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Refrigerator: which one to choose?

January 3, 2013

Your refrigerator does not give you more guarantees as before? Do you want to buy a new model more in line with your tastes? Maybe is a good time to change your refrigerator? We will help you in the choice of models on the market, don’t worry 🙂

Old, bulky and smelly: these are some of the adjectives that are often associated with refrigerators to justify the buying of a new one. The ‘coexistence’ with certain appliances depends almost always on their maintenance, to have a refrigerator that will last long, periodic inspections are required by the owners. However, when you realize that the problems are difficult and expensive to resolve, you should consider the idea of ​​buying a new one.

We will list you some of the great brands and models of refrigerators, here they are:

White Combined Refrigerator Indesit

The new Indesit refrigerators Class A+ offer the best performance with minimum storage consumption: a saving of 25 percent more energy than refrigerators of class A.

Capacity in Litres: 334 liters
Energy Rating: A +
Color: White

Hygiene control: A real barrier to the proliferation of bacteria. Thanks to a special film which coats the inner walls of the refrigerator and prevents the formation of mold and bacteria, the foods are protected and keep longer freshness and original quality.

White Combined Refrigerator Candy

Intelligent consumption efficiency and conservation of the environment are the basic features that the new refrigerators Candy A+ represents. Candy cares about his clients and puts their needs at first place to give them a product that satisfies them at any cost.

Capacity in Litres: 212 liters
Energy Rating: A +
Color: White
Cooling system: Static

Extractable Shelves: The new glass shelves, robust and easy to handle are equipped with a rail with stop stroke end on which can slide to have an easier access to food placed in the rear of the shelf.

Removable gasket: The new refrigerators are equipped with innovative push-pull removable gasket for easy cleaning.

Two-doors Refrigerator Ariston

The refrigerator Ariston stands out for its refined and simple style, helping to make your home elegant and welcoming. And your life improves, thanks to a quality product able to satisfy your every need.

Capacity in Litres: 230 liters
Energy Rating: A
Color: White
Cooling system: Static

Hygiene Control: The same care that you put in the choice of food, Hotpoint-Ariston puts it in the perfect condition storage and in the most hygienic way. To better protect your foods, new refrigerators Hotpoint-Ariston have the inner walls coated with a special permanent film, which prevents the formation of mold or bacteria. From now, with Hygiene Control, the best place to store and protect your food will be really the refrigerator at home.

Pure Wind: The refrigerator is equipped with a special ventilation system that allows perfect air circulation and ensures absolutely uniform distribution of temperature and humidity inside. But what if the refrigerator is open all the time? No problem, Hotpoint-Ariston has thought of this: thanks to forced air circulation, the temperature inside the refrigerator is restored more quickly after the door is opened. The models with “Pure Wind Plus” offer even more: the silver ion filter, which reduces up to 70% of bacteria, extends the storage of food and eliminates the odors.

Hope that with this article we gived you a few ideas on which refrigerator to choose.

 

 

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Which faucet for the sink PART 2

December 31, 2012

Of which form

The valve must be suitable to the sink, but the choice also depends on the presence of wall units or shelves, against which the spout of the faucet should not hurt.

Two or three holes

In the kitchen, the most common faucet are single-hole models, which are constituted by a single element, and that therefore, to be installed, require a single opening.

– This can be practiced in the sink, on the kitchen top or wall.
– Alternatively, you can choose however also taps in two or three holes. The former are constituted by a single element, but require two holes for the controls hot and cold water. The models with three holes, consisting of three separate elements, have an opening for the beak and the other two knobs for the hot and cold water.

Made of steel

The sinks in this material are hygienic, strong and durable as the stainless steel will not change color and does not tarnish. The surface can be polished or satin: in the latter case stains and spots are less clear.

How to clean it

For stainless steel are used water and soap or mild detergent and non-abrasive sponge.
– After rinsing, wipe it with a soft cloth to emasculate the formation of stains.
– For tougher stains, use a specific detergent, or clean with a sponge dipped in a solution of water and vinegar.
– You can dry it with a soft cloth and some alcohol.
– For the residues that forms around the drain, rub with force a half of lemon and leave the substance for ten minutes.

Finishing issues

Chrome plating is a widely used treatment to refine the faucets, especially those made ​​of brass. Through a process of immersion in the chromium, the surface assumes a shiny appearance like that of a mirror and a color similar to steel.

Polished and clean

The taps can be cleaned with a soft cloth, avoiding abrasive sponges.
– To delete the limestone use soap and water or dry always the surfaces, is also good to pass specific products, but reading carefully the instructions for use.
– Rub the base with a toothbrush which has been put on the creamy cleanser or a special softener.
– The chrome taps can be polished with hot water and vinegar. Do not use salt and soda that can scratch the chrome.
– In the end, it is especially suitable the deerskin for drying.
– To remove limestone from glass knobs prepare a solution of soap and water avoiding the use of other products that may become loose from the metal part.

Which faucet for the sink PART 1

December 30, 2012

Single lever or two separate knobs, polished or satin finish: the choice of mixer for the kitchen also depends on the shape, size and material of the sink. Which can be made of steel, ceramic or plastic.

Two types of mixers

For the kitchen sink, you can choose between models can be operated with one or two commands. The first one are more practical to use and easy to adjust, while others have robust internal mechanisms that do not deteriorate with use.

Single lever

These mixers are equipped with a single knob, or a lever, which allows to mix the hot water and cold water and to adjust the flow.
– Depending on the model, the knob can be placed next to, on or before the delivery spout.
– The movement of the lever is secured by a ceramic disc cartridge which is located under the handle.
– This could be damaged by the use and cause water leakage, decrease of pressure and hardening of the movement of the levers.
– It is therefore necessary to have another one to change.

A two knobs

As an alternative to single-lever, you can choose a model with a single spout for dispensing water, but two separate knobs for mixing the hot water and the cold.
– In this case there is no disc cartridge: the locking mechanism of the handle of the faucet is a ceramic cartridge that allows a rotation of 90 ° or 180 °.
In older models, was also available a greater openness, but in order to avoid wastage of water, now it is limited only to this measures.

On wall

If you want the mixer on the wall serves an intervention on the masonry, to realize a new attack in correspondence of the tap.
– Therefore is advisable to seek for this choice when you are in the process of restructuring, or if you have to replace a similar model, because otherwise you will break the tiles.
– Otherwise, with a cheaper but less aesthetically beautiful, you can connect the new faucet to the old connections with an outer pipe flush on the wall.
– The beak of the valve must be long enough to reach the sink. If the hole for the insertion of the tap is already prepared in the sink must be covered with a steel plate.

 

Tips on furnishing the kitchen: What is your favorite color?

December 27, 2012

Thanks to all the proposals of furniture to choose various furnishing items, finishes and accessories, the kitchen is one of the most complicated areas of the house to furnish. In particular, choosing the color can be very frustrating. For this reason is best to be prepared at the time of the fateful choices.

The choice of the color of the kitchen is always after the style of furniture you want to give to the kitchen. Can help in one of the most important decisions on furniture kitchen, establish a range of 3 colors:

– The leading color of kitchen furniture will consist of furnishing themselves (or walls if you choose not to leave them white).
– The color co-star is the floor.
– The last but not negligible are the working surfaces.

The choice of colors of  kitchen is very personal.

To simplify the choice even in this case, it may in fact restrict the field between a composition on white, a colored composition or a composition in which will prevail natural tones.

1. In the first case, the choice will be based on aesthetic qualities such as the sophistication and minimalism. Not everything has to obviously be white, but other colors can be introduced through some very brief details: the floor, in the frames and the edges of the floor tiles, in the coating, and also accessories such as carpets, curtains and tablecloths, etc.

2. If the choosen palette is colored, whatever is the combination of colors you will have a stimulating and very modern solution.

3. The palette with natural tones which characteristics are shades of the land, maybe even those of full yellow, and finishes such as natural tiles, wood and metal. These materials communicate feelings of honesty and simplicity.

Applying colors to the furnishings of the kitchen

Finally, the colors can be used in furnishing to try to change some small visual architecture defects.
– Fresh bright or sober colors, may be useful to visually enlarge the space, stretch a room, or raise a too low ceiling.
– In contrast, warm, dark or bright, in conjunction with maximum contrast can be useful to restrict the space, lower the ceiling, shorten a room too long.

The color of the kitchen furnishings is important

1) Red: ideal if we have a strong and determined character. It’s a good color to heat the rooms a little cold, although we recommend to adopt it only for details or surfaces not extensive.

2) Yellow: warm and primary color, perfect for the kitchen, but can also be adapted to areas exposed to the low light as it has the ability to make environments brighter.

3) Orange: it is the perfect color for the kitchen as it stimulates the appetite, and is welcoming. The advice is to break it with aluminum accessories to have a technological effect or wrought iron to create a romantic ambiance.

4) Blue: a very elegant color that always likes. Some nuances in blue can have a relaxing and calming effect. The darker color instead has the effect of restricting environments and therefore may be used for the kitchen very spacious.

5) Green: definitely the color that encourages focus and concentration, you should be chosen if you have an unconventional character.

 

Tips for installing curtains for indoor

December 26, 2012

In the installation of the curtains are used mechanisms of different aesthetic characteristics, and functional, called curtain rods.
The first precaution to be taken in identifying the most suitable method of anchorage, will be to see if the curtains will be installed in the ceiling or wall, or in the window or in any other place like that.

For curtains, there are several methods of installation:
-the environment in which they are installed;
-the practical needs of those who use them;
-the tissue used;
-aesthetics.

To make the best choice of the method of installation, we proceed with the first check if the environment in which will be placed the curtain, allows the use of various solutions or forces, because of the space in which it is located or the position relative who the maneuver with it, and than take into account the most suitable.

As regards the methods for ceiling/wall, there are three main categories:

-in binary, in which are located the eyelets, where the fabric will be hooked, which run in real aluminum tracks (channels), obtaining a horizontal movement of the curtain;
-packets, in which the fabric is generally positioned using a velcro, and by a characteristic mechanism is imprinted a vertical movement;
-on stick (wood, steel, iron, etc..) consists of an elongated cylinder on which pass the rings usually used to attach the curtain.

 

Optimize the space in your home

December 26, 2012

Let’s see how we can improve the space in our home. There are many ways to create solutions for optimization of space, various storages, closets, pantries, etc. … it’s all about what you want to put aside and than store it in specific locations.

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The shelving of measure is a smart way to make the most of the space available. Standard shelving tend to leave a lot of wasted space. So if you want to use some shelves in your home, don’t buy those prefabricated, order it in measures that are suitable for your space.

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The beds with drawers are a great way to hide objects of any kind. An ottoman or a bed with drawers is the perfect place to keep bed linen or towels without cluttering other visible spaces. The use of a bed with storage allows you to keep the house in order.

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Another solution are vacuum-packages. They are a great way to store various items, linens, etc.. Just fill the bags and remove the air to reduce a duvet to the size of a thinny packet that take up very little space. There are many ways to get the most out of your home and hide the clutter. Be sure to use the space efficiently in order to obtain the best preservation.

How to use the mirrors to have a sensation of larger rooms?

December 17, 2012

The rooms of the small dimensions may be a little bright, uncomfortable and very limiting. But they can look big, bright and spacious if you put mirrors in some particular locations. In this way,, they reflect the natural and artificial light, offering the illusion of depth. The mirrors can be strong and big, but the mirrors can easily be broken, so make sure that you have a home insurance to cover eventually damages.

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Walls

Take the most of natural light entering the room by placing a mirror on the wall opposite the window. The mirror will reflect the sunlight into the room. But if the window is large compared to the size of the room, a mirror on the opposite wall can create glare. In this case, it is better to hang the mirror on the wall perpendicular to the window. The effect is the same if you use a large mirror or a number of small mirrors nearby placed.

If you have a small dining room, the bedroom or bathroom, you can cover an entire wall of mirrors or mirror tiles. From floor to ceiling mirrors can be found in a bedroom or on closet or cover the doors, if it covers the entire wall is too expensive. A cheaper option in a dining room is to cover the top half of a wall with a mirror or mirror tiles and place the dining table next to it. This trick is often used in small cafes and restaurants.

If there is space between the wall and the window frame or between the inner walls, the mirrors can be hung on both sides of the walls and on both sides you can place the applique lamps reflect the mirrors. This will give the impression of two additional windows. However, you should be careful not to overdo the effect. Do not hang mirrors on both walls.

Have a mirror above a fireplace is a classic trick to give the illusion of space. The light reflected in the mirror balances the dark inside the fireplace, but also reflects the light of the flames.

The mirrors on the ceiling are not accepted by everyone, some people find that the mirror from the ceiling has an intimidating tone and worsen the environment. The mirror is not a good idea in kitchens and bathrooms, with time labels may come off with the vapors and the heat that is generated in these two spaces.

Surfaces

The mirrors can also be positioned on the surfaces, on tables, on chimneys, although on some surfaces may not seem a good solution, and can be too exaggerated in a space or surface, so it may be preferred that the mirror is not placed over the entire surface of the table , but only on the final part of it, on small surfaces, such as beliefs or drawers.
The mirrors which are located inside the cabinets, in the libraries can give a small feeling of space, but always limited, and will always be best traits of an area illuminated from one side.

 

 

How to clean house mites, dust and bacteria

December 12, 2012

Dust and bacteria are among the main accused in the home, but to get better, there are systems that can counteract their action.

Mattress is unassailable from bacteria

In order to ensure over time the hygiene of the mattress, the coating must be removed, so you can wash it in water. Usually in the washing machine at 40-60 ° C, with a program for delicate fabrics. It ‘also important that the coating has been treated against attack by bacteria and mites. Even the padding must be hypoallergenic, for example, polyester fiber, avoiding the wool and cotton.
As regards the structure, the springs or plates in synthetic foam, which are modeled according to the shape of the body, ensuring a good breathability because they allow air to circulate, without accumulation of moisture.

Compact the powder into tablets

Dust is a major cause of allergies, collect it systematically with the vacuum cleaner is useful, but the problem arises when you need to empty the bag or container. One solution consists in compacting the powder into blocks. The vacuum cleaner collects dirt in the traditional way with nozzles and brushes and conveys it to the collection container. Here, thanks to a pallet which moves alternately on the right and left, the powder is converted into tablets, easy to remove.
Indispensable to combat allergies is also the presence of the vacuum of a filtration system that must also retain the minute particles, such as pollen, mites and molds. Among the most effective are the Hepa filters (high efficiency particulate airfilter): to keep them always in working order, must be washed regularly with water.

Fights mites, but in not toxic way

Dust, mites are miscroscopic parasites, invisible to the human eye. They feed on flakes of dead skin, dust and mold. They love moisture and do not tolerate sunlight. Live mainly on mattresses, carpets, carpeting and also may have a concentration of one thousand mites in one gram of powder.
The first rule is to aerate often and keep surfaces clean, but a valid solution is given by the acaricide spray, to be sprayed on carpets and upholstery every one or two weeks. After it has dried, the surface must be passed with a vacuum cleaner.

Hope that this tip will help you to fight against mites and dust. 🙂