Improving Your Home? Safety Tips And Ideas.

There’s no time like Summer to get moving on all those well-intentioned home improvement ideas. Longer days, clement weather, a lighter and more agile body than the puffy one’s we generally drag around come the cooler months all make it easier to get inspired and make our home improvement dreams a reality.

Once you’ve established what needs to be done, finding the right tools is the top priority. The right tools are the essential ingredient in any home improvement undertaking. There’s nothing more frustrating than setting up for a long and productive day of painting the porch/fixing the fence/building a chook shed, only to discover the screwdriver isn’t the one you need, or the paint’s not suitable for the task at hand. The experts at Sunlite Mitre 10 can guide you toward the correct tools for the job. Perhaps most importantly, calling on the expertise of hardware professionals ensures a safe working environment. Safety should always be your first priority when embarking on a home improvement project- which is why it’s critical you seek professional advice before getting started.

Ladders are one of the primary causes of debilitating injuries around the home. Make absolutely sure yours is suitable for the task at hand and meets current safety standards.

If you don’t have the time or energy to undertake complex home improvements, but wish to spruce up the look of the place a little, there are loads of simple tricks you can employ- given the right equipment. Why not liven up window panes in old weatherboard homes with a fresh, contrasting coat of paint? You’ll be able to get the job done in less than a day, and it will go a long way to brightening and enlivening the exterior of your home.

Cleaning Furniture

Cleaning your furniture regularly goes a long way in maintaining its quality and extending its lifespan. Taking good care of your furniture, keeping it clean and learning to deal with small problems effectively will reduce the need for repairs and replacements in the long run.

Cleaning Furniture

Furniture can be of a lot of different varieties, materials, polishes and so on. To be able to maintain your furniture properly, it is important to understand the different cleaning needs of different materials. It goes without saying that the kind of cleaning routine you use for wooden furniture will be of no use on metal furniture.
Here are some brilliant tips and tricks to help you keep your furniture clean, shiny and looking great.

Let us begin with wooden furniture. To be able to keep all the wooden furniture in your house as good as new, never forget this essential cleaning principle: when it comes to wood, it is the polish or finish on the item and not the variety of wood that determines the kind of cleaning practices SW5 you should adopt. Whether the furniture has an oil coat finish, a layer of varnish, a wax finish, a paint or polish coat or a lacquered coat will determine the kind of cleaning techniques that will work best for it. Spend some time learning to recognise the different kinds of finishes used and the individual characteristics of each to get the most out of your cleaning efforts.

Most wooden furniture items are either polished, lacquered or painted and cleaning them is fairly easy. You only need to wipe them properly with a lightly dampened cloth and this will take any dust or dirt right off the surface. Use some light furniture wax and buff the surface with a soft cloth and you’ll be amazed at the sheen this will bring to the furniture. When it comes to oil finishes, the only thing you need to purchase is an oil-based polish.

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Most homeowners get confused when it comes to cleaning furniture that has been upholstered with fabric. These can get dirty very easily because fabrics stain fairly quickly and can also get worn out with regular use. Most people tend to neglect such furniture because of all the different materials that have to be attended to.
If the upholstered pieces are in a dark coloured fabric, shampooing them after removing them can work well, but try and avoid this step if the fabric is of a light colour. Shampooing can sometimes darken stains instead of getting them out, and this can look terrible on soft-coloured pieces.

Your best bet would be to tackle any stains or spots the moment they’re caused or you notice them. Letting a stain “sit” will only allow it to get soaked into the fabric deeper and will make it all the more difficult to remove over time. The moment a stain occurs, spot-clean it by taking a soft, clean cloth and dousing it in a stain cleaner (purchase and keep at home at all times) and then scrubbing the stained fabric with it.

Don’t rub too hard, but get the stain cleaner to soak into the fabric properly and then use an absorbent cloth (not the same one that you were using to wipe) and wipe the area clean. Investing in a good quality stain cleaner will be very useful in the long run.
Furniture covered in vinyl or leather is the easiest to clean in Hayes, and thus, is also the most durable. Simply dissolve some mild cleaning soap or detergent in water, soak a soft cloth into the solution and then use it to scrub the surface. If you feel that the leather has lost some of its sheen or softness after cleaning, just polish it with a proper leather-conditioner (easily bought at any furniture store or supermarket) and it’ll look as good as new.

Cooling your home the Eco-friendly way

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 2.55.47 PMWhile many of us are happy to adopt a green, back to basics approach with some of the more convenient aspects of modern life, when it comes to staying cool during Summer’s heat waves, many of us shy away from the simple solutions in favour of the comforts of a big, energy guzzling air conditioning unit.

Understandably so. Many regions of Australia experience long, scorching Summers, and overheating bodies do strange things- watch endless re-runs of Home and Away, stare mindlessly at immobile moths on the ceiling, become Bob Katter (that’s the only explanation for him. He is, after all, from Queensland) Weatherworld are here to tell you that you can both keep your wits about you in the heat, and be kind to our increasingly delicate planet.

First, let’s start with the basics. My partner, quite inexplicably, believes in throwing open the doors on days of stifling heat. This is the absolute, number one no no. Not only should you keep all windows and doors shut on hot days, you should ensure there are no leaks or draughts through which hot air can penetrate the home. It’s fine to air out the house early in the morning- pre-9am- but after that time, and as soon as the sun begins to beam, shut it al up again. It’s also important to draw all curtains and blinds to minimise the amount of sunlight that creeps in. UV sheeting is cheap as chips and highly effective at reducing the heat in rooms exposed to constant sunlight. It’s also simple enough to install that your guinea pig could probably manage it.

You needn’t do without the comfort of air conditioning, either. Evaporative cooling is relatively cheap to install, very low-cost to run, and provides safe, gentle, and effective relief from the heat.