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Precautions to Take When Renting a Pressure Washer

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Precautions to Take When Renting a Pressure Washer

Pressure washers are handy tools to have, or at least to rent, because they can do many things from simple cleaning to stripping paint. It is important to understand the complexity of this equipment and its safety hazards. You can hurt yourself or someone else with a pressure washer, and failing to take the proper safety precautions could result in structural damage. You have to follow some safety tips to ensure you won’t harm anyone or anything before you start using your pressure washer. Wear Protective Gear When water comes out of a pressure washer, it comes out with great force, more than you may realize. That can send bits of whatever the water hits flying, including any loose debris that is on the surface being cleaned. You and anyone near you need to wear protective gear like goggles to ensure that none of that debris flies into your eyes. Remove children and pets from the area, too, lest they think the washer is a new type of sprinkler or garden hose. You don’t want them running into the spray. Test the Washer First Pressure washers are available in different sizes and pressures, and if you’re new to using one, getting the lightest pressure available might be best. But whatever pressure you get—even the light one—you need to test the washer first to ensure you know what it can do. Find a piece of wood or scrap concrete and try a few test blasts. You’ll see if the pressure is too great for the material you plan to use the washer on, and you’ll get a feel for how hard or easy it is to control the equipment. Watch Out for Exterior Outlets If you are spraying the water anywhere near a wall, avoid getting any exterior outlets wet. The water stream can enter the outlets with force and just kill the outlet’s wiring. It can also potentially damage your home’s electrical wiring if anything shorts out. If the exterior outlets have metal covers, ensure the covers are closed. If you need help choosing a pressure washer or want more advice on protecting outlets and yourself, contact an equipment dealer such as Ben’s Cleaner Sales that offers pressure washers for sale or rent. Alternatively, you could try hiring a cleaning service to come and do the work for you so that you don’t have to worry about closing off outlets yourself and finding good safety...

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3 Simple Steps To Help You Protect Leather Furniture In A Storage Unit

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Simple Steps To Help You Protect Leather Furniture In A Storage Unit

If you have leather furniture that needs to be stored somewhere, renting a temperature-controlled storage unit would be a great option; however, temperature-controlled units are not always available. If you cannot get a unit like this, you can still store your leather furniture in a regular unit, but you will need to take a few extra steps to make sure your furniture is protected while it is being stored. Here are the steps you must take. Step 1: Clean the furniture Cleaning furniture before storing it is always a good idea, especially leather furniture being placed in a unit that does not have heating or cooling. To clean your leather furniture, you should begin by vacuuming it as thoroughly as you can. As you do this, remove the cushions and try to reach all areas of the furniture. After you are finished, you can clean the furniture with a mixture made up of equal parts of vinegar and water. Place a rag in the mixture and ring it out. Next, wipe down the entire piece of furniture. When you are finished, let the it dry completely. Finally, you should apply a conditioning product to the furniture to protect it from cracking. You can make your own by mixing one part of vinegar with two parts linseed oil. Wipe this on your couch and again let it dry before placing it in the unit. By cleaning your furniture thoroughly, you can prevent mold and mildew from forming, and it may help keep pests and rodents away too. Step 2: Place Pallets On The Floor Of The Unit When you are ready to move your furniture to the unit, you should make sure you have some pallets to use. Placing pallets on the unit’s floor will be an added layer of protection against moisture. If you do not prop your furniture up on pallets or something similar, the parts of the furniture that are touching the floor might end up discolored, moldy, or damaged. Step 3: Place The Furniture In The Unit When you place the furniture in the unit, you should place it in its normal position if possible. This may take up more space, but it is the best way to preserve the furniture’s natural shape. Finally, place some type of breathable covering over the furniture. You can use any type of cloth sheet or blanket, but you should avoid using plastic tarps. Storage units can come in really handy for storing things like furniture. If you need to rent a unit and would like to learn more about your options, contact a storage unit rentals facility...

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Guide For Choosing An Office Shredder

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guide For Choosing An Office Shredder

Choosing the perfect shredder for your office takes a little bit of advance planning. Don’t simply go for the lowest priced model or what’s available at the local office supply store without first sitting down and determining your exact needs. The following guide can help you pick out the perfect shredder for your needs. How much shredding do you do on average? Do you only need to shred a couple of papers a day or do you run whole file folders through at once? If you have a lot of daily shredding then opt for a high-capacity shredder that allows you to run multiple pages through at once, including folders filled with sheaves of paper. This will cut down on jams, which can be a problem for low-capacity machines if an employee tries to overload it. Higher-capacity machines also typically come with larger storage compartments, so you don’t have to empty the shredder as often.  What level of security do you require? The security risk of your average document is also  a concern when selecting a shredder. If most of your documents don’t contain highly sensitive information, such as just basic invoices with only name and address information, then you probably don’t need a high-security shredder. On the other hand, if sensitive information such as credit card information or social security numbers are on some of your documents, then you need to look for a high-level security shredder that cuts thin strips and then cross cuts them into smaller pieces. This makes it impossible for a possible identity thief to put the documents back together. Are you shredding non-paper items? A common source of shredder jams are from non-paper items being put into the shredder. If compact discs, credit cards, or other non-paper items need to be destroyed in your business, opt for an industrial strength shredder that is made to destroy these items, such as the Destroyit 4002 shredder. These types of shredders can also handle items like staples or paper clips, which are sometimes accidentally left on the paper when it is placed into the shredder. This can save you from a jam or a burned-out motor if the shredder is strong enough to handle these oversights. When shopping for a shredder, err on the side of caution and invest in one that will handle your maximum needs. This will save you from having to upgrade later if you find you need more shredding...

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Four Tips To Create The Perfect Trade Show Exhibit

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Create The Perfect Trade Show Exhibit

Businesses rent booths at tradeshows for one reason- to garner new customers for their products or services. The competition for attracting attention to your booth can be keen. You are just one booth of dozens or even hundreds of vendors vying for attendees’ time. Here are four ways you can make sure your booth provides the eye candy to lure them in. Visit Other Trade Shows First Before you lay down the deposit for a trade show exhibit rental and start investing in materials for your booth, attend a convention or two to see what others are doing. It doesn’t even matter if it is in the same industry or not. You are interested in seeing what catches your eye. Take notes and even pictures if you are allowed to. Pay special attention to how the vendors utilize their space, and what works and what doesn’t work. Notice the booth sizes, including the height, and compare the differences between interior booths versus larger corner booths that frequently serve as an anchor. Sit and observe what catches others’ eyes, how the foot traffic flows, and what booths seem to capture the most attention. Create A Tagline You have your logo, you have your brand name, but a short tagline is imperative, especially if you are a new company or not a household name yet. The tagline should sum up in three to six words what your primary line of business is. It should concisely communicate with memorable clarity what your company, product or service is all about. Make sure your tagline is strategically positioned throughout your booth and visible from a distance. Plan The Back Wall Carefully This is the most expensive “real estate” of your booth. It’s where people’s eyes will naturally look for clues to what you are all about. Don’t make them have to decipher your trade show exhibit rental booth. Make it “in your face.” This is especially important if you have a small or medium sized linear booth. Clearly define what your focus should be, and then re-create that on your back wall. Consider it your personal billboard, and design it as such. Choose Your Lighting Carefully In addition to the lighting provided by the venue, you can use lighting to highlight your logo, your brochures and informational posters, and direct the flow of traffic at your booth. Choose a combination of track lighting, spotlights, and LED rope lights to impart a warm and welcoming glow to your booth. You don’t want to use harsh blue lights that cast an eerie glow. ...

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4 Helpful Services To Look For In Glass Repair

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Helpful Services To Look For In Glass Repair

Are all glass repair shops the same? Well, no. There are a number of ways that the best shops differentiate themselves and offer better service to customers. Read on to find out what to look for from a glass repair service, and how to evaluate these kinds of service in a competitive market. Meet-ups One of the biggest customer service values in the auto glass repair industry right now is the idea that company representatives can meet people where they are to repair or replace broken glass. You may have seen new auto glass repair commercials with workmen coming to a supermarket or a stadium or someplace where someone had their windows broken out, to put glass in place directly in the parking lot. This type of house call is very valuable for you, saving you time and effort in getting the fixes that you need. Graffiti Removal and Washing Lots of companies focus on replacing glass portions that have been cracked or damaged, but sometimes, glass just needs different types of cleaning services or some type of buffing or polishing. Some shops offer these types of services for customers in order to help them make the most of their assets and avoid more costly solutions. Talk to a glass repair shop about getting graffiti or other stubborn residue off of a piece of glass instead of replacing the entire thing. Glass Cleanup Shattered glass can be a real mess. Some companies help with removing shattered auto glass from seats or other areas of the vehicle. This is another valuable service that can come in handy when you have to call an auto glass company to help with vehicle repair. Working Around Vehicle Systems In some cases, vehicle glass can be so close to vehicle systems that it’s hard to replace the glass or work with it without damaging other areas of the vehicle. Good repair shops know how to remove and reinstall or rehang panels, and how to remove damaged window glass from inside of the door without damaging locks, power wiring, and other types of systems. Ask auto glass repair shops about these comprehensive services and how they work to satisfy customers. In many of these types of jobs, good and speedy repair is important, but so is detailed work and being able to facilitate a particular customer’s needs – which is why the best shops put a premium on helpful and diversified glass repair services. For more information, contact a local company like Guardian...

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Tips For Streamlining Your Inventory Management

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Streamlining Your Inventory Management

If you are a company that sells any sort of product or builds anything that requires multiple parts, you are going to need a decent inventory management system in order to keep track of what you have, what you need to order, what you aren’t using, and what you are using at a higher rate than expected. This will allow you to avoid having to waste storage space on items that you are storing for no reason and not using up quickly enough. It will also allow you to keep all of the products that your customers want or that you need to build other items on hand at all times. Here are some tips for streamlining your inventory management process. 1. Keep Track of How Much You’ve Sold or Used Up Each Month Make sure that you keep records on the amount of each item that you use or sell each month. During the holiday season, you might be restocking more regularly. If this applies to you, be sure that you break down the amount of items that you sell or use by week, as well as by month. This will allow you to keep the amount of stock that you need to satisfy your customers and your product demands easily. It will also allow you to avoid having more stock on the shelves than you actually need so that you can make sure that you have room to store what you actually require each month. 2. Use Cycle Counting Every month or every week, update your tracking system so that it accurately reflects what you have in stock or available to use. This means that you take a section of your inventory and count it. Then, you compare what you have counted that day to the numbers that your tracking system shows. If they are inaccurate, you know that there is a breakdown in your tracking system that needs to be accounted for. This gives you the chance to fix them. Try to count all sections every six months by rotating through counting cycles. 3. Backup Your Inventory Data Be sure that you keep a version of inventory data in a cloud or backed up on a removable jump drive. This will allow you to rebuild your inventory data and not have to start from scratch should the worst occur and you need to replace all of your data. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in inventory management.  ...

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Keeping Your Leather Office Chair In Tip-Top Shape With Simple Cleaning Steps

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Leather Office Chair In Tip-Top Shape With Simple Cleaning Steps

If you have a leather office chair behind your desk at your place of business, you most likely enjoy the soft comfort and pleasing look it gives. To keep your chair in the best of condition, there are a few steps you can take in maintaining it to help keep it from wearing prematurely. Here are some instructions to follow when caring for your commercial furniture so it lasts for years to come. Remove Surface Dirt Take the time to regularly wipe down your office chair with a piece of microfiber cloth to remove accumulated dust, which leads to a grungy appearance. This dust is often noticed on areas other than the seat and back as they are not touched as often. If you notice debris still present after wiping down the leather, use a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove the particles. This can be used in crevices such as where the arms protrude from the seat back and where stitchery is present. Make sure to hold the attachment a bit above the surface of the leather rather than rubbing it along the material, to avoid scratches. Tend To Caked On Materials When dirt is not cleaned up promptly, the chair will need a deeper cleaning to remove it without scratching the leather material in the process. Use a mild detergent mixed with warm water to clean your leather chair. First, dip a clean piece of microfiber cloth into the soapy solution, wring out the material, and use it to wipe down the leather. After the leather has been moistened, rub a soft-bristled scrub brush in a circular motion over it to loosen dirt particles. Wipe up the cleaning solution and dirt using a clean piece of microfiber cloth.  Condition Your Chair Use a mixture of a 1:2 ratio of vinegar to linseed oil as a deep cleanser to condition your leather chair. This is a safe way to increase the suppleness of the leather material without causing discoloration after use. It will also keep the leather from cracking. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz it over the material. Allow to sit for several minutes and then buff the leather with a clean piece of microfiber cloth. You may need to repeat the buffing procedure a few times to remove any remnants of the solution as it is quite slick. Alternately, you can use a commercial-grade leather conditioning agent to soften the leather of your...

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Warning Signs To Look For When Purchasing Previously-Owned Wooden Furniture From Estate Liquidation Sales

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Warning Signs To Look For When Purchasing Previously-Owned Wooden Furniture From Estate Liquidation Sales

If you frequently go to sales put on by estate liquidators, you probably know that many of these sales include used wooden furniture. Very valuable pieces (especially antiques) will often come with an appraisal of the piece and a description of its condition. However, not all pieces will have this kind of evaluation. Without a professional evaluation, it may be difficult to judge the condition of the wood furniture you find. Knowing how to perform an inspection of previously-owned wooden furniture can help you decide which pieces are in the best condition. These tips will help you identify problems in wooden furniture, so you can take home wooden furniture in good condition. Look for Broken Joints or Spokes Broken joints and spokes made of wood can be cost-prohibitive to replace. Glue rarely works to make these kinds of repairs, so to fix this kind of problem, you’ll likely have to replace the broken section of wood. To do this, you’ll need to find a piece of wood of the right size and wood type, then you’ll have to stain or seal the wood to match the color of the overall piece. For this reason, it’s best to avoid pieces with broken joints and spokes. Inspect for Wood Rot Pieces of furniture that sit outside for a long time, and pieces of furniture that are placed in harsh indoor conditions (like garages and attics) can develop dry rot. Sometimes dry rot can appear as cracks and discolorations in the wood. When looking for dry rot, pay close attention to the areas of the furniture that come into contact with the floor or the ground, as these parts can sometimes come into contact with moisture that can encourage rot (especially if the furniture was ever once outside). Pieces that display signs of rot could require more repair than is worthwhile. Unless you’re a master craftsman, these pieces are best avoided. Know What Problems Can Be Fixed Easily Pre-used wooden furniture will often have superficial problems that can be easily repaired, such as: Scratches. Superficial damage like scratches and dents can be easily repaired during refinishing. Missing hardware. Hinges, handles and other hardware can easily be replaced. Stains. Stains can generally be sanded out of old wood and covered with a fresh coat of paint or wood stain and sealer. When purchasing wooden furniture from estate liquidation sales, look for pieces that feature easy-to-fix wear and tear. Avoid problems like dry rot and splintered, broken wood. Buying furniture with these easy-to-repair problems will help ensure long-term satisfaction with your purchase. Contact estate liquidators for more...

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Three Uses For Self-Storage As A Business Owner

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Uses For Self-Storage As A Business Owner

Whether you own a small business or a medium-sized business, you might occasionally find that your available storage space is at a minimum. While it might be convenient to pack products, supplies and other goods to the ceiling in each of your rooms, the reality is that doing so can lead to a cluttered, cramped working environment. This can not only be detrimental to your staff, but it also doesn’t project a professional image when you’re dealing with customers. If expanding your business location isn’t feasible at the moment, an ideal alternative to consider is renting space at a self-storage facility near your workplace. There are several uses for this additional storage space, including these three. Room For Bookkeeping Many businesses keep hard copies of financial records for several years for bookkeeping purposes. The issue associated with doing so is that it won’t take long until your place of work is flooded in boxes of documents. In many cases, you won’t even consult these hard copies; after all, you likely have digital records for everything. An effective solution is to move these documents to a self-storage facility nearby. They’ll be available in the event that you need to retrieve them, and they’ll be secure. Self-storage companies pride themselves on offering secure premises, which means that you won’t have to worry about your sensitive business information ending up in the wrong hands. Space For Extra Inventory Your financial bottom line can suffer if you don’t have adequate storage space in your workplace – the lack of space can force you to make small inventory orders even though larger orders can be more cost-effective. You can overcome this issue by having available storage located off-site. The use of a storage unit means that you can order larger shipments of goods for your inventory and store them in this new location. When your inventory at your place of work runs low, all you’ll need to do is visit your storage unit. Storage For Furniture Over time, the needs of a business can evolve, which often precipitates a change in the organization of the workplace. If you find yourself not needing some desks, computers or other furniture, you might not want to completely get rid of them. Instead of selling them and then having to repurchase new items in the future, you can simply store these items at your storage facility. Climate-controlled units are especially ideal for wooden furniture so it can be kept at the right humidity for longevity. For more information about storage space, talk with a local self storage company, such as A Space Bank Mini...

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Three Types Of Point Of Sale Systems You Can Use When You First Open Your New Store

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types Of Point Of Sale Systems You Can Use When You First Open Your New Store

If you are opening a new store and this is your first business, you may be wondering what types of currency you should accept and how to take payments. Your point of sale system is an integral part of your business because it processes the payments for the sale of goods. Here are three types  of point of sale systems that can help you get your business off the ground and see it into the future. Plug-In Card Readers and Mobile Apps You have a couple of different choices for plug-in debit and credit card readers and their accompanying apps. Each of these card readers does require a mobile app download, but the process is quite straightforward from there. The card reader plugs into your earbud port on your mobile device and you need to open the app to process a payment. If your customer wants to pay with a check and not with a debit or credit card, you can manually enter this information into the app and the payment will be accepted too.  Banking Apps and Instant Deposit Banking apps now have the ability to capture check images and process payments for you. You will need the app to link to the bank where you have your business account. Open the app and select “Remote deposit” or “Deposit a Check.” The app will ask that you take photos of the front and back of the signed check (your signature or business stamp has to be on the back too). Once submitted, the check may be processed right away, or it may take the same number of days typically needed to process the check if you had deposited it at a bank. Dial-up POS Systems Another start-up option for a POS system is a dial-up device. These machines take the customer’s payment, dial up the number associated with the card’s distributer, verify that there is enough money in the account, and then accept or deny payment. The machines require a phone line, so unless you do not mind your main business line being tied up once in a while you can start with a single phone line. If you can afford it and would rather not have your main business line tied up every time a customer pays with a credit or debit card, then ask your phone company to install one line for the phone and a separate line just for the POS system. Contact a business, such as the Schmaus Cash Register Company, for more...

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