Aug 30, 2014

Don’t Take the Dry Cleaner to the Cleaners

In a labour-intensive industry such as dry cleaning, pricing is always an area of focus. One of the ways of minimising labour costs is to keep your equipment well maintained. This is simple economics: a poorly maintained machine takes more human effort and time to clean and press.
There are other ways of cutting expenses. One dry cleaner said, many years ago: “we have learned not to compete on price. It makes more sense to do good business with your own customers, and make sure you give them the right service and that you get 100% of what you are entitled to.”

Some dry cleaners specialise in a particular niche. For example, there are dry cleaners that might specialise in table linen for restaurants.

It is a very important point for customers everywhere. Heavy discounting results in cost shortcuts. This could be in terms of the pay and conditions for staff, or leaving equipment without proper maintenance, or short-changing customers in the thoroughness of the dry cleaning job done.

Value over price

A very good principle when you’re looking for a dry cleaner – or any other service – is to focus on the value, rather than just the price. The only winner is the customer from heavy discounting (in the short term), until the quality of the service diminishes. In the dry cleaning industry, the shortcuts may not be noticed until valued clothes are damaged.

Like most experienced small business owners, good dry cleaners know that their most valuable customers are the regulars who value the service. For all the advertising you can do, there’s really nothing to match a personal recommendation from one of your customers.

*Some information based on an article from The Australian National Drycleaner and Launderer, December 2006.

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Aug 29, 2014

A Waterfall in Black and White

This 84-meters-height waterfall named Coban Rondo waterfall (Pujon Malang, East Java, Indonesia).  I think I see a wonderful contrast between the falling water and different background structures.

a waterfall in black and white version

The Weekend in Black and White


Aug 28, 2014

Advanced Electronic Padlock

Here comes time for not using the traditional padlock with key anymore. In today’s modern era, as now, a lock that can be opened by using a smartphone would be more appropriate. For this one, introduce an advanced electronic lock named Noke.

Noke name is taken from a no-key pronunciation made
​​by Fuz Design. In contrast to conventional padlock, Noke can be opened using Bluetooth connectivity –it’s the first time worldwide.

This padlock can be opened using a smartphone that has previously been authorized. Not only that, for the issue of security; each key is given a unique name. Access keys can also be given to the other smartphone users using iOS or android app.

The use of electronic lock is also claimed to provide a simpler way in securing valuables. In fact, you can open the lock without having to bother with the lock.

With an attractive design, project Noke is also easily reach the target of 100 thousand USD, although the deadline remains 29 days.

Aug 26, 2014

Cheap Fixes to Boost the Value of Your Home

Yes, it is possible to get more money than you have invested when buying your home. If that weren’t possible, people could not make money by flipping homes, and you know that it is something a lot of people actually do for a living. The whole idea is to make the home more desirable and better looking while investing only what you really need to invest, thus cutting down the costs and getting more money for your lovely home because of the perks you made. Here are the things that you can do to make it wonderful and tempting for new buyers.

You cannot afford for your home to be cluttered with all sorts of things when you are trying to sell it to somebody who is seeing it for the first time. You cannot have your potential buyers tripping over toys, furniture, books and bags. The overall look of your home needs to be clean and open, letting the light in, showing the space and presenting the possibilities of making that place a place that somebody can turn into their home. They will not want to do that if it’s cluttered with somebody else’s stuff that looks like junk.

Paint Paint Paint
You really don’t need a lot of skills and a lot of money to repaint the house from the inside. A fresh coat of paint will hide the stains, imperfections, dull color and old dirt that cannot come off anymore and is there because of the old age. But just a fresh coat of color will make the walls shine once again and it will rejuvenate your house making it look clean and new. Be careful with the colors as you don’t want them to close down the space. Stay clear of the dark, intense and screaming colors and stick to white and pastel tones, possibly warm and cozy ones. They look inviting and nice and feel like home.

Refurbishing the Kitchen
Old kitchen cabinets and even chairs might need some work. This is something that you can do yourself, but you will need a couple of days. You need paint stripper, primer and paint. All grease must be removed from the cabinets before you start anything. You can go over the surfaces with sandpaper if you feel that it needs to be done and then you need to put some primer on it. Primer serves as a surface for the paint so that it hides the imperfections and makes sure that the paint is even everywhere. Then comes the paint that will be new and glossy and make the kitchen shine.

Extra Space
You will always get more money for three bedroom apartment than for the two bedroom apartment even if the surface is the same. Therefore, if there is any sort of possibility, you need to try and put some plaster walls making bigger rooms into two smaller ones. Plasteringis also a great idea when it comes to adding space! Or do the same and make room closets and the like. People are prepared to pay more for such perks.

Exterior Look
Imagine that the car is taking you to see the house you are about to buy, it stops in front of your new home and you see –what? Does your home looks like something that you would want to pay for when you look at it from the outside? First impressions are very important. They are what make all the difference and they can easily tip the scales to your advantage. So, go outside, take a good look and see what you can do to make it look appealing.

5 Carpet Stain Protection Tips for Homeowners

If you're someone who has carpeted flooring, then you definitely want to do all that you can to keep it looking fresh and clean at all times. But when you have children or pets who live with you, sometimes than can be really challenging. That doesn't mean it's impossible, though. There are actually a few things that you can do that will definitely reduce the amount of dirt and stains that accumulate on your carpet - things that will keep it in good condition for years to come.

If you're like to know some of the most effective carpet stain protection tips for homeowners, here is a list of five that you can start doing today.

Don't wear your shoes indoors. One of the easiest ways to track dirt onto your carpet is to walk on it with your shoes. That's because when you're outdoors, there are all kinds of debris that can get caught up in your soles. You can prevent this from being an issue by asking everyone to take off their shoes before coming into your house. You can even put out a basket of socks by the front door for your guests. It tends to make them feel more at home when they are able to take off their shoes anyway.

Put down area rugs. When it comes to places like your hallways and the area in front of your couch or chairs, it's also a smart idea to put down some area rugs. Being that those are areas that tend to get a lot of traffic, it's another great way to protect your carpet. Plus, area rugs are aesthetically appealing too.

Vacuum regularly. Oftentimes, there are tiny particles of dirt and debris that are not easy to see but can end up getting trapped in your carpet's fibers. Something that you can do to prevent this from becoming a big problem is to vacuum your carpet a couple of times a week. Just make sure that you avoid putting down any kind of powdery carpet freshener. Although it can help to remove odors, it also tends to leave behind a residue that's hard to remove.

Wipe up spills immediately. Spills are something that no one wants to get on their carpet. One way to avoid this is to have a "no drink rule" in the rooms where you have carpets. However, if an accident does happen, make sure that you don't let the liquid seep into the carpeting for a long period of time. Get a clean cloth to blot it up. Then you should apply some kind of cleaning solution. Although you can use a carpet stain removal product like Chem-Dry, you can also use household items including white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. For information on how to make your own carpet cleaning solution, visit and put "clean stained carpet naturally" in the search field.

Consider investing in stain-resistant carpeting. If it's time to replace your carpet, something that you might want to consider doing is putting down some stain-resistant carpet. It's made out of a fiber that makes it hard for stains to sink into your flooring. As far as maintaining the carpet that you currently have, consider applying a carpet protectant. One that bonds to the fibers and seals them so that spills will not affect them nearly as much. For information on exactly when you should apply carpet protectant, visit Carpet Cleaning Southside VA and put "when should I add carpet protectant?" in the search field.

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