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100106-N-0696M-127 NEW YORK (Jan. 6, 2009) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen is interviewed by John Stewart during a taping of the Daily Show. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

I often return to the businessballs.com encyclopedia of content to refresh skills or find something new to implement in to my business world. Being that the great majority of my experience comes from the world of call centers the site used to be almost a daily hang out for me for resources on how to encourage teamwork and improve in my own skill set and personal grown. I’d like to share one of my favorites which is more related to personal growth in my case.

The bad habit I have, due to my tendency to be OCD, is to sometimes back away when people lean in close me. I need my space and, honestly, can’t stand the idea of sniffle mist or some other human material, other than my own, to potentially pollute the straw on my Circle K Polar Pop covered cup or, even worse, my all too exposed coffee cup. Yep, that’s me.

I’ve been rather cognizant of my return to this territorial imperative which can become extreme at times so therefore am forced to brainwash myself in to being “normal” for the purpose of connecting to others. I am after all the Sales & Marketing Manager. So, I have to read and study how these internal hangups can potentially negatively impact my success in business.

So here I share, “Mirroring – Matching Body Language Signals”

“When body language and speech characteristics are mirrored or synchronized between people this tends to assist the process of creating and keeping rapport (a mutual feeling of empathy, understanding, trust).

The term synchronized is arguably a more accurate technical term because mirroring implies visual signals only, when the principles of matching body language extend to audible signals also – notably speech pace, pitch, tone, etc.

‘Mirrored’ or synchronized body language between two people encourages feelings of trust and rapport because it generates unconscious feelings of affirmation.

When another person displays similar body language to our own, this makes us react unconsciously to feel, “This person is like me and agrees with the way I am. I like this person because we are similar, and he/she likes me too.”

The converse effect applies. When two people’s body language signals are different – i.e., not synchronized – they feel less like each other, and the engagement is less comfortable. Each person senses a conflict arising from the mismatching of signals – the two people are not affirming each other; instead the mismatched signals translate into unconscious feelings of discord, discomfort or even rejection. The unconscious mind thinks, “This person is not like me; he/she is different to me, I am not being affirmed, therefore I feel defensive.”

Advocates and users of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) use mirroring consciously, as a method of ‘getting in tune’ with another person, and with a little practice are able to first match and then actually and gently to alter the signals – and supposedly thereby the feelings and attitudes – of other people, using mirroring techniques.

Speech pace or speed is an example. When you are speaking with someone, first match their pace of speaking, then gently change your pace – slower or faster – and see if the other person follows you. Often they will do.

People, mostly being peaceful cooperative souls, commonly quite naturally match each other’s body language. To do otherwise can sometimes feel uncomfortable, even though we rarely think consciously about it.

When another person leans forward towards us at a table, we often mirror and do likewise. When they lean back and relax, we do the same.

Sales people and other professional communicators are widely taught to mirror all sorts of more subtle signals, as a means of creating trust and rapport with the other person, and to influence attitudes.

Mirroring in this conscious sense is not simply copying or mimicking. Mirroring is effective when movements and gestures are reflected in a similar way so that the effect remains unconscious and subtle. Obvious copying would be regarded as strange or insulting.”

 

written by: Edie E., Tub King Sales & Marketing Manager

 

SOLID SURFACE BATHTUBS- THE CENTERPIECE OF YOUR MASTER BATH

By Alan Knight

In the past, the bathroom was mostly considered to be a utilitarian space where you take care of your daily ablutions and you’re done. But alas, these times are changing. Your home is your refuge and the trend is to upgrade your refuge to provide the epitome of comfort and luxury. 

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Is there anything more luxurious and relaxing than a spa-like master bathroom? I don’t think so. There is nothing like ending a long, stressful day with a self-indulgent, healing soak in your bathtub to wash away your daily woes.

THE CENTERPIECE

The centerpiece of modern bathroom design has become the freestanding bathtub. These bathtubs have become works of art. The simple and elegant design dictates the mood of the room. It says, this room is my spa.
As a consumer, you know what you want and quality and endurance are essential. If you are going to upgrade your master bathroom and create a spa-like atmosphere, you want your bathtub centerpiece to be of the highest quality and most sleek design.

They are finally here.

SOLID SURFACE BATHTUBS AT TUB KING

After countless requests for newer, more contemporary bathtubs, we are proud to introduce our new line of Solid Surface Bathtubs. It is the essential element in the creation of a modern master bathroom.

These tubs are made of a material called solid surface, a man-made stone also known by its brand name, Corian. Once dubbed a “space age” material, it is a non-porous, low maintenance material and virtually scratch-resistant. It is mainly used for sinks and countertops.

 By using this solid surface material, shapes and designs can be achieved that are only possible by using acrylics and plastics. The inferior materials do not retain heat and tend to bow and flex and eventually crack over time. These solid surface tubs are easy to clean and will retain their new look for years to come. They can provide the same, warm bathing experience as their cast iron ancestors while giving your master bathroom the spa-like atmosphere you are seeking.

ONLY THE HIGHEST QUALITY AT TUB KING

We are proud of the work we do here at Tub King and only align ourselves with the best products and designers. We are happy to align ourselves with Clarke Architectural, an innovator in contemporary bathroom fixture design. Using advanced technologies, their products are not only timeless and elegant, but designed to last a lifetime. Whether it is a Tub King Solid Surface Tub or a Clark Architectural brand tub, you know you are purchasing the highest quality tub on the market today.

Clarke Architectural products are made exclusively of OMOXO™ solid surface compound. This proprietary formulation is comprised of a high concentration of Lucite® liquid acrylic resin as a bonding agent, plus polymerized granules to develop the beautiful color and distinctive finish utilized throughout our entire product line. Although more expensive to manufacture, we strongly believe in using only premium grade materials to achieve a natural beauty that can stand up to the rigors of daily use without compromise. Clarke Architectural solid surface products are manufactured exclusively in the United States. Each piece is hand detailed to a matte or satin finish. Go beyond simple expectations of traditional bath products, and choose to showcase a functional piece of art that is both timeless in design and built for life.”

THE CREATIONS

THE 70” ELSYIUM 

There are 18 stunning styles to choose from and all will deliver that warm and blissful bathing experience you desire.


Let’s take a look at some of the works of art that can be yours.

THE 70” ELSYIUM 



The Elsyium solid surface bathtub will transform your master bath into a modern day paradise. The solid surface construction allows you to take a lingering, soothing, warm bath that will bring you the relaxation and peace you desire.

THE 66” EDEN

THE 66” EDEN 


This stunner, with its sleek, oval silhouette will make you and your contemporary master bathroom the envy of the neighborhood. Though it can be positioned anywhere in the space, this work of art belongs where it will get the most attention- right in the middle of the room. To make more impact, this stylish tub also comes in black.

THE 71” IRIDEON

THE 71” IRIDEON


The striking structure of the Irideon offers a refreshing, modern look.  The well-designed silhouette and curvature of the Irideon form a unique shape that is stunning at any angle. The deep, freestanding tub allows for complete immersion, creating the perfect space for relaxation.


THE 72” LOTUS

THE 72” LOTUS

Sensual to the feel and striking in appearance, the Lotus reflects a sense of elegance designed to stand on its own as the main element of any bathroom. The velvety finish and sophisticated profile of the Lotus create a solid surface bath that is both practical and beautiful. The well-designed silhouette and curvature of the Lotus forms a unique shape that is stunning at any angle.


THE 70” LAVASCA

THE 70” LAVASCA



The sleek and stylish Lavasca bathtub is both functional and elegant. The freestanding soaker combines luxury with practicality enhancing the décor in any bathroom. Designed by Matteo Thun and Rapsel of Italy, the Lavasca series offers a modern sculptural form that can be positioned anywhere in the room.

THE 68” DUNE DIMENSIONAL


THE 68” DUNE DIMENSIONAL

Sensuous and serene, the award winning Dune Dimensional features an elegant silhouette wrapped in free flowing curves. Inspired by the by the Siwa Oasis in the Libyan Desert of Egypt, the Dune Dimensional was designed by Paris-born interior designer, Caroline Beaupère.  The lightly textured ripples on the exterior of the tub reflect the tranquil feel of the oasis, creating the perfect place for relaxation. This freestanding bath is stunning at any perspective.


These are just a few of the works of art offered at Tub King. We are so incredibly proud to be able to offer you these stunning bathtubs at incredible prices. These solid surface bathtubs with their artistic silhouettes, will transform any master bathroom into a seductive and elegant paradise.

For more information and to see all 18 of our stunning solid surface bathtubs (though we prefer to call them works of art), visit our website at www.tubking.com. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you for reading our “showcase” blog today. We can’t contain our excitement about our solid surface tubs and want all of our readers to share the joy. 

Thanks again for visiting with us.  Until next time. 

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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.

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Alan Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville,  Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, the company is also multiple time award winner, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you would like to contact him, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or email them at alan@tubking.com.


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What do Animal Fat, Wood Ash and the “Days of Our lives” Have in Common?

By Alan Knight
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Believe it or not, the answer fits in the palm of your hand: Soap! 

The history of soap making and usage goes hand-in-slippery-hand with the history of bathing.  (See our previous blogs, “History of European Bathing …” “Bathtubs in the Old West,” and “The Birth of the Bathtub.”)
Soaps ― there are many different kinds ― are mainly used as surfactants for washing, bathing, and cleaning, but they’re also used in textile spinning, as antiseptics, for various medicinal purposes (such an antidote for various types of poisoning) and are components of certain types of lubricating greases. Soaps are also used for decorative purposes.

What’s in a Name? 

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There are two schools of thought concerning the origin of the word, “soap.” One legend has it that soap was named for the fictional Mount Sapo, which was supposedly near Rome in Italy, where ancient Romans made burnt animal sacrifice offerings to their pantheon of deities. The wood ash and animal grease resulting from such sacrifices formed a primitive kind of soap.  However, another school of thought says the word “soap” hails from Europe’s ancient Celts, whose animal fat/wood ash soap was called “saipo.”  


Soap Through the Centuries 

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Aside from making fire and cooking food, blending oil and fat into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to mankind.  An excavation of ancient Babylon revealed that the Babylonians were making soap around 2800 B.C., being the first culture to master the art of soap making.  A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC.  Typically, their soap was made from animal fats boiled with wood ashes.  Initially, soap was used for cleaning wool and cotton that was used in textile manufacturing.  Also in the Middle East, the Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550 BC) reveals that the ancient Egyptians mixed animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to produce a soap-like substance.  According the Pliny the Elder, the Phoenicians used goat’s tallow and wood ashes to create soap in 600 BC.  In his “Historia Naturalis,” he discusses the manufacturing of soap from animal fat and ashes, but mentions it was only used as a hair pomade. Early Romans were thought to have made some of their soap from urine (!). It was used throughout the Roman Empire as a topical treatment for various skin diseases.
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The purpose of soap as a cleanser appeared in the second century AD. By the 900s AD, soap was common in France, Italy, and Spain.  A 12th-century Islamic document describes the process of soap production.  It mentions one of soap’s two main ingredients, alkali, derived from the Arabic word al-qaly or “ashes,” which would later become important in modern day chemistry.  By the 13th century, the manufacture of soap in the Islamic world had become virtually industrialized.
Soap production began in England around the end of the 12th century. In France, by the second half of the 15th century, the semi-industrialized professional manufacturing of soap was concentrated in a few cities that supplied the rest of the country. Finer soaps were later produced in Europe beginning in the 16th century, using vegetable oils (i.e., olive oil) as opposed to animal fats. Many of these soaps are still produced, both industrially and by small-scale soap artisans. For instance, Castile soap is a popular example of the vegetable-only soaps derived from the oldest “white soap” of Italy and Spain, named for the latter country’s Castile region.  However, most European countries rarely used soap as a personal cleanser until the 17th century (which is one of the reasons perfumes and colognes were created, but that’s another story). Soap manufacturers had to pay a heavy tax on all the soap they made, which made it very expensive for most of its populace.  So soap didn’t become a widespread commodity until the tax was repealed in 1853.  By the 19th century, soap had become more readily available and was becoming popular throughout Europe.
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Soap making was a small scale, usually family-owned business until the Industrial Revolution.  In 1780, Andrew Pears started making a high-quality, transparent soap. His family-derived soap-making business expanded when his son-in-law, Thomas J. Barrat, opened a soap factory in 1862. James Keir built a soap factory after he’d discovered a method for extracting alkaline products from potash and soda. Nearly 30 years later,
American manufacturer, Benjamin T. Babbitt, introduced marketing innovations that included the sale of bar soap and the mass distribution of his soap samples. William Hesketh Lever and his brother, James, bought a small soap works in in 1886 and founded what is still one of the largest soap businesses, formerly Lever Brothers, now called Unilever.
Industrially manufactured bar soaps first became available in the late 18th century, as advertising campaigns in Europe and the United States promoted the growing awareness of the relationship between cleanliness and health, especially as the understanding of microbiology and disease continued to unfold.
Today, the use of soap has become universal in industrialized nations due to a better understanding of the role of hygiene in reducing the population size and virility of pathogenic microorganisms.

The ABCs of S-o-a-p

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Soap is created by the combination of fats and oils with an alkaline base.  From ancient times and even today, soap is derived from a combination of different types of fats:
Animal-based (tallow ― made from beef, sheep and other animals’ fat suet, which is the hard, white fat on the kidneys and loins of animals)
Plant-based (beeswax, canola, cocoa butter, coconut, olive, laurel, palm, peanut, soybean, etc.)
In a process known as saponification, soap is made when a fatty acid comes in contact with an alkali.  When fats or oils are combined with a strong alkali, the alkali first splits the fats or oils into fatty acids and glycerin.  The glycerin is a useful by-product, which can be left in the soap product as a softening agent, or extracted for other uses.
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When soap is used for cleaning, it enables various previously insoluble particles (dirt, grease, debris, microorganisms, etc.) to become soluble in water, which can then be rinsed off.  For instance, oils and fats are normally insoluble in water, but when a couple of drops of soap are added, the oil/fat is broken down and can be washed away by the water. That’s how you can get things “squeaky clean.”

The type of alkali metal used determines the kind of soap product. Sodium soaps, prepared from sodium hydroxide, are firm, whereas potassium soaps, derived from potassium hydroxide, are softer or often in liquid form.

Soaping it Up

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Walk down any supermarket aisle today and you’ll find numerous different types of soap and soap-derived cleaning products: solid soaps, liquid soaps, body soaps, specialty facial soaps, shampoos, decorative soaps, toothpastes, shaving soap, laundry detergents, dishwashing detergents, rug detergents, boot soaps, and various household cleaning products.  And don’t forget all the different kinds of lubricants with soap as their main ingredient (especially as what’s sold in automotive specialty and hardware stores).
A somewhat recent “re-development” is the crafting and sale of handmade soaps by contemporary private soap artisans as well as interested DIYers.  Most of these soap recipes usually use all-natural ingredients, and some are entirely vegan, that is, not made of any animal products.  Many have delicious-sounding names such as Chocolate Mint, Bit o’ Honey, Oatmeal, Lavendar/Rosemary, Almond Nut and others.  A perusal of your local health food store and/or the Internet will bring an entire world of exotic soaps to your bathroom and kitchen.  
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A centuries-old chemical process creating what we now call soap has indelibly changed our lives for the better. It’s made us healthier and more aromatic. (Hence, more romantic?) So the next time you’re bathing in a Walk-in tub, Clawfoot tub, or a Safety Suite Shower, and you reach for the soap, think for a minute about its centuries-old history.  You may even find yourself washing with more gusto and zest than ever before.

In this article, I briefly described the centuries-old history of soap-making. I also discussed how soap is made, and pointed out its various usages, products and byproducts.  If you have a comment, please type it in the Comment section below.  Of course, I encourage you to share this article with your family, friends, and colleagues.

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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and  SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800)843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com.

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Are You Looking for a Bathtub That Really Stands Out?

By Kerry Knight
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There are some advantages to having a stellar reputation and from being a multiaward-winning bathtub business. And, since our company name is Tub King, many people presume we’re the purveyors of many different types of bathtubs.  So it’s not usual that we’ll periodically receive phone calls asking if we carry regular bathtubs, like the ones you see in many homes. These rectangular tubs are typically 5-feet long and 30-incheswide, and are made of fiberglass, acrylic or some metallic alloy. Depending upon where they were purchased, their color choices can be limited. 
Our answer is always, “Sorry, we only carry specialized tubs.” We don’t try to compete with Lowes or Home Depot, where there is a variety of standard bathtubs. Our tubs are decidedly different and are oriented towards a more discerning type of clientele. We’re not a “one-design-fits-all” type of bathroom tub dealer.  
You see, one of the things that sets us apart is we specialize in the Clawfoot and Pedestal tubs, as well as the highly therapeutic and safety-designed Walk-in tubs. 
As mentioned in a previous blog, “Building a New Home? Add Beauty with a Clawfoot Tub” designers continually strive to make houses stand out by adding elements of elegance and beauty where homeowners can enjoy their personal time. Many designers are now requesting Clawfoot tubs as the centerpiece of a luxuriously appointed, built-for-comfort bathroom.
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Home builders and home buyers are also following suit.  Many who are building their own homes and/or who are currently remodeling their homes often look to “upping the ambiance” of their homes with the inclusion of a Clawfoot tub in their master bathrooms.
All of our Clawfoot and Pedestal tubs are handsomely designed, exotic, and unique-looking. They include the Slipper series where one side is higher than the other, resembling a woman’s slipper (more often akin to Cinderella’s elegant slipper, hence their name.) These come in a variety of sizes: 57-inch, 61-inch and 67-inch.  We also carry the Dual-Ended series with a reclining slope on each end, which also come in a variety of sizes.  Then there is the “romantic” Double Slipper. They are a huge, 72 inches in length with massive, ornate metallic legs and have the high, pronounced slope on each end.  I say romantic because these tubs are perfect for couples that wants to bathe together, or, if you have several children you want to bathe at the same time, these beauties can certainly accommodate them (and the higher double sides help prevent getting water on the floor as the kids frolic in the bath.) The more traditional Roll Top version that is patterned after the old antique tub is anything but ordinary.  These also come in various lengths.
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Now, we’re especially pleased to offer a new line of tubs that are even more handsome and spectacular-looking. We call it our Artisan Series.  Currently we offer two versions in the Slipper style.
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The Hammered Copper look features a process that involves many artistic steps, much of which is done meticulously by hand.  First, a black aerospace primer is sprayed on the outside of the tub.  This provides depth to the finish and offers a strong base for the rest of the process.  Then, a mixture of copper flakes is mixed in a clear resin and sprayed on the outside of the tub with a high volume, low pressure spray rig.  The third step is to take a sea sponge to meticulously create the hammered look on the surface of the cast iron.  The result is an almost three-dimensional look of stone and metal in extravagant, overlapping patterns.
The Hammered Silver look utilizes the very same process except for the type of metallic flakes used in the second step.  Instead of copper, this time we use silver.  
An example of pricing on a 61-inch Slipper Tub with the Artisan Series finish would be $1,695.  Keep in mind, this is not a refinished tub. The inside porcelain is brand new, and the legs are real metal. The ornate Clawfoot-shaped legs on these special models match the finish.  
We can also create custom-ordered Artisan Series tubs. In fact, there’s no end as to what we can do to fashion a unique and special model Artisan Series Slipper tub just for you.   Share your ideas with us.   Let us know what you’re looking for.  We have the ability to create almost any finish you may require on a Clawfoot tub.  We offer up to 300 different color choices for the exterior of the tub and can match any Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore colors.
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Another thing that makes these tubs special is the fixtures.  The goose neck, and the dolphin spout faucet series come in chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.  We also offer the “English Telephone” shape as a hand-held sprayer to give your custom-designed tub an elegant, Victorian look.
So if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed, hand-finished bathtub that really stands out, one that can make your bathroom something truly special, come by our showroom in Jacksonville, Florida or give us a call today. We can create the bathtub of your dreams that is not only unique-looking and that custom-matches the décor in your designer bathroom, but you can be rest-in-your-tub assured that these tubs will last a lifetime as well.  
In this article, I talked about the different type of specialty tubs that Tub King specializes in, namely the Clawfoot, Pedestal tubs and our Walk-in Tubs. I highlighted some of the different models we carry in the Clawfoot line, including the Slipper, Dual-Ended, Double Slipper, and Roll Top models. I then discussed our new Artisan Series lines of Clawfoot tubs both the Hammered Copper and Hammered Silver. I pointed out that Tub King has the ability to customize the exterior of these elegant tubs, having the ability to match any Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore colors. Lastly, I mentioned some of the beautifully appointed accessories we carry for this special line of tubs. 
 
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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a Free Clawfoot Tub Buyer’s Guide, click here. Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us.
A Happy Tub King Customer and her Double Slipper Tub

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

Is Your Bathroom a Safe Haven or a Minefield?


By Michael Masson
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A bathroom should be a safe place. It should be warm, cozy, and inviting, a place for revitalization andreflection. Of all of the rooms in your house, it should be the safest, but unfortunately it also hides many dangers. We may overlook these dangers believing that such an intimate space would inherently be safe. It can be, but attention must be paid to the risks that every bathroom poses.

I’m going to go through some simple, effective methods to make your bathroom as safe and welcoming as possible.  The greatest danger in any bathroom is the possibility of slipping, falling, and harming oneself. The water in the bathroom can easily splash on the floor, causing a slip hazard. There are close to 200,000 bathroom accidents every year. This accounts for a full 70% of all household accidents. These dangerous situations can easily be avoided.
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First, keep the floor free from water as much as possible. Ensure there are no leaks in the sink or toilet, andif using a shower obtain a lined shower curtain to keep the water from spraying out. Some people have young children or pets and often find the floor wet. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to keep something handy like a mop or spare towel to clean away the water immediately.

Second, remove any loose throw rugs and replace them with non-slip bathroom rugs. Most slips occur when transferring between the shower and the bathroom floor. A non-slip rug will help alleviate this risk. Hardware and bathroom stores also have adhesive non-slip strips that can be attached to any rug for more stability.
One of the best safety additions to any bathroom is a handrail for the shower, tub, and toilet. Most stair risers have a 6-8″ clearance between steps and most stairs are built with handrails. The average tub has a 13″ clearance, yet most tubs and showers are built without them. Be careful not to mistake towel racks for handrails. Towel racks are not meant to bear all that much weight. Secure handrails will ensure safe transitions through the entire bathroom.
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One of the best safety additions to your shower is also the simplest. A shower seat or bench will allow the occupant of the shower to leisurely wash themselves without fear of falling. This will be especially important for those with weak legs, or trouble standing for long periods of time, or after a major surgical procedure. It’s also important to keep the bottom of the tub clean and free from soap residue, as this increases the chance of slippage.

One aspect of shower safety that is often overlooked is the shower fixture. There is a greater chance for an accident when an occupant has to move, bend, or stretch to adjust the temperature or the water flow. Some fixtures are difficult to maneuver for people with arthritis. Install the fixtures within reach of the occupant and test them to make sure they are easy to use.
The tub and shower are not the only areas that can compromise safety. Some senior citizens have difficulty sitting down and standing up from the toilet because the seat is often installed low to the ground. A seat extension can be added to make the process much easier. Adding handrails around the toilet would also ensure its safety.
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Make sure that there is sufficient lighting in the bathroom, and the light switch should be placed near the doorwhere it is easy to find. Also, keep the tub and sink area free of electrical devices such as radios or blow dryers. These can prove very dangerous if they should slip into the water while they are plugged in.

Most of these safety precautions can be addressed by installing a Walk-in Tub in your bathroom. A Walk-in Tub provides the convenience and luxury of a bathtub. It also provides something even more important when speaking of bathroom safety: peace of mind. A Walk-in Tub eliminates many of the dangers inherent in tubs and showers, while addressing many of the safety concerns already mentioned.
As previously stated, most tubs have a 13″ clearance to negotiate.  Walk-in Tubs have a six-inch clearance for easy access. This lowered entry height means you no longer have to worry about handrails or making that big step. Just open the door, enter, and sit down. Inside the tub are additional handrails for sitting and standing in the tub.
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One tip I mentioned earlier was to install a seat or bench in your shower. The Walk-in Tub has anADA-compliant, slip-resistant safety seat installed for your convenience. The door of the tub has a patented locking system with a watertight seal to insure less water spillage on the bathroom floor. Our tubs come from the factory with a slip-resistant floor so there is no need to install non-slip adhesive strips.

Another safety tip I mentioned was the importance of easy-to-reach fixtures. All of the fixtures installed in our Walk-in Tubs are perfectly positioned so that the seated occupant can reach them with ease. They’re ADA-compliant and customizable to your individual tastes.
At the end of a long day, you don’t want to see your bathroom as an obstacle course. It shouldn’t be a series of challenges to be overcome. Your bathroom should be a welcome refuge designed to eliminate the stresses of the world. The last thing you want to worry about in the bathroom is coping with the possibility of being injured.  You want your bathroom to be a safe haven, not a minefield.
 Walk-in Tub Buyer’s Guide
In this article, I discussed the potential dangers that exist in any bathroom, especially for seniors. I also shared ways to eliminate these dangers to make your bathroom a safer environment.  If you enjoyed reading this article, please leave a comment in the Comments section below. Feel free to share this with your family, friends and colleagues as well. 
Michael Masson is a guest blogger for Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com in Jacksonville, Florida. Tub King is a Walk-in tub distributer with many years of experience in the senior bathtub industry. This company not only provides superior products, it is also as multi-award-winner, having received the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. To contact Tub King, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com. 
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Check Out Your Fall Home & Patio Show


By Kerry Knight
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I’m often asked, “What’s an easy way to learn about the latest trends in bathroom remodeling? You know, what kind of bathtubs are coming out, what’s the latest in Walk-in tubs? Are there new kinds of fixtures, flooring, etc.?” Here’s my answer: Don’t just scour the Internet, go to a Home and Garden Show so you can touch and see firsthand the latest bath tubs and bathroom remodeling products.

Most cities of any size will have at least one Home and Garden Show a year. These are usually in the Spring when people are thinking about working around the house.  Some will be painting the outside of the house, building a pergola or gazebo, adding a landscape water fall, or adding a new addition.  It’s a fun time to attend the shows to see all the new things out there. These shows can bring in as many as 60,000 people over a few days.  Plus, they’re all there with one thing in mind: how to beautify their home and property.
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Some of your major metro areas will have two shows a year, one in the Spring and another in the Fall.  Jacksonville and Orlando, will both host their Fall Home and Garden shows in October this year, and Tub King will be there.  

It’s the perfect occasion to show off our beautiful Cast iron and Porcelain tubs with handsome Clawfoot legs in brushed nickel, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze.  We’ll display several of our popular tubs: the Slipper tub, the Dual-ended, the Slight Slipper, the Double Slipper, the Pedestals, and the traditional Roll Tops.  This year we’ll be showing off our newest production:  A Slipper tub with an oil-rubbed bronze finish on the outside.  The legs are also oil-rubbed bronze.  With a “British telephone” faucet in the same finish, it really “pops.”  It will be on display and I’m sure it’ll be sold before the show is over on Sunday.

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We’ll also display our Walk-in Tub for seniors or anyone with mobility concerns. There are two sizes to fitevery customer and every bathroom space.  It comes in three different models:  the Soaker, without jets; the Air-jetted version, with 18 therapeutic bubble ports; and the Dual System with water and air jets, which carries both systems, along with an inline heater.

All of our tubs at the Home and Garden Shows are discounted for the lucky patrons attending.  Even installation prices are reduced when you purchase a tub from us during the shows. You’ll be able to see the tubs and even sit in them.  Knowledgeable professionals will be in our booth to answer your questions. This is the perfect time to see and compare products side by side. And, you can get a real idea what they’ll look (and feel) like in your bathroom. There’s nothing like seeing and experiencing a product first-hand, before you buy it.

So this fall, go to your Home and Garden Show and enjoy the day. Even if you’re not ready to remodel yourbathroom yet, you’ll get some ideas as to what you can do and be able to compare products as well.

Please join us if you can.  The Jacksonville Home and Garden Show is October 2 – 5 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.  The Orlando Home Show is October 24 – 26 at the Orange County Convention Center. We actually have a few free tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  So call us if you’d like to attend.  You can reach our showroom and office at (904) 732-9906. Can’t make this show? You’ll still have the one in Spring 2015 (only six months away).
In this article, I discussed how you can learn about the latest trends in bathroom remodeling by attending a Home and Garden Show. The advantages of seeing and feeling a beautiful claw foot tub in person or sitting in and feeling the comfort of a Walk-in tub in person is immeasurable.

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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us. See you at the shows!
Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

The Danger of Bathtubs – Falling is a Family Matter

By Kerry Knight
Normally, purchasing a Walk-In tubis a family matter, not a personal one.  Why?  Two reasons.  First, more times than not, the actual purchase is made by the children of the senior rather than their parent.  Second, when a senior falls in the bathroom, the incident typically involves their children, because they have to take their injured parent to the emergency room, arrange medical care, surgery or rehab. 
Very seldom do seniors in need of a Walk-In tub come to our showroom alone.  They’re often accompanied by a son or daughter.  There’s one personality trait that seems to surface quite often: too much pride.  Many seniors don’t want to be perceived as being “dependent.”  So often I’ve heard them remark, “I don’t need that yet.  Maybe in a few years.”  Also, they don’t want to be perceived as being elderly.  I’ve also heard them say, “That’s for old people.”
While I can appreciate why an individual doesn’t necessarily want to acknowledge they’re getting older and are therefore less agile on their feet, let me offer some rather sobering statistics:

  • When seniors fall, hospital stays are twice as long then when the elderly enter the hospital for other reasons
  • Annually, falls are reported by one third of people over 65
  • Two thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months
  • Over 9,500 deaths are reported annually for seniors who fall
  • One fourth of seniors will die after complications from hip fractured hip surgery within six months of the fall.

Yes, these are scary statistics, not just for seniors, but also their children.  The constant worry and concern by the children is very real, especially if the parent lives in their own home or apartment by themselves, or with another elderly partner, or lives by themselves in a facility where personal care is not around the clock.
Children want their parents to have a safe place to move around in without the fear of falling.  The Walk-in tub provides that in the bathroom, where most falls occur. And especially when you consider that nearly all the structures in the bathroom have hard, unforgiving surfaces such as tile floors, toilets, sinks, bath ledges – along with glass from of one or several mirrors, it’s a very dangerous environment to lose one’s footing. Compounding  this reality is the very likely possibility of having water spill around the sides of a tub or shower, which also makes one even more prone to slipping and falling. The bathroom can indeed be a dangerous place for the elderly.
However, the Walk-in tub, with its waist-high, easy access entry door, eliminates the most common factor that leads to seniors falling … losing their balance when entering or exiting the tub.  The slip-resistant floor and seat, along with the interior grab bar, also helps keep them from slipping.  The elderly can have a renewed sense of independence, without forfeiting personal control and privacy. Also because the overall design is higher, the likely hood of having water spill over the sides is lessened. 
Other features of the Walk-in tub that provide comfort to the senior and peace of mind to the children are the jetted systems that massage the body and eliminate pain that comes with many medical conditions and just aging in general. Now, instead of being a risk-related activity, taking a long, luxurious, relaxing bath is actually a very safe one.
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Recently, a daughter brought her mother to our showroom.  She wanted to purchase the Walk-in tub for her because she was afraid her mother would fall… again.  The daughter quietly admitted to me, “She’s so proud and bull-headed, I don’t know if I can talk her into it.”  Sure enough, they left without purchasing it.  It wasn’t about money.  Her mom had said, “I don’t need this.”  How sad.
There is a Biblical scripture, taken from Proverbs 16:18 that says, “Pride goeth before a fall.”  This may be taking it out of context a bit, but the point really strikes home. 
Seniors, if you don’t want to buy the Walk-in tub for yourself, think about doing it for your kids’ peace of

mind.

In this article I discussed why many Walk-in tub purchases are made by the adult children of elderly parents. I also discussed some of the reasons why bathrooms are particularly dangerous environments for seniors. I listed some sobering statistics about the implications of seniors falling, including increased morbidity rates. And I shared some of the reasons why a senior may themselves be disinterested in a Walk-in tub, even though it would highly benefit them and keep them safer.
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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for visiting with us.
Until next time. 

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Kerry@tubking.com.
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