Jun 21 2009

Should You Seal Your Ceramic Tile?

Tag: Home Decorationadmin @ 6:14 am

I’m here to share my experience of a decade and half on the subject of sealing your ceramic tiles. Sealing is helpful only if it is carried out the way it should be. Inappropriately executed sealing does more harm than any good and spoils the floor.

Sealing does not remain as effective as the manufacturers would normally claim. If the manufacturers say it would last for say five years, consider yourself lucky if it goes beyond a year. But, it will not be proper to hold the manufacturer solely responsible for this state of affairs. It is the way of execution and the kind of floor that is being sealed. For instance, sealing your bathroom floor or even the kitchen that is sure to have moisture can not be as effective and long lasting as any other place of your home.

Without any intentions of discouraging you from going ahead, I just want you to take care of a few things while sealing your floor. The most important factor is to use a sealer of very high quality, and that is going to be rather expensive. You would have already invested a lot of money in getting your floor tiled with ceramic tiles. Using a second grade sealer is going to tarnish the image of your expensive floor. The price of a good quality sealer should be around $100 per gallon. Anything cheaper than that could be suspected for its quality.

Apart from the quality of sealer, the most critical factor is the maintenance of your floor. Bear in mind that use of detergents and soaps for cleaning of such floor must be avoided at all costs. Use of such materials leaves a thin layer of sticky chemicals on the floor. This layer attracts dirt. Use a mixture of vinegar and water for cleaning. Ten ounces of vinegar in three gallons of water is sufficient to get the desired results. Equally important for the maintenance is the use of clean mops. It’s very simple to understand that a dirty mop would rather impart an unhealthy look to the floor than making it cleaner.

Mind you I make money by cleaning and sealing grouts in houses all over the town, yet I do not recommend my customers to go for sealing for the simple reason that I know it is not worth it. By and large it remains ineffective.

However, in case you are bent upon having it, take care of two things: use a sealer of excellent quality and be prepared to spare time in maintaining it the way it is desired. If you are not too sure of sparing the time and effort needed for its maintenance keep yourself away and save your money, not to mention the headache of keeping it clean.


Jun 07 2009

Make Your Hot tub Covers Last

Tag: Generaladmin @ 1:22 pm

After you have researched hot tub covers and have decided which one to buy, you’re going to want to think of one more thing.

Taking care of your hot tub cover.

You not only want your hot tub cover to protect your spa, you also want to protect the cover from wear. Hot tub covers that are well kept and cleaned regularly will benefit you greatly and will save you money over the long haul. Hot tub covers aren’t difficult to maintain, but if you want them to last, there are some things you should know about how to protect them.

Use a quality UVA/UVB vinyl protectant four or five times a year. Do not use protectants that have petroleum or alcohol in them, like Armor-All, which will damage the vinyl on hot tub covers. If you choose to use bromine, use as little as possible and make sure to wipe the surface of the cover down very well. You don’t want gas from the strong chemical to get stuck beneath the underside of the cover, which will make it brittle and wear it out.

Make sure to leave your hot tub cover open for a half-hour jet cycle just to clear out the system and make sure no such gases are caught inside the spa. One thing that destroys hot tub covers (or at least makes them ridiculously heavy) is seepage of water getting into the foam core. The foam core has a plastic covering that you don’t want to get punctured. If it does get punctured, water will begin to seep into the very dry core of the cover and it may mold and will definitely get heavier.

To fix the problem of water getting into your hot tub covers core, use clear packaging tape to patch up any holes or tears in the plastic covering.

Hot tub covers tend to sag after a few years of use and after water seeps into the inner core, which will happen over time. You can take the inner core out of hot tub covers and flip it over. This should reverse any sagging.

If you do this every six months as well as check the inner plastic seal for holes, then you shouldn’t have to look for hot tub covers anymore. Yours will last for years.


Sep 27 2008

Commercial Coolers Reviewed

Tag: Refrigerator Reviewadmin @ 8:00 am

Commercial coolers are probably on of those electronic devices without which it would be difficult to imagine life. Starting form the offices that need to store their food, to the florists who need to protect their plants, commercial coolers are now everywhere.

Commercial coolers can be of various kinds. For example, if you are looking for something fancy and useful then you could consider the commercial glass door refrigerators. A commercial reach in refrigerator can also be considered as an excellent option for you, especially since now they have been improvised a lot and can meet your needs of proper cooling the food. In fact not only do these and other commercial coolers keep the food fresh but they also have special mechanisms to help keep the food healthy.

However if you thought that your options were limited to just that when it comes to purchasing a commercial cooler, then you are in for a wonderful surprise. One thing that can be assured as a fact is that when it comes to commercial coolers, all you need to do is dream your dream machine and you have it! For instance if you are looking for a nice large refrigerator that could take care of all those ice-creams you have, then there can be no better thing for you than a commercial refrigerator freezer. The best thing about these freezers is that even if you wish to freeze ice in less than a few minutes, these freezers can do that for you. Or you could take the example of coolers such as the commercial walk in coolers are great options for those who need extra large coolers.

What is really exciting about these coolers are the additional facilities provided to you such as thermostat, automatic temperature adjustment, etc. So you see your options are unlimited.

Buying commercial refrigeration systems is easy. All one needs to do is either hop into the stores that sell commercial coolers, or hit a search on the net for gaining a better idea about these refrigerators. The price varies greatly, depending on the company manufacturing it, the model, the size, the features provided, etc. so when you go about making your purchase make sure you compare the prices patiently enough, and take care of the reviews form the consumers, to give you a good idea about the choice you should make. For instance a whirlpool cooler may cost more or lees than a cooler that is almost exactly the same but is manufactured by another company.

However no matter what you select for yourself, make sure you opt for a commercial cooler that not only gives you the best additional features but also comes with a warranty period. These days there are companies such as LG manufacturing coolers that do not cause environment damage (such as ozone layer depletion) and also have mechanism to work without generating other harmful gasses that could indirectly harm your food. Check these commercial coolers out and try to make your purchase keeping these factors in mind in mind.

So go ahead and get a commercial cooler today! After all what can maintain the satisfaction you get seeing your favorite food last ages, remaining as fresh as the dew!


Sep 27 2008

Dyson DC17 Vacuum Cleaner

Tag: Vacuum Cleaner Reviewadmin @ 7:53 am

If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on the most technologically advanced vacuum cleaner ever created, look no further because the Dyson DC17 vacuum cleaner offers just that. This vacuum cleaner makes full use of Dyson’s patented Root Cyclone technology. This innovative technology allows for no suction loss when cleaning in any floor environment. The air exhausted from a Dyson is also cleaner than the air you are actually breathing right now. Dyson’s are the first vacuum cleaners in the world to receive recognition from the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America and Britain. This makes them the first Asthma and Allergy friendly vacuum cleaners on the planet!

In fact, the air expelled from a Dyson has 150 times less bacteria, mold and allergens then the air in the room right now! What makes this vacuum cleaner even more appealing is the fact that they require no bags or filters. This is thanks to the “bagless” technology. You can actually see all the dirt and bacteria you are picking up in the clear cylinder located in the center of the machine. The vacuum cleaner also comes with a standard lifetime HELP and washable filters. This alone could end up saving you hundreds of dollars in the long term! Each Dyson comes with a standard 5 year warranty on parts and filters. Canisters are also covered. The Dyson DC17 upright vacuum cleaner comes in two different models- the standard asthma and allergy version or the innovative animal version. The asthma and allergy version is obviously specifically made for asthma and allergy sufferers while the animal version is made specially for households with pets.

Both units feature Level 3 Root Cyclone technology, the most powerful suction power found in any vacuum cleaner on the planet! The DC17 vacuum cleaner offers the best average pick-up on all floor types thanks to it’s amazing suction power. The unit also features a quick draw telescopic wand which allows you to reach in extremely hard to reach places since this unit feature has a 17 foot long reach! Standard additional features include a mattress tool, a flexi crevice tool and a soft dusting brush and tool set. A mini-turbine head and low reach floor tool is included for additional cleaning environments. On an end note, all models come with a complete carpet care kit.


Sep 09 2008

Simmons Luxaire Mattress

Tag: Mattress Review,Simmons Mattressadmin @ 10:42 am

If you are one of those people who want a mattress with motion separation, then you came to the right place. Your choice could be a Simmons Luxaire mattress if you wish to have a good and comfortable night that will recharge your energy and relieve you of stress.

There are a lot of couples who lose sleep because they toss and turn too much during the sleep. Plenty mattress manufacturers are trying to solve this problem and have made mattresses with motion separation. Some of them are water mattresses, pocket coil spring mattresses and memory foam. They offer a good solution and can help you have a good night of sleep.

But is there a mattress that will definitely solve your problem? We believe that Simmons Luxaire mattress is the right choice for that. It is specially designed to offer comfortability to the both bed sides, no matter how much one partner is heavier. Because Luxaire is am air mattress, it is possible to make right and left sides with to inflate and deflate separately. This dual chamber makes it possible to enjoy in sleeping any way you like. You won’t disturb your partner if you move around, so you can set yourself free and have a comfortable night.

Besides the ability to allow partners to sleep with each other, Simmons Luxaire mattress has separate controls that each partner can set for himself.

You will have a dual chamber air bed that you can adjust the way you want. You will get ergonomic controls with backlit LED. The mattress itself has a diamond quilted cover and Lyocell – this makes it soft but durable.

The comfort layer is Euro-Top while you get a Visco-elastic memory foam that will conform with the shape of your body. It’s great for people who have back problems. The air compressor that inflates and deflates the air mattress is very quiet and fast, so you don’t have to worry about that.

You get a 2 year warranty on Simmons Luxaire mattress and this is a great addition that confirms that you have a good mattress in your hands. If you seek for a different degree of support for yourself and your partner, this mattress could be your best bet. It is not a cheap mattress, but it definitely has something that delivers the value and that makes him worth of money.


Sep 08 2008

Memory Foam Mattresses

Tag: Mattress Review,Memory Foamadmin @ 1:47 pm

If smart foam is new for you, we should say that the task of this viscoelastic material is to safe any shape you can imagine. Some people think that smart foam is something like smart foam mattresses. The most popular smart foam mattress brand is called Tempur-Pedic, this factory in association with NASA took part in creation the item. So, you understand that Tempur-Pedic is a luxury brand. However it is worth to mention two other companies producing high-grade goods.

* SensusSensus factory produces smart high-density mattresses and mattress pillows with a density of 5 pounds per cubic foot. The use-by date is at least 10 years, as time goes by the pillow can become a little bit softer. Sensus factory produces soft type of foam with 14 ILD (Indentation Load Deflection). The advantage of the given luxury brand is being as good as Tempur-Pedic, but you pay less.
* Serta Serta dates its history from 1931. This large bed factory started to produce smart foam mattresses and mattress pillows in the 1990s. They can be proud of their high quality goods by right. If you want to purchase their goods we advice you to avoid their customer service and address to their dealer or a small retailer instead.
* Tempur-Pedic Indisputable leader in smart foam sphere is Tempur-Pedic. You can buy three kinds of mattresses: Classic, Deluxe and Celebrity – with different thickness, with different levels of fixity. The Classic has 8” thick with a base layer of 4.3”. This base layer and the top two layers are aired through and the top layer is the softest. The Deluxe has 10”thick, a two-level base layer that is twice aired to give you a calmer dream. The Celebrity`s thick is over 13” – it is the softest smart foam mattress by Temper-Pedic.

There are lost of other factories producing these types of smart foam mattresses, although Tempur-Pedic is the founder.


Aug 27 2008

Whirlpool Compact Dishwashers

Tag: Dishwasher Review,Whirlpool Dishwasheradmin @ 3:24 am

For those who are looking for a great dishwasher, the Whirlpool name is one very popular brand of dishwasher and they offer excellent built-in dishwashers. Of course before you purchase a dishwasher, more than likely you would like to know a bit more about it, the features, pros and cons, and what other customers have thought of it. So, here is an overview of the important information you need to know before you purchase your own Whirlpool built-in dishwashers.

A Few Features

There are many great features that you’ll want to consider when it comes to Whirlpool built-in dishwashers. One of the best features you’ll find in this dishwasher is that it is Energy Star qualified, which means it will help you to conserve energy and will help you to save a lot of money as well. You’ll also love the super capacity tub that this dishwasher comes with, which allows you to clean even the tall dishes and odd shaped dishes you have. This dishwasher also comes with the special SheerClean Wash System from Whirlpool that includes a sensor that actually knows when dishes are clean and runs the dishwasher until they are clean, adjusting the water temperature for the optimum clean. Also, the Quiet Partner II sound package that the dishwasher comes with allows you to enjoy quiet, even while the dishwasher is running.

Pros and Cons

Of course just like any product, this one comes with both pros and cons. One of the main pros of this dishwasher is that it does offer such a large capacity. You won’t have to worry about doing multiple loads, since you’ll be able to get everything in on the first try. It is also an easy to load machine as well that provides many great settings to choose from. Even if you need your dishes fast, one pro is that it does have a fast cycle that will allow you to get the dishes clean fast. One of the cons is that the silverware rack is a bit small, so it can be a bit hard to get all the silverware in. Also, while the dishwasher is not unsightly, it is not the most attractive dishwasher out there today.

What Other Customers Think

So, more than likely you would also like to know what other customers have thought about the Whirlpool built-in dishwashers. For the most part, customers have given this dishwasher raving reviews, and most would recommend this dishwasher to their friends. Many other customers have been thrilled with all the room that this machine has and found that it was great for people who had a spacious kitchen. The quietness of this dishwasher is one of the main things that most customers rave about, saying that they barely even know when this machine is running. While a few have had simple problems such as the touch pad cover coming loose, for the most part this dishwasher gets great customer reviews.


Aug 27 2008

Whirlpool 2.1 Cu Ft Washing Machine Review

If you are buying or replacing a washing machine, here are some tips in choosing what you must buy. Firstly, you must be sure that the washing machine that you’re buying is meets your expectations when it comes to features. This is the first step in doing your laundry accurately.

Second, it is very essential to check whether the washing machine has a tracking record when it comes to reliability and ability to lasts for several years. Remember, you should invest washing machine technologies and features that can last for several years.

Whirlpool 2.1 Cu. Ft. Top Load Washing Machine, Model: LCD4332P belongs from the considered most trusted brands from the industry of appliance, and has been developed with features that are very easy to use.

Main Product Features:

This washing machine is very compressed and fits tight living spaces environment. If you are in need of space or if you need a washing machine that could fit into your apartment, RV, boat or small wash room, this is the one you’re looking for. It is designed in supplying the maximum quantity that you could wash as possible not like the traditional top load washing machines, which just fits under its category.

If what you’re looking for is a machine that has a hundred of different cycle option, this is not what you’re looking for. This washer has a limited four cycles that you could choose from. But then again, with just four feature cycles, you could definitely clean your clothes.

With this washing machine however, you could choose from three different temperatures settings. This is a powerful feature of this washing machine because you could customize the cycles and temperatures of your wash, even having small and compact than standard washers.

This Whirlpool 2.1 Top Load washer has a water leveling feature which can help you save money in utilities expense. This certainly is a useful feature when it comes to washing small amount of clothing like socks and shirts. You would not need a great amount of water compared to what you would need to use in washing jeans and towels.

The machine also provides three speed selections in wash spinning. It allows you to customize on how you want your clothes to be washed. And it makes sure your clothes wouldn’t be harmed or damaged while in wash because it has straight vane agitator. For those in need of secondary washing machines, this will suit you best.


Aug 27 2008

Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Review

Tag: Kenmore Refrigerator,Refrigerator Reviewadmin @ 3:12 am

I was overjoyed when I finally got the Kenmore Elite refrigerator that I had been dreaming about for years. Aside from the new house, this kitchen appliance is the most important purchase we made. We were really lucky because the Kenmore Elite refrigerator that was made in 2003 was recalled for slight repairs. This is because many owners opted to return this refrigerator instead of having it repaired.

I was also happy to discover that the local scratch-and-dent appliance store offered repaired units for a fraction of the cost of buying a brand new appliance. This discount is great because many of the fridges that were sold at that appliance store were never used at all. You see, the manufacturer simply sent them to the repair shop and sold them as reconditioned. Our Kenmore Elite refrigerator that we purchased was brand new and it cost significantly less than a model bought in a retail store.

I have no idea how I ever functioned without my new Kenmore Elite refrigerator now that I have it. The fridge that we chose is the three door model that has a bottom freezer compartment that is simple to access and easy to use. I can fill the storage capacity this vast kitchen appliance with the help of the side-by-side doors.

This kitchen appliance offers amazing features such as the humidity controls in the produce drawers and the impervious ice machine that is not found in other appliances. The shelves and drawers of this fridge pull out and slide right back into place without a struggle making a lot easier to clean up. This wonderful refrigerator also has a frost-free freezer that is a dream-come-true for me. I have also saved a lot of money on bottled water because my Kenmore Elite refrigerator offers filtered water.

The Kenmore Elite refrigerator allows me to save money because produce, meats and cheeses don’t spoil nearly as quickly as other units. I can store food for a longer time and still have confidence that it will still be fresh with this appliance. I do not throw away a lot of spoiled products anymore because I now know that I have time to use everything that I buy.


Aug 27 2008

Dyson DC15 Review

Several years ago James Dyson revolutionized the vacuum industry with the release of a new line of vacuums that do not lose suction over time. This line of vacuums, like all Dyson vacuums to follow, uses a patented root cyclone system whereby dust and other debris is literally thrown out of air using centrifugal force. The dirty incoming air is spun rapidly in a circular pattern until nearly all particles are thrown out of the air and into the vacuum’s collecting chamber. Unlike regular vacuums, where the bag gets more and more clogged with the addition of more debris, the dyson air flow is never obstructed, leading to even and sustained suction power.

Now, Dyson has introduced another revolutionary feature: “the ball.” Instead of resting on wheels like conventional vacuums, Dyson’s DC15 series of vacuums actually move about on top of a heavy ball at the base of the vacuum that contains the vacuum motor. This keeps the center of gravity quite low, allowing smoother and easier handling. The ball allows the vacuum to twist and turn around nearly any piece of furniture and into small tight spaces. The maneuverability of the ball vacuum is simply unmatched by an vacuum using the standard wheel system. This is an especially important advancement for Dyson vacuum cleaners that tend to put strain on some users due to their weight and suction power. The ball helps the vacuum overcome its powerful and slightly cumbersome nature.

The DC15 “The Ball” series currently contains four vacuum models: the all floors, animal, total clean, and full kit. The all floors model is somewhat the bare bones options, containing no extra or add-on tools. All the other vacuum models come with the very popular mini turbine head, which is simply wonderful at removing unwanted pet hair from furniture upholstery. The animal, which is typically the best selling model of the four, sells for about $559 and also contains the low reach floor tool and effective carpet cleaning kit.

When considering purchasing a Dyson vacuum cleaner, we highly recommend you take a look at one of the DC15 “The Ball” models. They may cost a little more, but they are certainly easier to handle than your average vacuum. They really do make vacuuming as much of a pleasure as it could possibly be.


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