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As the weather starts to improve and we can finally get out to enjoy our outside spaces, We can turn our attention to preparing the ground, ready for that first gathering of long absent friends and family.
If, like me, you have an abundance of moss that just seems to appear from nowhere overnight, you will know what a chore clearing out the guttering can be, it is one of those jobs that you put off until the first big rain storm and your guttering turns in to Niagra Falls.
Garden Genie Gutter Cleaner and Inhibitor will help you deal with that pesky moss and algae, once you have cleared the lumps out, just spray and wipe, the special formula contains an inhibitor which will prevent regrowth and leave your gutters clean, clear and working properly.
For those of you lucky enough to have the space for a Hot tub and enjoy the use of their own, you will know they take a lot of maintaining. Garden Genie have added a couple of new products to make maintaining your Hot tub easier .
Starting with Garden Genie Hot Tub Shine and Protect, this is a specially formulated cleaner and conditioner that cleans and polishes and also protects the acrylic, vinyl and rubber surfaces on your hot tub. It protects those surfaces from UV, moisture and harsh chemical degradation which makes it ideal for covers and the acrylic surfaces.
The final new product is also for Hot tub maintenance and is Garden Genie Hot Tub Filter Cleaner. The most important part of the Hot tub maintenance is the filter cleaning and this makes that onerous task an awful lot easier. Just remove the filter, hose it down to remove the big bits of gunk, spray the solution and let the filter soak, after it has soaked for a time, just remove again and hose down the filter, this will ensure it removes all the little bits of gunk that stubbornly cling on to the filter pleats. Allow the filter to dry completely and just put it back in place. Job done.
Is it time for cleaning your patio slabs again? Green deposits occur mainly in spots that get little sunlight on cloudy and rainy days. It is ugly on patios, but also on pots and fencing. Time to fight it! We have a number of tips for fast and easy removal and prevention of green deposits.
Where do green deposits come from?
Green deposits often occur in moist spots that do not get a lot of sun. Patio or garden tiles in the shade are often affected by it, as well as fencing in shady areas. The deposits form on all types of patios and surfaces, on wood, stone and concrete. Irregular surfaces and soft materials are more affected than hard and straight surfaces, however.
The seasons also play a big role. Green deposits are often more stubborn during fall and winter because there is less sunlight and more rain. Therefore, spring is the best time for cleaning paving slabs; and of course you want to be able to enjoy a beautiful and clean patio on nice sunny days.
Tips for preventing green deposits
Unfortunately, you will never be able to prevent green deposits completely due to our rainy climate and the changing seasons. You can however make some choices when paving or installing a patio that will reduce the risk of algae and moss forming on your patio. For example, you can make your patio slightly sloping and provide good drainage so little or no water will remain on your patio. This way the moss and algae have less chance of attaching to the patio.
So few green deposits will form or it will take them longer to form. The materials you choose also plays a role. Some materials are more prone to green deposits than others. So you might want to get hardwood when installing fencing or well-coated tiles. Please consult an expert for advice.
Tips for removing green deposits
Three DIY solutions for removing green deposits
In addition to specially developed products, there are lots of DIY solutions for cleaning patio slabs on various blogs and websites. Note: these methods do not guarantee success:
1. A high-pressure cleaner
Especially during spring and summer, many people choose a high-pressure cleaner for cleaning paving slabs. Unfortunately, there are two major drawbacks. First of all, you will blow the grout out of the patio tiles which might cause the tiles to displace. Secondly, the high-pressure cleaner might damage the tiles so the structure of the tile becomes more porous, which will cause the algae and moss to penetrate deeper into the tile. And this will cost you even more time and energy the next time you have to clean the patio.
2.Chlorine or white vinegar
An often used patio cleaning solution is chlorine or white vinegar. Chlorine is however harmful to plants etc., which makes it unsuitable for outdoor use. White vinegar is more natural than chlorine, but can be harmful to some plants too, especially to grass and herbs. Be careful when using white vinegar, because the acid can damage natural stone with a high lime content. This is not suitable for every patio, so we advise you test it out in an inconspicuous spot first.
3. Mixture of soft soap, soda and hot water
A mixture of soft soap, soda and hot water is especially efficient for removing green deposits from wood surfaces. However, scrubbing your patio table with a hard brush is time-consuming, plus you will only see the result after rinsing the furniture, so you might have missed some spots and have to start all over again. This is not a problem with the HG product range!
If it does not work the way you expected it to? Then try the HG products especially developed for cleaning concrete patios and removing green deposits.
HG is the patio cleaning solution for easy and effective removal of green deposits
HG has a special products for the removal of green deposits; HG algae and mould remover. This is a convenient product for fast and effective removal of green deposits from walls, fencing, doors and pergolas. The HG algae and mould remover ready to use in 5 litre variant (only available during spring) is perfect for spring cleaning in the garden. We also have HG patio cleaner. This is a concentrated cleaner, sufficient for up to 200 metres of tiles, patios, garden paths, walls and rooftops.
Credit HG, original article here
They looked incredible when they were first installed but oh boy do they take some work to keep that mirror gloss shine. High Shine granite or marble kitchen work surfaces are a magnet for finger prints and smudges and before too long become dull, no longer giving you that mirror shine that looks so good. Getting the shine back can take a lot of elbow grease and unless your cleaning cloth is exceptionally clean can often make smears and smudges worse.
The chemistry wizards over at Tableau products have put their minds to addressing the problem and have come up with a solution.
Introducing Tableau Gloss Kitchen Polish.
This alchemical marvel takes all the effort out of maintaining that mirror like shine on your marble, granite and gloss finish kitchen units and worktops. It is literally just spray and wipe. No more smears and smudges, no more fingerprints and importantly it is streak free. The bottle also features a unique dual action nozzle on the trigger pump, flip up the end and you will get a spray dispensing, keep the end of the nozzle closed and it will generate a gentle foam.
This really does what it says on the bottle. Just click the product name above to purchase. Be the envy of your neighbours.
Spring is almost upon us (March 20th if you were wondering) and our thoughts turn toward warmer weather and the possibility of getting back out into the garden and enjoying that outdoor space we have been forced to gaze at through rain soaked windows, perhaps wondering if the lawnmower has survived the winter in the shed or whether you can tackle the back garden which resembles something last seen in The Black Panther movie, knowing that somewhere out there is that rather expensive decking you were so proud of, maybe under that rain filled planter with the straggly plant leaves in it and the over turned lawn chair.
We miss our outdoor spaces when we can’t use them, especially given the last few months, so now is the time to take a deep breath and venture out, tackling one job at a time will make it seem less daunting. For the outdoor decking and other outdoor wooden items like the shed or the fence, we have you covered.
Liberon have been wood care specialists for years and produce one of the best products you can buy to use on the wooden surfaces in your garden and outdoor spaces. Decking Oil.
Despite its name which is a bit of a misnomer, Decking Oil feeds, protects and enhances the natural beauty of old or new exterior timber decking. A highly water-resistant, UV-enhanced formula, it is perfect for reviving and restoring colour to weathered and greying decking, and is also suitable for use on fences, garden sheds, gates and hot tubs.
Easy to use, in fact Liberon have produced this helpful little video to demonstrate how to apply the oil.
The results will speak for themselves.
Decking Oil is available in 2.5 litre and 5 litre cans and three shades, Clear, Medium Oak and Teak.
You may have noticed the guy in the film used another product before applying the Decking Oil, he used Tough Clean Deck and Revive. An effective cleaner for old and dirty natural exterior wooden decking which has dulled and faded over time. Ideal for heavily soiled areas and to prepare decking for finishing it helps to remove black spotting caused by mould or lichen from most types of wood and helps to prevent the re-growth of fungi.
While not strictly necessary to use before applying the Decking Oil, the Tough Clean Deck and Revive will help bring back the wooden surface to where the Decking Oil will work its magic and make your decking look like it was new again.
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.
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.
Eucalyptus: An 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.
Orient: A 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.
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
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.
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.
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.