How to Improve the Cleanliness of Care Home Bathrooms


Care homes need to be accommodating, secure and hygienic. And bathrooms are no exception, especially when it comes to hygiene. But how can care home managers and staff make sure bathrooms are kept fully hygienic at all times? Read on as we discuss bathroom cleanliness in care homes and how you can keep standards high.

Requirements of care home bathrooms

Keeping care home bathrooms clean isn’t just a matter of pleasing residents. It’s part of the minimum standards set by the National Care Standard Commission. These are the standards used to determine whether care homes meet the needs of the people who live there. Essentially, it’s a way to measure whether your care home is up to scratch.

Among the standards are en-suite facilities for all users in new build, extensions or first-time registrations. They also outline the need for assisted baths or showers and accessible toilets within close proximity of accommodation, lounge and dining facilities.

Looking at hygiene

But, most importantly in terms of hygiene, they require that “premises are kept clean, hygienic and free from offensive odours throughout and systems are in place to control the spread of infection”.

As well as providing a pleasant environment, this kind of cleaning is essential because elderly residents typically suffer from a decline in immune function. It’s one of the most recognised symptoms of ageing. In short, older individuals’ immune systems don’t respond as efficiently to infections.

Keeping bathrooms clean

Generally speaking, there are a number of ways to keep bathrooms looking and feeling clean:

  • Use disinfectant cleaning products on all surfaces
  • Try scented products to keep bathrooms smelling pleasant
  • Keep a cleaning record, so things that aren’t cleaned regularly are still cleaning periodically
  • Any spillages containing bodily fluids should be cleaning and disposed of quickly and appropriately to stop them spreading

The right environment

Before it comes to cleaning bathrooms, care home managers should consider the environment of the bathroom itself. Surfaces containing wood or other porous materials, on the walls, floors or even ceilings, can absorb fluids and make infections more likely to spread.

Not only that, but they’re much harder to clean. Over time, these porous materials can also prove to have poor durability as the moisture weakens their structure. To make cleaning easier and more hygienic, it’s important to have surfaces durable, waterproof and easy to clean.

Hygienic bathroom surfaces

At Igloo, we provide the perfect solution for care home bathrooms with PVC ceiling panels, wall panels and floor panels. Our products tick all the boxes for hygiene, durability and maintenance as well as being quick and easy to fit. And with a range of styles available, you can pair all of this with a stylish design.

Buying with Igloo, care homes benefit from a 10-20-year guarantee, free delivery on orders above £100 and even free samples to check you’re getting the right product for you. Any questions? Simply contact our team, who will be happy to guide you

How to Get a Marble Bathroom Look on a Tight Budget


Want to give your bathroom that luxury appeal? Marble is a great choice. It’s timeless, sophisticated and natural in appearance. Unfortunately, the cost of marble puts it out of reach for most homeowners. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have the marble look.

Keep reading to see how you can get a stunning marble look without breaking the bank.

Marble bathrooms – what’s all the fuss about?

Marble is one of the most beautiful stones available. It’s made up of recrystallised minerals, giving it a natural swirling, mosaic pattern. And this beauty was recognised as far back as ancient Greek and Roman times. Over 2,000 years ago, people used marble on prestigious structures as well as decorative tile floors.

It’s no wonder that people want to emulate this classic style in their homes. Marble is commonly used for kitchen counters and tiling for floors and walls in kitchens, bathrooms and beyond.

The cost of marble bathrooms

Unfortunately, because of its prestigious reputation – along with the difficult extraction and production process – marble is far from an affordable bathroom material. Covering the walls and ceilings alone can cost thousands.

That’s not the only issue. Marble is a relatively soft stone, meaning it’s also absorbent. Surfaces made from marble can scratch and stain over time, quickly impairing the luxury appearance of your bathroom. And we’ve not even got started on the installation time and costs for marble bathrooms…

The luxury marble look on a budget

The good news is: it’s possible to get the all the benefits of marble without any drawbacks. How? With PVC wall and ceiling panels. PVC is hard-wearing, easy to install and 100% waterproof. It’s hygienic and easy to clean. Even better, it can be produced in a vast array of styles.

Marble-look PVC wall and ceiling panels from Igloo Surfaces provide homeowners with a luxury marble look, minus all the cost and hassle. Our high-performance panels have been purpose-designed for tough environments like bathrooms and kitchens. They won’t be stained or easily damaged and come with a 10-year guarantee.

Best of all, PVC marble-look wall and ceiling panels are available at a fraction of the cost of real marble. Homeowners can get the stunning appearance of marble without the breathtaking cost.

Put us to the test

Igloo’s state-of-the-art ceiling and wall panels are a modern, cost-effective and high-functioning option for bathroom surfaces. But don’t just take our word for it. With Igloo, you can order free samples with ease, to make sure you’re getting the exact style and quality you want and need.

When you’re ready to order, you benefit from free delivery on orders over £100, a straightforward returns policy and all the guides and support you could ever need. Take a look at our full range of marble-look products today or request your samples online

Shower Wall Panels vs Ceramic Tiles: Which is Better?


Getting the right wall covering in your bathroom is important both for its appearance as well as its function. And ceramic tiles have long been the go-to choice. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best. In the past decade, wall panels have emerged as an effective alternative to the conventional ceramic tiling in bathrooms.

So, which is better? Read on as we compare wall panels and ceramic tiles.

What’s needed

What do you need from a bathroom wall covering? First and foremost, it needs to be waterproof. Bathroom walls around the bath or shower are within the splash zone. That means they’re going to get wet time and again.

Materials like wood, wallpaper and standard paint are unsuitable as they’ll get damaged by the moisture. The result? Your bathroom won’t look the part and you will be continually paying for repairs.

Secondly, the wall covering needs to look great. It’s not enough to simply keep water out. Homeowners want their bathroom to be modern and stylish. Add to that ease of installation and maintenance, and you have a good idea of what to consider before choosing between tiles and ceramic tiles.

How do tiles stack up?

Ceramic tiles are used mainly because of their water resistance. They allow water to run straight off them. This doesn’t make them completely waterproof though. Over time, the grouting can break down and allow water through.

In terms of style, tiling has become quite dated too. It’s not the modern, clean and stylish look most homeowners are searching for, leaving some tiled bathrooms sticking out in homes.

Arguably the main problem with tiling is installation. Removing existing tiles, cutting tiles and finally grouting makes for a lot of mess, stress and often substandard results. Following that, tiles require constant cleaning, with dirt easily gathering between tiles in the grouting.

And wall panels?

Like tiles, wall panels offer impressive water resistance. Unlike tiles, they don’t have grouting, so they’re 100% waterproof as well as being easier to clean and maintain. Wall panels can be installed over existing tiles and are easily cut to size to fit any bathroom perfectly.

Another benefit of wall panels is their appearance. They’re modern and attractive, giving homeowners the stylish bathroom they have always wanted. And they come in a range of styles, so you can choose the best fit for your design scheme.

The choice is yours

In contrast to tiling, wall panels are a stylish, durable and low-maintenance option for bathrooms. At Igloo Surfaces, we stock a range of high quality bathroom and shower wall panels. With a 10-20-year guarantee, free delivery on orders over £100 and free samples available, we make it easier for you to make the right choice. Contact us today for more information or order your free samples today.