Monthly Archive: August 2017

Patio Umbrella & The Green House Effect

The title of the writeup may sound funny to you, but I have my reason in putting that to paper. You must be wondering by now, what has Patio umbrellas got to do with Green house effect. Well the reason I compare both in a literally sense is because of the common word – protect – between them. One gives us protection from many natural excesses like scorching sun or heavenly, sometimes not so heavenly, shower while the other we need to protect our earth and environment from. It is common knowledge by now that because of the hole in the ozone layer, because of the pressure of population and man’s greed for a better lifestyle at the cost of environment, the average temperature has rises by few degrees over the last few years. Our summers are hotter and winters are less extreme. Last year both the continents of Europe and Americas experienced extreme temperature fluctuations that they had not seen over the last 30 to 40 years. Hence we should be aware of our responsibilities in protecting the environment.

But to me protection starts with self. If I am unaware of the ways and means to protect myself (from many challenges and dangers that befall us from time to time), then in all likelihood, I will not be aware of my responsibility to protect the people around me and the environment around me. An example can be, protecting myself from the 2 dangers of nature namely heat and rain. It is very simple to protect oneself from these 2 extremes of nature. All you need is an umbrella. If you are on the move you would need a portable and handy umbrella. Similarly on the beach you would need beach umbrellas and at your home in the balcony or patio you will need a market or patio umbrellas.

Patio umbrellas come mainly in 2 sizes. One is the 9 footer and the other is the 11 footer. Even though they are available in various sizes, the most popular is the eight rib umbrella or the hexagonal six rib version. That said there is no hard and fast rule as such. These days they are available in various other shapes as well as sizes. You will find them in unique and interesting shapes like square, oval, rectangular and lo behold even in Triangle shape.

The biggest market for these umbrellas is the Americas, namely United States of America, Canada and Mexico. USA leads the pack with an industry estimated at over 200 million dollars. The second largest market is Europe. The emerging economies of Asia are also catching up with their counterparts in North America and Europe. China has emerged as the country which is giving a good run for their money to the manufacturers in USA and Europe. It has emerged as the most favored country to source the products at the same quality at prices that are half then what you would normally get in USA and Europe. If you buy the market or patio umbrellas these days from the retail market, there is a strong chance that you will see the tag ‘made in China’ written boldly on it. All said and done, for the ordinary consumer this is good news as this will bring down the prices in the near future. If more and more people buy the same it is my assessment that we will be contributing our positive bit towards the greenhouse effect and in making our earth a better place to live in.

Rug Cleaning Tips on How to Clean And Store Them For Next Year

The change into the summer season is showing both in our clothes and within our homes. Every year as soon as the sleeves disappear and pants shorten, the fabrics of our house begin to change into more lively, light colors.

It is likely that you have started to notice how these days you tend to turn to brighter shades and that the decorative accessories are changing their tone: pillowcases, couch upholstery, curtains, rugs and carpets are put away or changed for lighter fabrics during the months of summer. To maintain them in the best possible state for next year it is essential to clean and store them with care, follow these simple tips and your fabrics will be nice and warm to cuddle you next winter.

The first thing you need to do is deep clean your curtains, carpets and all the fabrics you are planning on storing for several months. As you know, the process of cleaning each of these items changes depending on the material of which they are made, the colors, the use you have made of them etc. In general most curtains are relatively easier to clean and iron: some can be washed in the washing machine and steam ironed, while others mostly for their sizes are better treated at the dry cleaner’s.

Rugs are a whole other world. If you have complied with all the regular maintenance operations that are needed during the season to maintain the rugs in their best shapes the last cleaning before storing them in the closet should not be much trouble, but if you have neglected its care, it is time to get to the job and do it.

As for cleaning carpets and upholstery, there are two essential rules for the maintenance of your rugs: discipline and care. Most often both Persian and wool rugs should be regularly vacuum cleaned (never hit!) at medium speed on both sides and avoiding the fringe that could tear away. In the event something should fall on your carpet, try to intervene as fast as possible with a clean cloth wet with a solution of cold water, a spoon of shampoo and half a spoon of vinegar.

Since not all fabrics can be cleaned with specific carpet detergents it is always best to first try with a more gentle soap, but if the stain just will not go away, try the rug detergent on a relatively hidden sport first to test its effect on both the colors and the texture of the rug. Even if you do not notice any particular change in the fabric, try not to rub the product when applying it to the surface you are trying to clean.

Let both sides of the rug dry before storing it in the closet or garage in order to avoid mold. If these solutions for cleaning your rug do not leave you satisfied, the best option is contacting a store specialized in selling rugs: many of them offer cleaning services or will at least be able to give you expert advice on how to treat the specific fabric your rug is made of.

Once your rug is fresh and clean like you just bought it, roll it, never fold it, and put it in a closed or a storage room free of humidity, inside a vacuum sealed bag in vertical position. Avoid putting any other objects on top of it so that it keeps it shape and no dents are left on the surface.

Now go get that bright summer rug, your warm and cozy winter one will be back with you as brand new when the cold comes back!

The Return of Tiles in India

The Return of Tiles in India – India is not new to tiles. A tradition of tiles in India has existed to shade houses and from the ceiling in the country from time immemorial and tiled houses are still a common sight in most villages in the country. However there are some major disadvantages of clay roofs, which is what the country has seen mainly, and the time is ripe for a new kind of tile revolution. Companies have realized the need for tiles, as they provide an eco-friendly and amazing ambiance to houses looking for that touch of the rural, but located in the heart of busy cities and towns.

The value and importance of terracotta roof tiles have only now been realized and companies dealing with interior design and architecture have begun to accede to requests by customers and the market alike, by importing terracotta tiles from the best manufactures of the world. There are many things you need to consider when buying roof tiles, and some of these factors include color, shape, and insulation and so on. With the world-class terracotta tiles, you can be assured that at least the tiles will withstand the harshest possible weather conditions, and Indian summers are nothing if not harsh.

There are many kinds of tiles available in most of these companies, and they will suit every kind of budget as well. In fact it makes little sense to compromise with something so integral as a tile, just to save a few rupees. The major properties which distinguish a good tile from a bad one include the nature of the interlocking system of the tile. This means that tile which interlock well will also withstand inclement weather like fierce storms and heavy downpours, and be weatherproof for a very long time. There is no chance of a mishap if you have the right kind of roof tiles to bank on.

Most companies offer a huge variety of roof tiles to choose from. The range is quite incredible and mind-boggling. For example, you can choose from Shingle, French, Proshake, Swiss, and Proslate. Others include the Teja Castellana, the Teja Mixta and Plana and so on. All of these roof tile variants have their own advantages and each of them lives up to its billing as world-class. The demand for good tiles in the Indian subcontinent has increased manifold over the past few years and this is a demand which will continue to grow with the boom in real estate and with people’s choices becoming more international, yet traditional simultaneously.

Thus, tiles in India are a booming field and as a customer there are lot of offers for you to choose from. Be careful about the kind of company you approach, and if you are sure about what you want, then nothing can impede you from buying the best tiles for your house. Tiles are beautiful and environmentally safe as well. They combine a traditional feel with the comforts of modern architecture and they have thus been revamped now. Tiles are an excellent replacement for normal roofs, and can be adequately used.

Fast And Cheap Spring Cleaning Ideas

Fast And Cheap Spring Cleaning Ideas – The spring is coming and we need to prepare the home for the nice weather and the sunlight. We will not get away without the traditional window cleaning and dusting, but we have prepared for you a few quick and inexpensive tips for maintaining order and cleanliness everywhere at home. Take a look at some of the areas that you usually forget to clean during the regular cleaning activities.

Some Quick Cleaning Ideas for a Better Spring Cleaning

Fill in the bath tub with warm water and mild detergent and soak in the pillows. Leave the pillows in the tub for at least 30 minutes. When water and detergent penetrate pillows; rinse the pillows with clean warm water. When finished with the cleaning press the pillows hard to remove the excess water and leave those on the balcony to air dry.

No matter where you live and how often you sweep the surfaces, the glass surfaces usually need cleaning every week. Accumulation of dust on the glass table and other surface can be prevented by the following method: mix one teaspoon of softener and warm water and wipe surfaces with a damp cloth. This will not only clean them, but will also reduce static electricity, which will prevent the accumulation of dust.

You can shine silverware by placing a sheet of foil and a teaspoon of baking soda in a plastic bowl. Place the silverware inside – each one should be in contact with the foil. Pour some boiling water and keep utensils inside the bowl for about 15 minutes. Finally rinse and polish.
You need to clean and freshen up all plastic pieces that you use on the terrace or in the garden. The ideal cleaning product for that plastic furniture is toothpaste. Squeeze plenty of whitening toothpaste on the brush and scrub hard the furniture. Polish the surface with soft cloth and if needed rinse the surface with clean water.

Do not forget to clean also the upholstery and cushions for the garden furniture. You may try to clean them at home using appropriate cleaning products or you may use professional cleaning services to make sure the garden furniture is perfectly clean for the warm evenings.

A good idea is to combine the cleaning of the carpets and the inside furniture upholstery with the cleaning of the outside furniture.

Augmenting Your Interior With Wall Mounted Magazine Racks

Realism is of great importance when planning a home and if you just have limited space, it becomes a necessity. Today people are minimalist and are opting for the stuff which is more practical in use without creating a heap of items not for use in long term. So the need of the hour is ease of use, comfort and durability which can be attained through a wall mounted magazine rack. These are perfect to organize your books, literature, brochure and news papers at an accessible place.

Wall mounted magazine racks are made to withstand a lot of wear-and-tear and can kept away when not in use. Every rack contains some pockets especially designed to make literature easy to see and access. It manages the readable stuff in order and saves space while keeping all together. These racks can mount to a wall easily and reflects a beautiful finish that can team up with any lobby, reception or waiting room.

This is a sheer space friendly device which keeps the closed are well managed and attractive. There are a few models have adjustable slots offering a choice that you want to display. It organizes your area with variety of finishes and colors. The rack stores and displays the books, magazines and other literature piled up or scattered here and there. It feels really great to see such a managed house where you can find out the desired item without wasting time and energy.

Things that you must follow before going for a wall mounted magazine rack:
* Do not haste with a little information in mind, first map out the proper place to install it. * Estimate the number of books, journals and magazines that you are willing to store in it. * Decide the make as you want it to be fully open, partially open or something extra ordinary. * Then go online or market to find out the maximum possible designs suiting to your needs. * Look for the most durable materials as per your requirement and cost efficiency. * Negotiate for the final price but keeping in mind that you are going to make a long term investment which will in turn augment your interiors.

This is a very modern concept to add on the beauty of your house, be it the living room, reading place, workplace or even your bathroom. It is versatile and decorative while giving you extra space to display more in such a small wall area.