How to Get Gum Out of the Carpet

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, just wait!

Sooner or later you will be faced with the challenge of removing chewing gum or some other adhesive residue from your carpet.

Most people are intimidated by this prospect, and eventually they just call a dry cleaning carpet company to deal with the situation. However if you like to do it for yourself, the process of removing gum from your carpet is really very simple.

First of all, the method you choose may depend on the conditions you face. For instance, if the gum has been recently deposited on the carpet, it may be necessary to just  freeze it and scrape it off. You can do this by placing a plastic bag with ice over the fresh gum, leaving it there for about 15 minutes until the gum hardens, and then scraping it off with a suitable scraper, like a dull dinner knife or a spatula.

If you have gum that had hardened after residing on your carpet fibers for many days, or if you have the residue of deposits from something like duct tape that had been placed on your carpet to cover electrical wires, for instance, you will need to use some sort of solvent.

There are many household solvents and detergents that have been used successfully to do the job, but unless you are very careful, you may just do more harm to your carpet, and leave residues that will reappear in short shrift.

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The Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance and Servicing

What is something that most people do every 3,000 miles? They either change their oil, or they take their vehicle to a mechanic to get serviced. This is when your car gets the regular maintenance it needs to keep you on the road. Like cars, air conditioners also need tuneups every now and then, to keep your home cool and perform at peak levels.

So why don’t more people think about getting their air conditioners serviced regularly? For many, it’s because they think of their air conditioner as being the same as their water heater, refrigerator, and washing machine. They think of it as a quiet, household appliance that works in the background without needing any attention. And for the most part that’s true, except that unlike other appliances, it does need some special TLC once a year.

It is estimated that an air conditioner loses about 5% of its efficiency every year it goes without a tune-up. This reduced efficiency can be felt in the temperature in your home. It can also be felt in your pocketbook, especially when your unit starts having to operate constantly to keep temperatures cool in your home. The longer the unit runs, the more electricity it burns, and the more your utility bill is each month.

And let’s not forget that when an appliance runs constantly, it is more prone to breakdowns and general wear and tear. A car that is low on oil and needs a new air filter will operate poorly, … Read More

Retirement Home Options at a Glance

Preparing your search of retirement homes

Whether you are searching with an assistant or doing the initial footwork by searching the internet for a retirement home, you’ll need to have an idea of the area you want to live in and more importantly, the type of retirement community that will suit you best.

Types of retirement communities

To add some clarity and help you in the decision making process, I’ve outlined a brief overview of the types of care available in Canada and more specifically, the levels of care commonly provided at retirement communities.

Active Retirement Communities

The active retirement community is also known as the active adult community, 55-plus living and resort community. They are usually age-exclusive from 55+, 60+ and sometimes 65+ but there are also communities that are not age restrictive. Active retirement communities may be gated with on-site security and sometimes health-care. The active retirement lifestyle appeals to baby-boomers and seniors moving into the early phase of retirement or semi-retirement and who are still very independent, wishing to retain control over most aspects of their lives.

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities are suited to individuals that require assistance with certain daily activities but are still able to live independently. Typical assisted living units range from private rooms to apartment style self-contained suites with private washroom and cooking facilities. There is usually a common dining room where residents can socialize and have meals together.

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What Makes Durable And Hard Wearing Bathroom Tiles?

You have tiled your bathroom floor and wall with quality bathroom tiles that are good looking and glossy. But do you know that your beautiful tiled floor is still prone to water and moisture attack. There are many tile manufacturers in the market and every company boasts of delivering high end product. Do you think that you should believe every word uttered by the companies to sell their products? Slabs no doubt enhance the beauty and strength of the floor and walls but they should be strong enough to withstand mild acids and heavy flow of water. In this article we will discuss the traits that make a product perfect for use in bathroom.

The real estate experts maintain that a good bathroom can add value to a home while a less hygienic bathing place will devalue a unit. Homeowners choose to use slabs on bathroom floors and walls for some reason and most of the times this reason is guided by beauty and not strength of the bathroom. There are many kinds of slabs available in the market but not all of them are perfect for use in the shower area. Bathroom tiles should be strong, non porous and slip resistant. These traits are common in almost every kind of slab. For bath area, we need a product exclusively made for bathrooms.

When searching for bathroom tiles, the first product that looks suitable is ceramic slabs. Made of clay and quartz and heated on high temperature, ceramic pieces are … Read More

7 Steps to an Odor-Free House Painting Procedure

House painting may seem like an easy task, but it is definitely not as easy as what you think. There are a lot of things that you need to consider, which is why hiring house painters is always recommended. However, if you still want to paint your house on your own, then reading this article will be of great help for you. I will be showing you some tips that will help you get rid of the after-smell that house painting brisbane may leave in your house.

Here are some of the things that you need to do in order to prevent you from suffering the after-smell:

Before you start painting your house, make sure that you empty the room, and keep it free from the furniture. This will help you prevent the odor from being trapped, and will make the whole process much easier for you.

Before you open the paint cans, make sure that all the windows in the room are thoroughly open. This ensures that the smell of the paint won’t be trapped in the room.

If you are using other types of paint except latex paints, then you might want to consider adding vanilla extract to your paint. This will help you reduce the concentration of the paint, and will make it easier for you to remove the smell after painting.

You may also want to place several bowls of onions around the room, because this will help you absorb the smell of the paint. Make … Read More