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Tri-Bio back in stock and with new products.

We have finally received our order from Tri-Bio we placed back in November and we have full shelves again.

Along side the normal range of products, we also have stock of their new products that are for sale for the … [read more...]

New: Pure-Spa Spa Aroma with essential oils.

Add an extra dimension to your bath with the restorative properties of essential oils for a luxurious aromatherapy treatment in your Spa or Hot tub.

Pure-Spa Spa Aroma is designed to mix totally with your spa water without interacting with … [read more...]

How To Clean and Care For Your Grout.

Keeping your tile looking its best doesn’t just mean cleaning and caring for the tile itself, the grout in between needs some love too – and not just for aesthetic reasons. Sure, you want to prevent stains and discoloration, but … [read more...]

Also Back In Stock

Yesterday, we announced the the long out of stock product Glisten Dishwasher Cleaner, formerly Glisten Dishwasher Magic, had come back into stock. Today, we are pleased to announce its sister product Glisten Washing Machine Cleaner, formerly Glisten Washer Magic … [read more...]

Back In Stock

Glisten Dishwasher Cleaner (formerly Dishwasher Magic) has finally hit the shelves again.

One of the best dishwasher cleaners on the market today, was sorely missed when it was taken out of production but now it’s back and better than ever.… [read more...]

Coronavirus Update

We at Homecare Essentials would like to reassure our customers that we are still open for business in this difficult time.

You have probably seen on the news and on social media that panic buying of products has led to shortages, principle of which are cleaning products especially in respect to anti-bacterial and sanitising products.

Since the outbreak hit our shores, we have seen an unprecedented level of sales for these and other household essential cleaning products.

As the government advice to keep the spread of this malicious disease produces more and more restrictions, people are purchasing any and all products that they think will help keep them and their families safe, this has resulted in massive shortages in supply from our suppliers and it has now reached a critical point where available stock of these items has become exhausted.

While we endeavour to fulfill all our existing orders, some cancellations may be inevitable as items are no longer obtainable from suppliers.

We will continue to follow the governments advice and we are closely monitoring the crisis as it develops and we will strive to provide our services for as long as we are permitted to do so.

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Tri-Bio back in stock and with new products.

We have finally received our order from Tri-Bio we placed back in November and we have full shelves again.

Along side the normal range of products, we also have stock of their new products that are for sale for the first time in the UK.

Venturing in to the Oral Hygiene area, Tri-Bio have produced 3 new Toothpastes.

TRI-BIO Natural Eco Toothpaste for Total Toothcare is an Eco-formula based on natural plant and mineral ingredients. No colorants, no SLS, no parabens. Awarded with ECO certificates. It contains the minimum recommended fluoride amount for healthy teeth.

The second in the range is TRI-BIO Natural Eco Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth, recommended for people with Asthma and Allergies. The Eco-formula is based on natural plant and mineral ingredients. Flavour Free.

Last but not least is TRI-BIO Natural Eco Kids Toothpaste, recommended for people with Asthma and Allergies. The Eco-formula is based on natural plant and mineral ingredients. Specially formulated for ages 0 – 6

The Toothpastes are all made from all natural ingredients and are Vegan friendly and Organic.

New: Pure-Spa Spa Aroma with essential oils.

Add an extra dimension to your bath with the restorative properties of essential oils for a luxurious aromatherapy treatment in your Spa or Hot tub.

Pure-Spa Spa Aroma is designed to mix totally with your spa water without interacting with the disinfection system or leave a residue in your spa or pipework.

The essential oils are solubilised to create a solution in order to be diluted perfectly in the spa water, without any impact on purification or filtration. To enjoy a spa bath with essential oils, pour two to three tablespoons directly into the water for an average sized tub (1.5 m3) lasting about 20 to 30 minutes.

Available in 6 wonderful fragrances to cater to your mood.

Cedar & Verbena : The perfect marriage between soft woody Cedar and fresh lemony Verbena.

EucalyptusAn invigorating, refreshing fragrance that clears the mind & senses, aiding concentration and helping to make breathing easier.

Lavender: A soft, cool herbal fragrance that is renowned for its calming properties, relieving the tensions and stresses of modern life. (Currently unavailable)

Orange Blossom: A sweet sensual fragrance of exotic blooms that soothes & lifts the spirit, creating a feeling of positivity.

OrientA warm, spicy and seductive fragrance that is a delight to the senses and a lovely skin refresher.

Rosemary: An invigorating and powerful herb known for its healing properties.

To purchase, click either the image or the fragrance to be taken to the product page where you can treat yourself, you deserve it.

How To Clean and Care For Your Grout.

Keeping your tile looking its best doesn’t just mean cleaning and caring for the tile itself, the grout in between needs some love too – and not just for aesthetic reasons. Sure, you want to prevent stains and discoloration, but there are some practical concerns that affect the longevity of your tile as well. Mildew and bacterial build-up are another major concern, along with liquids seeping beneath your tile.

A lot of people don’t realize, but grout is an incredibly porous material that can and will soak up liquid, grease and grime. That goes for cooking spills in the kitchen, mud being tracked on the front door and mildew in the bathroom.

But don’t worry, it’s all preventable! On top of that, it’s pretty easy as long as you keep up on it and follow the guidelines below.

We see so many recommendations floating around the web and by word of mouth recommending vinegar or other acidic solutions for cleaning grout and tile, but this should really be avoided. Acidic chemicals will break down and weaken the grout structure, causing premature failure. Plus, acidic cleaning solutions can etch and damage the stone around it as well.

What you should be using instead is a pH balanced cleaner that is tough on dirt and grime to get your grout back to its original color while still maintaining structural integrity. Granite Gold Grout Cleaner® is specifically formulated for use on grout while still being safe for natural-stone, ceramic, porcelain and even colored grout. Being non-acidic, this is a cleaning solution that is tough to beat.

As an added bonus, a nylon scrub brush is included in the kit to help agitate and remove any grime build-up. This is important because too harsh of a scrubbing material can also damage and wear down your grout. That means no steel wool or harsh scouring pads, as they will not only damage the grout, but will strip the protective seal on the grout and the tile around it.

SEAL YOUR GROUT:

That’s right, just like your natural stone, your grout should be treated with a proper sealant as well. This will give the surfaces a protective coating to help prevent liquids and mildew from making its way below the surface, as well as help to prevent stains and make your clean-up job just that much easier.

In general, it’s recommended that you seal your grout and natural-stone every 6-12 months, but high-trafficked areas and spots that have been through a deep cleaning might need it sooner than that. If you’re not sure on when and how to seal your grout, please be sure to check out our guide on the topic here.

Water seeping beneath the surface can not only provide a breeding ground for bacteria, but can lead to the breakdown of the grout as well as the adhesives holding the tile down to the floor.

HOW TO DEAL WITH TOUGH STAINS:

If a stain does set in, you have a few options available to you if a grout cleaning solution isn’t enough to get the job done. Steam used in conjunction with a stone-safe cleaner can make quick work of this build-up. For instance, for bathroom tile, you can spray your stone-safe cleaner on the grout and then crank up the hot water in the shower for 5 minutes with the door closed. You might be surprised at how easily soap scum and grime comes up this way.

It’s also important to not discolor your grout – especially with darker shades. Overly alkaline solutions like bleach can absorb into the grout and oxidize, causing a chalky white appearance. With that being said however, for really tough grime and mildew, bleach can be used if diluted to a 50/50 mix with water.

Always make sure to rinse this solution away completely, and be sure to keep this mixture off of metal fixtures, wood surfaces and porcelain. After a cleaning as thorough as this, it’s highly recommended that you seal the surface again, as this process is assured to damage that protective barrier.

ALWAYS WIPE AWAY AND SOAK UP SPILLS:

Like outlined above, even leaving standing water on your tile and grout can lead to some serious headaches by creating a breeding ground for mildew and compromising the structural integrity of the tile as a whole. Cooking grease can lead to similar issues while also being harder to clear out once it has seeped into the surface. Soap scum is another common offender, with the added risk of discoloring your grout where it is left to sit.

For stone tile showers, it’s recommended to give the wet surfaces a quick once over with a squeegee to prevent standing water from doing any damage, or becoming a small scale primordial soup science project. A lint-free microfiber cloth can work well for smaller spills.

It’s also important to maintain proper ventilation to prevent these issues on bathroom tile. It’s not a bad idea to open a window or run the bathroom exhaust fan for 10-15 minutes following a shower. This should allow for fast evaporation of water on the tile, limiting the time bacteria has to grow and take hold.

As you can tell by now, a major theme of this guide is that small amounts of regular maintenance over time is really key to freeing you up for more labor-intensive work in the future. If let go for too long, it can be quite a costly venture to bring in a professional to fix damaged grout and stone. Diligence is key!

Credit for this work goes to Granite Gold, original article can be found here

Also Back In Stock

Yesterday, we announced the the long out of stock product Glisten Dishwasher Cleaner, formerly Glisten Dishwasher Magic, had come back into stock. Today, we are pleased to announce its sister product Glisten Washing Machine Cleaner, formerly Glisten Washer Magic is also back on the shelves.

What the Dishwasher Cleaner does for your Dishwasher, the Washing Machine Cleaner will do for your washing machine. Unlike other Washing machine cleaners, you will not need a separate cleaner for the detergent tray and the rubber door seals, Glisten Washing Machine Cleaner does those as well. Recommended by many washing machine manufacturers and suitable for all makes and models.

Get yours HERE, your Washing Machine will thank you for it.

Back In Stock

Glisten Dishwasher Cleaner (formerly Dishwasher Magic) has finally hit the shelves again.

One of the best dishwasher cleaners on the market today, was sorely missed when it was taken out of production but now it’s back and better than ever.

With a gorgeous Lemon scent, it will leave your dishwasher looking and running like new.

Get it HERE before stocks run out.

We have only gone and done it again!

For the second consecutive year, Homecare Essentials has been awarded Feefo’s highest service award, the coveted Platinum Trusted Service Award.

We thought we might have missed out this time around as we had the website switched off for a significant portion of last year due to the COVID crisis which meant no orders were being registered and no feedback requests were being submitted. We were very pleasantly surprised when we were told not only had we qualified for consideration but we had actually exceeded the target to receive the platinum certification.

On behalf of all of the Homecare Essentials team, Please allow me to extend a very big thank you to all our customers who left feedback and thank you for your continued and new custom that has allowed us to keep going during this especially difficult time, to keep the lights on and still be here for you after all this is done with.

New Product Announcement

Introducing Pierre D’Argent Natural Multi-purpose Cleaner paste.

Made in France, Pierre D’Argent Natural Multi-purpose Cleaner is a convenient, use almost anywhere multi-purpose cleaner. It will leave a protective coating that does not dull the surface applied to and leaves a pleasing Lavender or Lemon fragrance.
It contains no phosphates or other harmful chemicals.

For use on Glass top stoves, Stainless steel, Silver, Brass and Copper, Shower doors, Tiles, BBQ Grills, Outdoor furniture, Pools and Jacuzzis, Microwaves and Cookers Aluminium Wheels, Chromes, Grills and Leather.

Simple to use,

Wet the sponge and wipe it over the paste. Apply to the soiled area in a circular motion then rinse with water and wipe dry with a Microfibre Cloth.

Let the paste dry before closing the container.

Note: Always test for colour fastness on a non-visible part prior to use.

Happy New Year

I think I can happily speak for everyone when I say it will be good to see the back of 2020, a definite “Annus Horribilis” a phrase once used by Her Majesty in a Christmas Day broadcast after the fire that almost destroyed Windsor Castle a few years back.

For a lot of us, this year will be forever remembered sadly as we have lost friends and loved ones, gone too soon. To them, we will raise a glass at Midnight tonight.

New year is a time to look forward and let us hope that 2021 will bring a ray or two of sunshine on this bleak midwinter.

Stay safe and from all us at Homecare Essentials, have a very happy and prosperous New Year.

International Orders and Deliveries.

Due to the current changing situation with COVID 19 and the closure of international traffic from the UK and also with the current uncertainty over Brexit, we have taken the decision to suspend our international orders for the foreseeable future.

Once the situation improves and we can accurately measure the changes and impact that Brexit will have on overseas orders and the practicality of sending to our overseas customers, we will look at the resumption of international ordering again.

We have not taken this decision lightly and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our overseas customers for your custom and here’s to hopefully the resumption of orders and deliveries to the EU in the New Year.

Royal Mail WISMO crisis as service overwhelmed

Along with many other small business retailers, we are being inundated with “Where is my order?” messages. This is so common in normal times that ‘Where is my order’ has an industry acronym – WISMO, and this year you’re likely to get more WISMO messages than ever before.

The problem is of course that despite taking on 33,000 Christmas workers to bolster their 110,000 permanent staff, Royal Mail have been working at Christmas levels since March and the deluge of online shopping hasn’t stopped for nine months. Now with Christmas coming, the normal Christmas rush is hitting on top of the pandemic online shopping and WISMO is inevitable due to delays.

We’ve already seen marketplaces extend delivery estimations with eBay telling buyers that their Royal Mail 48 could take up to five days to arrive instead of 2 days. Setting buyer’s expectations is the first way to cut down on WISMO and the second, if you use tracked services, is to make sure that your customers receive tracking information and can self serve by checking the status of their parcel themselves.

If you are a buyer and waiting to receive a parcel, our advice is to be patient and try to resist the temptation to deluge retailers, Royal Mail and other couriers with WISMO enquiries. Everyone in the ecommerce and delivery industry are working flat out and sadly all your enquiry is likely to do is take someone away from getting things moving rather than get you an immediate answer.

It’s time to accept that, for some, this Christmas there will be a missing present under the tree that’s not delivered on time. We’ve known for a long time that this would not be a normal Christmas so get yourself in the mindset of making do and accepting the inevitable. Royal Mail and other carriers are doing their utmost to deliver Christmas, and you can give yourself the best possible chance of receiving every delivery you want by shopping early – if you’ve not already done your Christmas shopping count this as a warning that now’s the time to do it, not four days before Christmas!

“Despite our best efforts, exhaustive planning and significant investment in extra resource, some customers may experience slightly longer delivery timescales than our usual service standards.

This is due to the exceptionally high volumes we are seeing, exacerbated by the coronavirus-related measures we have put in place in local mail centres and delivery offices.

In such cases, we always work hard to get back to providing our usual level of service as quickly as we can.”
– Royal Mail

Credit to Chris Dawson at Tamebay for the above article. original article HERE