Archive for February 24, 2016

A blog about the lack of a blog.

“Please stand by, we will return to your regularly scheduled blogging shortly”

Oh the joys of being the Web Administrator and IT goto person. Generally, my days are planned out in advance and I and everyone else knows what is on the table for today, …generally. However a few days ago, one of our major trading partners decided to throw a spanner in the works, well I say spanner, the entire tool chest came with it and has completely derailed my carefully laid out schedule (I had colours and everything!!)

It appears that our trading partner who shall remain nameless but rhymes with Bidet, decided to change their policy on what information must now be displayed on a product listing and retroactively applied the new rules and then decided to tell us about it. What that now means is that I have until the end of the month to correct over 2600 product listings.

Looks like i’m going to be pulling some serious overtime, what this also means is that my sole focus is on this for a few days, so blogs will have to take a back seat, but don’t worry, I plan to get back on track next week.

Until then, see you all on the other side.

Protect Your Colours – Woolite Extra Dark Protection.

Washing dark clothes is always a bit of a gamble, is this the wash that your favourite coloured top begins to fade and lose its vibrancy? or do you need to revive the colour in a woolen that has seen better days but still loved?

Good laundry liquid that takes care of your dark and coloured clothes can be hard to come by and when you do find the perfect one, it can be hard to keep a regular supply. Well our friends over at Woolite have got you covered. Already the market leader for their Delicate Care liquid, they have applied their expertise to dark colours as well.

Presenting Woolite Extra Dark Protection specially formulated to prevent colour fade and even revives tired colours with its unique “colour boost” technology.

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If, like a lot of us, you like wearing coloured articles of clothing (no one likes to be Mr. Grey or Mrs. Beige), you want to protect them for as long as possible, a bottle (or two, just click the link above) of Woolite Extra Dark Protection will see you dont fade to grey.

Homecare Essentials Gets Gold For A Third Consecutive Year.

We are extremely proud to announce that for the third consecutive year, Feefo, The Global Feedback Engine, have awarded us the Gold Trusted Merchant Accreditation for 2016.

This is awarded to merchants who have achieved a customer feedback score of 95% or above for the whole of 2015.

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We are very passionate about our service to our customers and we strive to provide a 1st class service to everyone which is why this accolade means so much to us because it was your feedback that made this possible for a third year runningFeefo-letter

 

 

 

 

 

It was because of you that 2015 was a record breaking year for us and it is because of you that we have been awarded this accreditation. To each and every one of you, THANK YOU.

 
The Homecare Essentials Team.

Photograph Showcase Number 3.

Welcome to our Monthly Photograph Showcase. A slight variation this month as this picture incorporates both December and January as the best selling products were the same. This time we are showcasing our number 2 best selling item, (purely because the number 1 is just a refill bag of moisture trap crystals and doesn’t look at all interesting in a photo).

Once again, Mike has done an outstanding job with the subject matter and as always you can check out his other work and book him for a job HERE

So let me present Barkeepers Friend Bundle Pack, taken on the shores of a local lake.

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How to Clean a Dirty Headstone or Gravestone with Ease

*The before and after photographs are 100% genuine. The images have only been manipulated to remove the background and to obscure the identity of the deceased.*

A large amount of us spend a lot of money on the passing of a loved one. Some of the costs you can’t avoid and others are because we want a tangible reminder of the person once they are gone. A burial plot and a headstone in the local cemetery are the usual methods to accomplish this.

Headstones are usually constructed from Marble or Granite and whilst they serve as the perfect memorial to your departed loved one, they do degrade over time because of weathering. Virtually all objects, if left exposed to the natural elements will weather and degrade and headstones are a prime example of this.

Take a walk through any churchyard or cemetery and you can easily tell the older headstones from the younger ones. Even young headstones can quickly become discoloured and illegible due to weathering. However all is not lost and you can return your loved one’s memorial to an almost pristine state, simply and cheaply with this. (Click Below ↓ )

HG Headstone Cleaning Spray.

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HG Hagesan Headstone Cleaning Spray removes thoroughly and effortlessly dirt, bird droppings, and other heavy soiling from natural stone and marble headstones and statues. HG Headstone Cleaning Spray is also suitable for use on plasterwork and masonry.

Now, we don’t expect you to take our word for it. A few days ago, a customer came to us for advice on restoring their relatives headstones in the local area, they purchased the headstone cleaning spray on our recommendation and kindly agreed to take photos.

 

 

The first three photos, the headstones were erected in the 1980’s.

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The next photo, the headstone was erected in 1939 and was completely illegible from 6 feet away.

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None of these headstones have been professionally restored or cleaned, these were done just using HG Headstone Cleaning Spray and a tiny bit of elbow grease.

Having the headstone professionally cleaned can cost upwards of £150 depending on the size and replacing the stone outright can be more.

*photos reproduced with permission*

Top Of The Shop – January

Welcome to our monthly Top 10, our best selling products for January.

5 new entries and 3 non movers! let’s have a look.

*cue Led Zeppelin – A Whole lotta Love*

Our first new entry at Nº10 – Pure Spa Whirlpool Sanitizer Tablets.

Our second new entry is at Nº9 – Professional 500ml Granite / Marble Cleaning Spray.

The third new entry, in at Nº8 – Unibond Aero 360º Pure.

Also a new entry at Nº7Kontrol Drip Strip 3m.

Staying put at Nº6Sticky Stuff Remover Gel Spray.

The highest new entry at Nº5Original Bar Keepers Friend Powder 250g.

Down 1 place to Nº4HG Window Cleaner.

Up 1 place to Nº3Inspired Mattress Stain Remover 300ml

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No change for another month.

At Nº2Original Bar Keepers Friend Bundle Pack.

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And still our Nº1Kilrock Moisture Absorber Crystals 500g.

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That’s it for another month, can Kilrock stay on top or will the promise of milder weather unseat our reigning champ? Stay tuned.

Damp And How To Deal With It – Part 2 – Mould

The silent killer, well probably not if you are reasonably healthy, but mould if left untreated can make you very, very ill and if you already suffer from respiratory problems will make them worse, a lot worse.

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The picture shows what happens if you leave damp untreated, the black and grey discolourations are mould clusters, they attract house and dust mites who feed on the mould and also release microscopic spores that permeate the air and enter your lungs when you breathe. Do you ever get a tight chest when being in a room for a while? if you do then chances are there is mould growing somewhere in there. While a hazard to your health as well as being disgusting to look at, it can be treated and eradicated relatively easily and fairly inexpensively too (unless the problem is too advanced in which case a professional removal service would be required and that can be pricey).

The first mould you would probably notice is in the bathroom or kitchen tile grout, little black spots or discolourations against the grout. A simple spray with a fungicidal mould remover like HG Mould Spray and wipe down afterward, will take care of that and prevent it from returning.

For much larger patches on walls or ceilings for instance then it is a bit more involved.

Firstly, you are going to need fungicidal wash, use this to wash down the affected area and surrounding walls after first removing any wallpaper or paint (make sure the room is well ventilated and use a painters mask to avoid inhaling the mould spores when you remove the wallpaper or paint). The wash will kill any mould in the plaster surface and prevent new cultures from growing.

If you are repainting the previously affected area, then you can get specially treated fungicidal paint that prevents the mould from regrowing or for a more inexpensive option, you can get a paint additive that mixes with normal paint for the same result.

for wallpaper, you will need to purchase fungicidal wallpaper paste to use to prevent a recurrence.

Obviously the best course of action is to not allow mould to grow in the first place by controlling the damp in your home where possible, but if you do find yourself with a funny discolouration in the corner of the room or on the window lintel, then hopefully you have gotten to it in time and can make use of one of these anti -mould products before the pennies start to rack up.

Damp And How To Deal With It – Part 1 – Condensation

The main cause of damp in most peoples homes is actually caused by us just living there, condensation.

Kitchens and bathrooms are where condensation is the most obvious but it can occur in any room in the house. This time of year (Winter) is the worst for it.

Time for the science bit. Condensation is formed when the atmosphere containing water vapour (all of it normally) comes into contact with a cooler surface and is cooled to the point where it cannot hold the water vapour in suspension. The water vapour “condenses” into droplets and adhere to the cooler surface. (Rain works on the same principle just many many times bigger)

So when the air in the room is warmed by our bodies, it is drawn to the cooler surfaces like the windows and exterior walls and condensation forms. On windows it is obvious when this happens, they mist up, on walls it is much harder to detect and can over time seep into the plaster and brickwork if left alone.

There are a number of ways to deal with condensation, one option is to increase the heating in the home, make sure all the radiators are on in all the rooms, even the ones that are not used constantly, the best way to keep rooms warm enough to avoid condensation is to keep low background heating on all day, even when there is no one at home. This is very important in flats and bungalows and other dwellings where the bedrooms are not above a warm living room. Otherwise install suitable thermostatically controlled heaters where necessary (do not use paraffin or flueless bottled gas heaters for this purpose). The thermostats will help control heating and costs.

Remember to provide background ventilation at the same time. Dehumidifiers will help dry out damp in newly built houses. They can also help reduce condensation but they are of limited use in cold damp rooms.

Another option is to make use of moisture absorption products. The majority of these make use of moisture absorbing granules and are small enough that they can be placed in troublesome areas like window sills without being intrusive and work constantly while the granules are viable. The biggest advantage they have is that they are inexpensive and can generally be refilled once they have reached saturation and are portable.

We stock a large variety of moisture control products and their associated refills, Click HERE to be taken to the product page where you will find the right one for you.

Other options include:

Produce less moisture:

Cover pans
Dry clothes outdoors
Vent your tumble dryer to the outside
Avoid using paraffin or flueless bottled gas heaters

Ventilate to remove moisture:
Ventilate all the time, especially when someone is in
Increase ventilation of the kitchen and bathroom when in use and shut the door
Ventilate cupboards, wardrobes and blocked chimneys

Insulate and draughtproof:
insulate the loft
draughtproof windows and external doors
consider cavity insulation
consider secondary glazing
find out if you are eligible for a grant or other help

BT Outage

As you maybe aware, BT Broadband was out of action for the majority of the day and unfortunately this outage affected us as well.

We were unable to process any orders or answer emails from around 1pm this afternoon until close of business.

We have been notified our connection has been re-established and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Homecare Essentials Team.

 

 

Damp And How To Deal With It – Prologue

Damp. It’s such an innocuous little word, it means “Slightly wet” nothing wrong with that, “her hair was damp after the shower”, “the clothes were still damp when hung on the washing line to dry”. Context is key. The word has a very different connotation when you use it like this “the walls of the living room were damp and cold”, “you could plainly see the stains left by the damp in the wallpaper”. Not nice.

Damp is one of the most serious problems you can have in a home, often times it lurks unseen and usually by the time it shows itself, it’s too late and the repair bill can run to thousands of pounds. There is also another problem that arises from damp and that is mould. If left untreated, it can, in extreme cases, kill. Mould projects microscopic spores that are breathed in and lodge on the mucus linings of the lungs and can lead to respiratory problems like Asthma.

Over the next few posts, I am going to outline some ways to identify and treat damp and mould that are inexpensive and can be done by yourself.

To get started, we have a government issued leaflet that you can download free from a dedicated section of our website devoted to damp and it’s treatment (Click Here For the leaflet), it offers helpful tips and advice.