Monthly Archives: September 2020

Prevention is Better than Cure!

Marble, Terrazzo, Limestone, Granite, Stone & Wood Floor Repairs & Maintenance, Diamond Polishing Re-Surfacing & Re-Sealing

 

This is so true, especially in relation to stone flooring, which needs to be looked after carefully to retain its beauty. Here are a few tips to help keep your stone floors in Liverpool in tip top condition :-

  • Firstly dry dust all surfaces frequently with a dry mop or soft bristle broom before cleaning .
  • Mild detergent or special stone soap [widely available online], should be used to clean the floor.
  • Dry the surface immediately and avoid allowing liquid of any kind, even water, to sit and dry.
  • Where there are spills, blot carefully rather than wiping, so that the smallest area is affected.
  • Adjust your vacuum to the hard floor setting, so that the brushes are in contact with the floor as opposed to the plastic or metal. Scratches are not easy to remove, and re-polishing will be probably required.
  • Non slip mats and rugs are a good idea in places that are likely to get wet, but take care to keep the underneath as dry as possible to prevent staining.
  • Ensure that people carrying out work in your home use protective groundsheets so that no damage occurs.
  • Continue to clean stone flooring regularly even if sealed.

With natural stone floors always avoid :

  • Using vinegar, lemon juice or anything acidic to clean limestone, marble etc, as these will eat into the stone.
  • Scouring pads, wire wool or other abrasives.
  • Any product with abrasive additives in them, as these will strip off any sealant and damage the surface.
  • Dragging items across your stone floor as this may cause scratches, or drop heavy items which can result in chips or cracks.
  • Leaving dust on the floor surface as this can be slippery and cause falls.

 
For more advice on care of stone floors and to find out about what we offer call Lawco on 01942 674785.

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Which Blinds are Good for the Winter Months?

 

Marble, Terrazzo, Limestone, Granite, Stone & Wood Floor Repairs & Maintenance, Diamond Polishing Re-Surfacing & Re-Sealing

 

Choosing blinds that keep your home in Upminster warm and cosy is easy peasy! There is so much choice when it comes to window dressings, odds are you’ll be delighted with the results whatever your taste. Blinds that are slatted are less likely to retain heat, so roller and Roman blinds are the most popular choice.

The fabric you go for will play a big part in thermal insulation, blocking heat from escaping through your windows. Thicker or lined fabrics provide a functional solution too, and will contribute to keeping your fuel bills in check. Some people choose blackout blinds which block cold air as well as light when closed. Thermal blinds are as their name suggests designed specifically for this purpose, and they work really well. There are even blinds that are light coloured on one side to reflect heat and darker on the other side. These can be reversed depending on the weather or season.

Apart from the type of material used, your blinds should fit the windows properly, sitting as close to the glass as possible. Gaps should be avoided as they will inevitably reduce effectiveness by allowing warmth to escape. Be sure to adjust your blinds correctly, opening them in the morning to let in the sunlight, and closing them at night. Blinds are particularly useful if you have a conservatory, as heat can escape through the numerous windows and roof. You can even install roof blinds if there is exposed glazing.

Applewood Interiors are experts when it comes to blinds, curtains, pelmets and soft furnishings, and offer exquisitely made, bespoke products. They also provide a free home visit with design advice and samples, free quote and measuring and fitting service! Their talented team are sourced locally, and prices are pocket friendly.

 

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