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3 Tips For Buying Commercial Furniture

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, Business | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Buying Commercial Furniture

When buying commercial furniture, it is no longer appropriate to simply purchase items because they are affordable and will look good in the available space. Today, it is important to consider the impact that new furniture will have on your clients and customers, as well as the message that certain types of furniture present. Before you commit to the purchase of any new office furniture, it is a good idea to be aware of the following information.

#1-Make Sure That The Furniture Is As Safe As Possible For Everyone Around It

You may have noticed before when getting new furniture that it often has a distinct smell. Unfortunately, for people with asthma, allergies or chemical sensitivities, that smell is dangerous. It often includes VOCs, which is short for volatile organic compounds. That strong smell can frequently result in headaches, dizziness and difficulty breathing. For people with asthma, it can cause severe asthma attacks.

Instead, it is a better option to make sure that any furniture you buy is free of VOCs. It will typically include that information at the time of sale or on the packaging for your items. 

#2-Be Sure That The Furniture Is Ergonomically Correct

Another factor to consider is the comfort level of each person that will be using the furniture, as that often reflects how ergonomically correct the furniture is. For example, chairs should be adjustable, both for height and the positioning of the back. That will allow a person’s natural posture to be used and the keyboard can safely be maintained at the level often recommended by experts, which is one to two inches above thighs.  

In addition, desks should have enough space to be able to safely maintain the monitors at the approved distance. A good rule of thumb is that when seated, your fingers should be able to touch the screen of your monitor without stretching. Anything else can strain muscles unnecessarily, which eventually could become a serious problem. 

#3-Buy Furniture That Is Responsibly Sourced And Environmentally Safe

Unfortunately, your office decor can impact the way that you and your business are seen. Whether it is a luxurious couch for your office or tables for the conference room, it is essential to remember that your purchases make a statement to those who see them.

For instance, a leather couch, while attractive and comfortable, can offend many individuals because it came from a dead animal. A solid oak table means that a tree, that could have lived for many years, was cut down to make tables like yours. Instead, consider a sustainable material like bamboo for your tables and desks, as well as faux leather and other non-leather materials for your other furniture needs.  

In conclusion, commercial furniture is often a significant purchase and it is important to be sure that you have chosen the most appropriate options. By doing so, you can be sure that everyone who sees or uses your furniture knows it was responsibly sourced and that it is safe to be near.     

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3 Things To Do With Your Orts

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Orts are the leftover bits of thread you have after completing an embroidery project. Some people refer to them as tails or ends. If you’ve been tossing out your orts because you don’t think there’s anything you can do with them, think again. Here are three ways to make use of your orts.

Christmas Ornaments

After collecting the orts from various projects, you’ll have multi-colored collection of string that can be quite beautiful if displayed properly. Christmas ornaments make beautiful displays. Here’s what you do:

  • Go to your local hobby shop and purchase clear Christmas ornaments.
  • Grab the orts you have collected over the year and mix them with a bit of sparkly tinsel.
  • Unscrew the metal tip from the ornament and stuff the inside with the orts and tinsel.

When the lights from the Christmas tree hit your ort ornament, the colors inside will sparkle. If you aren’t interested in rainbow ornaments, just remove the colors that you don’t want.

Give Texture to Handmade Cards

Orts are a great way to take handmade cards to the next level. They add texture and make your cards pop. To make a handmade card that will be treasured, follow these steps:

  • Take a card that has some design, or picture on it and decide which images you want to color with your orts.
  • Take an ort, using a pair of tweezers dip into clear-drying craft glue.
  • Take the ort with the glue on it and use it to outline an image. Use a pair of scissors to clip off any excess.
  • Once an image is completely outlined using an ort, fill in the inside with cut pieces of ort that have also been dipped in glue.

The fiber adds depth to your picture giving it a cool 3D effect. You can also try this on things besides cards. If you have a scrapbook, invitations or any other type of paper material that you want to stand out, you can use this method. Make sure that you use paper that is thick. The glue may compromise the integrity of paper that is too thin.

Tie Them Together

Orts can also be tied end to end to make a workable fiber to knit or crochet with. It could take a considerable amount of time to amass enough orts to do even a small project. However, having a single project made from all the ort you have collected over the years can make for an endearing project.

If none of these projects sound interesting to you, you can always donate your orts to other fiber artists who can make use out of them. They make seem like insignificant scraps but over time, those scraps can add up to quite a bit of material. Why waste it when there are some many uses for it?

For more information regarding embroidery projects, contact your local sewing center such as Visual Effects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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How To Keep Mold From Returning To Your Newly Remediated Bathroom

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

You’ve finally had the mold cleared out from your bathroom, and you’re enjoying you new, mold-free space. In order to keep it that way, you’re going to need to be careful. Mold loves moisture, which is obviously easy to come by in bathrooms. In order to keep the mold from coming back, follow these tips.

Tip #1: Always run the fan or vent after showering.

This is a huge first step towards preventing the mold from coming back. The faster you clear the steam and moisture out of your bathroom after showering, the less of an opportunity mold will have to grow. If you have trouble getting your kids to switch the fan on after showering, consider posting a sign on the inside of your bathroom door that reads, “Don’t leave until you turn the fan on!”

Tip #2: Spray your shower after every use.

Visit your local grocery or home goods store, and look for an after-shower, daily spray cleaner. These sprays are intended to be spritzed on your shower walls after every use. Using one will help keep soap scum, which is sticky and can attract mold spores, to a minimum.

Tip #3: Keep caulk in good shape.

Peeling caulk is a breeding ground for mold. The spores can get stuck in the jagged little edges of the caulk, and before you know it, mold is growing behind and underneath your tub or sink. As soon as you spot a little bit of caulk damage, take the time to repair it. Remember to let the caulk dry completely before using your shower again, or otherwise moisture may get beneath it and contribute to mold growth.

Tip #4: Vacuum and dust regularly.

Dust often contains mold spores, so it’s important to keep dust out of your bathroom. Dust off your surfaces and vacuum the floor once per week to keep dust at bay.

Tip #5: Hang your wet towels somewhere other than inside the bathroom.

Your bathroom is already such a moist place, that it’s silly to add even more moisture to the air by letting your wet towels dry in there. Find a well ventilated place, such as a wide-open bedroom, or even in front of the mud room window, to hang them. The air in these areas is dryer, so your towels will dry faster and won’t contribute to mold growth.

If you’ve experienced mold in the bathroom before, it’s likely because you were not careful enough about controlling the moisture levels. Luckily, once your room has been remediated and is free of mold, keeping it away should be as simple as following the steps above. Talk to businesses like ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning Services for more information.

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Brand Recognition: Tips To Designing The Perfect Logo

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

Sometimes you see a logo and think it looks so simple that you wonder why a company paid huge chunks of money for a graphic designer to create it. That’s the point, though. Logos and designs are supposed to appear effortless and clean.

So, how do you create a company logo that will look just as easy and fit on billboards, advertisements, and signs? It’s simple. You use originality, brand history, color, and name.

Originality

The idea is to create something that someone hasn’t felt like they’ve seen before, but that doesn’t mean you create something so abstract that no one wants to see it. Originality comes from the fonts you use. A good logo will use a font that resembles your business, but can’t be replicated by simply choosing a font from any word processing software or graphic design package.

Brand History

Imagine that you own a coffee company. What’s the history of your company? Is it new or old? Is it family owned, or part of another business? Does it appeal to a specific crowd?

Answers to those questions are important. They’ll be what guide your design. If your company has been around a few decades, and is an independent and family owned operation, you might consider a single logo in the middle of a colored rectangle. It’ll give your logo an independent feel. If you sell artisan coffees, you’ll want a sign that looks detailed, but not overdone.

Color

You can’t underscore the importance of color. They present feelings and emotions. There’s a reason why companies trying to promote themselves as earth-friendly or green use the color green. It promotes an organic feel. Here is a quick — albeit incomplete — breakdown of colors and the emotions they evoke.

  • Red: energetic, sexy, bold
  • Orange: creative, friendly, youthful
  • Yellow: sunny, inventive, optimism
  • Green: growth, organic, instructional
  • Blue: professional, medical, tranquil, trustworthy
  • Purple: spiritual, wise, evocative
  • Black: credible and powerful
  • White: simple, clean, pure
  • Pink: fun and flirty
  • Brown: rural, historical, steady

If your current logo contains colors that don’t offer those feelings and emotions, and it doesn’t already have a strong standing with your business and customers, you might consider a logo redesign.

Name

Your name has a two-part affect on your logo. First, if you’re creating a logo for the first time, no one’s going to recognize the logo alone. Second, if everything goes right, your logo will begin to represent your company name. A good place to start might be to use a logo that includes your name in it.

If your company has a long name, this might be hard to conceptualize. However, if you consult a graphic design team from a local business, such as Signs In One Day, they can probably come up with a design that will leave you wondering why you never started there in the first place.

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Ways You Can Keep Your Bathroom Mirror And Glass Shower Doors Fog Free

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

If you hate getting out of your shower and seeing a fogged up bathroom mirror, there are things you can do to keep this from happening. You can also keep the fog off your glass shower doors using the techniques below.

Fog Free Bathroom Mirror

An easy and inexpensive way to make your bathroom mirror fog free is to drape a towel over it before you get into the shower. The towel will work as a barrier, and absorbs moisture to keep the fog off the mirror.

You can also squirt a little shaving cream on a paper towel, and rub it all over the mirror. Use a fresh paper towel and rub it on until you no longer see the shaving cream. This works as a natural defogger to keep moisture from building up on the mirror.

You can also purchase an anti-fog spray that is used for the windshield on cars. It works just as well for a bathroom mirror. Follow the directions on the product label on how to put it on your mirror. You can purchase this at most car supply stores.

If you want to spend money, you can purchase a fog free mirror. These mirrors will not fog up while you are taking a hot shower. You can purchase these at most home supply stores.

Fog Free Glass

If you have glass shower doors, you can also keep them fog free. One way you can do this is to add 1/2 cup of vinegar in one gallon of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, and spray it on your shower doors. Dry them off with a lint free cloth, and condensation will not build up.

Another way you can do this is mix together two cups of ammonia, one cup of rubbing alcohol, and two teaspoons of liquid dishwashing liquid in one gallon of water. Put into a spray bottle, spray it on the glass shower doors, and wipe them dry with a dry lint free cloth.

You can also rub one tablespoon of regular toothpaste onto the glass, and then rinse it off with water. Let it dry naturally. This will leave a light film on the glass that acts as a barrier.

The next time you get out of your shower, you will not have a fogged up mirror. This saves you time from having to wipe it off every time. You will also be able to see out of your shower doors while you are showering. 

For more information, contact D Pollack Glass & Mirror Inc.

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