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Window Blind Maintenance: Make Them Last
May 24 2013
When you purchase blinds for your home, you expect them to last. It doesn’t matter how expensive the blinds were, you still expect them to hold up for at least five to ten years. While the failure of less expensive blinds to make it more than five to ten years is understandable, more expensive blinds failing to hold up can seem unforgiveable. With careful maintenance you can prolong the lifespan of your blinds.
Choose the Proper Environment for Your Blinds
The environment that you plan to insert the blinds is an important aspect of blind maintenance. Choosing the wrong type of blinds could lead to a decrease in your blind’s lifespan.
Aluminum blinds and faux wood blinds hold up fairly well. These types of blinds are best for households with children, teenagers, or individuals who are hard on their possessions, aluminum and faux wood blinds are solid choices. Just be aware that all blinds are a tad delicate. Even aluminum and faux wood blinds can become damaged when they take a constant beating from indelicate hands.
Wood blinds should not be used in areas of the home that experience a high level of humidity or moisture. Wood blinds can be warped or stained by water. While varnish and paint will partly protect the wood from water damage, constant contact with water or damp air will eventually ruin your wood blinds.
Vertical blinds have a certain style appeal. They are the classier, upscale cousin to the Venetian or horizontal blinds. Despite their appeal, you should refrain from installing vertical blinds in a high traffic doorway, especially if you have children in the house. Grubby fingers constantly poking, prodding, and opening the blinds can bend or tear even the hardiest material. Cloth shades will hold up far better than vertical blinds in an area with constant traffic.
Know How To Properly Clean Your Blinds
While cleaning isn’t necessary, a buildup of dust and dirt on the blinds can turn your classy house into a metaphorical pig pen. At that point even the most cleaning-phobic people will break down and clean the blinds in the house. Ironically enough it is the decision to clean that can result in the individual cutting the lifespan of the blinds. Using the wrong cleaning method on certain types of blinds can damage them. When you buy more delicate blinds like faux wood or wood blinds inform all members of the household how to properly clean them.
Aluminum blinds are the easiest to clean.
Faux Wood Blinds while not as easy as Aluminum blinds to clean, they are still a relatively easy clean.
Wood Blinds are the hardest to clean because they are the easiest to damage.
Repairing and Upkeep When Necessary
Continuing to use broken blinds after you have found a defect can be damaging to the lifespan of the blinds. In order to prevent such damage, repair blinds as you notice defects.
Broken wands mean that the owner will need to force the blinds to rotate when they want to open and close the window. That can cause tearing in the blinds or damage the string. For $3 that damage can be circumvented.
After about 7 to 10 years you will need to reapply the varnish or paint on your blinds. Varnish and paint are applied to protect the blinds from water damage and fading caused by sunlight. Do not attempt to reapply the paint or varnish unless you are sure that you can do so correctly. If you have no experience in DIY projects or construction, search online for a blind maintenance company that can repair the blinds for you.
When you buy blinds, you expect them to decorate your house for a long time. The need to replace damaged blinds can be aggravating. Occasionally the failure of blinds to hold up can be attributed to an improperly put together blind. On those occasions your warranty should cover replacement. More often than not though, failure for blinds to hold up to the test of time is due to environmental factors, improperly cleaning blinds, and the failure to recognize when the blinds need to be sent in for upkeep.
Nicholas Haywood is an eco-friendly home improvement specialist and writer for Vista Window Film, a provider of premium window film for homes and commercial buildings.
Multiple Home Office Layouts with Glass Wall Partitions
May 1 2013
Glass wall partitions are all the rage nowadays, thanks to their increasing availability and use as well as their affordable prices. You will see glass partitions in residential units, hotels, condominiums, schools, laboratories and commercial offices because they are extremely versatile and you can use them in almost all types of settings. Flexible, space-savers and value-adding, glass partitions are really convenient and stylish to use.
Before selecting the perfect wall partition, you need to make up your mind first about the layout of your home office. You can opt for any of the following layouts that will fit your lifestyle and preferences.
After laying out your home office design, it’s time to have partitions. In planning to install glass wall partitions, check out the following important points:
The combination of the right home office layout and the perfect glass wall partition will surely make your friends and neighbors turn green with envy on your cool, efficient and stylish workspace.
David Darga has been working in construction since he was 17 years old, he took over his father's business at the young age of 24 and has turned it into a thriving success. David now focuses on luxury home renovations, featuring folding glass walls and other one of a kind builds.
How to Choose a Layout for Your Kitchen
Apr 30 2013
If you're considering remodeling your kitchen then there are many decisions to be made. Kitchen cabinets are one of the most expensive parts of your kitchen budget. Not only do you have the exciting, and sometimes daunting task of choosing your cabinetry, but also you need to plan the layout for your kitchen so as to make the best use of the available space.
The overall layout of your kitchen will ultimately affect how you use your kitchen so it's important to get the layout right. Kitchen design is very different today to how it was say 10 years ago. Then a kitchen was used primarily for preparing and cooking food but today, it's true to say it really is the hub of the home and is used for a variety of purposes.
In many houses kitchens are replacing the Great Room and are being used for family dining, entertaining friends, and a place for the kids to do their homework, a makeshift office, and even a place for arts and crafts. So when thinking about the layout of your kitchen, do keep in mind what you will be using it for.
Here are a few more key points to consider when planning your layout:
When it comes to buying your kitchen cabinets be sure to make use of the free design service, which most stores offer. That way you can see your design in 3D and armed with some of your suggestions, the kitchen designer can come up with the perfect layout for your space and needs.
The author is an Interior designer and has been writing on home improvement ideas from couple of years. The author holds an expertise in Kitchen Renovation projects and works for the RTA store.
Low Water Pressure – Reasons for and Solutions to the Problem
Apr 30 2013
Low water pressure can lead to a number of problems. When the water pressure in the pipes is low, everything from taking a shower to washing dishes becomes a hassle. There are many reasons for low water pressure in pipes. The common ones are corrosion in pipes and in-line devices, clogs, low volume of water, low delivery pressure, a kink in the pipe obstructing water flow, and many more.
In some homes, the faucets or shower heads may be clogged. Many faucets and shower heads contain flow restrictors. Even a tiny piece of sediment may clog the restrictor's openings, leading to low water pressure. Alternatively, someone would have used the shutoff valve, and wouldn’t have opened it properly later.
Only after the cause has been found out, can a solution be offered. Some common causes/problems related to low water pressure and their solutions are given below:
Unscrew the fixture
If the problem is in the fixture, unscrew it with your hand or a pair of pliers and replace it after rinsing to remove obstructions, if any. If the parts have corroded, change them.
Change the supply line
If the supply line feeding the branch is small and this is the reason for low water pressure, change it. You can substitute it with a supply line of a bigger diameter, which allows the free flow of water.
Replace main supply pipe
If there is inadequate water flow in the whole house and if you've added new fixtures lately, the main supply pipe may have to be replaced to increase water supply. The main supply pipe that carries water from the water meter to your house should be replaced with one which is bigger in size.
Use a booster pump
If your house is located on top of a hill or at the end of a municipal system and draws water from a well located lower than your house, a booster pump may have to be installed to solve the problem.
Check the valves
If you experience the problem of low water pressure, then be sure to check the position of the valves. If there are any partially open valves, then do open them completely as they might be the cause for low water pressure.
Check the heater
If the issue of low water pressure is only affecting your hot water supply, then be sure to check the water heater. Make sure that the shutoff valves near the heater are completely open so as to ensure adequate hot water pressure. You can also contact a plumber to check whether your heater system is working properly.
Check for leaks
A water leak in your plumbing system can affect the water pressure. Do check for leaks and replace the faulty pipe lines in case of low water pressure.
Grace is an experienced professional associated with Water Works Canada, which is a well-known drain cleaning and plumbing provider offering services to GTA and Toronto residents for the past 16 years!
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