Nov 21

Granite Floors

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Granite Tile Floors Dos and Don’ts   by yangxp

The production of granite has been millions of years in the making, made by the greatest manufacturer there is - the earth itself. Granite tile and slabs are both a decorative and practical choice, making your choice of granite both a stylish and smart one indeed! Due to its hardness, its resistance to heat and other forms of stress, as well as the versatility which is offered by granite tile, you are making an investment that will add value to your property and one which will be the source of a tremendous pride of ownership.Here are a few things to think about when you are considering granite tile for your project:


1. Consider the area where you intend to install granite tile. Make sure that factors such as moisture levels, foot traffic, and slip resistance are carefully considered.

2. Read all warranty information before purchase

3. Look into hiring a flooring tile professional to help you as working with granite can be very strenuous, due to its weight particularly. When in doubt, it’s always best to get experienced help

4. Inspect the whole batch before beginning an installation for possible breakage and any other issues, and consult your terms and conditions as to how to see about compensation, if any.

5. Expect color variations in your batch of granite tile. Remember, granite is a natural material. Use these natural color variations found in your batch to your advantage. Get as creative with your layout as you can.

6. Lay out all of your granite tiles in a dry run before applying mortar or other chosen adhesive agent.

7. Choose a sealant that best suits your choice in granite tile. Ask your sales rep or flooring professional about specific varieties and brand names.

8. Initiate a cleaning and maintenance regimen; choose the appropriate cleaners and polishes based on experienced advice in order to make sure your granite tile retains all of its natural beauty.


1. Install granite tile on an uneven, dirty or wet subfloor.

2. Leave spills to sit on your granite tile flooring or countertops.

3. Allow dirt and grit to remain on the surface of your granite tile. These elements can affect the finish over time and take away from the natural beauty of granite.

4. Use acid-based cleaners or other agents on your granite tile.

5. Forget to thoroughly rinse your granite tile once you’ve used a recommended cleaner, or forget to change dirty water or solution which you are using to clean the tile.

6. Use scouring powders, steel wool, or other abrasive materials to remove stains from your granite tile.

One of the best courses of action to take to ensure that granite tile is the right choice for flooring or countertop solution is to consult with the experts. This way, you are benefiting from years of experience, which will allow you to avoid costly mistakes. It will also help to make sure that your granite tile will be as attractive and long lasting as it is meant to be with you as its best ally!

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Nov 20

Pool Cleaning

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Why You Need a Pool Chemical   by Nupur das

If you have a pool you are going to need to be aware of the different things that you need to do in order to take care of it. For instance, you will need to buy a pool chemical selection so that you can ensure the pool is always clean and safe for people to swim in.

It is very important that you use the right pool chemical products and that you schedule it correctly so that there is never too much in the water at any one particular time.

As a pool owner, here are a few pool chemical tips that will come in helpful and ensure that you take proper care of your pool.

Pool Chemical Tips

For one you should know that most manufacturers will use a pool chemical in concentrated form, and users then need to take these liquids and dilute them when they are cleaning their pool. Pool chemicals can be purchased from local stores or online, and whenever you are using any type of pool chemicals, of course you need to take caution and make sure that you do not get yourself or anyone else around you hurt.

It is important to adhere to dosage instructions to acquire a desired result, and when selecting such products it is advisable to choose quality over cheap products. You will definitely be getting your money’s worth and so take your time and make sure that you get the right products.

Other Products

There are also a few other things that you are going to need to purchase, such as a pool filter which will help to filter out everything bad such as dirt and debris from the pool and it keep it clean. Nobody wants to swim in a dirty pool, and not only that but if you have children or loved ones going in it you want to make sure that they are not going to get sick.

There are definitely certain responsibilities that you are going to need to take care of if you have a pool, but just think about how well worth it all of it is. After all, during the warm summer months you can head out to your backyard and jump right in your own pool.

You can invite all your friends over and have a pool party, or tan out on the deck by the side of your pool. It is definitely worth it, as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort of taking care of it.

About the AuthorNupur Das, an ardent writer is a Masters in English.She has many short stories to her credit and now given her attention to article writing.Please visit my blog for more Swimming Pool Tips.

Nov 20

Office Cleaning

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Office Cleaning Tips   by Bill Ascough

Cleaning an office may seem like a large task, and it is, but it is a task that you can accomplish with a proven process. You use organized action when you work, and organized actions work when you clean.Begin with the things that you don’t need. Grab trash bins, waste baskets, and recycling receptacles, and eliminate all the items that aren’t necessary in the office.

You will notice that personal items often clutter an office, so you will want to relocate them, also, to a home rather than an office.

Once your trash and you misplaced personal belongings are all where they need to be, move on. Go to the file cabinets, where you are sure to find many space wasters of files that are no long necessary. Shred or burn these papers to protect the information but get rid of them.

Look at everything on and inside a desk. Let no piece of trash escape unchucked. Everything that doesn’t need to be in the office must be out of the office because it hampers productivity.

Once all trash, recycle, and shred items are off the agenda, it is time to organize. Place all papers, folders, and notes where they need to be, and make sure you take no shortcuts in organizing and end up where you began.

With damp cloths and manufactured cleaners, clean all the office technology. Computers, copiers, keyboards, mice, fax machines, and phones should be cleaned and sanitized. Cabinet interiors should also be cleaned.

Dust the cubicle partitions and the chairs, and clean up any residue dirt. Vacuum the surrounding area.

The desktop will need to have coffee and other drink stains removed. Food items and dishes must be moved to the break room. The desk should be organized to allow work to be performed efficiently. More trash may be discovered as you organize now. Throw everything unnecessary. Don’t keep any items you know you will not use in the long run.

Wipe all photo frames, bookshelves, awards, and surfaces should be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Any other surfaces should be eradicated of clutter and dirt as well.

Mop the floors where appropriate. Your office should be fairly clean. The office also wasn’t always dirty, so to keep it clean, follow this process every day as you work.

You handle paperwork everyday. Try to handle only one time and take action on it, or be sure that if it is a necessary file it is in an in box and not sitting on my your desk.

Try to not even have an out box. Deliver all your messages or have them delivered immediately. File things away if they can wait. Trash anything that is not important.

If you find that this new method of compulsory organization has you up and at the recycle and the trash often, try to take the trash items and recyclables when you throw out the old coffee you will never drink or the lunch that you are done with. You aren’t going to need two bites of a hoagie later, so go ahead and keep trash items.

Keep yourself organized.

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Nov 20

Carpet Cleaning

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A Few Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Carpets   by Elisha Hansen

Even though the carpeting in your home may look clean, in reality there may be a substantial amount of dirt lying just below the surface. The longer this dirt is allowed to work its way down the harder in the end it will be to remove it. This is why it is imperative that your carpet be cleaned about twice and even up to three times a year. Dealing With Spills and Stains

In between major cleanings you will encounter small spills and stains that can be removed by simple hand treatments. Understanding the best way to do this will make removing these incidental stains more easy.

Vacuum First

Begin by vacuuming the area where the stain is located. Then using a damp towel, rub out as much of the surface stain that you can, being careful that you don’t soak the stained are with an excess of water. After you have completed this phase you can move onto the next step.

Canned Carpet Cleaner

That would be to use a commercial canned carpet cleaner that you can buy at your local hardware or carpet store. There there are several different varieties, with most people preferring the foaming type that comes in an aerosol can. Use a stiff brush to scrub the carpet after you have applied the cleaner.

Dealing With Stubborn Food Stains

If it is a difficult stain that you are removing, such as coffee or other types of food stains, you may want to cover the area with a warm wet towel after you have scrubbed in the cleaner. This will allow the cleaner some extra time to work with out drying out.

If You Aren’t Satisfied Try Again

After you have done all that you can to scrub the stain out then you will have to let the carpet cleaner dry, so you can vacuum it out. In the end, if you are not completely satisfied with the results you can always repeat the cleaning process or call a professional carpet cleaning service to come and see what they can do.

About the AuthorEven though the carpeting in your home may look clean, in reality there may be a substantial amount of dirt lying just below the surface. The longer this dirt is allowed to work its way down the harder in the end it will be to remove it. This is why it is imperative that your carpet be cleaned about twice and even up to three times a year.

Nov 20

Window Cleaning Tips

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Seven MUST KNOW window cleaning tips by Stacy Parker

A shining window is the desire of everyone. Clean, bright shiny windows add a new look to every house. Like furniture, windows require their own cleaning procedure to keep them looking brand-new and tidy. Here are 7 clever ideas to give your windows a marvellous shine.

1) Make certain that you dry your windows in one direction - rightwards or leftwards. Mixing the direction can leave unpleasant streaks on the glass and make it look untidy.2) Before you wipe the window glass, remove all dust from the windows so that in a wet cloth, you don’t leave mud on the window. Water and dust will form mud.

3) Windows are very sensitive to dirt. You should accordingly apply only clean water in cleaning windows and in cases where you use damp cloth, use only clean cloths.

4) If you are cleaning window sills, rub the complete surface with a damp cloth vaporized with alcohol so that all the spots will clear off for a nice shine.

5) When cleaning windows which are out of your reach, use a step ladder if the height is medium or use a regular ladder if quite high. Always guarantee that the safety clip is on and if possible, ask some one to hold the base of the ladder for safety purposes.

6) If the glass is greasy or smoky, add some vinegar to the water before cleaning the windows. Vinegar removes grease without leaving stains or streaks.

7) Sprays are better to use than buckets of water. When cleaning windows of considerable heights, try using sprays instead of buckets of water because they can spill and you will have to do everything over. The sheer weight and burden will get you tired easily.

Getting a window to sparkle is an easy task. The only thing you need is the above window cleaning tips.

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About the AuthorStacy Parker writes regularly about home related topics. I hope you enjoy this article.

Nov 20

Cleaning Wool Carpets

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Cleaning Wool Carpets- Tips to Maintain Your Wool Carpets    by Jim Thornton

Cleaning a wool carpet takes care and attention, in fact just as much care and attention as you would use when washing your real wool garments. Wool is without a doubt the best type of carpet to have in any home, providing many advantages over synthetic alternatives.Such carpets are not only the most expensive of any kind of carpet you could buy, but as with anything, you also get what you pay for. They have an outstanding natural ability to resist wear and tear, and the ability to resist most stains far better than any synthetic material.

Wool is a luxurious fiber because it is natural, but also because it is soft. However, as with the vast majority of natural fibers, wool has its own particular weaknesses when it comes to cleaning materials, and you have to be careful what you use if you want to maintain your wool carpet properly.

Cleaning a wool carpet is quite different to that of carpets fashioned from synthetic fibers such as nylon, and if you have built up a collection of cleaning solutions for synthetic fiber carpets, you would do well to discard them immediately. Most carpet cleaners will be either too acidic or too alkaline to use on wool. Any cleaning solution for a wool carpet should have a pH value as close to neutral as possible, otherwise it could well cause the wool fabric to break down and dissolve, or at the very least lose its natural softness and become severely discoloured.

The best method of helping to keep a wool carpet clean is to regularly vacuum it, since the wool will resist most stains and dirt for a short while. Whereas with most carpets perhaps weekly vacuuming is perfectly acceptable, wool carpets need to be vacuumed a minimum of three times a week, although it is preferable to vacuum daily in order to make sure that your carpet remains in the best condition.

Should your carpet suffer a spill or spot then it is important to act as quickly as possible. Use an absorbent cloth and dilute the spill using water. Wool is absorbent and so it is important not to use too much water. For best results use a solution which is three parts water to one part vinegar. This slightly acidic solution will not harm your carpet, but it will help to dilute the stain and at the same time will help to keep the wool soft.

Never scrub a stain on a wool carpet as this will almost certainly break down the fibres, which will result in your carpet becoming fuzzy. Never become too eager to use too much liquid as over-wetting a wool carpet can result in discoloration, causing a yellow or brown tinge to appear.

Always lift spots and stains immediately using a ph neutral cleaning solution or a vinegar and water mixture. Vacuum your wool carpet at least every day or every other day and it is important to make sure that once a year, or at least every 18 months, you use a professional carpet cleaner who is able to use methods, which are safe for cleaning wool carpets.

This should involve any of the several wool safe dry cleaning methods. By using a professional dry cleaner, you will help to ensure the longevity of your carpet, and guard against any possible damage to the fibres and unnecessary wetting, which could also cause discoloration.

Wool carpets are the first choice for many homes, at least for those who can afford the expense. Naturally resistant to fire, they are not only extremely comfortable and attractive but also add a significant level of safety. Able to absorb a tremendous amount of moisture they can help to keep the humidity in your home down to a minimum. Wool will almost certainly outlive any synthetic carpet material, and if cared for properly will continue to look and feel in an excellent condition for many, many years.

However, in order to achieve this longevity it is important to follow the above advice for cleaning and caring for your wool carpet. Remember, never use traditional carpet cleaning detergents, never over-wet your carpet, and never scrub it. With regular vacuum cleaning, and annual dry-cleaning, your wool carpet should prove to be the best value for money.

Cleaning wool carpets is neither simple nor as quick as for most other types of carpet, but if done properly your wool carpet will reward the care and attention you give it with many years of faithful and hardwearing service. They are both beautiful and functional.

About the AuthorJim Thornton has been cleaning wool rug for over 30 years specializing in the care and spot removal. Wool carpets require pH neutal cleaning agents to prevent damage. For more information go to

Nov 20

Tips for Cleaning Your Carpets by Rameshcmscomputer

Everyone knows that a deep cleaning of carpets done every year or so will keep carpets looking fresh and prolong their useful life. And many people find that doing the carpet cleaning themselves better suits their schedules and budgets than hiring professional carpet cleaners. If you decided to take on the challenge of steam cleaning your carpets, consider the following tips to make sure your end results will meet your expectations.First, before beginning the deep cleaning process, remove as much furniture as possible from the room, and do a thorough vacuuming.
The more soil you remove before cleaning your carpet, the better your results will be. For more details visit to .Check the several cleaning systems that are available for rent before making your selection. Some rental companies have cleaning equipment that is similar to what the professionals use; however, the equipment that is often available for rent in retail or grocery stores may not have enough power to extract all the cleaning solution from the carpet.
The equipment should have enough vacuum capacity to allow the carpet to dry within 12 hours after cleaning. If you are uncertain about the ability of any equipment to do a top quality job, consult with your carpet manufacturer or retailer for their recommendations.

Avoid over-wetting the carpet. Too much moisture can cause damage to the carpet or its backing, and prolonged dampness may encourage the development of mildew and bacterial. Most problems resulting from do-it-yourself cleaning stem from using too much water or detergent.

Your carpet manufacturer or retailer can recommend which products are best suited for your specific carpeting, but double check to make certain it has a pH less than 10, and proclaims to have no sticky residue. To know more logon to .If your carpet contains wool or other natural fibers, chose a cleaning solution specially formulated for them. A clear water rinse after the cleaning will should remove any remnants of the cleaning solution.

If your carpet is “stain resistant,” it must be cleaned with products formulated for that purpose, or the stain resistance will be impaired and the carpet’s warranty may be voided. Also note: the warranty may be voided if not professionally cleaned regardless of the stain protection. Do not use any cleaning solutions that contain bleaches or brighteners, since they may discolor the carpet. Avoid using any silicone-based anti-soil treatments — their long term benefits are minimal, and can cause real damage to your carpeting.

Help your carpet dry as quickly and completely as possible. You can use fans to move air across the carpeting, and a dehumidifier or air conditioner to pull moisture out of the air. The quicker the carpet dries, the better. 12 hours is a reasonable time to expect drying to complete; 24 hours is too long.

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Nov 20

Grout cleaning tips

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Grout Cleaning   by

Cleaning your grout has always been associated with getting on your hands and knees and painfully scrubbing away for hours and hours and the results were, at best, decent. It’s a tough process no doubt, and sometimes it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it to do it yourself. Sure, you can hire a professional company to come in and do it for you but their prices can be outrageous, as they usually charge by the square foot.
If cleaning your grout is something you want done without your wallet feeling considerably lighter, doing it yourself is still an option. There have been many advances in grout cleaning and surprisingly no longer requires getting on your knees and doing some hard scrubbing. You can pick up an industrial-strength grout brush with a pole, and professional-strength grout cleaning solutions that lift up all of the dirt and grime accumulated.
Used together that means you can effectively clean your grout easily, without getting on your knees, whenever you want, without paying an arm and a leg to have people come out to do it for you.

Go around to your local home improvement stores and specialty cleaning stores and see for yourself. You can pick up a brush and cleaning solution for a fraction of the price of having a professional company come out. Do some research on the internet, there are stores that sell them as well and you can order from the comfort of your own home. Several good websites are which is a great resource for lots of do-it-yourself projects, has some good information and tips on methods to clean properly, and of course which is an excellent resource for pretty much anything.

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Nov 20

How to maintain your sink

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To keep your sinks clean, germ-free and looking new, you need to do regular maintenance on them. The kind of care and maintenance you need to do largely depends on the material your sink has. Here are sinks care tips for common sink materials:Stainless Steel Sinks Stainless steel sinks are relatively easy to clean and maintain. However, to prevent scratches, dents and to keep it looking new, you need to do regular maintenance on it.
Clean your stainless steel sink with hand dishwashing liquid detergent and water, or a baking soda and water solution. Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth or paper towel to polish the surface. Do not use scouring powders or steel wool pads as they will surely scratch your sink. Use rubber or plastic mats to avoid pans and tableware from marking and scratching the surface. You can also add a small amount of vinegar or ammonia to achieve a more polished look.

Porcelain Enamel Sinks Never leave acid-based spills or acidic food to sit on the surface of the sink for a long time. Most porcelain iron sinks are not acid resistant and tends to discolor and even etch when exposed to harsh materials like acids for a long time. It may be best to use plastic or perforated mats to protect porcelain sinks from any damage.

Stone Sinks Natural stones are porous so that certain substances may tend to stain your stone sink. Stone sinks also tend to absorb moisture if not properly protected. Because of this, it is best to wipe spills immediately and to avoid the build-up of by-products such as salt, lime, calcium or detergents. stone sinks must be regularly cleaned using a sponge or a soft cloth with a non-abrasive neutral detergent and warm water, and rinsed thoroughly. (Note: Never use acidic or base cleaners or abrasive cleaning pads!)

Copper Sinks Copper sinks are unique since they are the only kind that develops a patina due to copper’s normal reaction with the environment. This patina is unique for every sink: they can never to duplicated, nor can they be rushed. Copper sinks come in two general types: the natural brown finish and the clear glossy shine finish.

Never use hard water and acid based cleaners if you have a natural brown or glossy shine copper sink as they tend to develop spotting. In case your area has hard water, always wipe your sink every after use with a soft cloth so that spots would not develop. If your sink comes in contact with chemicals or acidic debris, a bright spot will likely remain which can be cleaned with soap and water, but will only be completely removed in time when the sink completely recovers its patina.

Wood Sinks Wood sinks are usually coated with natural varnish which creates the barrier which separates the wood and the water. When cleaning your wood sink, always use a mild, anti-bacterial liquid soap and a sponge to clean your sink. Never use harsh chemicals, abrasives, scouring sponges or bleach to wipe the surface. It is also best to avoid running extremely hot liquids into the sink surface.

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Nov 20

Rust and rust removal tips

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Inexpensive Solutions for High-Cost Rust Problems by Markus Skupeika

Rust can be found everywhere, your favorite accessories, bikes, gears, furniture, steel utensils, walls, even on concrete walls and a lot more to mention, we sometimes loose valuable objects because of rust stains, with out proper treatment or rust removers, rust build up on your objects might lead to serious problems causing the loss of your items, others say that rust is the hardest thing to remove, but don’t loose hope here are some rust removing tips, just follow the instructions carefully and see it for yourself.Let’s start with Fabrics:For cotton and linens; Rubbing liquid dishwashers or laundry detergent thoroughly into the stain can remove rust, just repeat the process and rinse with clean water, but if the rust still remains, test the colorfastness of the fabric, afterward use rust remover, follow the instructions carefully to have a better outcomes.

For Modacrylic, Nylons, Olefin, Polyester and Acrylic Fabrics

Applying Lemon juice can take out the stain, after squeezing it on to the stain let it there for around 20 minutes, but don’t let it dry, launder it of possible, rinse it afterward with clean water, repeat you are not convinced with the results, but its much better to use proper rust removal products.

For carpets either synthetic or wool

Lemon juice and salt can do the trick in taking out stains on your carpets, first you have to clean your carpet this way you can remove dust and some of its rust, you can now apply the lemon juice with salt, let it sit for 5 minutes until its dry, remove the lemon juice by blotting with white towels, dish washing detergent can also remove stains, scrubbing it makes the stains loosen up, if your not happy with the results you can repeat the whole process or try rust remover products.

And now the hard ones:

For Bricks, Granites and Concrete

Make a poultice containing 1 part of sodium citrate, 7 parts Glycerine (lime-free), 6 parts of warm water and powdered calcium carbonate (chalk) and there you go your own rust remover paste, just apply this paste to the stained area and wait until it hardens, use wooden scraper to remove the paste, repeat if necessary, wash the area thoroughly with clean water.

For Fragile objects:

Porcelain Dishes, Porcelain Fixtures and Ceramic Tiles

Put your Porcelain or Ceramic Fixtures on a tub (sink), wet scouring stick along with the pumice bar, and then rub the stains, I almost forgot, don’t use pumice stick on ceramic glasses found on cookware, this will scratch the surface, use borax instead and lemon juice, rub it on the stain, wait until its dry afterward rinse with clean water (dry it thoroughly with cloth).

Removing rust from metals

Stainless steels can still be affected with rust (even though it has the name stainless), rubbing it with a fine grade of emery paper followed with a slice of onions (rub onions too, Silly), rinse with hot water and dry thoroughly with soft cloth.

Old way elbow grease also can remove rust stains, but if you don’t have intentions of using it and prefer manual cleaning of rust, you may use a little help from sandpapers and other coarse products like steel wools, but this application may take a while, and the worse part is you might have lots of attempts if the rust occupies a great portion of the metal.

Another way is using baking soda, it’s a natural rust remover, mix baking soda with water to make a paste, just make sure that you made a pasty solution enough to adhere the surface, apply it on the metal and let it sit, wait until the rust loosen up, then scrub, if rust is too deep, apply other applications or use rust removal products, make sure that your using the right one.

Rust Stains is quite hard and almost impossible to remove, but after following some of my rust remover techniques you will find out that rust isn’t impossible to erase it just takes time and proper rust removal products.

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