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Upgrading to a freestanding bathtub in Cape Town

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Investing in your bathing experience by upgrading to a freestanding bathtub has been one of the most popular home makeover decisions of the past few months. As Capetonians strive to occupy their beach houses and city penthouses with a truly luxurious feel, homeowners have continually looked to local designers for a unique selection of freestanding bathtubs and basins to complete their lavish home makeover. In our previous Blog, we offered some practical everyday tips on reusing your bathtub’s grey-water to play your part in preventing Day Zero. While the water crisis should never escape our minds, we hope the article has inspired you to apply some of our water-saving tips, and perhaps reduce bath usage to special occasions. A freestanding bathtub is more than just a bathing space – it is the epitome of style, sophistication and confidence and there’s no reason why it cannot be the centrepiece of your dream bathroom in 2018.

Aspirational Living in heart of the Mother City

“They say a Boer makes a plan but Capetonians make magic” (Unknown)  With the luxury of scenic views, rolling waves, tranquil surrounds and rising living standards, one doesn’t need to look far to source magical inspiration in the Cape. In the quest for ‘timeless luxury’, residents have drawn such inspiration to spruce up their bathroom space. For homeowners embracing the ultra-modern city living, freestanding bathtubs such as the Ava and Deonne baths from the DADO Standard range are a must-have addition that complete an ideal upgrade to modern luxury in compact spaces. It entices even the busiest Capetonian to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic working day, a teleport into your own inner spa sanctuary without leaving the house.

A freestanding Bathtub with an Ocean Backdrop

The positioning of freestanding bathtubs in Cape Town’s opulent beachfront properties have been a stylish focal point that adds a spa-like serenity to the bathroom space. When location means everything to you, demand the same degree of luxury in your bathing experience. Freestanding wide-rim bathtubs from DADO’s standard range, including the Palm Bath and the Acanthus oval bath, are the ultimate luxury statements in beachfront living. They are even spacious enough for two to enjoy! Incorporating the aforementioned bathtub designs into your beach house bathroom accentuates the nature that surrounds you, and convinces you to spend just that little bit more time in the bath.

DADOquartz

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007, Our freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material. Its special properties give our products its alluring characteristics, exceptional hardness and distinguishing longevity. DADOquartz is used to manufacture perfectly crafted luxury freestanding bathtubs and basins to markets worldwide. Boasting a Catalogue of over 25 different products, DADO crafts a design solution for every bathroom space. We proudly invite you to our Cape Town showroom in Paarden Eiland (View on Map) to get up close and personal with our bespoke range of bath products. Contact DADO today to make an appointment and make your dream upgrade to a freestanding bathtub a reality.

Reusing your Bathtub Grey-water – Play your part in preventing Day Zero

As we wait with bated breath for the exact moment ‘Day Zero” creeps upon us, bathing has inevitably come under intense scrutiny as a contributor to water wastage. However, for many folk living in the driest corners of South Africa, Day Zero is an everyday reality. These residents have had to become resilient, yet through the recycling of grey-water, they have been able to spread this precious resource far and wide.

In our previous article, we shared our safest methods for maintaining your DADOquartz bathroom fittings. Within our Blog, we aim to add our voice to issues that expand beyond luxury bathtubs into promoting responsible bathwater usage and respecting this finite resource.

At DADO, we receive a lot of feedback, tips and occasionally some concerns about bathwater consumption. In this article, we offer a few suggestions on how to best utilize the remaining bath water in your tub (known as grey-water) after each use. While Day Zero has gladly been pushed further out to 9th July at the time of writing (Source: EWN), we don’t need to wait for emergency plans to be drawn up by municipalities in order to get real about the situation. We are the enforcers of change and with a few daily water-hacks prioritizing sensible bathwater re-usage, we may never have to face that ominous day when the cities turn off their taps!

 

Reuse Grey-Water for other Household Chores

Considering the water restrictions that are being enforced, grey-water is far too precious to just throw down the drain. From now on, consider Grey-Water as ‘water you can use twice’. With bathwater providing a proportionate amount of our daily water usage, salvage what you need and consider using it to clean your floors and windows. Other uses extend to; watering household plants and handwashing clothes. Remember to use the bathwater in hygienic ways and take necessary steps to minimize any risk of contamination.

 

Reuse Bathwater to keep your Garden in full Bloom.

Nothing raises the ire of suburbia more than sprinklers in full flow during an extended dry season. If you still have an old watering can that is stowed away in the garage, fill it up with your bath’s grey-water and tend to your grass and garden plants without connecting to any water mains. Not only does it promote responsible water-recycling, it may inspire your neighbors to change their habits and avoid stepping onto that ‘naughty list’ of Cape Town’s biggest water-wasters.

 

Share the same Bathwater amongst Family Members.

DADO products are made of DADOquartz which means not only is it luxuriously smooth and silky, its full-bodied solid structure means exceptionally high heat retention. This means, your daily bath will stay warm for longer and can be enjoyed by more than one user. While it is not an ideal prospect for everyone and may involve tough decisions on who gets the ‘first dip’, it is a fantastic initiative to reduce your daily water consumption. Furthermore, the grey-water can be recycled for the household and garden chores mentioned above.

 

Bathwater Reusage NoNo’s

While grey-water sourced from the bathtub is relatively clean, it can contain chemicals and bacteria which may be harmful to your children and pets. There are a number of clear instances where grey-water should not be used in the household. These include;

  • Drinking (including Pets)
  • Brushing your Teeth
  • Food preparation and Handling.

Needless to say, try and reuse your warm bathwater as soon as possible. Apart from avoiding a lurking smell, it stops bacteria from multiplying and becoming a risk to your garden and home. If you have any further grey-water tips, we’d love to hear about them  Feel free to share them, either with the Team directly, or by posting on our Facebook Page

 

DADO Bathtubs and Basins

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2002. Inspired by both natural beauty and sophisticated design, each DADO product is made from our unique DADOquartz material and hand finished to ensure that smooth, luxurious detail complements its functional use. DADO’s signature bathtubs and complimentary basins are inspired by both nature and the sophisticated urban landscape, encapsulated in the minimalistic yet elegant contours of its City, Classic and Standard ranges. Download our Latest Catalogue to view design solutions for every bathroom.  Use our Store Locator to find an approved DADO retailer near you, and make an appointment with your next timeless bathroom masterpiece

Maintaining your DADOquartz Bathroom Fittings

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Aimed at homeowners, designers and architects alike, we strive to bring you the latest trends along with practical advice on all things ‘quartz’ through our monthly Blog. Last month, we focused your attention on adding a stylish basin to your modern bathroom. Looking beyond the purchase of a stunning bath fixture, your attention will surely be drawn to maintaining your DADOquartz bathroom fittings. The answer, in short, is that with regular cleaning, maintaining your bathtub or basin is relatively simple. It all boils down to the materials you use to maintain quartz surfaces. As Quartz ranks as one of the hardest minerals found on our planet, it boasts a formidable outer layer which is nonporous and scratch resistant. it is a popular choice for both bathroom and kitchen surfaces, the most utilized spaces in any home. Read on, as we recommend materials to clean and maintain your DADOquartz bathroom fittings with, as well as serving a precaution for chemical concoctions to stay clear of.

 

Maintenance is as ‘simple as soap’

At DADO, we manufacture our entire range of bathtubs and basins from our unique DADOquartz, an engineered stone made from resin, quartz and other natural materials. Keeping a clean, hygienic surface ranks high in a customer’s mind when purchasing a luxurious bathtub or basin. The nonporous element of quartz will ensure that bath fittings will not absorb any liquids, limiting maintenance to a surface clean. Most cleaning will just require a cotton cloth and some mild soap after each use. Washing your DADOquartz surface in warm water will help to get rid of marks and residue left behind. Rest assured, personal hygiene products and cosmetics will not damage the surface. By devoting routine cleaning to your DADOquartz fittings, you can keep your bathtubs and basins polished to perfection, and as spotless as when it first lit up your bathroom space.

 

AvoidAny Petroleum or Acidic based cleaners which will leave a greasy appearance!

 

Tougher Stains are “handy” to clean too!

Maintaining quartz bath fixtures does come with the bonus of stain and scratch resistance. However, they are not indestructible! For more stubborn stains you can use our specially formulated DADO Surface Cleaner included in your purchase (delivered with the product). Removing stains caused by the buildup of hard water or cosmetics can be achieved with a damp sponge and a mild multi-purpose cleaner such as Handy Andy. Just like your kitchen countertop, applying circular motions thoroughly over the affected area will eventually remove stains and restore your bath fixture to its spotless finish. Should you ever encounter a scratch on the surface of your DADO bathtub or basin, it can easily be removed using “wet n dry 400 grit” sandpaper. Apply with water and gently sand out the scratch.

 

Avoid – Harsh Cleaning Products containing Ammonia or Bleach. In addition, do not use products containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride, such as paint stripper.

 

DADOquartz

Consistently at the forefront of luxury bathroom ware in South Africa, DADO has been manufacturing and maintaining high-quality freestanding bathtubs and basins since 2002. Applying our unique DADOquartz material by hand to every design, each customer is guaranteed a timeless masterpiece that is exceptionally strong, hygienic and naturally beautiful. The attention to detail in the craftsmanship of each DADO product is also backed up a 25 Year Warranty. For further information on taking care of your installed DADO bathtub, please refer to our installation care link, Download our Catalogue today to view the array of designs available in both a matt/polished and gloss finish. To stay ahead of the trends, be sure to follow our Facebook Page for all product updates, new releases, and special offers.

Emerging freestanding Bathroom Trends

In our previous Blog article, we discussed bathroom remodeling tips for homeowners that are set to become the emerging trend for 2018. Following on from this, we explore the emerging freestanding bathroom trends that are dominating the minds of designers, architects, and homeowners, and playing a key role in this exciting market. The purpose of a bathroom has, up until recent times, been purely seen as a functional area, a place to shower and bathe and get on with the day. However, people have gradually grown an appreciation of the bath space as something much more than that – a place of relaxation, wellness and rejuvenation. This has led to an emergence of contemporary trends that treat the bathroom as a personal sanctuary, an escape from the pressure and stresses of daily life.

 

Seeing the wider picture in the home.

Freestanding baths play a central role in this shift in lifestyle design, and from the sketches of the world’s top designers, we are witnessing the emergence of beautiful features with a great deal of individuality. The bathroom space is no longer a humble box room, and homeowners are now sensibly investing in freestanding bathroom appliances that transforms the shape of their entire home.

 

Merging your bathroom to the Master Bedroom

While freestanding bathrooms have always proved popular with both the elite and the masses, their look and feel have evolved significantly in the 21st century. Gone are the days of the cast iron baths, which were both bulky and strenuous to maintain. In its place, there has been an emergence of both contemporary and chic freestanding tubs and basins. The classic Victorian has also been given a refreshing overhaul with a more minimalist design that still maintains its luxurious feel, and sits perfectly in the master bedroom. The Victoria Bath, from DADO’s Classic Range, is a seamless example of this.

 

Natural Stone Finishes to the fore

With an emerging design of bathroom finishes blending into the greater environment of the bathroom, stone and natural finishes are becoming more popular. In particular, quartz and other resin materials create a natural stone appearance that is incredibly strong and crafted to sit as ‘works of art’ in the bathroom.

 

DADOquartz

With a Standard, City, and Classic freestanding bathtub and complementary basin range, DADO is at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends and have a design solution for every bathroom.  Using the latest manufacturing technology and innovation, Dado’s freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material. We are known for our timeless sophisticated designs like the Acanthus, Moloko and Deonne bathtubs and complementary basins. As a testament to the exceptional durability of all our products, we back up our work with a 25 Year Warranty on all baths and basins. Visit our online showroom today, and find the next centerpiece for your bathroom space.