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Window Cleaning and Hard Water Stains

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For most people their home is their most valuable asset. Every home owner or business owner understands the need to do basic maintenance to upkeep and protect their investment. It is also true that many people view window cleaning more as a luxury then a necessity. The simple fact is that windows in any home or office can only endure a measure of neglect before they will no longer get clean. While professional window cleaning may not be cheap, it makes perfect sense when one understands that your other options are “window restoration work” or “replacing” damaged glass which can cost thousands. Let me explain how this works.

Depending on what state your home or office is in will determine how often you need your windows cleaned. Each state has its own debris and climate which affects windows. I live and work in Santa Cruz CA. which has moderate temperatures but lots of debris. The most damaging hazard of all that exist in almost every state is what is called “Hard water stains.” Hard water stains take place when windows are subject to normal hose water, garden sprinklers and or run-off that gets on the glass. This water has mineral deposits that when left to dry on the window, will stain and even etch the glass. Add direct sunlight to this equation and the damage happens ever faster. A great example of what this looks like would be to consider your shower windows or shower doors if they are glass. They begin to look foggy but eventually they will not get clean without chemicals and a power buffer. This is called “Window restoration work” and can be very costly. If the windows are etched they may need to be replaced.

Some tips that will help you prevent “hard water stains’ damaging your windows would include, avoiding watering your windows when you water your outdoor plants and flowers. If you have sprinklers installed, be sure they are positioned so that they don’t spray your windows. And finally, be sure your rain gutters are not clogged or leaking causing water to run down the side of your house and windows. These simple steps are proven to save windows over time. In the event that hard water stains have already appeared, and hiring a professional window cleaner is not an option, you can purchase a variety of hard water stain removers from any of the leading window cleaning supply stores such as http://jracenstein.com or http://windows101.com.

The good news is all this can be avoided and for some it may start with this very article. Having been a fulltime professional window cleaner in Santa Cruz CA. since 1999, I know for a fact that having your windows cleaned even once a year can not only increase light in your home, decrees your heating bill by allowing more heat, but also protect your windows from hard water stains. It is also true that as your windows are cleaned regularly even hard water stains from the past will begin to break down.

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Kahrs Natural Hardwood Flooring

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High-gloss hard wood floors aren’t for everyone. Some homeowners just want to “keep it real,” with a simple, natural-looking hard wood floor for their home. They favor simplicity rather than sheen. They want a floor with a natural, timeless beauty that needs no enhancement. Does that sound like you?

Meet Kahrs Flooring, one of the oldest hardwood flooring companies in the world. Launched in Europe in 1857, they invented engineered hardwood flooring! Kahrs’ extensive collection of over 100 domestic and exotic hardwoods gives potential customers and homeowners limitless options when it comes to choosing a hardwood floor.

If you are looking into exotics, be sure to check out Kahrs World Natural collection. Brazilian Cherry Quito is simply stunning with its golden tones. If you want a darker cherry, you have two more options with Brazilian Cherry Caracas and Brazilian Cherry La Paz.

Those who love soft, light-colored woods will love Red Oak Denver in the American Naturals collection. Also in the American Naturals collection, the even lighter, almost white Maple Winnipeg.

The great thing about both World Naturals and American Naturals’ collections, aside from the beautiful woods selected, is the choices available for both size and patterns. You can opt for the standard 5″ wide planks or go for the ultra wide 7-7 7/8″ planks. You can purchase a one-strip pattern or three strip, square edges or beveling – all adding a unique twist to a classically beautiful hardwood floor.

Be sure to check out Kahrs’ molding options for their hard wood floors. The transition between a hardwood floor and carpet should be as smooth as the hardwood floor’s finish. With professional hardwood floor installation, you can be sure that the transition will be seamless, and precise, just like Kahrs.

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American Idol – Fun Idol Ringtones For Fans

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During the last several years American Idol became one of the most popular shows in the United States and in many others countries as well. There are a lot of fans and just people who love this show and its participants. These people are really happy to hear their Idol’s songs and that is why they download American Idol Ringtones to their cell phones.

It is a good way to express yourself with Idol Ringtones. Every week American Idol gives its viewers a nice performance, wonderful mood and fantastic emotions. The most amazing thing is that everybody can give his voice for his own American Idol. And another great thing is that everybody can get Idol Ringtones to their mobile phones.

I can tell you that I like to change my ring tone and that is why I download new ringtones every week. The most of all I like Idol ringtones because they are and fun and popular. Sometimes my favorite American Idols sing the songs I do not like very much. In such case I can download the other ringtones.

Many people like the hit “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” from Wham. “It’s Our Time”, “When I look at you”, “Make a Wave” are also great. It is cool that America can see and take a part is such a cool show. I and my friends send sms for our favorites. Last time we saved Siobhan Magnus, Lee Dewyze, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Didi Benami, Michael Lynche and Crystal Bowersox.

Who will go home next?

It all depends on many things. Judges can tell their words but America will decide who continue the show and who will lose the chance to be the next Idol.

This is truly a fantastic opportunity for usual boys and girls to become famous and it is fine that American Idol ring tones are available for mass. American Idol show has gathered a huge community around itself and I believe it is great and we have such a fun show.

What is waiting for us next week?

Who will be the next American Idol?

What songs will we hear?

What judges will tell?

How America will vote?

We can guess and only God knows the answers for sure. And all we can do to get the answers for these question we need just wait and see. Let’s follow the show and root for our favorites.

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Ideas for a Successful Garage Sale

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A garage sale is a great way to reclaim space in your home and make a few dollars at the same time! However, if you are going to have a garage sale, these tips can help make it a success!

Permits: Make sure you check to see if you are required to purchase or apply for a garage sale permit. Many areas do not require this, but if your town does, not getting a permit for your sale could get you shut down or fined.

Signs: Put up lots of signs and place them at every intersection around your neighborhood. Make sure your signs are large and sturdy so they don’t blow away in the wind. Make your letters large and clear so cars can easily read them when passing by.

Advertising: Advertise your sale! Post it on local online garage sale sites in your area for maximum exposure. Also, be sure and list any individual attention getting items you may have for sale. Many people will only pursue the garage sales that are posted to online sites because it gives them a preview of the items available at the sale and allows them to plan their route in advance.

Get Attention: String brightly colored pennant flags from your yard to the top of the garage or a tree to attract attention to your sale. Put your large or attention getting items out front where they will attract attention! Toys or furniture items are good attention getters.

Money: Keep your cash safe! Take large bills in the house periodically and keep money in a cash box or apron for protection. Do not leave money unattended.

Display Items: Use tables to display items such as dishes, household items, toys, tools, etc. Avoid leaving items in boxes. Use a clothing rack to display clothes for more visibility. Customers are much more likely to look through clothing on a rack than they are to dig through boxes or sort through clothes displayed on a table. Some local businesses may rent clothing racks at an affordable price.

Packaging: Keep a few plastic grocery store bags handy for your customers purchases. Also, if you have a lot of small related items, package them together in one bag and price them as a set.

After the sale: Any left over items can be donated to a charitable organization or saved for a future sale! Many charitable organizations will welcome left over garage sale donations!

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