"Bathroom Blogfest '08 – Cleaning Up Forgotten Spaces Around Us"

blogfest-logo-20082-156x300This post is part of Bathroom Blogfest ’08 where we talk about bathrooms – cleaning up those forgotten spaces around us. Today’s focus for Floor Talk is Eco-Friendly bathroom products and water saving tips for the bathroom.

Kohler’s tips on water saving:

When it comes to saving water in the bathroom, a few small steps can make a big difference. Consider these tips for reducing your water consumption every day.

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, and rinse out the sink when you’re finished.
  • Capture shower/bath water while waiting for water to change temperatures: This excess water can be used for watering plants.
  • Don’t wait for the water to get hot before filling the tub for a bath. Put in the plug and adjust the water temperature as the tub fills.
  • Do not use the toilet as a garbage can: Only flush the toilet when disposing of sanitary waste.
  • Turn off the water while shaving: Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor.

Kohler conservation products:

Install High-Efficiency Toilets

KOHLER® HETs that flush 1.28 gallons or less, when compared to a 3.5-gallon toilet, can save homeowners up to 22,000 gallons of water per fixture per year.

Water-Conserving Showerheads and Handshowers

KOHLER 1.75 gpm water-conserving showerheads and handshowers deliver an impressive 30% water savings over traditional 2.5 gpm showerheads and handshowers.

Insist upon Faucets with Low-Flow Aerators

Small in size, big on impact, KOHLER faucets with low-flow aerators for both the kitchen and the bathroom deliver up to 30% water savings over faucets with standard aerators.

These are specific Kohler products. Other companies have eco-friendly products as well.
Other helpful tips:
  1. Choose recycled facial tissue and toilet paper
  2. Use chemical free personal products
  3. Us organic or bamboo towels and washcloths
  4. Select non PVC shower curtain liners
  5. Use beeswax or soy candles rather than artificial fragrances
  6. Use non toxic cleaners to clean the bathroom
  7. Choose flooring made with recycled content
  8. Pick paints that are have low VOC’s
  9. Recycle razors and toothbrushes
  10. Use plants in the bathroom – they actually help clean the air!
  11. Use countertops made with recycled content
  12. Replace traditional light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs or natural light from a skylight

If you implement any of these tips or products, you are making a difference. The more you do, the more of a difference you make! Feel free to share any other tips you have run across!

Bathroom Blogfest '08 – Cleaning Up Forgotten Spaces Around Us

Bathroom Blogfest ’08 – Cleaning Up Forgotten Spaces Around Us

blogfest-logo-20082-156x300Since 2006, a group of women bloggers focused on the customer experience has reserved one week each year to discuss a most important location – the ladies room. Because everyone needs them, restrooms are universally necessary, making them a hugely important – and often forgotten – part of the customer experience in retail locations.

Today, I will be focusing on areas of a bathroom that can be tiled. Tile is such a wonderful way to make a statement in a bathroom whether it be in a home or a commercial application. There are more areas than the floor that can be decorated with tile!

When tiling floors, don’t forget that you can use patterns to jazz up the floor. Tiles don’t have to be laid straight. They can be laid on the diagonal, dots can be added, mosaics can be used, different tiles can be used to outline areas to create an area rug look. There are just a few examples.

Wall tile often gets overlooked, often because you are so exhausted after making the decision on the floor tile. There are many areas on the walls that can be tiled to add design, punch or drama to your room. Basically, the bathroom is one room that can be tiled from floor to ceiling and everything in between.

Areas that can be tiled on the walls:

  • Wainscoting – wainscoting can be used to protect the walls from water or from damage, but it can also be used as a decorative element. Tile can be installed below the chair rail, higher up to eye level or all the way up to the ceiling.
  • Showers – showers can be tiled from the shower floor to just above the shower head all the way up to the ceiling. The ceiling can also be tiled! Shower tile can be integrated into the tub tile or the tile wainscoting.
  • Tub Surrounds – tile can be installed on the three walls around a tub creating a feeling much like a shower. Tub surrounds are great places to add decorative tile, listellos, glass or mosaics for an added decorative element. This wall tile can also be integrated into tile wainscoting.
  • Bathtubs – bathtubs can receive tile in several places: the top (called the deck), the front where it meets the floor and the splash (like a kitchen backsplash)
  • Mirror Frames – depending on your mirror in your bathroom you can use mosaic tiles, glass tiles or listellos to outline your mirror frame creating a picture framed look. This can be especially helpful when trying to tie in several tiles used in the room.
  • Sink splashes – tile on sink splashes can be decorative or functional. They can be useful in keeping water from getting behind the faucet on the wall or they can be another way to tie in other tiles in the room.
  • Countertops – one thing to keep in mind while shopping for tile for the countertops is a way to finish off the front of the countertops. Some tile lines have tiles for the front of the counter that match, others do not. In this case something else, like wood, would have to be made to finish off the front of the countertop so that the raw edge from the tile does not show.

When tiling more areas in a bathroom than the floor, you can use the same tile throughout if the size accomodates. You can use the same tile in different sizes. You can use several different, coordinating tiles. If you choose to use the same tile in the same size or the same tile in different sizes, remember that you can add accent pieces like listellos, glass tiles, decorative painted tiles or mosaics into your design scheme.