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    Tile, vinyl, and any other flooring that is slip-resistant.

    How to seal tiling grout

    It is important to seal the grout to provide protection from moisture damage

    Sanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width equal to or greater than 1/8 of an inch. An un-sanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width less than 1/8 of an inch and is highly effective when used with polished natural stone products due to the narrow grout joints customarily preferred.

    Sealing your grout with a penetrating/impregnating grout sealer helps prevent moisture absorption that can cause stains. Sealing your grout will also make your regular cleanings easier. Grout sealer will require to be reapplied, so check the manufacturer’s specific directions.

    Hardwood floors are not recommended for high moisture areas such as a bathroom with a shower or tub.

    I strongly recommend that you seal all of your natural stone for maximum stain protection. Select a high-quality penetrating/impregnating sealer. These sealers will provide a no-sheen, natural look and are good for interior and exterior use.

    The best type of paint to use is a good quality paint. If you foresee a need to scrub the walls, an eggshell paint should be best. A semi-gloss paint can be used but shows more imperfections in the walls than eggshell paint that will usually be sufficient for bathroom needs.

    China or porcelain are the same things. Vitreous china is the best for a bathroom because of its smooth surface & sanitary properties.

    Obscure glass hides the most day to day use. Clear glass is easier to wipe down. The answer depends on how frequently you like to clean!

    Wallpaper is safe to use in a bathroom if installed properly with the proper wall primer and adhesive.

    How to select the best lighting for your bathroom

    Selecting the appropriate lighting for your bathroom is vital.

    The lights at the vanity are most essential. The lights should be bright enough to see, but not so bright that your skin looks unhealthy. Fixtures located at eye level on either side of the bathroom mirror are most effective. Theatrical-style lighting stripped along the sides and across the top of the mirror is also effective. Selecting the appropriate bulb type is extremely vital. Colored or coated bulbs can help improve the appearance of facial features. Can light bulbs are convenient, but are often not a good source of lighting because it casts shadows across the face.

    The easiest and least expensive way to update or renovate a bathroom is to change the faucets or the lighting. These small changes can make a big design impact.

    Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV) is a valve that blends hot water (stored at temperatures high enough to kill bacteria) with cold water to ensure constant, safe outlet temperatures preventing scalding.

    The recommended size for a shower is 36”x36”. Showers are only required to be 30”x30”.

    Shower benches and seats should be 17”-19” above the shower floor and 15” deep.

    Proper ventilation helps in preventing mold, mildew, and damp musty smells.

    Pressure assisted toilets very rarely clog and clean themselves as well. Gravity flush toilets tend to clog more and do not clean the rim of the bowl well.

    The installation of the drainage plumbing and the drywall is much easier with the tub already set in place.

    In order to have a shower without a door, the shower should be at least 5’x’8.

    Accessories than can be installed or built into the shower include soap dishes, corner shelves, portable seats, towel bars, shower niches, and shower benches.