The world as we know it has changed! Gone are the days when we could go about our daily business without really thinking too much about picking up a nasty virus from the things we touch.
Of course, for many people, there has always been an issue with hygiene and the way they behave when out and about. Some of the more health conscious amongst us have always avoided touching hand rails or door handles when out in public, but today, more and more of us are adopting a more careful approach to our daily interactions.
As soon as you touch a railing, a door handle or even the surface of a table, you could be picking up bacteria that was left behind by a previous visitor. The good news is that our immune systems have built up a resistance over time to many of these bacteria, thus we rarely suffer any ill effect. Covid-19 is new and we still do not fully understand just how dangerous it can be and just how easily it is passed from one person to another.
We can actually pick up the Covid-19 virus by touching surfaces contaminated with the new coronavirus, but it is only just starting to become clear as to how long the virus can survive outside the human body.
As Covid-19 has spread rapidly around the globe, our fear of surfaces has spread too. The more textured surfaces are more likely to harbour nasty bacteria and are far more troublesome to sanitise. The smoother the surface, the easier it will be to clean properly. Fortunately you cannot get much smoother than the glass that is used to manufacture our kitchen splashbacks.
In some areas that were affected by the new coronavirus, people in protective clothing like something out of a Sci-Fi film have been spraying disinfectant in shopping centres, parks and even some streets. Cleaning practices in offices, hospitals, shops and restaurants were stepped up until many of them were forced to close when the lockdown to slow the spread of the virus was announced.
Even the shops that remain open for essential groceries are insisting on social distancing measures, contactless card payments and members of staff in PPE being tasked with disinfecting the handles of shopping trolleys, baskets and even the hand held scanners between each use.
One of the best ways to win the fight against virus bacteria is to ensure as many surfaces around your home or office are kept as clean as possible. This sounds obvious, but so many surfaces around us may look clean but are actually harbouring a lot of hidden bacteria. The main reason for this is that the texture of the surface is not smooth and will be made up of minute cracks and crevices. An apparently smooth kitchen worktop with wood effect or real wood is far from smooth when you consider the miniscule size of most bacteria. Ceramic tiles may be pretty smooth, but the grouting in between them is extremely rough and will attract a good deal of staining and bacteria. Glass is without doubt the smoothest surface you can have around your home, making it the easiest to keep hygienically clean.
To make your life easier and help keep your surroundings clean and bacteria free, Splashbacks of Distinction have a range of toughened glass products that will not only look amazing, they will be a breeze to keep hygienically clean.
So as well as the glass kitchen splashbacks, worktops for kitchens or bathrooms, glass shower screens, shelves and mirrors, the product that is really becoming popular now is the glass balustrades. These are often situated in high traffic areas of the home or workspace and therefore are touched by everyone using them. At times such as these, the last thing you want are surfaces with intricate spindles and grained finishes that will harbour harmful bacteria. The glass and metal used in our balustrades is ultra smooth and so easy to maintain. You will have no concerns about using a host of cleaning products on them and even steam will not harm the surfaces, the same cannot be said for the traditional alternatives.
Like so many other respiratory viruses, such as the more common influenza, Covid-19 can be spread in miniscule droplets released from the nose and mouth of an infected person when they cough or sneeze. One solitary cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets. These particles can land on other people, their clothing and the many surfaces around them, but some of the smaller particles can and do remain airborne.
Although there is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the virus and how it spreads, we all need to play our part in preventing and slowing down the spread of this horrible virus. The more we can slow the spread down, the less chance we will have of overwhelming the NHS as they try to treat an increasing number of patients. The whole point of the lockdown is to keep as many people inside their homes, away from people outside their immediate families, for as much of the day as possible. By doing so, the virus will not be able to travel from one person to another.
There is also some evidence to suggest that the virus is also present in faecal matter, so anyone not washing their hands thoroughly after going to the toilet could easily contaminate anything they touch.
As revolting as it sounds, faecal matter is all around us. It will be found in varying amounts on any surface, with money, mobile phones and keyboards being some of the worst offenders.
Even surfaces around the home are host to a variety of bacteria and fecal matter, you don't even have to venture outdoors. This is why so many home owners are moving away from grained kitchen work surfaces and grouted tile splashbacks to a seamless smooth glass splashback. Even choosing glass for shower screens, shelves and table tops is proving popular and now more than ever.
Although the issue of faecal matter sounds pretty repulsive, the good news is that the risk of catching a disease from it in our everyday activities is pretty low. The best way to avoid getting ill is to ensure proper hygiene protocols are adhered to whenever possible.
To be brutally honest, any item that you touch on a regular basis is likely to have some level of faecal matter or bacteria present. One of the worst offenders is, wait for it, the toothbrush. No, this doesn't mean that a member of your family is upset with you and have used it to clean the toilet bowl as a revenge tactic, it is simply because of where a toothbrush is usually stored. When you consider that when a toilet is flushed, particularly when the seat and lid are in the raised position, a good deal of minute faecal particles are ejected into the atmosphere of the smallest room of the house and it has to settle somewhere. Another good reason to store toothbrushes inside a cabinet or in another room if possible. Also, a great reason to have a glass splashback and shower screen instead of a shower curtain and tiles, as they are much easier to clean afterwards.
Unfortunately bacteria is all around us, some are good and others are bad, but it's the bad ones that we need to be careful with and ensure surfaces are kept very clean. A glass splashback is by far the easiest surface to keep clean simply because it is so smooth, they leave no cracks for the nasty bacteria to hide. As long as you make proper hand washing a regular thing and keep all your surfaces clean, you will be giving your immune system a helping hand in keeping you healthy. From the moment of conception, your immune system is constantly working and updating all the things your body comes into contact with. As and when it detects a new threat, it begins to develop new antibodies to keep them from harming you.
So, do the following to keep as safe as you can be:
We all know that regular hand washing and not touching ones face, mouth, nose or eyes is a good way to avoid Covid-19 from getting a grip, but what about all the different types of surfaces around us?
Let us assume that your entire house has been professionally sanitised so that there is no way any surface can have the live virus on it. You then take your daily exersise, walking around a field, lake or street. You maintain social distancing in line with the government advice, in fact you may not see another living soul, all will be well right? Wrong! The latest research has suggested that the virus can survive in the atmosphere for a considerable time, particularly if there is little or no air movement.
This research has shown that that the virus could survive in droplets for up to three hours after being coughed out into the air. Fine droplets between 1-5 micrometres in size, which is about thirty times smaller than the width of a human hair, can remain airborne for several hours in still air. So even if nobody was around on your walk, there is a possibility that any droplets from a previous walker could still be circulating in the air. You may breath them in, they may get into your eyes, but they may simply settle on your clothing. This is why it is very important to change and immediately wash outdoor clothing on returning home and take a shower, wiping any surfaces you touched before.
This may sound like overkill, but the amount of time this virus can remain active outside the body and the fact that it can kill makes being hyper cautious and hyper hygienic a worth while activity.
So exactly how long can Sars-CoV-2, which is the name of the virus that causes the disease Covid-19, survive outside the human body? Well, some research on other coronaviruses, including Sars and Mers, discovered that they can survive on metal, glass and plastic for up to nine days, unless they are properly disinfected. Some can even persist for up to twenty eight days in low temperatures.
Below is an indication of how long Sars-CoV-2 can last for on different surfaces.
The most important thing to know about coronavirus on surfaces is that they can easily be cleaned with common household disinfectants that will kill the virus. Washing textiles in washing machines is also effective. Having easy to clean surfaces that are smooth are even better as there is less chance of the virus lurking in hard to clean areas, a glass splashback, shower screen or glass shelves would make cleaning and disinfecting easier.
Research has shown that a related coronavirus that causes Sars could be killed by temperatures above 56 degrees celcius. That may be fine for surfaces or even textiles, just not the human body. The Department of Health recommends the temperature for bathing should be no higher than 43 degrees celcius, so it is vital that when bathing or showering, a foaming soup or shampoo is used as well as the water. Ultraviolet light can also be used to disinfect some surfaces, but is certainly not recommended for use on the skin.
Surfaces such as glass splashbacks, glass shower screens and glass shelves are so easy to clean. Disinfectant can be used or even steam will keep them clean and sparkling. Even before the start of this current pandemic, many customers were approaching us and asking about the hygiene benefits of glass in the home.
When and if the Covid-19 virus has finally passed or becomes less of a threat, there will be a legacy left behind. Many people will lose their jobs and suffer severe financial difficulty, whereas others will lose loved ones, marriages and relationships will become strained and probably collapse under the pressure of the forced lockdown.
Research has also shown that many people have genuine fears about becoming infected with the virus, even more will worry about the social and economic impact of Covid-19 and fear an uncertain future where they believe serious poverty will become the norm. There may even be a backlash against citizens of other countries who people fear may be either to blame or carry the virus.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is another factor to consider. A number of people who had been in hospital with Sars in 2003 later developed PTSD. A four year follow up study of seventy of the Sars survivors found that 44% of them had developed the disorder.
If you think about it, even before the pandemic hit, more people than ever were already working from home. Online shopping was making more than a fair share of high street stores go out of business, and more people were choosing to have food delivered, rather than going out to restaurants. In short, society was already starting to head in the direction we have had thrust upon us more recently. After the coronavirus has gone, we may simply carry on with some of the practices that we have had to adopt to stay safe during the pandemic.
Many will become far more aware of hygiene, both in themselves and their surroundings, they may become afraid of social interaction unlike before the virus, choosing to distance themselves from others. This is likely to cause a good deal of stress and isolation and mental health issues will increase in so many people.
At least there is some light at the end of the tunnel. The environment has improved a great deal with mountain ranges visible from certain areas that haven't seen them for over thirty years, some major cities have seen air pollution fall as much as fifty percent. Although this trend is likely to be reversed when restrictions are lifted, it may make a significant number of people think harder about the environment.
There have been inspirational stories of people who volunteered to help others during the pandemic. This may even have the effect of giving them a new purpose and meaning in their lives. Others who were lonely before may have found better mechanisms of dealing with self isolation. They may have started using tablets to keep in touch with loved ones over face time and other apps, because they cannot physically pop over to see them in person.
We may even start to think of better ways to live our lives, look after each other and ourselves. The pandemic has forced many to take stock and that can be seen as a good thing. Things we have taken for granted, our family, our rights and freedoms and even the ready availability of toilet paper have been taken away, at least temporarily. Who knows? Maybe the pandemic could make us more tolerant with others and better human beings in the long run.
So until this horrible virus passes, remain at home as much as you can, wash your hands, clean all surfaces thoroughly and think of ways to occupy your time constructively. Another thing that is likely to change for the better is that we will all be more aware of better hygiene proactices and will want easy clean surfaces like glass splashbacks rather than alternatives that can trap bacteria. Above all, remember that like all viruses before, it will pass, life will go on and we will gradually get back to normal.
Nothing qyuite beats the beauty of glass. Whether clear, coloured, smooth or textured. Glass has held our fascination for many years, with ornate stained glass windows and Tiffany lamps becoming iconic in some circles. But what is it about glass that makes it fit so well in a modern home?
A debate we hear all too often is the tiles, panels and other wall coverings versus splashbacks argument! Which is best? Which is more hygienic? and which of the choices are easier to maintain?
Bacteria can spread anywhere in the kitchen. So it really is important to wash your hands and kitchen surfaces before and after making food. Bacteria can spread from one surface to another without you knowing it. If the bacteria get into food, they can cause foodborne illnesses.
When we think of the ideal colour for a new glass kitchen splashback, the chances are we will be thinking about a light or vibrant colour to brighten our homes. Black is quite possibly the very last colour that springs to mind, but why?
Put simply, a glass splashback is very smooth and hygienic, making them a far superior alternative to traditional tiles. Even though the majority of tiles are glazed to a glass like finish, the grout lines are a major pain to keep clean and will discolour badly in a relatively short period of time.
Take a look at the picture on the right and imagine what it would be like to let that dog into your house, this is every dog owners nightmare!
The summer is now over and we are into the early autumn months, so we have many months of potentially wet and muddy pets coming in and out of our houses. Even during the summer months dogs will frequently roll around on the dry ground, picking up dust in their coat. When it rains, this dust turns back to mud ready to be shaken all over your walls and furniture.
We all know what it's like to come home after a hard days graft, only to be faced with a wall full of filthy tiles that need cleaning. It's a tough job at the best of times, but when the grime has found its way into the grout, it can rapidly become a nightmare.
So you've watched loads of cooking programmes and have looked through endless brochures, but how are you going to achieve that extra special, unique finishing touch to your decor? The answer is clear!
Are you looking for something just that little bit different for your new kitchen? To have something that will really put the top hat on your kitchen design will need to be a bit more than some fancy ceramic tiles!
Glass splashbacks have a number of advantages over the alternatives when it comes to covering and protecting the walls of your kitchen or bathroom. Installing glass splashbacks in the home is a reasonably new development, but already they are fast proving to be the preferred choice by many people. The glass splashback is a very attractive alternative to wooden cladding or ceramic tiles and the people who are discovering it are ralising how glass can become such a beautiful medium for covering a wall.
Should you be thinking seriously about having a new kitchen fitted, you will need to consider what wall coverings are going to compliment the units. So many people will try to copy what the kitchen showroom had done with the display kitchen, only to wish they had excercised a little more imagination when the job was finished.
We all need a splash of colour to brighten up our lives and what better way to achieve this than having a beautiful coloured glass splashback fitted professionally by Splashbacks of Distinction.
A clear glass splashback can look pretty amazing but a coloured one just seems to have a certain je ne sais quoi about it. There are so many different colours to choose from and we can supply swatches to help our clients make up their mind before they commit to a definite choice.
Glass splashbacks are by far the best way to really modernise and brighten up your kitchen or bathroom. Years ago you had the bewildering array of tiles of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures. The one thing that all tiles have in common is that they all need to be grouted onto the wall. This grout can look untidy unless you have the tiles fitted by a professional and they are a magnet for harmful bacteria.
Every so often we all need to think about a spot of decorating around the house. It may be that all that's required is a lick of paint, a sheet or two of new wallpaper or a new floor covering. On the other hand it may be the long overdue task of replacing a kitchen, bathroom or totally revamping your living space. But where do you start?
With so many people wanting to upgrade their kitchens from the traditional ceramic tiled splashbacks to a more durable and attractive alternative, Splashbacks of Distinction are now available in and around the Cambridge area to answer their call.
We have all heard people say that you could eat your dinner off the floor as it is so clean, but did you realise that the kitchen can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. Quite frightening considering all the family meals are prepared there.
We would all like a new fitted kitchen! It's that time of year when we start to take stock and notice all those little jobs that need doing around the home. The kitchen is the one room in any home that is used on a regular basis and the one that probably takes the most punishment. Heat, grease and grime build up without even the cleanest of cooks noticing. The worktops, walls and ceilings start to lose there clean look and become dull and dirty. It's not until you thoroughly clean an area that you really notice just how grimy your kitchen has become. Now could be the perfect time to consider doing something about it.
One of the things that many homeowners dream about is having a new fitted kitchen installed. The kitchen has frequently been described as the heart of any house and so many seem to spend an awful lot of time in them. Some may like to potter about testing out new dishes to tempt their friends and families taste buds, whereas others see the kitchen as a sanctuary to get away from the kids.
When you visit the various DIY stores and see how much they charge for their glass shower enclosures and screens, it is hardly surprising why so many of us go home and continue to use an assortment of suspended shower curtains.
If you have you have been trying to decide whether to make the change from a shower curtain to a shower door or shower enclosure made from toughened glass, Splashbacks of Distinction are here to help.
If you have ever had to fix new tiles, repair, replace or even clean the grouting in the existing tiles in a shower enclosure, you will know just what a pain it can be! Having a sparkling new toughened glass shower enclosure is certainly a great investment to make, but why not go all out and have the walls of the enclosure covered in glass too?
Have you ever looked through home design magazines or watched some television makeover shows and envied the beautiful results they achieve? There is one room in a house that is often overlooked for a makeover and it happens to be the smallest room in the house, the bathroom!
Glass is a wonderful medium to use in the home and can look particularly stunning in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Like Splashbacks of Distinctions coloured kitchen splashbacks, we can also provide you with the same superior quality toughened safety glass for bathrooms and showers. Glass shower splashbacks are so easy to clean using glass cleaner, they will not have the mould issues you get with tiles that have been grouted. Glass splashbacks are not limited to the shower either, depending on your budget they can be used to create stunning glass feature walls.
As a business owner you will know that in the commercial sector, style, cost and low maintenance are all important. You want your premises to look inviting not only for your visiting clients, but your work force too. Working in a drab space does nothing for productivity and our toughened glass commercial balustrades will allow the light to flood into your office or warehouse space. No more dark and dreary stairwells to contend with.
Glass balustrades will look fantastic in your home or office space, allowing every ray of natural light to flood in, lifting your mood and bringing the other health benefits that only natural light can. However, have you considered just how amazing a glass balustrade would look outside?
When the time is right to make improvements to our homes, the list of jobs to do seems endless. That drab paintwork needs brightening, the worn or chipped laminate flooring needes replacing or the carpet has no life or spring left in it. It may even be the kitchen units that have seen better days, but of all the jobs that can be tackled, one seems to be missed out for some strange reason, the balustrades!
Juliet balconies were named after the famous balcony scene from Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. The shallow balcony is designed to provide a decorative safety barrier in front of French windows.
Glass balustrades are a very popular architectural glazing design feature on so many projects around the home. Glass balustrades create a clear, clean and modern yet strong safety barrier to keep you and yours safe from harm, whilst improving and updating your home.
Stairs are an obvious structural centrepiece of any home, so the way they look is vital. An untidy, tired and old fashioned staircase will make an instant negative first impression on visitors, and can even lower the value of your home should it be on the market.
Balustrades have been used in buildings for many years. Internal and external balustrades support staircases, balconies, and provide much needed safety and security. We have developed a wide range of glass balustrades to enhance your property. As a result, our glass balustrades have become extremely popular with our clients, maybe because they have so many benefits.
There is an exciting new look available for your staircase! Toughened glass balustrades look absolutely fabulous and lift a home into a new dimension.
Locating a mirror in the correct place in a room allows you to maximise and make the most of the natural light. Placing the mirror close to a window will catch the angle of light and bounce it throughout the room.
When it comes to choosing the right mirror to fit in with your home or office decor, Splashbacks of distinction are confident that we could manufacture and fit the mirror to suit your own individual requirements.
It could be argued that we are all more obsessed with our appearance than we would like to admit. But is this really an indication of vanity? A vain person is meant to be conceited and have excessive pride in their appearance. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about ones appearance, as this is quite normal and understandable. In fact, studies have shown that attractive people have distinct advantages over less attractive people in our society.
We all take them for granted! We brush our teeth, comb our hair, shave and check out how we look in them every day, but we rarely think about the impact a mirror actually has on our lives.
Toughened glass partitions can have a major impact on your business and possibly, even in the home environment too. They allow natural light to flood into any space, avoiding dark dead spots that require artificial lighting.
We all have shelves! Some are to display the odd ornament or curiosity, whereas others have a more specific use for must have or regularly used appliances around the home. Whatever they are for, shelves are a commonplace part of any home or office space. Shelves help us to organise our belongings by providing spaces for functional or decorative use and they prevent work surfaces from becoming cluttered with everyday stuff.
We all have certain items that we want to put on display. It may be an assortment of nic nacs that we have collected over the years, our favourite books or an heirloom that was passed down from a previous generation. Whatever the display item is, the chances are that we will be displaying them on a shelf of some kind. The question is, what type of shelf do we choose to compliment not just the display item, but the rest of the interior of our home?
Shelves are an integral part of virtually every home and office up and down the country. They are a very functional way of making use of walls for storage when one may not want, or be able to use the floor.
Glass is bright, clean, creates a light and airy space and although it has been around for centuries, it can make your living and working space look thoroughly modern.
Here at Splashbacks of Distinction we make the most out of glass by crafting it into so much more. We have all manner of shelves, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, shower enclosures and screens and we even have glass balustrades to take the place of those traditional wooden spindles should the mood take you. But what else can glass really be used for?
People have always had an intense interest in glass. Glass for the table, glass for the windows and even glass for some ornaments, but glass for a wider range of uses around the home or office, surely not!
The marked increase in interest of glass around the home seems to have started back in 1949, when the 'The Glass House' or 'Johnson house' was built in Connecticut, USA. It was designed by Philip Johnson as his own weekend residence and was made predominantly of toughened glass. It has been said that in a house of glass, the views of the landscape are its wallpaper.
We all want our homes to have a unique appearance, because nobody wants their living space to be exactly the same as their friends and neighbours. Sadly this is easier said than done! Think about it, the majority of your friends and neighbours will buy their furniture from the local furniture store and the wallpaper, lamps and flooring are likely to be sourced from the same local DIY shop that you use. This is not to say they will choose exactly the same decor as you, but the chances of it happening are pretty good. So if you want something really different, think glass!
Glass has held a fascination for so many people over the centuries. No other material allows such a wide variety of products to be made that actually appear to change depending on the intensity of the light that shines upon it.
Glass really is an eyecatching medium, and at the same time it is a very functional material to be used as a splashback in the kitchen, bathroom or to highlight a display somewhere else in the home or office. Glass is naturally a very hygenic material as it is not porous so no bacteria can be left on its surface once properly cleaned. But why stop in the kitchen though, the bathroom is another part of the home that can easily be enhanced, come to think of it, anywhere you want colour, design and an easy clean surface can benefit from a toughened glass splashback.
Toughened glass, as its name would suggest, is glass material that has been made much tougher than ordinary glass. Toughened glass are much stronger varieties and are used in various constructions, these can be residential or commercial constructions. The actual strength of toughened glass is up to five times more than that of annealed glass, (see below for an explanation of the annealing process). Toughened glass is not only used for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, it is also used to manufacture lots of glassware and these products are comparatively safer and offer far more durability.
Some people mistakenly believe that toughened glass is unbreakable, it may be very tough, but it can still be broken. Remember though, if products made of toughened glass are handled in the correct way, there is no reason why they shouldn't last for a lifetime.
If you wanted to eat your dinner from a clean surface, you might want to eat it in your bathroom. This may sound like a ridiculous thing to say when you consider what the smallest room in the house is used for, but read on!
Not all that long ago, people seemed to be going out of their way to get away from wood in and around their home, but instead of going the whole hog, they seemed to opt for wood effect materials, from worktops to flooring. Even shelves and furniture was either veneered or printed to make it look like wood.
Do you want the modern touch that glass brings. Splashbacks of Distinction can advise you what glass additions to your home will not only be functional, look amazing, but what could actually compliment and even enhance your existing traditional furniture.
Glass splashbacks are the product that Splashbacks of Distinction know all about. We have transformed so many homes with our glass splashbacks and seem to get most of our new customers from referrals. All too often we see that people have bought one of the 'off the shelf' glass splashbacks and have never been happy with the quality or fit, that's where we come in.
Having a glass splashback fitted is a fantastic way of brightening up your kitchen, bathroom or living area. They are hygienically clean and come in a wonderfully varied range of textures and colour finishes. To add to the versatility of this product, Splashbacks of Distinction are now able to offer a fantastic new service to our customers, the incorporation of high resolution images into any glass splashback!
We generally take glass for granted. We look out through it every day and unless there is a greasy fingerprint that sticks out like a sore thumb, we don't even seem to notice it. Glass is transparent and can be rather boring when it comes to your run of the mill windows.
The Ral colour system, is a series of systems used to match certain colours in paint. The system is designed to help when you need to choose paint colours, it's effectively a swatch system.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at email@example.com or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd