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A Handy Guide to Children & Carpet Care

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Our carbon footprint is so important these days, and this trend toward safe chemicals that do not harm the environment is great for families that include small children. Many safe regular cleaning products are being sold at supermarkets and used by professional carpet cleaners. Chemicals that were eco-friendly used to be hard to come by and now they’re far more readily available. Being able to buy environmentally friendly cleaning products means that you can now get top quality safe chemicals that will be good to both the earth and to your children, at a fraction of the cost of years gone by. You can fight dust mites and other allergens without draining your bank account every time you need to clean the house and companies such as are full of 14520429077_8ac7e3a609_oknowledge about which products are the best to use. Everyone knows that having children around can make housework difficult, especially if those children are under 5 or at the crawling baby stage. When you perform your regular cleaning routine in your home, you may be leaving behind all sorts of dust mites and other allergens that can have a negative effect on your children’s health, especially crawling babies.

Having children that crawl tends to go hand in hand with them putting their hands or toys in their mouths. You’ve got to use safe chemicals to deep clean your carpets and you will be increasing the cleanliness of your home while protecting the health of your little ones. There are many companies who clean carpets with safe chemicals. So many carpet cleaning chemicals get the job done right but they are not all child friendly and that can be a problem with little ones in the home. Generally children have sensitive body systems and are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals in their environments than are their parents.

Children are brand new and not used to the poisons in the air in the same way grown-ups are as they’re still relatively new with vulnerable immune systems. While deep cleaning is really important in order to keep your home free of the dust mites that can stir up allergies in your kids, it is important that you only use safe chemicals. Make an effort to only use products that will not cause harmful effects, even when used frequently. When you are hiring a carpet cleaning company, make sure that you discuss all of the products being used during the cleaning process. You need to know the names of the chemicals that you use so you can make sure there are no allergens in the bottles that your children wouldn’t breathe in. You’ve got to make sure that the chemicals used are correct.

Make sure you don’t stay quiet; ask any and all questions that pop into your head during the cleaning process and make sure children are not in the room while you clean.

How Much Does A New Kitchen Cost?

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The cost of getting a new kitchen can escalate easily, running into thousands depending on what materials you go for and which company you use. But choosing carefully and using a few money-saving tricks could cut your final bill considerably. Map out your current kitchen layout (or empty kitchen if you plan to start from scratch) on graph paper using metric measurements, as this is what kitchen manufacturers use. Corian Worktops 1

Central to the design of your kitchen are your storage requirements. Assess your needs – what do you need to store and how much storage space will you therefore need? What do you use regularly and what do you use less often? Of the things you use regularly, where would make most sense for them to be stored? For example, if you like to try new recipes and experiment with spices, having cookbooks and a spice rack to hand near the hob would be useful. Or if you’re a seasoned baker, storage for baking utensils and ingredients might be best placed by the area where you’ll do most preparation. Once you’ve thought about what you want to store and where it makes most sense to place things, have a think about the different types of storage available: kitchen islands, open shelves, pull-out units, corner storage racks, hooks, freestanding units such as dressers, floor-to-ceiling cupboards, plate racks and wine racks (built-in or freestanding).

Look out for sales to grab a bargain kitchen – post-Christmas and pre-Easter are usually good times to buy.  Websites like can help you find the design you want. Once you’ve found a company you like, if it can’t reduce the price any further, ask whether it will include the sink or certain appliances for no extra charge.  Avoid giving a company more than 25% deposit before everything is delivered. If you’re able, pay at least £100 of the deposit on your credit card. This will give you extra rights, should you encounter problems later on. Check the payment schedule before signing any contracts for products and fitting. You can also buy a second-hand kitchen at a bargain price, but it’s vital to check it all fits well and that care has been taken to avoid damaging the kitchen when units are removed from another building. Whether you get a new kitchen or a second-hand one, if it’s from a big brand, it’s worth checking how highly its customers rate it.

If you decide to buy all new appliances, a typical list, including a washing machine, built-in oven, hob, cooker hood, dishwasher and fridge freezer, will cost from around £1,500, if you choose budget Best Buy-rated appliances. Installation is an extra expense on top of the kitchen itself and could be anything from £250 for pre-assembled units up to around £1,000, depending on the size of your kitchen and what’s being installed. Your kitchen’s plumbing, electrical wiring and waste water pipes also have a bearing on the overall cost. The more pipework and wiring you need to move, the higher the cost of your kitchen improvement will be. So if you can keep the layout of your old kitchen, the cheaper the installation will be.  Many kitchen companies offer an installation service, at extra cost. We asked customers to rate the firm they used for installation, including the speed and quality of installation, the amount of mess made and the communication with their installer. Overall customer scores ranged from 84% to 56%, so it’s worth taking a look at our guide to kitchen brand installation to find out how your preferred company scored.

Beach Dangers you Need To Watch For

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It’s not something that is thought about much, but if you are a hiker and you’re in the wilderness alone, it’s something you should prepare yourself for coming across. As a child, quicksand was the bits of the carpet in between the furniture that we had to dodge while leaping from couch to couch. It was always something that seemed like a far bigger deal as a child than as an adult but quicksand is real and is a very real danger. While quicksand isn’t nearly as dangerous as the films show it, it is a real thing and just about any silt can temporarily become quicksand if it has enough water saturation.

There have been reports of quicksand in the dunes at Camber Sands in East Sussex so if you are a hiker and staying at a local hotel or bed and breakfast like with you should make sure you are aware of your surroundings before you find yourself one of those having a bit of a sinking feeling! If you step into quicksand by accident, and you are wearing anything on your back like a rucksack drop it immediately. Your body is much less dense than quicksand and you cannot fully sink unless you panic and struggle too much or you are weighed down. If you can, try and get out of your shoes because flat shoes make a suction as you try and pull them out of the quicksand.

If you do get a bit stuck, move horizontally. Take a quick couple of steps backward before the quicksand takes hold of you as it usually takes a minute or two to liquefy which means the best method to unstick yourself is not getting stuck in the first place! Try not to take massive steps because lifting your leg to stride can push the other further in. Don’t panic. As best you can, don’t panic when you get stuck. Frantic movements will only suck you down further and rapid movements make the ground turn from otherwise firm to quicksand. Quicksand can act unpredictably to your movements.

Relaxing and laying back if you get stuck in quicksand is actually the best way of getting out. Floating on your back while you extract your legs will enable you to ‘swim’ yourself to the edge of the quicksand pool. When you’re walking, make sure that you have a long stick with you so you can check the ground for ripples. If you see unnatural looking ripples in the texture of the ground, use the stick to check for stability before you walk on it. If you are walking with fellow hikers, bring rope with you if there’s a chance you may encounter quicksand as that way if one person falls in the other can stand safely on firm ground and pull the other out. Relax as much as you can and don’t fight the suction but just be gentle with your movements.

Reasons To Hire A Contractor

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In today’s unpredictable business world, permanent roles are not always suitable for the needs of an organization.  Increasingly, companies are relying on contract or interim employees to augment their teams during periods of organizational change. Sometimes there is foresight to these changes such as busy season or project implementation, but there are also situations where employees are terminated or leave for other reasons, and employers are left in a pinch, needing talent immediately.

Here are six scenarios that demonstrate why you may want to consider general contractors in MA:

  1. One-off, short-term projects

Companies often find themselves struggling with a lack of resources or skills for projects that may be one-off or short term. This can include undertakings such as IT or systems implementations, compliance requirements for new legislation or policy, and process/efficiency evaluations, among others. A contractor provides you with a more flexible arrangement to complete these projects without needing the commitment of a permanent employee.

  1. Financial advantage and risk mitigation

Contract workers often result in cost savings to organizations. While they may earn a higher wage, you will often save on costs such as taxes, benefits, training and development, redundancy payouts and vacation pay that ultimately end up being more costly in the long-term. In addition, you can protect your organization from unforeseen legal issues and costs as most contractors maintain their own liability insurance.Hire-a-Certified-Locksmith

  1. Leaves of absence

Employees may go on leave for a number of reasons, such as parental leave, a sudden illness or sabbatical. Upon these departures, you may be required to bridge a skills gap or cover responsibilities for a certain period. It is helpful to utilize a contractor in these circumstances, as they can cover off a predetermined timeline or can be used for an indefinite period until you find a more permanent solution.

  1. Fill an immediate need

Imagine that you are in the middle of developing your budget and your CFO suddenly leaves. Contracting with an interim CFO is a great way to assist in this type of situation for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they are experts at entering an organization at difficult times. They have experience dealing with new processes, cultures and teams at a moment’s notice. Secondly, their productivity is instant as they are trained experts in their field and are used to navigating various systems and procedures. Hiring interim support not only helps fill the immediate need, but also gives the organization time to critically think and assess their next move.

  1. Specialized knowledge and expertise

As an organization, you may come across situations where you require specialized knowledge in a particular functional area. Whether it be, specialization in compensation, labour relations, project management, systems integration or technical experts in fields such as engineering, or geology, there are a variety of individuals with specific expertise that are available for contract or interim positions.

  1. Mentoring or coaching

Many companies are faced with an aging workforce and as their businesses have grown, have neglected effective succession planning at the leadership level. In many cases, organizations have strong technical talent willing to take the next step, but have not yet mastered the strategic skills required to take on leadership roles. The use of an experienced interim professional with both a functional and mentoring/coaching mandate may be beneficial to the long-term success of organization. Furthermore, these individuals can be utilized in technical development and performance management scenarios.

Transferring Your Car Number Plate

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If you’ve just sold your car with then congratulations! Trouble is, what do you do about your personal plates? Not to worry we’ve put together this informative guide on how to transfer your plates easily.9

  • Get yourself online and download the form V317 from the DVLA website and fill it in. if you’ve already bought yourself a new car you’ll need the details for the new car as well as the old one so you can fill in the information for which car plate transfers to which.
  • Send the form along with the either the new keeper V5c with a completed V62 to the DVLA and this does come with a small fee so make sure you send a money order or a cheque for the correct amount.
  • There aren’t very many conditions but obviously you need to ensure that both the old car and the new car are registered in the UK and taxed. If your old car does not have road tax and has already been sold to, then you should make sure that you have declared the old vehicle off-road. This needs to be less than five years old to be valid.
  • If your personal plates will make your new car appear younger than it actually is you won’t be able to transfer the plate.
  • Make your car available as the DVLA may pop along and inspect the new car to ensure its age.
  • You’ve then got to wait and find out if the change has been approved and if so the old plate will be withdrawn and the new plate will be transferred on the same day.
  • Lastly, inform your insurer! Don’t get in trouble by having incorrect plates on your insurance or worse, the incorrect car registered to the now invalid plate. You want the whole process to be as smooth as possible and the best way to do this is to take your time.

You won’t be able to transfer a licence plate number if it starts with a Q or NIQ for Northern Ireland registered vehicles. The DVLA will send out new registration certificates for both vehicles and that can take 4 weeks to arrive.

When you want to sell your car, van or bike with they can advise you every step of the way about your vehicle registration, insurance and tax issues so you’re not going to be left in the lurch! Not only will you have cash in hand with your car sold properly or scrapped the correct way, you’ll have been dealing with a company you can trust who don’t charge you random and hidden fees during the process. Being able to have your car sold at a time convenient to you from your workplace or home is something that you should be proud of! Being associated with a company that offer such a fast service is convenient and easy. As it should be.

Why We Need CCTV

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With the country the way it is at the moment, most of us are extremely thankful of the presence of CCTV shops, pubs, car parks and other public places. Now, thanks to easier installation and falling prices, it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for security-conscious homeowners. It’s not for everyone though as although cameras can be bought on their own, they can be pricey! Cameras can be bought as part of a whole security package.

32605715645_702ee6189a_oCosts can range from low to high for a vandal proof camera with a great night vision range. You of course also have to purchase equipment to accompany the camera, depending on which type you choose, such as connectors and a digital video recorder to store and view the footage. You can also buy dummy cameras quite cheaply as deterrents. CCTV is just one line of defence against crime and works best when combined with other measures, such as a burglar alarm, door and window locks, and gravel around the property and security lights.

Bear in mind that the measure you take have to be legal: there’s no requirement for Home Alone style prank set ups! Wired home CCTV systems are the most common and cheapest type of camera, where a wire plugs directly from the camera to the monitor. The downside is that the wires which includes the extension cables and connectors, can be difficult to install. With wireless systems, images can be transmitted using analogue or digital technology to your computer, tablet or mobile smartphone. Many smart security cameras link to an app that you can use to monitor your home while you’re out and about. Digital cameras are generally higher quality but more expensive.

Wireless systems can suffer a bit of interference from devices such as routers, cordless phones and microwaves and can be blocked by heavy masonry or metal objects. Your filming may also be interrupted if you lose your internet connection. Companies such as can advise on the right systems you should use for your home and if you are choosing to use CCTV cameras outside the home, make sure they are weatherproof – an international protection (IP) rating of six is recommended here. Wireless cameras are available but you’ll still have to run a cable to a power source. Position cameras where they cannot be tampered with, but can be accessed for maintenance and cleaning. You can buy vandal-proof cameras but these tend to cost more.

Indoor CCTV cameras come in three types: wired, wireless and powerline networked and these plug into your electrical sockets and transmit images to a storage device. Wireless cameras are not recommended inside the home unless the signal can be encrypted as anyone within range and using a suitable receiver would be able to view the images. CCTV image quality is linked to the size of the chip is uses and cameras with tiny chips also tend to be able to pick up less light, and therefore produce lower quality image so make sure you choose a camera with bigger chips for better image quality.

How To Effectively Plan An Office Move

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Relocating a business can be a huge investment, both financially and practically. Don’t ever underestimate the time and resources your office move can demand. It’s important to contemplate the implications of the move with regards to the costs involved, the extent of its impact on the day to day running of the business and how employees will be affected. If this stage is completed thoroughly you can then identify any potential cost savings and ensure your move is efficient as it can be. All moves will cause a level of disruption to a company but if you plan it correctly and at the right time of year for your business, you will be able to have minimal interruption to not only your business practice but your staff.

USED (5)When you move to a new office location, you have to consider the location of your staff versus their travel time into the company and by planning your move with them you can avoid awkward conversations. Ensuring your relocation goes smoothly is the first priority and there is a certain checklist to follow when relocating. Companies such as can assist with a start to finish move and once you have decided to relocate, it is crucial to start planning as soon as you can. Charting the quiet time of your business activity will make sure your move doesn’t conflict with promises you’ve made to your customers as this could jeopardise your relationship with your clients. Moving companies can help you plan this. In your plans you can include time taken to fit out the new office and install any furniture.

You can get in the IT and telecoms teams to set everything up as well as efficiently as possible while you change over the important documentation for your company. Don’t forget to speak to your clients and talk through with them any business interruption and impact that may happen during your move. You want to interrupt things as little as possible. If you can, appoint a project co-ordinator and this can be an existing employee or an outside company and whoever you decide to appoint to the role will have to take on the responsibility to ensure that the project runs on time.

Employees will ultimately be the end users of the new premises and ensuring they have working key fobs or entrance cards ready for the first day in the new office is crucial. Keeping your staff updated through every step of the process will mean the difference between them being happy to start at the new office or them needing to find a new job. Allow time to pack and clean and don’t waste any time doing so. It’s important you have time to pack around your business commitments and the actual move needs to move smoothly. If necessary, request an early delivery of some of the boxes in the office in order for people who will be on leave to pack up their items later on.

When You Should Pick Your New Front Entrance

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The perfect front door will create a stunning entrance to your home and set the tone for what’s inside. Choosing the right Solidor door fitters is important but what other doors are available to you?

uPVC front door

When uPVC front doors were first introduced, they were a welcome alternative to the traditional timber front door – lower in cost and with greater thermal performance. However, not everybody appreciates the aesthetics of uPVC and the variety of styles and colours can be limited.32095437912_234595ce5f_k

Usually 28mm thick, many people feel they are easy to break into, and, although there have been innovations in the uPVC sector, the popularity of the uPVC front door is diminishing.

Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) composite

Composite front doors were introduced to the market around 10 years ago, aimed at homeowners wanting to retain the appearance of a timber door whilst benefitting from modern materials, which require less maintenance and work harder to keep out the draughts. Now they’re a fast-growing option, with sales of composite doors almost doubling year on year.

Usually 44mm thick, GRP doors are the most thermally efficient, but they’re not the most secure. And because colour is normally applied on a white fibreglass skin, GPR doors are prone to scratches. In particular, beware of asking door manufacturers to match any RAL colour, as colour applied in this way is especially at risk of scratching.

Timber core composite

Nearly three quarters of all new-build homes this year will have composite doors and they are now more than twice as popular as timber doors amongst home improvers. More environmentally friendly than GRP composite doors, are timber core composite doors; the timber for which is sourced from sustainable forests and can be recycled at the end of the door’s lifetime.

Solid timber core doors with high-performance security features are the most secure front door available, and with a robust thermo-plastic door skin, they’re also the most durable. If you look for a brand with colour applied as a vacuum-formed thermo-plastic ‘skin’, you’ll minimise scratches and eliminate the need for re-painting or touching up.

There are some fantastic traditional and contemporary front door designs out there in some beautiful colours. So whether you’re looking for a standard size, or a door which is bespoke in both size and design, there are timber core composite door manufacturers who can help.

There’s also the option to bring your vision to life using a ‘design a door’ function online or via a phone app – many of these even have the facility to upload a picture of your home to see the impact a new door would make.

Solid hardwood front door

A bespoke, solid hardwood front door will add a touch of luxury to any home. Ideal for period properties, a solid hardwood front door will be made-to-measure and can be designed to a large extent by the homeowner. The end result is likely to be a high-quality front door that will last for many years – but you’ll need to be willing to look after it in order to protect your investment.

Any paint or varnish will inevitably need to be re-applied as the colour fades or peels away.

And without care and attention, a solid hardwood door may crack, absorb water and eventually rot.

Why Regular Carpet Cleaning Matters

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Manufacturers recommend that your carpets receive a professional carpet cleaning minimum of twice a year. Professional care by companies such as will keep your carpets looking clean for many years and most companies utilize the latest technologies and equipment. Combining this with expert knowledge of carpets means you can expect an excellent job done. Companies will only use the best products and procedures to provide you the professional cleaning service you need and all treatments are usually environmentally friendly. Treatments have to meet very high health and safety standards and regularly cleaning your carpets can ensure your house looks and smells fresh.

6870267846_176939a8d1_oGetting your carpets cleaned regularly will help keep your house clear of stains, dirt, and potential dust mites; and no one wants their house full of dust mites. These germs and allergens live deep in carpets and upholstery, far away from the reaches of a standard cleaner, and can only be removed with a professional cleaning.  There are two popular methods to clean a carpet: steam cleaning or dry cleaning. Steam cleaning is always the most recommended way to clean carpets as the steam can kill bacteria and reach farther down than a hoover or dry cleaning. Steam cleaning involves a water and soapy solution being forced through the fibers of the carpet, removing any dirt and oils and then being sucked back up. Once this is complete, the dirty water is then pumped into a tank and then disposed of.

Dry cleaning doesn’t involve any rinsing and as such is seen as an incomplete process, and allows dirt to remain in the carpet. Cleaning carpets regularly will lessen the amount of grit that is in the home and in heavy traffic areas this can be a huge amount without regular steams. If you want to add a little warmth and homeliness into your house, the easiest and best thing to do is just add a carpet or a rug to the room. Just doing this can completely change the look and atmosphere of the room it’s in and can make it look more inviting. Although this is one of the simplest ways to achieve a completely new look, as is decorating a room in the home, there are things you have to take into consideration when installing a carpet.

Dust allergies are a very common and real problem and carpets need time to settle in and air out before people should use them. It’s a common misconception but carpets do not create dust allergies, people already have these it’s just that the dust gets trapped into the carpet fibres, and if not cleaned appropriately, this can encourage existing allergies. Install the carpet, let it settle and give it a good steam clean. This is the way to start!

Sussex: Haven Of The South

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England has its charms and just over from Kent, also known as the Garden of England, is Sussex. There are tons of things to do across Kent and Sussex for all the family especially during the school holidays. Finding relaxing places to visit with the kids is no easy feat but injecting a little adventure into their and your lives could be fun! In this guide we’ve decided to focus on the Sussex and write a bit about some of the best places to visit in that area.

  • Brighton Pier. Just off the famed Kings Road, Brighton pier stretches right out to sea and is packed with arcades and fun fair rides. For some just simply strolling down the pier and having chips overlooking the ocean is enough even with beefed up seagulls doing all they can to thieve from the paper bags. Weddings can be held on the pier and there is a huge dome packed with activities for all the family. Just off the pier are the cobbled and winding lanes of Brighton with its eclectic markets and small boutique shops. Have a look down the lanes for the pick and mix shop: wall to wall sweets and not expensive at all!5
  • Camber Sands & Hastings. You could be hiring a caravan through Haven or just down for the day, but the endless stretch of sand at Camber can be a very inexpensive day out. There’s no shale on the beach so soft sand and towering dunes. If you’re lucky enough to experience the mist rolling in, your little ones will appreciate how they can pretend to be pirates like Captain Jack Sparrow! Down the road is the little seaside town of Hastings where you can go and see the fishing boats and enjoy a stroll up the promenade. Bring down the buckets and spades and build castles to rival those fought for in 1066. If you’re looking to stay the night head over to for a gorgeously intimate venue for you and the family.
  • Drusilla’s Park. If you’re looking for a fun and educational day out for little (and big!) ones, Drusilla’s is an excellent find. While it doesn’t have any large mammals like other zoos do, it is both family and child friendly. Their sole goal is child involvement so they have made the zoo itself very interactive with activities all the way round for kids. They can collect stamps of all the animals they’ve seen and get involved with pulleys and buttons throughout the park and see the penguins being fed at certain times of the day. You can see the meerkats and crawl through the tunnels leading to their home. Pop up in the dome and look around at their level! Feed the lorikeets with honey and see your children’s faces light up as they walk around and the lemurs run around them. There’s soft play right in the centre and an outdoor play park as well as Hello Kitty world where they can enjoy rides and meet Hello Kitty! A brilliant find nestled in between Eastbourne and Polegate.


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