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How To Look After & Maintain You Oak Or Hardwood Flooring Once Down

Lacquered floors

Prevention:

Place doormats inside and outside the front door to stop dirt and grit being walked in, which can cause
considerable wear.
Put protective pads on furniture (not metal feet, which mark wood floors) to avoid unnecessary marks and scratches on the floor.
If you have a pre-lacquered floor in rooms where you know water is frequently spilled, we recommend that you lacquer the floor again after laying. This helps to seal the joints between the boards and gives better protection against water.

Cleaning:

For daily cleaning, use dry methods such as vacuuming. When necessary, damp-clean the floor with a well wrung-out mop/floor cloth, the floor must only become slightly damp. The film of water formed in this way must dry within one minute.

For the best cleaning results ensure that your floor cleaner is pH-neutral (maximum pH 8). Do not allow spilt water to be left on the floor, particularly on Beech and Hard Maple floors, which are particularly susceptible to moisture. The frequency of damp-cleaning depends on how much the floor is used and how soiled it gets.

Eventually over time (possibly as long as 30+ years) your floor will show signs of wear and will start to look lifeless. It is at this stage that a lacquered floor will need to be sanded and re-finished, please consult an expert regarding this.

Wax Oiled Floors:

Prevention:

Place doormats inside and outside the front door to stop dirt and grit being walked in, which can cause considerable wear.

Put protective pads on furniture (not metal feet, which mark wood floors) to avoid unnecessary marks and scratches on the floor.

If you have a pre-oiled floor in rooms where you know water is frequently spilled we recommend that the floor be treated with an extra coat of Osmo Polyx Oil after laying. This helps to seal the joints between the boards and gives better protection against water.

Cleaning:

For daily cleaning, use dry methods such as vacuuming. To remove stains the floor can also be mopped with a well wrung-out mop/floor cloth, the floor must only become slightly damp. If done regularly adding Osmo Wash and Care to the water will help to clean and maintain your floor.

Stubborn stains can be removed using Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner, just apply to the floor using a cloth.
If the floor starts to look a bit lifeless after a while revitalise it using Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner. This can also be applied to specific areas (i.e. near doorways and in the main thoroughfares) without the need to do the whole floor. Apply the Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner neat but very thinly to the clean floor
with a lint-free cloth and then polish.

For particularly defined wear marks the floor should be given a new treatment of Osmo Polyx Oil, again this can be applied to only specific areas if
necessary.

Laminate Flooring Suppliers For Parquet And High Gloss Laminate Flooring

Whether you are looking for a local or a national supplier of laminate flooring, Sunspeed Flooring is your first choice in quality, reliability and durability of the product. Till today Sunspeed Flooring as one of the largest laminate flooring suppliers , we have sold floors to more Than 36 countries around the world. Because Sunspeed Flooring can offer a extensive range products to our customers, including an endless selection of colors and a variety of thicknesses in 7mm,8mm,10mm,12mm,Square edge and V groove,4 click systems and different compositions and finishes to give you your desired look and feel.

Compared with other laminate flooring suppliers, Sunspeed Flooring has his special advantages which is reflected in the aspect of the quality control. Till now Sunspeed Flooring has passed ISO9001, ISO14001 and CE certificates. As the most modern laminate flooring suppliers, Sunspeed Flooring also has his own laboratory and QC Team to make sure each plank of Sunspeed Flooring perfect in each aspects of quality. Especially, our QC team will control the production process with skilled and experienced engineers to guarantee every plank with excellent quality.Thanks to the consistent high stable quality of products, the critical element to expand our business, Sunspeed Flooring got a rapid development during its first decade.

Now laminate flooring suppliers all are struggling to offer anything truly different. As professional OEM laminate flooring supplier we also strive to offer the most new, modern and various designs to our customers.

And we are happy to find that the parquet laminate flooring is becoming increasingly popular around the world in recently, especially with the customers of Eastern Europe. Because parquet laminate flooring options available in laminate tiles for a beautiful 18th century style, which is sure to be an original choice. Close to the nature, touch the softness of your heart, meanwhile parquet laminate flooring is much cheaper than parquet floor. So now parquet laminate flooring is best sale for Russia and Uzbekistan some countries. If you still haven’t acquired laminate floor tiles for your supplies we strongly recommend you do as they are fast growing in popularity.

In order to offer more parquet laminate flooring options, we are continuing in new designs, so welcome to send us email for getting more new designs of parquet laminate flooring.

Compared with parquet laminate flooring, high gloss laminate flooring is another classic and popular product of Sunspeed Flooring.High gloss laminate flooring is one type of gloss laminate flooring,it is more shinier than gloss laminate flooring is also very similar to piano surface.Many customers choose high gloss laminate floor as their surface type not only because of its high shine but also for its smooth surface, which makes daily housework easy. And the high shine of glossy laminate flooring could make the home looks bright and clean.

Landscaping Can Help You Make Your Garden More Beautiful

Landscaping is an art (as well as science) that deals with the intentional modification of the landscape including changing the flora, changes to the man built structures, terrain or the lighting effect to make it look more attractive. A person who is an expert in this field should know how to blend his artificial setting with that of the natural surroundings. A perfectly done job of landscaping can make your surrounding look more beautiful. Since a perfect landscaping comes with years of training and experience, it is very difficult to do it yourself, especially if we have a big place to take care of. We need the services of an external agency.

If you are a resident of Miami, there are plenty of contractors that offer landscaping, tree trimming or the maintenance of your lawn. Miami landscaping services involves lawn maintenance, lighting, irrigation, tree trimming, painting, making pavements, pest control etc. All the companies have their own professional designer to take care of your needs and offer highest quality of service. Do you have a tree that has over grown and obstructing your view? Do not worry Miami tree trimming services are there for you. They undertake the pruning operation of your trees. Apart from this they also give injection for disease preventions and fertilization of the trees. Are you too much worried about your big lawn and how to maintain it? Miami contractors also specialize in turf management. Most of the contractors have been established in business for over 30 years that you can rely on them to do a perfect job. We may think that during the cooler months the lawn does not need much maintenance. Even if the grass grows slower these times, it is important to cut them periodically. Leave it to the Miami lawn maintenance contractors. They even know what time to water the lawn so that the grass does not get burnt out by the suns heat and the droplet, which act as a lens.

Since most of the problems of maintenance arise from improper irrigation, as part of the services, they also provide installation of irrigation system for your lawn or the trees. The staffs are adequately numbered so as to cater to both the Residential and commercial landscaping and they are able to do so without any delay in the initiation of the process. So, seek the help of these people to make your lawn look better or have a beautiful landscaping done for you. After all, the beauty of your house does not stop with the front door!

Charlotte Country Club Living In Providence And Piper Glen Country Clubs Of Nc

In this article, were going to have a look at not one, but two of Charlottes finest country clubs. These are set inside a ten minute drive of one another, and they are in the south side of Charlotte, NC. The country clubs we’re going to explore are Providence Country Club, and The Piper Glen Country Club. We will start out with the Providence Country Club.

Providence Country Club began in 1989. It is famous for its spacious yards and magnificent properties. The Providence Country Clubhouse is a grand structure of Georgian style, offering personal conference rooms, the Carolina Ballroom, dining room, lounge, fitness center and Pro Shops for Tennis and Golf fanatics. This is a very dynamic organization with the help of pros and clinics readily available for golf, tennis and swimming-instructing the novice athlete to the highly skilled sportsman.

Club membership includes the Dan Maples 18 hole golf course, 12 clay tennis courts, and three swimming pools: an impressive 10 lane competition pool; Junior Olympic pool and wading pool. Nearby, the handy Turn House Grill offers a variety of food and snacks. Property owners aren’t forced to be a part of the Providence Country Club, yet those that do not, still pay HOA fees of about $450 per year. Social gatherings inside the neighborhood include things like the 4th of July Fireworks; Music on the Lawn, along with a variety of sports oriented camps and pool parties.

Providence Country Club households can be found in a large selection of models and pricing. There is a mixture of single family homes, semi-custom homes and custom homes in the neighborhood with prices that vary from $400,000 to $1M.

By comparison, youll discover quite a few divine homes throughout the Piper Glen Country Club. Gorgeous custom homes sculpted into the rolling terrain. This is home to the TPC at Piper Glen. The magnificent 35,000 square ft clubhouse sits high upon one of many hillsides overlooking the course and lakes. The club house has both casual and fine dining rooms, in addition to banquet and exclusive meeting spaces. Full service locker rooms along with club storage are on site. Plus, it has an award winning Golf Shop. Piper Glen features eight lighted clay tennis courts, and a Junior Olympic sized swimming pool.

The estate sized homes provide an average square footage of 4500-5500 and an average price of $1.5 Million. The full range of homes is noticeably different with an average living area between 3000 to 9000 sq. ft and prices going up to just under $4 Million.

If this is more home than you want to handle, but you love the country club approach to life displayed here, then, by all means, have a look at these pocket communities to be found within Piper Glen:

The Ninth at Piper Glen provides three level townhomes brimming with style, some looking over the greens and the clubhouse. The measurements for the townhouses in here will average between 2000 and 2400 sq ft and prices around $300K.

Greenhurst at Piper Glen delivers full brick one level homes with average heated living area of 1200 to 1500 sq ft; with prices which range from $200K to $250K. The home-owner association dues in this area covers trash, water/sewer, insurance, lawn and landscape maintenance, the upkeep of the community common areas, swimming pool, clubhouse, plus an exercise room. It is a gated community with 24/7 security services.

Carriage Homes at Keswick in Piper Glen have attractive townhouses with average heated living area is between 3,000-4,500 square feet with prices which will vary from $350K-$450K; within walking distance of The Shoppes at Piper Glen. These are hardly ever available for sale.

The Greens at Piper Glen provide high quality homes on sleek and stylish lots, with, lawn care including grass mowing, given by the HOA. Your common living space is between 3000 and 4000 sq. ft, many with master suites on the main level. Home prices will cover anything from $400,000 to $600,000. This is also a secure gated community within Piper Glen.

This area in south Charlotte has more shopping then you can imagine. You’ll have access to several shopping centers featuring stores like Target, fantastic restaurants, sports cafes, fitness centers, financial institutions, grocers, movies etc.

There are also a number of other golf courses in the area, which we will be highlighting along the way. Charlotte NC is a golfing region due to the fine weather it so often has along with its beautiful terrain.

Setting The Defining Standards Of Luxury Pranayam By Puri

Defining luxury is not easy since it is a relative term. For this reason, it is not possible to delineate the parameters of luxury in a residential project. But, still you, you would hear and read people saying and writing about the luxury apartments. This means that there are some special features which are not to be found in the other apartments which qualify these ones as luxury ones. Besides the features found in the projects or the apartments, the luxury apartments could also be defined on the basis of the segment of the population which they cater to. So, the projects which have been developed keeping in mind upper middle class or the rich segment of population could be defined as luxurious.

So, what are these crucial elements which create the separation between the average middle class residential apartments and the luxurious apartments.

1. Spaciousness: The luxury apartments are far more spacious than the others. For same set of features, these have bigger sizes of the rooms than the normal ones. Or, these might have space meant for additional facility which could be a study, a servant room or even a small individual gym.

2. Price: The price per unit of the area as is far higher than the one of the normal apartments. It not just the greater areal expanse which increases the prices but also the higher price per unit of the area which is higher than the apartments meant for middle class housing. The higher price per unit area is also due to quality construction and interior furnishing of the apartment.

3. Interior design and aesthetics: By using exclusive materials for interior designing and furnishing which is not normally used in constructions, the flats can be made luxurious. This includes finishing given on the walls and the floors (by marbles, tiles or paint), the materials used in electric furnishings and washrooms, doors, windows, cabinets and almirahs, kitchen design, etc. A combination of all these element shall gel to provide exclusive aesthetics which the buyers want. The better and the more expensive are these interior elements, the greater is the price per square feet of the apartment. So, when you look at the price and it to be on the higher side, you shall check what are the product specifications being provided.

4. Exclusivity: More luxurious are the apartments, more exclusivity is desired by the people who buy these. This means greater privacy, greater security, bigger parking spaces for large cars, better aesthetics of the surroundings, better amenities such as swimming pools, spas and even mini-golf course and a number of other similar elements which sets them apart from the usual apartments.

Therefore, it is the better, bigger and the pricier which helps in defining the elements of luxury which a particular project such as the Pranayam by Puri would provide to the upper middle and the rich class of population.

Thai Real Estate Investment Soared On Back Of Property Fund Activity

KTAM Aims to Become Thailand’s Leading Property Fund,Increasing Assets Under Management to 11.3 Billion

The Bangkok Post reported on Thursday, 22 February that real estate investment in Thailand soared by 81.8 percent to $2 billion (1.3 billion)in 2012, nearly double the $1.1 billion (720 million) in 2011, as property funds markedly increased their investment activity.

According to property consultant DTZ, Thailand’s real estate market was boosted by the listing of major property funds and a high number of acquisitions, particularly in the office and hotel sectors. Some $1.1 billion (720 million), or 55 percent of total real estate investment, came from transactions by real estate funds or public funds for public offerings (PFPOs).

Investment activity received a major boost from the listing of Tesco Lotus Retail Growth Freehold and Leasehold (TLGF) in the beginning of January 2012, which proved to bethe largest property fund listing for the year. The $594-million (389 million) fund purchased 17 Tesco Lotus shopping malls in prime locations across Thailand in a deal which by itself exceeded half of the real estate investments in the country in 2011.

Other notable property fund investments in 2012 included the purchase during the first quarter of three serviced apartment complexesand residences for $106 million (69 million) by the listed Land and Houses Freehold and Leasehold Property Fund (LHPF). Additionally, the Quality Houses Hotel and Residence Freehold and Leasehold Property Fund (QHHR) bought three Centre Point serviced apartments in the third quarter, for some $107 million (70 million).

KTAM Eyes Real Estate Market

Krung Thai Asset Management (KTAM) has the ambition to lead the market in property funds and,more specifically, to increase its assets under management by 20 percent in 2013 to 516 billion baht (11.3 billion), said chief executive officer Somchai Boonnamsiri, citing the positive overall investment climate.

The Bangkok Post reports that Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi plans to raise funds through the funds managed by KTAM, with the subsequent capital increase being dedicated to turning KTAM into the global leader of this type of fund.

KTAM is considering entering new markets including Mexico, Brazil and some European countries. Annualised return for short-term investments in these regions is forecast at 3.5 percent or about one percent higher than returns in the Thai domestic market.

The Thai fund intends to boost the capital of property funds under the direction Sirivadhanabhakdi’s TCC group to as high as 50 billion baht (1.1 billion) this year. The fund also plans to launch ETFs on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in sectors such as food, energy, ICT and the commercial sector.

2013 will be the last year in which Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission will allow investments in what has been known as property type 1, with introduction a new type of property fund, the internationally recognised real estate investment trust, set to replace the old structure.

Your Guide To Buying The Right Home Appliance

Home appliances are a necessity for every household. They do not only make life easier inside but they also have the ability to enhance the look of your home depending on their style. Buying an appliance is not as easy as buying a lamp or a rag. It entails a huge amount of money to be spent and it could not be returned at once every time you find something is wrong about them. Even if you are just shopping for Belling Spares, you actually need to make sure you land on the right store.

Consumer reports can be very useful in knowing which appliance to choose. These contain not only the level of satisfaction of customers who bought the appliance but also the comments by which you can base your decision. Some consumer reports even get into the detail of discussing the pros and cons of the product or device. You can also take a fare share on tips regarding their use and maintenance. Before heading to the store or clicking on the BUY button, you should spend a little time to read what others have to say.

When you already know what you want, you can proceed to buying your Belling Spares and other necessities. You have to consider space inside your house. What appliance size can best fit in? Space is a special consideration especially if you are geared to buying more. The arrangement of your appliances will lead to the better look of your kitchen or of your dining area. Make sure the color and style suits the overall theme of where you live.

Look for the Seal of approval that indicates your appliance has passed the requirements for energy efficiency and safety. You should make sure that they are made out of quality standards and will not pose threat to you and your family. Electrical safety is something to primarily consider if you want to make the most out of your purchase.

Finally, know the manufacturer and the dealer. These are two institutions you should not neglect to make sure you are taking something worth your hard-earned cash. Whether you are looking for a huge appliance or just Belling spares, you should make sure you buy them from a reputable name. The company usually dictates the quality of the appliance you pay for.

Perth Laminate Flooring Experts Tradesmen

Laminate flooring has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials.
The Laminate is fused together multi-layer synthetic flooring product using a lamination process (hence the name). Laminate flooring simulates wood and even stone in some cases, with a photographic finish layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.
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Installation
Laminate floors are reasonably for the do-it-yourself homeowner to install. For best results and warranty may be preferred to use a professional installer.
Laminate flooring are packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks – these can be clicked into one another. Installed laminate floors typically “float” over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlayment, which provides moisture and sound-reducing properties. A small (1-10mm) gap is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls, this allows the flooring to expand without being obstructed.
Skirting boards provide a tidy finish to the installation of the laminate.
It is important to keep laminate clean, as dust, dirt and sand particles may scratch the decorative surface over time in high-traffic areas. It is also important to keep laminate relatively dry, since sitting water/moisture can cause the planks to swell, warp, etc, though some brands are equipped with water-resistant coatings. Water spills aren’t a problem if they’re wiped up quickly, and not allowed to sit for a prolonged period of time.
Adhesive felt pads are often placed on the feet of furniture on laminate floors to prevent scratching.
For more information on selecting the expert tradesmen to supply and install the Laminate Flooring check out the free guide PerthCarpets dot com for all your Perth Laminated Flooring needs.

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How to Get Brand New or Used Cheap Kitchen Cabinets of Good Quality

When decorating a kitchen, cabinetry is the one of the first things considered. That is because cabinets are especially important in a kitchen as they are the storage space for dishes, glasses, packed foods and ingredients, canned foods, bottles, containers, cooking utensils, recipe books and other necessary stuff in the kitchen.

However, most of the high quality kitchen cabinets for sale, whether made from wood or metal, are quite expensive making them limited only to those who can afford high priced items. And so what others do is go for custom cabinets that they themselves made to save up money. Personally building and installing cabinet is actually one of those fun and productive activities that is catching the interest of many. It has its set of benefits but if you don’t have time or aren’t skilled enough to do it, its better to look for cheap kitchen cabinets.

As has been said, high quality cabinets are mostly expensive. But then, that doesnt mean that cheap kitchen cabinets of great quality are non-existent. As long as you are patient and very much knowledgeable especially in terms of the details of the type that you are hoping to get, there is always a chance of you finding one.

Specifically, there are still nice and functional kitchen cabinets out there that can fit perfectly to your tight budget. There are a lot of things that you can do to get that kind of product the one of good quality but not costly.

One of those things is to buy a low priced cabinet with solid wood material. That will give you an assurance that it can at least hold up and that it is sturdy enough. Otherwise, you may just be looking at a cabinet made of cheap wood that wont last long.

Another way to guarantee that you get a good quality cabinet despite the cheap cost is avoiding some additional options that usually come along with kitchen cabinets. These are bells, glass doors, corner pieces, turntables, etc. Each of those features adds to the actual price of the cabinet, making it more expensive. So if you strip off those things, you can get a decent cabinet at a not-so-high price.

Some of the affordable cabinets that you can get are actually slightly used that were either sold or donated by their previous owners to those cabinet shops. They are still firm and functional and only needs a little fixing and re-facing to look more modern and to serve contemporary functions. Some cabinet shops add a little touch of design to make it chic and stylish. This is why you need not to worry when searching for those low-cost cabinets for your kitchen because if you cant find a brand new one that you can afford, there are always the slightly used ones as your second option.

Hand Towels- Decorating The Guest Bathroom!

It does not matter how immaculately decorated the house, how completely equipped with all the necessities. Even if everything, from the curtains, to the hand towels are of the very best quality, if one forgets to furnish the guest bathroom, everything else falls out of place. That is why decorating the guest bathroom is one of the most important features of home dcor.

One of the first things a guest to a home uses when in the bathroom is the guest hand towel. If one is missing altogether, the impression it makes can be disastrous. But even if present, it is necessary to make sure that it suits the environment and is of good quality. It is mandatory that the guest hand towel should match or aesthetically contrast the bathroom dcor including the fittings and tiles.

The market for guest hand towels is wide and popular. One can find guest hand towels in almost every design and print imaginable. It is important however, to make sure that the hand towel is of excellent quality as poor quality often shows after the first few uses. If the theme of the house is colourful and the same has been followed in the bathrooms, cheerful holiday prints or bright colours with bold prints are a good idea. If, however, it is a more classically decorated and elegantly furnished house, simple and dark colours will set well in the bathroom.

Placement of a guest hand towel is another important factor while designing the guest bathroom. Although bathrooms are by default designed to include a hand towel ring or a towel rack within easy reach of the wash area, one can improvise while decorating the same. Rolling the towels, tying with a loose ribbon or string, and keeping them in baskets near the wash basin give it an unused and clean and new feel. It gives the notion that that particular hand towel is brand new and kept specifically for the guest in question. It is not necessary to always hang the hand towel from the towel ring as expected.

To accentuate the design and colour of the hand towels one can purchase it as a set of bath towel and wash cloth, and place the latter neatly folded in the towel rack. This makes the guest hand towels fit in better with the bathroom.

Hand towels for guest, particularly the ones in the guest bathrooms, are essential in making the right impression on the guest.