Important Facts and Ideas About Repair and Restoration

Adapting Your Home to Help a Child With a Visual Impairment

It can be very distressing for parents to learn that their new child has a visual impairment, especially if the impairment is likely to be severe or degenerative. It can be useful to make some home modifications so that people can have an independent as possible life and develop in a normal way.  Here are some tips on things you can do in the home to make sure that you have an environment that supports your child.  Colour coding If your child has even limited vision it can be useful to colour code their items in a certain way, such as giving them a colour that marks out their belongings. That way you can mark all of their items such as their room drawer, their towel, their bags and other favourite items in a colour that you don’t use in other locations around the house. This can help them start some day to day activities in an independent way. This can be very useful if they are also having some occupational therapy to help them learn some of these life skills.  Textured paths Another useful technique for navigating, especially if your child has degenerating or severe visual impairments, is to use textured paint or stick on panels to create paths around the home. This can include having one texture to lead them to the bathroom, one to lead them to mum and dad’s room and one to lead them to their own room. This means that they can easily move between rooms and navigate the house as they wish. High contrast Some modern decor can be very subtle with slight tonal shifts between grey stone benchtops and silver sinks for example. It can be useful to create a high visual contrast between the different areas so that people can easily navigate different areas. This can also include small details such as placing a high contrast drawer or cupboard liner in the kitchen cabinets to make it easier to find crockery, as well as choosing crockery that allows the child to see where the food is on the plate. Occupational therapy can help the child learn how to feed themselves which can allow them to have a higher degree of independence in their life. Making some simple modifications to your home can help a visually impaired child to easily navigate your home and perform day-to-day tasks. Occupational therapy along with home […]

Tips To Repair Scratches and Abrasions On Leather Upholstery

Although leather is a hardwearing upholstery material, it can be damaged by scratches and abrasions.  Severe damage should be dealt with and repaired by a professional leather upholstery repairer, but you can tackle minor damage yourself.  Here’s how to do it: Repairing scratches Fixing scratches on leather upholstery is pretty straightforward.  In the first instance, try placing a dab of olive oil on a soft, clean cloth and rubbing it into the scratched area.  Use circular buffing motions to work the oil into the scratches.  This method works by moisturising the edges of the scratched areas and helping to condition the leather, effectively smoothing over the damage and blending it in. If the damaged leather is a very dark brown colour, a good way of treating it is to use a neutral-coloured wax shoe polish.  Place a small amount of polish on a clean, soft cloth and apply it to the leather as described above, working it well into the scratches.  Then place a blob of saddle soap (available from tack shops) onto a clean, damp cloth and work it into the leather over the top of the polish. Before applying any substances to your leather upholstery, always test a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that any leather dye doesn’t run. Repairing abrasions Small abrasions can be removed quite easily, in many cases leaving no trace that they were ever there at all. Begin by spraying the abrasion with warm water.  Take a small piece of fine-grained sandpaper and gently sand the abraded area very lightly, until it feels completely smooth.  Wipe away the sanding dust with a soft cloth.  Now take a blob of olive oil on a clean cloth and apply it to the sanded area, working the oil well down into the leather.  Allow the leather to soak up the oil, and then repeat the exercise until the area is perfectly blended into the rest of the leather. In conclusion If your leather upholstery is damaged by fine scratches or small abrasions, you may be able to repair it by following the suggestions given above.  In the case of more serious damage, you may be best to ask an experienced upholstery repairer to tackle the problem for you. You can help to keep your leather furniture looking great by treating it regularly with leather dressing (available from DIY stores).  This can help to prevent the […]

4 Tips to Keep in Mind When Repairing a Leaking Shower Faucet

The sound made by dripping water when a shower tap is leaking can be very distracting. That leak can also cause your water bill to shoot up if the problem is not fixed quickly. This article discusses some helpful tips that you should keep in mind if you decide to repair that leak without the help of a professional. Don’t Over Tighten the Handle Many people instinctively crank the handle of the tap very hard when they notice that water is still dripping after they have turned the tap off. This tendency may also carry over when you attempt to fix the problem but water still drips from the tap. Avoid cranking the handle very hard. Cranking it with force may cause additional damage to internal components, such as seals and O-rings. Instead, disassemble the tap and try to observe whether there are damaged parts that you did not replace. Know Where to Shut Off the Water Supply Some homeowners put themselves under unnecessary pressure to complete the shower tap repair quickly. This is because they shut off the water at the water mains so that other occupants of the home cannot access any water until the repair is completed. You can avoid this pressure in two ways. First, choose a time of the day when most family members are away. In this way, you will not be in a rush to complete the repair quickly. Secondly, there may be a shut off valve behind the bathtub. Check for an access panel that can enable you to use this valve to shut off the water to the shower tap without affecting the water supply to rest of the house. Replace as Many Parts as You Can One component, such as a broken seal, may have caused your shower tap to start leaking. The natural thing to do would be to replace only that defective component. However, it may be advisable to replace as many tap components, such as O-rings and washers, as you can during that repair exercise. This is because most parts of that tap will start wearing out at approximately the same time. Replacing several components at a go will help you to stave off having to perform another repair on that same tap when another component fails shortly after you repaired the first component that caused the initial leak. Place Rags Underneath the Tap The shower floor […]

Choosing the Right Features for Roller Shutters for Your Home

Roller shutters are usually installed in the exterior of a home’s window, and they provide maximum protection against storms, hurricanes, and even potential break-ins. But not all roller shutters are alike, and you may need to choose between a wide variety of materials and styles when you’re ready to shop. To ensure you make the right choice for your home, note a few simple tips. 1. Security If you’re looking to add security against potential intruders, wood may not be the best material. This can often easily be splintered with a pry bar. Metal is typically better, but note if the shutters come with very flimsy fasteners between each slat. If so, they can often be pried open even if they’re made of metal. You’ll also want to ensure the roller shutters are installed with a snug-fitting track along the windows so that no potential intruder could slide a pry bar between the shutters and the window frame, easily bending the slats out of place or splintering the frame and gaining access to your home. 2. Safety While you may want roller shutters that are very secure, you also want to be mindful of the safety of those on the inside of the home. Look for a quick-release latch, especially for a child’s room, that immediately rolls the shutters up and out of the way. Some homeowners might also want a type of locking mechanism inside the home that keeps the shutters in place, but this too can be a danger if there is no way of easily unlocking and opening the shutters. If you opt for shutters that lock with a key, keep the key in the lock or nearby so they can be opened quickly in case of emergency.  3. Insulation Roller shutters often work well to insulate the home, but not all materials work as well as others. Metal might hold heat and make a space stuffy in summertime. Instead, look for plastic or vinyl with a foam insulation between two outer skins for maximum insulating properties. It’s also good to note any space or gap between the slats when the shutters are engaged, as these gaps can mean allowing in heat or cold air.  4. Quiet Metal shutters might create more sound in a windy area, whereas wood might be quieter. Choose shutters with a track that fits snugly in the window frame so that they […]

How to Easily Clean Vinyl Floors Using Things You Probably Already Have at Home

Vinyl floors certainly are durable, and it’s rather easy to keep their surface clean. Much of the time you don’t even need to use the vacuum cleaner, and a broom and dustpan will do the trick. Vinyl is annoyingly susceptible to scuff marks and light stains. It’s easier than you think to remove these scuff marks and light stains, and you might already have the tools you need. The Flannel Method Light stains can often be removed with a bit of simple elbow grease. Take a damp flannel and vigorously rub the mark. The tips of the fibres are often abrasive enough (when rubbed into the floor with sufficient force) to lift a light stain without the need for detergent. Rinse the flannel afterwards to prevent staining, and then wash it as you normally would. Not Just for Washing Dishes For stains and scuff marks that cannot be removed with this method you will need to look in your kitchen. Take a non-scratch scouring pad (the type commonly used to clean non-stick cookware) and run it under the tap. Add a tiny amount of dishwashing liquid and rub the stain. You must only use gentle pressure, as this should be more than enough. While a non-scratch scouring pad (as the name would suggest) is designed to clean without scratching, it’s still possible to scratch the vinyl if too much force is used. You should never use steel wool or another type of abrasive scourer. Just Like Magic If this method does not result in success, you might need to head to a hardware shop. Look for an erasing sponge designed for use on acrylic surfaces. These simply look like small, dense sponges. There is a non-abrasive solvent imbedded within the fibres of the sponge that are designed to lift stains without causing damage. There are a number of different types of erasing sponges available, so please ensure that you choose one designed for acrylic surfaces. A harsher erasing sponge can remove the finish from the vinyl and the discolouration is obvious. If you’ve never before tried to clean your vinyl floors using these common household items, you will be surprised at just how effective they can be. Of course, if you use kitchen cleaning items to clean your vinyl floors, you should discard them afterwards. You probably don’t want your cookware to be coated with the mess that can be […]

Three Simple Guidelines For DIY Home Carpet Cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential for your residential rugs and carpets. The process will eliminate trapped allergens like dust, pollen and even animal fur, and it will restore the original aesthetics of the floor covering. In ideal circumstances, you should engage a professional for the cleaning process. The experts have equipment and the skills required for fast and efficient cleansing. Unfortunately, the cost of cleaning can be high, so the service might be inconvenient if your budget is stringent. Here are some simple guidelines to help you perform DIY carpet cleaning at home. Acquire the Right Equipment You should choose the right equipment for the carpet cleaning work to avoid damage to the fibre and general appearance of the surface. Generally, you can rely on vacuuming between professional cleaning sessions. Your carpet can perform well with the light work as long as the only concern is dirt and grit. For improved results, use commercial carpet cleaning agents with the vacuum. Powder cleaners can be sprinkled over the carpet surface to loosen the dirt and soften the fibres before vacuuming. You can also use a carpet shampoo without special equipment. Basically, wash the carpet with water, shampoo and a brush, let it dry and then vacuum. If you are interested in more intense clean-up, you can hire steam or dry extraction carpet cleaners. However, the attached rental cost is high. Remove Stains Immediately You should always eliminate the stains and spots on your carpet surface as early as possible. The poured material is likely to set in more permanently into the fibres after it dries. If you have already left the stain for too long, you might require professional intervention for complete restoration. First, you should blot out the staining liquid with a dry towel. Spray some water to soften the stain if necessary. Then, take a spray bottle and mix some white vinegar, gentle detergent and water and apply on the carpet. This works for fresh common stains like tea, coffee and fruit juice. Blot the stain out, rinse and repeat as required. Different stain removal agents like bleach, alcohol and ammonia will work on other less common stains. Test Every Cleaning Agent Whether you are performing normal carpet cleaning with commercial shampoo or powder or using homemade stain remover, it is critical to test the agents before use. Some carpet fabrics are sensitive to acidic cleaners, bleaches and even detergents. […]

Industrial Process Piping: Selecting the Ideal Stainless Steel Tubing Grade

Industrial process piping networks are designed and constructed for long-term functionality. However, the system will eventually fail due to issues such as age, corrosion and even impact from external sources. If this is the case in your operation, you should consider replacing your piping network with stainless steel tubing. These are efficient for conveying diverse materials because the metal alloy is invulnerable to rusting. Moreover, the material is strong and can withstand mechanical stress and impact. On the other hand, selecting the right tubing for your application can be challenging since there are numerous stainless steel grades. Here is a description of the primary aspects that you should consider before purchasing the ideal tubing. Pressure Rating Stainless steel tubes are resilient, but the quality of their strength is not homogenous. Therefore, it is important to consider the pressure rating of the different products in the market before purchase. Basically, this property determines the amount of weight that the tube walls can support without distortion. You must consider the density of your industrial fluid and even the speed of the flow. For example, you will need a tube with higher pressure rating if you are handling chemical slurry as opposed to water. In addition, if the fluid is flowing fast, the walls have to be stronger because the motion will exert pressure on the walls. Temperature Resistance Temperature resistance is an important consideration if your new piping network is intended for handling hot or really cold fluids. In most cases, this is not a critical aspect because all forms of stainless steel are capable of withstanding exposure to diverse levels of heat. However, if heat is applied directly on the tubing or the fluid being conveyed is at any extreme temperature, the structural integrity of the pipe will be compromised gradually. For example, normal stainless steel that is alloyed using chromium will become brittle in low temperature and form scale when conveying hot fluids. However, a grade with nickel will maintain flexibility in cold, and if some manganese is also added, there will be minimal scaling. Corrosion Factors Finally, you should consider the possibility of corrosion and rusting of the stainless tubing after installation. Generally, standard stainless steel has chromium which prevents reaction with water and air and subsequent rusting. However, when the industrial fluid is saline or chemical, the material will still be subject to tarnish and wearing. You should […]

A DIY Guide to Repairing Your Rotten Wooden Window Frame

If you are looking for material for your window frames, wood or timber is among the best choices you have. This material will adhere well to external extremities since most wood species used are from natural forests. In addition, wood can add a touch of class to your home. However, one of the downsides you may experience with your wooden window frames is rot. Rotten wood is something you don’t want on your frame because it will affect the functionality of the frame as well as the outlook of your window. Fortunately, you can repair the rot on your own and restore the flair of your wooden window frame in your home. Start By Assessing the Degree of the Rot Inspecting the degree of damage or rot is important because it will enable you to identify the most appropriate course of action. It would be reasonable to repair small rots on your wooden window frame. However, rots that have affected a huge part of the frame should be best handled by simply replacing the frame rather than repairing the rots. Remove All the Rot Start by removing all the rotten materials. Before doing this, check carefully that there are no broken pieces of glass in order to prevent injuries when working. Gouge out the damaged part using a chisel and a hammer until the healthy parts of the wood are revealed. You will then have to clean the surfaces with a scrub and remove all the debris before moving to the next step. Apply Epoxy Wood Consolidant and Filler Application of an epoxy consolidant will strengthen the wood before you apply the epoxy filler. Therefore, apply epoxy wood consolidant thoroughly to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes for the wood to absorb it. You will then apply a second coat before you apply the filler. After the second coat is dry, place a good amount of epoxy wood filler onto the affected area. You can then mould it so that it conforms to the shape of your window frame. Press the filler firmly into place using a putty knife and then allow it to dry or cure for about a day. Tip: Before applying wood consolidant or filler, you can drill holes into the affected area using a drill bit. These holes will provide a secure hold of the filler onto the wood. Sand and […]

Best way to polish your pontoon to get a mirror finish

While it is not necessary to regularly polish your pontoons, nor will it make them more durable, many pontoon owners love nothing more than a nice, shiny pontoon. This adds to the overall appearance to the pontoon, even if half of it is hidden underneath the water. Having your pontoon polished and cleaned by a professional is great, but if you don’t have the money you can do it yourself. All you need is a few hours and a couple of pieces of equipment and you are ready to start polishing. Here is some advice on how to leave a mirror like finish on your pontoon. Preparation Before starting the polishing, you need to remove any excess algae or other foreign materials from the pontoon.  Failing to do this will make your pontoon look faded and will not polish well. This is especially true for those who store their pontoons in the water for long periods of time, allowing materials to build up. For saltwater pontoons, this builds up even quicker thanks to the salt deposits from the water. If you cannot see any build-ups then you can simply give it a power washing with water. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can simply wipe the surface with a wet cloth. Applying the cleaner While the cleaner solution won’t directly make the pontoon shiny, it is a vital step in the process that will help the polish stick for a long period of time. There are many different cleaners that have been designed specifically for pontoons.  It is easier to get a cleaner that is available in spray form as manually applying a cream or liquid will take a long time and won’t give a comprehensive cover. Make sure you don’t let the cleaner dry, but try to leave it sit for long enough that it can soak in. If you let it dry, there will be marks and deposits left on the pontoon. Spray off the cleaner with the pressure washer or wipe it by hand. Polishing There are different polishing products for pontoons so choose a reputable brand. The product will come with specific instructions as to how much water you need to mix with the product. Once again, it is preferable to spray on the solution to give a better cover. Apply it from the bottom up and let it sit for a few minutes. […]

When to Have Your Carpets Restored

If your home’s carpeting is dirty and dull and seems to smell bad, you may not need to have it replaced. In many cases you can have carpets restored or opt for other services that bring the carpets back to life and make them look like new. Note when it’s good to have carpets restored rather than simply cleaned or outright replaced and how a carpet restoration service can work for your home. 1. When there is a musty or mildew smell If your carpets seem to smell musty or have a mildew smell, this is often because water has seeped to the padding underneath the carpeting or the backing of the carpet. You can’t typically get this water up with just standard vacuuming or even with steam cleaning. Mildew then forms because of this moisture and the carpets start to smell bad. A carpet restoration will use a deeper cleaning method that removes any mould or mildew from the carpet backing and padding and that allows the shampoo or detergent to seep into these layers of the carpeting. After the shampoo is removed, the carpets smell good because the mildew is now gone. 2. When the carpet has lost its colour Cleaning your carpets can restore much of its colour, but after time the fibres may be so matted and dull that a standard steam or shampoo treatment doesn’t restore that original look. In these cases, a carpet restoration service can get more of the dirt out of the fibres so they look fresh and bright, and very often your carpet restoration professional can add a dye to the fibres after they’re clean. This will also help make the colour seem fresh. 3. When there are pet stains in the carpet It’s often good to schedule a carpet restoration service when there are pet stains in the carpet because this often means that the cause of the stain has seeped into the carpet padding. A simple shampoo usually isn’t enough to remove pet urine, vomit and faeces that may have seeped into those lower layers of the carpeting. This can mean that the stains never go away and also means that your carpeting is not very healthy for your family. A carpet restoration service will ensure a deep cleaning that removes every trace of the stains and everything that caused them. Note too that a carpet restoration service can […]