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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Spring cleaning tips

    Spring cleaning tips

    This is the time of year to dust off the cobwebs and give your home a thorough cleanse, so try these spring cleaning tips to make your housework a breeze.

    One of the most valuable tips for spring cleaning is to collect all of the equipment you will need together before you start. Organise a good supply of all the different cleaning chemicals and products.

    Ensure you include all-purpose and specialist chemicals, as well as cloths, dusters, a vacuum with attachments, a mop and plenty of bin bags. Clear each room of all unnecessary clutter, throwing out any unwanted items before you begin in order to make cleaning a simpler task.

    Work Efficiently

    Tackle the worst rooms first, beginning by removing surface dust and any small bits of rubbish. Apply any necessary cleaning sprays and leave to soak away tough grime whilst you get on with a different task before returning to wipe away the dirt.

    Work top to bottom, beginning by dusting ceilings, walls and pictures, then cleaning fixtures and furniture before mopping or vacuuming floors and finally applying finishing touches such as toilet odour neutraliser.

    Spring Cleaning Tips: Mistakes to Avoid

    You can’t clean your home with dirty equipment, so make sure you keep your cleaning tools fresh too. Regularly change your cloths and dusters, frequently empty your vacuum and use an interchange mop head to avoid spreading more dirt around your kitchen floor.

    Avoid letting the housework build up, as it will be much easier to keep your home looking clean all the time if you do housework little and often.

    Follow these tips by preparing thoroughly and ensuring you have a good stock of the right cleaning products to hand. By keeping on top of housework and tackling a room at a time, you can make this potentially daunting task a much simpler challenge.

  • How is water supplied to our homes?

    How is water supplied to our homes

    Just how is water supplied to our homes? It seems to fall for free... Water may start as rain and fall into rivers and streams and filter through the soil, but it needs to be treated before it reaches our taps at home.

    The first step to supply water to the home is a system to pump it from its original accumulation point (a reservoir or lake, river, stream or the ground) to a centre where it undergoes a number of treatment processes.

    Debris such as branches of trees, sand and other particles have to be filtered out. Some chlorine has to be added to kill off any dangerous bacteria.

    How Is Water Supplied? Domestic Water Treatment

    The water will leave the treatment works through a system of pipes, pumps and reservoirs to arrive at the supply pipe to every home. If the water is hard - the kind that does not foam easily and leaves a scum around bath and kitchen appliances - it needs to be treated with hard water softeners.

    Water becomes hard when it flows over limestone regions, where it dissolves calcium and magnesium ions. Domestic softening agents for hard water work to remove these ions in the same way as if the water were flowing over sandstones.

    This is a method of reproducing in the home what happens in nature in regions such as the Yorkshire Dales. The water is hard as it flows over the limestone in the Dales and then softens as it flows through rivers over millstone grit - sandstone - to become part of the supply to urban areas.

    Water Testing Kits

    You can see how water is supplied and treated at in this short video by Epcor. Water companies are obliged by law to provide safe water. However, floods and accidents may affect the water’s purity over a brief period.

    A wide range of testing kits can give an indication of your water supply’s purity and hardness.

  • What are Stabilised Chlorine Granules?

    Stabilised Chlorine Granules   Stabilised chlorine granules are a popular method of killing off bacteria in swimming pools and spas without creating an unpleasant odour or causing skin irritation. The element chlorine is one of the most effective treatments against bacteria in public leisure centres and swimming pools.

    Swimming pool chlorine

    Among the many types of chlorine-based pool chemicals granular chlorine has a number of advantages. The key ingredient in chlorine granules can be either calcium or sodium hypochlorite. These chemicals kill not just bacteria but algae, fungi, slime and other undesirable pool inhabitants. The advantage in using a sodium hypochlorite based product such as Champion Chlorine Granules rather than a calcium compound, is that on dissolving in water, it does not add to the water’s calcium content. A calcium-based pool chemical not only further hardens the water but may also create scum over the water surface and around the pool sides. As the granules dissolve in water they create hypochlorous acid which is the chief sanitising agent. A further by-product is isocyanuric acid which enables the water to resist any chlorine loss under bright sunlight. Heat and light from a bright sun can react with hypochlorous acid to release chlorine into the atmosphere and may also create an unpleasant smell that used to be a significant feature of public swimming pools some years ago.

    Stabilised chlorine granules and tablets

    Chlorine tablets are used mostly in larger sized pools. Chlorine can be added to swimming pool water in the ratio of 1.8 grams of chemical to 1,000 litres of swimming pool water. It can be used in both indoor and outdoor pools of all sizes. Like the granules, the tablets will dissolve rapidly and can be used daily to keep the pool clean. Use stabilised chlorine granules or tablets on a regular basis to keep your swimming pool clean and free of infection at all times. Why not explore our range of sodium hypochlorite and chlorine granule products or contact one of the team for further information. For more advice on stabilised chlorine granules contact us here.

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