Towel Bar Installation, Probably the busiest room in your house, with the exception of the kitchen is your bathroom, and rightly so since personal hygiene is not optional. The bathroom is also the singular most damp and wet place in the entire house and measures to ensure the dampness does not overwhelm the place are necessary.
Wet garments, towels, and dripping loofahs and poufs keep the bathroom damp when not in use. Thus, your bathroom plan must allow fresh air and sunlight to circulate and dry up the space, making it seem fresh and inviting.
Wet clothes should be washed, dried, and folded, but towels are a bathroom necessity and shared bathrooms may have numerous for hair drying. Most clothes are thinner than towels, making them absorbent and hard to dry.
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Towel Bar Installation
When wet or damp, towels will undoubtedly become smelly, stuffy and if left unchecked, they will develop mildew that may be impossible to get rid of. While it may be prudent to dry towels in the open air or outside, this solution may not be practical for everyone, and in many cases, this is quite unnecessary.
Considering how simple it is to simply configure your bathroom to accommodate towel bars, all you have to do is acquire a towel bar or bars depending on your needs and fix them in your bathroom strategically. If you already have them, all you have to do is reconfigure the best placement to guarantee both air and light access the towels on your rack daily.
If you wish to replace or move a towel bar, you only need to know what kind of bar you are working with. Bars with visible screws are straightforward to work with. If you cannot see the screws on your towel bar then you have one of two options;
Towel bar with slot
Towel bar with adhesive
How to remove towel bar with slot
Different companies make different variations of this kind of towel bar but the mechanics of installation and removal are fairly standard. The invisible screws are concealed to give the semblance of a self-adhering towel bar which looks quite sophisticated and neat compared to the bars with clearly visible screws.
- If the towel bar is incomplete, remove it but leave the holder. The bar may be slotted or spring-loaded. If it’s slotted, you just apply force and it slides off. If it’s spring-loaded, you slide it off by gently pulling on one end.
- If the entire bar is a single unit then go to the next step.
- Feel around the holders attached to the wall for any opening or orifice. It may be very small so be keen not to miss it.
- It should be on the underside of the holders and completely out of sight.
- You will need a flat head screwdriver. Insert the end of the screwdriver into the opening or the ‘slot’.
- With the flat surface of the screwdriver leaning against the wall, pull the screwdriver gently towards yourself which should also move the screwdriver and the holder upwards.
To remove towel bar with slot
- A clicking sound should be heard which is the sound of the holder releasing from the brackets beneath.
- Pull the holder towards yourself and it should easily just come off.
- Repeat this on the other holder and release the holders or bar.
- If there is no slot or opening then you may have a holder that is fitted onto brackets with springs.
- Releasing these is even easier. Grab the holder and in a single motion, push it against the wall and towards yourself. The spring mechanism should release the holder and free it.
- The brackets on which the towel bar is attached, have screws so these are straightforward to remove and replace.
As mentioned earlier, slight deviations exist from model to model but generally, the above procedure should work for most towel bars with slots. At times what you need is to push the screwdriver either left or right so if the upward movement does not yield, do not yank.
Instead, try pushing the screwdriver either left or right which should release the holder easily.
How to remove towel bar with adhesive
The process is similar to the one above and technically, these kinds of towel bars do have a slot or a space in which you will insert the flat head screwdriver and pull.
If your towel bar is stuck with adhesive, you may be tempted to pull it off forcefully, thinking the adhesive is weak. You’ll likely merely remove your towel bar, leaving the holders. Stop doing this. Instead, insert your flathead screwdriver in between the holder and the wall and pull the holder toward you. This should be done gently yet forcefully.
The towel bar should easily peel off the glue. Industrial-grade adhesive or adhesive pads can peel off the adhesive bed and reuse it on a new surface, making these towel bars superior than those with bolted brackets. Multiple towel bars aren’t a problem because you won’t need to screw them in, messing up the walls.
Newer models have several bars and adjustable bars, so there’s no reason for a moist bathroom or damp towels. Towel racks may also dry bathrobes and headwraps, increasing their versatility.