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Archive for October, 2010
As part of our Bathroom Blogfest participation, we bring you a post on creating an attractive bathroom using Universal Design.
This bathroom has an interesting contemporary style. What may not be obvious at first glance, however, is that this is a wheelchair-friendly space.
The sink is designed with clearance underneath to allow a wheelchair to slide under it. The towel rack also works well for someone in a seated position. Notice the cabinet on casters along the back wall. This keeps the storage unit out of the way when not needed.
The cupboard along the left wall is also wheelchair friendly. Shelves inside can be reached from a seated position, and a mirror on the inside door provides the opportunity for grooming from a seated position.
Most people think of “handicapped” bathrooms as functional but unattractive. However, as our population ages, manufacturers are responding with products designed for accessibility that are also inviting. Notice that this bathroom is also versatile, working well for someone standing as well as sitting.
Many people are now designing their homes with the goal of aging in place – having the ability to grow old while staying in their homes. Others are prepared to bring parents into their homes. A bathroom designed for someone with limited mobility is an important feature to help ensure that you or family members will be able to continue to safely stay in your home.
You may follow other bloggers participating in the Bathroom Blogfest on Facebook or Bathroom Blogfest on Twitter @bathroomblogfes .
The 2010 Bathroom Blogfest, now in its fifth year, brings together 33 bloggers from the U.S., Canada, the UK and India to address the 2010 Mad Men inspired theme “Stuck in the 60s?” A blogfest brings together writers who direct their blog posts around a single subject while making the subject relevant to their readers during a specific timeframe. Between October 25 and 29, these experts in marketing, customer experience and service, public relations, library sciences, museums, home & interior design, life, retail, flooring and healthcare IT/RTLS will call attention to improving the overall bathroom experience for end users via their 40 blogs during Bathroom Blogfest 2010.
Be sure to be on the look out next week for our contribution to the Bathroom Blogfest on this blog as well as Facebook and Twitter. It’s going to be a blast.
Below is a list of fellow participants that you can look forward to following along!
|Blogger||Blog Name||Blog URL|
|Susan Abbott||Customer Experience Crossroads||http://www.customercrossroads.com/customercrossroads/|
|Paul Anater||Kitchen and Residential Design||http://www.KitchenAndResidentialDesign.com|
|Shannon Bilby||Big Bob’s Outlet||http://blog.bigbobsoutlet.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||Carpets N More Blog||http://blog.carpetsnmore.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||Dolphin Carpet Blog||http://blog.dolphincarpet.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||From The Floors Up||http://fromthefloorsup.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||My Big Bob’s Blog||http://blog.mybigbobs.com/|
|Toby Bloomberg||Diva Marketing||http://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/bloomberg_marketing/|
|Laurence Borel||Blog Till You Drop||http://www.laurenceborel.com/|
|Bill Buyok||Avente Tile Talk Blog||http://tiletalk.blogspot.com/|
|Jeanne Byington||The Importance of Earnest Service||http://blog.jmbyington.com/|
|Becky Carroll||Customers Rock!||http://customersrock.net/|
|Marianna Chapman||Results Revolution||http://www.resultsrevolution.com|
|Katie Clark||Practial Katie||http://practicalkatie.blogspot.com/|
|Nora DePalma||American Standard’s Professor Toilet||http://www.professortoilet.com/|
|Nora DePalma||O’Reilly DePalma: The Blog||http://www.oreilly-depalma.com/blog/|
|Leigh Durst||LivePath Experience Architect Weblog||http://livepath.blogspot.com/|
|Valerie Fritz||The AwarepointBlog||http://www.awarepointblog.com/|
|Iris Garrott||Checking In and Checking Out||http://circulating.wordpress.com/|
|Tish Grier||The Constant Observer||http://spap-oop.blogspot.com|
|Renee LeCroy||Your Fifth Wall||http://yourfifthwall.com/|
|Joseph Michelli||Dr. Joseph Michelli’s Blog||www.josephmichelli.com/blog|
|Veronika Miller||Modenus Blog||http://www.modenus.com/blog|
|Arpi Nalbandian||TILE Magazine Editor Blog||http://www.tilemagonline.com/Articles/Blog_Nalbandian|
|Maria Palma||People 2 People Service||http://www.people2peopleservice.com/|
|Reshma Bachwani Paritosh||The Qualitative Research Blog||http://www.onqualitativeresearch.blogspot.com/|
|David Polinchock||Polinchock’s Ponderings||http://blog.polinchock.com/|
|Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond||Scarlet Opus Trends Blog||http://trendsblog.co.uk/|
|David Reich||My 2 Cents||http://reichcomm.typepad.com/my_weblog/|
|Sandy Renshaw||Around Des Moines||http://www.arounddesmoines.com/|
|Sandy Renshaw||Purple Wren||http://www.purplewren.com/|
|Bethany Richmond||Carpet and Rug Institute Blog||http://www.carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com/|
|Bruce Sanders||RIMtailing Blog||http://rimtailing.blogspot.com/|
|Steve Tokar||Please Be Seated||http://stevetokar.wordpress.com/|
|Carolyn Townes||Becoming a Woman of Purpose||http://spiritwomen.blogspot.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||Flooring The Consumer||http://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||Simple Marketing Blog||http://www.simplemarketingblog.com/|
|Christine & Ted Whittemore||Smoke Rise & Kinnelon Blog||http://smokerise-nj.blogspot.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||The Carpetology Blog||http://carpetology.blogspot.com/|
|Linda Wright||LindaLoo Build Business With Better Bathrooms||http://lindaloo.com/|
If you have a pet door, provide the same opportunity to keep outside dirt off your carpet as you do for people – place an absorbent rug or mat just inside the pet entrance, and make sure it is long enough for all four feet to hit, removing at least the outer layer of dirt.
Vacuum regularly – at least once a week and more if your animal is a heavy shedder. This will pick up both pet hair and any additional surface dirt brought in from outside, as well as keeping your carpet looking more like new.
Don’t worry about pet odor. Regular bathing for your dog and frequent litter changes for your cat will eliminate that concern. If shedding is an issue, brush your pet daily. With praise and treats, this can be a special time for you and your animal.
If you can’t keep your pets off the furniture, use large towels or sheets to cover them. With regular laundering, your sofa or chairs will stay clean and relatively hair-free. A quick sweep to remove the covers before guests arrive will allow you to maintain a beautiful look to your home, and still enjoy your pet.
With the new trend toward larger bathrooms, many people may find their current bath space unsatisfactory. But with a few changes, any bathroom can feel larger without adding any square footage.
To start, how about replacing your shower curtain with a frameless glass surround? The new options are striking, and often offer additional decorative details such as the etched horizontal lines shown in the photo. By going with glass, the bath’s space automatically looks at least two feet larger.
For an additional change that adds perceived size to your bath, replace your vanity sink with a pedestal. The open space under the sink combined with the ability to see the flooring from wall to wall creates a substantial sense of space.
Bath fixtures that match the walls and consistent tile and color across the bath make the space feel larger because there are no obvious breaks. The flooring in this bathroom also carries through that theme by continuing into the shower area. The white-on-white approach keeps the bath bright and inviting, and the dark floor adds needed contrast without subtracting spaciousness.
The final addition comes from the mirror. This one is larger than needed to allow the reflection to add to the room’s perceived size. You can expand your bath without losing closet space if you operate the way these people did, by thinking in terms of design rather than square footage.
It’s getting close to that time of year! Pumpkin carving time!! This year, before you get started – take a few moments to bookmark or print this page so that in the event that you have a pumpkin mess during your carving, you won’t have to worry.
Below are some easy to follow instructions for removal of pumpkin stains from carpet.
Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.
Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.
Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.
Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.
When in doubt , Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question.
Durability and hardness represent the primary differences between the two types of tile. Porcelain tile has a stronger product as its base material, and has a longer and hotter firing time. Often porcelain tile’s color and design are built right into the tile rather than fired as a separate glaze. This makes porcelain last much longer and able to handle more abuse. For this reason, porcelain is the tile of choice for commercial and outdoor applications.
Porcelain comes in a good variety of styles and colors, but is most often seen in design options that mirror natural stone. Limestone, travertine, marble, granite and terracotta are common natural choices that limestone mimics. With the variety of patterns available in many tile lines, porcelain closely resembles the look and feel of stone without the high maintenance requirements.
With grout sealing which is recommended at installation, porcelain is the lowest maintenance floor available. Just a swipe with a damp mop will keep the floor clean and looking its best. If you want an attractive floor that is also low maintenance and will last for the life of your home, consider porcelain tile.
Have you considered tile floors in your home? Ceramic tile offers the most variety in terms of color, shape, style and personality. International hand-painted ceramic tiles can liven up the border of a fireplace or the risers on a stairway. Some ceramic tiles mimic stone, while others use unusual glazes and embossing to create a sopecial and colorful floor.
Most ceramic tile is extremely low maintenance. Sealing the grout at installation keeps it from staining, and a damp mop keeps the floor at its best. Slip-resistant elements added to many glazes keep tiles safer for kitchens and baths. Ceramic floors are also long-lived, lasting for the life of the home.
One exception to the low-maintenance characteristic of ceramic tile is the unglazed option shown in this photo. This tile, known in the U.S. as Saltillo, is a handmade tile with a natural variety of color. This tile has to be sealed annually and does chip and crack. However, advocates enjoy the old world feel the tile creates. If you love this look but don’t want the maintenance, there are a number of glazed ceramic options that mimic this style.
Are you ready to tackle your tile options? With ceramic, whatever your taste you are likely to find a tile that works for you.