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Archive for November, 2010

How To Remove Blood Stains From Carpet

By Singapore Home Guy On November 26, 2010 No Comments

Carpet is one of the priciest items of furnishing; therefore replacing them once they’ve been stained can be a pain to your pocket. But you really don’t have to replace it if you just know how to get rid of blood stains from your carpets. Here are some tips in removing blood stains from your carpet.

Common mistake of most people when they’re trying to remove the stain from their carpet is that they rub it too hard. This will even push the stain deeper into the fabric. Try mixing non-alkali detergent with warm water and put some of this mixture to the stained fabric. Then, remove the blood stain by blotting the stained area. Continue with this procedure until all stains are removed. For the remaining stain, if there’s any, you can use the mixture of ammonia and water to blood the stained fabric. Again, continue blotting the carpet until there’s no more stain left. Then, use absorbent pad to remove excess water from the carpet. Once done, hang your carpet dry.

Some of the stain removal solutions for clothes are also applicable for carpet. For example, using cold water to remove stain can be effective as carpet stain removal. Try using lemonade or tonic water to remove blood stains from the carpet. This is quite effective as these agents reacts to the protein in the stain. They, however, are best used with fresh stains. So, how to use these liquids to get rid of blood stain?

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First, put a small amount of these liquids over the stained area for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, with the use of clean rags, wipe the carpet with blood stains. During this process, make sure that you won’t rub the stained area too hard as it will make the stains to go through the fabric even deeper.

For those who want an all-natural procedure of removing bloods stains, spit plus cold water could be your choice. Spit has enzymes that degrade the proteins in the blood. This method is best used for smaller stains.

Today, the market is swarmed with plenty of wet/dry vacuum cleaners. There are also some companies that provide different instructions of removing stains and carpet stain removal solutions.  But before you spend huge amount of money with these machines, it is advisable to read the manual carefully to know if they are safe to use on your carpets and stuff. Also, find out what kind of stain they can remove.

Considering what mentioned above, we can safely say that nature knows best when it comes to removing blood stains on carpet.

How to Prevent Concrete From Cracking

By Singapore Home Guy On November 19, 2010 No Comments

Concrete is one of the mostly-used materials when it comes to building patios, driveway, shed, etc. Well, this could be an ideal option as concrete requires less maintenance, relatively durable and provide attractive appearance. The major turn off of concrete, however, is that it cracks.

You might think that not all concrete cracks as you’ve seen some concrete-made that don’t have cracks. Somewhere perhaps, but it is still safe to say that all concrete cracks. Let me explain then.

Prevent Concrete Crack

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Cement, sand, rock and water are the essential “ingredients” of concrete. Once these ingredients are combined, chemical reaction occurs that creates hard material. Once this material has been worked on, the results are patios, walkways, shed, etc. As the concrete becomes hard, however, it shrinks. This shrinkage causes cracks in the concrete. So what you should do now to prevent cracks in the concrete? Just keep reading.

The first thing you need to do to prevent concrete cracks is to prepare the ground accordingly. You have to make sure that the ground has no soft areas and is level. Soft areas may cause cracks to your concrete. Thus if the ground you’re going to use has soft areas, be sure to compact them first using either hand-compactor or motorized compactor. For larger areas, motorized compactor could be an ideal choice. Once the spot has been compacted, level the surface with sand. The combination of gravel and sand works best in re-leveling ground surfaces. Next is reinforcing the concrete.

In reinforcing the concrete, you can have two options: the steel bars (also known as rebar) and the wiremesh. There are two kinds of wiremesh, the rolled and panels. Since rolled wiremesh is quite difficult to use, it is advisable to use panel wiremesh. You can cut the panels to fit with any size of concrete pad. They are also easy to move. But most people prefer using rebar. Typically, rebar is positioned on the ground in a checkerboard pattern and is tied with wires.

Once tied off, the rebar must be lifted slightly upward. That way, once the concrete is poured to the area, the rebar will be covered with concrete. You can lift the rebar using small pieces of rocks or bricks. Place them under the rebar. If positioned accordingly, the rebar or wiremesh will keep your driveway or walkways together when cracks develop.

Now you’re ready for the concrete. But wait, you should wet the ground first before you pour the cement mixture to the forms. Why? Because you wouldn’t want your ground to quickly absorb the water from your cement mixture, would you? After the cement has been placed and settled, be sure to protect your craft from direct sunlight and wind. These can cause quick drying of the cement, which may result to unpleasant cracking.

Well, it seems that the concrete has been settled accordingly but we’re not yet done, there’re more. Another way to prevent concrete cracks is control joints. You can see them almost everywhere. Most of concrete driveways and patios are done with contraction joints. You can create a control joints to your concrete using joiner, a special tool used for creating contraction joints, or concrete saw.

If you build a 4-inch sidewalk, the contraction joint should have ¾ to an inch depth through the concrete. The position of these joins may vary depending on the pad size. Let’s say if you have 4 by 50 foot patio, you can have even spacing of 4 to 6 feet. But for those who have 10 by 10 patio, you don’t need control joints.

And there you have it! Above recommendations will save our concrete from unsightly cracks and make it attractive and last longer.

How to Easily Convert Small Bathrooms Into Luxury Bathrooms

By Singapore Home Guy On November 11, 2010 No Comments

Are planning to change your tiny bathroom into something huge and cozy? Then, you’ve come at the right place. Regardless of your budget or skill, you can easily renovate your bathroom from being small and worn out to something beautiful and spacious. So, let’s start.

There are plenty of renovation ideas you can use to create a small, but cozy bathroom. Your current bathroom interiors, the design and your budget must be considered before you execute your renovation plan. You can easily change your bathroom designs by making small alterations to showers, bathrooms mirrors and cupboards.

But you don’t actually have to change existing mirrors, cabinets or tiles in your bathroom just to bring out the best out of it. One quick solution is to cover the exposed plumbing in your bathroom. Uncovered brackets and painted pipes can make the underneath of your basin looks unpleasant. Cover up the unpleasant view by putting a vanity underneath your basin. This will also give your tiny bathroom a cozy look. Likewise, you can cover unpleasant view of exposed toilet plumbing with cabinet or cistern.

Small Bathroom Design Ideas

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Lacking of towel storage is quite common for small bathrooms. But putting towel racks and hooks can maximize the space available in your bathroom. You probably know how ugly it would appear having your towels on the floor or in dirty laundry. Remove the laundry bins and have your towels hanged instead to create instant bathroom makeover.

Paint scheme is another easy bathroom makeover you can try. Re-paint your dark or white-shaded bathroom to a light pastel paint. The color of warm pastel can make a tiny bathroom looks more inviting and spacious. Avoid using dark colors as it can make your bathroom even smaller. It is advisable to use oil-based as they are known as good mold inhibitors. This will make sure that the paint color will last longer. Include the ceiling as well to complete the fine look.

Create the illusion of large bathroom space by putting mirrors on the walls. Use mirrors with decorative frames to complete the cozy look of your bathroom. You can also use cabinets and vanities but make sure that they are sleek so that you can freely move around.

Light fitting should also be considered when making a small bathroom makeover. A good lighting can instantly change your bathroom and set the mood as per your desire. But be sure to use bathroom-safe light fittings to avoid accidents and those that complement to the color scheme of your bathroom.

And there you have it! All you need is careful planning to renovate your tiny bathroom on your own. You can do these DIY renovation ideas after your work or during weekends. Just be sure to set your budgets to avoid the risk of budget overruns. You should also gather all the materials and tools needed for your project before you start the task. Good luck!

Reducing Your Electric Bill – Measures

By Singapore Home Guy On November 3, 2010 1 Comment

If you’re looking for ways to cut down your monthly electric bill, then you may want to read on and consider these tips. These tips will not require you to cut back your power usage. You just need to follow certain steps to trim down your power usage which will eventually reduce your monthly bill. So here we go.

Use energy-efficient appliances and lights

The first thing you can do to reduce your power usage is using energy-efficient appliances and lighting systems. Let’s say for example, instead of using traditional light tubes or bulbs, use CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Lights. CFLs use two times less energy than light bulbs. Using energy-saving appliances and lightings can significantly reduce your home’s overall power usage.

Conduct system service upgrade regularly

System upgrade is considered as the most essential electric utility services. This service will require you to check the compatibility of your system with the power capacity of your house. You also need to run diagnosis, work out electric-related problems and improve efficiency of your appliances. This will not only improve that safety in your house or workplace but also lessen your home’s power consumption thus your monthly bill. Reduce Electric Bill

Limit your electrical appliances usage

Instead of using electrical appliances to do your daily chores, why not do it manually? You don’t have to do it always, just when you have time. Let’s say for example, instead of using electric dryer to dry your clothes, why not hang it outside? This will significantly help in cutting down power usage in your household.

Conduct System Maintenance Regularly

You can also trim down your power consumption by conducting system maintenance in a regular basis. For instance, a least-maintained AC tends to consume more energy as its filter gets clogged with debris and dirt which result to poor AC performance. Therefore, it is important to conduct regular maintenance to reduce overall power usage.

Choose Certified Products Only

There are some organizations that certify and rate appliances and electrical systems based on their efficiency. Higher rating means higher efficiency of particular product. Be sure to buy products that are certified for efficiency. This will save you a few bucks on your monthly electric bill.

By following above energy-saving suggestion and tips, you will not only trim down your monthly power usage, you will also help conserve the environment.