Home Disasters Often Require Specialized Contractors For Repairs

January 13th, 2012 by admin No comments »

For the worst situation happens in your home like when disasters happen, you have applied in an insurance provider as the anticipation so you will get the compensation when there is hurricane or flood destroys your home. The compensation offered by an insurance provider can be the money to repair your damaged home caused by those disasters. In fact, it’s not easy to claim your compensation in those disasters. It should make you need more than just home contractor to repair your home but it has to be the one that can help you get the compensation you deserve.

You maybe wonder if it possible to find the home restoration contractor that can help you claims your insurance compensation and repair your home at the same time. The answer is, yes you can meet the contractor in those criteria as long as you contact Jarvis Property Restoration. For years this construction company has worked to satisfy its clients who need the help with insurance claim and home restoration caused by disasters.

The experts you meet in this company would like to help you in all aspects related to your home disasters restoration. It is very important to contact only the specialists in home restoration and Jarvis Property Restoration should be your choice.

Tips To Clean Your Bathroom With Steam Cleaners

January 13th, 2012 by admin No comments »

Keeping a bathroom free from grime, water stains, and mildew can be an overwhelming task if using various brushes, mops, sponges, and chemical cleaning solutions. Simplify the process with steam cleaners that convert to a hand held steamer. These units can be used on every hard surface in a bathroom, including the floor, tile walls, shower doors, bathtubs, toilets, countertops, sinks and faucets.

Follow Guidelines To Ensure Best Results

All steam cleaners come with step-by-step instructions and warnings. Reading the directions will make sure that the machine functions properly without much effort. Every unit works slightly differently, but most only require water to be poured into the tank in order to disinfect a dingy bathroom. After the unit heats up, vapors produce high pressure that will tackle even the deepest ground-in problems. A few models demand that the vapors be released for a few seconds through a spout or nozzle prior to operating to prevent air bubbles.

It’s vital to remember that the vapors emitted from steam cleaners are incredibly hot. Therefore, safety should come first by keeping the nozzle pointed away from yourself and others to avoid burns. Also, children and pets should be kept away from the area that’s being disinfected so that they don’t come into contact with the extreme heat.

Steam Cleaners Tackle Tough Stains

Stains that have been left for a long period of time can be very difficult to remove. Thankfully, many of these products include special solutions to be used specifically on set-in stains. Normally, these solutions have to be added to water and then poured into the reservoir on the unit. If plain vapor doesn’t break through the stain, try a little vinegar or baking soda. These household items can be effective cleaners for tough stains. Dilute vinegar with an equal amount of water to spray or dab onto the tile. Then use a stiff brush to breakdown the particles of the stain, scrubbing in small circles instead of back and forth to eliminate even more debris from the tile or grout. The other option is to use baking soda to create a paste to apply to the soiled area. After either method, be sure to rinse generously and then soak up extra moisture with a cloth, mop, or paper towels.

Use The Right Attachment With A Hand Held Steamer

The various attachments that are included transform steam cleaners into a hand held steamer, which assists in effective cleaning. Many machines incorporate different accessories in several shapes and sizes in their packages. Some contain cloth coverings to catch the dirt as it drips down the tile of a shower wall. For grout lines or small tiles, shooting vapors directly onto grime without a cloth covering will get the job done quicker. Larger attachment heads with cloth coverings work well for bigger tiles or bathtubs.

While some homeowners worry about steam cleaners causing tiles to crack, they can rest easy. Even though these machines do emit high pressure, it isn’t possible to crack through the protective surface of a tile. For painted tiles, however, be sure to operate steam cleaners on the lowest heat setting so the hot vapors don’t remove the paint or cause damage. Also, leaving the attachment of a hand held steamer on one section for too long can harm the painted surface. These machines can be operated as much as desired to make bathroom cleaning a breeze.

Additional Tips

When operating a hand held steamer covered with a cloth, hold the attachment against the tile and drag it slowly along the surface. As the cloth gets dirtier, the tile will start to look cleaner and shiny. Keep a small towel handy when using direct vapor on grout or smaller tiles to remove dirt and moisture that can form and stream down the freshly cleaned surface.

Starting on one section at a time and continuing either across or down the surface will make sanitizing bathrooms easy. If the unit contains a trigger or button to release the vapors, use it often to avoid wasting time or dispersing hot water when not ready.

Be sure to pour enough water into the tank to produce the right amount of steam for an entire bathroom so you don’t have to constantly refill the unit. Once the tank is empty, follow the manual’s directions for waiting the right amount of time before adding more water. This allows the tank to cool down and prevents burning of the skin.

Plastic Soup - What is Garbage Island and How Did it Form?

If you are a business owner or a business manager, you will probably find yourself in need of help with the arduous task of office rubbish removal Sydney.

Picture this -- You get up in the morning, brush your teeth and get ready to go to work. Grabbing your travel mug you head out the door to the office. The day is long so you order lunch from that place down the street. You finish up the day and head home, picking up some take out because your effort to cook, after such a long day, is really low. You get home, sit down to watch some television with dinner and finally wash your face and go to bed.

This day sounds innocent enough, typical of many people out there in the working world. How could a day like this contribute to what is known as Garbage Island? Or, more importantly, what is Garbage Island? The crew from VBS.tv wanted to find out and share their discovery with the world.

Garbage Island is a swirling current (called the North Pacific Gyre) approximately 1,000 miles off the shoreline of California where accumulated plastics of all shapes and sizes have floated to stay. Since plastic does not biodegrade but instead disintegrates into smaller particles, the ocean is the perfect catch basin for much of this debris. The crew on this mission discovered everything from birthday balloons to helmets to tires but the most frightening thing of all was the volume; the ratio of plastic to marine life in some areas was upwards of 1000:1. Yikes. So where did it all come from and how did it end up in the Pacific?

Go back to the day of the average person again and instead of being so vague let's detail some of the places in this story where plastics could have been used.

You get up in the morning and hit the off button of the plastic alarm clock beside your bed. Brush your teeth with a plastic toothbrush. Women apply makeup (housed in plastic containers, using brushes with plastic handles); men shave their face (using either an electric razor encased in plastic or a disposable plastic razor). You grab your insulated travel mug with the plastic lid, jump into the car (I can not even fathom how many plastic pieces are utilized in a car) and head into the office. Using your plastic badge you enter the building, sit down in your plastic based office chair, turn on the plastic based computer and work until lunch. At lunch you order soup and a salad from the deli down the street; each are stored in a plastic container. You head home and stop for take out (in a Styrofoam [plastic] container of course) and turn on the plastic based television while eating. After an evening of scrolling through the channels using the plastic based remote you wash your face with that stuff you love that comes in the plastic tube and finally, go to bed.

On the lowest level this person used fifteen plastic based items in one day. As our society has become more disposable minded all of those items are built to wear out quicker, causing a need to repurchase and toss the old item. Many times this garbage will fall off a ship but more than not it comes directly from the land. This is possible even when we do not realize it is happening -- next time you see a plastic bag floating in the breeze think about how far the wind might blow it before it stops, when a bottle whooshes into a storm drain after a particularly heavy rain think about where that waterway ends.

One of the quotes from the video series was particularly striking:

"Persistent Organic Pollutants are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment."

- United Nations Environmental Program

Bioaccumulation is when substances like harmful compounds (toxins) amass, in diverse tissues of living creatures. In this example the obvious organism would be marine life but the chain of ingesting toxic chemicals grows as birds eat the fish, other fish eat the fish and humans eat the fish. Contaminates are introduced into our daily food supply and are seriously impacting sustained life of entire species on this planet (an example is when a bird goes out to eat and returns to feed their young, the young end up with stomachs full of plastic as opposed to the essential nutrients they need to survive and they perish as a result).

So what can we do? Can we physically clean up all the pieces that are already there? Unlikely. Can we make an attempt to stop putting more into the ocean? Absolutely!

The most important thing we can do with all non-biodegradable plastics currently available is extend their life span. When we act as consumers we need to think of the total life cycle of the item in question -- how long do we intend to use the item, what do we do with the item at the end of its life? If we are throwing it away we should be conscientious as to how we do so -- do we recycle our plastic or throw it in the trash, is there a way to reuse it, can we upcycle the item into something functional that may last long beyond the initial intended life span?

Opening our eyes to the issue and reducing our dependence on disposable plastic products is the first step in fixing the problem and the video that VBS.tv shared is a fantastic eye opener. To learn more please visit the link below. Be aware that the twelve parts (plus the five minute extra) are an approximate run time of a little over an hour and some very colorful language is used throughout. It is well worth putting that aside to watch and learn.