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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Things can do to Stay Warm Winter

It is officially the first day of winter, and the weather will certainly start to plummet, causing us to wrap up more in thicker clothes, and really sweat one out when we eventually arrive at our offices.

However, facing the cold winds, slippery surfaces and boggy pathways can be set aside when we come in our homes, ready to get comfortable with a hot chocolate and blanket.

There are many small tasks that you can complete to make sure that your home is warm and cosy this winter. Some will cost a small amount of investment, whereas others are completely free of charge with no strings attached.

Briefly, before we go into further details, let’s just take a quick look at what you could be doing this winter. Our best tips include; Fitting a smart thermostat, using draft excluders, closing doors, closing windows and check your radiators.

1. Smart Thermostats

These are still relatively new but are still yet to catch on in most homes. Smart thermostats are exactly what they sound like. They are heavily research pieces of technology that learn’s to adapt to your living patterns and routines.

You can have set times for working hours, so as you leave the office for your 45-minute commute, the central heating in your home will know to start up when you are approximately 15-minutes from home, leaving your home nice and toasty ready for when you arrive.

2. Draft Excluders

These are perfect for those of you that live in older properties.

Older buildings tend to be more vulnerable to drafts as the building has aged over time. Instead of replacing all of the carpentry and door frames, you could purchase some quality draft excluders.

You can pick them up cheaply at local DIY stores. You simply place them at the base of the door to prevent any cold air from coming in. The excluders soak up the cold air and prevent it from passing into your rooms.

3 & 4. Close any Doors and Windows

Remarkably, there are still a crazy few that sleep with the windows wide open, even at this time of the year! If you have your heating switched on, and have the windows open, you are making your home extremely inefficient and effectively burning money.

5. Check Radiators

This is one of the best things you can do in preparation for winter. I would suggest having them tested a few times leading up to the cold spells as radiators can change quickly. The waste water that potentially builds up in them can appear suddenly and unexpectedly.

Make sure that they are heating up correctly and bleed them regularly. If you do bleed the radiators, remember to check your boiler’s pressure and top it up accordingly.

Tips Sofa Cleaning

Sofas are a considerable investment for any property whether it be an office or a household residence. The costs of replacing a sofa once it has been damaged are significant and can easily be avoided with the right care and attention.

For businesses, sofas are a sign of hospitality and luxury. Making sure that they remain in top condition is key and can lead to the good or bad first impression for any potential new clients.

Sofas see a lot of usage, usually on a daily basis and even every other hour – potentially even less. It’s important to use the correct materials and cleaning products to make sure that the material on the sofas stays in its best condition, without compromising on the quality of shade and design.

1. Protect the Fabric or Leather

Protecting the material that the sofa came with from the start is the best way to move forward.

For leather products there are many household and industrial cleaners out there to choose from, but make sure that you get it right. Use a specialised cream to coat the material. The best way to make sure that you get hold of the correct one is to contact the manufacturer of the sofa. They will be able to recommend a number of maintenance products that are suitable for your items. Please don’t be tempted to use a cheaper, everyday cleaning agent as it may damage the look of the sofa.

Keeping fabric maintained is a little trickier as any dirt that gets into the material can be extremely awkward to remove unless the appropriate action is taken quickly after the damage has been done.

Again – we would advise that you contact the manufacturer of the sofa and seek their advice and assistance to make sure that you do not cause any lasting damage.

2. Plan in Advance

If you are planning to purchase a new sofa for a business premises or home, plan where you want it to be located. If you intend to have it located in a reception area or living space, there is a high chance that it will come into contact with natural, direct sunlight.

If you are purchasing a leather sofa, this could potentially damage the leather finish n the long run and cause the colour to fade. In turn, you will end up purchasing a new sofa every couple of years which is not advised when it can be looked after properly.

Things to Expect from Home Cleaning Companies

There are probably too many companies offering home cleaning services in Lawton, OK that you can select from. If this is your first time hiring them, knowing how they work will help you choose the best. This article should guide your choice.

Check and Cost Estimate

This is the first thing the company does for you. If the company says it is free, then it should be free. There should be no fees collected at this point. The staff should be in uniform or in appropriate attire. Before inviting them in, ask for an identification card and verify that they are from the company.

During an in-home estimate, they will evaluate your house, discuss your needs, and calculate your customized cleaning request. This is the most opportune time to ask all your questions and convey your expectations. Check all their services and packages. You might save some money on a bundled offer. Often, they have additional costs on special requests. Have them know the areas and things they should treat with care and special attention to.

During the Job

Your presence during the first cleaning job is highly suggested. With you around, you can discuss your rules and instruct the staff about your custom clean. The staff should come in a registered vehicle and bearing the company’s uniform. Take note of these simple things for your own safety. Do not neglect to do a background check of the company first. A company, as well as their people, should be insured, licensed, and bonded. This is to ensure that you will be protected from theft or damage caused by the staff. It pays to be diligent. After all, you are inviting strangers into your home.

There are two types of cleaning services – standard and deep cleaning. Often, the standard cleaning routines are vacuuming, mopping, dusting, wiping of floors, windows, furniture, and appliances. With deep cleaning, you can elect to have the whole house cleaned for special occasions or events. On the other hand, you can limit the cleaning to some areas only. This is why during the estimate, it is important that you know what you want them to do for you. Additional and more thorough cleaning services in Lawton, OK can cost you more, of course.

It is also important that you observe the staff while they work to help you decide whether to schedule another appointment with them or not.

• The staff should be punctual.

• They should bring their own tools and cleaning materials, unless you are providing your own tools to lower the cost. They should have a complete set of cleaning equipment. If they come with only a rag and a duster, you will not be getting your money’s worth.

• They should be professional and respectful.

• They should be efficient. A good company will train and teach their workers how to handle arising problems and solve issues that may occur.

After the Job

After a thorough cleaning of your home, you should expect everything you requested for finished on time. Home cleaning services in Lawton, OK should save you time, so they should be out of your house on the agreed schedule. They should return everything back in order and they should have cleaned the work area too. Are you satisfied? Are you confident that they will be doing their job properly without your supervision next time? Do your own evaluation.

Ways to Transform Your Spare Room

In this article we are going to explore 5 different ways in which you can transform your spare room into a practical space that can not only add value to your home, but your life as well.

1: Home office

OK, so this one does seem like the obvious choice, however it is not to be underestimated. In fact, transforming your spare room into an office is arguably the most practical choice. Setting a space aside in your home where you can separate your work from your rest is essentially mentally beneficial, in that you have a purpose built, dedicated room for it.

As nice as it is to work on your laptop in bed, it’s not ideal and it certainly doesn’t do your posture any good. Invest in a beautiful, top quality desk and an ergonomic office chair and you’ll certainly feel less terrible when you’re up to your eyes in work.

2: Personal Gym / Yoga Studio

This is a personal favourite of mine! What could be better than having your very own personal fitness studio in your home? It will save you slogging it to the gym every evening, waiting around to use the weights machine while some pretty, juiced up lad admires himself in the mirror.

You can opt for brighter colours to really open the room up and create a more relaxing environment. A few well-placed plants to breathe some life into the space will certainly go a long way to aid you in your personal and physical transformation.

3: Kids Play Room

Hopefully you’re lucky enough to be unencumbered by the joys of parenthood, though if not then you may have to opt for transforming your spare-room into a play area for your kids. I know, I know, it’s not half as exciting as your very own gym or a private office, though at least you’ll have somewhere fun to banish them to.

There is a wealth of gorgeous children’s furniture on the market, from toy chests to teeny tables and chairs. The best thing about it all is that you can make it as simple or as extravagant as your hearts-desire. Fancy a star-wars themed room in your house? It doesn’t even matter if your kids don’t like star wars, as you’ve now got the perfect excuse to actualise your childhood dreams.

4: Library

A personal favourite of mine: the home library. This is the perfect solution for any of you bookworms out there who dream of having a place to store your favourite books. Most charity shops sell 3 books for a quid, so you certainly won’t have any trouble filling the shelves!

Invest in a nice, cozy seating area and afford yourself the pleasure of having a quiet and peaceful area where you can be at peace and venture off to new and exciting worlds!

5: A Walk in Wardrobe

OK, so I don’t really own enough clothes to justify a walk in wardrobe, though my girlfriend would lose her mind if she could have her own, personal area where she can bung her clothes. It may seem a little excessive to some people, though it’s actually a very practical use for a spare room.

There are many ways you can do this. You could invest in a few wall to wall wardrobes, have some built in or simply throw in a couple of clothes rails and keep it retro.