Paul Durkin

How to Make Your Bathroom Warm This Winter

Published: 26 November 2013 | By Paul Durkin.

Making your bathroom warm for the winter

No one can deny it, stepping out of a warm shower onto a cold tiled floor is the stuff of nightmares.

But this need not be an issue, simply follow these 6 steps to ensure your bathroom is warm, ready for the winter and the foreseeable future.

1. Add a warm, fluffy rug.

Many consider carpet in a bathroom to be unhygienic and opt for tiles instead. However, this adds little warmth to your bathroom.

By adding a fluffy rug you will be able to easily solve this issue as it will give you something warm and comfortable to walk across.

To minimise any possible accidents, add some double-sided carpet tape to the underside of the rug to ensure it doesn't slip.

2. Re-decorate wisely.

The colour of a bathroom plays a huge impact on the temperature as certain colours will either absorb or repel heat.

Instead of choosing a cool cream colour, choose a warm vibrant colour like orange.

3. Bleed the radiator.

If only certain parts of your radiator are warming up, or it’s taking longer than it should to warm up, then chances are your radiator needs bleeding.

This only takes a few minutes and all you have to do is turn the radiator’s bleed valve, slightly, with a radiator bleeding key:

  • Turn the key anti-clockwise until you hear air passing through the valve (this will be like a hissing sound).
  • Once water starts to come out of the valve, turn the key clockwise to close it.

This simple procedure will ensure your radiator is running efficiently - Just make sure you have a cloth handy to catch any drips as it can get messy.

4. Get a toasty heated towel rail.

Heated towel rails provide a secondary heating source for your bathroom as they are used in conjunction with your central heating system. This will allow you to dry your towels immediately after use; therefore, preventing the build-up of bacteria.

For maximum practicality, consider a ‘Dual Fuel’ rail which has an in-built electrical heating element connected to your electrical mains supply.

This lets you use the heated towel rail independent of the centeral heating system, allowing you to dry your towels during hot summer days when you wouldn't ordinarily want your central heating on.

5. Install under floor heating.

Although initially expensive, this next tip will reduce your radiator bills so will eventually pay for itself. This normally involves rolling heated mats under your tiles which can be controlled via an electric thermostat.

Unlike radiators, which can only heat certain areas, under floor heating will ensure an even flow of heat runs across your entire floor.

6. Seal any windows.

How to apply silicone like a professional

For this next tip, hold your hand close to your window. If you feel a draught, then you’ll probably need to re-apply the silicone seal.

Gradually, over time, silicone can deteriorate which can lead to cracks and gaps in your seal. These gaps will inevitably provide areas for heat to escape through, so it's important to ensure there's a tight seal.

Applying silicone can be very tricky and messy, but if you follow this simple 8-step guide you can learn how to neatly apply silicone like a professional.

Remember: A warm bathroom is not just for Christmas.