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Easy Cleaning Tips for Maintaining Your Ethanol Fireplace

It’s not hard to see why ethanol fireplaces are rising in popularity. They're an innovative and environment-friendly alternative to traditional fireplaces; they complement different home designs, and are useful for providing warmth during winter.  After being featured on popular television shows, these carbon-neutral fireplaces have taken countries by storm.
Fireplace Cleaning Tips
Fireplace Cleaning Tips
Maybe you've recently made the switch to ethanol fireplaces after using traditional fireplaces for years, or you're contemplating on getting one and are worried about the maintenance of this type of fireplace.

Whether you already own one or are planning to purchase one soon, this article will help you determine the easiest ways to keep ethanol fireplaces clean, so make sure to take note of the important do’s and don’ts when you have an ethanol fireplace at home.

Because regular cleaning and proper maintenance lead to a prolonged fireplace lifespan, following these tips will also allow homeowners to save money on costly repairs and replacement.

General cleaning

It's important to note that while your ethanol fireplace doesn't require much cleaning, you can still avoid the build-up of soot at the back of the fireplace by using a wet cloth. Depending on how often you use the unit, you may need to clean the surfaces of the unit once a month to keep it looking brand new. But before you clean the fireplace, it is important to make sure that it is turned off and that all of the surfaces have cooled down to avoid risk of burns.

Many models of ethanol fireplaces are made with stainless steel and can get dirty after a while. You can easily clean this by using stainless steel cleaners and using a soft cloth to wipe it clean. You can also find several types of cleaners that will work for a variety of materials used in other models of ethanol fireplaces.
General Cleaning
General Cleaning
Understanding ethanol fireplace care and maintenance and identifying the type of material used in the manufacturing of your unit is crucial when doing a cleanup to avoid damaging surfaces that are easily scratched. You may find that some surfaces can be cleaned using just a damp cloth, while other surfaces will require a more powerful cleaning solution to get rid of the dirt.  

While we're at it, let's talk about the don'ts in cleaning ethanol fireplaces. Try to avoid using cleaners and detergents as they can damage the steel of the unit. Instead, use only mild soap, steel polish, and water. You can also a sponge or a special cloth that is designed to gently clean different surfaces of your fireplace. You may be tempted to use a heavy solution for soot that is hard to remove, but remember that this is not advisable as some commercial cleansers are not safe for use in fireplaces. So be careful and choose a cleaning solution that will restore the appearance of your unit rather than add damage to it.

Cleaning the burner

The burner is the part of an ethanol fireplace that is most prone to being damaged because of constant exposure to heat. As a result, the burner requires more care than other parts of the unit, and needs to be maintained regularly.

As a maintenance precaution, make sure to thoroughly clean any fuel spills as soon as possible to prevent the burner steel from discolouring. Discoloration on the burner usually appears around 12 to 24 months. If you notice that it already has some discolorations around this time, you can repolish it with the use of a sponge that is soaked with some bio ethanol. Be careful in doing this though, and make sure to use materials and cleaners that are non-abrasive to avoid scratching the surface.
Cleaning the Burner
Cleaning the Burner
In order to maintain the good condition of your unit, regularly clean the inside of the burner by removing dust and other residue buildup. You have two options in doing this: by running distilled water through the burner until you no longer see any dirt, or by using a damp cloth to gently clean the stainless steel.

If there are parts that have more stubborn dirt, you can always rely on the power of a little soap and water to clean them.

Once you are done cleaning the surfaces and stainless steel, just let them air dry before putting the pieces back together. You can then carefully refill the burner with new bio ethanol fuel. Make sure though that the flames have been completely extinguished and that the burner has cooled down completely before refilling it with bio ethanol fuel. Another important thing to remember when refilling is to use approved ethanol fuels and avoid cheaper versions as they will not provide a clean burn.

Ethanol fireplaces bring the aesthetic benefits of real flames to your home and easily complement any contemporary and exquisite home designs. Make sure to give them some love by cleaning dirt build up and polishing them every now and then to keep them in top shape for the years to come!

What Are the Dangers of Mold And How Should You Get Rid of It?

Mold is a natural phenomenon which is not usually dangerous, or an issue, if it remains outside your home. The problems start when you have mold inside your property. This normally happens if there is an area of your home where there is an issue with damp. This is because mold relies on damp to flourish.
mold relies on damp
Mold Damp
If you have an unidentified leak in your home, or water is getting in from the outside, the surrounding area may become damp. This is the perfect environment for mold. Once it takes hold, mold can cause health issues for the people living in your home. Some people are sensitive to mold, and they can experience itchiness in their eyes or throat. They may also develop a cough that is only present when they are inside the property.

Take a look at this information provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for more information about health issues that are associated with mold. Obviously, you do not want the people living in your home to experience any of these health issues. This is why you need to deal with mold problems as soon as possible.

Dealing with mold that affects your property

If you have a mold problem in your property, you can try to deal with it yourself. There are several methods you can employ.
  • Use a solution with a ratio of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water. This solution should be sprayed, or sponged, onto the affected area. You should not rinse the area after the treatment, unless it's a surface used during food preparation. If the area is not rinsed, the bleach can continue to protect against mold. This solution does not work on porous surfaces.
  • Spray undiluted vinegar onto the surface which has been affected by mold. Once the vinegar has been left on the surface for an hour, wipe it away with a damp cloth.
  • Use ammonia labelled “clear ammonia”, in a solution which is fifty per cent ammonia and fifty per cent water. Spray the affected area with the solution, leave the solution in place for a few hours and then wipe the area down. Do not forget that ammonia is toxic, so you should be careful when using it, and you should never mix it with bleach. This solution does not work on porous surfaces.
Any of these methods can help you remove mold in your home. If you have problems removing the mold yourself, you should call an Environmental Professional and ask them to inspect your home.

Getting professional help with mold removal

It's the job of an Environmental Professional to call to your home, and conduct an inspection. They will tell you what needs to be done to address the problem. It's then up to you to contact an expert in mold remediation, to get rid of the mold for you.

You should be able to get a free quote for the work, which will involve getting rid of all of the mold that is currently present in your home. The experts should also treat your home, so that it's less likely the mold will appear again. As soon as your home has been treated, you should have further tests carried out. These tests will enable you to see whether the treatment was successful or not.

Having a problem with mold in a property is far more common than you might think. Many people do not realise that a part of their home is damp, until mold starts to appear. If you think that there is a problem with mold in your home, you should not hesitate to have it dealt with, as soon as possible. 

4 Snow Removal Tips You Might Need this Winter

Winter is nearly upon us, and for many people that means the snow is about to start. Snow can be a lot of fun, and it is beautiful as it falls lightly to layer the ground in a blanket of white sparkles. But it can also be dangerous and unforgiving, so it’s a good idea to keep walkways and driveways clear to prevent harm and accident.  An Idaho yard services company has compiled this list of snow removal tips just for you.
Snow Removal
Snow Removal

Before It Snows…

Before the snow hits, plant tall stakes in the ground on the corners of your yard or driveway so you know where to shovel. You don’t want to accidentally start digging up your lawn or flower garden when they’re covered in a couple feet of snow.

Get the Right Shovel

Finding the right shovel to clear out snow with is essential. If you are doing all the snow shoveling, you want to make sure you get a shovel that is ergonomically sound for your size and strength. Get a good medium-sized shovel – a shovel with a blade so large that you could easily overload it can be hard on your back if it gets too heavy.

The material of the shovel is important too. If you are clearing a soft walkway – like a wood deck – you’ll want to use a plastic shovel. Likewise, aluminum shovels are great for harder surfaces like cement driveways and walkways.
Snow Removal
Snow Removal

Don’t Let It Pile Up

Letting the snow pile up before shoveling it can create more, and harder, work for you in the end. It is much easier to clear a couple inches of snow that a couple feet of snow. Also, keeping the snow clear on the pavement will help prevent ice from forming because the sun will keep the cement warm enough.

If the snow does pile up, try clearing it by a couple-inch layer at a time starting from the top. This will be easier on your back than starting from the bottom and trying to scrape it all out.

Don’t Pile It Up Somewhere Else

As you are shoveling the snow, don’t pile it up someplace else that could cause damage, like on your home’s foundation walls or anyplace made of wood. The snow will melt and likely refreeze again before the winter is over. The ice that forms will expand and can cause cracks in the foundation to widen. Wooden things are susceptible to water damage, so that’s why it’s best to avoid a pile-up near wood.
We hope these tips will help you when it comes to removing your snow safely this winter. 

Rubbish Removal of WEEE: How Clearabee Is Helping Keep Your Home Eco-Friendly

When it comes to rubbish removal and the recycling of that waste, special consideration must be taken for certain types of rubbish that may pose more of a public threat if not handled carefully. Here, we discuss the rubbish removal of WEEE.
Rubbish Removal
Rubbish Removal

What Is WEEE?

WEEE is an acronym and it stands for Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment. WEEE mostly includes items that have an electrical plug and or run off batteries. It is sometimes referred to as "e-waste." WEEE also includes other items associated with electricity like fluorescent lamps and high intensity discharge lamps. So called "white goods," like big electrical appliances (refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, stoves, etc), make up about forty percent of all the WEEE disposed of and recycled currently. WEEE also includes many common household items like microwaves, heaters, televisions, computers, radios, fans, smoke detectors, thermostats, hair dryers, toasters, coffee machines, blenders, electric tools, game consoles, digital cameras, camcorders, and electronic toys.

Why Must WEEE Be Handled Differently Than Other Rubbish Removal Items?

There are three primary reasons that WEEE must be handled with special care during breakdown, recycling, and disposal. First, WEEE items tend to be a complex mixture of materials that must be separated before they can each be handled in a different way. These materials include different types of metal, glass, plastic, ceramic, and various chemicals.  Second, WEEE items often contain hazardous materials that pose a health threat. Therefore, workers handling these items must be protected from these hazardous materials. These toxic materials must also be recycled or disposed of in a way that protects future contamination of people and the environment. For example, freon and other refrigerants must be drained from refrigerators before the refrigerators can be broken down. Some televisions, computers, and lights contain mercury that must not touch human skin or allowed to seep into the soil or ground water. Third, valuable precious metals are embedded in electronics but are very difficult to remove. For example, approximately ten percent of the world's total gold production goes into electronics. Since precious metals are scarce, expensive, and destructive to the Earth to mine, special care should be taken to reclaim and reuse them.

What Other Hazards Are Found In WEEE Rubbish?

You may surprised to learn about the dangerous substances lurking in common WEEE products found your home! For example, did you know that asbestos is often found in old coffee makers, toasters, irons, and electric heaters? It's true! While asbestos is no longer allowed in the new manufacture of these items, there may be asbestos lurking in these items if they're twenty years old or older. Further, harmful substances are not just found in older WEEE products. Many modern electronic items, including stuff you may have purchased as recently as last week, contain heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Many also may contain flame retardants which are highly toxic.

The WEEE Directive

The first version of the WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) became law in the European Union in 2003. It was fully adopted by the UK in 2006. The primary purpose of the WEEE Directive is to divert WEEE from going directly to the landfills. This initiative came about because WEEE constituted one of the fastest growing waste streams in European landfills. Moreover, WEEE was one of the most toxic waste streams going into the landfills. Since its inception, the WEEE Directive has been amended several times in an effort to better meet goals set by the directive. An important part of this improved strategy is to provide free ways for consumers to return unwanted WEEE for processing and recycling.

How Is Clearabee Helping

In partnership with the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), European Recycling Platform (ERP), and Recycle For London (RFL), Clearabee is offering a free WEEE rubbish removal service in seven north London boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest. It should be noted that this includes WEEE items that are "difficult to handle," meaning the items would be too bulky and or too heavy for most people to transport on their own. Examples include large bulky household appliances like refrigerators or exceptionally heavy items like old sewing machines. If WEE items are small and light weight, citizens are encouraged to take them to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre and deposit them free of charge.

Here, you will find an extensive list of WEEE items that Clearabee can and cannot clear for you, plus the answers to frequently asked questions about Clearabee's free WEEE removal service at the bottom of the page.

5 Reasons Why You Need Air Duct Cleaning

So it’s that time of the year again when allergies are plaguing the whole family. You searched  the internet and read the best vacuum cleaner review for days and now you found yourself sneezing every 5 minutes or so, is driving the whole family insane!
Air Duct Cleaning
Air Duct Cleaning
Maybe it’s the pollen in the air or maybe it’s the food you all have been eating. But one thing is for sure though, your house needs to be spring cleaned ASAP.
The average house with about 6 rooms collects 40 pounds of allergens, dust, and dirt each year. Also consider that there are 40,000 dust mites that can thrive in an ounce of dust. That means there are about 25.6M dust mites accumulated every year.

Imagine clearing that much dirt in your house. Wouldn’t that considerably clear the air? Say goodbye to allergies and say hello to clean and quality air.

1. Improves Energy Efficiency

Over time, debris and dirt builds up in your ventilation system obstructing the air from flowing freely throughout your house. When ducts are unpolluted, your heating system will last longer. This will save you a lot of money in the long run as any blockage in your air ducts will prevent the air from flowing freely.

Issues like heavily blockage of your air filter will make your system work harder to keep your home in the right temperature. This affects its efficiency and will cost you more money. Just think about this: when you get regular cleanings, your energy consumption decreases by 25% to 40%.

When your system becomes dirty, it will work harder to maintain your house’s temperature and that shortens its life. When it’s clean, it doesn’t need to work as hard and as a result, energy usage is decreased which will optimize your system’s effectiveness.
Air Duct Cleaning
Air Duct Cleaning

2. Improve Indoor Air Quality

Your cooling and heating system is like the lungs of your house. It takes air in and breathes it out. Since we have already established that through normal occupation, allergens, dust and dirt gets accumulated in our house, it’s only natural to think that your HVAC system will re-circulate those contaminants about 5 to 7 times per day.

This gradually causes major dirt build up, meaning you’re breathing poor quality air inside your home. Air duct cleaning well help improve that. By clearing all the dirt and contaminants, it restores the clean quality of air in your house in addition to decreasing the work-load of your system.

3. Helps You and Your Family Breathe Easier

Cleaner air will definitely make it easier for everybody to breathe. If you and your family suffer from respiratory problems or chronic allergies, cleaning your home’s air duct might be a lot of help.

And even if you and your family do not suffer from allergies or respiratory problems, all of you are still vulnerable to pollutants and dust floating around the house. This triggers coughing, sneezing, bronchial and sinus congestion. Air duct cleaning improves your indoor air and improves everyone’s health.

4. Removes Foul Odors

Food preparation, tobacco use, mold, paint fumes, household cleaning agents and indoor pets all contribute to stale odors that stick in your house’s air ducts. When your air conditioner or furnace is running, these smell will re-circulate all over the house.

Cleaning your air ducts will remove all the smells that have been trapped in your duct work. It will clear the air in your home and make it smell fresher.

5. Promotes Cleaner Living Space

Clean air ducts would logically mean clean air. Clean air would mean there are less dust circulating through your air duct system. Your flooring, bedding, furniture – everywhere in your house will require less dusting now that your air ducts are breathing out fresh and clean air. This will significantly reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do to maintain the hygienic state of your home on a daily basis.

5 Home Cleaning Mistakes You Must Avoid Next Time

Home cleaning is a routine activity for us. We must not underestimate the need for living a healthy life and cleaning house properly is always a prerequisite to a healthy living. Unfortunately, we make a good number of mistakes when we clean our houses. But avoiding those mistakes does not take much time and efforts. Make sure you don’t make the following house cleaning mistakes again and live a healthy and clean life:
Home Cleaning
Home Cleaning

1. Not Cleaning Your Cleaning Tools

Make sure you clean the cleaning brush, towel, sponge or whatever you use for home cleaning at once a week to remove the odor and bacteria. Each time you use any of those things, the odor and bacteria are going to be multiplied in themselves, and this will spoil your cleaning purpose – being healthy and clean. You can clean your sponge, towel or brush by putting them into the dishwater. This will kill the bacteria and help avoid the germ.

Oh, don’t forget to clean your vacuum cleaner too. If it’s not properly cleaned, you will spread dirt particles around your house instead of absorbing it!
Cleaning Tools
Cleaning Tools

2. Not Keeping Your Toilet Brush Clean

Toilet brush is the thing that probably does the dirtiest work for you! So, take good care of it. Always rinse your toilet brush very well so that it doesn't become the breeding ground of bacteria and germ. After cleaning it, let it dry for a few minutes and keep it in a place where it will remain dry. At least do not store it until it is dry.
Toilet Brush Clean
Toilet Brush Clean

3. Using Chemicals on your electronic gadgets

Never use any spray or chemicals on or around your electronic gadgets unless it is safe to do so. If you need to clean your Computer desk or TV or Microwave stand, move the item before cleaning. ‘One shot’ won’t probably harm the electronics, but continuous use of cleaning products on or around it may damage the gadget permanently.

Try to read the instruction manual given with every electronics and follow them. If you aren’t sure what to do, utilize a dry, clean piece of cloth, air cleaner or soft brush to clean up the electronics.

4. Not Reading the Instructions on cleaning products

Never use any cleaning product without reading the instructions labeled on it. The time you will spend to learn about these important instructions won’t be a waste. It will save you both money and hassle. Also, do a test patch if possible. For example, use the carpet cleaner on a corner of the carpet before using it all over the carpet. You will know for sure whether the cleaning product suits your carpet material or not.
Cleaning Products
Cleaning Products

5. Using Too Much Cleaning Product

More isn’t always good! Never use too much water or any other cleaning chemicals, spray on your upholstery or furniture. This may damage the upholstery or furniture permanently.

Try to know or read the cleaning instructions on the items you are planning to clean. Also, try to understand the instructions for the cleaning materials you are planning to use on the items. Never combine one product with another one too. This may cause severe damage to your belongings.


If you want to learn the best ways to clean your house, probably take professional cleaning service at least once from a reputable service provider like Cleaning Pros. You can learn seeing them apply many unique techniques. Remember, the worst home cleaning mistake is probably not cleaning the home frequently! Note that little and frequent effort will keep you on top your cleaning chores. Otherwise, it will keep you on top of dirt piles! Avoid the mistakes described above; you will have a cleaner and healthier home.

Learn the Best Way on How to Clean House Siding with Pressure Washer

Want to provide your house more curb appeal? If that’s the case, it would be a great idea to start it through cleaning your siding. Don’t let your home’s exterior stay faded and drab. In this article, you’ll know how to clean house siding with pressure washer.
Knowing how to properly pressure wash your house is very cost-effective.

What To Keep In Mind?

If you use an electric pressure washer to get rid any stains on your siding, you will need to aim for the eradication of old stains and accumulated dirt. If possible, let the pores of the wood to open up. If you want to re-stain the siding and wood trim along with the undersides of our roof, then it would be good if you have it pressure washed. Remember that the nature of previous stains, as well as the tool you are about to use, will greatly affect the way you clean your home’s siding with pressure washer.
Pressure wash your house siding at least once a year.
But the thing here is, pressure washers could be too dangerous when handled by inefficient workers. While they are more likely to destroy your siding than another individual, it is still important to adhere clearly on certain procedures. Pick something which has a 2000 psi or above and with an output of 3 to 4 gallons every minute. Simply put, your washer must pack a punch.

How To Prepare For Pressure Washing?

Preparation is an essential part when you want to learn how to clean house siding with pressure washer. Each pressure washer has its own set of cleaning abilities. So, make sure to check out the documentation which comes along with the machine prior to starting your clean-up mission. Verify if the model is the right thing for the job. Set the machine correctly and choose the appropriate spray pattern. Settings often vary through whether you need to perform high-pressure cleaning or use cleaning solutions. Sometimes, it differs by the kind of surface you have to clean.
Pressure washer with 2000 psi is ideal for cleaning your house siding.
Another thing you need to prepare is the work area. Eliminate any obstacle which may snag or trip the pressure washer and garden water hose. Switch off the power of external electrical outlets. Don’t forget to cover them through taping them down. Close all doors and windows nearby.

Excited Cleaning Your Siding With A Pressure Washer? Read These Quick Tips!

After knowing the things you need to keep in mind and how to prepare for it, here’s how to clean house siding with pressure washer. As mentioned above, obey the instructions packed with the pressure washer to know the best possible fan angle, as well as the washing strength.
A pressure washer can also be used to clean wooden deck.
Take note that your position does matter. Start working from the top down. Wash from spotless areas to dirty areas. Rather than shooting the water up to your haven, get a ladder and work from there. Wash downward to prevent forcing the water right under your house’s siding.
Wear a pair of gloves when using the pressure washer, especially if you use cleaning solutions.
The process on how to clean house siding with pressure washer doesn’t just end there. You may use 15° tip in scrubbing and rinsing your house, getting rid any accumulated dirt and dead mildew spores. It also rinses the chemical residue on your sidings. Generally, larger angled nozzle does not have sufficient scrubbing power while lower angled nozzle could harm the trim and siding. Wash the entire house with a good nozzle(12 inches to 18 inches) from the surface.
Hold the pressure washer at the recommended position.
Typically, a pressure washer is designed to clean your home’s exterior even though it won’t be painted. Whether it is for a painted or stained exterior, be mindful. As much as you can, avoid using chemicals when you don’t have any plan of repainting it. This is due to the fact that chemicals will discolor or worse, degrade any existing paint through eliminating any sheen on it.
Use high-pressure water jet during clean-up time if you plan to revamp and paint the siding gain.
Meanwhile, if your haven is just dusty or dirty and requires good rinsing, utilize a 25° nozzle, relax, and allow the water to do the trick for you.

Final thoughts

There you go - some effective tips on how to clean house siding with pressure washer. You don’t need to waste your day huffing and puffing all day long but to no effect. Learn the tricks on how you can improve your house siding using a reliable pressure washer.

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Why Bin Hire is The Best Option When Renovating Your House?

Be it small or huge, proper waste management is crucial for any renovation project of your home. Earlier, homeowners had to pile the wastes at their backyard or any other empty spaces. Then, they had to haul it to their nearest recycle depot, but now time has changed, where you can effortlessly handle and manage the garbage produced during renovation by using the bin hire services.
Bin Hire
Bin Hire

What Exactly Are Bin Hire Services?

When renovating your home, there are several materials, you have to dispose of. These can either be old pipes, plaster, glass, insulations, scrapes metals, concrete, flooring, or probably each and every component that you have upgraded. Now, managing such a large volume waste and that too effectively can be a troublesome task, and this is where professional bin services make their way.

The main idea of bin hire is to seek help from a certified professional, who will dispose/recycle the waste materials cost-effectively and that too in no time. The wide range of tools, heavy-duty vehicles, and approach they have, make them an incredible option for dealing with these wastes.

Witness The Difference With Professional Bin Hire Services

When you opt for professionals to deal with the waste produced during renovation then, you are able to witness many advantages. These include:
  • Budget Friendly: The services provided by such companies are not only environment friendly, but budget friendly too. This is because they offer their services at a relatively affordable value, which is about two times less when compared to the expenses that would be involved if you dispose of the materials by yourself. Further, the various aspects of the service such as the size of the bin, distance travelled, and other services can be customized to suit your requirements.
  • Convenience: Renovating your home is a difficult task in itself; where waste tend to pile here and there, even before you know it. In such a situation, you can handle them conveniently with the help of bin hire services. Just contact them, they will organize the materials accordingly, then the professionals will collect them.
  • Efficient: Efficiency is the key when it comes to the professional services. Such companies often have large vehicles, bins, and other associated equipment that would carry and dispose or recycle the waste in a matter of few minutes. 
Bin Hire
Bin Hire

How To Identify The Best Company For Bin Hire?

Considering the popularity of professional bin hire services, there are innumerable companies that have made their way into the industry. Out of the many, choosing the ideal one can turn out to be a difficult task. When you are confused about which one to choose, then there are certain aspects to look after and these are:
  • Experience: Gather more information about the experience of the company. How well they have been doing in this business. This will provide you a clear idea regarding the quality of the service that they are able to offer.
  • Specialization: Bin hire companies, usually, specialize in a particular field such as landscaping project, home renovation, or household wastes. Those who deal with the landscape are capable of handling green wastes. While for the renovation, they have to recycle most of the materials and even dispose of a few of them.
  • Service charges: If the price is a concern, then never forget to consider the charges of various companies. Always, compare them in terms of the quality of their services along with the price and then choose the ideal one.
Therefore, to minimize the risk of hazards and keep your house clean during renovation projects, you need to have a reliable bin hire services by your side.  

Warning Signs of Bad Wiring System That Require an Expert Electrician

Electric Wiring is the most critical part of your residential living because spending a day without electricity is impossible. Your home appliances could not run without getting the required power supply. Proper wiring ensures you are never running out of power feed and that no wiring problem will make you suffer in the dark. With electric wiring having so much importance, it is your duty to take care of it and check its health and functioning regularly. However, it is not advisable to temper with wiring yourself. A licensed professional electrician should take it over as they can survey the entire building and electric system to provide you with holistic solution.
According to a survey, bad wiring can cause ample damages in terms of fire, money and deaths. Ignoring the existing quality of your house wiring can put your in more trouble than you think. Due to many misconceptions around electric wiring, homeowners believe they can solve the problem themselves. But they are not qualified to fix wiring issues. DIY projects in case of electric system can bring danger on you.

To make sure whether or not you need an expert electrician to correct bad wiring, you can refer to following common signs.

# Circuit breaker trips

Circuit breakers have successfully replaced archaic fuses in modern houses for sophisticated electric protection. They automatically cut the power supply when any fault occurs. If the tripping phenomenon occurs, you can reset it. But if it happens frequently, its capacity is probably compromised. This also suggests existing wiring fault and can lead to a dangerous situation if not repaired.

# Flickering lamps and dimming lights

In old times, when an appliance of heavy power wattage is turned on, homeowners would experience temporary flickering or dimness in lights. If the problem arises with more than just one lamp, it is not good. Regular flickering indicates there could be a serious wiring problem. You need a professional electrician to consult about whether or not your household needs an upgrade in electrical system.

# Lamp buzz and hiss

Modern electric appliances are getting sophisticated and deceive the homeowners about their actual functioning and interaction with power supply. If the lamp in your property buzzes as you turn on the appliance, it means there is a serious issue with electric system especially faulty or damaged wire. If this happens in different outlet, this is quite a serious situation that needs attention from qualified electrician.

# Dead outlet

Usually, electrical outlets are not expected to be hot when touched, or buzz or grow charred. If this is the ugly truth, you are facing the warning signs of bad wiring regarding that outlet. Dead outlet is surely the cause of loose or damaged wire especially when you have risked DIY operation. Always call a professional electric repairs expert to perform even the most minor operations.

# Old electric wiring

According to certain building codes, it is necessary to have wiring done to accurate standards by a licensed electrician. Old type of wiring is not bad or dangerous, but it should ensure safety and functionality to avoid grave hazards like fire or shock. Some older systems do not support 220 amps, which means use of multiple appliances on a single circuit may not be preferable. Due to out-of-date wiring, circuit breakers will trip frequently.

# Damaged or frayed wires

Wrong cable entanglement, frayed wires or roughly cut insulation pose the chances of extreme hazards of fire incidents. This might be due to the amateur job done to electric wiring. You need someone to take a look and review the whole wiring so that if there was any problem unnoticed, it could be resolved before dangerous situation ensues.

# Old Aluminum wiring

In previous century, aluminum wiring was preferred over copper wiring. Aluminum has the tendency to expand and contract upon catching the heat, which causes loose connections and increases the chances of fire hazards. So if your home is still wired using aluminum, it is a good idea to replace it with copper through a licensed electrician.

4 Simple DIY Craft Ideas for Cat-Lovers and Their Pets

Your feline companion deserves to receive special care and new basic gear once in a while. Unfortunately, most of the kitty accessories in local pet stores and even online shops are often expensive. If you have some time, you can create your own pet paraphernalia and your furry friend will appreciate the results. Here are four DIY pet ideas which you can try for your cats, regardless of your arts and craft skill level.

Automatic Feeder

An automatic cat feeder is crucial for providing food in between full meal feedings. For this DIY pet idea, you will need a tub with a flattened lip along the top edge. You will also need a food dispenser which will allow the tub to rest on the opening without falling inside. Make cuts using scissors at the bottom of tub, about four times the size of food pellets.

Do not cut out the plastic; instead push the loosened parts in to create baffles. Place the tub on the dispenser and pour in the food. Tap the dispenser lightly and ensure that the pellets will fall out. Ideally, the cat will need to manipulate the feeder by bumping it lightly, so you will have to demonstrate a few times.

Cat Shelves

Carpeted cat trees have gained popularity recently because they are elaborate and provide nice perches for the cat. Unfortunately, they do not blend in with many interior design ideas and they are often expensive and too complicated for amateur DIY enthusiasts. You can choose the alternative cat shelves that present comfortable elevated rest sports. For this project, you will only need to get pieces of board or shelf material. Attach the shelves to your wall in a stair-like design and voila, your cat can rest like royalty.

Cat Scratching Posts

Cat scratching is an innate need, so you should protect your furniture by creating an attractive scratching post. You will need a wooden base as well as the actual timber post. Ensure that the base is flat, fairly heavy and stable and attach the post to it. Cover all the surfaces with carpet or turf to protect the cat, and attach a favorite toy or something dangly to attract the cat. You can also attach brush heads so that it will also serve as an automatic rubbing or petting station.

Mess-Free Litter Box

Feline creatures are adorable, but the messy litter that is often left around the box can be frustrating. You can make your own mess-free litter box using a gallon bin with a lid. Basically, cut a large hole carefully into the lid using a pair of scissors; the size will depend on the size of the cat. Pour the kitty litter into the box to your preferred level and cover the bin. The cat will be able to hop in and out of the bin and there will be minimal mess.
There are numerous crafts and accessories that you can create for your pet, besides these outlined DIY pet ideas. As you advance in your skill level, ensure that every item that you make focuses on general exercise, comfort, stimulation around the house and even functionality.

End of Tenancy Cleaning Guildford

The essential places of the house that needs end of tenancy cleaning:
Searching for a new house to live is pretty easier than to get a clean and tidy house right after the old tenants just moved out of it. The task of tenancy cleaning is considered as an important factor for house owners or property owners, space owners and for all owners of any property, since it is an essential feature in yielding best satisfaction and right service for consumers. Even furnished houses whether semi-furnished or fully furnished needed to have an End of Tenancy Cleaning.
house removals
House Removals
When someone plans for house removals and in new house they would not be willing to see the trace of previous tenant’s. Anyone just wants to enjoy a sight of fresh and clean house with wonderful surroundings. Property owners can approach a cleaning service, which is reliable and reasonable of cost. This makes the process to be done in a perfect manner so that not to miss even a single spot. In a household essential parts or areas of the house need to be taken extra care to make each trace minimal at least ,if not vanished completely.

Let us see what those areas are:

# Kitchen

Kitchen is used in the maximum part of the day. It has lot of chances and ways to get dirtiest. Many stains can be figured out on floor and walls. For example- Sinks, countertops, and faucets should be polished in a way to be disinfected as well. Important kitchen tools such as micro oven, fridges, oven etc. also cleaned properly. Kitchen cleaning ends only with an impressive cleaning of all shelves, cupboards, wardrobes and drawers. As mentioned above floor, windows and walls should be washed as they get lot of stains during tenancy ships.
# Bathrooms
Cleaning of bathrooms is very essential in the task of the end of tenancy cleaning. It is not just important to have a clean look, but it is a pre-condition to lead a long run healthy life. Toilet seat, showers, bathtubs, wash basin everything needs to be polished well. The floor should be sanitized apart from cleaning surfaces. It is needed to be made before new tenants step in.
# Living room
Being cleaned of a living room has so many works attached to it. Here in this room we have a lot of furniture, articles, sceneries, and mostly used items. For example, picture or photo frames and mirrors. Dusting windows, doors and sofa sets is a very tiring task to be done. Vacuuming the each corner of the room, trying to remove the dust marks and fingerprints on the lamps, lights also has to be done.
Living room
Living Room
# Bedrooms
The most pleasant and beautiful rooms are bedrooms among all the rooms of a house. Therefore, extra care is expected to be taken to clean them such as vacuuming beneath mattresses, dusting wardrobes etc.

How Different Type of Curtain Cleaner Can Brighten Your Curtains

The curtains are one of the most delicate accessories of the home. They need adequate care to look brighter and shiner.  Curtains might be hung upon over a time and due to lack of proper cleaning it may look dull and giving a boring and unhealthy looks to room. Now a day’s curtain cleaning has become easier with the several curtain cleaners being available in the market.

It should be kept in mind that curtains should be cleaned on regular basis. Curtains should be cleaned in according to the material it is made up of.
Curtain Cleaner
Curtain Cleaner

Curtain cleaning instruments available in the market:
  • There are different ways to clean the curtains. People who opt for cleaning by themselves, they can do it so by hand washing. But this process is very time consuming. One can find it difficult to clean all the curtains minutely and without any help.  
  • Besides home cleaning, there are various kinds of curtain cleaners which can clean the curtains in the short span of time.
  • The basic and the most used curtain cleaner is Washing machine, apart from fulfilling the criteria of cleaning the clothes and apparel it has the capacity of cleaning the curtains. There are different varieties of the washing machine available in the market. One should buy washing maching according to its requirements.  The multiple materials of curtains need special care in terms of washing so it is one of the useful solutions to clean them in washing machine as this machine can wash accordingly.
  • Another curtain cleaning instrument is dry cleaning tool. There are different kinds of dry cleaning tools available in the market. These tools help the people to wash their curtains more efficiently. The dry cleaning tool is suggested only when dry cleaning is required for removing the stain, spot or dirt from the curtain.
  • Another one of the user- friendly cleaner is hand held Vacuum, which sucks the unnecessary dirt from the curtain. This is very useful tool as through this tool curtain can be cleaned every day. The vacuum can uproot the dust from the surface of the curtain. Thus curtain can get more brighter and shiner.
  • Another cleaning instrument is Lint roller which is perfect for soft and delicate curtains that require cleaning. It is very simple to operate this roller which effectively removes the lint from the curtains.
  • Soft brush is an effective way to clean the dirt from the curtains and moreover soft brush is easily available in the market.
  • Steam iron also happens to be one of the useful curtain cleaning tools which are just apt for certain kinds of curtain.
Quality of these curtain cleaners
One should buy the good quality curtain cleaner. Good quality products can perform the cleaning in shorter span of time and through proper steps.

Advantages of curtain cleaners:
The curtain cleaners have more advantages over cleaning the curtains manually. They not only enhance the cleaning procedure but also clean the dirt thoroughly. The fast and prompt service of these cleaners is not only praiseworthy but also helpful.  The curtain cleaners excel in cleaning the various kinds of curtain irrespective material whether made up of silk, polished cotton, and linen material.

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