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WHAT CONSUMERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CARPET CLEANING

Some industries are not regulated and carpet cleaning industries are part of those unregulated industries. In this industry,  anyone can call themselves a professional without any basis for such claim. Still,  these people are invited into your home and then use cleaning chemicals that can be harmful if you have no knowledge of how to use them properly. More importantly, they do not have the necessary equipment (not a rented shampooer) needed to the properly remove the chemicals.

There are many nightmare stories  about overuse of chemicals, about crimes committed or improper use of chemicals.  There are also exposes on Bait-and-Switch companies that use low coupon offers to hook unsuspecting consumers into a bill they are eventually compelled to pay. You can’t tell who is a great cleaner or the ones you would never want to use by simply opening a phone book. The “great” cleaners distinguish themselves from the fake companies who use unsafe cleaning practices and  hard-sell tactics by working very hard.

Carpets and rugs in your home acts as a “filter” for indoor air. The fibers in rugs and carpets “grab and hold on to” contaminants and particulates. So, like any filter, it needs cleaning because when it’s full it won’t be able to grab anything else and anytime you step on it, contaminants are released back into the air.

A key to a healthy indoor environment is cleaning your carpet. A truly professional carpet cleaning company will look into your particular needs and use the right cleaning solutions and equipment to fulfill those needs for you and your family.

Consumers planning on hiring carpet cleaners should note the following.

1. Do not choose a carpet cleaning service base on equipments alone, ensure the company has skilled employees who are capable of operating the equipments. And this can  be verified by asking for a written proof of the technician’s and the company’s IICRC certification.

2. Choosing a carpet cleaner because of low price could be problematic as it could be a bait just to attracts consumers and it could also mean that the carpet cleaner has cheap equipments which won’t be  effective.

3. Always choose a good carpet cleaner after they’ve being invited to your home and not just through a phone call.

4. Choose a carpet cleaner who offer a money-back guarantee.

5. Get comments from previous clients. comments from his other clients.

Types of Energy Efficient Windows

A variety of window technologies can improve the energy efficiency of windows, including low-E coatings filled with gas with rack options for high performance. How these technologies affect the energy efficiency of a window depends on the sum up of all the parts. This is the place where whole window energy rating helps, taking into account the combined effect of glazing, spacers and frame (enhanced thermally).

Energy-efficient windows become the main means and the of people saving energy in their homes. Best replacement windows with more efficient energy saving ones can help you save on fuel bills and keep your home insulated. There are plenty of energy-efficient windows on the market, and new technologies and discoveries are underway to further improve on the existing ones. Choosing the right glass for your doors and windows is an important decision. Some of the most popular types of energy-efficient windows are presented.

 

Triple glazed vinyl

Triple glazed vinyl windows are a superior form when it comes to window insulation. They provide passive solar energy to help keep the house warm during the winter and help keep the house cool in the summer. Corrugated glazed windows offer three fold protection as the three panes are insulated between layers, making it air tight and sturdy.

Gas filled windows

Gas-filled windows are still a bit of a mystery to some people. A relatively new concept, the window spaces are filled with xenon, argon or krypton gas. The gas is pumped into the interstices between the panels and sealed so that it helps prevent condensation between the panels and maintain maximum efficiency.

Triple glazed wood framed

Wood remains the material of choice with regard to windows for a home. They are warm and welcoming and offer the real character that other frames do not have. The same technology used in vinyl windows and gas filled windows is used to create triple glazed wooden frames.

How to Repair Concrete Cracks

Repairing cracks in concrete is an easy project that any handyman can do. It not only makes concrete look better, but extends the lifetime of the concrete, keeping it from the elements. These are steps on handling foundation crack repair in concrete.

Clean the floor

Before using a concrete filler, ensure that no oil or dirt is on the floor. If there are, use a grease cleaner to wipe them out. This will help the cement to bond well with the filler.

Chisel the crack clean

Use a cold chisel and a hammer to get rid of any bigger pieces in the crack. Hold the chisel at an angle and hit with the hammer to chisel the crack. This is keying the hole at the base or inside of the crack to be larger than that on the surface. This keying helps the new patch material to bond well with the old crack.

Brush and vacuum

Once you have keyed the crack, it is important to clean up and get rid of dust and debris. Use a broom, then empty the depth of the crack thoroughly.

Spread concrete patch

To use the concrete filler, cut the nozzle off the bottle and slowly fill the cracks. If you use a mixed concrete patch, mix according to the manufacturer’s instruction and then apply the patch to the crack. Check cracks in a few minutes to see if the filler has settled. You might have to add some more if it does not look tight. Use a trowel to smoothen cracks

Let it cure

Allow the filler to dry overnight or at least the time recommended by the manufacturer. Then, check again if additional patch is needed.

Seal the patch and concrete

After correcting the concrete, it is a good idea to seal it. Concrete easily absorb stains, and seal helps avoid this. There are more than a few products available for concrete waterproofing, but water-resistant polyurethane is a good choice. If the floor has a rough finish, apply the polyurethane with a brush or brush using the bristles to work the sealer into the rough surface. With a surface that is smooth, use a roller.

The beauty of water-based polyurethane is that it dries quickly, so you can put a second coat a few hours after the first. In addition, water-based polyurethanes do not feel as bad as other types of sealants. In areas that see high traffic, it is a good idea to apply three or four layers.

HOW TO BUILD GARAGE SHELVES

I was really inspired by a Saint Louis home decorator, whom i hired to help finish up my garage; how he helped build a nice shelve and i had to put up an article explaining the process.

These are the necessary tools for this DIY project.

Cordless drill

Framing square

Tape measure

Build and assemble it quickly

  1. Mark the parts of the frame for quick assembly.

All the frames parts should be cut to length and then mark where the rails will  be screwed to each of the leg. Repeat the same thing on the 2x2s. This will make the whole thing to go together in a snap.

.Put the frame together

  1. The frames should be assembled.

If you work on top of a sheet of plywood, it will help in keeping each frame squared up.  The edges of the plywood should be used to line up, and also make sure you adjust things as you screw the frame together. Note that it always help if you pick the straightest lumber possible when you are shopping.

Install the shelves

  1. The shelves should be screwed on.

It is much more easier when installing the shelves in each frame if you have someone to help you hold the frames. If you are working alone, make one of the frames lean against the wall and then hold up the other frame while screwing the first shelf into place.

Screw the unit to the wall

  1. Fasten the shelves to the wall.

Each unit should be screwed to the wall through the top rail by using construction screws spaced every third stud. Though this shelf unit is really sturdy, make it more secure by screwing the units together through the front legs. Try to align the legs if your floor is uneven or sloped.

Install the middle cleats for the sliding bins

  1. Installation of cleats for slide-out bins.

In order to avoid stacking the small bins on top of one another, make sure you hang the top bins from cleats. Installation of the cleats will go really fast if you start your screws in each cleat first and later use a spacer to put a mark the cleat’s location as you screw it on.

If you hang the bins from cleats, it means you do not have to stack them on top of each other and also, you can slide them in and out easily.

How to Maintain your Window on a Regular Basis

As you go about your routine home care, do not miss the maintenance of the window. It is an important measure that will keep your windows in good condition and extend their longevity. Well-maintained windows enhance the security and appearance of your home. Fluctuations in temperature, rain, dust and debris take their shots on the windows. This contributes to a lot of wear and tear. Here, some maintenance tips for the windows are presented.

Cleaning

St. Charles windows

Credit: Recommended guide on maintaining windows, written by a St. Charles windows repair expert

Clean wooden windows with a damp cloth regularly. This helps to remove dust and dirt. Avoid using too much water, as it is likely to encourage rot. Wash vinyl and aluminum windows with a mild detergent and a mild cleaning brush. A glass cleaner allows to leave the windows bright. Be sure to clean the window casing and the adjacent area of the wall as well. This helps reduce the accumulation of dirt and debris in the window components, which often contributes to window jam.

Regular inspection

Perform a full inspection of your windows regularly. Check the frame of the window to be sure that they are in good condition. Use a metal probe for signs of decay, which could indicate moisture infiltration. Check the signs of humidity on double or triple windows. This indicates that the seal is faulty and must be replaced. A failed joint reduces the insulation capacity of the windows. The sun can make certain areas of the frame to become fragile and distorted. Paint may have peeled in some areas. If you have weather peeling on your windows, check the condition during the inspection. Arrange for replacement in case of serious wear and tear. Check the gap between the window housing and the wall. These can be filled with a latex caulking product.

Re-painting

Re-paint metal and wooden windows every 3 to 4 years. It helps keep them protected against the elements and maintains their appearance. Always apply paint on windows that have been thoroughly cleaned. Be careful not to paint moving parts or a closed window, or the window will jam.

Damaged parts

Attend to all the cracks, holes and chips in the window quickly. The more time you take to attend to damaged areas, the more the window will deteriorate. Once you identify the parts that are rotted in a wooden window, use a screwdriver to clean the bad wood, then fill the cracks and holes with epoxy putty. Use several layers to get the best results. Once the putty is dry, soften the surface with sandpaper, then apply the primer and paint.

Just like damaged frames, cracked or broken glass requires your immediate attention. Repair or replace your window quickly to secure your home and avoid accidental cuts by broken glass.

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