Tuesday, 28 May 2013

How to Clean Up Fire Extinguisher Chemicals

The most versatile fire extinguisher type for home use is probably the dry chemical fire extinguisher, which is recommended for normal fires as well as grease fires and electrical fires. Unfortunately, dry chemical extinguishers come with a downside. When used, a dry chemical extinguisher coats the surrounding area in a layer of chemicals that, while great at smothering fires, make a huge mess and can damage electronic equipment. With these instructions, you can minimize the mess after using a fire extinguisher.
Step 1: Identifying the Chemicals

There are many different kinds of fire extinguishers used in homes, but two kinds will not require special cleanup. If you have a water fire extinguisher or a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher, you do not need to worry about cleaning up afterwords, beyond using a towel on something that can be damaged by water.

Dry chemical extinguishers are the ones known for making a mess. Though they are usually easy to clean up, different chemicals require different methods.

To start out, check to see what chemicals your fire extinguisher contains. You should do this anyway for fire safety reasons, so you know how to use your specific fire extinguisher already when the time comes. Its label or tag should have all of the information you need. Once you know what chemicals you are cleaning up, you are ready to get started.
Step 2: Cleaning

Now that you know what you are up against, you are ready to apply the specific, appropriate techniques.

If you are cleaning up after a halotron fire extinguisher, you are already done. Halotron safely disperses into the air, leaving no mess behind.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


Weed control in lawns begins with a healthy, vigorous, dense stand of turf. Healthy turf aids weed control by growing to fill bare areas, shading the soil surface, and shading newly emerged weeds. Without sunlight, many new weeds cannot survive. A healthy, lush, green stand of turf, free from weeds, is pleasing to look at and can bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to the homeowner.

Here are some examples of how you can reduce and prevent the growth of weeds in your lawn:
Use soil tests to keep the pH in the proper range.
  • Add fertilizer at rates recommended on the soil test report to encourage rapid turf growth. Too much fertilizer, however, particularly nitrogen, is detrimental to the turf stand.
  • Irrigate during periods of limited rainfall to relieve stress and encourage growth. Apply large volumes of water periodically rather than brief, frequent waterings to encourage deep rooting.
  • Excessive water can stress turf and increase weed growth. Virginia buttonweed, for example, thrives in wet areas and is particularly difficult to control with herbicides. Use preventive measures to reduce the potential for invasion of this weed in turf. Build up low areas to avoid "ponding" or standing water.
  • Insects and diseases can stress and kill turf. Control these pests to avoid potential damage to the turf.
  • Mowing can stress turf if too much vegetation is removed by the clipping process. Set your mower to remove less than one-third of the vegetation to avoid "scalping".
  • Bare soil is a prime area for weed invasion. Bare areas can either be reseeded, plugged, or left for adjacent grass to grow into. Cover reseeded areas with mulch, such as grain straw, until the area is filled with turf.
  • Eliminate weeds early in the growing season, before they develop a spreading root system or set seeds.
  • Prevent weeds from entering the garden by avoiding the use of fresh manure.
  • Cultivate on a sunny, warm day so weeds that have been pulled or tilled will dry out and die.
  • Apply an adequate layer of mulch to prevent seedling weed emergence.
  • Remove weed clippings from the property if there is a chance that seeds have been set.
Using these methods can help control weeds, but regardless of how well you follow good production practices, weed seeds will germinate and seedlings will emerge. Often times herbicides are the next resort for homeowners.

The disadvantages of using these are:
  • They are expensive.
  • They are difficult to apply with accuracy.
  • Drifting or leaching may occur and damage desirable plants.
  • Proper storage and handling may be a problem.
  • Many herbicides are labeled for specific crops and are not suitable for a garden with a wide variety of crops.
There are many different species of weeds that grow in turf. To properly eliminate these with an herbicide, please visit www.trabajillosng.com and make inquiry,we would come take clippings of as many different weeds in your lawn as possible have them identified and would use the  proper herbicide to kill them.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Family Chore Check List...

Whether you have a small or large family, clothes need to be washed, beds need to be made, bathrooms need to be cleaned, and chores just need to be done!
With this household chore checklist, it can help get you on your way and let you know who needs to do what. Everyone should be responsible for their own rooms; if old enough, and if a room is shared – the responsibility is shared.
Decide which day each member of the family (if old enough) will do what chore. For example, work clothes get washed on Sunday, whites on Monday, catch up day on Friday, etc.
You can also sit down with a calendar for the weekly and monthly chores and assign them to family members. Keep the calendar where it is easily accessible or where it is easily visible.

Daily Chores
·         Make the beds
·         Clean up kids room and play area
·         Separate laundry, wash if necessary, put clothes away
·         Wash and load dishes
·         Wipe down kitchen counters, sink, appliances that were used
·         Wipe down bathroom counter, sink, spray and wipe tub
·         Empty trash where needed, i.e. kitchen, bathrooms, office
Weekly Chores
·         Mop and wax floors
·         Dust and remove cobwebs
·         Vacuum floors throughout house
·         Vacuum furniture if necessary
·         Clean closets
·         Clean and wipe down appliances, including laundry room
·         Wash and change bedding
·         Sweep front porch, steps, walkway
·         Grocery shopping
·         Rinse garbage cans if necessary after trash day

Monthly Chores
·         Clean inside of windows, window sills, and mirrors
·         Dust blinds and vacuum curtains
·         Wipe down baseboards and heater vents
·         Clean out and wipe down refrigerator
·         Wipe down walls where needed, typically bathrooms and kitchen
·         Wipe down, dust, and clean light fixtures
·         Clean your garage

Laundry Checklist
 Clothes to be washed (whites, darks, work, etc)
Kitchen Checklist
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any extra kitchen chores

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

How to Choose Best Carpet for Your Office

Carpet Even for the non-workaholics their office is their home away from home. Simply because of the amount of time one spends there. Which then becomes imperative that the same amount of care is shown in choosing it, as you would while choosing one for your home. Unlike homes personal taste and budget alone are not the deciding factors that govern the choice of the carpet. It would definitely do good to check with peers before finalizing.

Two major factors you might want to consider before you even call the store is your budget and the nature of your business. This way you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration while you go through the innumerable options that are available for you to choose from. Once you are sure about these things you can definitely put aside what you don’t want and then break your head on which one to choose.

Here are some pointers to help you in decide.

Type of Business Vs. Type of Carpet
The foremost of the things that you need to consider is your business type. If your business is the kind where you need to impress your client on entering your office, then you might want to go in for a more fussy and lavish carpet. Though they are high on maintenance your high-end clientele are going to both appreciate it and tread on it with care. On the other hand if you have a store with a lot of walk-ins or if a carpet is purely functional in your case then you might want to go in for a durable and low maintenance carpet.

Your priorities may change even based on whether yours is an office space or a showroom. While in an office you want to go in for a more toned down look you have the liberty to choose a highly vibrant looking rug for your showroom, if it suits the nature of your business.

Traffic – High or Low?
Of course carpets are meant to be walked on, but different kinds have different levels of endurance to traffic. If your office has a lot of walk-ins or just a lot of people who need to be on the move constantly then you will have to choose from the durable and easy to maintain varieties that are non-fussy and not so thick. If you have a large office then you can choose the best Chinese rugs  accordingly. While you can go in for more elaborate varieties while choosing for the M.D’s or G.M’s cabin you can use the more durable ones for corridors, passages and the canteen area. You can go for the decorative yet low maintenance ones for the reception area.

Rolling Traffic?
Yet another factor to consider is the rolling traffic, such as the wheel chair or luggage carts. A fussy or thick rug will be a big hindrance to wheel movement.

You don’t get to change your carpets frequently. So while you are at it makes the right choices and alwasy maintain it.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Getting the Ants Out...

Ants are a fascinating species,these little insects can be downright exasperating when they invade your home. Learning why ants are flocking to your house in droves is the best way to get them out and prevent them from ever returning.

Have you ever seen a lone ant wandering aimlessly across your countertop? You may not be dealing with a true infestation yet, and this little ant may not worry you too much. This is where many people go wrong. Those lone ants are actually scouts sent to evaluate a territory for resources. They use their sense of smell to locate what the colony needs. When the scouts find a good source of food or water, the entire ant colony is just days away from setting up camp and living the good life. Ants simply go wherever they find consistent sources of food and water. Fortunately, this means that ridding your home of ants is fairly simple. All you have to do is eliminate the sources in your home that attract ants. And if you see those scouts wandering along your countertops, get rid of them and clean the surface immediately to prevent more ants from following.

One of the most common places to find an ant infestation is in the kitchen. The apple juice spill that wandered under the fridge,  your daughter’s sticky handprints all over the table: all of it is calling ants from miles away. Ants are especially attracted to greasy and sugary substances. Cleaning up after food preparation, meals, and spills will do wonders for solving your pest problem. Be sure to use vinegar water or soapy water to clean up. Plain water won’t completely eliminate the scents that are attracting the ants. Sweep up crumbs and wipe away standing water left on counters and sinks. Regularly cleaning cabinets, counters, and floors in your kitchen will prevent food buildup that attracts ants. Storing your food properly is also an important part of ant control. Unless food is stored in the refrigerator or in airtight containers, ants will still be able to hunt down your groceries.

Your trash is an ant colony’s treasure. Food items should never be left in the garbage pail to sit for days. Trash should be taken out frequently. Make sure all perishables are bagged well before throwing them away. As garbage breaks down, it takes on an even stronger odor, so keep your outdoor garbage bins as far from your home as possible.

Your pets may not be the only ones eating from their dishes. Ants are often found swarming food and water bowls. Try only having pet food out at certain times during the day or using a pet dish that sits several inches above the floor. Keep an absorbent rug or towel underneath the water bowl to prevent the build-up of standing water. If you have a cat, keep the litter box area clean and change the litter frequently.

After making sure you aren’t attracting the ants anymore, make sure your home doesn’t provide ants with an easy way to get inside. Cracks along walls and floors can be sealed with silicone caulking. Doors and windows should be properly sealed with weather stripping. Several items you probably have on hand at home will deter ants from entering from their usual passages. Chili pepper, cinnamon, peppermint, borax, salt, and pepper can all be used to discourage ants from moving in.

If you already have a strong ant infestation, you may need to use a bait to kill the ants. A popular homemade method that works very well is a mixture of borax and sugar, honey, or syrup. Store bought methods are also effective. Since baits attract ants, they should only be used if you already have an ant problem. Once the ants are gone, remove the bait from your home.

Outdoors, other insects like aphids can attract ants. Keep other pests down to a minimum to help prevent an ant infestation. If you find an ant mound, you can use a chemical poison to get rid of it, or simply pour a generous amount of boiling water on the mound.

In some cases, a professional pest removal service may be necessary.please get a quotation from www.trabajillosng.com