Slip Resistant Surfaces

Over two-thirds of accidental injuries happen in the bathtub or shower. Bathtub and shower surfaces are already fairly slick, but add water and some soap and they become downright dangerous. Having slip resistant materials could help to reduce the number of injuries.

Slip resistant mats or treads can come off pretty easily and be more of a nuisance than a help in the bath or shower. Instead of constantly reapplying stick-on slip resistant mats, try something more permanent to prevent bathtub and shower falls.

Refinish First can install slip resistant surfaces in bathtubs and shower pans to reduce the slickness of these surfaces. The surface they install chemically bonds to bathtub or shower floor, making it resistant to cracking or peeling.

Slip resistant flooring can help everyone from slipping in the bathtub or shower and reduce the number of injuries in the bathroom. Ask Refinish First about installing a slip resistant surface in the bathtub or shower.

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Floating Shelves

Looking for a way to display decorative pieces in the bathroom? Try using floating shelves. They come in many different sizes and colors to work in any bathroom. They can be arranged and hung at different heights for taller or shorter decorative pieces too.

Put towels, miniature soaps, lotions, and candles on floating shelves to make the bathroom feel like a spa for guests. Space them out a little farther and add a vase with flowers for a pop of color and fresh scent.

Floating shelves can be bought in triangle shapes to stick in corners for bathrooms without much open wall space. This way decorations can still be added to spice up a bland bathroom, without taking up a bunch of space. Another option is to go L-shaped in a bathroom with more space. These shelves fit into corners, but offer long areas on either side to put decorative items for a more dimensional look.

For bathrooms with the classic beach theme, use chunkier, bare wood shelves to tie in the theme. The thicker the shelf, the heavier the items put on them, such as large seashells or heavy vases and containers.

For a more eccentric and eye-catching style, get shelves of varying lengths and stack them diagonally, instead of right on top of one another. This can create a collage of sorts when pieces are placed on them.

It can be hard to find room to display decorative pieces in the bathroom, especially if there isn’t much space. Floating shelves can help remedy this problem, while not taking up more room than necessary.

Walk-In Bathtub Conversions

Injuries frequently occur in the bathroom, and not just to senior citizens. Bathrooms are slippery, accident-prone areas. One way to reduce the number of accidents in the bathroom is to let Refinish First convert the bathtub to a walk-in tub.

For those who have trouble clearing the edge of the bathtub, these conversion can be particularly useful. Bathtubs are usually 16 inches high, which can be difficult for children, the elderly, or disabled people to maneuver.

Being able to walk into the bathtub can help reduce the number of falls and injuries in the bathroom for people of all ages, but especially the elderly. One in three adults age 65 and older in the United States falls each year.

Children are often accident prone as well. Not having long enough legs or just not paying enough attention could cause them to catch on the edge of the tub and fall.

Consider reducing the risk of falls with a walk-in tub. Refinish First can answer any questions about the installation process.

Bathroom Maintenance

Bathtubs and showers have a reputation for building up grime from remnants of dirt, debris and soap. This can cause the growth of mildew on bathroom surfaces. Cleaning and maintenance of these areas is the key to stopping the growth of mildew and keeping bathroom surfaces attractive.

The type of cleaner for different surfaces varies. Generally, a nonabrasive liquid cleaning solution can be used on most surfaces. Shower curtains are infamous for attracting mildew. A good preventative measure is to wipe it down with a dry towel after each use along with regular cleaning.

Grout doesn’t take well to water. If in contact for a prolonged period of time it can become damaged and mildew can form. Cleaning helps this, but tile and grout need a little more care than other materials. Each year the condition of the grout and tile should be checked. If any tiles have become loose or damaged or there is damaged grout, it is time to make repairs. The experts at Refinish First can repair chipped tiles, replace missing grout and seal the grout when they refinish a surface in your home.

As with grout, caulk and sealants can deteriorate and be subject to water damage. To prevent this, caulk and sealant should be inspected annually and fixed as necessary. Damaged caulking should be removed and the unit resealed.

Doors on bathtubs and showers can present their own set of problems as well. If standing water is found in the base or track of the door, the drainage system isn’t working properly. Small holes can be drilled into the track to allow water to drain. If standing water if left uncorrected, mildew can become a problem in the door.

Regular and careful maintenance can prevent most damage on bathroom surfaces. If damage has occurred, Refinish First can help return the surfaces to new. Contact us today for a free bathroom refinishing estimate.

Updating School Bathrooms

School bathrooms and locker rooms obviously get a lot of use throughout the school year. Cleaning can only do so much to make them look nice year after year. After a while the tile starts to chip and everything looks a little dingy.

One way to update these bathrooms and locker rooms so they look like new is to refinish the surfaces of the showers, sinks and tile. This can breathe life like into the fixtures and improve the overall look of the space and even the school.

You’ll be able to stretch the budget by refinishing the bathrooms or locker rooms rather than replacing fixtures and tile. Replacing sinks, countertops, tile and showers can be extremely costly and can leave the room unusable for extended periods of time. But with Refinish First, it doesn’t have to be.

Refinishing costs less than an entire remodel since the refinishing process applies a new surface rather than removing all the fixtures and tile. You can save up to 75 percent when you decide to refinish instead of replace. The entire process can be done in a couple of days rather than weeks and Refinish First stocks the materials needed for refinishing. Refinish First can also repair many different types of surfaces, such as porcelain, acrylic, fiberglass, laminate, tile and more.

If the school your child attends has bathrooms or locker rooms that could use a little sprucing up before school starts, keep Refinish First in mind. We’d be happy to work with your school PTA or administration to get the school bathrooms and locker rooms looking top notch in no time!

Create a Safe Space

Bathrooms can be a place of disasters, and not just the kind involving hair. More than 200,000 people are injured in the bathroom each year according to the National Safety Council. There are ways you can lower the risks associated with the bathroom.

In a room that is full of water and slippery surfaces, traction is a must. Refinish First offers slip resistant surfaces for both tubs and shower pans. It is chemically bonded to the floor to withstand cracking or peeling and will hold up much longer than traction mats or stick on daisies.

Grab bars installed in the shower, next to the bathtub or toilet can help everyone, but especially older adults. They’ve become more eye-pleasing over the years and come in many finishes.

Water temperature is a risk not thought of often. Most water heaters are set at 140 degrees and that temperature can burn sensitive skin in seconds. By turning the water heater down to 120 degrees this can be prevented. An option for monitoring temperature are anti-scald valves. They come in two types. The thermostatic type senses temperature and the pressure balanced senses pressure changes. There are also anti-scald devices that can be placed between the shower head and pipe neck.

When putting in a new shower, arrange the controls so they are easy to access from inside and outside the water stream. A shower bench is ideal for helping to maintain balance while shaving your legs. Having a shower pan that sits flush with the floor makes it easier to get in and out of and can minimize falls. Did you know Refinish first can convert bath tubs into a walk-in tub? This provides for easy access and minimizes falls as well.

Even small things such as wiping up puddles, putting electrical appliances away and putting in a nightlight can help make the bathroom a much safer place for people of all ages.

Maximize Bathroom Storage

Some bathrooms come with few storage options. If this sounds like your bathroom, you’re in luck. There are a few options out there to help maximize your storage without completely renovating the bathroom.

A good place to start would be shelving. Try hanging a wall-shelving unit to organize your toiletries or towels. Or if you’re really cramped for space, try an over-the-toilet storage option. They fit in a space that is already occupied by the toilet and can come in an open or closed style. Medicine cabinets are another way to hide personal items in the bathroom. Ditch the mirror and install a medicine cabinet that has a mirror on it. They are usually fairly easy to install.

If you’re looking for a more expensive option that is sure to add value to your home, put in a nice vanity. Installing one of these can be helpful, especially if you have a pedestal sink with no storage underneath.

Now that you’ve added some shelving options, it’s time to start organizing. Hang a hook on the back of the door for wet towels. If the bathroom is shared by multiple family members, assign each a shelf or drawer. Hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons take up a lot of room. You can buy a hanger for the wall or make one yourself using PVC pipe. This will eliminate clutter on counters or taking up an entire drawer to store these appliances.

Be creative and use baskets, boxes or other unique items to help you keep your bathroom clutter free.