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How try dry out after the flood.

By, Tia Cristy

How try dry out after the flood.

So hurricanes can leave many in the mud and sand. I got to storms and their brutal effects up close. After Hurricane Sandy, I spent my day helping people clean up after the devastation. We were able to put many good tips to use.

Seeing soggy pictures and documents of great importance to these lovely people was heart-breaking. So I knew, I had to use my knowledge to help where I could. I took my time removing water logged photos from saturated albums full of wet sand and mud. I then showed the people how to dry them out using cornstarch. We discarded the albums themselves, but were able to save all the photos, documents and books that were of the highest significance to these people.

This process can work for most paper materials. Find a dry area to do this work. Get a cookie sheet and fill the bottom with pure cornstarch. Place the photo on top and shake some additional cornstarch on top of the photo or paper. Smooth it over with your hand gently. If the paper is very wet it will put a solid coating over the paper. Lightly knock off the excess and place flat on a surface lined with wax paper. You can do this repeatedly for all your pics and documents. Be sure to lay each thing separately, don’t stack.  Let alone for several hours. When photo is dry you will be able to rub your finger over the paper and the cornstarch will flake off. if it doesn’t come off easy it still needs drying time. If needed, add more cornstarch. Once fully dry, you can sweep off the powder with a soft paint brush. It takes a little patience for the complete process, but it’s worth doing to remove the moisture, so your important documents don’t wrinkle and curl as much as the would if they were simply air drying. Bonus tip, cornstarch kills many nasty bugs and organisms, which is great for sanitizing those flood filled documents.

As for books, paper back and hardback text books, drying them will take longer. First, lay them in a dry place; in direct sunlight is ideal. After they air dry for a day, they maybe ready for step 2.

Step 2, may sound excessive pending on the amount of books you want to dry out. Place the books in a plastic moving container, then add bags and bags of dry rice. It’s the same method as drying out electronics. Leave the books submerged in the rice for a day or two, (may need time longer depending on thickness and how saturated the books are) After the books have dried mostly then, sprinkle them with cornstarch. Again, this will kill yucky stuff that may still be on the pages.

To reuse the rice, place rice in the sun for the day and let air dry to remove the moisture that it soaked up. Use new bags of rice if you plan on drying out electronics so it is able to absorb as much moisture as possible. Electronic dry-outs can take a lot longer to get results. Have patience.

If you’ve been challenged by Sandy, Tips from Tia wishes you well. And, let us know if you need any other tips to help you get one step back to normal.

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Choosing the Right Bed Mattress Based on Your Needs

Choosing the Right Bed Mattress Based on Your Needs

No matter what time one gets to bed, we all crave for a peaceful sleep. Everyone spends about a third of their lives asleep, which is a lot of time to spend in an agonizingly bad mattress. Preference varies from client to client, but we will highlight some of the key pointers to assist in choosing the right bed mattress based on your needs.

Mattresses have different lifespans; some provide optimal performance even past 8 years. When it gets to a point where you experience sleepless nights, restlessness, and pain on waking up, then it is definitely the right call to get yourself a new mattress. There are so many advertisements on different brands and their benefits making it a daunting task to settle on a given type or brand.

Types of mattresses available in the market

  1. Latex Mattress

These are primarily manufactured using latex foam and are not only comfortable but also have a cooling effect. They are comfortable and have a bouncy effect which is good for sleepers who love the bouncing feel.

  1. Memory Foam Mattress

They are made from memory foam just as the name suggests. Among other great features, they are known for their pressure release capabilities, outstanding support, and body contouring. Unlike the traditional foams, the modern productions have seen them have greater cooling properties giving more comfort, and body shaping.

  1. Coils

These are also known as innersprings and are preferred by a majority of customers. They are created with one or more layers mainly made of steel. Better versions have more coil layers which translate to more support and comfort. It also has a bouncy and cooling effect.

  1. Hybrid Mattress

Being a hybrid as the name suggests, they are constructed by combining, coils, memory, latex, and polyurethane foams among other materials. Having all the pros of the other mattresses, it gives the user a mixture of comfort, cooling effect, pressure relief, support, and the bounce.

  1. Murphy Bed Mattress

To give an extra cushioning and comfort, a layer is created from soft materials that are sewn or stuffed into the cover. This gives a soft and comfortable surface that gives the sleepers an extra blissful rest.

 

Choosing the perfect mattress

Your mattress could have served you for less more or than 8 years and reached a point where it no longer brings the comfort you need, and after knowing the various types of mattresses at your disposal, the most important task is going to be choosing the right mattress, and below are some of the things to consider before settling on a replacement.

  1. Firmness

Even though this is debatable and depends on weight, size and, body type among other factors, we can confidently say that hardness of a mattress does not mean it is firm. Firmness should be directly proportional to the comfort it provides, and the more firm it is, the more comfortable it should be. This means that it can either be soft or hard but firm nonetheless.

Whichever type you pick, you should remember that mattresses with medium firmness have been proven to provide optimum comfort, pressure relief, and support to those who experience lower back pains.

  1. Durability

It is not unknown to many that choosing the right brand is always one of the determiners of the durability of a product. A good mattress can be costly, which means that you have to be sure you will get a value for your money. It should be able to serve as long as possible and this heavily relies on the quality of materials used in the construction of the mattress.

  1. Warranty

This being a relatively high financial investment, a customer must make sure that the seller provides a warranty. This comes in handy when you experience discomfort resulting from broken springs or any other faults. Most mattresses come with 3-5 years of warranty giving you an opportunity to get a replacement at no cost.

  1. Motion disturbances

Shock absorption capabilities can make it less disturbing especially when sharing the bed with a partner. Slight movements can highly affect the quality of your sleep something that can be avoided by choosing a mattress that offers motion absorption.

  1. Size

Whether you are sharing the bed or sleeping alone, there needs to be enough space to toss and turn. There needs to be enough room around the bed edges even if you are averagely taller than a normal person. There are custom beds and sizes for taller customers to ensure they also get enough room and peaceful sleep.

 

Consider all the mattress types and how to pick the right product, it all boils down to one’s budget. Most extremely comfortable mattresses, whether it is latex, memory foam, coil, hybrid, or pillow-top, highly priced mattresses often give the best comfort, pressure release and support. It is important to take time and have the right finances in place so that choosing the right bed mattress based on your needs is a one-off affair and end up with a quality product that will serve you for years.

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Compare Different Sites Based on Upfront Costs

By Guest Blogger, Gene C.

When looking to grow your business, finding out which lead generation site to use can be arduous task. In the current marketplace, many sites exist—each with their own pros and cons. In order to determine which one is the best for you, check out the following infographic. It will allow you to seamlessly compare different sites based on upfront costs, levels of support, and how payments process on the backend. Remaining competitive in any field is about making the economical and sensible decisions to allow your business to thrive.  

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5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for the Summer Heat

 

5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for the Summer Heat                                           

Thanks to rising temperatures and relentless sunshine, your home can be a haven for numerous unwanted visitors this summer. Accordingly, taking the proper pest control steps is of the utmost importance. Along with seeking professional assistance, there are a few things you can do to ensure your home is safeguarded against all manner of pests from this summer to the next.

  1. Keep Indoors Clean

Spring is a time of renewal, which is why so many choose this season to tidy up their homes. Spring cleaning does more than just make your home presentable for that all-important first barbecue; it also deprives insects of hiding spots in areas filled with clutter and debris. Clear out closets, disinfect kitchens and bathrooms, and make sure crumbs are properly cleaned up.

  1. Check Out Window Screens

Window screens are designed to let in the cool breeze while keeping pests out. However, splits and tears in your screens means that insects will be free to come and go as the please. That’s why it’s recommended that you check out each and every screen in your home to make sure they can serve their intended purpose.

  1. Shore Up Cracks in Caulking

Cracked seals around doors and windows are another problem area when it comes to pests taking up residence. Take a moment to look over these fixtures to ensure their seals are holding steady. If you notice any issues you can reinforce the seal using a little caulking purchased at your local hardware store.

  1. Remove Standing Water

When it comes to the outdoors, you can keep mosquitoes at bay by removing any standing water on your property. This includes areas like birdbaths, kiddie pools, or any surfaces under leaking pipes. Not only are mosquitoes irritating, they can also carry pathogens capable of causing disease and illness to both pets as well as humans.

  1. Call Out the Professionals

Of course, even your best efforts may fail to remove all those unwanted pests in your life. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire a professional technician just to make sure your home is secure against the threat of insects. A technician will identify any potential problem areas before infestation occurs, which will save both time and money in the long run.

Your home is your castle, and like any good lord or lady of the manner you decide who stays and who goes. Contact exterminators near me for more information on how you can prevent your abode from being overrun by unwanted guests.

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How to Help Your Baby and Your Dog Bond

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Help Your Baby and Your Dog Bond

 

Your dog is your best friend and can sometimes even feel like your first baby, but what happens when you bring a new family member into your circle? Your four-legged baby may feel threatened by your bundle of joy, and that’s when problems arise. Letting a child bond with your dog is of great importance for their development, since dogs provide many health and emotional benefits for people, so you’ll need to learn how to help your dog accept your newborn.

Prepare the dog for the encounter

You’ll have nine months to think about the best way to introduce your dog to your little one, and if you’ve been postponing the behaviour training, now is the time to finally do it. Having a dog that will obey and respond properly to commands such as “off”, “stop” and “no” is imperative when you’re expecting. It would be a good idea to have a friend or relative who already has a baby come over and see whether your dog will be okay with an infant in the same room. You’ll get a chance to see if the dog becomes anxious around a baby and if you need to prepare the pooch even more or not. In addition, let the dog sniff your baby’s blanket and become familiar with the new scent.

Introduce them gradually

Before you bring the baby home, let your dog blow off steam and get rid of all the pent-up nervous energy so that it will be calm around the child. It’s crucial that the pooch is tranquil and obedient during the encounter. The mommy should enter the home alone first and greet the dog, because it will be excited to see her after a while. The dog should be restrained on a leash while the mom is on the chair with the baby in her arms, covering its head with her hand to show the dog that she is protecting her baby.

Set boundaries

Once the baby is old enough to play with the puppy, teach them how to act around and approach the dog. They shouldn’t run to them and grab them, because the dog may be nervous at first, so the baby should be quiet and still or they’ll scare the animal. Also, don’t forget to keep the dog clean and safe from various insects. This is especially important if your child is going to play with the dog a lot. It’s best if you used a treatment such as Advantix for dogs to keep your dog safe from ticks and fleas. This way you’ll keep both your pet and your child safe and sound. Furthermore, teach your kids that they shouldn’t grab the dog, give them a big hug or pat their head, but instead explain that it’s much safer if they touched the animal on the side of their face or under their chin.

Let them play

To increase the bonding factor, you can let your child engage in various games with the dog. You can let them play hide and seek, piggy in the middle or chasing, which will allow positive interactions between the child and the dog. Also, always supervise all contact between your dog and your baby, because you need to be close to intervene if any problem arises. Considering both children and dogs love to play, it’s essential that they have separate toys, because animals can be territorial. This is why you should keep all the baby’s toys away from the dog’s play space, and don’t encourage your child to play with the dog’s toys, because that can lead to a confrontation.

Having a dog is a huge responsibility and it becomes an even bigger challenge when you’re bringing a new baby home. So, if you don’t know how to make this transition smooth and help the pet bond with your newborn, the previously mentioned tips will help you make the process less complicated.

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Secure your home before going for a trip

Secure your home before going for a trip

 

Before going for your much-awaited vacation, you will definitely want to protect your home from break-ins, vandalism, etc. There are several ways that will help you prevent a burglar from breaking into your house. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to not post about your vacation on social media while you are away. Burglars will look for status updates and photos of any vacation that would tell them when you will not be there at your place. You can post the photos after returning home. Follow some strategies to secure your home while you are away on a vacation: 

Do not make it obvious that you are not at home:

You can ask your trustworthy neighbor, family member, or a friend to come to your house every day for collecting your mail, or you can stop the delivery of newspapers at your place during the time of your vacation. If this is not done, the burglar will realize that your house is empty and nobody is stopping by. It is better if the person receiving the mail or newspaper vary his or her time of coming to your house. If your home is being cased, an intruder will be least likely to break-in as he or she will not know when your friend or family will come to collect the mail and newspapers.

You can even put monitored lights on the timers so that they can turn on and off implying the presence of people at home. You can even install a home automation system that will allow you to control the lights while you are on your vacation, using your smartphone. Lights turning on and off at different times without being in the same pattern will imply that someone is at home.

Install monitored house security system:

 

It has been found out that about 60% of convicted burglars have avoided houses that had security systems. If any home security system keypad could be noticed inside a window sticker, the door, or a yard sign, they used to move to some other home that did not have any security system.

Keep all the valuables away from your windows:

When intruders wish to get inside your home, they will be more interested if the valuables are seen through the windows. This will help them plan their task quickly. They will first target your bedroom because all valuables including jewelry, money, etc. are kept there. No matter how secure the doors and windows are, valuables should be kept away from outside view. If you do not have a safe, then hide the valuables in places like the soil of any artificial plant, inside the books, etc.

Keep away your spare key:

Do not ever leave the spare keys in places like under mats, under rocks, or in flower pots. If someone comes to your house to take care of things, give them the spare key. If you have installed a home security system, then give them the password in case the security alarm gets accidentally triggered. But share the code or give the spare key only to trustworthy people.

Ask someone to take care of your property:

 

If you go for a summer vacation, then hire somebody to look after your lawn. If you go for a winter vacation, then hire somebody to shovel snow. Don’t keep your property neglected as it is a sign that your home is empty, giving an opportunity for potential intruders to break-in. Ask somebody to throw the trash from your house.

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Removing The Stress From Home Rescue

Removing The Stress From Home Rescue

If you’ve recently been the victim of any kind of large scale disaster, or maybe just a burst pipe that flooded your kitchen and living room out, there’s a good chance you’re tearing your hair out right now. Not only has your new backsplash or feature wall you spent hours on been irreparably ruined, but you’ve lost the use of a good portion of your home. The home you pay for!

 

So it’s time to make sure you’re getting all the reparations you need after something like this goes down. And don’t worry, you’re not the only one in this kind of situation. Here’s a couple of ideas that can get you started on the work that desperately needs to be done, but in a much less energy consuming way!

 

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Find Someone to Help

 

Help is something a lot of people turn down, but when it comes to something as serious as losing your own home to outside elements, no matter what kind, you need to take up any offers you find. So if you have suffered quite extensively at the hands of nature, invading your home and turning it into a mess, it’s time to get your four walls back on their feet and your comfy living space back.

 

There are always people out there who can help you, and one such company is that of restorationonecharlotte.com. This is a good solution for anyone in landlocked areas, living under extremely tropical conditions for the country we’re in! After all, it’s especially hard to find anything that can do such a good clean up job if you’re living inland with little outside access!

 

Change Your Lighting Fixtures

 

This would be a good idea if you know the wires in your walls are damaged, and now you want a safer and softer option for your time and money. Changing your lighting fixtures doesn’t have to be hard either, and foregoing overhead lighting completely can be rather cheap considering what you’ve had to put up with recently!

 

Get some standing lamps and table lamps to litter around the place, simple as. It’ll be good for your eyes, and help to reintroduce more of a calm atmosphere that you once had by the bucket load.

 

Change Your Color Scheme

 

When you’ve got some harsh colors by the block load on your walls and floors, you’re not going to be feeling too good about the space around you. And hey, now’s the perfect time to pull up the carpet and replace the floorboard with something a little more hardwood!

 

Pastel colors are always going to work the best on your walls, and you can introduce light tones like white to offset them against each other. Not to mention you can really spruce up a damaged or cracked wall with all the maintenance you’ll need to do beforehand.

 

Taking the stress out of caring for your home at times like these is possible! Do your best to take a breath and get to work.

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3 Silent, Invisible Dangers That Could Be In Your Home

3 Silent, Invisible Dangers That Could Be In Your Home

Is your home safe for you and your family? You might immediately say yes, of course, it is. But, there could be issues in your home that you are completely overlooking. For instance, you may have a problem with the water in your home. We often don’t think about water being dangerous, particularly when it comes out of the taps on our property but it certainly could be.

 

Trouble In The Water Supply

 

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Water can be dangerous in a number of ways. For instance, you might find that your water is high in fluoride. Fluoride is a cleaning chemical that can be found in toothpaste. It’s one of the reasons why you should spit toothpaste out rather than swallowing it. Why then do an alarming number of properties have high levels of the chemical in their water supply? It’s used to clean the water, and on occasion, far too much of the substance is left in the liquid. The problem is that you can’t even see that the substance is there so you could be drinking it without even realizing it. However, if you get a high quality water filter you might be able to eliminate this issue. That’s not even the only chemical that might be in your water. Ultimately, it may be healthier to switch to bottled water rather than to trust what comes out of your tap.

 

Water is just one of the silent dangers in your property. Let’s look at a few others.

 

Mouldy Windows

 

Mould can most commonly be found around the windows due to the issues with air circulation or an issue with the insulation in your property. If cold air meets warm air, there’s a good chance that mould will start to form due to the moisture in the air. The spores that mould releases into the air while not deadly can be problematic for your breathing and for young children in particular. If you have a child who has asthma or another serious breathing difficulty, you must make sure that mould is not present in any of the rooms of your property. Think Tank Home has lots of advice on how to deal with mould quickly and effectively if you are struggling. But one of the easiest ways to avoid it is with a dehumidifier. Remember it will often just look like dirt around the windowsill.

 

Of course, the mould isn’t the only problem that can causes issues with breathing. High levels of dust in the air can also be quite hazardous. This can happen, particularly in homes where a lot of DIY work has been taking place.

 

Lead Paint

 

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Finally, this is something you need to think about if you are buying a new home soon. A lot of homes on the market today still have lead paint on the walls. It’s particularly common in older homes, and it is usually due to the fact that the owner can not afford to have it removed. Do make sure that you test for an issue with like before investing in an older property. Even a spoonful is toxic to children.

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Decorate with A Message

By Tia Cristy

Decorate with A Message

Home décor is all about personal touch. Bare walls can feel cold and drab. Dressing up any colored wall with a splash of your own creative side can transcend your room into your masterpiece. When deciding what to place on the walls take your time to figure out what you can live with, what will make you happy to look at and what will inspire you day in and day out.

You Don’t Need to be a Business to Have a Sign

Adding a business sign to a feature wall in your home can become a great conversational piece. Place a sign that says simply ‘coffee’ in the kitchen can achieve a good mental vibe for morning. If letters are more your style, you can get individual letters to spell out your message. For the kids room, why not try large, chunky, metallic initials over the beds or dressers.

Go Neon

Neon isn’t just for the local pubs or salons. Picking up a neon sign for the man cave or placing one above the wet bar can attract just the right amount of attention.

Stay Inspired  

Placing an inspiring quote on the wall can fill a blank wall and give it a whole new life. If your not ready for the commitment on a wall, why not place a decal on a piece of old wood, and then hang the sign. Think about it, there are quotes for every room and every occasion. It’s a simple peel n’ stick method for art that will last for many years to come. If you have a wall design in your mind, but haven’t found it in the store, check out Americansignsletters.com where you can upload a picture for them to create your custom art. They even offer free shipping on every purchase, which is great for business owners too who are looking to revamp their signage.

So remember, when it comes to home décor, remember to make it your own space.

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Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Granny Flat

Name aside, granny flats are not just for the elderly. This is an excellent way to add extra living or storage space and even create a home away from home. These relatively small enclosures (depends how you build and design it) can serve as study rooms if you need to get away from the noise in the house, private area for your children, and you can even offer them for rent on websites like Airbnb.

However, the extent of your granny flat use depends solely on how you design and furnish it. Of course, you cannot rent a space without a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. and you cannot have a study room without a table, sofa, and so on.

But don’t worry; that is why we are here. Today, we will talk about the best design ideas and tips for setting up your granny flat. So, let’s begin.

Embrace minimalism

Out of all types of living spaces, granny flats would benefit the most out of taking the minimalistic approach. As you probably already know, granny flats are not spacious by default. In fact, most of their designs are centered around making the most out of the smallest spaces.

So, don’t overburden your granny flat with unnecessary cabinetry, furniture and decorations. Instead, focus on the things you absolutely need. This way, your flat will appear bigger and more spacious, even if it has 30 square meters only.

Think outside of the box

Next, when designing your granny flat, you need to think outside of the box. Some design solutions that work in regular-sized households may not be as effective in smaller living spaces as are granny flats. So, you will have to come up with clever storage solutions and smart uses of space to maximise the efficiency. But if you are not a thinker, you can always research some granny flat trends.

For example, sky domes are the biggest hit among Australians right now. According to professional granny flat builders in Sydney, this is one of the most sought-after features. If you opt-in for this solution, your granny flat will use less energy for lights, as well as be more environmentally friendly. This type unconventional and green design solutions are extremely popular with the granny flat builders from all over the world.

Bathroom essentials only

Designing a bathroom for a granny flat is one of the trickiest things you will have to do. Bathrooms are an essential part of every living space, but unfortunately, they are large and take a lot of space. Therefore, you will have to build it as barebones as possible.

That means installing a shower, toilet, sink, and a small cabinet, nothing more. People often try to build their granny flat bathrooms as the ones in their regular homes, but that is not their purpose. Bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, massive wardrobes, etc. are not necessary. After all, the space you save from bathroom, you can add to the living room of your granny flat.

Build a small cooking station

Finally, you need to design a compact kitchen for your granny flat. The same principles that apply to bathrooms, apply to kitchens as well. So, keep it simple and install kitchen essentials only like a sink, small workstation, and a stove. If you need more inspiration for designing your cooking station, we recommend checking out some trends from the tiny house community. These people have mastered the use of space, and their kitchens are as beautiful as they are effective.

As you can see, designing a granny flat is not an impossible task. Sure, you will have to think unconventionally and abandon some commodities that come with regular houses, but luxury is not a part of their M.O. With that said, if you follow these tips, put in some effort, and get creative, you could create a fantastic living space from your granny flat.

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