CARPET CLEANING

Carpet cleaners are of wide varieties from different companies, different prices with different features and modes of usage. For a first timer who needs to purchase a carpet cleaning machine for the first time, it can be a bit confusing and stressful to make a decision on the type of cleaner to consider.

Below are some of the features of carpet cleaners you need to consider looking out for when choosing a carpet cleaner, whose proper positioning, presence or addition will make the carpet cleaning process an easier one.

  1. Height and weight of the carpet cleaner
  2. Quality brushes
  3. Height and weight of the carpet cleaner
  4. Sufficient and durable water tanks
  5. A long enough hose to reach farwhile cleaning
  6. Attachments/upholstery tools to easily access hard to reach areas
  7. Indicator lights to show when the tanks should be emptied or filled

GENERAL CARE TIPS FOR CARPETS

  • Do not wear shoes in the house. If you have to, have specific shoes to be used only in the house and not to step outside. In case of visitors, request your visitors to leave their shoes at the door and offer them the indoors shoes or let them stay without shoes if they’re comfortable
  • Clean spots and spills immediately. This will reduce the rate of absorption by the carpet and avoid extremely harsh and stubborn stains that were not worked on in the future. It also avoids germ build up.
  • Vacuum the carpets occasionally, not less that four times in one week and if possible, do it daily. Daily vacuuming helps pick up loose dirt and debris before it sinks deep into the carpet.
  • Make use of doormats at every door where people dust off their feet before stepping on the carpets. This ensures that loose dirt on people’s feet or shoes is left on the doormat to avoid dirtying the carpets. Every doormat works wonders in ensuring that the life of your carpet is expanded
  • Ensure you deep clean your carpets using carpet cleaners on once in a while, like 3 times in a year or more if need be. Vacuuming does not get rid of all dirt but only loose recent dirt. Deep cleaning your carpet will ensure that old stains and sticky dirt is eliminated. By deep cleaning, invisible dirt and germs that would cause infections are all done away with. Deep cleaning your carpet also increases the length of life of your carpet.
  • Ensure you give your carpet enough time to completely dry after a cleaning process, especially if you use steam cleaning method. Failure to completely drying the carpet exposes the carpet to the risk of easily holding even more dirt, bacteria and germs which would make it even worse.
  • Avoid feeding children and pets right on top of carpets since the process is most likely to be messy, leaving your carpet stained fluids and filled with food residues. If you have to, use a cloth to protect the area before the feeding process begins
  • Never use your hands to pull out a piece of the carpet fiber strand that is improperly sited above the surface in an unequal level with other fibers. It should be trimmed to the level of the other tufts carefully using scissors.
  • Heavy items can result in indentations in your carpet. The use of furniture cups can help to avoid the excessive pressure. You can also shift the position of furniture or the carpet itself occasionally.
  • Keep pet nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching ad damaging the carpets.
  • Avoid by all means spillage or staining of the carpet by products that would cause bleaching of the carpets
  • Avoid exposing your carpets to too much heat to avoid fading of the carpets.
  • Once in a while, take your carpets outside for ventilation.

Beginner’s Step by Step Guide on using a carpet cleaner

GUIDELINES AND SAFETY MEASURES OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BABY BASSINETS

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD A BABY STOP SLEEPING ON A BASSINET?

Although there’s no specific forced age at which babies should sleep on a bassinet, some factors like weight and size of the baby will also determine how long a baby sleeps in a bassinet.

Bassinets are meant to be used for newborns from birth all the way to anytime between 3months to 6 months approximately, though some babies will sleep in a bassinet even at 7 months.

It all goes down to whether your baby is comfortable and sleeps soundly in the bassinet, whether the baby’s weight can be accommodated by the bassinet and whether the baby still fits in terms of his/her height.

Another important factor to consider is whether your baby has reached the mobile stage where they can use their limbs to move or even crawl or push up. Once a baby has become of this age, immediately stop putting your baby on the bassinet to sleep as this might pos a risk of them falling off the bassinet. This means the baby now needs to transition to a crib, they’ve overgrown the bassinet stage.

It’s not necessary that a child overgrows the bassinet to be transitioned to another sleeper. If as parents, you feel that its time for your child to sleep train, if she/he can now sleep on their own and you won’t mind having your baby on a crib, you can still do away with the bassinet, regardless of the age.

SLEEPING SAFETY MEASURES FOR BABIES

  • Position the baby in the bassinet by their backs never facing down or on their sides. They are safer from chocking and breath better in that position.
  • Make sure not to overload the bassinet with heavy bedding which may cover up the child preventing them from breathing.
  • Ensure all bedding plus the bassinet mattress are breathable
  • Make sure the mattress fits perfectly in the bassinet with no unnecessary spaces left on the sides where the baby’s body parts can get stuck or where the baby can roll over in and have difficulty breathing.
  • Make sure to lock the wheels of the basinet when the baby is sleeping for added safety, to ensure that the bassinet remains in one position and doesn’t move on its own which may be risky.

THE VIDEO BELOW SHOWS THE STEPS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SIDS

SETTING UP CAMPING TENTS

HOW TO SET UP CAMPING TENTS

Setting up a tent can be hectic and without basic knowledge of tent setting or if you’re doing it for the first time. Here’s a step by step guide in explaining how to fully and successfully set up a tent in a few minutes. Benefits of camping can be best experienced when one is well versed in all basic camping skills, and setting up tents is considered to be an important skill one needs to learn to truly enjoy a camping trip.

  1. Assemble the things you need. Most items required to set up a tent usually come along with the tent itself but if not, you’ll need to buy a few things like a ground cover, stakes, rods, or snow pegs, and a hammer or mallet to drive the stakes in.
  2. Look for a flat or near to flat ground to set up your tent. Flat ground allows for comfortable sleeping at night, placement of belongings in the tent and also general stability of the tent.
  3. Place the ground cover on the chosen area for set up. The ground cover gives stability and also keeps the tent area waterproof.
  4. Take the stakes or rods and fasten each pole with the tent clip or key. Youll pull the tent taut not too hard to prevent tear. Hammer these stacks or rods into the ground. Now put the tent rod in the center of the tent. Ensure the stakes and rod are firmly fixed on the ground to prevent it from collapsing or being blown by the wind.
  5. Raise the tent and stake it to the ground. Now that you’ve attached the poles to the tent, it’s time to fully raise it. If you have a self-standing tent, poles will bend on their own and straighten the tent by itself, so the only thing you’ll need to do is to secure it to the ground. If you have a regular tent, you’ll have to do some legwork. Start with one of the poles, bend it and stretch the entire tent, so that you could connect the end of that pole to its corresponding corner. After you’re done, move on to the next pole. It gets harder as you go because you’re stretching the tent quite a bit, so don’t be shy and ask for help. After you’ve connected the last pole to the corner, put the tent down and adjust its direction.
  6. Once your tent is up, you need to secure it to the ground. On the corners of the tent, you’ll find straps with loops or grommets, so grab a stake and push it through the loop and into the ground. Use a hammer if you need, but make sure it’s as tight as possible, so that your tent stays in place.
  7. This final step is optional but it will help prevent dampness and water damage.Setting up a fly over your tent, for tents with flyers. Start by taking the fly and placing it over your tent make sure you line it up with the entrance to your tent. After you put the fly over your tent, attach it to the poles of your tent so it stays in place. If you have a paracord, tie it to the top of your fly and slightly raise it, so it doesn’t lie directly on your tent.

YOUR CAMPING TENT IS ALL SET UP AND THE USERS OF THE TENT CAN NOW MOVE IN AND UNPACK THEIR ITEMS.

 

 

Additional tips to note while setting up a tent:

  • Practice setting up at home before leaving for a camping trip.
  • Know the weather conditions and geography of that place before planning a camping trip.
  • Avoid setting up tents under trees as sometimes twigs falling from the trees can be troublesome.
  • Do not pitch a tent in a valley as water collection can cause a problem.

Below is a video demonstrating the process