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Spruce up your Fireplace this Autumn with Hotspot.

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.

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Introducing British Basics

A new company with a retro feel.

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 customerservice@homecaressentials.co.uk with your name and address and we will pop one in the post for you or you can order directly from our website HERE.

Rustins Wood Dye for Interior and Exterior wood.

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.

Bonda. A name to remember.

Who? is the answer that frequently follows mention of their name, well get comfy and let me Fill 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.

How to Defrost Your Freezer Quickly

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

Oven Mate BBQ Kit. NEW IN STOCK

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.

Introducing Delphis Eco Cleaning Products.

Delphis have been around since 2007, never heard of them? I am not surprised, let me shed some light on cleanings best kept secret.

You have probably walked past them in the supermarket and not noticed, they have quite plain and unassuming packaging with grey bottles but what those bottles contain is helping to change the planet.

In a time when watchwords like “Green” and “Eco Friendly” are bounced around more than a tennis ball at a Wimbledon final, Delphis are actually doing it by producing a range of environmentally friendly cleaning products for use both in the home and in professional service.

All the packaging used in the manufacture of the products is 100% recycled. Delphis Eco products do not contain phosphates or phosphonates. Traditional detergents are a source of phosphorus in waterways. Phosphorus causes over-fertilisation of aquatic flora like algae – a condition known as eutrophication. When these flora die, they decay and use up oxygen, causing the death of fish, invertebrates, and aquatic organisms.

The holders of not one but two Royal Warrants, Delphis are by appointment to Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales, used by the Royal households but without a Royal price tag.

As more and more households become environmentally aware, consumers are crying out for everyday cleaning products that cause no harm to the environment or themselves in their use and can be recycled easily.

You can check out the range of Delphis Eco Cleaning products HERE

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How to clean a patio? 5 ways of cleaning a concrete patio

Cleaning patio tiles can feel like a major job. Fortunately one that can be done in no time. With these 5 ways your patio tiles will be shining in no time. And you enjoy a clean patio.

The cause of dirty patio tiles


As soon as the sun comes out, it is wonderful to sit in the garden. After a period of time, your patio tiles may be dirty and look dull. This is caused by dirt in the air, where soot and fine dust adhere to the tiles. The major causes are traffic on busy roads and industry. The deposits on your patio are difficult to prevent, but easy to solve. Would you like to enjoy the sun on a sparkling patio? Patio cleaning and sealing is a good job for the spring.

4 DIY ways of cleaning patio concrete

How to clean a patio

HG patio cleaner is the solution for cleaning (concrete) patio tiles effectively. On the internet, various tips are shared for cleaning your patio without a pressure washer. HG selected a random number of tips you can use to get going. Consider using the following patio cleaning  tools: a brush, soft household soap or sand. This is how to go about it:

1. Brush the dirt from your patio
Clean the patio tiles with a grout scraper, water and a tough, stiff brush. First clean the grout between the tiles with the scraper. Then take a bucket of warm water, throw it over the patio and scrub the garden tiles. Your patio is clean again. Remember that this is a tough job if you don’t use other tools or products.

2. Use soft household soap to clean dirty patio tiles
Add soft household soap for this second method of cleaning your patio. This is how you do it:

  • Fill a bucket with water and soft household soap. The number of litres of water is the same as the number of tablespoons of soft household soap.
  • Throw the mixture on your patio tiles and scrub with a stiff brush.
  • Leave to work for 30 minutes and rinse with clean water.

If it doesn’t work immediately, leave the soapy water to absorb overnight. Be careful: the tiles can become slippery with the soap.

3. Spray the patio clean with a high-pressure cleaner
Use a high-pressure jet cleaner to clean your patio tiles effortlessly. Work from left to right and from the top to the bottom. NB: depending on the type of tiles, the pressure of the high-pressure jet cleaner may damage your patio. Consider this before treating your patio tiles with a high-pressure jet cleaner.

4. Scrubbing with sand
Sand works like a natural sander. Spread sand over the tiles and throw some soapy water on top. Scrub your patio with a broom and scrub off the dirt. Sweep up the remaining sand and throw it away. If you don’t like a sandy patio, this method is not for you.

Remember your garden

Not all patio cleaning solutions are good for your garden. Avoid salt and vinegar. These products are absorbed by the soil and in high concentrations they affect the soil, your flowers and plants. This is a shame, because there are plenty of garden-friendly ways to clean your patio tiles.

HG patio cleaner: the effective aid for cleaning your patio

best way to clean a patio

You’re looking for an immediate result? HG patio cleaner is the simplest way of cleaning your patio without a pressure washer. HG patio cleaner is a highly concentrated cleaner that has been developed specifically for cleaning patio tiles. HG patio cleaner cleans dull, grey gravel tiles and concrete tiles. After treatment with HG patio cleaner, patio tiles look like new again.

Complete the following steps and clean your dull gravel and concrete tiles with this HG patio cleaner:

  1. Wet the tiles first, do not forget the grout and wipe up any puddles.
  2. Mix HG patio cleaner with 4L of water in a container that fits a stiff broom, in a washing-up bucket for example.
  3. Submerge the broom in the bucket and apply the patio cleaner whilst scrubbing. Leave it to work for a few minutes.
  4. Then scrub again and rinse the tiles with plenty of water before the liquid dries out.

original article can be found here, credit HG