If you have just moved into your first home you’ll be thrilled and elated that finally you can have everything the way you want without a landlord breathing down your neck. However, if you’ve only lived in rentals before, you may not have had the chance to do much landscaping, so to keep your new yard looking pristine you’ll need at least a few different garden tools.
Here is a list of basic tools for those who’ve never had the chance to get their fingers dirty in the garden.
Grass and leaf rake. This is something everyone with a backyard that has trees or shrubs needs. Even if you use the grass-catcher on the mower, there will be stray leaves drifting down onto the lawn that need to be raked up.
Garden rake. This is for raking over soil, not over the lawn. When you dig up soil for a garden you need to break the clods up and even the soil out with the rake.
Garden fork. If the soil is not too compacted, a fork is useful for digging in prepared garden beds to mix in mulch and fertiliser
Short handled spade. You can dig a new garden or loosen the soil of an old one with the spade. It’s also useful to dig holes to plant shrubs and flowers – and to tidy the edges of the bed.
The two major ways to clean carpet is through steam cleaning and dry shampooing. Neither name really describes the cleaning action correctly. Professional carpet cleaners in Perth often use the steam cleaning method, with chemicals sprayed onto the carpet and hot water injected into the carpet. Often, a rinse cycle is done. The machine then extracts most of the moisture so the carpet dries quickly; at least, in less than 24 hours.
But dry shampooing is not totally dry; it uses less water and chemicals, but the residue of shampoo and chemical dries quickly. Dirt sticks to it so it must be vacuumed out the next day by the homeowner. Since less water is used the carpet will dry in a few hours. Even though professional carpet cleaning method is not quite as good as the steam clean, there are times when choosing it is better.
After you have finished renovating and want to get the dust and grunge out of the carpet.
If you are expecting visitors the next day and realise the carpet looks a bit grubby.
You’ve had tradespeople in and forgot to cover the carpet.
You’ve had a party and the carpet got sloshed as well.
You need to freshen the carpet up but don’t have time to wait for it to dry for whatever reason.
If you have a pool that uses chlorine or salt as a sanitiser you may be wondering if there is a more eco friendly alternative as you plug in your robotic pool cleaner and skim leaves from the top of the pool. There are several alternatives but are they really safe for humans to use? There are at least four alternatives for swimming pools, but you may not like all of them.
For instance, take what is touted as an all natural pool. This is made with clay and gravel and uses water plants to keep the water clean, so you won’t need an automatic pool cleaner. It is certainly good for the environment as the pure water offers insects and frogs a place to live. Frogs may be attractive and relatively harmless if their name is Kermit.
One thing every company that uses scaffolding should be concerned about is safety at the building site. When employees are using scaffolding, their risks increase due to the working conditions being more dangerous. They are usually up high, so any fall is more likely to have disastrous consequences. The working space is limited which restricts their movements to some extent and this can also contribute to injuries or falls. So how do you ensure scaffolding safety at the building site?
Make sure all employees have proper training for working on scaffolding. This training should be ongoing, not done once and never again. People forget things and situations change. Training should be done so staff can keep up with the latest safety developments.
Never allow an untrained person to go up on scaffolding. It is quite easy to forget who has had training and who hasn’t. Keeping on top of details like this will ensure a better quality of safety for all concerned.
Spills happen in most households and if you have carpet, along with pets or toddlers it is highly likely that you will eventually get a spill of something on the carpet. Even adults can spill things such as wine or coffee. It only takes a moment of inattention and the deed it done. It is what happens afterwards that is important. Treating the spill properly will hopefully remove the stain. Simply blotting it will only remove moisture and leave the stain there, so when it is time to move and then when the removalists are gone you will be left with very hard to remove stains.
To treat a stain on the carpet it is important to know what caused the stain and what type of carpet you have. The first is usually easier to identify than the second, especially if you are renting. However, no matter what type of carpet you have, it is important to mop up that spill as soon as possible. Mopping it up properly will prevent it from spreading and may even stop it from penetrating to the underfelt.
How to remove the moisture
First up, blot the stain with paper towelling or a white towel. Do not scrub or rub the area as this will damage the carpet fibres and spread the stain. Even when blotting, surround the edges of the spill with the paper towel and press towards the centre to keep it contained. Continue to press with clean sheets of paper until most the moisture has come out. There will still be a stain, especially if what spilled has deep colour, like wine or coffee.