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Little Blue Pellets Banned!

Back in December last year, DEFRA – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announced a blanket ban on all pest control products that contain the chemical Metaldehyde.

Metaldehyde is the principle chemical in Slug and Snail killer products especially … [read more...]

Going For That Fridge Freezer Spring Clean?

In partnership with our friends over at HG, we can make that a whole lot easier for you.

Click HERE and you can take advantage of our current offer.

While stocks last, you can purchase an HG Freezer de-icer and … [read more...]

FREE HG Products!

The banner says it all really, Our friends over at HG have provided us with promotional bottles of Hygienic Toilet Gel and Bathroom Scale Away to allow us to do an offer for you, our wonderful customers.

You do not … [read more...]

40%!! We Must Be Crazy!!!

Yes! you have read that correctly.

For the next few weeks, in partnership with Tri-Bio we are bringing you an unprecedented sale offer. Each Tri-Bio product is reduced by 40%, yes 40%.

We couldn’t believe it either, that’s nearly half … [read more...]

Easter 2019

Once again, it is that time of year when we are given official license to eat more chocolate than is good for us and enjoy an extended weekend off work.

We are closed over the Easter break which means orders … [read more...]

New Yogi Tea, For The Senses

Available from today, Yogi have introduced a new range of their delicious herbal teas called “For The Senses”.

Starting initially with four new and exciting flavours, what makes these blends different from the others in the Yogi range is they are made with plant essential oils, which, intensify the aroma and excite the taste buds giving a more rounded and fuller flavour.

Beginning with the “Blue” box, Pure Freshness combines the essential oils of Peppermint and Spearmint along with Ginger and Lemongrass, every sip is more refreshing than the last, keeping your taste buds tingling. A tea like a pleasant sea breeze.

Next, we have the “Purple” box, Good Night combines Lavender oil and Chamomile blossoms along with Hops to invites you to a pleasant journey to the realm of dreams. A harmonious companion for quite evening hours and a meditative end to the day.

Following on to the “Yellow” box, Pure Happiness allows your senses to soar with essential oils of refreshing lemon grass and fizzy lemon. Carefully combined with green Sencha tea and ginger, a wonderful tea experience has been created, with an aroma to conjure a smile just by preparing it.

Finally we have the “Green” box, Peaceful Moment will Enchant your senses with essential lavender oil. Carefully combined with fresh lemon balm and mild Rooibos, a wonderful tea experience has been created, allowing you to enjoy a harmonious moment of peace.

Yogi are so confident you will love For The Senses tea, they have increased the number of tea bags in the box to twenty, giving you three extra cups of this amazing tea.

Click on the name or the image and you will be taken to the product page on our website where you can place your order. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

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

Wudcare_Brochure (opens in a new window)

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

Wood Filler Colour Chart (opens in a new window)

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.

How To – Prepare your Home For Winter

The Summer sun has faded and the year grows old and darker days are drawing near.

That is a line from a favourite song of mine and it is surprisingly apt. It is early November and the nights are drawing in and getting decidedly chillier.

Before winter takes hold in its frosty fingers, here are a couple of things you might want to do to get your home prepared for the colder season.

Check the Guttering.

bocked-guttering

Making sure all those Autumn leaves and old birds nests are cleared out and there is no foliage or moss that could potentially block the down pipe. If the water can’t escape properly, it could overflow into the roof space or down the exterior walls and cause damage.

Sweep the chimney.

chimney-sweep

This ensures that the smoke and gasses from the coal fire escape properly into the atmosphere and not into your living room with potentially lethal consequences. Also this will ensure there is virtually no risk of a flue or chimney fire. (For detailed information on cleaning the chimney, check out a previous blog here.)

Have the Boiler Checked. This is something you want to do now rather than later, it is no fun trying to do without heating in 0°C weather and it will also ensure you are not having any issues with carbon monoxide leakage. Having heat and hot water when the thermometer bottoms out will also ensure your pipes won’t freeze, which brings me to.

Check the insulation on your pipes, and while you are at it, check the insulation in the loft too. With over 25% of your heat is lost through the roof, having good loft insulation is a must if you want to keep warm this winter and save some pennies on the energy bills as well. Checking the pipe insulation for holes or general deterioration will ensure your pipes don’t freeze up if it gets really cold.

If you have a wood burning stove, give it a really good clean to ensure there is no creosote build up and the exhaust pipe is clear of tar, give the front glass a really good clean too as this will aid in the distribution of the heat more efficiently.

Check your insurance coverage. Check out your home insurance policy to make sure you have adequate cover for winter related damages. The last thing you want or need is to have something unfortunate happen only to find you are not covered for it. Home repairs are costly, especially if it structural so don’t skimp on the cover.

 

Hopefully, these few hints and tips will go some way to helping you stay warm and toasty and give you peace of mind this winter.

Brand New Products From HG

Not often I get to say those words, HG have a tried and trusted product range and do not often add to it, but over the next few months, I will be showcasing a number of new products from HG.

Today, I am proud to introduce you to HG Drain Odour Remover.

I can’t think of many smells in the home that will singe the nose hairs as bad as drain odour, I even rate it above the Christmas dinner brussels sprout aftermath.

Smelly drains are normally due to organic buildup on the walls of the pipes and drains decomposing and while there are plenty of products to deal with a blocked drain readily available, there are not any that I know of that deal with the smell at the source.(febreeze over the plughole does not count!)

Well HG have stepped up, Drain Odour Remover is a simple little product that anyone can use, you just pour the required capfuls of granules down the plughole and wait 30 minutes and then just flush through with hot water.

The nose hair curling odour should be gone along with the deposits that caused them and replaced with a fresh clean fragrance with a hint of pine and mountain flowers.

To keep your drains and plugholes smelling fresh and clean, it is recommended to use the Drain Odour Remover at least once every 4 weeks and the 500g bottle will keep you going for 10 treatments.

So now you can save your embarrassment of unexplained nasty niffs when the Vicar calls and stop blaming the dog for the pong in the kitchen.

And We’re Back!!!!

It’s been a while but we are finally back and able to blog.

 

Long story short, we had to take the blog down for maintenance which turned out to be a wee bit longer than we had anticipated as issue after issue kept appearing which prevented us from going live again.

All is now fixed and tested and optimized to the full and with fingers crossed…..

We’re Back!!

 

Stay tuned..

Save £3.00 With HG’s Brand New Complete Bathroom Care Kit.

Previously exclusive to QVC, we are pleased to announce the Complete Bathroom Care Kit is now available for sale to the general market.

If you missed the QVC presentation, I will explain what the Complete Bathroom Care Kit consists of.

The Complete Bathroom Care Kit handles those tough cleaning jobs with ease. Be it shower, toilet, limescale or mould, this kit handles them all.

The Complete Bathroom Care Kit contains:

1x 500ml bottle of Professional limescale remover. The extremely powerful, super-concentrated product for the removal of limescale and calcium deposits from: taps, bathtubs, toilets and shower walls and for the descaling of blocked shower heads.

1x 500ml bottle of Mould remover foam spray, this immediately destroys mould from damp places – inside and outside.

1x 500ml bottle of Shower and Washbasin spray this is the ideal every-day cleaner for washbasins, synthetic shower cubicles and tiled walls.

1x 500ml bottle of Super powerful toilet cleaner, it easily removes stubborn dirt from the toilet pan, such as stubborn limescale, uric acid or other types of difficult to remove deposits.

If you were to purchase these products individually it would cost you £15.95, The Complete Bathroom Care Kit will cost you £12.95, a saving of £3.00

These bundle packs are limited availability and once they are gone, that’s it, so don’t delay, grab one before they disappear.

Save £5.00 With HG’s Brand New Outdoor Garden Bundle Pack.

Previously exclusive to QVC, we are pleased to announce the Outdoor Garden Bundle Pack is now available for sale to everyone.

If you missed the QVC presentation, I will explain what the Outdoor Garden Bundle Pack consists of.

To help you enhance and maintain your garden space and to enjoy the good weather while it lasts, HG have put together a collection of garden and outdoor products in a single pack which is considerably less in cost than buying the items separately.

The Outdoor Garden Bundle Pack contains

2 x 1 litre bottles of HG’s best selling Patio Cleaner which is a highly concentrated cleaner that has been specially designed for the cleaning of dirty and stained concrete, slabs and paving stones.

1 x 1 litre bottle of the outstanding Algae and Mould Remover which removes the familiar mould, algae, lichen or moss from external surfaces such as patios, paths, walls, tiles, fences, decking, boats, caravans and terracotta pots, etc.

1 x 500ml bottle of the fantastic Powerful Garden Furniture Cleaning Spray that is a powerful cleaner to quickly and easily remove stubborn dirt from plastic garden furniture.

If you were to purchase these products individually it would cost you £17.95, The Outdoor Garden Bundle Pack will cost you £12.95, a saving of £5.00

These bundle packs are limited availability and once they are gone, that’s it, so don’t delay, grab one before they disappear.

Important Information: Acid Based Drain Cleaners!

On the 1st of July, the Home Office added Sulphuric Acid to The Poison Act 1972 (Explosive Precursors) (Amendment) Regulations 2018.

What this means is products that contain Sulphuric Acid in concentrations of 15% by weight or higher, cannot be sold to the general public unless the buyer holds a valid EPP (Explosives, Precursor and Poisons) licence.
This now means we have to ban sales of certain products to members of the general public unless they hold a valid EPP licence and can provide a copy to us along with all the associated ID and paperwork.
Sales to trade customers and businesses can continue, however, the business name must be verifiable and the delivery of the products can ONLY be made to a registered business / company address.
The products affected by this new regulation are:
Kilrock who manufacture the Rhino Drain Unblocker have produced an acid free version of the Rhino Drain Unblocker which can be found HERE
Further information regarding the legislation can be found HERE
If you are one of our business customers that regularly purchase these products from us and you have any questions about your orders, then please do not hesitate to contact us.