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Why even consider getting a floor steam mop or a floor steam vacuum? If you are like me and are doing your own house cleaning, you might be faced with a dilemma as of how to best use your time and resources when it comes to cleaning your living spaces, the kitchen, the bathroom area, and the shower area.

Your carpet in the living room may have developed several dark stains that will not go away by vacuuming alone. The tiles in the shower may have developed dark grout, and the sinks may be covered with shampoo and soap stains.

Since you have already spend over $100 for the vacuum cleaner which doesn’t really do the job to your satisfaction, you want to make sure you are getting a piece of machinery that will do a better job, that is for sure.

We will discuss here pros and cons of two competing carpet cleaning technologies that go beyond vacuuming. The first one is a carpet steamer, or a carpet steam mop, and the second one is the carpet steam vacuum. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Floor steam mops

Floor steam mop is an appliance that looks like a mop but it has a canister attached to it, and uses an electric heater to bring the water in the canister to a boil. The resulting water vapor is then led through the mop handle and the vapor is then sprayed through the micro fiber pad at the top of the mop. The micro fiber then mops the debris from the floor or the carpet that you are canvassing.

A big advantage for many people of the steam floor mop is that it is environmentally friendly, that is, it will not dispense harmful and potentially toxic chemicals in your house that might take days to be removed, and may even accumulate, causing air toxicity in the house.

A disadvantage of the steam mop cleaner is that, even with a high temperature setting of as much as 300 F, before the steam reaches the tip of the mop, it is already chilled significantly. That means that, in all likelihood, the steam will not be as effective in removing carpet stains, or any other stains from the floors or tiles. Also, the effectiveness of the micro fiber pad in removing all the resulting debris is in question.

You may be able to remedy the low temperature problem by removing the steam mop stick or using a shorter one. That way, the steam temperature will be maximized, and tougher stains will be removed.

Floor steam vacuums

The steam vacuum is similar to a steam mop, but it has an additional feature, namely, it sprays the water onto the carpet, agitates the carpet, and then vacuums the resulting liquid back into the “dirty water” tank.

The advantage of a steam vacuum is that, since it does vacuum up most of the debris, it is typically used with detergents and cleaning chemicals, …

Homes with a fireplace need a fireplace screen to offer security and protection from fireplace. You get fireplace screens with the most latest and sophisticated design. Brass screens are one of the top quality screens today. Due to their negative heating point, brass screens are the most favored screens for a fireplace. You can find a large variety in brass screens as well. As there are different kinds of fireplace at different homes, there is a good option for you to decide which brass screen will be perfect for your fireplace.

Compare the price of other types of screen made of brass. While the screens made of brass coating are less pricey, the screens with solid brass are costly. Yet you will find a number of models which you prefer at your fireplace. We can take a look at some of the screens of brass that are accessible.

First let us take a look at the brass screens that are polished with brass. You can find them the most popular of all, as they are low cost. Screens that have polished brass have brass on the finish instead of a whole solid brass. It gives a polished brass finish to the screens and to keep them safe from being tarnished a lacquer is applied to the brass.

Another type of brass screen is the one with solid brass known as antique solid screens of brass. You will find these to be very expensive because of the pure brass that has been used. They are available in shades of gold tinge and brownish tone. An antique solid screen that has a Pewter finish is a good choice for the homes whose interiors are soft colored and Pewter finish is also of neutral shade of gray. They also add that rustic look due to the copper cast in an antique brass screens with copper cast.

Other types of screens of brass have tones of black in them which will suit a particular type of homes depending on their interiors. So if you want to make a fireplace, you know what to have as a screen to beautify your interiors.

Maintenance is a must, for a fireplace that is constantly working. Cleaning and the other necessary chores have to done from time to time. Brass screens need a typical clean-up procedure, but not with any sort of complications, simply take mixture made of vinegar, warm water and salt, apply it on the screen and let it stay for 10 minutes. Now take a brush to scour the screens and then finish it off with a moist cloth.

Your choice is very important so that it harmonizes the décor of your home. The style, design and materials should be perfect for your schemes of the house.

A fireplace screen made of brass shields you from the harmful residues and ashes that keep flying and also helps in giving the home a cozy and comfortable look.…

Stuart FL Grout Cleaning Service – Floor Cleaning Services Assessment 561-316-8043 Seeking the best way to clean your tile and grout floors? The subsequent question you should ask is no matter whether you need to sign a contract and what are the procedures for canceling it in case you are not satisfied with the floor cleaning companies solutions you obtain.

Then set a time to meet with them once more so you can get quotes, cleaning specifications and ask them the proper concerns. Initial of all ask representatives of the cleaning firms how they got their numbers. Let’s say you are hunting for a cleaning firm that will come in to clean your office five days per week. In this case, 1st thing you require to do is invite representatives of the cleaning companies to your office, show them the creating and clarify them what you want.

The next query you should ask is whether you need to sign a contract and what are the procedures for canceling it in case you are not happy with the cleaning solutions you acquire.

Then set a time to meet with them again so you can get quotes, cleaning specifications and ask them the appropriate questions. 1st of all ask representatives of the cleaning firms how they got their numbers. Let’s say you are searching for a cleaning firm that will come in to clean your office 5 days per week. In this case, a very first factor you require to do is invite representatives of the cleaning firms to your workplace, show them the constructing and clarify them what you want.

The next question you must ask is whether or not you require to sign a contract and what are the procedures for canceling it in case you are not satisfied with the cleaning services you receive.

Anybody Need Help Understanding Bizarre Cat Behavior?

Both cats and dogs make fabulous pets but they certainly are not similar and that is because they are wired completely different! Remember the book, "Men are From Mars & Women are From Venus"? Well it is kind of like cats and dogs are from different planets too.

To be good pet owners we need to understand a cat's basic instincts that make them have the, sometimes, strange way that they do.

Cats are not scared of the dark!

I have a cat that loves to hunt and if I let her, she would do a lot of hunting at night. But she is a black cat and we live near a highway so I call her in at night for obvious reasons. (And she actually comes – that's my girl!)

Not only do cats instinctively hunt, they are also instinctively nocturnal because long ago they would do their hunting at night to avoid predators. They have trained themselves to detect motion with very little light. The long, stiff whiskers on a cat's face are extended sideways when resting but when moving they extend forward to aid in hunting.

We all know that a dog's strongest sense is smell. Well for a cat, both sight and hearing are stronger senses and prove very useful in the dark when hunting.

So if you are up in the middle of the night and find your cat wide awake, do not think she is sick or crazy, she is just instinctively a cat! Your dog, on the other hand, will wake up from a deep sleep, stretch and wonder what's wrong with you!

Cats are very touchy!

By this I mean that cats love to rub their bodies against us, and all the furniture in the house, and the trees and fines outside of the house. What is this all about?

Well our lovely little feline is intentionally marking her territory by putting her scent on all her surroundings. This is how cats tell other cats to stay away from their claimed area. Do not be surprised if your cat makes a ceremonial walk around your property every morning to freshly mark her territory. And she kindly has her favorite spot in your home to lie down where no one else is allowed to be.

Is not it nice to know that when your cat rubs herself against your leg, she thinks she owns you and not the other way around? Well, at least this territorial behavior is more pleasant than a dog's, who urinates to mark his territory.

Cats are very independent!

My cat loves to be caressed and cuddled but usually only for a few minutes and then she wants to be left alone so she jumps out of my arms. I do not take offense because I know she loves me and that instinctively cats like to be alone. There are not many "lap cats" out there so if you are looking for …

Window covers are an essential part of every room in a home. Not only do they offer an element of privacy, but they can add an elegant aspect to every area. The choice to include a vinyl window shutter has many advantages that will be valued for years after the shutter is installed.

Firstly, a vinyl window shutter is extremely durable. It can accommodate windows of any shape, size and purpose. Vertical blinds, for example work best when applied to a horizontally shaped window such as sliding doors. These types of shutters can also be seen in a roll up style, which is most convenient for smaller windows, or ones that require the window covering to be rolled up and down to suit the needs of multiple users. In this varying economy, it is more important than ever to enhance a home's interior with accessories and features that will extremely add to its market value, and greatly benefit the owner if they ever decide to put the house up for sale. These types of window shutters are a great way to achieve this, especially since they are available in a wide variety of options. This allows users to find the perfect balance of function and style.

Homeowners who have children or pets will appreciate the extreme durability of a vinyl window shutter. Since they do not require painting, there is no need to worry about paint chips, and having to repaint the shutter as time goes on. In fact, many of these types of window coverings include a lifetime warranty. Furthermore, their surface area hides scratches and imperfections more easily than faux wood shutters, so even vinyl covers that get a tremendous amount of use can look for years to come.

Finally, a vinyl window shutter is more capable to withstand harsh environmental conditions than other types of shutters. This makes the material perfect for areas that must deal with high humidity. The shutters are easily cleaned and are immune to mold and mildew problems. For these reasons, they are popular in moist areas such as bathrooms. The amount of durability and convenience that this type of window covering can provide makes it the perfect choice for demanding households. …

Real estate in Northeast Los Angeles has been booming for years. We hear about it on television and in the news. Rarely does a news story get published where the term “Gentrification” is used to describe areas such as Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington and Highland Park, regions where home values have spiked. Is it something homebuyers and home sellers need to know?

By definition, “to gentrify” is to improve a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste. The middle class, or Bourgeoisie, is attempting to emulate upper-class standards. In the U.K., the gentry refer to people of high social position, specifically the class of people next below the nobility. Therefor the gentrification of an area is a process whereby those of lower socio-economic status are forced out of a region in order to make it more attractive to the people of higher socio-economic standing. Taking deteriorating inner city homes away from working class families to be renovated and sold to the privileged is also known as progress, or gentrification.

That is precisely what is occurring in the once run down neighborhood of Highland Park. This ongoing restorative transformation has helped to eradicate crime and strengthen the local economy. Juice bars and yogurt shops have sprung up in place of derelict Laundromats and liquor stores. Local businesses are now thriving, where the windows were once boarded up and car carcasses rusted.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Glassell Park, where police not long ago bulldozed suspected gang homes in a dramatic crackdown on crime. Soon after, investors began investing in fixing up Glassell Park’s hillside view homes and property values began to rise with new shops and restaurants appearing in direct proportion.

At one time, Eco Park stood as the poster child for gentrification in Los Angeles. This forgotten slum went through a complete metamorphosis in the 90’s, turning it into one of the most sought after areas east of downtown. With Echo Park as a model, the restoration movement has continued its march east, rehabilitating other areas, such as Highland Park and Glassell Park, with great potential.

One telltale sign of the up and coming neighborhood is what is known as the Starbucks phenomenon. If this “7-eleven” of coffee houses has chosen to plant its green lady logo on the block, you can bet your bottom dollar that the ‘Hipsters are coming’or more likely, the Hipsters have already arrived. This of course means that property values are climbing. In the historic region of Highland Park, York Boulevard is now bookended by Starbucks. Having a Starbucks on the corner is clear evidence that a moneyed community is on the rise. The values of homes for sale in Highland Park are absolutely exploding.

Another way of measuring affluence is by exploring the high volume of trendy restaurants, bars, and art galleries not to mention the cafes populated by too cool for school patrons everywhere. This enclave has become a hot spot for …

As an Architect, in designing new homes for clients, they first come to me with standard tastes you would see on any house in any neighborhood. What I try to do is to expand their architectural vocabulary and be bold in what they’re trying to do, without spending a lot more money. Part of that is to make their house look bigger from the street and live bigger inside. You can get a lot of “wow” factor if you try some simple things in your home design.

1. Make your house longer, not square. Most people want to make their houses more square in design, in the preconceived notion of saving costs. While this may be overall true, it also makes your house very small looking (and boring). For a 2500 square foot house instead of designing it 50 foot by 50 foot, make your house longer like 75 foot long by 33 wide. You’d be surprised how much more elegant and more expensive it looks for not that much more money. It also gives you a bonus of giving windows into almost every room in your home, giving light and visual space to them.

2. Use the Split level home concept. The split level home was more prevalent in the 1960’s than it is today, but it has a lot of advantages if you modernize it. The Split Level pulls the basement out of the ground. In most of the northern part of the country (I’m from Indiana), you need at least a 30″ or deeper footing to get below the local frost line. Well, let that be the staring point of your basement (or as I like to call it, the Lower Level). That means the Lower Level is 2 feet below grade, which means you can have full size windows. The Lower Level foundation wall is 30″ tall, the rest of the wall height can be wood instead of concrete (whether 8′ or 9′ tall) which saves costs. If you use 8′ tall lower level (to reduce costs) there is a design I like to use to eliminate bulkheads for HVAC;…incorporate the ducts in a floor truss system. I love to use 16” high floor trusses, 24″ on center, and keeping the trusses in the same orientation throughout the house. It gives plenty of space for the HVAC ducts in the floor truss system, and no bulkheads, meaning less cost since you have flat ceilings and no extra framing for those bulkheads. If you need space for the HVAC to “step over” each other, do that in the mechanical room.

3. With the split level home, The 2nd Floor (or the “Main Level” as I like to call it) it anywhere from 7 to 9 feet above grade, not only giving it a commanding view of the property all around, it also looks like a 2 story building, for a 1 story price. You can leave windows open at night because the window sills are 10 feet …

Tobacco cigarettes produce particles and gasses that easily mingle with the air and intertwine with different substances. The substances embed deeply on surfaces and the smokers skin, making the smell linger for long periods of time. Efforts to get rid of cigarette smoke from your house or fabrics can be hard, especially when you have a smoker in the house who can easily redeposit the residue to already clean surfaces.

Apart from having the need to have the smell removed to have better smell and air around your home, if you are a property owner, you will find it extremely important to remove the cigarette smoke for the sake of potential new tenants interested in the house. Nonsmoking tenants will definitely not like renting a house that have severe tracts of cigarette smoke and you there before must find ways of cleaning off the smell. You can hire experts to handle your cleaning needs but here are some tips you can use to get rid of the smell of your home.

Tip 1. Open the windows and let the fans run. This allows ventilation which can work great in getting rid of the odor around your home.

Tip 2 – Clean fixtures including light bulbs. Light bulbs tend to disperse the smell when they are heated and cleaning then can go a long way in keeping the smell at bay. You can alternatively consider using bulbs that do not heat up as much when in use to keep the problem under control.

Tip 3 – Clean all hard surfaces thoroughly with ammonia based cleaners, ensuring that you clean window insides, but keeping acidic products off your woodwork to keep damages at bay. You can also consider painting surfaces to trap the odor even though this might offer only temporary results.

Tip 4 – Consider replacing the carpet because it can be very hard to remove smoke particles from it. It also helps to scrub the flooring that is benefit the carpet before installing a new one. Another step you can take to still use the same carpet is hiring professional carpet cleaning services. The experts will know the best products and techniques to use to thoroughly clean your carpet and get rid of the smell.

Tip 5 – Soak blinds and use an all-purpose cleaner to scrub off the smell and let them dry. You can have the curtains professionally cleaned or if need be, replace them to keep your house smelling good.

Tip 6 – Use a chemical sponge to remove the residue from books, lampshades and other types of materials you have around the home that can not be cleaned any other way.

Tip 7 – Consider replacing air and heating filters, because they can harbor the cigarette orders and other irritants.

Tip 8 – Have your house ozone cleaned by professionals. This is one of the best treatments you can have around your home because it gets rid of not just the cigarette smoke, but all other …

Many people who find it interesting to collect sports jerseys would have already gotten the idea of putting them in frames and using them as wall art. It is a great way of making the house you live in “your home.” Walking around in it and seeing the jerseys of all of your favorite teams, remembering the matches you have been to and the fun you have had with your friends is a really good way of giving yourself a mood boost if you are feeling down.

It is very well known that even more and more of sports maniacs and not only them collect volleyball, football, basketball jerseys and so on. It is actually one of the most collectible examples. Apart from the reason that was already described, having sports jerseys might be really profitable since you never know what to expect from the future. One day you might wake up and see that there is a million dollar for example hanging on your wall.

So the question is how to actually put the jersey in the frame. Nowadays fortunately there are a lot of companies that produce the needed hardware you will need in order to complete this process. There are also different framing systems which are unique to the different sport jerseys.

So first thing you have to know is that the most used types of frames are the shadow box frames. They are really wildly preferred when it comes to displaying sports jerseys. The reason for this is that what they really are is just a three-dimensional case that lets light pass only though one angle. That does not let it damage the jersey and the clothing which is light sensitive to faint. Additionally, there are many retailers that offer special UV-protective glass which is just exactly what a person would need to prevent really valuable jerseys. Those boxes you can both buy from a special frame shop or just online.

Once you have the needed frame you will have to carefully iron the jersey and then fold it to best display team emblem, player number, or any other feature of it that is important. In so doing you will make sure that you do everything right and you will not have to repair your work after a certain time.

In case you are worried that the jersey is not really quite safe in the box then some professionals offer that you use a needle and thread. You will need them to stitch the jersey to the backing board. Of course that is done really, really carefully. Otherwise the jersey might really end up being damaged.

That is how you can frame your valuable sports jersey using a shadow box frame.…

If you are not an interior designer, redesigning the inside of your house or your office is no easy task; But a way to liven up the room is to utilize the natural beauty of plants. The initial reaction for plant decorations to someone could have been the overwhelming responsibility that comes with having to maintain a balance of sunlight and water to these plants, or perhaps the threat of possible infestations from insects of different kind that might start inhabiting the plants. You may also think of the expense you might incur in having to replace the plants every time they start to wilt and die.

A solution to that apprehension is to use silk plants. Silk plants are artificially manufactured plants made of, as the name impressions, silk. These plants eliminate the responsibility of tedious and expensive maintenance. To keep these synthetic plants bright and beautiful, all you need to do is use a wet towel or a wet rag to wipe off the dust that they might occasionally catch. You can find different plants like ferns, cactus, floor plants, flowering plants and trees, greenery plants, greenery trees, hanging plants, outdoor plants, palm trees, topiaries, bonsais or wreaths, garlands, and swags.

Among the different silk plants mentioned, a particularly popular type is the artificial hanging silk plant. You can find Spider Plants, English Ivy Hanging Bush, Wandering Jew Hanging Bush, Mini Philodendron Hanging Bush, Mini Pothos Hanging Bush, Sage Ivy Hanging Bush, Purple Clematis Hanging Basket, Light Purple Wisteria Hanging Bush, Violet Wisteria Hanging Bush, Deluxe Bougainvillea Hanging Bush, and other different hanging plants.

Whichever type of silk plant you suits your taste and matches the decorations at your home or your office, you will find that silk plants are more affordable and less tedious to maintain as compared to the real thing. …