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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ways to Pick the Right Carpet Cleaning Machine

A search of the internet reveals a large variety of carpet cleaners, each company advertising that its product is infinitely better than all the others are. With the number of features available for these machines, it is possible for those unfamiliar with the equipment to have trouble choosing a machine. It is important to understand certain features of carpet cleaners and which is best for your cleaning needs.

How Carpet Cleaners Work

A carpet cleaning machine injects a mixture of water and cleaning solution onto the carpet surface. For best results, the carpets and mats are pretreated with the cleaning solution. The cleaning mixture penetrates the carpet or mat and breaks down the dirt and impurities present on them. The machine then extracts the dirt and impurities from the carpet.

Most modern machines provide heated output, which makes the cleaning process quicker and more efficient. Such machines have a built-in heating element and output temperature that can range up to 210•°F.

However, the efficiency of the carpet cleaning process depends mainly on two other factors: the quality of the carpet cleaning machine and type of cleaning solution used. The quality of the machine invariably depends on the quality of its components and the technologies it uses. The major components of a carpet cleaner include the heating element, solution tank, and recovery tank.

Heating Element

The heating element produces the output temperature of the water or steam. While non-heated carpet cleaners do not contain heating elements, they are essential parts of a commercial carpet cleaning machine. More delicate fabrics that cannot withstand high heat can be cleaned with cold water machines and cleaning solutions. For more demanding commercial applications, heat is essential. Some more powerful machines contain two inline heating elements, instead of one tank heating element. Such machines heat the output to its maximum temperature within five minutes, as opposed to the 15 or 20 minutes needed by carpet cleaning equipment that use a single heating element.

Solution Tank

The solution tank of a carpet cleaning machine is where water or a mixture of water and a cleaning solution is kept. The size of the solution tank varies based on the nature of the cleaning process for which the machine is designed. Tank size can range from 4 gallons to 17 gallons. With a larger tank size, the operator can continuously run the machine much longer before having to refill. High-end machines, such as commercial rug cleaners, feature a large solution tank, while industrial machines feature auto fill.

Recovery Tank

The recovery tank of a commercial carpet cleaning machine is where the extracted dirt and impurities are dumped. The tank is usually emptied after the cleaning process. Here too, large tanks allow longer continuous working time. Most commercial rug cleaners have a recovery tank with a capacity of around 15 gallons, with industrial systems offering auto dump capabilities.

Low Flow Technology

Carpet cleaning equipment featuring low flow technology limits water waste and shortens the drying time of the cleaning surfaces. This technology controls the water output of the machine without affecting its productivity. Such machines are handy in places where water is scarce. In addition, low-flow carpet cleaners ensure that the carpets and mats dry very quickly.

Solutions Used

The cleaning solution used is also very important, as its effectiveness determines the efficiency of the overall cleaning process. Consider using green cleaners from reputable suppliers as your cleaning solution. Green cleaners are safe and non-toxic and will not damage fabric in any way. In addition, the can be more powerful than toxic detergents by way of advanced green technologies. The super-small micelles of green carpet cleaners work to encapsulate and crystallize dirt and stain particles, so that they can be easily extracted with a carpet cleaning machine.

Tips to Use Fireplace Accessories

Fireplace Screens

These are the most noticeable fireplace accessories, so you need to choose them carefully. Fortunately, screens come in a very wide range of styles and materials. You should look at the various types and choose one that suits your home. Here are a few ideas.

Iron: Wrought iron is ideal for a homey look and a more rustic feel to the room. This can be painted, or it may be plain black.

Ceramic: One of the more versatile materials, ceramic usually comes with pretty designs added, often in painted style. Ideal for a Victorian room.

Glass: For a more modern look, minimal metal with glass panels is perfect. The panels may be smoked, clear or even etched with an elegant design.

Copper: A shiny, red-gold color, copper is often used as a mesh in fireplace screens. It offers protection from the fire and a comfortable warmth to the room.

Other materials may also be used, but these tend to be the most common. They are what you’ll find in all fireplace stores and can be very nice additions to any room with a fireplace.

Tool Sets

The set of tools that stands by the fireplace should go with the fireplace screen that you’ve chosen. That means they need to be similar in style. Look for more delicate tools if you’ve chosen a ceramic screen, for example.

Tools usually come in a nice set and the main variation between sets is the handle design. This can be chosen to compliment your interior design and there are hundreds of different options available, so you can pick and choose which ones work best.

Andirons

These handy posts sit in the fireplace, holding the wood in and making sure things don’t come rolling out onto the hearth. These tend to be fairly visible, especially if you have chosen a see through fireplace screen.

Andirons are traditionally fairly simple. They tend to be squat and heavy so they can stop heavy logs from moving. However, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the more traditional versions. You can also find elegant ones that come in curved or crafted shapes and add a lot to the space.

Grates

A fireplace grate is essential since it holds the materials up off the floor and allows the ashes to fall down. This keeps the fire burning better, too, since the air can reach under the wood. While these are barely noticed, you’ll still want to put some thought into which grates you select. Cast iron is the best option since it will stand up to repeated fires, but you might prefer ceramic.

Log Racks

These sit by the fireplace and hold the firewood. They come in a wide range of styles to compliment how you decorate. Whether you want to go with a simplistic basket or a more elegant stand with elegant curls and designs, there’s something for pretty much every taste. Again, look for the style that compliments the room’s design.

Fireplace accessories can make or break the decor in a room, so be sure to choose very carefully. Everything from andirons to fireplace screens should be selected to compliment everything else in the room.

 

Tips to Apply Vinyl Clings

You can apply vinyl window clings to entrance doors, sliding patio doors, mirrors and other glass surfaces. They are available in a variety of patterns and designs, which can range from unique pictures to simple black window clings for protection against the UV rays of the sun. Moreover applying them to the windows transforms your room into a private haven. Applying the non adhesive vinyl window clings is quite easy and requires no additional effort.

You will need an application spray, a squeegee and a masking tape. To ensure good surface adhesion and avoid bubbles beneath the cling, you need to start out with cleaning the surface.

Use a detergent wash to clean the surface of the window and remove the traces of dirt and debris on it. Dry off with a lint free cloth and then use rubbing alcohol to remove any contamination from the glass.

You can either choose to apply the vinyl window clings to dry surfaces or wet the window before applying the vinyl cling to it. While dry application is usually preferred for smaller clings, as the scope of error in this case is minimal, wet application allows you to install large vinyl window clings with ease.

Moreover wetting the surface provides you the flexibility of removing and repositioning the clings in case of an error, which is unfortunately not true for dry application.

Spray the window thoroughly using the special application spray. Lay the vinyl window cling flat on its back and apply the application spray on the side of the adhesive. Remove the backing film and apply the vinyl cling to the window. Keep it taut as you set the edges of the cling to match the window’s sides.

Use a squeegee to remove the moisture and wrinkles that may form as you set the cling into place. Trim the edges with a knife and apply slow pressure as you do so. Slitting the vinyl to release air can cause the gap to widen excessively.

 

Added Security with UPVC Doors

UPVC is an acronym for Unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride. The “unplasticised” nature of the material means that no softening agents called “plasticisers” are used which makes it a suitable and strong material for large, solid structures such as doors and windows. It is certainly strong, and all uPVC doors and windows are accompanied by exceptional locking systems, impossible to open without the necessary key. The strong and durable nature of the material means that rotting cannot occur, the same of which cannot be said for wood of timber. Wooden window frames and doors that start to rot and split pose a huge security risk as they can be easily broken or smashed. Without constant attention, varnishing, sanding and general maintenance, wooden framed doors and windows don’t last very long, certainly not longer than just a few years. UPVC frames on the hand will last for decades and need absolutely no attention or maintenance work during that time. An occasional wipe with a damp cloth to remove any debris or dirt is all that is needed and your doors will stay looking great.

When looking to buy doors and windows however it is not just security that you need to bear in mind. The appearance is another important factor, after all the door is the very first thing anyone sees when approaching your house. Being house proud it is vital that a good impression is made that a nice front door can provide. UPVC comes in a range of finishes, so all tastes and designs can be accommodated. If you like the light, airy appearance of a white door then uPVC is perfect. If you prefer a more traditional wooden style then again, uPVC is the answer. With different colours and finishes available, uPVC provides the solution to doors and windows regardless of taste and required design. Wooden frames can become easily faded in the sun and the harsh outside elements and weather can severely affect the appearance. Nothing provides a shabby looking exterior to your home than badly weathered and split window or door frames.

UPVC is an ideal material to use in the home for windows, doors or even a french door. UPVC doors provide a solid layer of security in your home making break ins far more unlikely. They are also extremely attractive and a uPVC front door provides an excellent first impression to any visitor coming to your house. It is also one of the most durable materials which means every day wear and tear will not harm the frames and they stay well protected against even the harshest of weather. Once they are installed there is little work to be done to keep them looking great and there will be no need to replace them for decades. Wooden alternatives are prone to decay, rotting, warping and fading in the sun without constant maintenance and care. UPVC is a cost effective way to secure your home and dress it in an attractive way which makes them extremely popular throughout the UK and beyond.