What’s the Best Stainless Steel Gauge for a Kitchen Sink?

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16 gauge? 20 gauge? 24 gauge? What does it mean? Which one’s the best stainless steel gauge thickness for my new kitchen sink? These are some of the questions you might have when choosing your next stainless steel kitchen sink. There are so many brands and styles from each manufacturer, and you want to make sure you make an informed choice. This article will focus on helping you decide on the thickness (gauge) of metal to shop for and to make the best choice for your situation.

  • THE SHEET OF STAINLESS STEEL THAT IS USED DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS IS ROLLED TO A SPECIFIC THICKNESS. SHEET METAL IS AVAILABLE AS FLAT PIECES OR AS A COILED STRIP. THE COILS ARE FORMED BY RUNNING A CONTINUOUS SHEET OF METAL THROUGH A ROLL SLITTER. THE THICKNESS OF THE SHEET METAL IS CALLED ITS GAUGE. THE GAUGE OF SHEET METAL RANGES FROM 30 GAUGE TO ABOUT 8
  • MOST STAINLESS STEEL SINKS ARE MANUFACTURED USING A PROCESS CALLED DEEP DRAW FORMING WHERE A SHEET OF METAL IS DRAWN DOWN INTO A FORM THROUGH A SERIES OF STEPS CALLED REDUCTIONS. EACH REDUCTION STRETCHES THE SHEET METAL DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO THE FORM, SO WHAT STARTED OUT AS AN 18 GAUGE SHEET OF METAL WILL NOT END UP BEING 18 GAUGE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE FINISHED PRODUCT. THE INDUSTRY STANDARD IS TO STATE THE GAUGE OF THE METAL THAT THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS STARTED WITH.
  • ZERO RADIUS SINKS ARE MANUFACTURED USING A PROCESS CALLED PRESS BRAKE FORMING WHERE THE SHEET METAL IS BENT INTO THE MAIN SINK SHAPE UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE BY A MACHINE. THE SIDES ARE THEN ADDED AND WELDED TO THE MAIN ASSEMBLY, FORMING A BOX SHAPED SINK BASIN. ZERO RADIUS SINKS ARE IDENTIFIABLE BY THEIR FLAT SIDES AND UNIQUE 90 DEGREE OR NEAR 90 DEGREE CORNERS. SINCE THESE SINKS ARE BENT INTO SHAPE INSTEAD OF DRAWN, THEY RETAIN A MORE UNIFORM THICKNESS THROUGHOUT THE FINISHED PRODUCT. 

The following table shows the actual thickness for popular gauges of kitchen sinks, as well as its density and % decrease in thickness compared to 16 stainless steel gauge, which is typically the heaviest gauge used for stainless steel kitchen sinks.

Gauge Decimal Inch Millimeters lb/ft2 % Decrease in Thickness Over 16 Gauge
16 0.0625″ 1.5875 2.52
18 0.05″ 1.27 2.016 20%
20 0.0375″ 0.9525 1.512 40%
22 0.0312″ 0.7925 1.26 50%
24 0.0250″ 0.635 1.08 60%

Stainless steels are iron alloys with a minimum of 10.5% chromium. Other alloying elements are added to enhance their structure and properties such as formability, strength and cryogenic toughness. These include metals such as:

  • Nickel
  • Molybdenum
  • Titanium
  • Copper

After a review of a large sample of key players in the kitchen sink market, including Blanco, Kraus and Houzer, the most common stainless steel alloy used in the manufacture of stainless steel kitchen sinks is 304 surgical grade stainless steel.  The main elements added to the iron in 304 stainless steel are 17.5-20% Chromium (Cr) and 8-11% Nickel (Ni).  Most sink manufacturers seem to choose 18% chromium and 10% nickel. With the rising costs of ferrochrome (used to make chromium) and shortages of nickel, one of the ways manufacturers control costs of kitchen sinks is to decrease the amount of material used.

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So what should I look for in choosing a kitchen sink?

When shopping for a stainless steel kitchen sink, the number one thing to remember when assessing the thickness is: “The lower the number, the better.” Simply put, a lower gauge like 16 gauge is in most cases “superior” to a 24 gauge sink because it is thicker. How much thinner is a 24 gauge sink compared to a 16 gauge? Its only 40% as thick. A manufacturer can make a really cheap 22 or 24 stainless steel gauge sink because they are using 50-60% less material. Thinner sinks like this are usually seen as topmount or self-rimming and are easily found in big box stores, or maybe in your brand new home as a “contractor’s sink”.

So why is thicker (lower gauge) better?

A lower gauge (thicker) sink is better for the following reasons:

  • Improved noise dampening
  • Less susceptibility to denting and bowing
  • Strength and durability

It is generally agreed by sink experts that a heavier gauge can help prevent denting and bowing, and will also contribute to noise reduction from garbage disposals and items dropped or placed into the sink. Many sink manufacturers incorporate a sound proofing and insulation on the underside of the sink with coatings and/or pads. This will definitely help to make the sink quieter, but a thicker steel sink will have much better damping characteristics due to its mass.

What happens when you accidentally drop the pointy end of a butcher knife into the kitchen sink? Hopefully, nothing! A thicker kitchen sink will be less prone to dent and because it is stronger, it could make the difference between piercing the sheet metal, and not.

A thicker walled kitchen sink (lower stainless steel gauge) will bow less when you suddenly drain the water from a pot on the stove because the sheet metal is stiffer and will be more able to resist thermal expansion and movement.There is also less tendency for that Pop! sound when the boiling water hits the bottom of the sink.

Does a thicker (lower gauge) mean a better quality kitchen sink?

No, not necessarily. There is inherent better quality in the noise damping and structural integrity of the sink, however there are many other features which are probably more important in assessing the quality of a sink like finish, straightness and consistency.

Is thicker always better?

Not necessarily for the sink manufacturer, since it is more difficult to “deep draw”, or craft from a single sheet, and to reduce welding marks on zero radius sinks. Depending on the complexity of the sink shape and its method of manufacture, optimal gauge thickness of 16 or 18 gauge will be used to balance cost with ease of manufacture and marketing.

So what stainless steel gauge should I buy?

The maximum gauge I would recommend for any stainless steel kitchen sink is 18 gauge. The best choice is of course 16 gauge, however either 16 or 18 gauge will provide the same top value in terms of cost, performance and overall satisfaction. Don’t bother with higher gauges (20, 22, 24) which are significantly thinner. My extensive market analysis shows there is no truth to the myth that the lowest gauge sinks are the most expensive – 16 and 18 gauge sinks are similarly priced.

18 Gauge vs 16 Gauge Sink?

If you had the choice between two identical sinks (16 and 18 gauge) at similar prices, don’t hesitate in getting the 16 gauge sink. Why? A 16 gauge sink is 0.0625″ thick, while an 18 gauge sink is 0.05″ thick, which is only 20% less. There is no noticeable difference between the two gauges, however at the same price range, 16 gauge is “better” (thicker is better!).

If you had two identical sinks, one 16 gauge and the other 18 gauge, but the 16 gauge sink was much more expensive, I would recommend the 18 stainless steel gauge sink, because of the incremental benefits.

Conclusion

In summary, just remember a lower numbered stainless steel gauge is better   (thicker is better). The best gauge for stainless steel sinks is 16 gauge if available and the price range is acceptable, however don’t exclude 18 gauge sinks from your selections – either one is great value! The stainless steel kitchen sink is used many times a day and in so many ways. Paying attention to the non-functional requirements as well as the functional requirements will provide many years of satisfaction and pride. Every kitchen deserves a great sink.

The Post Christmas Clean Up – Thomas Cleaning Services Guest Post


Once Christmas has been and gone and you’re left withthe dreaded aftermath of taking down the tree and decorations, it is also thebest time to organise a post Christmas clean up! From clever storage solutionsto recycling opportunities; this article by Thomas Cleaning breaks down a simple post Christmas cleaningroutine for you to easily complete in time for the New Year.  

Motivate yourself

First things first, you need to actually find the motivation to have a good sort out and clean. What better way to do this than by putting on an inspiring playlist? You can also get help from family members by creating to-do lists and to make things a little more exciting – put a timer on for each task and see who can get their jobs finished first.

Another great tip to bear in mind before you take all of the decorations down is to take a picture of the layout so that you can easily recreate the look the following year.  

Recycle and Donate

Christmas offers the perfect opportunity to recycle unwanted items not only so you have more space, but also to help others in need. As you may have received many new presents, aim to donate one old item for every new item you have received, to a local charity. This way you’re not only making room for your new gifts, but you’re also giving away your old ones to a worthy cause.  

If you have a real Christmas tree don’t worry about having to dispose of it yourself, many places offer a free tree collection if you have purchased the tree from them, saving you time, hassle and stress! You can also recycle your tree for composting, be sure to check local garden centres and websites.

Fridges are often full to the brim over the festive period, so when it comes to having a good clear out, ensure you get rid of any items you are unlikely to use and give them to someone in need. You could donate a food parcel to a homeless person or a food bank meaning it won’t go to waste.

Choose Clever Storage Solutions

Finding a suitable place to store your Christmas decorations can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you’re particularly limited on space, however little tips and tricks can certainly help. Use multifunctional items that can double up as storage such as suitcases that you rarely use, and store these under your bed with decorations in.

Also keep any gift bags and tissue paper using them to store baubles in until you can reuse the bags the following year. Another great idea is to keep shoeboxes and gift boxes from any presents you have received, and use them as extra storage instead of throwing them out.

Get the Place Gleaming!

Last but not least, you need to give everywhere a good clean; here are some key things to focus on:

  • Like most ovens at Christmas, yours will probably be well overdue a clean. Make sure to take all baking trays and shelving out so you can give it a thorough scrub removing any grease and grime
  • Get rid of any Christmas scented candles or air fresheners and replace them with clean, fresh scents
  • Wave goodbye to the Christmas-themed bedding and put some fresh sheets on
  • Make sure to hoover and then hoover again! Decorations gather a lot of dust (and glitter)
  • Take the sofa apart and hoover everywhere, pop the cushion covers in the wash and then replace
  • Move all furniture to clean under it – you’ll be surprised what you may find hiding behind cupboards after Christmas!
  • Tackle any tough Christmas stains on clothing or furniture immediately

Author Bio: Thomas Cleaning are a domestic and commercial cleaning company with over 26 years of experience, based in Chipping Norton. They offer a range of highly professional cleaning services catering to offices, schools, surgeries, personal homes and more.

Crime Scene and Accident Cleanups: The Grimmest Jobs in Cleaning

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Blood splatter. Brain matter which had dried up and had become difficult to remove. Stomach-turning smells of a decomposed body. Heart-wrenching scenes of grief-stricken survivors processing the grisly scene before them. For many of us, these scenes are something we are lucky enough to see only on TV. But for many people who clean up crime scenes and accident sites for a living, the horror is a stark reality. But although the work can be difficult and heart-wrenching, it can also be interesting and sometimes, mundane. In this article, we’ll explore the secrets of one of the grimmest jobs in cleaning, the world of the crime scene and accident scene cleanups.

  1. Crime scene and accident site cleanup companies are a relatively new but rapidly growing and lucrative industry. Although crimes and accidents are mankind’s constant bedfellows since time immemorial, the difficult task of cleaning up the bloody mess had been the responsibility of the surviving family, building personnel, or the family’s domestic cleaners. During the 1990s, a few enterprising individuals began to answer the public’s need for professional crime scene and accident site cleanups. Not only did this new brand of cleaners free grieving family members, building personnel, and domestic cleaning service providers from the task that they were unprepared and under-equipped to take on, they also helped secure the scene of the crime or accident from evidence tampering and contamination.

Despite the declining crime rate in the United States, crime scene and accident cleanups are still considered a lucrative business. Its profit has skyrocketed to $99 million, while its revenue has reached a whopping $375.5 million according to the market research group IBISWorld.

2. Cleaning up a scene of a crime or accident might look so simple, but it’s a complicated and difficult process. Remember that the police and other first responders do not clean up crime scenes. In the aftermath of a crime or an accident, it is the family or the building manager’s responsibility to arrange an appointment with a crime scene cleanup provider. The survivors will then need to have clearance from law enforcement before the actual cleanup can begin.

Once cleared, the cleanup will begin with an initial inspection. The technicians will determine what type of biohazard materials are present, and which disinfectants they should use to sanitize and decontaminate the area. The cleaners will do their best to restore the scene to the moment before the crime occurred. The process, however, can become difficult and dangerous if the blood, tissue, or other bodily fluids left behind in the crime scene contain pathogens.

3.  Although a person doesn’t need a degree to become a crime scene or accident cleaner, prospective technicians need to receive special training conducted by the employers themselves. In-house training is provided by employers to ensure that their cleaners are familiar with proper cleaning and biohazard waste disposal methods, as well as to ensure that they comply with all OSHA and government safety regulations. Prospective technicians also do not need to be licensed or certified to work as a crime scene or accident cleaner.

4. Crime scene cleaners use regular cleaning materials but are also equipped with PPEs and other specialized equipment. Cleaning technicians are armed not only with an arsenal of conventional cleaning materials but also special clothing and equipment. Apart from being equipped with standard personal protective equipment, technicians also bring biohazard waste containers (such as thick plastic bags and heavy-duty containers) and regular cleaning supplies (such as brushes, rags, mops, buckets, etc.).

For complicated cleanup jobs (such as when the brain matter had dried or blood had coagulated), they are equipped with strong disinfectants, enzyme solvent, putty knives, shovels, foggers, and strong deodorizers. It is also normal for them to bring ladders, saws, sledgehammers, and other such equipment for difficult cleanups.

5. The job can be physically demanding and emotionally draining, so it goes without saying that the turnover rate is higher compared to other industries. Cleaning up a place where someone committed suicide or was murdered is physically and psychologically draining, so it’s little wonder that many cleaners choose to leave the industry after several months or so. Although the business can be lucrative, many owners choose to leave the industry because of the psychological toll the situations can inflict upon them. Some companies arrange psychological counseling to help their employees compartmentalize and cope with the stress.

6.  But for some people, the job can also be emotionally fulfilling. Witnessing the death of a loved one from a violent crime or an accident is one of the worst moments in a person’s life. Cleaning up a crime scene can sometimes only add to their trauma, that’s why cleaning technicians play a large role in easing the burden of the survivors by shielding them from the worst. Although the job is physically and emotionally exhausting, knowing that they had made a difference in the lives of the survivors and helping them cope with their grief can be emotionally fulfilling for many cleaners.

7. Depending on the difficulty of the cleanup and how hazardous the environment is, the service can sometimes be expensive. Some of the most difficult to clean sites are rooms where a decomposing body was discovered or where large sections were splattered with lots of blood, tissue, or other bodily fluids. A portion of the cost can be covered by insurance, but the family will still need to foot a portion of the bill.

8. Crime scene and accident cleanup providers also offer a host of other cleanup services. Crime scene and accident cleanups make up a small part of the business, that’s why some cleaning companies offer other cleanup services to supplement their income. Some companies provide animal waste disposal, basement or crawlspace cleanup, and even hoarding cleanup. Other providers even go as far as offer disease disinfection and contagious disease wipe downs for schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities in the case of disease outbreaks or epidemics.

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The Benefits of Window Cleaning

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Windows offer an artistic curb application of the property, but surfaces roofed in dirt and corrosion can harmfully influence the glance of these features and reduce the value. It is harder to put up for sale a house with dirt-covered windows in contrast to surfaces that are spotless and wonderfully maintained.

Office spaces that fade away the dirt and dander to clear up on the outdoor develop an unenthusiastic customer and business colleague consciousness. It creates one of negligence or a lack of awareness that businesses definitely do not wish for to relate to the brand. It is easy and price effective to call on people known for managing window cleaning to maintain these structures correctly managed.

Window cleaning service is utilized both in commercial as well as housing properties. This exacting task needs expert and skilled window cleaners as the job has its risks. The apparatus needed for the cleaning contain a squeegee, water, and a water fed shaft system. Sideways from these tools, ladders and cherry pickers are used for solid to reach glass windows that require cleaning. Ladders are essentially utilized while cleaning home windows as the crest is typically accessible with the ladder. Window fitters and repairers are also faced with the same risks, as it is a very complex task. Click here to find a list of the different types of window repairs that could be needed.

How Often do we need Window Cleaning?

The easiest means to be familiar with you require professional cleaning is when the windows are obviously filthy. Of course, what’s dirty to one person may perhaps not be so awful to anymore. Determine your personal breaking tip by getting your windows appropriately cleaned, noting the date, and then bearing in mind how long it takes for you to desire them cleaned over again.

However keep in mind that there are reasons to have your windows cleaned frequently, even if the dust is not aggressively disturbing you. For instance, if you have a business, clean windows demonstrate that you worry about your space; for your home, the timeline is additional supple-but again, keeping your windows clean shows that you think about your home.

Benefits of Window Cleaning

Clean windows enhance your sight and defend your home asset. Over time mud and wreckage on windows can cause harm as well as decrease the pleasant appearance of your property.   Keeping your windows sparkling and in fine mend not only boosts your frame of mind and lets the sunshine in.

 

Keep your Windows in Shape for Longer

Specialized window cleaning services keep environmental pollutants like acidic rain, tough water, and deterioration off of your window as a consequence that provide you for longer. By washing off these contaminants in the appropriate manner, using suitable cleaners and original WG-57 spray, you keep these acidic contaminants away from your glass, securing money by extending your windows’ life period.

Mold Prevention

Mold loves a damp, tepid place to call home and concentration in your windows can produce just the environment precarious mold needs to succeed. Mold can cause risky respiratory infections, create allergies poorer, and can be extremely complex to eliminate. It’s good to make contact with a window cleaning service to remove mold from your windows relatively than an effort to eradicate the fungi from yourself. Using particular chemicals and a power-washing process, a specialized window cleaning service can get free of the mold and demonstrate you ways you can maintain your windows dehydrated to avoid re-infestation.

Reduce Potential Dangers

To get better the health of your family and defend against allergens, pests, and additional dangers, window cleaning is necessary. Regular professional window cleaning can maintain your home in good health continual and provide you an enormous state of mind while enhancing the life of your windows at the similar time.

Summary

Hiring a cleaning service makes your glass a lot cleaner than you can achieve on your own through a rag and cleaning answer. That means clearer views, an improved looking, and additional welcoming structure outside, and enhanced lighting within-dirty windows can sift out natural light.

How often should I have my carpets cleaned?

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Your carpeting throughout your home represents a large part of your home’s overall value. It also helps raise your domestic morale.  In your home, you just plain feel better when your carpets have been cleaned. 
Professional maintenance can extend your carpet’s life considerably. In addition to your regular vacuuming schedule, you need to have them professionally cleaned on a regular basis (every 12 – 18 months) in order to remove the ground-in soil, dust and bacteria too deep for conventional vacuuming.  This is also required by many manufacturers in order to comply with your carpet’s warranty.

 

 


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A Clean Home is the Secret to a Healthier Life

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Have you ever noticed that after doing a deep clean of your home that you tend to feel a whole lot better afterwards?

It’s a pretty common side effect.

In fact, many people experience an uptick in their overall health when being in a clean space. It’s not unusual to feel better both physically and mentally. If cleaning isn’t your thing then it might be a good idea to check out a site like https://cleanhomeguide.co.uk/ to give you some helpful tips on what you can do to make cleaning easier.

However, this spike in good feelings usually only lasts for several days or weeks and that energy boost from cleaning eventually fades away. You may want to chalk this up to the feeling of excitement from having a clean house diminishing, but there’s a lot more going on than that.

The truth is your home environment has a large impact on your health, especially the air quality.

Research has shown that indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than the air outside. How can that be? Because, there are so many types of contaminants that get trapped inside our homes and then have no way to escape unless we kept our windows and doors open all the time.

The reason you feel so much better after cleaning your home is because as you clean you’re getting rid of a lot of these contaminants.

As your house begins to accumulate more dust, dirt and other particles you’ll eventually start to feel less healthy because these pollutants start making their way into your lungs. The more polluted the air is inside a home, the worse you’ll feel.

If you want to stay as healthy as possible it’s important to keep up with a regular cleaning schedule so you can reduce the amount of indoor pollution. If cleaning isn’t your thing or you don’t have much time for it then a service like A-1 Cleaning Service, LLC can be a valuable investment for your health and home. Professional cleaning can ensure that your house is free of indoor contaminants.

Here is a list of the most common indoor air pollutants that affect your health:

  • Dust, which accumulates every day and can’t be stopped. For example, if you have a white high gloss coffee table, it’s important to dust it as often as you can.
  • Dust mites, which feed off of dust
  • Pet dander, which animals shed year-round
  • Bacteria and viruses, which come from the outdoors and people inside the home
  • Mold, which travels through the air in the form of spores
  • Asbestos, which is inside many building and furniture products
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which come from air fresheners, cosmetics, glues, paints, furniture and carpeting
  • Formaldehyde, which is a form of VOC
  • Tobacco, cooking and wildfire smoke, which may or may not impact your home because of your lifestyle or where you live

Here are the most common symptoms you’ll experience from bad indoor air quality. These issues can come out of nowhere, may be sporadic or be something you experience on a daily basis:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory congestion

The long-term effects of repeated exposure to high levels of indoor air pollution include:

  • Respiratory disease
  • Cancer
  • Death

By making it a habit to clean your home on a regular basis, you can cut down on the amount of contaminants that linger indoors. You’ll also reduce your chances of experiencing the above health issues.

Dusting and vacuuming are the two simplest measures you can take. Try to do this at least once every week or two at the most. Another thing you can do to improve the air quality inside your home is to use an air purifier. An air purifier is a device that creates fresh air indoors by removing airborne contaminants. This device sucks air into a filter, traps the particles, and pushes out clean air for you to breathe.

Air purifiers come in many different sizes, colors and prices. There are also specially designed ones to combat particular problems you may have in the home, like pet dander, smoke, dust or odors. Over at Home Air Quality Guides, you can find out everything there is to know about these appliances. That site explains every feature, function and purpose behind air purifiers that you’d ever want to know.

Adding an air purifier to rooms that you occupy the most, such as the living room and bedroom, is often all you need to see an improvement in your overall health. Most of us don’t spend as much time in other areas of the home, which makes them less of a concern. However, some air purifiers are powerful enough to cover an entire floor of a home. It just depends on what your needs are and how clean you want to be throughout the entire house.

There’s an old saying that “a clean home is a healthy home” and now you know why. By making it a practice to clean often, and possibly invest in an air purifier, you can improve the quality of air you breathe indoors which is essential to living a healthy life.

How to Protect Your Rug from Wear and Tear

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Now that you’ve found them perfect designer rugs from Bazaar Velvet to complement your area you’ll want to keep it looking its best, and this article will give you some great tips on how you can do just that. Let’s face it. A rug gets used a lot so it’s of no real surprise that it can quickly become worn and shabby looking of not cared for properly. To help prolong its life a little longer, why not try some of these great ideas for protecting your rug against wear and tear.

 

  1. Avoid walking on your rug in shoes; particularly high heels. Stilettos are very bad for rugs as can easily pierce them causing damage that’s hard to fix. To keep your rug looking its best why not ban all shoes from the rug. That way your rug stays looking fresh and clean and you get to feel its softness on your feet.
  2. Rotation, rotation, rotation. Rotate your rug regularly. This is a very good trick that will help keep your rug looking its best and won’t cost you a penny. By rotating your rug at least once every couple of months you’ll be making sure that any wear and tear is distributed evenly rather than in just one area.
  3. Keep your rug away from sunlight. The sun’s rays can be very harmful to rugs. If kept in the sun for a long time they will easily fade and lose their good looks. Wherever possible try and keep your rug out of direct sunlight.
  4. Always vacuum in the direction that the pile is facing and avoid using the brush attachments as these can be quite rough on your rug. Vacuuming against the pile can cause lifting so avoid this at all costs. Never vacuum the fringe either as the fibres can become damaged. Instead gently shake the rug to straighten the fringe and free any excess debris and dirt that may be stuck in it.
  5. Use underlay along with your rug. Underlay provides extra cushioning and will help prevent the rug from flattening. It will also help to prevent debris and dust accumulating under the rug.
  6. Vacuum regularly. While you don’t want to overdo it, vacuuming on a regular basis will help protect your rug against wear and tear. Dry foam treatments are also very good at keeping your rug looking fresh and will prevent the rug from becoming stained as with some wet cleaning treatments.
  7. Use a protectant. Protectants are great for preventing wear and tear as they are designed to bond with the individual fibres of the rug protecting them from any spills or dirt dragged in from outside.
  8. Reposition your furniture regularly. Another common cause of damage to rugs is furniture. Heavy furniture that sits in one place will leave permanent indentations in your rug. In order to avoid this reposition your furniture on a regular basis. It will give give certain areas of your rug a rest from being crushed and will make a nice change to your room also.

 

 

 

Steph Clarke is part of the content & community outreach team at LandofRugs.com. Steph is obsessed with interior design trends and how new technology influences design.

Five Second Rule Is a Myth?

Scary Things That Are In Your Carpet!

Allergens and Dust

You should know that the dust in your carpets is mostly made of flaked off dead skin cells? “In one year and average person can shed one million skins cells a day” . That’s like eight pounds of dead cells a year! In addition to dried skin cells, pollen’s in Humboldt County CA such as trees like Oregon Ash (Fraxinus latifolia), weeds like Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), Coyotebrush Species Description, Rape (Brassica rapa), Silver Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia chamissonis), and grasses such as Curly Blue Grass (Poa secunda)  cause lots of seasonal allergies for people in the area. All through the year these allergens are brought into your home by your shoes, pets, or the air.

Rotting Food (Five Second Rule is a Myth)

Your family drops their food on the carpet all the time, and probably some of your siblings or parents will pick it up and apply the five second rule, the rule states the following: A slice of pizza is dropped on the ground. The five-second rule suggests that if it is picked up within five seconds, it is safe to eat them. That me a great rule to save a great slice of pizza, however there are ramifications for your carpet. Over time your carpets in your home will accumulate tons of microscopic rotting food particles. Your carpet then becomes a habitat for lots of nasty organisms!

Dust Mites

Remember those dead skin cells mentioned earlier, well if your carpet has not been professionally cleaned, your carpet is filled with MILLIONS of microscopic organisms called dust mites that survive by eating dust (aka your dead skin cells). Your upholstery, mattress, and air ducts have them living in them also.

Pet Feces and Urine

You may think that because your Dog or Cat is trained to do their business outside this problem does not pertain to your carpets, however this is only affecting the amount of feces and urine that is in your carpets. Your creatures are tracking in these bacteria on their paws, especially Cats that use litter boxes. Just imagine sticking your foot in your toilet and then walking on your carpet!

 

Bacteria

And the winner is Bacteria! Carpets that are not professionally cleaned may have these most common bacteria found in them:

Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), Staphylococcus Aureus (STAPH), and Salmonellosis (Salmonella). E. Coli can cause stomach aches, diarrhea, and intestinal infections. E. Coli is found in the poop of mammals such as dogs, cats, and humans.

Staph which is a bacterium that lives on the skin of a lot of mammals. Staph can end up in carpet from skin cells, dirty hands/feet, or blood. Staph can be harmless or life threatening depending on the exact strain of the Staph bacteria.

Salmonella is transferred to carpet from feces from pets or people. Salmonella is particularly dangerous and causes: fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Salmonella can usually be treated by antibiotics but is particularly dangerous for children and senior citizens.

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Why You Should Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned On A Regular Basis

The frequency in which most people clean their carpet generally depends on factors such as how much foot traffic it gets and whether it’s being exposed to smokers and pets. When it comes to major carpet cleaning procedures, the general consensus is that it is needed at least once a year. Depending on your living situation however, you may need to consider having it done even more often.

Improved Air Quality

Approximately one in every five adults suffers from asthma. Other breathing issues such as those related to allergies are also much more common than most realize. It is crucial for the homes of these people to have excellent air quality and keeping the carpeting clean plays a vital role in that. Uncleaned carpets harbor harmful pollen, mold, dust, dirt, and pet dander. It is just as important to clean carpets thoroughly even if no one in the house has any current breathing issues because poor air quality can easily develop over time.

Longer Lasting Carpeting

Home fixtures and furnishing are often quite expensive. Carpeting is no exception. It is only natural to want everything in your home to stay in good shape so that it will last longer. Keeping your carpet clean is the ideal way to maintain it so that you won’t have to replace it sooner than later.

While many may try to put off the cost of cleaning, it’s often cheaper than replacing it entirely once the wear and tear of neglect has set in. Professional cleaning is an investment in the longevity of your carpet.

Be Sure To Vacuum Before Carpet Cleaning

Before having a carpet cleaner come in, you should vacuum to give the carpet a good once over. A lot of loose debris and dirt will be removed, allowing the cleaner to work its magic much more efficiently. Carpet cleaning procedures are more about a deep clean that gets down to the floor level fibers. Having too much crud built up on top can get in the way. Without a lot of dirt to work through on the surface, the deeper cleaning will also take less time, overall.

Everyone wants a clean and fresh smelling home. Professional carpet cleaning is only a small part of the solution, however. You have to do some general maintenance in between the deeper cleaning procedures to keep everything in proper shape.

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming is considered to be a fairly tedious chore for many people, but it really needs to be done regularly. Once a week will do a lot to keep your home smelling fresh. You will be sure to maintain good air quality this way, as well. You really should vacuum twice a week for areas that have a lot of traffic or regular exposure to pets and childre. Be as thorough as possible and you can be sure to have a great looking and healthy carpet all year around.

By maintaining your carpet with regular vacuuming and by having your carpets cleaned annually, you can extend the life and look of your carpet for many years to come.

R.S. Hall is the owner of several successful businesses and the publisher of the website MoldRemovalRescue.com which provides solutions for mold problems.