Bathroom Terms Explained

The following is a useful glossary of bathroom terms:

Bow Quadrant Shower Enclosure
Based on a standard quadrant with an extra bow shaped section to provide more space. The enclosure has a fixed curve panel with a sliding door.

Concealed Magnetic Door Closure
The magnet is hidden behind the profile of the enclosure and thus not visible.

D Shape Bow
This enclosure is in the shape of a capital D, with the flat section asitting against the wall. It is made up of fixed panels with double sliding doors.

Pivot Shower Doors
The door is on hinges which open away from the door post to enable the door to open fully.

Micro Adjustment System
A means of ensuring the framework is vertical/square by being able to adjust in small increments.

Out of True Walls
These are wall surfaces which are not completely level or even. Our installation system enables you to compensate for this problem.

The aluminium framework of the enclosure.

Quadrant & Offset Quadrant
The Quadrant enclosure has a quarter shape with the right angle fitting into a corner. The Offset Quadrant has one straight edge longer than the other to create more showering space.

Radius Screen
A screen panel with a curved top edge.

Sail Screen
As the name suggests, this screen has a curved side edge resembling a sail.

Shower trays
The floor section of a shower enclosure, with a built in waste for the water to flow away.

Side Panel
Used with a pivot or sliding door to create a two sided shower enclosure.

Sliding Shower Doors
A product which simply comprises of one fixed panel with a sliding door panel moving behind it to open.

Walk In Curve
A durved glass panel which is fitted to a wall to create a showering space.

Walk In Flat
A flat glass panel attached to one wall – you simply walk in behinf it to the showering space.

Walk Through Panel
A freestanding glass panel which creates a showering space accessed from either side.

Waste Unit
The fitting which enables the water to flow out of the shower tray. The elbow is the angled water pipe section.

Wet Room
A completely tiled showering space with no shower tray – the waste pipe is fitted straight into the floor.


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New Bath Size Guide

Bath sizes vary greatly depending on type & design. Small tubs may be designed to be deliberately smaller in scale than their full-size counterparts. A curved shower bath may be designed to double as a shower tray, whilst a corner bath can be left-hand, right-hand or squared!


With the majority of bathroom manufacturers quoting their sizes in millimetres, it can be a little difficult to visualise your new bath in your bathroom. And we’d be somewhat upset if our valued customers bought the wrong sizes!

So, we’ve created a guide which gives an approximate conversion between millimetres and inches. The left column are standard bath sizes, and the right column is that measurement in inches. Please bear in mind that we’ve approximated the inches for convenience.


Millimetres Inches (approx)
700 28″
750 30″
800 31″
1200 47″
1300 51″
1400 55″
1500 59″
1600 63″
1700 67″
1800 71″
1900 75″

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How To Clean A Toilet

It’s the chore you never want to do but have to. So you might as well clean the toilet the right way. Once complete, you have no excuse but to invite the in-laws around!

You will need
  • Rubber gloves. You must only use these for cleaning the toilet so it’s a good idea if they are a different colour to your regular household gloves
  • a household sponge
  • a cream cleaner
  • a toilet brush
  • bathroom spray
  • and paper towels
  1. How to clean a toilet
  2. Cleaning the toilet is that essential task that everyone hates to do. You never know where those germs are lurking or how to effectily remove them. Help is at hand, Jacqueline Hansson, our expert from Amy Cleaners, shows us how to get great result from this dirty chore.
  3. Step 2: Clear the area

    Remove any items that are kept around the toilet. This prevents them from getting in the way as you clean.

  4. Step 3: Damp down

    Wet a household sponge with hot water. Use the soft side to wipe around the cistern, lid, seat and base of the toilet. This removes any dust, dampens any stains and helps the cleaning product disperse.

  5. Step 4: Inside the bowl

    Lift the seat and squirt a generous amount of cream cleaner around the inside of the bowl and rim. A cream cleaner is good for this jobs as it clings to the dirt yet won’t scratch the surface and isn’t toxic. Scrub thoroughly with a toilet brush. Pay particular attention to any lime scale stains at the back of the bowl and around the water line. The longer you take, the better the end results will be.

    Flush the toilet to give the bowl and the brush a rinse. Keep working the brush to remove traces of the cleaning product. You may need to flush it several times for a full rinse.

  6. Step 5: Spray the exterior

    Spray the lid, seat, base and cistern with a specialist bathroom spray until it is very wet.

    Jacqueline recommends using disposable paper towels to work the spray around the toilet. This polishes to a good finish and prevents spreading the germs the way a cloth would. If you prefer to use a cloth, wash it well afterwards and store it in a separate location to your other cloths to prevent a mix up.

    Make sure you clean into all the nooks on the underside of the lid. And don’t forget the base.

    Check your handy work, if you see any areas you have missed, do that part again.

  7. Step 6: Handle

    Clean the handle with a little spray and paper towel. This is the part everyone touches immediately after they have used the toilet, it’s a key germ spreading point so be thorough

  8. Step 7: Surrounding area

    Spray the floor and tiles around the toilet with the bathroom spray. This is important, remember not all men have great aim! Clean off with paper towels.

  9. Step 8: Replace items

    That’s the dirty bit done. Now remove the toilet cleaning gloves and put on general house hold gloves. Give all the items from around the toilet a rinse under a cold tap. And then wipe with a paper towel or cloth to remove any dust, spills or drips.


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