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In this era of telecommunications when most systems are being made wireless, the need for security has increased tremendously because various signals need to be protected and isolated from each other. Meeting both these requirements simultaneously can present a host of challenges. Currently, mobile communication and Wireless Internet Local Area Network (WLAN) systems are being designed on the basis of a detailed analysis of Radio Frequency (RF) coverage and capacity requirements. Security and privacy issues can be addressed through good design but “eavesdropping” continues to be a real vulnerability.

A revolutionary technology, called Frequency Selective Surface (FSS), is increasingly being proposed and used as an answer to the deployment of secure wireless systems for indoor environments, taking advantage of innovative techniques in building design and the use of attenuating material.

Towards the end of the eighteenth century, the American physicist D. Rittenhouse discovered that some colours of a light spectrum were suppressed when a street lamp was observed through a silk handkerchief. This was perhaps the first “proof” that non-continuous surfaces can exhibit different transmission properties for different frequencies of incident wave. Hence, the surfaces were called Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS).

Therefore, an FSS can be considered as a free space filter which could be used to pass certain frequencies and stop others. These filters are designed by fabricating some geometric metallic shapes on a dielectric material. The shapes could be a circle, cross, square, ring or a tripole, as shown.

These geometric metallic shapes on a dielectric material act like inductive and capacitive reactance to the incident plane waves and hence, behave as free space filters. The manufactured panels then could be mounted on the walls of a building or pasted on a window to get the desired band pass or band stop results.

The design of FSS is basically obtained by putting any of these shapes a half wavelength away from each other in a periodic manner. The wavelength is obtained by the frequency of operation. A very common example of FSS is the front screen of a microwave oven, used in our houses or workplaces. You must have noticed a periodic structure of hexagons or circles on the front glass.

This is, in fact, an FSS which stops the microwave frequency to come out of the oven, since it is harmful to human beings. How and why do geometric shapes make an FSS act as a band pass or band stop filter? Well, it is very simple.

As an example, shown here is a cross geometry and its equivalent circuit. It can easily be seen that when an incident wave impinges on this structure, a small current flows in the material (mostly made up of copper) making it an equivalent series LC circuit (L= Inductor, C= Capacitor). Inductance is in the arms of each cross and capacitance in between the adjacent edges due to currents produced in the structure as incident electromagnetic waves strike, as shown in the figure. At resonance frequency of LC circuit, the signal would either pass or stop according to the design analogy and the form of incident wave impinging on the FSS.

In short, an FSS is not more than a parallel or series LC circuit, to behave as a free space filter. Incorporating some active device(s) in between these elements can make the FSS active, adding more functionality and configurability in design.

An FSS could be used in many engineering applications such as:

– Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags;

– Collision avoidance;

– Radar cross-section augmentation;

– Robotic guided paths;

– Electromagnetic interference protection;

– Photonic band-gap structures;

– Low probability of intercept systems (for instance stealth);

– Waveguide or cavity control coupling;

– and, wireless security, etc.

It is not necessary for a reader without a scientific background to understand the terminologies given above, because my focus is on the last application. This is because the use of wireless communication pertains to the masses. Therefore, the importance of FSS in the security of modern-day wireless technology will be discussed.

Cellular communication

Cellular phones cannot just be disruptive or annoying, but on occasions, they can give rise to security threats because they could be used to set off a device. But the annoying sound of a cellphone ringing in the cinema or theatre could be on the way out with the development of a high-tech frequency selective surface that blocks their signals.

Quiet zones could be created in hospitals, schools and airport lounges with the use of high-tech FSS. Also, the surface, made up of a metallic grid, could help foil terrorists. This type of security is mostly needed in airports and other high-risk areas frequented by personnel belonging to the defence forces and security agencies.

The beauty in the design and development of an FSS is that it would only block a particular kind of signals while other signals could be allowed to pass. In engineering terms, it would behave as a band stop filter to the frequency to be blocked and a band pass filter to the rest.

It must be noted that before the advent of commercial FSS, large aluminum sheets were incorporated in the walls of modern buildings to stop unwanted signals. A major problem with this technique was that besides blocking the desired frequency, it would stop other frequencies as well.

However, with the commercial manufacturing of frequency selective surfaces, it has now become possible to be selective – either to stop or pass a particular kind of waves. Therefore, the aim of creating secure zones in buildings to avoid terrorist activities could be achieved through the development of either of the following:

– A passive FSS, or;

– An active FSS.

A passive FSS is the one in which some funny shapes are designed on a dielectric sheet for a particular frequency to be passed or stopped. Once this surface is fabricated, its properties cannot be altered. The other basic point is that they have to be relatively large enough to be pasted on a large cross-section of the wall or window. The advantage of this kind of FSS is that they are easy to design and manufacture but the disadvantage is that they are not reconfigurable.

On the other hand, active FSS is made up of the same funny shapes with the incorporation of some active electronic devices like gun diode, varactor diode or capacitors. These active devices make the size of the FSS much smaller than a passive one and are reconfigurable. The only disadvantage is that the design and fabrication of such devices is very challenging. In both cases, FSS would help stop any cellphone signal coming into the security area, like airport lounges, while other signals like those of the radio, TV or wireless would definitely come in.

An important area in human security is that overuse of cellphones can cause harm to the ear and brain tissues with electromagnetic waves going too frequently into the head. This has been reported by people from around the world.

This happens because in the recently developed high-tech cellphones, the ground plane used behind the antenna is usually a conductor which is not capable of stopping the electromagnetic radiations going past. Research is being carried out by engineers and scientists to make a ground plane of FSS which behaves as a perfect band stop filter to the incoming frequencies, hence eliminating the cause of backward radiations.

Wireless internet

A certain type of frequency selective surfaces has been designed in order to prevent Wireless Fidelity Local Area Network (WiFi LAN) signals from escaping a building without affecting cellphone signals. The technology has been designed to stop outsiders from gaining access to a secure network by using WiFi networks casually set up by workers in the office or in a building.

It only takes a moment for an employee to connect a paperback-sized WiFi base station to a company network. That person can then wander around the office with his laptop while remaining wirelessly connected to the internet. However, the problem with this topology is that it gives a chance to an outsider to breach that company’s computer security using the WiFi connection.

Unless the WiFi base station is protected by security measures that most amateur users would not bother to set up, it gives anyone up to 100 metres away, the chance to bypass the corporate firewall and wirelessly hack straight into the network.

Until now, the only way to ensure that people are not illicitly gaining access to company secrets has been to turn offices and buildings into a signal-proof “Faraday cage,” by lining the walls with aluminum foil, and using glass that absorbs radio waves in the windows. This ensures that all electromagnetic emissions are absorbed, but it also means that no one can use a cellphone in the building or office.

Companies around the world have developed tunable frequency selective surfaces which can block WiFi at 2.4, 5 and 6 gigahertz, while letting through GSM and 3G cellphone signals, plus emergency service calls. It means that FSS is now working as a band stop filter for 2.4, 5 and 6 gigahertz WiFi signals while acting as a band pass filter for GSM and 3G signals and other emergency service calls.

FSS can also provide the isolation between different standards of WiFi signals inside a building, that is, between 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz systems. This isolation is very important otherwise interference among these would cause a serious threat to data accessibility and security. For example, if an isolation is required between 2.4 and 5 GHz system in a wireless network environment, an FSS could be designed which could behave like a band stop filter to either the frequencies and then fixed on a wall between the two WiFi networks. This would enable both networks to work separately in different locations, without any interference.

As wireless communications evolve into a critical business application, construction firms, landlords and tenants should take a closer interest in RF propagation. Engineers and designers will also need to familiarize themselves with a new breed of building, fit-out and RF materials, especially FSSs, as well as mastering the implementation of the latest wireless systems and intelligent antennas. Current developments in FSS point to a bright future for the technology, with useful applications waiting to be exploited in a multitude of industries.

Pakistan, meanwhile, is on the verge of wireless age and soon there would be a great shift in data communication from physical connections to wireless connectivity. Wireless communication is considered to be a clean form of networking where no lengthy physical lines and network components are involved. That’s why it could be inferred that more and more companies would turn towards this technology to save money and to be efficient.

Therefore, we need experts in order to provide security to the overall wireless networking. Moreover, with the development of a huge cellular phone infrastructure in the country, we may at some point need to block signals in restricted areas like airports, hospitals and cinema halls.

Anyone interested in microwave and radio frequency (RF) communication should choose FSS as a focal area for research because it carries a lot of potential for the future, even in Pakistan.

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Maxwell Drever explains the concept of the affordable housing crisis

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People all across the globe are facing the problem of an affordable housing crisis. It is affecting millions of individuals who belong to the medium-income spectrum. Grabbing a look at national analytics, you will understand that ever since 2018, the problem has aggravated. Individuals who offer 35 to 40 hours each week and earn minimum wages fall within this category. They are finding it hard to afford or two to a three-bedroom apartment for themselves because it adds to the burden on their financial expenses. Hence, countries in a global setting have come up to solve this problem.

Research reveals that the cost burden on the middle-income group has increased by 30%. It is a reason why they are looking for affordable, well-maintained, and reasonable housing to cut down on their struggles. Around two-third renters have reported the hardship of affording a new house for themselves because their savings are low. It is here that affordable housing turns into a crisis. It is not only limited to the middle and lower-income groups but also to other sections of society.

The problem of construction for investors by Maxwell Drever

You may be thinking that affordable workforce housing is only a problem for the middle-income group. However, it is not so. Even the investors and real estate agents face similar issues because construction material costs are soaring high. For example, the cost of lumber has increased by 16% in the last few years.

Although the index keeps on fluctuating, Maxwell Drever says it has remained elevated for the earlier few months. Remember that a minimum of 5 to 10% of the increase in construction material prices adds to the cost. Hence, the problem builds up for the investors and other related agents. It is why most home builders are finding it hard to construct reasonable and affordable housing to cater to the market.

Problems faced by the government

Federal governments introduce multiple policy options for providing tax cuts and benefits to society. All these get targeted towards the middle-income group; surveys reveal that they hardly get the advantages. On the other hand, some policy options get designed for the investors and real estate industry. Implementation of these policies is sometimes a challenging task. Hence, the governments are facing the problem of restrictive practices and their impact on the broader economy.

Transportation issues in affordable housing

Affordable housing is not only limited to the residence itself. The increasing rent and property prices push low. Hence, the middle-income groups move further away from the main urban centers. It is here that the problem of transportation comes into play. Low housing costs in the suburban areas often compel the middle-income groups to spend a lot on transport, claims Maxwell Drever.

Hence every section of society is suffering from the problem of affordable workforce housing. The crisis has taken a global form, and that is transforming itself every day. For dealing with policy options, transit access, job opportunities, people are trying to analyze the available options. Hence, the crisis is multifaceted and requires a combined effort.

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Beginners Tips For Greenhouse Gardening

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Greenhouses make a great addition to any garden. They allow you to grow plant varieties that would not be suitable for outside areas, and to extend the growing season for other species. But for those first considering setting up a greenhouse in their garden, it can seem daunting to know where to begin. Here are a few pointers to get you started.

Heat

On sunny days, your greenhouse will heat up nicely as the sun’s rays are refracted through the glass. But you’ll also need other means of heating for colder times. Electric heaters are the easiest to install, but you could also use gas (although this method will require you to vent the greenhouse for fumes. You will also need some way of preventing the temperature becoming too high in the greenhouse. Avoid installing air conditioners for cooling, as these dry the air. Passive vents or exhaust fans will do the job, or consider constructing your greenhouse with windows at either end that can be propped open, to allow air to flow through.

Light

In winter the amount of light coming into the greenhouse is often not sufficient o support the plants, particularly if they are juveniles. Installing fluorescent or LED lighting above your grow beds will help ensure they have enough light.

Water

While the exact amount of water required in your greenhouse will vary depending on the species of plants you’re growing and the temperature, as a general rule, plants and growing beds ill dry out more quickly than beds outside in the garden. So give plants a good soaking whenever you water. Avoid spraying the foliage too much, as this is one way disease can spread between plants.

Soil

One of the key components in the success of your greenhouse gardening is your soil. Most greenhouse novices begin growing in beds or pots (or a combination of the two). As such you need to have soil that drains sufficiently to prevent water logging, but also retains moisture well so that the water is available for the plant roots to access. The soil should ideally be slightly acid and, crucially, contain a lot of organic material. One of the ways to ensure this is to add compost.

Compost

Because the soil won’t be getting organic matter – the rich topsoil full of nutrients and bacterial activity – from natural sources as the soil outside may, from, for instance, leaf litter, animal droppings, decaying plant material, you need to add a good proportion of compost to your growing beds. Some recommendations call for all much as a third of your beds to be made from compost. This will give the plants the most nutrient rich growing medium in which to thrive. Whenever possible choose an organic fertilizer, or, better yet, start your own compost pile using scraps form the kitchen and plant cuttings from the garden.

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Gardeners Mantra

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How many times have you planted a new plant, tree or bush hoping for a fully developed plant in no time? Many gardeners both seasoned and new love to see the fruits of their labor. However, many gardeners are impatient and wish for fast growth on short oder. For those that get frustrated waiting for that favored plant, tree of bush to take off, they often find themselves pulling up the plant, taking it back to their favorite nursery or throwing it away only to start over thinking they’ve done something to kill it or stunt it’s growth when often times, this isn’t the case.

What’s a gardener to do? Many who are trying to start a new area or add to an existing have to follow the gardeners mantra regardless of region or location in the country. While different locals offer different planting seasons and plant types that thrive in their respective area, all plants need a little time to get established and take off. It’s well known that all gardening and landscape work is based upon seasons and so is the growth potential for any plant, tree or bush.

So, what is the gardeners mantra?

Three steps to every plants success is this. First year SLEEP, second year CREEP and the third year LEAP. It’s that simple of a statement which basically says, you’ll need patience.

Stage One: First Year SLEEP

All plants, trees and shrubs initially go into a shocked state upon initial planting into a new location. Like any living organism, it’s ability to try and survive is innate and any plant has techniques to insure it lives on to produce. So, while a good gardener does everything possible to help the process through root stimulator and nutrients, the plant still has to go into a somewhat dormant state before getting fully established.

For the first year in a new garden, expect only to see the plant in the state that you planted it. Any leaves or flowers will look exactly like it did when you first took it out of the bucket and put it in the ground.

Stage Two: Second Year CREEP

Once the plant, tree or shrub makes it through the first cold season of fall and winter, it’s ready to start to change. The second year is when it starts to work on it’s foundation system, roots. This second year, more work is being done below ground to insure that future growth can be maintained and it’s feeding system is in tact. Second year growth on exposed plant material will be limited and therefore why it looks like it’s not doing much. It then “creeps” along on growth and takes it’s time getting use to it’s surroundings and environment.

Stage Three: Third Year LEAP

This is the year the gardener is rewarded with all of the hard work. Now that the plant, tree or shrub is established and has a strong foundation, it will literally leap into a major growth spurt. Knowing that all water and nutrients will make it to it’s extremities, it will flourish beyond your expectations and begin to bring forth the expected shade or flower to please the gardener who so painstakingly helped it along.

This is the good year as well as many good years to come. Every plants life cycle has great potential, but the third year and beyond is the time when every gardener gets the reward of the plant, tree or shrub they were expecting. Patience and time is the sub-mantra of the prepared gardener, but the main mantra every gardener should adopt is:

First Year SLEEP, Second Year CREEP and Third Year LEAP!

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Hydroponic Gardens – Picking A System To Suit Your Requirements

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Hydroponic gardens consist of raising plants in a growing medium other than soil. Most times, this means suspending a plant’s roots in a tray of water that is concentrated with nutrient solution. The roots then absorb the essential nutrients that they need in order to provide maximum growth. Because of this, hydroponics gardening plants generally utilize the nutrients more efficiently and then produce bigger blossoms and larger yields. By doing some research online, you can find several successful systems for producing a successful hydroponic gardening system.

Many indoor gardeners employ the Ebb and Flow method (also known as the Flood and Drain method). With this hydroponic gardening system, a submersed pump floods the grow tray with a nutrient rich solution at regular intervals. A mechanism monitors the surrounding environment to help determine the amount of nutrients to provide to the plants for optimum growth. With this hydroponics grow system, gardeners can use a variety of different growing mediums. Gravel and Grow rocks are also helpful when placed in the bottom of the grow tray to help the plants get the nutrients provided by the solution. Or, for smaller plants, gardeners may choose to use individual pots that they can easily move around if needed. Beware of power outages, though. Since some equipment runs on electricity, a power outage can cause the roots to dry out quickly.

The water culture technique is an ideal way for providing nutrients to your hydroponics grow system. Using this raised gardening method, plants are placed on a Styrofoam sheet which is floating in water that is rich in nutrients. A pump then bubbles the nutrient-rich solution towards the roots so they get a great mixture of essential nutrients and oxygen. The ideal vegetables to grow in the water culture method are lettuce and other small plants that grow rapidly in water. Plants that do not grow well in water should be grown using one of the other hydroponic gardening systems. The water culture method is also popular for classrooms to teach young students about the growing process.

Perhaps the simplest method for a hydroponic gardening system, or raised gardening, is the Wick method. With this hydroponics gardening method, there are no expensive equipment to buy and no moving parts. The gardener simply places one end of the wick into a solution rich in nutrients and the other end of the wick is placed into the growing medium, where the plant roots are. The nutrient solution is then transferred into the growing medium. For diagrams and free plans about how to build this type of hydroponics grow system, visit simplyhydro .com. One disadvantage of this hydroponic gardening system though, is that it is not ideal for large plants, as they use up the solution and water faster than the wicks can supply the nutrients.

You can discover either hydroponic gardening systems or raised gardening methods that provide a wide array of benefits to passive or avid gardeners. With a hydroponic gardening system, you can be as involved or as uninvolved with the growth of your plants as you want to be. Gardeners have been able to find many hydroponic gardening system diagrams and plans in books and on the internet, including many free ones at “simplyhydro .com”. Finding a hydroponic gardening system that suits your needs is not a difficult task.

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The Power of Focus In Your Podcast Marketing

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Today, I want to share with you the POWER of FOCUS.

What does that mean?

Let’s say you want to focus on Gardening. OK, that’s a good niche. It’s a popular niche. I’m just using that as an example. You could choose boxing or car repair – whatever you have identified as your niche (we also talked about that before as well).

But “Gardening” is really a general category. It may be specific as compared to something else, but the category “Gardening” is a general category.

Your podcast could simply be about “Gardening” and then you could cover different aspects of gardening.

Or you could zero in on one aspect alone and become the expert of that area.

For example, there could be Indoor Gardening; Outdoor Gardening; Rock Gardens; Vegetable Gardens; Flower Gardens; Patio Gardens and I could go on and on.

How can you market this to your specific target audience?

Well, for a lot of podcasters, they want to use advertising. Which is fine – if you do it correctly.

What I see with most new business owners, and podcasters as well, are ads that look like their competitors ads. And they all look almost exactly the same!

They will say things like, “The Best Service” and there will be their picture there or their logo. There will be a list of services or products they offer and then a link to their podcast. They will list things, let’s stick with gardening as the example, they will list things like:

Landscape bricks; four different types of mulch; top soil; pre fertilized soil; fertilizer; bird netting; animal netting; vegetable seeds; vegetable transplants; planters; etc.

Then, there will be their podcast website saying something like “We discuss all these topics and more to help you grow your garden!”

You can put whatever niche you want in there and put whatever products and services you would normally advertise for. You may have even tried ads like that.

The problem, as we covered about the archer shooting arrows in the fog, you are not really aiming at anything!

Here is what you need to do. Pick ONE Topic and use that in the ad.

One area. ONE, not two. Just ONE.

For example:

Patio Gardening. Have several podcast episodes that deal only with that aspect of your niche.

Use that information in your ad.

You can put something like, “We are the patio gardening experts. If you are looking at establishing a patio garden, listen to our podcast to receive great tips on establishing your patio garden.”

Then, in the podcast, you can have a call to action such as, “Give us a call and we will help you get set up for success” or something similar. I’m just doing this off the cuff. You can phrase it appropriately for your niche.

But that would be it! Nothing else. No other products or services.

You can put a picture of a patio garden in the ad and set it as the photo for your episodes. You can put that photo on your website.

Then, you split test the ad…

If you get no responses with listing the website; change it to an email address and run it again.

If you get some responses with one way of running the ad, change the product or service description JUST A LITTLE BIT, maybe a word or two at the most. Then run it again…

Change the photo. Then run it again.

Change the colors used. Then run it again.

If the responses go down, change it back and run it again.

You do this until you have the ad that gets you the best results for “Patio Gardens.”

Then, you do the same process all over again with another area. In Gardening, you might run, Vegetable Gardens. Pick one type of vegetable and start the process all over again.

If you did one week of episodes in each area with a small ad each week, by the end of the year, you will probably have 8-10 well-tested ads that are generating you some great responses.

These can be used over and over again.

If you are marketing in the city, patio gardens are probably the way to go. You can have guests on the podcast to give tips on setting up the patio gardens!

Instead of marketing to all of the different types of gardens available and hoping somebody listens to you, speak ONLY TO ONE PERSON. And do not confuse them with too many options. Confusion will equal no action at all!

Speak to ONE Person in ONE Category of ONE Niche and offer ONE Product.

Let your competitors run the long list of services. Become known as the SPECIALIST, in this example, of “Patio Gardens.” Every time someone thinks about starting a patio garden, they should be thinking of your podcast!

Like I said, you can offer other services and products as well – but your advertising, at least initially, needs to focus on ONE THING – drive traffic to your podcast with marketing targeted to your desired audience.

Take a look at your niche you have chosen and figure out what the ONE area is you will market. Then start formulating your ad.

By staying focused on speaking directly to that one person in one segment of your niche, with only one message, you will begin to see the download numbers start to increase in your podcast stats and possibly drive extra traffic to your website!

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Consult Them in Confidence for Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance Services

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When you install all those precious carpets, some thought should be spared for their long life that requires careful cleaning. The cleaning service refers to several aspects of daily life like the mattress, tiles everywhere, vinyl, upholstery, and curtains. Some cleaning work attempted in a DIY approach with internet help may be possible. The safest approach when it comes to expensive stuff is professional carpet cleaning carried out by the experts with their time-tested methods and approved green materials that do no harm the carpet or the environment. They would flit around silently and complete the task without interference in the working or home schedules, leaving the scene neatly arranged like before.

Fourteen years is a long time

The learning from experience has been a bitter-sweet journey and crossing a decade did bring a quota of happiness well deserved after all the ups and downs. Meanwhile, as we witnessed changes in technology, machinery, and materials, success brought a big boost. So many years later and it seems like several decades, we go about attending to emergencies, routine cleaning and maintenance services and repairs with a greater confidence, armed with technical know-how.

Certification does help and it is easier to convince of our authenticity. As the society grows more and more specialized, you are required to be an expert rather than a handyman. The IICRC certification gives an air of invincibility and licensing too has its many advantages.

Assurance of thorough carpet cleaning services

Some companies make sweet promises, but leave you disappointed in the end. Avoiding shortcuts and leaving things half done is not the policy that results in retaining customers and earning more referrals that they aim for. The result of such patchy work with inferior equipment and cheap chemicals would be carpeted that retain the wetness over several days. They can certainly assure of absolutely fast and reliable carpet cleaning services with the best machinery and chemicals.

The very powerful Amtex truck-mounted machine is the latest in the equipment and the cleaning is done through several stages. The cleaning temperature is extremely high with a strong vacuum action, carpets get cleaned faster and dryness is quickly achieved. The result is a longer life for the carpets. That is not only a promise but a guarantee. If at all unsatisfied, they will re-clean and even refund if something is yet amiss.

Stubborn stains may be bothering you

Hidden away for years perhaps are stains on the carpet that seem to be forever, particularly for those who attempted cleaning by themselves. If referred, our workers would probably get rid of them quickly and leave the carpet as good as new. If you never got the carpets cleaned professionally, give it a try and watch the carpets being transformed anew. Some terrible stains just won’t go and you will be informed accordingly. Did you know of the several cleaning services that may be most appropriate?

Standard Carpet Cleaning

Steam cleaning takes care of the usual soiled carpets through several stages by the high powered machine.

Deluxe Carpet Cleaning

Excessively soiled carpets require the deluxe service that involves pre-vacuuming, carpet agitation, stain treatments, fiber rinsing, and high powered steam cleaning.

Master Carpet Cleaning

An intense cleaning session for the ultimate results! If it is the favorite carpet or very heavily soiled, go for it. Pre-vacuuming, carpet shampooing, stain treatments, multiple fiber treatments including stain protection and powerful truck mounted steam cleaning are the procedure.

Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning

Using little moisture, this procedure results in very quick drying and is most suitable for businesses. The results are better too, and carpets remain clean longer.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Exposed to greater wear and tear that results in heavy soiling, commercial carpets require an intensive cleaning procedure.

Emergencies and repairs

Offering services round the clock, the workers are geared to attend to flooding and other crises that may occur at the dead of night. Perhaps everybody has faced such an occasion with water entering the house and soaking the carpets and the furniture.

In such a situation, avoid getting things done by yourself. Armed with the right machinery and a strategy that has been applied successfully many times, workers will drain out the water and save the carpets from damage. In addition, insurance claim processing may require with their assistance too, being well versed in such matters.

Should you need carpet repair services?

If the carpet has developed tears and strings getting pulled through long use, workers have the best solutions. Frays and burn marks, stains and re-seaming, re-stretching, installation of carpet trims, patching and re-laying, they do them all in a jiffy. Carpet cleaning and other services would be well done, leaving them in excellent shape for the longer future.

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Kitchen Gardens, A Source of Health

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Food, the principle source of energy for our body is also a source of disease and uneasiness. Safer the food is healthier a person will be. Due to industrialization and environmental degradation the quality of available food is also degraded. Excessive use of insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers has increased the food quantitatively but not qualitatively. When a consumer eats a food which is produced by excessive use of chemicals then the health of consumer is on the edge of vulnerability. So providence of safe and healthy food is a big issue, organically grown fruits and vegetables are most beneficial for health and for producing organically grown food, kitchen gardening or home gardening is the most reliable activity. It is a hobby and also a need for health conscious people.

In kitchen gardening plants are grown for consumption in house, majorly kitchen gardening is considered as growing of vegetables for consumption in house, but kitchen gardening is more than production of vegetables only. Kitchen gardening or home gardening is an art, technology and technique of maintaining nature and growing fruits, vegetables, spices, condiments and medicinal herbs in a family house, for in house consumption or in either way for kitchen use. It is said, that there are certain limitations for practicing kitchen gardening, that, this system must comprise of a family house, having a recreational area or a garden, for practicing this technique but, our point of view is, that it can also be practiced on roof-tops by using containers and pots.

If there is no availability of space on the ground then this healthy gardening activity can be practiced on house tops by the use of pots and containers. Requirement of spare time for garden establishment and management is a considerable factor; a person can only spend time in this gardening activity if he has interest in it, so to develop interest in gardening is a key factor for establishment and management of kitchen gardens. For practicing garden activity one should know the skills to establish and manage a garden. So, space, time, interest and skills are some major aspects needed for establishment of kitchen gardens.

While thinking about a kitchen/home garden, the main motive which comes in one’s mind is providence of healthy and nutritious food but benefits of kitchen/home gardens are far more than that. Garden plants and their various colors stimulate healthy brain activity. Green colour can also act positively in enhancing brain efficiency. Children and youth should also be involved in such practices; by this they can increase their exposure to fruit and vegetable consumption. For increasing children and youth involvement in garden based activities there is a need for garden based educational programs. These garden based educational programs will increase healthful eating behavior in children as well as in youth, leading to self-aware and healthy generation.

Kitchen gardening technique can also be practiced by housewives. They can adopt this technique as a hobby; by practicing kitchen gardening they will be able to reduce daily expenses and can ensure the providence of healthier, nutritious, cheaper and quality vegetables for their family.

So it can be concluded that kitchen gardens or home gardens can play a vital role in reducing health hazards and can ensure providence of healthy and nutritious vegetables.

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Carpet Cleaning: Tips For Choosing The Best Carpet Cleaner

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When the time comes to have your carpet professionally steam cleaned, your first impulse will probably be to choose to hire the cleaner with the lowest prices. Be careful! The majority of these companies have cut corners somewhere! When businesses like these advertise ‘unbeatable prices,’ you need to ask yourself three important questions.

Have they cut extremely vital operating costs, such as insurance?

An adequate level of business insurance coverage is not cheap. Consequently, this is commonly one of the first things to get cut if a business is struggling. If this business cannot afford insurance to cover them if an unfortunate accident should occur on your property, can they afford to pay for any damage to your home or your loved ones if they should have an accident? Business insurance is not required by law; any person with a legitimate business license can legally do business without insurance. Always ask your carpet cleaner for proof of insurance!

Is this company using substandard equipment?

Anything other than steam cleaning is not going to do an adequate job of cleaning your carpet, upholstery or area rugs. Dry carpet cleaning such as encapsulation cleaning, dry foam cleaning, and bonnet cleaning will only disguise the dirt in your textiles. In addition, these sub-par cleaning systems do not kill germs, viruses, or diseases because they use only small amounts of warm water. These dry cleaning methods are designed for use on commercial carpeting in commercial establishments such as stores, schools, and churches. Steam cleaning on the other hand is considered the gold standard for textile cleaning. Most steam cleaners produce water above 180+ degrees F for superior cleaning and germ killing capability. Steam cleaning equipment is extremely costly and in order for companies employing steam cleaners to stay in business, they have to charge more than the commonly advertised ‘Whole House For $99’ special. Before hiring any carpet cleaner, ask if they do steam cleaning. If their answer is “no” then you’re better off finding a different company.

Will this company use bait and switch tactics on me?

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Unfortunately, homeowners are still swindled out of hundreds of dollars every day. What happens is, the customer falls for the attractive pricing and decides to hire the carpet cleaner. Then, when the technicians are done cleaning, they spring a bunch of hidden charges on the homeowner resulting in a much larger bill than originally agreed upon. Then, since the work has already been completed, the homeowner feels pressured to pay the price even though they feel taken advantage of. Another position that these companies use is intimidation. As soon as they walk in the door, they start with their extremely high-pressured sales and suggestions for the homeowner. They start adding on service after service and are very pushy with their suggestions until before you know it, the price is three times higher than originally agreed upon. Always demand a written quote before any (not just carpet cleaning) technician does any work in your home. This way, if the company tries to increase the price on you after the work is completed, you have physical evidence that would hold up in a court of law suggesting that they are using bait and switch tactics. A legitimate carpet cleaning company should be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate over the phone and should be able to provide you with an exact price, prior to beginning cleaning.

Choosing a carpet cleaner may seem a bit scary to you at this point. Relax; as long as you follow the above guidelines, you will be thrilled with whichever cleaner you choose.

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Gardens That Need Less – A Book Review

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If you are like me, then you want to grow your own organic vegetables, and have your own really cool garden, but, you also know that you hardly have time to spend making it perfect. But did you know that there are many time-saving ways to have your garden and eat well too, without it taking hours a day – it’s true. Let me explain. You see, what you need is an education in gardening and some sure fire tips to make you the local gardening expert. So, I’d like to recommend a very good book to you:

“Low-Maintenance Gardening” by Fiona Gilsenan – 1998 (A Sunset Book).

Are you interested in gardening, but also realize the need to save water? Perhaps you travel a lot and know that your lack of attention could cause the plants to all die? Have you considered the local critters in the area that might eat up your garden or the problems with insects that feast upon your plants? Well, if any of these things are serious issues for you to consider then you need to get this book.

One super feature of this book, is that it breaks things down by region so no matter where you live, there are tips and information for you. There are also many time-saving methods outlined in the book, to insure that you spend your time wisely. The book also has hundreds of easy to manage plant species that you can plant that work well together and require very little care or water.Whether you are looking for an oriental garden, vegetable garden, decorative garden or a total xeriscape, this book will be perfect for you.

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Considerations in Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service

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Choosing a commercial cleaning service seems like a no-brainer but if you choose the wrong one, you’ll feel the effects in no time. Although many cleaning services are quite reliable, there are some that don’t have such a good reputation and a lot of experience. Before you choose your commercial cleaning service company, you should consider a few things. When it comes to cleaning your office, you have to make sure everything is done properly, but above all, you need to know that your confidential data will stay confidential. The cleaners are usually there after regular business hours so there will be little or no supervision. This means you have to choose the commercial cleaning service company you can trust.

In this article, you’ll learn what the commercial cleaning services offer you as their client and how this can affect your office appearance. In addition, we’ll give you some tips to help you choose the best commercial cleaning service for your business and to establish a good business relationship with your cleaning company.

When it comes to business, appearance is everything. If your office is dirty and messy and some clients decide to drop by unexpectedly, this can seriously hurt your business. You need to make sure your office always looks clean and neat. Other than the appearance, if you haven’t yet hired a reliable company to clean your office, the health and safety of your employees will be compromised. If there’s dust or mold around the office, the working environment isn’t safe and this can cost you if someone files an insurance claim. On the other hand, if you hire the right cleaners, you are making sure that there are no health risks that could affect your employees.

Other than maintaining your image and keeping your office safe, there are a couple more things to think about when choosing your commercial cleaning service. If you’re running a successful business, you probably have a lot of competition. You have to be sure that your sensitive business information will be kept safe so you have to choose a cleaning company you can trust. Also, if you have expensive equipment around the office, the cleaners need to know how to handle the equipment without causing any damage. You should make it clear what things they shouldn’t tamper with but you should also do a little background check on the company to see if there were any complaints.

Another thing you should think about when you’re choosing the proper cleaners for your business is whether the cleaning products they use are environmentally friendly. The ”green” products can help decrease the health risks associated with the use of certain chemicals while the prices shouldn’t be much higher.

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