Monthly Archive: March 2018

Why might you choose hardwood floor over carpet?

Carpets were once the ultimate status symbol, with wall-to-wall luxury promising long-lasting comfort and style. Later, modernist influences introduced the public to the hardwood floor, a stark yet chic alternative which was welcomed equally as enthusiastically by consumers.

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These days both are readily available, so what exactly may influence someone to go for a hardwood floor rather than carpeting?

Practicality

Carpet is basically much more difficult to keep clean, and in general sweeping a hardwood floor is much easier and faster than having to vacuum it every day. It’s also much easier to deal with spills and pet- or child-related ‘accidents. Compare wiping and mopping a hardwood surface to trying to get vomit or red wine out of a carpet!

Neutrality

Plain carpets are generally inoffensive, but anything with a pattern can easily become dated or simply boring, while a hardwood floor can be accessorized with rugs or …

Six tips to remove stains from clothes

We’ve all done it. We’ve let our concentration slip, been too clumsy, or bumped into something and have been left with a clothes stain that just doesn’t want to budge. But fear not, there may just be a way to get your clothes stain free again. Here’s what you can do.

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Make up, sun cream and grease

Investing in a good stain pre-treatment is essential for many tough stains. For more greasy stains, you should pre-treat for one hour before washing according to the label. It should then look as good as new!

Sauce

If you’ve carelessly slopped your sauce on your clothes (don’t worry, it’s happened to the best of us), you should try and soak it in cold water as soon as possible. After around an hour, pre-treat the stain for a couple of minutes before washing as normal to remove it.

Mould and rust

Salt

A beginner’s guide to pairing cheese and wine

Wine and cheese are perhaps one of the greatest culinary pairings, but only when they are matched correctly. Failing to serve the right cheese and wine together can distort both flavours, meaning that rather than complementing one another they actually tarnish what should be a delicious experience.

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Although a report in The Guardian suggests that wine tasting and analysis can be tricky (even for the experts), there are some general rules of thumb to adhere to when pairing wines and cheeses. Here are some top tips for hosting your next wine and cheese party.

Understanding Cheeses

As a general rule, cheese can usually fit into one of four main categories. Hard cheeses may include things such as Parmesan and are often salty and sharp. Blue cheeses like Stilton are aged to create intense flavours. Bloomy cheeses have a soft rind and are usually rich and creamy – think …