Germ Hot Spot: On Dirty Carpet...

Oct 29, 2014 by

Proud to flaunt your soft, stylish carpet?

Your home may be the safest place for your family, but it can also be the dirtiest. Germs exist in your safe haven right now, spreading rapidly where they live. You probably think that bacteria only grow on obvious places, such as the sole of your shoes or in the garbage bin. There is, though, another place where germs love to lurk: your carpet.

Some homeowners think of carpet cleaning as a luxury rather than a necessity. As a result, they expose themselves to several health hazards.

Read on to know the health issue linked with leaving your carpet dirty.

Exposure to Illness

Carpets may trap dust mites, cockroaches and other bugs, and allergens. Though your immune system protects you against germs, a dirty carpet can make your family more sensitive to the illness, or aggravate existing ones. For example, if you already have flu or athlete’s foot, it may worsen the condition. To keep it clean, spray it with a fabric-safe disinfectant at least once a week.

Unpleasant Odors

Dirty, dust-filled carpets can affect your family in a number of ways. One of its most hidden health risks is asthma. Other resulting problems can range from simple coughing to adverse allergic reactions and other respiratory issues. A filthy carpet produces harmful particles that make indoor air unsafe to breathe.

No matter how many hours you dedicate on your household chores, your carpet may not reveal its dirty secrets. This is the reason you have to get some help from the professionals. Industry expert says carpet-cleaning solutions from highly trained technicians can leave your floor cover residue-free and clean.

Skin Irritation

You’re probably scrubbing your kitchen island and toilet until it sparkles every day, but your carpet also needs care and attention. While it looks safe on your living room or bedroom floor, a carpet can cause skin itchiness and infection. A germ-infested carpet may make your spouse or kids suffer from skin diseases. It may also worsen any cuts or scrapes in the skin. The best thing you can do is to vacuum your carpet daily or set a rule to leave shoes outside.

The germs hiding in your lovely carpet can be uncomfortable and annoying, not to mention downright scary. Have your carpets and rugs cleaned regularly for a healthier and cleaner home.

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4 Types of Homebuyers (Which O...

Oct 27, 2014 by

You finally saved up enough money to put a down payment on a new home, and you’re ready to start shopping. Before you start the hunt, however, it is important to identify what kind of buyer you are to easily know where your predilection lies and to avoid wasting time.

Let’s see if you can figure out which type of homebuyer you are:

The Rabbit (Shy Buyer)

The Rabbit is usually the first time homebuyer—they are mostly timid and shy. If you are one, you probably hate confrontations and negotiations. You are afraid of offending your agent.

You might not tell your agent that the colour of the home is ugly, for example. You won’t say anything about the home, but it will be difficult for your agent to figure out what type of home suits you best. Speak up.

The Sheep (Lifetime Buyer)

Family is important for The Sheep. They often will not buy a home until every person in the family or extended family approves the transaction.

If you are a sheep, you are probably planning a family, you have young children, or you have multiple generations living under one roof, and you plan to stay for the long haul. Folks at recommend finding a property that can cater to a big and growing family.

The Shark (Move-in-Ready Buyer)

The Sharks make fast decisions. Most of the time, they’re demanding. If you find a listing online and text the agent to show you the property right now before any other buyer grabs it, you are probably a shark.

Do not rush. Find more time to look at many other properties until you find one that is perfect for your needs.

The Beaver (Fixer-Upper Buyer)

Beavers know what they want. They can visualise and conceptualise their dream home.
An agent can show you a fixer upper home, and you will find a lot of reasons buying a fixer upper makes sense. You can see the potential of almost any home, and you are not afraid to buy something that needs renovation.

Many homebuyers look for a good neighbourhood, a school district, and an affordable deal, but knowing your buyer personality will help you define and narrow down your search.

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Using Wedding Venues for Corpo...

Oct 25, 2014 by

The city of Brisbane, home to more than two million people, is the third most populous city of Australian and the capital of Queensland. It is a vibrant city full of established businesses ranging from mom-and-pop stores to big corporations.

With the city’s pulsating life and financial importance in the region, many business events happen in the city at any given time. These events, obviously, require finding the right function venue. Fortunately, many of Brisbane’s wedding venues also double as multi-purpose halls to hold corporate events. Most of these places have the space requirements to accommodate a number of people combined with the conveniences to keep them comfortable and entertained.

Here are some tips on how to pick one for your corporate event.

Determine the Type: Full Service or Not

There are several types of function venues in Brisbane: those that offer full service, and those that do not. Venues with full services such as Belvedere Hotel’s offer everything ranging from conference tables and chairs, catering, access to audiovisual equipment, Wi-Fi connection if applicable, etc. On the other hand, a non-full service type only rents out the space and you have to be responsible for the rest, such as the equipment. These types usually charge less.

Know the requirements of your corporate event to determine your logistical requirements, then decide

Seal the Date

Picking a venue for a corporate event is like looking for a wedding location. The event may be different, but the basic factors stay the same.

Check if the date you picked for the event is similarly available at the venue of your choice. Most function halls feature a reservation system; you can ask if the date that you need is available, and they will block it out for you. Reservations do not always come free, though, so prepare a down payment fee.

Function halls are important in the running of a business, in ways such as to bond the employees together or to create a roadmap and vision. Finding the proper venue will help your cause, and memorable locations serve to imprint the event on your associates’ minds.

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Connecting with Your Asian Roo...

Oct 21, 2014 by

Asians are known for their colourful and distinct culture. When studying, working, or migrating overseas, the culture you brought with you might be influenced by the norms that welcome you. Sadly, it can also be lost. It’s good to be always reminded of your homeland. Here are some ways to do so:

Speak your native language

Since you’ll be conversing in English, forgetting how to speak your native tongue will come easy. Keep speaking your own language at home.

Eat your traditional dishes suggests eating food that reminds you of home. If you live with your family, have your mom cook your favourite local dish. There are restaurants that serve Asian cuisine; be sure to know where they are to satisfy your cravings for your home country.

Be friendly

For sure, there are many other Asians living in whichever country you’re in. Befriend them. Join a group where foreigners support each other. It’s good to have someone around that can relate to you.

Update yourself with pop culture

The Internet is the best venue to be updated with what’s happening back home. More than knowing the current events, it’s also good to be knowledgeable on what songs are topping the charts or the current movies showing.

Catch up with your family and friends

If you’re living alone abroad, it can be lonely to not have family or friends beside you. Call them once in a while. Social media and video calls are generally free, so use them.

Stick to your roots

There’s nothing wrong with absorbing the culture of the place you are in. But getting rid of the traditions and beliefs you grew up to won’t do you good. They shape your character. Simply integrate your Asian characteristics with the place’s local culture.

Be proud of your heritage. Enjoy the feeling of being in another country without abandoning your Asian upbringing.

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Making Your Poolside Stylish, ...

Oct 20, 2014 by

Summer is just around the corner, and it is that time of the year when you yearn to swim in the pool. That is why this year you could have acted well before time and have had the pool in your yard cleaned and repaired.

As an added protection for your kids and pets, add fencing to the pool. Some people consider glass pool fencing for the pool, but the only thing drawing them back is its price.

The good news is that glass pool fencing is not as expensive as you think. In addition, it can make your yard appear sophisticated, and the pool safe. Considering these, a glass pool fence is worth the expenditure.

A Glass Pool Fence is: Stylish

Imagine if you were to get metal or wooden pool fencing installed. Wood would of course degrade over time and even metal might rust away with years because of the constant exposure to water. Moreover, these types of fencing will obstruct the pool view.

Choosing a glass kind eliminates these worries. The frameless glass fences require attachment only at the bases, which means that it is the most stylish fence today. Perth glass fence installers typically grouts the fences on ridges around the pool, or else attached to spigots to elevate the fences from the ground.

A Glass Pool Fence is: Strong

No need to worry that glass, being a brittle material, can injure your naughty kids. Nowadays the glass used for pool fencing can withstand impact and repeated stress. This type of glass is resistant to breaking, and should it break will not shatter to dangerous shards.

A Glass Pool Fence is: Safe

It is the strength and resistance of the glass pool fence that makes it safe. Furthermore, the fact that you can see the breadth of the pool without obstruction ensures that you will always know what your children are up to, and can keep them out of harm’s way.

Finally, a glass pool fence is easy to clean and maintain. With all these advantages over regular pool fences, a glass pool fence is cost-effective, and has an undeniable attractive factor.

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The Need to Incorporate IT Car...

Oct 19, 2014 by

According to a recent article from UNESCO regarding the introduction of IT career options in South African classrooms, the level of available resources plays a major role in terms of which subjects can integrate with the school curriculum. This is especially true in areas where only the barest of facilities are available.

In the modern world where information technology is an essential mover of our everyday lives, there is high demand for people to work in the IT industry. Better jobs mean better lives for South African students.

• Start Early

Introducing students to IT career options in South Africa, according to IS, provides them with the early exposure to interest them in entering this lucrative field. Familiarisation with the use of a computer arms them with the necessary skills to become competitive and to keep up with world standards in terms of education.

• Profession that Nurtures Rising Talent

The IT industry is one of the few fields that nurture new talent. There is rapid growth and a competitive job market; many employers look to offer new opportunities for the next generation, so they can continue innovating and making improvements to current standards accepted in the industry.

• Makes Students Competitive

While it is true that in South African classrooms, there are only basic learning materials available for teaching, this should not hinder teachers in providing the requisite access to basic computer use and education.

In the past, the government provided vocational courses in metalwork and other studies because these were the much-needed areas that required skilled workers. However, in today’s Internet generation, the only way that students can compete in the global job market is to possess the skills and training at par with global standards.

This calls for the government to prioritise IT education, especially for senior graduating high school students. This prepares them for the next step in their lives, which is to get a job or get further training and education in college.

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Home ...

Oct 15, 2014 by

Living in the dark ages can affect you in so many ways; it can even have a negative impact on your lifestyle and your budget.

Turn your house into a smart home and live in an automated haven. Not only can this make your home more entertaining and more pleasant—you might be surprised at how much you can save with the home improvements as well.

Here’s how you can bring your tech-unfriendly home to the 21st century:

Use the Magic of Home Automation

There’s nothing like having every part of your home at your fingertips—controlling furniture with your voice, have the blinds open and close when you need them to, or have a lift from companies like take you upstairs and down.

You can even turn on a table lamp with a mere clap, or hear an alarm when your washing machine finishes with the laundry, thanks to the continuous advancements in technology.

Beef Up Your Existing Technology

Of course, you already have various technologies inside your home, such as telephones and televisions—but these could be a lot better. TVs today allow you to stream Netflix or play video games, and some telephones allow you to make calls to other countries using the Internet.

Don’t worry—if you already have a home elevator, changing and updating the television set upstairs will just be a breeze.

“Gadgetize” Your Furniture

Having a coffee table that lets you play video games or an end table that allows you to charge your phones and tablets are just some of the many ways to “gadgetize” your home. They may sound impossible, but they really are—with the right
furniture hacks.

Homemade charging stations and a mounted tablet in your kitchen cabinet make for great DIY projects. They’re super easy to put together, convenient, entertaining, and they look chic and modern, too.

There’s many things you can do to bring your home to the 21st century. You may need a little bit of money for these things, but some items pay for themselves when you finally decide to sell your new “21st century” home.

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