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3rd May 2019
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The brochure is packed with beautiful imagery of stylish kitchens and a focus on each model's detail such as handle trims and lacquer cabinetry, to show it off to its full advantage.
It's the time of the year that many of us take part in the annual Spring clean of our homes, yet few of us have a clue about where to start when it comes to specialist surfaces and appliances. Speaking to friends and family, I've realised that those who think they know what they're doing, are often doing it incorrectly and that some 'sworn by' methods are likely to cause irreversible damage. Wearing my Cleanzine editor hat, I've been on cleaning training courses and although it's easy to think that 'anyone can clean', I quickly learnt that it's really something of a science if you want to get it right. For example, I know people who tip bleach down the loo every night, who think I'm daft when I warn that this can damage certain sanitaryware, causing what I'll describe here as thousands of tiny pockmarks, which will harbour germs and encourage further staining.
I don't of course, have to explain how to safely check for drugs paraphernalia such as syringes before starting the clean, but there's an art to that too!
A press release from stone and wood specialists Stone Age and Root London (www.stone-age.co.uk / www.root-london.com ) sharing their tips on how to clean stone and wood, made me wonder how many retailers offer, as a matter of course, specific advice on how to clean the products being sold.
After all, if a product fails to look its best (or perhaps breaks) because of incorrect care, who's going to get the blame? It certainly won't be the person who's inadvertently caused the damage, will it? You can guarantee that the retailer or manufacturer - or both - will be slated and their reputation/s tarnished through subsequent conversations with, or social media posts by, the disgruntled customer, when really the suppliers are not at fault at all.
I'm thinking that an illustrated and comprehensive 'how to clean & maintain your product/appliance' page would make a handy addition to any manufacturer's or supplier's website, and that this advice should be referred to verbally during the sale as well as on any literature and packaging.
And if you're planning on Spring cleaning over this coming Bank Holiday weekend and are likely to tackle any stone or wood products, may I recommend some thorough research before you start, if you haven't taken this important step already?
This Week's News
VitrA has pioneered easy, fuss free installation for wall hung sanitaryware with its extensive range of in wall frames and has now taken another step forward with the introduction of Vitrus, an elegant glass casing-control panel combination that means wall-hung, or back to wall WCs can be retro fitted and new installations can be made without the need for a false wall.
Vitrus comprises an in-wall-frame and cistern within a slimline glass case that seamlessly combines a modern dual-flush plate. The pan is attached to the casing which can be fixed to most types of wall. Available in either opaque white or opaque black shatterproof glass, Vitrus has been designed with a large cover opening so that the cistern is easily accessible for maintenance.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association is supporting Water Saving Week (29th April - 3rd May) by promoting two new videos, designed to help consumers think about how they use water and look for products with the Unified Water Label (UWL).
The videos are part of a consumer campaign to promote the UWL and encourage more consumers to select bathroom products that carry the label, in order to make informed choices that will help save water.
As one of the world's leading producers of coloured glass mosaic, Venetian enamel, gold leaf tesserae and engineered stone surfaces, Trend Group works with today's most celebrated designers, architects and artists.
Inspired by the ever-shifting lines of flowing water, Franke's new Maris Free tap created by award-winning contemporary artist Dror Benshetrit, is designed with sculptural characteristics featuring a tactile, twisted-effect neck and spout in distinctive Matt Black or SilkSteel PVD.
The Maris Free stands tall at 425mm with a spout reach of 195mm, a 90-degree rotating side lever for easy water flow and a swivel spout which rotates 360 degrees.
Only 6% of Brits ask their plumber for water saving advice, with people more likely to ask friends and family (18%) or social media channels (13%) - with the majority (40%) seeking advice from their water company.
A new survey, commissioned by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme to coincide with this Water Saving Week (29 April - 3 May) found that 38% of Brits do not actively look for water saving advice, despite almost a quarter of Brits (24%) admitting they have no idea how much water they use.
The Grohe XXL Truck Tour, a vast mobile showroom that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors all over the globe, is returning to the UK for the third time with a jam-packed schedule that looks set to be its most successful yet.
With three visits to the UK planned for 2019 and a fourth scheduled for early 2020, the Tour will be an unmissable attraction at a number of consumer and industry events across the UK.
With the tried-and-tested quality features of Bora products and already the winner of the German Design Council's Iconic Award 2019, Bora Pure presents itself as a compact system and an entry point into the world of Bora.
Meile's new G7000 dishwashers offer a revolutionary automatic detergent dispensing system. Using Miele AutoDos with PowerDisk technology, the new models take cleaning flexibility to even greater heights. Users can also turn their machine on and off remotely at a pre-set time, thanks to the [email protected] app.
The PowerDisk, which is inserted in the inside of the dishwasher door panel, contains 400g of Miele's all-in-one granular detergent. This is automatically dispensed via the AutoDos function depending on the selected cleaning programme, or when used with the Automatic programme, the degree of soiling.
Moores and Michel Roux Jr. have announced big plans for the Roux Kitchen collection which include wider distribution to premium housebuilders and selected kitchen retailers, new colours in the collection and R&D into how it can further meet consumer needs.
Michel Roux Jr. visited the Moores factory in Wetherby, West Yorkshire in early April where he spent one-on-one time with the highly qualified teams that work on the Roux Kitchen collection.
The Sanipump from Saniflo is a submersible black water pump for use with bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms and is ideal for waste water and sewage disposal from underground pits and tanks. It can also be used for grey water when pumping away from a pit or flood water situation.
An easy product to install, the compact pump is delivered ready to use and can be quickly deployed in domestic and commercial applications where the maximum immersion depth requirement is 5m or less.
Having a built-in laundry basket is such a simple idea; it's hard to believe this is not standard in every bathroom. Let's face it; it's hard to maintain a stylish space with a pile of discarded laundry in the bathroom.
Fortunately, German bathroom brand Pelipal knows that the secret to creating luxurious and relaxing spaces, is keeping dirty laundry out of sight.
Pictorially led for easy reading, Prelude covers each specification by country to ensure international standards are upheld for quality, safety and efficiency wherever the designer radiators and towel warmers are to be used in the world. Users can email enquiries to Vogue (UK) in their preferred language to discover what design is right for them.
Maxtop Quartz has signed a second distribution deal with Ireland's specialist supplier for the furniture industry, OSB Group. Founded more than 40 years ago, OSB Group serves the whole of Ireland with an extensive product portfolio including, worktops, flooring, kitchen doors, sliding wardrobe doors, sheet materials and kitchen accessories.
The firm's Cork depot has been on board with Maxtop Quartz since 2017 and decided to introduce the entire range to its Dublin centre, owing to the success of the initial launch.
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