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How to Remodel Your Bathroom for Effortless Cleaning

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Remodel Your Bathroom for Effortless Cleaning

You know what style you want, you know what colours you’re after, and you’re pretty well set on whether to include a rubber duck. However, you might not have considered the way in which your bathroom renovation will affect your cleaning time. It isn’t something that people commonly take into account when they’re picking taps and inspecting baths, but it’s well worth thinking about. After all, a few changes could mean a lot less time scrubbing. Read this article for a few ideas.  Install Wall-Mounted Fixtures and Faucets Cleaning around the bottom of the toilet and sink is one of the nastiest jobs that comes with bathroom cleaning. Wouldn’t it be great if you could skip that step altogether? Good news: you can. Simply pick wall-mounted sinks and toilets. They don’t connect to the floor at all, so no grime can build up at the edges. Instead you’ll have an unbroken floor area – much easier to clean. You should also consider installing wall-mounted taps. Taps mounted directly on the sink or bath are extremely difficult to clean. Mounting them to the wall will make it far easier to clean both them and the bath or sink beneath. Use Larger Tiles on the Floor Bigger tiles make a room appear larger and more open, so they’re often used in modern bathroom designs. Of course, you might fancy laying down lots of smaller tiles instead, but you should stop to consider how this will affect your cleaning schedule. Put simply, more tiles equal more grout lines. Since larger tiles obviously cover a larger surface area, you’ll use far less grouting when you lay them down, and that means metres and metres of extra lines which you don’t need to laboriously scrub clean each week.  Even if you don’t want to abandon your smaller tiles, consider only using them as accents for larger ones. Open Up Your Storage Space Like taps and fixtures, shelves are also easy to lift off the floor for quicker cleaning. You should also think about removing the doors and making shelves as open as possible. Bathroom cabinets quickly become filled with a multitude of items, many of which should just have been thrown away. The bathroom might look cleaner, but that mess is still there. Using an open storage solution, such as shelves or door-less cabinets, helps stop you and your family from filling them up with useless junk, since everything is on display. It’s also far easier to wipe down an open shelf than it is to get into the nooks and crannies of a closed-off cabinet.  Make these changes when remodelling your bathroom, and you’ll be able to spend more time soaking in the tub and less time scouring the floor. For more information, contact local contracts that specialize in bathroom...

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Outdoor Patios: 4 Inspired Ideas to Transform Patios into Play Spaces for Children

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Outdoor Patios: 4 Inspired Ideas to Transform Patios into Play Spaces for Children

Fed up of television, smartphones and video games taking over your household? Patios are an excellent choice for transforming wasted outdoor space into an aesthetically appealing and operationally functional area for the whole family to enjoy together. Creating eclectic outdoor living spaces is bound to draw the kids away from those mind-numbing gaming consoles and television sets and stimulate their minds and inspire their creativity. Here are some ideas to transform patios into play spaces for kids.  Create a Car Wash Area   You can get really creative with this idea to let your kids cool off from the blazing summer sun. By adding a small water area like a makeshift play car wash, get your kids to splash around and enjoy the summer heat. The kiddie car wash lets children enter and leave through plastic flaps that resemble an actual car wash. The pipe with holes runs along the roof and several spray jets are placed on the sides to release water on the children as they ride through this improvised car wash. Patios offer the children a chance to enjoy the outdoors, while parents can supervise them while catching up on their favourite books.  Simulate a Beach With a Sandbox Arrangement Create a sandbox area to simulate the look of the beach in your backyard. This is bound to keep children occupied, as they creatively build castles and play in the sand. All you need to do is to create sand area with planks of PVC or wood by holding the joining the edges of each plank together. This simple arrangement is big on the fun element for your kids to thoroughly enjoy outdoor playtime. Transform Tyres into a Jungle Gym Get some old unused tyres together and stack them on top of each other to create an unusual jungle gym playing area for the children. To make it look appealing for kids, paint each tyre with an attractive bright colour to make the space along patios eye-catching. Tyre jungle gyms are safe for kids to use, even when they fall and it encourages them to engage in healthy recreational activities. Outdoor Music Station Patios are as much for inspiring creativity as they are for recreation. If your child has an inclination towards music, why not create an outdoor music station for patios? Add pipe drums, improvised utensils and makeshift guitars to let the kids go wild with delight. Sure, it makes a bit of noise but it motivates them to think imaginatively and it certainly beats watching them slowly lose their minds playing video...

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Choosing a dog-friendly timber flooring solution for your home

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For a well-loved family dog, every consideration is made to ensure their comfort, health and exercise requirements are fulfilled. It can be difficult, however, if you have your heart set on a timber floor and your home is occupied by a rambunctious four-legged friend or two. Never fear—your fur babies can cohabitate with your perfect timber floor, but it is important to choose the right floor for your circumstances. Let’s look at some helpful tips for choosing a dog-friendly timber flooring solution for your home. Selecting the right wood Not all woods have been created equal. When selecting the wood for your pet-friendly floor, the cost and level of durability will be your major considerations. Keeping a timber floor with pets necessitates a certain amount of surface scratching over time, and if you are not comfortable with this wear and tear then a wood-style laminate or vinyl flooring may be more suited to your needs. When selecting a wood, opt for a hardwood that has high durability, as these woods will be resistant to scratches and dents. The most durable hardwood floors are Brazilian walnut and hard maple, however they also carry a substantial price tag. For a more cost-effective yet highly durable wood flooring solution, consider a bamboo floor that has been treated with hard resins. While it is not technically a wood, bamboo produces a beautiful and resilient floor, perfect for pet paws and family wear. Selecting the right finish For the hardiest, most pet-friendly timber floor, prefinished timber flooring is sealed with a urethane finish that will provide the greatest resistance to the claws of your four-legged friends. Avoid a slippery high-gloss finish, as your pet will be likely to not only create more scratches, but slip and potentially injure themselves. If your pet is prone to the occasional ‘accident’, speak to your local timber flooring specialist for advice on a moisture-resistant floor sealant. Making your dog timber floor-friendly The best tip for preserving the finish and visual appeal of your timber floor from pet damage is to keep you dog’s claws trimmed and blunt at all times. Additionally, minimise pet accidents by toilet training prior to installing a wood floor, and ensuring your dog receives adequate daily exercise. For more advice on regional timbers and the latest in durable sealants, contact a timber flooring specialist like Wonson Bros. Timber Pty Ltd to discuss your timber floor needs in greater...

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Choosing the Right Type of Water Heater for Your Home

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The water heater you have in your home is very important as it’s usually one of the largest consumers of electricity, and needs to work to meet your demands for hot water throughout the day. For those with a large family who use lots of hot water or those on a budget, the choice of water heater you buy will be important. Note a few of the choices you have today and some factors to consider. 1. Water Heater Tanks These are the most common types of water heaters and they work by storing a certain amount of water in a tank that is then heated by a heating element. Once the temperature of the water drops or the tank starts to be emptied, it fills with more water and begins heating it again. Water heater tanks are usually the least expensive to install, but you need to ensure you purchase one that will hold enough water for everyone in the family. Price alone shouldn’t be your determining factor, as you may easily run out of hot water with a smaller tank. It’s also good to remember that the tank will heat water once the temperature drops even if you’re not using the water, so consider adding an insulating cover to it during cold winter months. 2. Tankless Heaters A tankless heater has a heating element over which water passes once faucets or the shower are turned on, and the water is heated as it flows through the pipes. It does not store water in a tank so you never run out of hot water, and aren’t heating water when it’s not needed. It can be the most affordable type of water heater to own and is good for homes that aren’t always occupied, as you won’t waste electricity keeping water hot when it’s not being used. However, tankless heaters may not allow for a strong flow of water since the water moves somewhat slower through the pipes in order to be heated, and they are usually more expensive to purchase and install than water heater tanks. 3. Solar Water Heaters Solar water heaters are tanks that are hooked up to solar panels, which deliver stored power right to the tank itself. These are also usually very expensive to install but much cheaper to operate as of course you don’t pay for solar power. They are also a good choice for those that are environmentally-conscious, as creating electricity in a power plant means generating pollution, whereas solar power is a much cleaner source of energy. For more information, contact Solar...

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From Air Quality to Better Suction: Four Essential Reasons You Need to Spring Clean Your Vacuum

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spring cleaning should involve more than just rearranging closets and professionally cleaning the carpets. It should also involve cleaning your cleaning supplies, and your vacuum cleaner is one of the most important cleaning tools to clean. Wondering why you need to clean your vacuum? Here are a few reasons why: 1. To protect your air quality The filter on your vacuum has a hugely important job, it collects all of the microscopic dust and allergens that are too small to be collected in your vacuum’s container. By collecting these elements, your filter keeps them out of the air and out of your breathing passages. However, if your filter is saturated, it cannot do this important job. Clean your filter occasionally by rinsing it underwater, and every spring replace your filter with a new one. If you live in a dusty area, you may need to clean it more often. 2. To ensure proper suction Your vacuum’s motor is the power behind your vacuum’s suction. If the motor is full of dust and debris, it cannot work efficiently. You cannot clean your motor with water, but if you have another vacuum on hand, you may use it to vacuum the dust out of your primary vacuum’s motor. In addition to having an efficient motor, you also need clean, unblocked hoses. You can dislodge large chunks by detaching your hoses and pushing a stick through them. Then, you can rinse the hoses out with soap and water. 3. To reduce bacteria In addition to rinsing your hoses to ensure proper suction, remember to clean your vacuum’s dust container. If you have a plastic container, you can dismantle it and wash it with antibacterial soap. If you have bags on your vacuum, remember to replace them on a regular basis. Both of these efforts will help to eliminate bacteria residue in your vacuum and prevent it from getting back into your carpet or home. 4. To help your carpet get cleaner The cleaning efforts above help your vacuum to be healthier and more effective, but you also need to clean your vacuum’s brushes or beaters. Hair and long strings tend to build up in the brushes along your vacuum’s beater. This debris can prevent your vacuum’s brushes from penetrating deeply into your carpet and doing their job. Remove hair and strings on a regular basis, and once a year, during your spring vacuum cleaning, check the bristles on your vacuum’s brushes. If they are damaged or worn, consider replacing them. For more information, contact a business such as Cleaners Warehouse (Brisbane) Pty...

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The Advantages of Having Cabinets Custom Made for Your Home

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it’s time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom or any room in your home, you may want to consider having cabinets or an entertainment center custom made, rather than simply purchasing something prefabricated. There are many advantages to custom made cabinets, beyond just being able to choose their overall look. Note a few of those advantages here, and talk to your builder or contractor about these features when you’re ready to have your cabinets made. 1. You Can Choose Recycled, Reclaimed, or Eco-friendly Materials When you buy prefabricated cabinets from any home improvement store or big box supply store, you are encouraging the use of virgin, harvested materials for making these cabinets. This means more trees being cut down and in turn, more damage to the environment. If you’re very eco-conscious you may want to consider a cabinet maker who uses recycled or reclaimed materials instead, or opt for materials that are more eco-friendly. Bamboo is a material that grows very quickly and which is easy to replenish, so asking a cabinet maker to use this rather than oak, mahogany, or other such wood can be a good option for you. 2. You May Increase the Value of Your Home Kitchens and bathrooms are two rooms of the house that often interest buyers the most, and which should always look their best when a house is on the market. This is because potential homebuyers know that these rooms are typically the hardest and most expensive to remodel, and the rooms used by everyone in the house. When you choose custom cabinets for these rooms, this may be a feature that increases the number of potential buyers for your home and in turn, may increase its overall resale value. 3. Unusual Features Can Be Included or Worked Around Does your home have an awkwardly-placed window in your kitchen or in the bedroom closet? Is the thermostat in the middle of a living room wall? Trying to install shelves or cabinets around these awkward features can be difficult and simply call attention to them, whereas custom cabinets can easily work around these features. They may include an open cabinet cut around that thermostat or an arch over the window to allow it to blend into the décor. You can also include unusual features that are not available on most prefabricated cabinets. This might include an opening for computer wiring on a kitchen counter if you prefer to have a laptop in the kitchen while cooking, or a shelf specifically designed for a particular piece of art or trophy you want to display. For more information, contact Cabinetry...

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The Tools Needed To Undertake DIY Plumbing Projects

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There is a reason that the motto of many plumbers is ‘have more tools for the job than you need’. It can be very frustrating to start to undertake a DIY plumbing project, only to find out after you have started the job that you don’t have the equipment or tools needed to properly finish off the job. This article looks at some of the essential tools you should have in your toolbox before you embark on a DIY plumbing project around the home. Hacksaw This inexpensive and versatile tool is used for cutting metal and plastic pipes, screws bolts and other hardware. Maintain the hacksaw by ensuring that the blade is taut as it sits in the frame. Also make sure that you have spare blades in your toolbox. Plunger This inexpensive tool is known as a plumber’s best friend. It is usually the first thing a plumber will reach for when attempting to clear blockages in the toilet or the sink. It is an indispensable piece of kit. Propane Torch This is used for sweating copper pipes; a basic and often used plumbing skill. It is worth purchasing the slightly more expensive self-lighting model, rather than having to continually use another source (such as a match) to ignite the torch. Pliers Plumbers usually get the ‘tongue and groove’ type of pliers, which are essential for gripping, twisting and tightening material during plumbing repairs. It is a good idea to get two different sized sets of pliers. Wrench There are two types of wrenches that are essential to have in your toolbox. One is a basin wrench, which is used to loosen or tighten nuts in sinks or faucets. The other type of wrench is a pipe wrench; as the name suggests, these are used to loosen and tighten threaded pipes. You will need two of these pipe wrenches, one to grip and hold and one to turn. Metal Files These are ideal for removing burrs after a cut has been made into a metal pipe. Most experienced plumbers have at least two types of file; a long flat file and a round, tapered  file. Tube Cutter This ingenious tool will allow you to make clean and accurate cuts into any piping with minimum effort. It resembles a ‘C’ shape, and is secured around the pipe, then screwed to make the cut. Ideal for use in small or confined areas, where a hacksaw would struggle due to lack of space. As a person builds up their DIY plumbing experience, more tools can and should be added to their toolbox. For more information, check out companies such as Epg Electrical Plumbing Group Pty...

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Seek Carpet Repairs And Save Big Instead Of Buying New

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With frequent daily use, your carpet is bound to get all manner of damage within its lifespan. When this happens, the easiest way to deal with the problem is to get a professional repair service. This abates further damage on the carpet, restores the aesthetic appeal of your floors and saves you hundreds of dollars on a new carpet. Whatever the damage is, a professional carpet repair service can make it go away as explained below. Tears, stains & pet damage The most prevalent carpet problem is caused by wear, tears and stains. Pet damage is very common, especially after pets claw on your carpet. Tears, on the other hand, can be caused when you drag furniture over your carpet. Stains, too, can necessitate repairs if they can’t wash away completely. In most of these cases, the outright option will be to install a patch. Patches can be obtained from a spare piece of carpet, from your closet flooring or from under permanent fixtures. Luckily, patches are hard to spot if installed professionally. If it’s not possible to find a patch that matches exactly with the carpet, your technician can suggest using a different color to create a matching design instead. Frayed ends Fraying of the carpet at the seams is another common problem. It often occurs at doorways where two carpet pieces meet. In other cases, fraying occurs where the carpet ends and another floor material such as tiling or concrete begins. If the frayed area is very small, the best solution is to cut out the damaged area and stretch the carpet to compensate for the extracted part. This reduces the need to install a patch. If the frayed area is large, the only solution is to install a patch. To ensure a frayed end doesn’t recur, your installer will apply a latex sealer to bind the threads together and preserve your seams. Loose carpet – wrinkles & waves Sometimes, your carpet may not be damaged but simply loose-fitting, causing what is called ‘wrinkles’ or ‘waves’. This is often caused by poor installation where the carpet wasn’t stretched properly in the first place. A wrinkled or waved carpet stands out negatively and can even trip someone walking over it. To repair wrinkling, a technician will have to uninstall the entire carpet and then stretch it using special equipment. The carpet is then installed bit by bit using professional adhesive. This ensures your carpet stays put for life. Note that it’s important to strip the whole carpet so as to avoid wrinkling in other areas later on. If your carpet is frayed or torn, the sooner you get it repaired, the sooner you can stop the damage from growing. For more information, contact a carpet repair...

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Cleaning Guide For Residential Blinds

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quality blinds are ideal window products for limiting sunlight exposure, enhancing privacy and improving the general aesthetics. Cleaning is necessary for continued enjoyment, but most homeowners find the task daunting. It is advisable for blinds to be cleaned regularly to avoid accumulation of layers of grime and dust on the slats which would make the work more challenging. With a few simple tips, you can avoid extreme measures such as removing the blinds, scrubbing and drying unless it is the spring cleaning season. Wooden Blinds Washing wooden blinds is not recommended as a cleaning measure because real wood is susceptible to adverse effects when exposed to moisture. For instance, the slats may become warped and discoloration may occur and consequently compromise the visual impact and the effectiveness of the blinds. To effectively remove the dirt, use a soft cloth to wipe the blind slats or a vacuum cleaner brush accessory. If you have horizontal blinds, work with the cloth or brush from top to bottom, and for the vertical counterpart, clean from left to right and start from the top to avoid re-contaminating clean bottom slats. Aluminum and Vinyl Blinds Blinds made from aluminum are quite resilient, so there are several ways to ensure that they remain spotless. You can easily vacuum the blinds using a brush attachment, but ensure that you tilt the slats up and then down to thoroughly get rid of dust on both surfaces. In a similar way, you can use a soft dust cloth with a mild chemical treatment. Since aluminum is not vulnerable to rust, you can wash the slats if there are stubborn spots. You can either use a damp cloth with mild detergent or soak the blind in soapy water. However, make sure that the liquid is not hot so as to prevent warping through heat expansion. Rinse the blinds and dry them thoroughly for optimal results. Vinyl blinds are also sturdy and can be cleaned in similar ways, but the easiest technique is to spray detergent on the plastic slats and then wipe with a lint-free cloth. Fabric Blinds To avoid discolouration from accumulated dust build-up, you should vacuum the fabric blinds regularly. If you want to wash them, use a sponge and soapy water on both sides, rinse and leave unrolled to allow the fabric to dry completely. It is advisable to test this cleaning method on a sample area first to avoid extensive damage. Professional cleaning is recommended for stain-sensitive colors as well as accordion-style fabric blinds. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Blind...

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SEER rating; an important consideration when shopping for an air conditioner

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are considering buying a new air conditioner, chances are that you searching for avenues to cut back on your energy expenses without weakening your abode’s comfort levels. Of course, you will want to purchase an air conditioner unit that is labelled green and Eco-friendly. Ideally, SEER rating helps you compare the Eco-friendly characteristics of various air conditioning models on the market in order to select the most econ-friendly one. What is SEER rating? SEER is the acronym for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. As the name implies, it measures the amount of cooling capacity generated by a given air conditioner for the energy invested into it, over the period of a whole season. In technical terms, it’s the amount of cool air provided by the air conditioner per watt of electrical current consumed. Currently, SEER ratings for new air conditioners range from thirteen all the way up to twenty-three. Every air conditioning unit on the market has a SEER score in the form of a simple number. Highly efficient units will have a higher rating on the 13-23 range. You only have to look at the SEER score for an air conditioning unit to know its energy efficiency rating. Besides, air conditioners with higher SEER ratings also discharge minimal carbon dioxide into the environment. You don’t have to worry a lot about your carbon footprint, especially if you’re conscious about environmental conservation. Indeed, the advent of the SEER score is convenient for buyers of air conditioners. Price tag Increased energy efficiency comes at a cost: the higher the SEER score, the more costly the air conditioning unit. Despite the hefty outlay, an air conditioner with a high SEER rating is still a cost-effective purchase as you will save on high energy bills, which means you will eventually recoup the initial cost of the unit. Additionally, there is also the potential of tax credits from the government, which may assist you deal with the expensive initial outlay a lot better. Poor installation of an air conditioner can cut back on its overall efficiency. In other words, buying an energy efficient unit and installing it in the wrong way will negatively affect its functionality. In this regard, ensure your new unit featuring a high SEER rating is installed by qualified professionals who are conversant with the installation process. That way, you can be assured of maximum comfort and low energy bills at the end of the month. For more information, contact companies like Point Nepean Air Conditioning &...

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