containers by the tub? Or do you keep things like hairdryers (or other electronics) near the tub? If so, make sure all of these items are put away – far from the tub – so that they won’t tempt your curious little one during bath time.
- Have your safety items ready – If your toddler is smaller in size or you simply feel better about using certain safety items during bath time, then have these ready before filling up the bath tub also. Such items can include (but may not be limited to) plastic tubs or seats for your little one or even a removable grip for him or her to hold onto.
- Test the waters – As you fill the bathtub, be sure that the temperature is just right for your little one. Also, never fill the tub higher than about waist high on your child (when (s)he would be sitting in the water).
- Get ready for bath time play – Now you are ready for a safe and fun bath time with your toddler! Stay engaged the entire time your child is in the tub, playing with him or her and not leaving the tub/bathroom until bath time is over (and the tub is completed drained).
Ready to Revitalize Your Tub? Contact Us for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Quote
Is your tub showing signs of damage and age? If so, it may be time for bathtub refinishing to revitalize your tub (before you consider replacing it). Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
Bath time can be a fun time for small children, but a tub full of water may not always be the safest place for them. While you can go out and buy some safety items, as we pointed out in our last blog, you may also be able to use some common items you already have in your home to keep your kids safe as they bathe.
Try These Items to Keep Kids Safe during Bath Time
For infants – Place infants in a smaller plastic tub with some hand towels added on one side for back and head support. While you can place these smaller tubs in your bathtub, you may also be able to use them in your sink, which can be a better option for newborns/smaller babies.
- For toddlers – When smaller children are able to sit upright on their own, place them in a laundry basket with lower sides. This will keep them sitting up while allowing them to still splash around and play with toys. It will prevent them from lying down/falling backwards in the tub. When choosing a laundry basket to use for bath time, be sure to select one that is more heavy duty, as flimsy one won’t offer any support/protections (and, instead, will more likely fall over).
- For children – As children grow out of the toddler stage and start learning how to shower on their own, use hand towels in the tub to prevent slipping – and to help them learn how to safely bathe. Avoid using non-slip appliques or stay-in-tub bathmats, as these will trap water and soap on the lining of your tub, etching away at its surface and damaging your tub.
If you do use any of these household items to promote bath safety for your children, be sure to do the following once bath time is over so that your tub isn’t unnecessarily damaged:
- Remove the items from the tub after bath time.
- Rinse the tub out, particularly in the area where the item was sitting during the bath.
- Let the tub fully dry out.
Bath Safety for Teens
When children turn into teenagers, instead of using common household items to prevent tub accidents, it may be time to install a non-slip lining in a bathtub for some extra traction.
Tub Already Damaged? Get a Free Bathtub Refinishing Quote from Us Today
If your tub is already damaged, bathtub refinishing may be your best option for updating the look and feel of your tub. Contact us today to get a free quote for bathtub refinishing – or for installing a non-slip lining in your tub. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or click here for an estimate. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
A slip and fall in a full tub can hurt nearly anyone – but it can be deadly to children, especially younger and smaller children. This is scary to think about, but the good news is that there are a number of products out there that can keep your kids safe in the tub, prevent falls and make bath time a fun, stress-free ritual for everyone.
Consider Using these Items to Keep Your Kids Safe as They Bathe
1 – Removable handles
The great thing about these handles is that they can be applied exactly where your little ones (or bigger kids) can safely reach them. This allows your kids to hold onto these handles as necessary when bathing or showering. These grips can help kids keep their balance, especially as they close their eyes to rinse their hair/faces.
Another great thing about these handles is that you can remove them after use so they won’t trap water on your tub (and so you can clean beneath them, etc.).
2 – Removable non-slip mats
These mats can be placed in tubs for kids to sit or stand on as they bathe. As with removable grips/handles, these non-slip mats can be taken out of tubs after use, preventing water from getting trapped on the surface of the tub (and starting to damage it).
Here, we want to point out, however, that if these mats will not be taken out of the tub, they should NOT be used. This is because leaving them in tubs day in and day out WILL damage your tub.
3 – Non-slip liners
If you want a more permanent solution to preventing falls in your tub, a good option is to install a nonslip liner over the surface of your tub. Having a professional do this can be key to ensuring that the liner is properly laid down so that it will really protect your tub – and look nice – for years to come.
Is Your Tub Already Damaged? Contact Us for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Quote…
If your tub is already damaged or is older, don’t replace it just yet! Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing estimate. You can get this quote today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
Cleaning your bathtub is, of course, important to maintaining it. However, what you use to clean your tub can do more harm than good in some cases, especially if you are using certain abrasive cleansers or cleaning agents.
In line with our theme of “going natural” this month, below, we’ll point out when you should not go natural and should, instead, avoid using certain natural cleaning agents on your bathtub in order to avoid damaging it.
Don’t Use These to Clean Your Bathtub
1 – Borax
Borax is an abrasive scouring powder that can get rid of mold and mildew and remove soap scum. However, using this cleaning agent – even when diluted with water – can harm the surface of your tub, eating away at it over time.
2 – Baking Soda
Baking soda is another abrasive cleaning agent that can damage the surface of tubs, especially when it is left to sit on tubs to “soak” or “set” like some online cleaning guides recommend.
3 – Ammonia
Alkaline and potent at cleaning grime, ammonia may be another item you have around your home that can be tempting to use to clean your tub. Resist the temptation, however, because this is another abrasive agent that can damage your tub over time.
4 – Vinegar
Vinegar is cleaning agent that some online cleaning “gurus” will recommend to use on your tub to clean scum and grime. It too, however, can eat away at the surface of your tub over time, so don’t use it if you want to prolong the life of your bathtub.
5 – Pumice Stones
Sometimes, the dirt on the surface of tubs can be extra tough, and some extra scrubbing may need to be done to remove it. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t use a pumice stone on your tub. Although pumice is a natural soft rock, it can scratch and damage the surface of a bath tub.
Instead of Using these Natural Cleaning Agents…
We recommend using nonabrasive cleansers and very soft brushes to clean your tub. In fact, we suggest using blue Dawn dish soap or a similar cleanser that will be effective at removing grime and soap scum without damaging the surface of your bathtub.
If, however, it’s too late and the surface of your tub is already damaged, refinishing your bathtub can be a cost-effective solution to revitalizing your tub and the entire look of your bathroom.
Colorado Bathtub Refinishing Services: Contact Us for a Free Estimate
Let us help you make your damaged tub to look and feel new again. Contact the experts at Colorado Tub Repair today for a free bathtub refinishing estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
Going au naturel can be liberating. And, when you go au naturel with your bathtub, it can be cost effective, preventing your tub from rusting and otherwise being damaged. Below, we’ll point out a few things you can do to go au naturel with your tub and, in doing so, help prolong the life of your tub.
Go Au Naturel with Your Tub By…
1 – Using liquid dish soap to clean your tub.
Instead of using harsh and abrasive cleansers on your tub, we recommend using dish soaps (such as blue Dawn liquid dish soap) that will remove the dirt and soap scum from your tub’s surface without eating away at the lining of your tub. Specifically, avoid using caustic cleansers, such as those that are acid based.
2 – Letting your tub “breathe.”
In other words, do not keep bathmats in your tub or shower. Layering mats on the surface of your bathtub will trap water between the mat and the surface of your tub. This will, in turn, mean that your tub will be exposed to water 24/7, causing water damage that will erode your tub’s lining.
For those who are using bathmats to prevent slip and falls in the shower, we, instead, recommend installing a nonslip surface on tubs that won’t damage their linings.
3 – Letting your tub go “bare.”
Along with the above point, you can let your tub go bare by not resting your bath and shower products on the ledges of tubs. Just as bathmats can trap water on the surface of your tub, so too can bottles trap water on the edges of tubs, and this can lead to rust and other unsightly damage to your tub.
So, let your bathtub go bare, and use a shower caddy or something else to hang your products so that your tub can fully dry after each use.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate
While the above tips are helpful for preventing damage to your tub, if your tub is already chipped, rusted or damaged, bathtub refinishing can be your best option for revitalizing your tub.
So, instead of hiding an unsightly tub behind a shower curtain, let us help you refinish it. To get a free quote for refinishing your tub, contact us today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
We all cut corners sometimes, and occasionally these shortcuts can become bad habits. In fact, whether some bad habits stem from having limited time or a simple distaste for doing certain chores, the end result can be the same – namely, that our little bad habits are damaging some of the most treasured spaces in our homes, such as our bathrooms.
Below, we’ll point out some of common bad habits that you may not even realize are damaging your tub. When you are ready to start reversing this damage and breathe new life into your tub (and bathroom) with tile and/or bathtub refinishing, however, contact Colorado Tub Repair.
Avoid These Things to Avoid Damaging Your Tub
1 – Not rinsing your shower/tub after using it
After showering or bathing, residue (including skin cells, soap scum, etc.) can remain on the walls/sides of your bathtub. Although you may be in a hurry to get on with your process of getting ready, however, taking just a minute or two to rinse off your bathtub/shower can remove this debris and:
- Prevent it from building up on your tubs’ surfaces
- Minimize the longer-term damage that can result from such buildup (such as the deterioration of grout, etc.).
2 – Leaving your bath products on the ledges of tubs
Where do you keep your shampoo, body wash and other shower products you use? If it’s on the ledges of tubs (rather than hanging somewhere that allows the water to drain away), then you are likely causing water to be trapped between the products and the surface of your tub. This can, in turn, accelerate water damage to a tub.
3 – Not regularly cleaning your tub
Do you clean your bathroom on a regular basis? Is cleaning your shower/bathtub a part of this process? If not, then again, you could be slowly damaging your tub, as, similar to first point above, the buildup of debris on tubs’ surfaces will slowly start to eat away at the grout surrounding the tub, as well as the surface of the tub itself.
4 – Using the wrong cleansers on your tub
To properly maintain a tub, it’s not simply enough to clean it regularly, as the types of cleansers used are also important. In fact, if you are using especially abrasive or stringent cleansers on your tub, you could be doing more harm than good, as these cleaners may also be damaging the surface of your tub.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate
When remodeling your bathroom and kitchen, one of the important decisions you may have to make is whether to replace or refinish the existing tile. There can, of course, be benefits to both options, but if you don’t know much about tile refinishing, consider the following benefits it can provide.
Benefits of Tile Refinishing
1 – Tile refinishing is easier than replacing tire.
Refinishing doesn’t require that old tile be removed and that new tile be painstakingly laid down. Instead, the existing tile can remain in place, cutting out some of the more complicated/time-consuming steps of tile replacement.
This, in turn, can mean that, while tile replacement can take weeks (or longer), tile refinishing can be done within a matter of days (depending on how much tile in your home needs to be refinished).
2 – It’s cheaper too.
In fact, tile refinishing can save people as much as 70 percent of the cost of tile replacement. This means that you can save a lot more on your remodeling costs, possibly letting you do more things – like buy new fixtures or other hardware/appliances that you may not have otherwise been able to afford.
3 – Tile refinishing is a durable way to update the look of your bathroom and kitchen.
While tile refinishing can give any room a facelift – breathing some new life into a bathroom and/or kitchen, it can also last a long time (as long as, of course, the proper tile maintenance is performed). Specifically, refinished tile can extend the life of tile for as much as 10 to 15 years.
4 – It’s also eco-friendly.
If you opt to refinish your tile, rather than replace it, that’s less damaged tile that will be thrown into landfills. In other words, think of tile refinishing as an effective way to recycle and reuse (rather than replace and throw away).
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate
Are you considering converting your bathtub into a walk-in tub? Or do you have family members who regularly have accidents getting in and out of a traditional bathtub/shower unit?
If so, here are some facts you should know about walk-in tub conversions.
Walk-In Tub Conversions: Here’s What You Should Know
1 – Walk-in tubs are ideal for those with mobility limitations.
In fact, walk-in tubs eliminate the need to lift one’s leg to have to step over the edge of a tub or shower unit. For those with mobility issues, including people with physical impairments and/or the elderly, this can be crucial to prevent falling accidents and potentially serious injuries.
2 – Walk-in tubs tend to come with anti-slip features.
Another way important feature of walk-in tubs is the anti-slip features they tend to come with. This is because the risk of falling for some people may not end once they are in the tub; moving around and trying to bathe oneself can end up causing people to slip and fall (and this, again, could be very risky to some, especially those who are aging and are more fragile).
Common anti-slip features in walk-in tubs include (but are by no means limited to):
- Textured pads
- Seats within tubs.
3 – Walk-in tubs eliminate the need for potentially dangerous sliding shower doors.
With walk-in tubs, a swinging, sturdy door typically replaces the traditional sliding shower door. This can be essential for people who may lean on these doors for support and stability while bathing (as the sturdy door of a walk-in tub can stand up to some leaning while a sliding shower door usually won’t).
4 – Walk-in tubs can come with fast-draining features.
This, in turn, means that less water ends up on the floor around these tubs, further reducing the risk of dangerous slip and falls for those with mobility issues.
5 – Walk-in tubs can increase the value of a home.
Depending on where your home is situated, replacing a traditional bathtub/shower unit with a walk-in tub may end up adding value to your home. For instance, walk-in tub conversions can be especially appealing (and more valuable) when homes are located near or in retirement communities.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate
Are you ready to get a free quote on converting your tub to a walk-in unit? Or are you ready to refinish the tubs and tile in your home? If so, contact us today for a free estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
Tub liners or “skins” may give bathtubs a facelift, as they can cover up little nicks or unsightly blemishes that may be bringing down the look of the entire bathroom.
While these liners can save people money in that they don’t have to run out and buy a new tub (or fully renovate their bathrooms), there are some important things to know about them if you are considering lining a tub with a “skin,” rather than refinishing it.
Here’s Why You Should Rethink Using a Bathtub Liner
1 – Liners don’t resolve the underlying problems.
Although a liner cover for your tub will hide the unsightly blemishes on your tub, it will not fix them. So, you may just be putting off the real fix you need. In fact, depending on how long a liner stays on a tub, it could end up intensifying the damage to a tub.
2 – Liners can trap water by the tub.
With liners on a tub, there is a distinct possibility that water will get in between the liner and tub. If this happens, mildew and mold can develop and possibly start eating away at the structure of the tub.
3 – Liners don’t always provide a good feeling in the tub.
Whether you take baths or shower in your tub, you want the experience to be pleasant. With liners in tubs, however, you can be left with a sponge-like feeling on your feet and/or body. You may also end up feeling less stable standing in the tub.
4 – Liners are not cheap.
In fact, tub liners tend to be more expensive than bathtub refinishing.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate
Let us refinish your bathtub and breathe new life into your bathroom. 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.