Friday, May 26, 2017

Essential Guide To Cleaning Your Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house, but it can also be one of the more difficult to clean. There is nothing worse than being sat in the bath surrounded by those dirty black rings around the edge. Then there are the moment's first thing in the morning when everybody in your house is in a rush to get to the bathroom first. When you get in there, the place looks like a crime scene, with wet towels scattered across the floor and toothpaste streaked up the mirror.
Like it or not, you need to get around to cleaning the bathroom at some point, and the more you stay on top of the room, the easier it will be. Let's focus on the three main areas of use and make your room sparkle again.

Cleaning the sink

Every day the sink comes under fire from dribbles of toothpaste to clogged up hairs from a shaver. It needs to be cleaned regularly and unclogged with a sink unblocker.

Use an all-purpose bathroom cleaner to remove the dirt on the surface of the sink and around the taps. For built up areas of scum use an abrasive cloth to eliminate the hardest patches of grime. For hygiene, use cleaning fluid formulated with bleach.

Homemade mixtures such as vinegar and water or baking soda and water make your sink sparkle and are cheaper than branded products.

Working on the bathtub and shower

The bath area is prone to damage from all the oils and hair products you use, and the taps and rims of the bath are liable to gather moisture and mould. It may be worth spraying the bath and your sink with whatever cleaning product you prefer at the beginning of your cleaning regime. Then leave it to stand for a while, dissolving all the scum as you get to work on the rest of the bathroom.

If your shower has a detachable head, this will make it easier to rinse clean your bathtub of any chemicals you have used. Your shower doors will need extra care taken with them as abrasive cleaning pads can scratch the finish. These all-in-one shower screen cleaning products are a handy way of eliminating the need to buy several different products as they clean all areas of the bathroom, not just the shower.

Toilet time

Undoubtedly the one place in the bathroom that gets the most use. Failure to clean this sufficiently will result in a buildup of germs and unpleasant smells.

Place the toilet bowl cleaner of your choice and let it go to work dissolving any hidden grime and killing the germs. The cleaner needs time to work so don’t flush it away too quickly. Then use your toilet brush to get to work on the hard to reach places, such as under the toilet rim and scrub away any hidden deposits. A pumice stone is also very effective in removing toilet ring stains if other products fail to do the work.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cutting The Costs When Moving Home

When moving into a new home, there are a number of costs you will encounter, and your bank balance will take a serious dip.The cost of living is rising all the time, yet our salaries rarely seem to reflect this. In the moving process there are things you may not have budgeted for.This includes renovation work to your current home to raise the value and attract potential buyers. Then there are the removal costs as well as any extra work that needs to be done in the new house, and budgeting for the cost of living in those first few months.

Moving can be very stressful but here are a few small yet significant ways you can save money in the months ahead.

Use cheaper services

In moving into your new home, use price comparison sites to find the best deals on energy, water, telephone and insurance providers. You don’t need to stick with the companies you have used in the past, so shop around and look for the best offers available to you. They don’t care about you personally and are only interested in your business, so don’t have a sense of misguided loyalty, no matter how lovely their customer service. You can often find a better deal elsewhere, saving you extra money in the process and giving you extra cash to pay for anything necessary for the new house.

In the moving process, you will be requiring services such as hiring a removal van and possible repair work. Always look for the better deals and hire professionals such as who are competing with similar companies by offering competitive price deals. When you have found somebody you trust, you can use them again in the future.

Look after your money

You are likely adding to your current debts by adding a new mortgage for the property. Consider all the debts you owe and speak to your bank.  Consolidate all your debts at lower interest rates and pay them off as soon as you can to cut down on interest payments.

Budget each month for all of the utility services you intend to use, and if you are not happy with any of them, contact them and switch if you need to. If you discover you are struggling to pay a bill, don’t ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Tell the company involved, and they will probably help you with a budget plan for the months ahead. This will alleviate your stress and help you to budget  effectively.

You will need to eat, despite all the excitement involved. Whatever the state of your kitchen on arrival, you are going to need to eat something. Bring the food along from your previous home, and have a plan for the first few days. Avoid the expense of takeaways whenever possible as you may be running to a tight budget. After the initial outlay, your finances should get back on track with sufficient planning. So be sensible and enjoy your new home.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Go Retro in the Kitchen


If you’re looking to create a kitchen that is beautiful, quirky and different from the rest, you can’t go wrong with a retro redesign. Retro simply refers to styles that were popular in times gone by, which means that you can choose any time period you like to create your perfect retro kitchen. However, opting for a 1950s look is probably the best way to make your kitchen look really impressive. Here’s how:

Look at Pictures

First and foremost, you should start by looking at pictures of the 1950s era. You’ll need to decide whether you want to go for a 1950 American diner look or something more traditional and close to home, but most people find the 50s Americana look best. Do as much research as you can to work out which features you want to recreate and which you’d rather leave out.

Choose a Color Scheme

Next, you’ll want to start thinking about a color scheme for your kitchen, so that you can get Cameron Davidson painters and decorators in to do the work and start transforming our kitchen, as soon as possible. The 50s style has a lot of colors to choose from, but mint greens, pale pinks, teals, taupes, and reds are all good options. Choose which suit your style best and leave the rest behind.

Think About Pattern and Shapes

The shapes and patterns that were popular in the 1950s aren’t exactly the same as the shapes and patterns that are most common today. For example, geometric prints were big news, as were round and egg and ball shaped chairs, so choose as many authentic patterns and shapes as you can to make your kitchen look more authentically retro.

Chrome and Metal

Chrome and metal were both extremely popular in the 50s. Installing chrome worktops and appliances, including kettles and toasters, is a great way of bringing retro style to your kitchen, as is hanging metal signs, which were all the rage in 50s diners.

Checkerboard Flooring

If you’ve ever watched 50s TV shows or movies, set in an American kitchen or diner, you will have noticed that, more often than not, they feature black and white checkerboard flooring. Not only does this kind of flooring add a retro touch, but it creates a nice contrast between the other colors used in your scheme, making them pop.

Make it Tactile

In the past, minimalism wasn’t really a think and kitchens were filled with warm, tactile touches like geometric wallpaper, thick floral fabrics, and cushions. Adding texture will really help your retro kitchen to feel more authentic.

Add Retro Images

Retro posters, and as I mentioned above, signs, as well as photographs,  will help to bring the theme together, and add those extra little touches that make a room feel cosier and lived in. 50s film posters, Marilyn Monroe Cushions or classic diner signs are all good options.

Add Retro Accessories

Finally, to really transform or kitchen into a retro room, you’ll need to pack it with retro accessories like food mixers, old-style telephones, Formica tables and anything else you can think of to get the look?

Do you have a retro kitchen? What are your top tips for getting the look?