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Dog Owners Rejoice. Say Hello To The Barkbath

While we are still waiting for our new website to be completed, our blogging schedule has curtailed mainly because we cannot add any new products to show to you. While I was trawling our usual websites to find an interesting item to blog to you about, I came across this and thought I had to share it with you all.

Bissell, the company that make carpet cleaners and steam cleaners have come up with, quite frankly such a brilliant idea, I am surprised it has not been thought of before.

It is called The Barkbath

It is a portable gadget that falls somewhere between a shower and a carpet shampooer and is used to clean your dog, I kid you not! Take a look at the video below.

 

Anyone who has had to tackle a reluctant pooch into a bathtub or tried to stop a wet and soapy hound from shaking himself all over the bathroom can attest to the probable joy this invention will bring, We have a Bernese Mountain Dog and when he gets wet, we all get wet.

Despite being around for years and being very well established, Bissell have crowdfunded the development of the Barkbath, presumably to see if enough interest was out there, It is their first crowdfunded project, and has already made more than double its $50k (about £40,000) goal.

Unfortunately at the moment it is only available to to Indiegogo backers in the US and has about a month left to run and is expected to go into production around June this year. Doubtless it will quickly find it’s way onto our shores soon afterward and I for one will definitely be buying a Barkbath.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Whether you hail from the the Emerald Isle or have a touch of the Irish in your family ancestry, We at Homecare Essentials, Join you in raising a glass and proclaiming.

“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!”

“Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”

 

 

Who was St. Patrick?

With the aid of the History Channel, allow me to cut through the “Blarney” surrounding the myth of the man.

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all of his prevalence in culture, namely the holiday held on the day of his death that bears his name, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice—which he believed to be God’s—spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation—an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than 15 years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission: to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)

Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. Although there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick arrived, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. The Irish culture centered around a rich tradition of oral legend and myth. When this is considered, it is no surprise that the story of Patrick’s life became exaggerated over the centuries—spinning exciting tales to remember history has always been a part of the Irish way of life.

Above Courtesy of History.com

Top Of The Shop – September

It’s that time again, where we take a look at our Top 10 best sellers from the previous month. With Autumn firmly entrenched and Winter’s frosty fingers just over the horizon, it’s all change with 6 new entries. Let’s take a look see.

*Cue Led Zeppelin – A Whole Lotta Love*

New in at N°10HG Rapid Stainless Steel Cleaner.

Also new at N°9 – Kilrock Damp Clear 1kg (500g x 2 Refill Sachets).

Up 2 at N°8 – Pure-Spa Whirlpool Spa Bath Sanitiser Tablets.

A surprise new entry at N°7 – Cholula Original Hot Sauce 150ml.

Up 2 places to N°6 – Aristowax Non-Silicone Wood Silk Furniture Polish 250ml.

Our biggest climber, up 3 to N°5 – No More Spiders Spider Repellent Spray.

Another new entry at N°4 – Rentokil Insectrol Insect Killer Spray 250ml.

New at N°3 – HG Mould Spray.

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Up 1 place to N°2 – HG Window Cleaner.

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A  brand new N°1 – HG Sticker Remover.

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That is it for another month. Interestingly, looking back to September last year, the top 2 are exactly the same just reversed, maybe it is a seasonal thing for September. We will have to wait and see.

Until next month, Bye Bye.

 

Don’t Be A Damp Squib This Winter.

Late September, the days are noticeably cooler and the nights are pulling in rapidly and many of you (myself included) have probably reached for the central heating already to check all is well before the weather turns more inclement and to avoid any costly emergency call outs at -5°C.

While you are “testing” the central heating, it is also a good time to closely inspect the walls for signs of damp and to check the exterior damp course is clear of soil and visible. The most destructive type of damp happens when the damp course on the house has been covered allowing moisture to permeate from the outside and effectively rot the brickwork from the inside out. During the warmer periods when the heating is off, the action that draws the moisture into the brickwork is reduced, but come winter and the heating is on full blast, the temperature and humidity disparity can make the brickwork act like a sponge and suck up large amounts of water.

Weathering can also contribute to damp problems, rain on the exterior brickwork driven by wind can also force its way inside the brick and that can happen at any point on the walls surface not just at ground level. If you find that this is happening then you will need to waterproof the brickwork.

Damp proofing can be costly, the average cost to damp proof is around £2500 and that may or may not include labour charges and it is also very messy and may require you to vacate your home while the work is being carried out as the interior plaster may need to be removed to allow access to the interior brickwork.

Fortunately there are less expensive options if you feel up to tackling the job yourself.

The Wykamol Group produce quality damp treatments used by professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. For well over 70 years the Wykamol name has been synonymous as the market leader in the field of property renovation and repair. CLICK HERE to visit their website where you can find extensive information to help you combat damp.

If you just want to give your exterior walls a basic water repellency that allows the surfaces to “breathe” We recommend Wykamol Enviroseal Water Repellent. Based on a solvent free silicone/ siloxane emulsion for use above ground on porous brickwork, cement renderings, asbestos, cement/mineral boards, unglazed tiles, cast concrete, roughcast, stonework (including calcareous materials, i.e. those containing limestone), wood, canvas and leather. Surfaces treated with Enviroseal remain permeable to vapour so that moisture within the structure does not remain trapped.

For a more complete seal against moisture, we recommend Wykamol Dry Seal Waterproofing Cream. Dryseal has been formulated to penetrate as deeply as possible into porous masonry substrates and this provides optimal protection against the absorption of water and pollutants as well as frost/salt damage. To show how effective Dryseal is at preventing moisture from penetrating brickwork, here is a video showing it in action.

 

If it appears that the damp is being caused by moisture breaching the damp course or you find that your damp course has failed over the years then you will need to renew it eventually but in the short term then you can not better Wykamol’s Ultracure Damp Proof Kit. Containing everything you need to provide a safe new chemical damp proof course. Requires no specialist equipment and quick DPC injection.
Non-hazardous active ingredients migrate through the bed joints to form an effective damp proof course. The video below shows how it works.

To view and purchase our range of Wykamol products CLICK HERE.

When it comes to damp in the home, prevention can be easier to deal with than cure and certainly less costly in the long run, so take the time now before the really cold and damp weather set in and maybe prevent any nasty surprises later.

 

*all videos have been used with permission. © retained to their respective owners.*

Top Of The Shop – August

Welcome to our monthly countdown of the top 10 best sellers from the previous month. Well summer is officially over and today Sept 1st is the official first day of Autumn. Did the summer end with a bang or a whimper? let’s find out.

Cue *Led Zeppelin – A whole Lotta Love*

Our first new entry at N°10Pure Spa Whirlpool Bath Sanitiser Tablets.

Also new in at N°9Aristowax Wood Silk Lavender Wax Polish.

Another new entry at N°8No More Spiders Spider Repellent Spray.

New in at N°7Laundry Master Metallised Ironing Board Cover XS.

Also a new entry at N°6Windolene Original Cream.

A non mover at N°5Pure Spa Hot Tub Surface Cleaner.

Down 2 places to N°4Original Bar Keepers Friend Bundle Pack.

Also down 2 to N°3HG Hagesan Window Cleaner.

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Another new entry at N°2 – Astonish Pro Multi Use Cleaning Paste.

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Our new N°1 – Supafix Felt Guard Protector Pads Pack of 27

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A new champ reigns supreme. What will Autumn hold? will it be all change again?. Find out next time.

Special Offer!! Revitalise Your Outdoor Wooden Garden Furniture And Decking.

While we have a few days where the weather tries to trick you into thinking that summer has finally arrived, there is no better time to finally show some TLC to that tired old wooden sun lounger or patio table and chair set or that expensive wooden decking that take the brunt of our weather 300+ days a year.

We have partnered with Bartoline to bring you the best deal on their Teak Oil you are ever likely to see online.

Bartoline Limited, a privately owned family business first established in 1876 is the leading UK manufacturer of pre-packed solvents, woodcare products, fillers, wallcovering adhesives and many other products associated with the home improvement industry.

We have squeezed a few pennies out of them to allow us to give you 5 Litres of Bartoline Teak Oil for £ 9.95 (Excl shipping).

That’s not a typo, it really is £9.95 for 5 litres. That is a massive saving of £3.97 per container over the regular price which was already pretty low to start with.

Now, we can only sustain this offer for a limited time. Come September 1st, the price reverts back to it’s usual £13.92 so act fast, the stock could disappear faster than the sun.

A liberal application of Bartoline Teak Oil, will revitalise the look of tired and weathered outdoor wooden furniture or decking and make it look as though it had just been purchased and also help protect it from the sun.

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Top Of The Shop – June

Welcome to our monthly top 10 best sellers from the previous month. While we all wait with baited breath for the summer sun to make an appearance, lets take a look at what was selling big last month.

*cue Led Zeppelin – A whole lotta Love*

Our first new entry at Nº10Pure Spa Whirlpool Sanitiser Tablets

Also New at Nº9KIlrock Meltaway Fridge De-Icer.

Down 1 place to Nº8Pure Spa Hot Tub Surface Cleaner.

Also down 1 place at N°7Cat and Dog Repellent Crystals 600g.

Up 2 places to N°6Inspired Mattress Stain Remover.

Down 4 to N°5HG Hagesan Window Cleaner 500ml.

New in at N°4Aristowax Wood Silk Lavender Wax Polish.

Our penultimate new entry at N°3Chemico The Pink Stuff.

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Up 2 places to N°2Original Barkeepers Friend Bundle Pack.

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This means we have a new N°1HG Hagesan Sticker Remover.

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That’s it for another month, a new product reigns at the top. As we move deeper into summer, what lays in store? stay tuned to find out.

See you next time.

Novinophobia – We can help you cure this dreadful affliction.

It would not be surprising if you have never heard of this particular phobia, it is not vocalised often.

In recognition of the millions of silent sufferers, we are doing our bit to help you manage this affliction.

Normally you would have to place an order with us to receive the details for this treatment in the form of a voucher, but today I have permission to just tell you.

Sufferers of Novinophobia (lit.. The fear of running out of wine.) we have teamed up with a premier online Wine Merchant. Naked Wines.

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Just go to www.nakedwines.com/homecare or click here,

Enter the following Code: HMCR16

Enter the following Password: ASP32XYN

Followed by your email address and claim £60.00 off your first order of £99.99 or more.

Now £99.99 sounds like a lot for wine but that is for a case of 12 bottles and with the £60.00 discount that is £39.99 for 12 bottles or £3.33 each.

Novinophobia sufferers can relax now, you make sure you are always fully stocked and never have to succumb to Novinophobia again.

*Disclaimer – Novinophobia is NOT a real condition and comes from the Urban Dictionary. Please drink responsibly.*

A Word From Our Customers.

Most of us take cleaning the house for granted, just a chore that we have to endure to avoid mice and bugs and things and also because who doesn’t want a clean place to live.

For some though, cleaning the house can be dangerous to their health. A lot of off the shelf cleaning products have caustic ingredients (that’s why they are good at cleaning) and these ingredients give off vapours that if you suffer from any sort of respiratory problems could have dire consequences.

Some companies now have alternative cleaners that help to alleviate these problems, Method being one such company.

Posted below is a genuine feedback, left by a customer on 21st June.

I suffer with asthma and cleaning products trigger this off. I have been finding the usual branded name cleaning products more and more intolerable to use. They left my chest tight and wheezy after a deep clean. I researched the internet and found out that its the high “voc”levels and all the nasty toxic ingredients that left me short of breath. So I looked for some cleaning products that have low doses of these. Homecare essentials stock products by Method, so I ordered a shower spray, kitchen cleaner and multi purpose cleaner. Not only are these products fantastic! ( better cleaning power than my usual) but I no longer need to reach for my inhaler. I have now given my old products away and will be replacing them with products by Method. Honestly if sprays trigger your asthma, try them. I no longer dread cleaning day ( well, yes I do, I hate cleaning) but I no longer suffer because of it. They also smell divine and are so gentle, you don’t need rubber gloves either.”  – Dean Grayson.

Thank you Dean for the feedback. Just knowing we have made a small difference in a persons life certainly gives me the “warm and fuzzies” and thanks to Dean, we can now advise other customers with similar issues to try the → METHOD ← range of cleaning and washing products, all natural ingredients and hypoallergenic.

No Matter How Expensive It Still Needs Cleaning!

Despite the fact, that we are a fairly small internet retailer, we do ship around 12,000-14,000 orders a month. As well as shipping to all parts of the UK and it’s extremities, we do have a few European customers, so normally we don’t bat an eyelid when we get an order to go to the South of France.

An order placed a few days ago however, did stand out.

It was a fairly substantial order of various household cleaning products, nothing unusual about that. What was unusual was the shipping address, it was a Yacht.

A Yacht moored at Cannes at the moment, the name of the Yacht, is The Eclipse, it is a very large and very very expensive Yacht. The 2nd largest Yacht in the world in fact.

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A thing of true beauty but it still needs cleaning I guess and because of the type of fixtures and materials on board, only natural cleaners like those produced by HG Hagesan and Ecover can be used without damaging any of the surfaces.

We were delighted to have been chosen to help!