Show Notes: Tile Panache, Humidifier Tips – On the House

Show Notes: Tile Panache, Humidifier Tips

By on November 15, 2014

It’s time ready our homes for the holidays.  Is your guest bath tile  looking a little distressed? Well, never fear, James and Morris have the inside scoop on hot new tile looks for your home. 

Have you taken the humidifier out of the attic? Does it smell like an old sock? Did you know dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria and make you sick!

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Tile Panache

 Remember the pink and black 4” x 4 tile in your grandmothers bathroom? No more; tile sizes, shapes and materials have changed.

Today rectangular tiles are taking the design prize. Especially the new 12” x 24” tiles. Whether you are installing the tile horizontally or vertically on walls it is simply stunning. On floors, the look is equally dramatic. Add a mosaic to the mix and the look will be over the top.

Most commonly, stone, ceramic, and porcelain tiles are used for counters and floors. Glass is used for walls and backsplashes. Mosaic tiles shaped in rectangles, squares, circles and “pennies” have become increasingly popular. Mixed material mosaics with glass, stone and metal can be found for almost any decorating style.

Mosaic tiles are relatively easy to install and they can truly change a space, so don’t hesitate to play around a little bit to get the feel that you want to have when remodeling a bathroom.


Tips For Keeping Your Humidifier Clean

It’s time for winters dry air, which means it’s time to pull that humidifier out of the attic. Dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria and make you sick!

 These tips for portable humidifiers can help:

Use distilled or demineralized water. Tap water contains minerals that can create deposits inside your humidifier that promote bacterial growth. And, when released into the air, these minerals often appear as white dust on your furniture. You may also breathe in some minerals that are dispersed into the air. Distilled or demineralized water has a much lower mineral content compared with tap water. In addition, use demineralization cartridges or filters if recommended by the manufacturer.

Change humidifier water often. Don’t allow film or deposits to develop inside your humidifiers. Empty the tanks, dry the inside surfaces and refill with clean water every day if possible, especially if using cool mist or ultrasonic humidifiers. Unplug the unit first.

Clean humidifiers every three days. Unplug the humidifier before you clean it. Remove any mineral deposits or film from the tank or other parts of the humidifier with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, which is available at pharmacies. Some manufacturers recommend using chlorine bleach or other disinfectants.

Always rinse the tank after cleaning to keep harmful chemicals from becoming airborne — and then inhaled.

Change humidifier filters regularly. If the humidifier has a filter, change it at least as often as the manufacturer recommends — and more often if it’s dirty. Also regularly change the filter in your central air conditioning and heating system.

Keep the area around humidifiers dry. If the area around a humidifier becomes damp or wet — including windows, carpeting, drapes or tablecloths — turn the humidifier down or reduce how frequently you use it.


Candles Afterglow!

Candle glow is warm, festive and romantic, but candle wax is a pain to get out when it drips onto your carpet.

Holidays tend to put extra wear and tear on your home — and sometimes candles are the culprits. At this time of year folks use lots of them. Candle glow is warm, festive and romantic, but candle wax is a pain to get out when it drips onto your carpet. When this happens, you have two options: Chill it with an ice cube and scrape it off with the edge of a butter knife or cover the drops with a paper towel or brown paper bag and gently run a warm iron over the spot. Start with a fairly low temperature and keep checking and increasing as you go along.


A Sweet-Smelling Home Can Be Yours

You turned on your central heating system and now your house smells like my brother’s old sweat-socks and you don’t know what to do about it.

First, make sure that under-floor ducting is not touching the ground and that it is well insulated. Ground water and water vapors are the primary ingredients needed to create a banquet for mildew and other fungi.

Next, remove the furnace filters and turn the fan on. Make sure the burners aren’t on, just the fan.

Next, fill a spray bottle with good old-fashioned household bleach – add a little cologne or a fragrance to the liquid, if you like, and spray the concoction into the furnace into the chamber previously covered by the filter.

The fan will force the sweet-smelling disinfectant solution throughout the ducting, kill mildew, fungi and bacteria; and leave your home as fresh and sweet as a new pair of socks. If the result isn’t as hoped contact a heating contractor and have your ducts professionally cleaned.


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