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Carpets: The Nitty Gritty

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

 

Getting your carpets cleaned regularly will help keep your house clear of stains, dirt, and potential dust mites; and no one wants their house full of dust mites. These germs and allergens live deep15493285710_9f1d209e6c_o in carpets and upholstery, far away from the reaches of a standard cleaner, and can only be removed with a professional clean by companies like magic-carpet.net. If you’re looking for an efficient professional carpet cleaning service in Berkshire or Hampshire, Hook Cleaning Services are always on hand to help satisfy your carpets needs. Manufacturers recommend that your carpets receive a professional carpet cleaning minimum of twice a year. Professional care by an outside company will keep your carpets looking clean for many years and most companies utilise the latest technologies and equipment. Combining this with expert knowledge of carpets means you can expect an excellent job done. Companies will only use the best products and procedures to provide you the professional cleaning service you need and all treatments are usually environmentally friendly. Treatments have to meet very high health and safety standards and regularly cleaning your carpets can ensure your house looks and smells fresh.

There are two popular methods to clean a carpet: steam cleaning or dry cleaning. Steam cleaning is always the most recommended way to clean carpets as the steam can kill bacteria and reach farther down than a hoover or dry cleaning. Steam cleaning involves a water and soapy solution being forced through the fibers of the carpet, removing any dirt and oils and then being sucked back up. Once this is complete, the dirty water is then pumped into a tank and then disposed of. Dry cleaning doesn’t involve any rinsing and as such is seen as an incomplete process, and allows dirt to remain in the carpet.

Cleaning carpets regularly will lessen the amount of grit that is in the home and in heavy traffic areas this can be a huge amount without regular steams. If you want to add a little warmth and homeliness into your house, the easiest and best thing to do is just add a carpet or a rug to the room. Just doing this can completely change the look and atmosphere of the room it’s in and can make it look more inviting. Although this is one of the simplest ways to achieve a completely new look, as is decorating a room in the home, there are things you have to take into consideration when installing a carpet. Dust allergies are a very common and real problem and carpets need time to settle in and air out before people should use them. It’s a common misconception but carpets do not create dust allergies, people already have these it’s just that the dust gets trapped into the carpet fibres, and if not cleaned appropriately, this can encourage existing allergies. Install the carpet, let it settle and give it a good steam clean. This is the way to start!

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The Shortages Of Construction Labourers

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

The construction workforce is changing rapidly, and the impact it will have on our industry and country is a topic of frequent debate. For many of our construction clients, the shortage of skilled 2labour is a major concern for their organisations now and in the future. Finding great General contractor Dartmouth is getting harder, and with the job shortages on the rise, it can be impossible to find the right employees for your labour job.

An important but less publicised issue is the potential long-term impact of the skilled worker shortage. We need qualified, skilled workers to repair our country’s ageing infrastructure and build our schools, streets, roads, hospitals and bridges. If these skilled workers are not available, what is the cost to the U.S. economy and our country’s overall health and well-being? While technological advances have made it possible to build more effectively and efficiently with fewer people, the technology has yet to replace the need for skilled labour.

The most recent recession put an end to many of the training and apprenticeship programs that had previously taught the construction industry’s next generation. High schools in the U.S. have increasingly focused their curriculum on preparing students for success at four year colleges rather than vocational schools. The industry needs more firms to sponsor training and apprenticeship programs. We also need to encourage construction companies to utilise the training that is available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other sources. In the last few years, there have been an alarming number of deaths on sites that have not utilised available safety training.

The thrill of being part of the team to build and rebuild America can be intoxicating. Watching a new ballpark or skyscraper rise in our cities and knowing that we helped to build it is exciting. Being able to tell our children or grandchildren that we worked on a particular project is a source of pride. Contractors who take the lead in training future workers will help ensure that promising candidates gain the skills and experience they need to be safe and successful in rebuilding America.

Much of the conversation about the construction workforce lately has focused on inexperienced workers and an ageing workforce – and for good reason. Less experienced workers are more likely to be injured and older workers are likely to have fewer, but more severe injuries.

Ageing workers are also more likely to have muscle and back strains, arthritis and joint problems, or hearing and vision problems than their younger counterparts. These older, more experienced workers often bring a lot of knowledge to the job site, but their injuries can be more costly to their employers.

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Ways To Make Your House Clutter-Free

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017

The main trait of a clutterer is denial. Who me? I don’t live in a mess. I can throw things away that are chipped or broken. I can live in a home without clutter! A clutterer is a compulsive collector who can’t bear to put worthless things in the bin (garbage) or throw anything away that is broken. They have to have all their possessions on show, and hence the always have a dusty house because it is so difficult to clean. At first glance their home looks like a tip, but it is often ordered, just very busy and full. So, can we cure the clutterer? Yes we can! They just have to want to change. With a little persuasion and a lot of heartache it can be done.9074314797_3790d1fee1_o

  • Step 1 – Act like you are about to move house. Take everything out of the room. (Do this one room at a time or the clutterer just won’t cope.)
  • Step 2 – Bring back the most important things for the room. For example a living room, the sofa, couch, chairs, TV, stereo, side tables, or the bedroom, bed side tables.
  • Step 3 – Work out where all the important things sit in the space. Move them so the space flows and that you can move freely around the room. Then sit down and have a look around, breathe in, how do you feel? You should feel liberated. You will find that your chest feels lighter, the air seems to flow better, (could be something to do with Feng Shui), or just that you are not having to fight with multiple colours and textures around the room.
  • Step 4 – Start layering. Select a few things at a time to bring back into the room to decorate with. Paintings, pictures, a vase, a rug, lamps. Do it slowly and feel how the space is changing. Pick out the best items that you want to show, don’t use all of them. I have just heard lately of an expression called editing, it means select the best things you have and enjoy them, change them around seasonally or as the fashion you follow dictates, it is important that the room expresses the personality of the owner, but we don’t need their whole life story in one room.
  • Step 5 – Stop! Yes, don’t keep going. Less is better in a room. Put all the remaining items in storage until you are happy with the new space. Then after a few weeks, sort through it all, keep what is reusable, and donate the rest to a good charity or sell it on eBay. You can cure the clutterer.

This illness can easily creep back, make sure if you are going to add new things that you do it slowly and really consider their impact on the space, you may have to take something out to make room for it. If not, you will again suffer the dreadful fate of becoming a recurring clutterer. Companies like eggersfurniture.com is somewhere you can buy amazing furniture for storing all that clutter!

You can do this, we can cure the clutterer and create a potential interior decorator out of you yet. Give it a go now.

Good Luck!

 

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Plumbing Emergencies You Can Avoid

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017

There’s something to be said about having a working piping system in the home with running water. It is something that we for the most part, take advantage of as a given rather than the luxury6 that it is. There are places across the world that would marvel at waking up to running, heated water and then there’s us, who don’t give a shower a second thought. But imagine you’ve woken for your alarm for work and you step into the shower. It’s still dark and it’s a very cold winter day outside. You’re getting ready for work and all of a sudden the hot water turns into brown, smelly sludge, meaning you are no longer clean or even getting ready for work; you’re calling a professional in to sort your shower out! A home can become miserable and even uninhabitable if it is freezing cold and the water supply has failed, and the problem can just get worse and worse, with frozen pipes thawing and leaking and drains becoming backed-up with dirty water. Making sure you have a decent plumbing company on speed dial like aebheatingandplumbing.com is an essential to your home!

There’s a lot that can go wrong in the home when it comes to your plumbing and being vigilant about these issues is important. For example, you might not notice a broken radiator for months especially throughout the summer when the radiators are turned off, but once you turn your central heating on, a cold radiator will become incredibly obvious! You have to ensure that you bleed the radiator. To avoid any radiator related issues, test your radiators when the weather is still relatively pleasant, so you can bleed or clean them before you need your central heating and that way you can ensure you won’t run into any issues. Did you know that frozen pipes are among the most common winter home emergencies? These are also disastrous if they happen. Considering water has the unique talent of expanding when frozen, pipes can pop in the walls and under the sinks if the pipes freeze! When the water thaws out, the pipes then leak which in some cases can cause utter devastation to a home. Doing this removes any air that is trapped within the radiator and allows the hot water within the radiator to circulate properly. Getting the radiators cleaned properly at least once a year will help with any blockages.

Well insulated pipes are a must when it comes to your home and making sure that you have cavity wall insulation can make such a difference to your wallet should the worst happen. Be extremely careful when defrosting pipes as you can cause unnecessary damage – best to call in a professional to help! By making sure you don’t pour grease and oil down the drains, you can make sure that you don’t cause a blockage. Fat and grease dropped down a drain can cause a substantial blockage and can completely block the drains and pipes in the cold weather if it freezes. Using drain unblocker every few months will keep your drains free of debris and using drain covers over baths and sink plugholes will mean less hair and soap debris goes down the pipes and can be binned instead.

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Who Can Buy From Wholesalers?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017

Entrepreneurs new to wholesaling often fear approaching their suppliers because they mistakenly believe that wholesalers will only trade with established, fairly large retailers. Happily, this is not

Organic cherry tomatoes from Tuscarora Organic Growers (TOG) was delivered to Each Peach Market in the Washington, D.C., on Tuesday Aug 2, 2016. Each Peach Market, established in 2013, is a full service grocery store providing produce, dairy, farm fresh eggs, meat, beer and wine, prepared foods and more. The staff is ready and able to tell about how and where the foods are from and suggest ways to prepare meals. Jeanelouise Conaway and Emily Freidberg co-own the market to, as they say “…share our love for good food and the DIY culinary spirit with our community.” They feature many great local products grown and made in the region, and use suppliers such as Tuscarora to get them into this urban market.For the story behind these photos go to Rural Cooperatives Magazine and subscribe to future digital editions at http://www.rd.usda.gov/publications/rural-cooperatives-magazine  For more information about USDA Rural Development please go to http://www.rd.usda.gov/  For more information about USDA please go to www.usda.gov  USDA Media by Lance Cheung.

the case. You don’t need to have a shop or even be in charge of an office full of staff to buy from a wholesaler like celdron.co.uk. They are as happy to sell to sole traders as they are to large corporations. By their very nature, almost all wholesalers will state they are for ‘trade only’, but if you plan to buy stock and sell it on, you are technically a trader – you don’t need to have a limited company behind you to be eligible. Wholesalers are mostly ‘trade only’ for the benefits accrued from their manufacturers, for tax purposes and, of course, to set them apart from high street stores.

Most wholesalers like celdron.co.uk are happy to sell goods to you without proof of being ‘in the trade’, but some will demand evidence that you don’t plan to use their products for your own personal use. Again, if you are a budding sole trader new to wholesaling, this is nothing to fear. Proof of trading can be easily provided in the form of a business card or a letterhead bearing your trading name. An invoice from another wholesaler or a bank statement from your business account will also be sufficient to kick off your trading relationship. As with many aspects of wholesaling, there is great variation as to what individual wholesalers will require of buyers. If your local wholesaler demands a large minimum order or other unhelpful conditions from you, it makes obvious sense to visit other wholesalers until you find one that best suits your needs. Some wholesalers don’t even insist that you take the whole ‘batch’ (the groupings of goods that wholesalers put together to sell on) so you are able to pick and choose exactly how much of a particular product you need.

So, if you are afraid of approaching your wholesaler, the message is don’t be. The difference between wholesalers and retailers is less than you may think. You may have to jump through a few more hoops for your supplier but, essentially, both want your business – the vital difference being that wholesalers will cost you vastly less money. So have a look around – the wholesaler that could save you a large chunk of your budget could be just around the corner. Trade cards are issued on behalf of wholesalers like celdron.co.uk  to reward loyalty from businesses who buy their goods. Working much like standard retail store cards, trade cards also allow you access to a wide range of wholesalers and are a valuable sign that you are an established trader.

The reason that small firms can save money by buying wholesale goods isn’t because they ‘fell off the back of a lorry’ and ended up in a warehouse via the yellow Robin Reliant of a cigar-smoking market trader from Peckham. There are many, wholly legitimate, reasons why wholesale products are so cheap. Firstly, by simple economics, buying in bulk shaves a significant amount off the retail price. Also, as you are dealing with wholesalers keen to offload their goods, not the perfume counter at Harrods, these savings can be increased even further by a spot of persuasion (i.e. haggling – more of that later). The stock may be end-of-the-line products that have been replaced by an updated model or design but still perfectly usable. You will need to do a bit of research to find out what kind of condition these goods are in, but most wholesalers clearly label their stock and what you see is generally what you get. Many wholesalers also stock catalogue or chain store returns. When a customer returns goods to a catalogue company, for whatever reason, the product is automatically sent with other similar items to be sold off by wholesalers. The wholesaler then break these batches up and sell the goods off in smaller quantities at a massively reduced price. Small firms normally make the biggest savings when buying products from wholesalers in this way.

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Better Coating Results With Pre-Treatments

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

Clean metal by itself can be immediately powder coated but that will not give you superior performance and weathering characteristics. A good pre-treatment allows the powder coating to better bond physically to the metal, withstand exterior weathering, and prevents flash rust prior to powder coating.  Because of all the benefits associated with it, you should always consider adding metal pre-treatment to your coating process. There are a few of methods of pre-treatment. The first one is chemically etching the metal with an acid based product that promotes adhesion of the powder coating to slick or difficult to adhere to metals. Aluminum is typically a very slick substrate, so it needs some sort of surface treatment to remove oxidation and to etch the surface. Etching chemicals are usually more difficult to work with than the next method.

Metal Cleaning_1The second method of pre-treatment, phosphating, is used to improve the corrosion resistance of the product.  Iron phosphate is the oldest method of pre-treatment. It is a great way to improve the adhesion of the powder as well as doubling or tripling the corrosion resistance of powder by itself. In a pure steel fabrication process, it is the most common chemical pre-treatment. Zinc Phosphate is a more robust process that results in the best corrosion resistance for steel products that are meant for ships or near coastal areas. Besides etching and phosphating, a third method of pre-treatment is Zirconium Non-Phosphate pre-treatment. In essence, it is a combination etching chemical such as zirconium fluoride in a low solids acrylic sealer that bonds to the metal. This newer process is used for multi-metal operations and also combines well with cleaners for a 1-3 step spray system, depending on the chemical manufacturer. By using companies like envirotech-europe.com you can ensure that you have the right treatments for your metals whether this is aerospace or medical equipment.

If you are coating sheet steel, for example, you will usually only need light oil cleaning. Angle iron or castings often need sand/shot blasting to remove scale and surface rust. Aluminum is prepared differently than galvanized or regular steel; the oxidation layer of aluminum must be removed, which requires certain chemicals that provide a good etched layer for paint adhesion. Identifying which type of cleaning is right for your process is the first step in long-lasting, quality results.

Finally, your customer’s specifications will determine the cost and complexity of your pre-treatment process. If a tractor-trailer wheel needs to last 5-10 years on the road under heavy use in ice and snow, then the powder coater needs a superior pre-treatment process. A decorative base for an interior table would not need the corrosion resistance as the wheel, but might need a good etch or blast profile to prevent powder loss due to being bumped from time to time. An interior fluorescent light fixture would need neither improved adhesion or corrosion resistance, but would still need clean metal for the powder to be applied defect-free.

With all these questions answered, you’ll be able to implement a pre-treatment process that produces quality and consistent results for you and your customers.

 

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