Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
I decided to help you guys out and write about the differences in the available counter top products. Now, I am not here to bash one product or sell another. I am strictly listing the pros and cons of all products.
Pros - No sealing needed, good color choices, uniform look, easily maintained
Cons - Edges may crack, expensive
Pros - Durable, not easily scratched
Cons - Needs to be sealed annually, may absorb juices/oils, not repairable, expensive
Pros - Lots of color choices, easy to clean, easy to install, inexpensive
Cons - Chips easily, grout stains and absorbs moisture, grout must be sealed
Pros - Many colors, no noticeable seams, repairable
Cons - Easily scratched, can be expensive
Pros - Inexpensive, large color selection, does not absorb liquids
Cons - Not repairable
Pros - Large color selection, repairable, low maintenance, inexpensive
Cons - Can chip or scratch
Pros - Inexpensive, resists most stains, repairable
Cons - May change color over time
I have listed the most popular products out there and shown their good and bad sides. Now I will offer a few helpful tidbits for those of you working on your bathroom or kitchen.
1. Select a color that compliments your cabinetry, flooring, wall color, etc. but keep it neutral enough that you can easily change up the look of the room without having to replace everything if you grow tired of the color scheme.
2. Consider what the room will be used for and select a material accordingly. A guest bath that is used occasionally may not need a counter top that can take a lot of abuse however, a children's bathroom might.
3. Don't be afraid to combine colors, materials, textures, etc. Multiple colors and textures can compliment each other and create a visually pleasing space. For example, mixing decorative tiles on the wall with a solid surface counter top can create an interesting combination that will formalize any bathroom.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
The question I get most often, and probably the best one for my first post, is about cleaning and maintaining acrylic and cultured marble products. The best answer is, of course, the simplest. Plain old spray Lysol and a soft sponge or washcloth. However, for those of you that want a more detailed answer, I will list more options and techniques. Please remember, all these products are for acrylic and cultured marble products. I do not know how they will perform on glass, porcelain, tile and grout, etc.
The product I go to more often than anything is the disinfecting wipes. They are easy to use and they disinfect. If I am having company then I will probably follow up with a glass wipe for shine. Nothing makes acrylic or cultured marble bath products shine like a glass cleaner. Of course, this is for people that don’t have any water issues like too much calcium.
Those of you, like myself, that have deposits in your water that builds up in your sinks, tubs, or showers need a little more help. You have to find a product that removes the buildup before you can disinfect. I have well water that leaves a nice layer of calcium on anything it touches. To get the calcium off I use CLR. Put some on a sponge and spread the CLR over the trouble area. Let it sit for several minutes then use your sponge to wipe the calcium off. You may have to work it a little to get all the calcium off. Then rinse and clean the area.
If you have a small amount of paint or a sticky substance on the product then you can put some acetone on a soft cloth and wipe the paint or stickiness off. Then rinse and clean the area. Goo Gone also works. Please don’t pour acetone on the trouble spot and let it sit and never use paint thinner on the acrylic or cultured marble surface. I don’t know how many people have called us because paint thinner ate a hole in their tub.
Lastly, cleaning a whirlpool system is probably the easiest of all. Fill your tub with hot water to 1” above the highest jet. Add 1 cup of bleach or drop in a tablet of dishwasher detergent. Do not use the liquid dish soap like Joy, Palmolive, Dawn, etc. This will cause a mountain of bubbles and a huge mess. Only use the dishwasher detergent like Cascade, Finish, etc. Then turn on your whirlpool system and run for about 15 minutes. If it has been a long time since the whirlpool system was cleaned then feel free to drain the water, fill it back up and run it a second time with more cleaner. After you have run the cleaner through drain the tub and fill with cold, clean water to 1” above the highest jet and run for a couple of minutes. Your whirlpool system is now clean. You should do this about once a month with normal use. You can clean the system more often if you would prefer. It won’t hurt the whirlpool system.
Remember, ask questions if you have them. I will be more than happy to research something if I dont have a ready answer.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Royal Baths is a manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas that provides bathroom products to anyone and everyone.
I work in the Sales/Marketing department and I deal with a lot of different people that all seem to have the same questions. How do I go about remodeling my bathroom? How do I build a bathroom that will fit my needs? What are the current trends? And so on and so forth. I started this blog to help those of you that have similar questions and dont know where to turn for answers.
I will only address questions that involve the products our company produces. We do not manufacture toilets or cabinets so you wont hear much about them. The same goes for flooring, sheetrocking, painting, etc. We do manufacture cultured marble bath tubs, whirlpool tubs, shower bases, vanity tops, sinks, shower walls, tub/shower surrounds, shower seats, tub decks, ledges and window sills. We also manufacture acrylic bath tubs, whirlpool tubs, air tubs and shower bases.
I will pick a new question every week and address it so check back often and feel free to comment with questions about your project and I will try to answer them.