It has taken a while, we placed the order back in November last year, but I am pleased to announce that Granite Gold is once again stocked and ready to be purchased.
For years Granite Gold has been synonymous with quality and excellence of the care and maintenance of natural stone surfaces and worktops. Over 40 years of experience in stone care has led to a range of stone care products that are unequalled in the marketplace.
For almost a decade, Homecare Essentials has been the proud, principle supplier for Granite Gold in the UK. To check out the range of products and to purchase, Click Here.
For the last few years, Briwax Original Wax Polish has come in various shades that match the colour of the most popular woods, be that various Oak, Pine or Mahogany shades. Briwax have now introduced a new colour shade that is a sideways step away from the more natural colours.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Briwax, the original wax polish is formulated with fast drying, stronger solvents which speed up drying, and also increase the cleaning ability of the wax slightly. This means that it will renovate older dirtier furniture and leave you with the deep grain enriching Briwax shine. It is Easy to apply and buff, Gives you a long lasting Satin sheen, it is Rapid drying and Can be applied directly to timber.
Introducing Briwax Original Polish Silver Grey designed to cater for the more “modern” looking wooden furniture that uses a non standard wood shade or a metallic effect wood, yet will still give the same great sheen that the other Briwax polishes provide.
Anyone else get that sinking feeling when you step outside and discover there is a layer of frost on the car? it always happens when you are running late and now you have to go digging for that can of de-icer that sits in the cupboard under the sink since last winter that will invariably be almost empty or completely inaccessable in a hurry. Now you have to go searching in the glovebox or the boot to find that ice scraper or risk breaking a credit card scraping away to clear the screen enough to see where you are going, all the while getting your fingers and hands frozen.
However, keep a bottle of HG Car Windscreen De-icer handy and you won’t have frozen fingers ever again.
The handy trigger pump means no more frozen hands unlike a more traditional aerosol also it means there is no propellent in the can punching holes in the Ozone layer and adding to global warming, simply spray and leave for a minute and your windscreen will be clear, it also prevents re-freezing and keeps the glass clear.
I use this myself and always keep a bottle in the boot of the car, it really is that good.
“Ahhhh but I have a heated windscreen so why would i need to de-ice with a spray?” l do too, I drive a Ford, but let me tell you, it is quicker to use this HG Car Windscreen De-icer than it is to wait for the heating elements to warm up enough to start to clear the ice from the windscreen, minutes quicker!
“I don’t need to buy this, I will just go out a few minutes earlier and start the car running, the windscreen will be clear and the car will be nice and warm inside!”
Yes it will, but, leaving your car unattended with the engine running is not only dangerous, it is a massively tempting target for a thief and also, as a lot of the newspapers have reported recently, Illegal! yes! it contravenes Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and you can be slapped with a minimum £40 on the spot fine and HG Car Windscreen De-icer is an awful lot less than £40.
Well, Summer is well and truly over and the nights have been pulling in constantly for the last couple of months and with the temperature dropping, most of us have bowed to pressure and turned the thermostat up a few notches in the evening.
It is also the time of year when those of you with a wood burning stove or real fireplace start to prepare for the days and nights when it will be in most use, you may have decided that the appearance of your stove or fireplace has become a little less pristine over the summer months and could may be do with a freshen up.
For years Hotspot have specialized in fireplace and wood burner products to help maintain your fireplace and wood burning stoves. Chief amongst their range is their specialized Stove paint, when it comes to fire surrounds and burner boxes, if the finish needs replenishing you can’t just slap on any old paint that looks good, it has to be specially rated for high temperature and Hotspot High Temperature Stove Paint is rated to 650°C that is well above what most household fires can reach in temperature. In a gorgeous matt black finish, the paint is corrosion resistant and especially formulated for use on wood or multi-fuel stoves, Coal or log effect gas fires, grates, baskets, fire backs, barbecues, pipes, flues etc.
Available in a spray can form or a liquid paint to apply with a brush.
Before the age of the internet and the rise of shopping juggernauts like Amazon, if you needed to re-stock up on household cleaning products you had 2 choices, you could either jump in the car and brave the shopping hordes or you could order from a catalogue and have it delivered a few days later.
Over the last few years, the Internet had effectively killed off the catalogue and catalogue shopping vanished, consigned to the mists of the past. Or so we thought…..
British Basics emerged from the northern welsh hills during the last year, a new company with an old idea, to re-instate catalogue shopping. With the majority of the country locked down and delivery companies stretched beyond breaking point, British Basics brought back an old model, using local agents in your area, they could drop off a catalogue of their products with contact details and you could order from the safety of your home and have the catalogue collected and your items delivered to you a few days later.
With their range of household products produced in Wales and sourced from only UK providers, We at Homecare Essentials have joined forces with British Basics and have incorporated their product range alongside our existing product catalogue on our website, you can find all the British Basics products listed HERE. From carpet cleaners to Rust removers, British Basics have a product for you.
We also have a supply of the catalogues for you to look over, If you would like one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and we will pop one in the post for you or you can order directly from our website HERE.
whether it’s bringing back to life a tired old, weathered piece of garden furniture or changing the look or colour of a recently purchased piece of natural wood furniture or adding a new dimension to natural wood flooring, Rustins Wood dye is the one to pick.
Simple to use and easy to apply, the all natural wood shades can be mixed to produce a different shade to match your design or used neat out of the tin. The solvent based dye dries quickly and does not raise the grain of the wood and penetrates deeply so does not wash out, however the dye needs to be over coated or sealed when completed.
Available in 250ml, 1 Litre and 2.5 Litre sizes, all sized jobs are catered for.
The dyes can be used under all Rustins wood finishes, such as Quick Drying Varnish, Polyurethane Varnish, Plastic Coating, Danish Oil, Teak Oil, French Polish/Shellac.
Who? is the answer that frequently follows mention of their name, well get comfy and let meFill you in.
In the early 1960s Bondaglass was a leading brand of polyester fillers for vehicle repair and polyester resins for laminating with glass fibre. In those days the polyester filler was supplied as three products, a filler powder and resin to mix together to form a paste “the good old days.”
Bondaglass also introduced Bonda Rust Primer, an anti-corrosion primer. This became a leading anti-rust product and is still highly respected by the car restorer. Of its type it is among the best on the market. Other products were glass fibre for use in repairing cars, boats and many other articles around the home.
In 1973 Bondaglass joined with Vosschemie, a manufacture of similar quality products in Germany and throughout Europe. Bondaglass -Voss was founded.
Vosschemie expertise allowed Bondaglass to make further progress with polyester filler quality and introduce a more extensive range particularly for the car body repair industry.
G4 Damp Seal was also introduced from Vosschemie and while it is a very effective for sealing out damp it became a brand leading product as G4 Pond Sealant. Vosschemie has a wide range of products and many of these where introduced into the market. Bonda introduced an extremely successful range of two part and one-part Wood Fillers, in a range of wood colours. Bondaglass also introduced Bonda Décor Fill, a filler specially for the decorator. In 2018 Bondaglass had the good fortune to become part of the Rustins range of products.
For wood, vehicle, boat and pond, if you are building or restoring then chances are it will be a Bonda product you will be using.
In another of our “How to” series, this time we will show you how to defrost your freezer quickly and easily.
It is important to defrost your freezer. Opening the door causes ice on the walls and the ceiling of the freezer. It means you have less storage space. The ice formation means that the freezer no longer works in the best possible way and it consumes more energy. So defrost your (fridge) freezer 4x a year.
On this page you learn how to defrost a freezer fast and easy in 7 steps.
1. Collect everything you need to defrost the fridge freezer The freezer is best defrosted with the right equipment. You need the following to defrost your freezer:
2. Switch the freezer off Switch your freezer off first. Most freezers are switched off by pulling the plug from the socket. Some have an on-off button, which is often at the top of the fridge or freezer. By switching off your freezer you prevent the water from refreezing.
3. Empty the freezer completely Empty the freezer completely. If you have a fridge freezer, empty the fridge part too. When you empty the fridge, keep an eye on the sell-by date of the foodstuffs. Throw away food that is past its sell-by date or that has gone off. The rest of your foodstuffs you store temporarily in cool boxes or cool bags with cooling elements.
4. Defrost the freezer Wait until the ice in the freezer melts. Melting ice water will find its way out via the run-off. This is a pipe or rubber hose at the bottom of the freezer. Capture the ice water from the run-off with the drip tray. Put a towel in front of the freezer to absorb any extra water. This prevents water damage to the floor. If you are defrosting the freezer compartment of the fridge, put the towel in the freezer compartment. It prevents the melted ice water from ending up in the rest of the fridge.
5. Defrost freezer quickly Do you need to defrost the freezer fast? It is easy to remove large chunks of ice with a wooden spatula or the plastic ice scraper from your car. Never use iron, because this causes damages in the inside of your freezer. Do you need to defrost the freezer fast? Use one of the following tips:
Put a pan or tray with boiling hot water at the bottom of the freezer or the freezer compartment. Put a trivet or towel under the hot pan or tray. This prevents damage to your freezer. Close the door and wait fifteen minutes. The ice will melt quicker. Repeat the process until the freezer has defrosted.
Use your hairdryer at its highest setting. Blow the ice until all the ice has melted.
Fill a plant spray with hot water and spray the thick layer of ice.
Use a fan and put it opposite the fridge freezer or freezer. Open the door of the appliance and check the air flows inside.
Use a special ice defroster for freezers, such as HG freezer de-icer. Spray the ice. Leave to work for 5-10 minutes and repeat if necessary. Remove the ice and dry the walls.
6. Clean the freezer Once you have defrosted the freezer completely, wipe up the puddles of water in the freezer. Now clean the freezer with warm water and soda. Then dry the freezer with a tea towel.
7. Switch the fridge or freezer back on Put all the foodstuffs back into the fridge or freezer. Switch the button on or put the plug in the socket. You repeat this 7-step plan once every 3 months, to make sure your freezer works in the best possible way.
We hope the above makes the onerous task of defrosting the freezer a bit easier, keep reading for a few further tips regarding your freezer.
3 tips to reduce ice formation in your freezer
Ice formation in your freezer is caused by damp air that ends up in your freezer. This is normal, and cannot be prevented completely. This is how you reduce ice formation in your freezer:
1. Close the door properly and only open the freezer when you need something. Keeping the door open for a long time produces more damp air in the freezer. Always check that you closed the door properly. Any doubt? Stick a piece of paper between the door and the freezer and try to pull it out. If the paper comes out, the door does not close properly. You may need to replace the rubber seals.
2. Let leftovers cool down completely. If you put leftovers in the freezer too soon, you get ice around the product. It also deteriorates the quality of your leftovers. How do I cool down leftovers quickly? Put the container or the pan in a bit of water. Do not leave it outside the fridge or freezer for more than 2 hours.
3. Freeze food in small portions. Small portions freeze faster. This causes less condensation or ice in the freezer.
Thanks to HG for the use of their copy. Original article can be found here
For years the brand name Oven Mate has been synonymous with oven and hob cleaning and are second to none for quality and results in the home. Now, Oven Mate have taken their expertise outside the home to provide you with the all you need kit to clean and protect your BBQ.
As someone, like many, who loves to BBQ, the worst part of the whole experience is the clean up afterward, like you, I dread the effort of scrubbing and scraping to remove those welded on food deposits after the racks have gone cold.
Fortunately, Oven Mate have stepped in and made our lives so much easier and saved us all the effort. The Oven Mate BBQ Clean and Protect Kit has everything you need to clean your BBQ for the next time you use it and also provide all you need to give it a deep clean before you put it away for the end of the season.
Contained within the handy carry / storage case is two Grill Gremlins, these specially designed scourer pads are shaped and grooved to to fit the bars of the cooking rack to get in between and clean those hard to reach parts, A steel brush and scraper, a can of Oven Mate BBQ Oven and Grill Cleaner used to loosen food deposits and cut through grease, this can also be used on racks when they are still hot. You also get a bottle of Oven Mate BBQ Deep Cleaner, this is used in conjunction with the rack bags also supplied to deep clean the racks before the season end rest, you also get two pairs of protective gloves and two pairs of arm protectors to use when doing that deep clean. Finally to help keep the racks looking their best when you use them again, Oven Mate have provided you with two Grill mats, these are placed over the grills before cooking and you cook the food directly on the mat, I have used grill mats myself and they are great, they evenly conduct the heat from the flames or coals right across the surface of the mat to give you an even cooking and will still give you the grill marks on meat while it cooks.
All this for £27.99, this is one of those quality of life products that really does make a difference.