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Shower treasures

Tech-savvy bathroom fittings for the environment-conscious consumers.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2010 00:25 IST
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If you thought only fancy tiles and a bubble bath made a fancy bathroom, then think again. “Nowadays people use more tech-savvy product in their bathrooms; sometimes, even more so than the rest of the rooms in the house,” says Pankaj Sharma from Jaquar and Company.

Go overboard
“There are now taps, in which the temperature can be controlled electronically. The changing colour of the water indicates its temperature,” says Varun Gupta of BathLine Sensations. “Nowadays you have sensor faucets, which can sense and work and you don’t even need to touch them. There are pressmatic taps, which once pressed, works for 6-7 seconds and automatically stops after that,” adds Sharma.

Environment-conscious
Today’s consumers are aware of environmental issues and prefer bathroom products that save energy and water. Mathew Job of Grohe India says, “We have products that feature integrated water-saving technologies, which restrict flow rates, allowing the consumer to reduce water consumption without sacrificing on performance or design.” Reducing water consumption means less water needs to be heated for a perfect shower. Flow restrictors are incorporated but keeping a tab on the material is also of equal importance. “Most environment-friendly faucets are made of the recyclable brass,” adds Gupta.

Money matters
“People today have more money to buy quality products. In India, people appreciate the design of a product, but they are conscious about what they buy. Apart from being a designer product, the Indian consumer wants the products to be a value for money/performance,” says Sharma. Prices of these products start from R3,000 and may go up to R2 lakh and above.

Smart factor

Material matters: The best way to ensure a toilet fitting lasts for years is to buy only product made from the best raw materials, such as forged brass. “Many manufacturers apply a false economy and use inferior raw materials, which means their products will not give the consumer reliability of service,” warns Varun Gupta, BathLine Sensations.

Keep it clean: To keep any good chrome-plated product in good and shiny condition, simply wipe it after use with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.

Spotless: Water-stained products usually can be ‘revived’ by using a soft cloth, dipped in vinegar.

Regular upkeep: All functional products in a bathroom require regular cleaning. The water tanks or the source of water must be cleaned regularly so that dust particles do not accumulate in the pipelines. Apart from this, clean the surface of the bathroom fittings to keep it new.

Proper care: “We market a solution called Glitz in the market. It is specially formulated to remove calcium and other deposits that is caused by water,” says Pankaj Sharma of Jaquar and Company. There are other products available in the market, formulated to tackle calcium and other water-related deposits on bathroom faucets.

Find it here in delhi

The Swarovski crystal-studded faucet by BathLine Sensations has chrome plating three times the European Standard to withstand tough Indian conditions. Available at their store in Okhla, Phase I R70,000

The sensitive touch pad basin mixer by Grohe India, available at Snaaan, DLF Phase II, Gurgaon R84,000 onwards