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How can you stop your garden furniture blowing away?

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CC-licensed photo by Bernhard Friess.

As winter is slowly fading out, many of us are becoming excited at the prospect of bringing out the garden furniture. Especially as the days get warmer and evenings get lighter. However, as you have probably noticed over the years, the weather is often unpredictable, and  winds can be still high.

Particularly in certain parts of the country, the unpredictable Spring weather has meant that many people have often awoken to find their furniture scattered across the garden.

Solutions to stop your furniture blowing away

You have probably tried an array of ideas to stop your garden furniture from blowing away. Experts of the trade, Race Furniture are here to let you know that you no longer have ask your pets to sit on the furniture until the wind disappears. Here are a couple of handy ways to keep your furniture safely anchored.

Sandbags

A simple solution is to tie your furniture down with a couple of sandbags. This is a typical solution for large venues that experience high winds. You can even get sandbags for your canopy. Just attach them to the legs and the jobs completed!

Plant some greenery

For the garden fantastics out there, this solution may just be ideal. Planting some extra greenery such as tall plants and hedges will act as a natural barrier for the wind without appearing as a basic bland fence. A natural windbreak like this will also add to the decor of your patio instead of looking like something you purposely planted there to stop furniture from flying away.

Stack Furniture in the Corner

Stacking chairs are probably the easiest solution for this problem. Once you see the wind picking up, simply head into your garden and stack your furniture in your shed, or against a wall so they are not exposed to the blustery conditions. This way they can remain outdoors without you having to worry about the wind dragging it around your garden and scattering them everywhere.

Race Furniture has some seriously trendy stacking chairs which has a style that allows them to lock into place, making it easy to stack away. Stacking chairs are easily the best bet when you want to store furniture away efficiently

Furniture Covers

Protect outdoor furniture which have cushions such as sofas and chairs with a heavy duty furniture cover. Not only will this stop them from being damaged and dirty, but it will stop it the wind from blowing it around your garden.

Bungee Cords

A straightforward method, this is where you tie your furniture to an immovable object such as metal railing. Wrap the cord around your furniture multiple times to create a higher level of resistance. Doing this will make sure your furniture will be impenetrable to severe weather conditions.


Helpful Tips on Caring For Wood Furniture

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Note: this is a partnered post & consideration was received for its publication. CC-licensed photo by Kate Fisher; wooden box made by Caroline Jones.

Quality wooden furniture is something to be cherished for generations. But it is essential to take good care of that piece of furniture to make it last long. Some basic care will make it appear as good as new for years to come. Here are a few tips on caring for wood furniture.

Protect your furniture from direct sun

Always keep your furniture away from windows or other such inlets through which direct sunlight may fall on them. Long term exposure to direct sunlight damages the fine finishes resulting in fading and damage. The heat from the sun also results in shrinkage of wood that eventually leads to the formation of cracks.

Maintain a regular cleaning and dusting routine

Always dust the wooden furniture as frequently as possible. This practice will prevent the settlement of dust and grime on the surface of the furniture. Make sure to use soft cloth or feather duster to clean the surface.

You may also clean the surface using a damp soft cloth.  Just ensure that the cloth is not dripping wet and won’t soak the furniture with water. You may also use a mild dish soap and warm water. Wipe the furniture immediately with a dry soft cloth to avoid any staining. This is helpful when you are cleaning furniture after a long gap of time and has too much dust accumulated on it that can’t be removed by just dusting.

There are certain commercial cleaners available in the market that is specifically made to clean the wooden furniture. These contain powerful ingredients that not only clean the furniture but also leave a clean sheen. But one needs to be very careful while using these as they contain chemicals that may be harmful to humans.

Other maintenance tips

  • The best way of protecting the finish of furniture is using a good quality soft paste wax. These waxes can be applied as instructed on their labels. These waxes ensure long-lasting protection to the treasured furniture. Waxing also provides long-term lustre to the wooden surface.
  • Antique and French provincial furniture can be preserved for longer duration by covering them with slip-on films that protect them from dust and direct light. Also, to clean the details and crevices, you may make use of soft brushes.
  • Avoid any sort of moisture retention on the furniture. Make use of coasters prior to placing any glass, cup or bottle on table tops. Clean up any sort of spills immediately to avoid spot formation.

Following these simple steps will ensure that the investment you made on your furniture doesn’t go down the drain and the wooden furniture may even be passed to many generations ahead as a family heirloom.


3 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly Without Undergoing Huge Lifestyle Changes

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Note: this is a partnered post and consideration was received for its publication. CC-licensed photo by Frank Pickavant.

You’ve probably seen documentaries about people who are so dedicated to the planet’s future that they’ve decided to stop eating all animal products (and especially those from huge factory farms with equally-large carbon footprints), trade their gasoline-powered cars for electric ones, and become so conscious of the wastefulness related to disposable packaging that they depend on reusable containers whenever possible.

Although effective, those kinds of measures all require substantial changes. If you’re ready to live a “greener” way of life without making yourself adopt too many new habits all at once, there are several things you can do to get started. Remember, one of the most important things is that you’re motivated to make changes. The fact that you’re getting started in that mindset is a huge advantage.

Find Out About Recycling Options in Your Community

Maybe you’ve noticed napkins, cups and other everyday items that have text printed on them to indicate how they’re made completely or mostly from recycled materials. It’s easier that you may think to do your part by recycling most of your family’s garbage.

First, find out about which kinds of materials can be recycled in your hometown, and if the community participates in single-stream recycling, where you can put all recyclables into one container, or if you need to sort things more carefully. Get into the habit of checking every piece of household trash to figure out if it’s recyclable. If so, put it into a dedicated container so it never reaches the trashcan.

Grow Your Own Produce

By growing fruits and veggies in your own garden, you’ll be able to reduce dependence on companies that may waste fuel and resources to transport produce thousands of miles to your nearest grocery stores. Don’t have a backyard? No problem. Growing produce in containers is a viable option, especially if you take advantage of the many books and websites about the subject.

Update and Maintain Your Plumbing System

It’s also a good idea to think about installing low-flow showerheads and toilets in your bathroom. Those options help you save resources without even thinking about it.

Also, if you have a faulty toilet that runs too long after you flush it or a faucet that just won’t stop dripping, hire plumbing specialists to fix the problem. If you depend on technicians associated with Southern Air plumbing services, for example, it’s possible to get prompt, reliable service, and even save money by using coupons that are available on the company’s website.

Before agreeing to have new plumbing products installed, explain that environmental friendliness is one of your top priorities. That way, company representatives know to only suggest items that meet that need.

Don’t forget that plumbing professionals can also install new water heaters. If the one you have is old and not very efficient, there’s probably a newer model you could upgrade to that isn’t such a drain on resources.

It should now be clear that doing your part to protect the planet doesn’t always mean making gigantic changes. Start small by pursuing some of the suggestions above. Before long, you may feel empowered to start doing even more.


Ideas for decorating your home with rugs

 

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Rugs are used in interior design to add warmth to a room or to add accent to floor finishes. When embellishing a home with a rug, it’s best to educate yourself first with the type of rugs, the appropriate size needed in a room, and other important details such as price, color, and quality.

Choosing the right color of a rug will depend on your lifestyle. How often do you use a certain room? For example, if there is a heavy traffic in a room, very light carpets or white rugs may not the best option. A heavily used room requires gray tones like taupe or salt and pepper. Take note that solid darks can show dirt as much as very light carpets do. Instead of investing in anything too dark, use patterns or colors that can easily hide stains. Just make sure that the pattern contrasts with your flooring.

A rule of thumb in choosing the perfect pattern is to keep the color of your flooring in mind. For espresso wood floorings, zebra animal prints would look nice because the white outline can provide a good contrast on the dark floor. On the other hand, a room with light wood floorings and light-colored walls would look full of life with a pop of color. Use bold colored rugs or patterned rugs to give the room a vibrant ambiance.

When is it best to use light rugs? Lighter colors work best when you have formal rooms that do not have much traffic or rooms that do not have enough lighting. If you want nothing but light colored rugs, invest on stain resistant rugs. Wool rugs are easier to clean than natural fiber like Jute, Sisal, and Seagrass. Wool provides more warmth in a room because of its good heat insulation.

Having children and pets is another thing to look at when buying a rug. You may opt for the mid-tone tan carpet. Patterned rugs are also your best bet because the busy details can hide stains and spills. The safest one to get is traditional Persian rugs. Also, consider the material used. Carpets made from sturdy polypropylene are usually easy to maintain.

Geometry plays a part in buying a rug. The appropriate size of a rug also depends on the size of a room. So if you have a spacious living room, choose an area rug that is at least 9’x12’ or big enough to fit your furniture. For small spaces, the rug should be the focal point of the area.

Other than color and style, the price of a rug also matters. This is an important factor because the price determines the quality of what you’re getting. Silk rugs and chenille are expensive and they are not suitable for high traffic areas. For allergy sufferers, bamboo rugs are a great option. However, bamboo can be difficult to clean.

The last and most important thing to consider when buying a rug for your home is to go out, see and feel the rug to get an idea of its quality. If you don’t have much time to do this, be meticulous in buying online. One of the most recommended places to shop for rugs in Australia is Cheapest Rugs Online. This gallery is known for their high quality and budget-friendly rugs. There are lots of designs and materials to choose from so you don’t have to worry about finding the right one for your home.

Note: this is a partnered post and consideration was received for its publication. CC-licensed photo by Maticulous.