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Showers for the Homeless – San Francisco Style!

A woman in San Francisco has come up with an ingenious idea to turn old public buses into showering facilities for the city’s homeless people.

Doniece Sandoval, a 51 year old PR executive and mother of one, decided to do something for the 3,400 homeless people in San Francisco. Currently, there are only 16 shower stalls available to them across the city, with very limited opening hours.

Sandoval said she got the idea after seeing a young, filthy homeless woman crying. Sandoval said “She kept saying over and over again she would never be clean, I knew she probably meant that in a lot of ways, but a light bulb went off.” She thought, if we can provide gourmet food on wheels, why not showers?

As someone who had always cared about people on the streets – donating money and time volunteering for homeless charities – she came up with the idea to transform decommissioned Muni buses into shower stalls and drive them to homeless centres. Something as simple as a shower can give people dignity, as well as help them get ready for job interviews. The programme is called Lava Mae (deriving from the Spanish “Lavame” meaning “wash me”.

Doniece now works full time for the programme, which is set to launch in March. Lava Mae currently has one bus, with three more set to join the programme if it is successful. The buses will be painted blue to give them a new look and each bus will have two hygiene units consisting of a shower, sink, toilet, mirror, changing room and bench. The programme will have three staff members (including Doniece herself), as well as a volunteer social worker who will be advising homeless people about other services available to them. There will be no charge to use the facilities, and the programme will operate completely on donations and grants.

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Fancy a Fish Tank Shower?

Does it get any better than a shower with a fish tank underneath? We’re not sure it can…

fish-tank-shower

An Australian company has designed an innovative spa-style Vichy showering system complete with a glass tank underneath. The glass tank can house anything you like, from any type of environment… imagine a tropical rainforest, a desert wilderness, or even the deepest ocean floor… to completely engage your imagination and senses.

Called the HydroGlass by HydroCo, it allows any type of spa treatment to be performed – body scrubs, wraps and even thermal treatments. The HydroGlass incorporates an organic design, and can accommodate tile, wood or metals to achieve any kind of look. Water efficiency has also been considered, and individual shower head flow control means that up to 80% water savings can be achieved compared to traditional Vichy Shower treatments.

Image courtesy of HydroCo.com

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ridiculous Shower Demands

This could be the funniest shower-related story we’ve read all year….

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow apparently demands that when using the shower at a gym she co-owns, that all previous users’ water be dried off.  According to an insider, she refuses to touch what she calls “somebody else’s shower water”, Life & Style Magazine reported.

If this story is true, we think it’s brilliant, and maybe even opens a market up for self-drying showers for over-demanding celebrities?! Who knows?

Somehow, however, despite being clearly a bit crackers (she did name her daughter Apple, after all), we think even this is a step too far for Gwynnie.

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New GT Mixer Shower Range!

While the sun was thinking about whether to come out or not for summer, we were busy working on expanding our portfolio of products, and now, just in time for the sunshine, we’ve just launched our brand new GT mixer shower range!

Comprising of 5 new thermostatic mixer showers, ranging from bar showers to dual headed showers, our GT range starts at just £99.99 for the entry level GT250. All of these mixer showers are universal, meaning they can be used in any water system – gravity-fed, combi boiler or high-pressure.

We’ll now take you through each model and explain the features and benefits…

GT250 – Entry level bar shower: £99.99

The GT250 bar mixer shower is a fantastic option for everyday showering – combining modern looks with precision thermostatic performance. A quality brass-bodied bar valve finished in stylish chrome means that the GT250 would complement all different types of bathroom decor. Handy features include an adjustable height shower head to enable the whole family to shower in comfort, rub clean nozzles on the shower head, and a maximum temperature override button to provide extra peace of mind when selecting higher temperatures. The models is an ideal replacement bar shower for any bar valves with standard ¾” connectors at 150mm centres.

GT250 Bar Mixer Shower: £99.99

GT250 Bar Mixer Shower: £99.99

GT350 – Luxury bar shower: £129.99

Upgrade to the GT350 luxury bar shower and you’ll have a whole host of additional features. The valve itself is much sleeker and stylish, the shower hose is deluxe easy-clean chrome and the three spray shower head enables each user to choose a spray pattern to suit them. The shower rail is much longer, at 600mm and the adjustable fixing brackets make replacing a bar shower much easier as the rail fixing can be adjusted to cover exisitng holes.

GT350 Bar Mixer Shower: £129.99

GT350 Bar Mixer Shower: £129.99

GT450 – Dual head bar shower: £199.99

Our top of the range bar mixer shower, the GT450 bar mixer shower has two shower heads an 180mm drencher head and an adjustable head, and an integrated diverter – allowing you to switch between the two heads with ease. The prolong the life of the deluxe chrome shower hose, there’s a handy anti-swivel hose connector. Plus, a temperature override button provides extra peace of mind when selecting higher temperatures.

GT450 Dual Head Bar Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT450 Dual Head Bar Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT550 – Exposed chrome shower & GT650 – Concealed chrome shower

There are two other new mixer showers in the GT range – the GT550 exposed valve and the GT650 concealed valve – for customers who prefer a concentric valve over a bar valve. The GT550 exposed mixer shower is suited to customers who want to quickly and simply replace an older shower, and the GT650 concealed mixer shower which would be a great choice for bathroom refurbishments and any customers with smaller showering enclosures.

GT550 Exposed Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT550 Exposed Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT650 Concealed Mixer Shower: £199.99

GT650 Concealed Mixer Shower: £199.99

All five new mixer showers are available on our website now!

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Should you replace a bath with a shower?

It’s one of those common dilemmas among home owners planning bathroom refurbishments – should I get rid of the bath and have a stand-alone shower instead? While there is a common perception that a ‘bath-room’ should contain a bath, showers are much more popular for everyday use – they’re quick and fuss-free – perfect for our busy lives.

Of course, with any major household decision, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here we’ll take you through some of the main pros and cons of replacing your bath with a shower:

Advantages

1.) Increased space
Generally, when you replace a bath with a showering enclosure, you will free up some space in your bathroom. And with bathrooms frequently being the smallest room in the home, space is valuable! Showering enclosures are normally placed in the corner of the room, leaving you the rest of the room to arrange how you like.

2.) Time saving
It’s a fact that showers are quicker than baths. There’s no need to fill the bathtub and then spend half an hour sitting within the increasingly lukewarm water. Showers give you a burst of energy – just what you need in the morning to wake you up. And in fact, digital showers will even indicate to you when the water is heated to your preference and the shower is ready to go – preventing you from having to test the water with your arm. All in all, using less water will also save you money and be better for the environment!

3.) Greater choice
Today’s showers offer such a huge choice – from the different types of technology (electric, mixer or digital), through to different colours and designs, so there’s something to suit every household’s needs. While there is a great choice of different of different bath finishes, there is much more variety when it comes to showers and showering enclosures.

4.) Extra features
From dual shower heads, massaging body jets to LED lights that change the colour of water, modern showers are available with a whole host of features that baths can’t really compete with!

Disadvantages

Replacing the bath with a shower may be suitable for many people, but it may not be the right solution for everyone. Here are some of the potential drawbacks:

1.) Families prefer baths
It’s much easier to wash a child (or indeed, children) in a bath. Children can have playtime with their toys in the bath, so it’s much more appealing than a shower, and therefore much easier to work into a bedtime routine.

bath time

2.) Baths are relaxing
There’s nothing that can compare to a relaxing, steamy bath when you’re stressed or a little bit run down. So while a shower is fantastic for day-to-day washing, baths really are in a league of their own when it comes to relaxing.

3.) May struggle to sell your home
When it comes to sell your property in the future, you may find that it is not as appealing to families if you remove the bath. As detailed above, families, particularly those with younger children, will require at least bath in the property. Of course, if you are not planning to sell your property for some time, and replacing the bath with a shower suits your lifestyle more, then this is something you will need to weigh up.

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How Much Do Showers Cost To Run?

A ‘Sustainable Shower Study’ conducted by Unilever (who own Radox bath and shower products) has revealed the nation’s showering habits and how much these habits are costing us…

Using a shower sensor to monitor showers taken by 100 families over 10 days (2,600 in total) the research had some interesting findings, including:

  • More women than men multi-task in the shower, brushing their teeth, washing hair and shaving. 
  • Teenage girls on average, spend nine and a half minutes in the shower, costing approx £123 a year
  • Boys aged 12 and under spend longer in the shower than anyone else – around 10 minutes on average

The research concluded that the cost of showering for the average four person family in the UK is £416 a year, or the equivalent of 90,000 litres of water.

An average eight minute shower, with an average water flow rate, uses approximately 62 litres of water and costs around 30p. This is compared to the average bath, which uses 80 litres of water.

So, not only will shorter showers save water, you’ll also be saving those pennies too!

 

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Friday Poll

It’s time for our latest Friday Poll!

This week, we’d like to know how many showers you have in your home.

Happy Friday everyone!

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New Electric Shower Range!

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our newest electric shower range – the gse range!

The gse range is our first range of graphite coloured showers – we had increasing demand from our customers to introduce a graphite range alongside our gloss white and satin chrome ranges, so here it is!

Gainsborough gse range

The gse range is available in 3 power ratings: 8.5kW, 9.5kW and 10.5kW so there will be a shower to suit most households. The showers offer easy-to-use controls making them suitable for the whole family to operate.

Electric showers have become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years due to their wide range of benefits. We have previously written a post on the benefits of electric showers.

All of our gse showers are supplied with fully chromed accessories (height adjustable shower rail, shower head and shower hose) to give them a contemporary finish. The 8.5kW and 9.5kW models are supplied with a single spray shower head, while the 10.5kW model is upgraded to a three spray shower head.

graphite electric showers

Safety Features

All three models in the gse range have a selection of safety features, including:

  • over temperature protection, which protects the user from selecting dangerously high temperatures
  • phased shut down, which switches the shower off gradually, flushing residual hot water from the system – protecting the next user and also reducing limescale build-up around the heating element to prolong the life of the shower.

Replacement Showers

Many of our customers with older Gainsborough electric showers will find that the gse range is a suitable replacement. We’ve listed all relevant shower models and any necessary information on our replacement showers page.

Prices start from £122 for the 8.5 gse electric shower, and all 3 models include free delivery.

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Interesting Facts About Showers [Infographic]

Today is World Water Way, and to raise awareness of water usage, we have posted a fascinating infographic about showering.

In the UK, around 68% of household water is used in the bathroom – mostly in toilet flushing and showers and baths.

We also found the Men vs Women statistics particularly interesting.

For example, 70% of men shower daily compared to 57% of women, however, 64% of women think about to-do lists in the shower compared to 48% of men. So does this mean that women are too busy to shower everyday? And when they do, they are still thinking about other tasks to do? This may be why they tend to shower for 2 minutes longer than men.

Have a read through and leave a comment to let us know what you think…


[Via: What are your showering habits?]

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Friday Poll Time: How Long Do You Spend In The Shower?

For this Friday Poll, we’d love to know how long you spend in the shower.

Are you in, washed and out in less than 4 minutes? Or do you prefer to relax and take your time?

Is saving water important to you? And does it determine how long you spend in the shower? Let us know in the comments box!

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