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4 DIY Car Wash Tips And Tricks You Should

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 / No Comments
If you don't want to go to professionals every time your car gets dirty, you will have to find a way to keep it clean yourself. The same way you clean your home every week, you can also take care of your car which can easily collect a lot of dust and grime. It is important to have a car which not only works properly, but which also looks good. The regular cleaning and maintaining of your vehicle will prolong its life and will save you a lot of money in the future. You won't have to visit the specialised car wash any time soon because we will give you some excellent tips which will help you take care of your car yourself.

Car Wash Tips And Tricks
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Cleaning may not be your favourite things but you can only benefit of learning of do everything yourself. In case you have a tight budget, it is a good idea to take care of some specific tasks yourself, instead of goingto the professionals every time. The cleaning of the car is one of those things and with a couple of simple tricks, you will be able to make your vehicle sparkling clean. Here are some of the easiest but very effective DIY car wash tips and tricks you can try:
  • A special cleaning mix with baking soda – The baking soda is a great product which can be used for the cleaning not only of your car, but also of your home. The baking soda is a great solution to the problem with the stains, the grime and the bad smells. All you have to do is to mix in a bucket a ¼ cup of baking soda, the same amount of dishwashing liquid and warm water. You can leave the solution for a couple of hours and use it whenever you like. The baking soda is not expensive, so you will be able to prepare this special cleaning solution any time
  • Baby wipes for the windows – This may seem strange, but nothing will remove the stains and the unpleasant grime from your car's windows faster than the baby wipes. You can use them for the cleaning of the windshield, as well as for the disinfection of the side windows. You can keep the baby wipes in the glove compartment of your car and use them every time you like.
  • Transform your windshield with Coca-Cola – If you are tired of trying to clean your windshield after it rains, we have an easy solution to this problem. You only need several glasses of Coca-Cola and you will have the cleanest windshield. You can pour the liquid over the problematic area and leave it there for a couple of minutes, until the bubbles remove all grime. Just don't forget to put a towel in the lower part of your windshield, so that you can protect the other parts of your car.
  • Ammonia solution for the wiper blades – It is important to keep the wiper blades always clean, otherwise they won't be able to remove the grime from your windshield. For the purpose you can use a solution of ammonia and cold water. You can use a towel or something else for the disinfection of the blades, soaked into the special solution. Remember to dry the blades with a cloth before you finish with the cleaning.
Once you are done with the disinfection of the exterior part of your car, don't forget that you have to take care of the interior as well. For the purpose you can use nothing more but one tube of toothpaste. This product will help you remove the stains from your vinyl or leather seats. For the various kinds of fabrics you can also use a solution of white vinegar and water, which will erase the grime and will get rid of the old smells. 

The article is kindly contributed by Edna who runs CarpetCleaners Ealing

5 Fire Safety Precautions You Should You Know

Friday, April 17, 2015 / No Comments
The safety of the home is one of the most important things. We often think that we are protected from any accidents like floods or a fire, but the truth is that no real estate property is protected against any of those things. Many people also don’t know what to do in case of an emergency and panicking is definitely not helpful in such situations. 
It is nice to be prepared for everything because you never know what could happen. You might have to protect more than just your possessions and real estate property, so it is better to read the useful and interesting tips which you will discover below.
Fire Safety Precautions
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Learning how to react in case of a fire in your home can help you avoid any serious damages to your property and possible bigger tragedies. You don’t have to be an expert or have some special skills. There are some basic rules which can help you prevent a fire and which can later help you deal with the situation in case something happens after all. 
Keeping your home safe and clean from any dangerous chemicals or other products which might cause a fire is not always enough. Sometimes even the smallest candle could cause a big fire but you can prevent all that by paying more attention to the details. Read the tips from BestLondonCleaners W12 and learn what to do in case of a fire and also how can you protect your house.
·      Install smoke alarms – The best way you can secure your home is by installing smoke alarms in the rooms. They will make you feel safe in your real estate property because you will know that they will detect immediately the smoke. This way you will have enough time to react in case of a fire and even prevent any bigger damages. You can consult with a professional about which model will be best for you and your home.
·      Check the smoke alarms regularly – It is not enough, however, just to install the smoke alarms. They still need proper maintenance and regular checking, otherwise they might not work properly. You can test the devices every month and also change the batteries every year or more often when necessary. It is also nice to replace the whole system with new one after 10 years, but for that you can also ask a specialist.
·      Always have a plan – Having a plan can save you from a lot of troubles. If you still don’t have one, perhaps it is time to sit down with your family and think of something. You have to find the best route for evacuation and also give special tasks to every member of the family. You or your husband can be responsible for taking the kids and the pet, for instance. Also, make sure that all of your important documents, money and other things are somewhere in a bag, so that in case of an emergency you can simply grab them.
·      Keep the fire extinguisher close – Picking the right fire-extinguisher is also important. What’s more important, however, is knowing how to use it properly. To avoid the accidents and damages, it will be nice to practice every once in a while. This way you will be always prepared in case something happens. Also, you have to be sure that every member of your family knows where it is.

·      Don’t get distracted – In case of a fire, don’t panic. This will distract you and make you forget everything that you have to do. Try to stay calm and focus on your tasks because you will probably have limited time to get out of the house. Try to save only the most important things and only if it is possible. In the end, the most important thing is that you and your family are safe.

Five Fantastic Things to do in Bangkok and Hua Hin

Saturday, April 11, 2015 / 2 Comments
If like me, travelling is a real passion of yours, then you’ve probably already either visited Thailand, or have it listed on your travel itinerary for the near future. Most people head abroad to crowded holiday beach resorts full of drunken holiday makers, cheap alcohol, and even cheaper frozen food. If you enjoy that type of scene, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that as life is too short to not do the things that make us happy.

Personally, however, my preference seems to tow a different path. When I travel, I want to marvel at natural beauty. I want to broaden my mind and learn all about new cultures and ways of life for people living in different countries. I don’t want to spend my trips being kept awake by drunken holiday makers singing karaoke songs at 4am. Because of this, for my last trip abroad I decided to choose Thailand; Bangkok and Hua Hin specifically.

That trip was one of my most pleasurable and enjoyable to date. If you yourself are thinking of visiting either one of these fantastic locations, here are five fantastic things that you simply must do whilst over there.

Visit the Grand Palace – A trip to Bangkok or Thailand would not be regarded as complete without a stop at this breathtakingly magnificent cluster of amazing structures. They used to house Thai Kings for around 150years, but are now homes to government offices and revered temples. It is imperative that tourists be properly dressed when visiting the Grand Palace, but there are also appropriate costumes available for rent at a refundable deposit.

As a Eurasian, one thing I enjoyed the most about the Grand Palace is that the architectural masterpieces the structures project, gives the awareness of being in Asia, but the reverence of these sites also provided me some kind of déjà vu already seen or felt before kind of feeling. This, I am guessing comes from visiting old and historical Churches around Europe. The entire vast expanse which the Grand Palace sits on is a beauty to behold and it was the ideal and cultural way of kicking off our tour of Bangkok and Thailand.

The Grand Palace, Things to do in Bangkok, Travel Tips
The Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
Visit the Wat Pho temple – Bangkok has an abundance of Buddhist temples and the Wat Pho temple is without question one of the most impressive you’ll ever see. Located just adjacent the Grand Palace, it is the best place to proceed to after a visit to the Grand Palace; albeit, only if you have the strength to proceed.

One important thing to chip in with a visit to both the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho temple is to stay properly hydrated as the heat could be unforgiving a times. My fiancé loved it here as he was especially impressed with the humongous reclining Buddha. This Buddha statue is coated in gold leaf and is a whopping 46 metres in length.

The temple complex also features gold leaf coated Buddha statues and sculptures, various other sculptures, murals, and inscriptions, all of which delve into a number of different topics including warfare and astronomy. I also really liked the landscape garden, but as yet my fiancé still won’t let me convert our backyard into one.  Do not leave the Wat Pho without trying a session of Thai Massage; you can thank me later for that!

The Foalting Market, Things to do in Hua Hin, Travel Tips
The Floating Market - Bangkok
Visit a floating market in Bangkok – Once settled after our first round of temple visits, the next fun thing we did was visit a floating market. This was absolutely incredible and is an experience I will remember until the day I die.

Where I live, more often than not, the weather can be really annoying, making open markets alone an impossible wish. This market however, went above and beyond anything I could have imagined.

Though they’re tourist hotspots, I still loved it. Imagine a market in every sense of the word; except that this market is surrounded by water and practically operates on water. Plus, instead of conventional stalls, the traders were selling their produce from brightly decorated boats.

Typically you can pick up souvenirs, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh coconut juice and fresh local food cooked to order from some of the floating restaurants there. The smells were incredible, as was the coconut juice.

Visit Hua Hin railway station – Our next port of call while in Thailand was Hua Hin, which is only about 200kilometres from Bangkok. One of the first things my partner wanted to do was visit the Hua Hin railway station.

Truthfully, I thought this would be boring as surely one railway station can’t be that interesting, right? Wrong! As soon as we set eyes upon the station we knew it was something pretty special. The station was constructed during king Rama VI’s reign and is conveniently located close to the centre of town.

Hua Hin Railway Station, Travel Tips, Things to do in Bangkok
Hua Hin Railway Station
The buildings are painted in vibrant reds, yellows, and gold, and are undeniably “Thai” in appearance. I absolutely loved the station and its setting as it looked like something out of a fairy-tale. For me, this remains and I think will remain the most unique and unusual train station ever.

Embark on a wine tour – Next up on our itinerary was a visit to Hua Hin hills vineyard to embark upon a wine tour. I love wine so was looking forward to this trip for months. At just 1,500 Thailand Bahts, which included transport, plenty of wine, and a delicious three course meal, this was a fantastic deal. The green vineyards and breathtaking mountain backdrops were simply amazing.

If you have kids with you however, you can still benefit as we noticed numerous large families with kids being kept busy with bottle painting, elephant rides, and even tours of the surroundings themselves. Hua Hin hills are around 45 minutes by car from the centre of town, but obviously if you enjoy a drink, make sure you get a taxi or assign a designated driver. This tour was great, but I must admit to feeling a little “fuzzy headed” the next morning.

Those are just about a few of the things to do in Bangkok and Hua Hin. For my fiancé and I, we explored even more places and activities like the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok. We also rode on the famous Tuk-Tuk in exploring Bangkok like true locals.

Heck, I even took a short tattoo artist training course at a Tattoo School in Hua Hin, which blended with my love of the arts as a graphic designer. This in addition to some Thai culinary courses, so that our friends and family can be treated to exotic Thai dishes whenever we host a social gathering back home. One thing is absolute, we have not seen the last of this extraordinary country and we will be further exploring its beauty again soon.