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Don’t Let Mould Creep Up On You This Winter!

As the mercury heads south for the winter, and the days get decidedly shorter, most of us start thinking about switching on the central heating for the first time in months. As those colder outer walls start to heat up, it becomes a prime breeding ground for mould.

Humidity and ambient moisture are food and drink for mould clusters and if you can actually see the mould tucked away in the corners of the room, then chances are there is a much larger colony hiding behind your wallpaper. Does the room have a (musty) smell, do you find your eyes water or itch and your nose starts to get runny when in the room? if you answer yes then it’s a very good chance you have mould.

Well don’t despair, with a little bit of effort and not a lot of cost, it is a problem you can easily tackle at home without calling in a professional.

Wykamol No More Mould Eradication Kit, contains all you need to rid yourself of mould but more importantly, stop it from regrowing.

The kit contains a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes from splashes and a pair of disposable gloves to protect your hands, a sponge to wipe away the mould after using the MCS1 (Mould Clear Spray) to treat the surface of the affected areas. This ready to use mould treatment spray is fast acting, will protect your decorative finishes and does not stain the treated areas and comes in a handy 1 litre trigger spray bottle.

To stop the mould from regrowing again, Wykamol have included 2 bottles of MCS3 (Mould Clear Solution) paint additive. Dedicated paint that contains anti-mould properties can be costly but 1 bottle of the MCS3 paint additive will give anti-mould properties to up to 5 litres of ordinary emulsion paint in any colour. That means once you have treated the mould, you can paint over it with your favourite colour paint and can rest easy that the mould will not be coming back anytime soon.

To buy these items separately will cost you approx £35.00, the Wykamol Mould Eradication Kit is almost half that cost at £20.95 (Postage not included).

If do find signs of mould in your home, don’t despair, it is not a sign your home is dirty or neglected, mould will grow anywhere you have high humidity and or water vapour, that is why it is most common in bathrooms and kitchens and can be almost invisible until the clusters get big enough by which time your health is under threat.

So next time you notice a smudge in the corner of the bathroom ceiling or get an unexpected sneeze on entering a room, it might just be mould lurking, ready to pounce.

New Product Announcement

A little bit of a departure from our usual product lines, new from Manor Fireside Products, exterior, lockable, post boxes.

Named after the more affluent London areas, these attractive wall mounted post boxes would not look out of place in the areas they are named after.

Bloomsbury
Belgravia
Mayfair
Kensington
Pimlico

All the post boxes come supplied with 2 keys and the all the fixtures needed to mount the box to the wall.

Weatherproof , all the boxes have covered letter slots and extra large openings to get even the largest letter out of the box safely without damage.

Attractively coloured white except the Kensington which is Stainless Steel. The boxes are subtle and understated with minimal styling, although the Bloomsbury has a Swiss cuckoo clock style look to it.

The post boxes are limited availability so grab one quick, just click the image of your choice to be taken directly to the purchase page on our website.

Product Spotlight – Liberon Steel Wool

Steel Wool, incredibly versatile item that should be a staple of every handymans (Handypersons now, sorry.) toolkit, is one of those things that you never knew you needed until you need it, if that makes sense?

Steel Wool typically comes in 7 grades From the Ultrafine which is grade 0000 all the way up to grade 4 which is the coarsest.

Liberon produce all 7 grades in a range of sizes from 100g up to an incredible 6kg. Liberon primarily use the steel wool for wood care and the application of oils and varnishes.

Steel Wool Grade 0000 is a flexible, ultra-fine steel wool used to cut back between coats of varnish, paint or oil finishes. It is ideal for polishing and cleaning delicate surfaces, including metals such as bronze, copper, chrome, stainless steel and aluminium, or with soapy water to clean and polish porcelain, marble and glass without marking.

Steel Wool Grade 00 is a flexible, abrasive fine to medium steel wool used for light cleaning and surface preparation. It is produced using high-quality steel to create crumble and dust resistant wool that is virtually oil-free. It is suitable for cleaning, smoothing and preparing wood or metal surfaces before re-polishing, waxing, varnishing or painting. It is recommended to use it with a suitable solvent for light to medium cleaning of all metals, and Wax and Polish Remover to get rid of built-up wax polish, smoke and dirt on wood.

Steel Wool Grade 0 is a flexible, abrasive fine to medium steel wool used for light cleaning and surface preparation. It is produced using high-quality steel to create crumble and dust resistant wool that is virtually oil-free. It is suitable for cleaning, smoothing and preparing wood or metal surfaces before re-polishing, waxing, varnishing or painting. It is recommended to use it with a suitable solvent for light to medium cleaning of all metals, and Wax and Polish Remover to get rid of built-up wax polish, smoke and dirt on wood.

Steel Wool Grade 1 is a flexible, abrasive fine to medium steel wool used for light cleaning and surface preparation. It is produced using high-quality steel to create crumble and dust resistant wool that is virtually oil-free. It is suitable for cleaning, smoothing and preparing wood or metal surfaces before re-polishing, waxing, varnishing or painting. It is recommended to use it with a suitable solvent for light to medium cleaning of all metals, and Wax and Polish Remover to get rid of built-up wax polish, smoke and dirt on wood.

Grade 00, Grade 0 and Grade 1 are pretty much the same in terms of usage with the Grade 1 the coarser of the three.

Steel Wool Grade 2 is a flexible, abrasive medium to coarse steel wool used for heavy stripping and cleaning work. It can be used to remove rust, and is recommended for use with Fine Wood Stripper to remove softened polishes, varnishes, lacquers and paints from wood and metal surfaces. It is crumble resistant, and virtually oil free.

Steel Wool Grade 3 is a flexible, abrasive medium to coarse steel wool used for heavy stripping and cleaning work. It can be used to remove rust, and is recommended for use with Fine Wood Stripper to remove softened polishes, varnishes, lacquers and paints from wood and metal surfaces. It is crumble resistant, and virtually oil free.

Steel Wool Grade 4 is a flexible, abrasive medium to coarse steel wool used for heavy stripping and cleaning work. It can be used to remove rust, and is recommended for use with Fine Wood Stripper to remove softened polishes, varnishes, lacquers and paints from wood and metal surfaces. It is crumble resistant, and virtually oil free.

Clicking the bolded links in blue will take you to the product page for the grade you are interested in purchasing. Other sizes are available in that particular grade as well.

I mentioned at the beginning that steel wool is a very versatile product, below are some other uses for Steel Wool that you may not have thought of.

If you need to easily start a camp fire, touching Steel Wool to the terminals of a 9 volt battery will ignite the wool and produce a flame.

Packing Steel Wool in the gaps around pipes and conduits will form a barrier mice and other rodents cannot chew through.

If you find bathing your pet causes the drain to clog with washed off hair, putting Steel Wool in or around the plughole will catch the hair before it can clog the drain and you can just throw it away afterward.

An Engineer friend of mine fills an old tin can with Steel Wool and uses it as an improvised Soldering Iron rest, the Steel Wool holds the Iron upright when not being used and also cleans the solder off the iron when it is being used. No more burn marks in his work table.

Product Spotlight – Wudcare Wudfil Wood Fillers

We are pleased to say we are now stocking the full range of Wudcare Wudfil Wood Fillers, actually by completing the range, this now means we are stocking all of the Wudcare Range of products. Why is this significant? well, let me explain.

Wudcare products have been used by craftsmen since the early 1990’s and the name is synonymous with quality.

When Wudfil Woodfiller was first introduced into builders’ merchants there were no equals and ‘Wudfil’ is still considered today as the filler that all others must beat.  The Wudcare range includes the Easy Stain wood fillers and a comprehensive range of adhesives with excellent binding properties from Super Glue and activator to Fast Grab and wood adhesives.

Wudcare have produced a very nice brochure that showcases their products I have reproduced it below but you can download the original from HERE

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The newly arrived wood fillers come in 2 varieties, Original and Easy Stain and are available in a range of colours.

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The Original Wood Filler is a two part filler (filler and hardener) when dry is ready to be stained or painted. Hardening takes approximately ten minutes. Once hardened or cured, Wudfil Woodfiller is easily sanded smooth. It has the ability to take a sharp edge without crumbling, making it the best choice for filling on an edge where a corner needs to be reformed. Colours: White, Cream, Pine and Mahogany.

The Easy Stain Wood Filler is A two part filler (filler and hardener) with an advanced formulation to make staining easier. Hardening takes approximately ten minutes. Once hardened or cured, Wudfil Woodfiller is easily sanded smooth and will take stains and varnishes. It has the ability to take a sharp edge without crumbling, making it the best choice for filling on an edge where a corner needs to be reformed. Colours: Mahogany, Oak, Pine, Redwood & Teak.

Both varieties are available in 250ml and 500ml tins.

To peruse the Wudcare range of products, the whole range can be found HERE and is available for purchase.

Whether you are a professional carpenter, tradesman or home hobbyist, Wudcare have everything you need for your wood building or wood repair needs.

Product Spotlight – Hotspot Fireplace Products

In the days of all room central heating and voice controlled climate control with tabletop devices, there is something immediately nostalgic about a home fire, whether it is an open fire with a full on mantle and hearth or a small wood burner in the corner of the room, nothing quite beats the feeling that orange crackling thing provides. I was a child of the 1970’s when most houses had a central fireplace in the living room and I have very fond memories of toasting crumpets on a long brass fork in the open fire with my grandparents on a Sunday afternoon.

Of course the reality is very much glossed over as you bask in the warm glow of nostalgia, open fires and wood burners actually took a fair amount of work to clean and maintain and if you are one of the few that still use or rely on open fires and wood burners in your homes today, you know how much effort is required. Well, fortunately a company called Hotspot Fireplace Products is on hand to make your life a little easier.

Their product range covers a host of applications ranging from stove and grate paints and polishes through to marble, glass and multi-purpose cleaning products. They also carry a large range of sealing products ranging from brick and stone sealers and cement through to slate oils and other sealing and finishing products.

They have Black Grate Polish, which restores the colour and finish to the exterior of a black leaded range or wood burning stove, in tube or tin.

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They have High Temperature Stove Paint, in both aerosol and liquid paint, brings new life to a tired looking surface on your wood burning stoves, coal or log effect gas fires, Barbecues etc.

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Their Flue Free Chimney Cleaner Powder is probably their most important yet understated product. It is used to keep the flue and exhaust pipes free from tar and creosote that can block a chimney and exhaust and potentially catch fire.

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They have specialized glass cleaners specifically formulated to remove burn marks and creosote stains from the glass in the doors of the stoves.

From brick and stone sealers to polishes for your Marble mantle, Hotspot has you covered. Need to reseal the fireplace door? Hotspot has the sealing rope and heatbond glue to fix it with.

They can even provide a paint to re-blacken your coals in a coal effect gas fire.

You can view the individual products mentioned above by clicking the images or you can view the entire range we carry HERE

As the nights draw in and the mercury descends more rapidly than we would like, those of you with a wood burning stove or open fire place are getting that warm fuzzy feeling again and thanks to Hotspot Fireplace Products, they will help you maintain it for a long time to come.

New Parts For The Lawnmower? – Look No Further.

Does your garden look a bit like this?

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or this?

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Spring is here and it is time to give the jungle out there some much needed TLC but “oh no!” the drivebelt on the mower has perished, the strimmer spool is empty, the blade on the Flymo snapped.

At Homecare Essentials, we are mainly known for our home cleaning product range, what you may be unaware of, we also stock a huge range of ALM Replacement Lawnmower, Chainsaw, Strimmer and Drive belts.

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ALM Manufacturing is a family owned company established in 1972, specialising in the manufacture consumable parts and accessories for all brands of trimmers, lawnmowers and chainsaws.

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All of our products are quality controlled to the highest standard at every stage of the manufacturing process.

Replacement parts for mowers and strimmers can be hard to find and often require you to find a “specialist” shop as the sheer amount of different makes and models is staggering and often bewildering as the people talk in model numbers and part codes.

Well, don’t panic!

Click HERE and you will be taken to our Trimmer and Mower Spares product section, from there you can select which item you need, be it drive belts or strimmer spools or replacement blades. Each listing contains the make and model number the item can be used for.

Now you can’t use the excuse that the mower is broken to get out of mowing the lawn. Sorry.

Vitax SBK Weedkillers. The Only Weedkillers You Will Need.

And I will tell you why.

During the course of the year tough weeds take advantage. Going unnoticed in the border they thrive, growing stronger and spreading through your precious plants in an attempt to overthrow them.

We all have our main enemies among their ranks: nettles, brambles, ivy, ground elder, bindweed, to name
but a few of the worst offenders.

Systemic weedkillers, like Vitax SBK Tough Weedkiller (contains Triclopyr) works by moving from the leaves, down through the plant to kill the roots. Quite simply the more foliage there is to absorb the chemical, the more there is to get into the plant and so more of the roots will be killer. A common mistake is to pull up, or
strim the weeds before applying the weedkiller. This means it is less effective, if it works at all.

SBK tough weedkiller is specially formulated not to harm grass, so you can use it close to the lawn. However it will kill any of your precious garden plants that it comes into direct contact with, therefore care is needed when applying it. It is very effective
when used on tree seedlings and saplings, such as ash and
sycamore which are a problem in many gardens. It can also
be used as a tree stump killer at any time of the year, even
during the winter months.

The active ingredient in SBK, Triclopyr, offers an excellent alternative to glyphosate which has been so widely used in recent years. SBK does not have a longterm adverse effect on soil, you can replant safely after only six weeks.

The secret of success with any garden chemical is to follow the manufacturer’s application instructions. Vitax SBK is diluted in water and applied using a watering can or a sprayer.

If you do not like the idea of mixing, SBK is available in a readyto-use spray.

With all systemic weedkiller, patience is the key. These take time to work properly and will not show results overnight, depending
on light levels and temperature they may not show much signs of action for a week or two. If weed growth is particularly heavy there may be re-growth next season.
If this happens, do not be despondent, just wait until the
weeds are in growth and re-apply.

The key to success in controlling annual weeds like chickweed, meadow grass, groundsel and bittercress is to kill the seedlings before they grow, flower and set more seeds. You need to be fast because some of these complete their life cycle in a
remarkably short time. Vitax Garden Weedkiller (contains acetic acid) in a ready-to-use spray is the ideal standby.
Just spray onto the weed and it kills on contact. It will not go down through the plant and kill the roots, so is not effective in the permanent control of perennial weeds. However it will kill annual weeds in an hour.

The SBK Tough Weedkiller is available in 4 sizes, 125ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1 Litre

The SBK Tough Weedkiller Ready-To-Use is available in 750ml and 4 Litre sizes

The Vitax Garden Weedkiller is available as a 750ml spray.

 

The above information comes curtesy of Vitax Garden World. The full article can be found HERE.

Kilrock Taking The Rhino By The Horn.

For years, drain unblocking products have generally had one principle ingredient, H2SO4, otherwise known as Sulfuric Acid.

In recent times, probably as a direct result of attacks using acid to do harm, the Home office have slowly and inexorably tightened controls over the sale and purchase of acid based products. In fact there is rumored legislation being drafted to ban the sale of Acid based cleaners and unblockers sometime in the next 12 months.

For a while now, one of the best and strongest drain unblockers currently on the market has been Rhino Drain Unblocker made by Kilrock Manufacturing, it contains close to 85% sulfuric acid and will literally eat through just about anything you may have stuck down your drain. This, however, causes a problem for Kilrock as the product will be banned under the rumored new legislation.

In order to address the problem, the big brains over at Kilrock came up with an alternative solution that did not impact the effectiveness of the unblocker but also does not use acid as it’s primary ingredient.

Introducing

Rhino Drain Unblocker Non-Acid Formula

Still as effective as the acid based version but there is no acid used in its formulation. Instead it makes use of Sodium Hydroxide to dissolve the organic matter that causes the blockage in the drain. Sodium Hydroxide is one of those unobtrusive chemicals found in everyday objects like soap, air filters, cleaning agents and food preparation materials. It is more commonly known as caustic soda or lye.

While not based on an acid compound, it is recommended you take the same care when using it and always fully read the label before use.

If the legislation comes to pass, acid based products will become a thing of the past and it will be up to companies like Kilrock to come up with alternatives like this one to fill the gap.

Granite Gold Stock Is On The Horizon…

Quite literally as it happens. In fact, if you stand on the high water mark on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland with a good pair of binoculars, you could probably see the ship.

We have been reliably informed the the ship will make port on the 29th January conditions permitting. Give it a couple of days to unload and sort our stock out, a few more days for it to get inspected and passed through customs and then delivered to us, we should have the stock on the shelves 2nd week of February.

In anticipation of this joyous arrival, we have opened pre-orders for the stock items that were currently out of stock.

To make a pre-order, just order through the website as normal and we will dispatch the item(s) as soon as they are booked in. If you wish to order other products as well as place a pre-order, you can submit the one cart including the Granite Gold item you want, we will just hold dispatching the whole order until we can include the Granite Gold item or alternatively submit a separate order for the Granite Gold item separately from the other products.

Granite Gold Natural Stone Care Products have been produced in the USA for over 60 years and are widely regarded as one of the best family of products for this market and Homecare Essentials are proud to be the only “official” stockists in the UK.

Presenting The Homecare Essentials, Great British Bake Off, Kitchen Survival Kit!

It’s that time of year again, when the nations eyes are glued to the telly and kitchens all over the country quake in fear as people with big dreams and aspirations that far outweigh their ability, attempt to channel a spray tanned Liverpudlian and a Pensioner and join the circus that is The Great British Bake Off.

The last time GBBO graced our Tv screens, we were inundated with requests for oven specific cleaners and Hob cleaners and pretty much anything that could clean up an exploded Victoria Sponge or get molten Jam the consistency of lava off the cooker.

This year, we have pre-empted the requests and put together two Kitchen Survival Kits, that will have you covered for just about any biscuit or pie related disaster you can think of.

Kitchen Survival Kit 1 has been carefully crafted to cover a kitchen that utilises Ceramic, Halogen or Induction hobs. The three main products are HG Hagesan Grease Away, This has been married with Hg Hagesan Oven, Grill and BBQ cleaner and also Hg Hagesan Ceramic Hob Daily Use Cleaner. These three products will have no problems removing or cleaning up baked on cake batter or burnt in Jam.

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Kitchen Survival Kit 2 Has been designed for a kitchen that cooks on Gas. The three main products are the same except we have substituted the Ceramic Daily Use Cleaner for Problem Solved Gas Burner Cleaner.

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With both of these Kits, we are throwing in a FREE Non stick reusable Oven liner which is worth £3.30 on its own. Place the oven liner on the bottom of your oven to catch any little overspills and save you some time and effort later.

I personally love GBBO, like many blokes around the country over the next few weeks, I know I will be turning to my missus after watching Paul Hollywood deride some poor guy about the quality of his buns and say

“I can do better than that!”