Cleaning and Care: How to Extend the Life of Your Faucets and Fixtures
Faucets, Shower Systems, Handshowers, Sinks, Baths & Tubs
In general, most common household cleaners meet the criteria for cleaning any finish product. Avoid industrial cleaners and abrasive cleaners, such as those used for toilet bowls and green Scotch-Brite? heavy-duty scrub sponges. Please read the cleaning product's instructions, contents and cautions on any new cleaner before using it. Avoid bleach, products that state on the label that they remove tarnish and rust, and those containing hydrofluoric, hydrochloric and/or phosphoric acids or caustic agents. For stubborn stains and/or mineral deposits, a mild abrasive cleaner can be used. Current examples of mild abrasive cleaners are Bon-Ami, Barkeeper's Friend, Zud or Soft Scrub without bleach. Manufacturers of cleaning agents always have the prerogative of changing their formulation without notice so it is important to always look at the ingredients of a cleaner prior to its use.
After every cleaning we recommend applying a coating wax which will help prevent water spotting and mineral build-up. You may use an aerosol furniture polish, a good quality car wax, or floor paste wax for this purpose.
Stainless Steel Sinks : Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth to wipe the product dry after each use. Soft abrasive cleaners may be used but strong abrasive products will dull and tarnish the finish. Scratches are inevitable in any sink material, including stainless steel. Over time, these scratches will become uniform with the sink's grain. Most minor scratches can be softened with a soft scour pad, accompanied with a deep cleansing agent. Apply cleansing agent, rub vigorously with the ?grain? or finish of the sink. Do not just rub against the grain in one area, you must rub across entire surface, then rinse thoroughly. For severe scratches, purchase a pumice rubbing compound from a hardware store, and follow the directions on the package. Note: Once the sink's finish has been restored to your satisfaction, a customized sink grid is recommended to protect the bottom surface of the sink.
Glass Sinks & Bowls : It is very important to follow the manufacturer's cleaning and care instructions to avoid damage to the bowl's surface. Most stains can generally be removed by using a mild soap with water. The glass bowl should be wiped dry with a soft cloth after each use. Strong abrasive cleaners will scratch and dull the surface.
Toilets and Bidets : Soft abrasive cleaners may be used when necessary to clean vitreous china products. Strong abrasive cleaners will scratch and dull the surface. Use toilet bowl cleaners on the inside of the bowl only. Do not use in-tank toilet cleaners as they can damage the flush valve or other working parts. Wipe any splashes of cleaner solutions from plastic or plated surfaces immediately. Care tip: Over time, hard water deposits may clog toilet rim holes and trapways. To clean, purchase a commercial cleaner that's recommended for the removal of hard water deposits. Follow all instructions on the package. Success with cleaners and procedures is dependent upon such factors as the hardness and temperature of the water, using exact quantities of ingredients, changes in cleaning formulas and the condition of the product being cleaned. Since there are variations within these factors, Every Faucet cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the formulas mentioned.
Whirlpools and Air Tubs : To prevent bacterial growth in Whirlpool piping, clean the system at least twice a month, following this procedure:
Adjust the jets so there is no air induction.
Fill the unit with hot water to a level above the highest jets. (Caution: don't start the whirlpool without making sure there is water above the highest jets. Running a whirlpool without water will damage the pump seals causing the pump to fail or leak.)
Add to the water two teaspoons of low-foaming dishwasher detergent such as Calgonite or Cascade (powder), and four ounces of household bleach, such as Clorox.
Run the whirlpool for 10-15 minutes with the air control fully open for maximum turbulence.
Drain, refill the tub with cold clear water to 2"-3" above the highest jets Run the unit again for another 5-10 minutes to "rinse." Then, drain the tub completely.
The basics of kayaking - Whitewater kayaking gear: tips on buying a kayak
Buying a whitekayak can be a big investment. Follow these tips to learn how to go about purchasing your own boat.
hasing a whitewater kayak is a big investment. Sure, you may spend a lot of money on rentals throughout the year but that is in small increments. This time you must put down a lot of money all at once. How can you make sure you are buying a kayak that will fit your needs and your budget? Follow this advice and you will be on your way to paddling in your own whitewater kayak.
Whitewater kayaks usually are shorter (less than 8.5 feet in length) than traditional kayaks in order to make them more maneuverable in choppy seas. Whitewater kayaks are shaped with more rounded bottoms, and they have more upturn on the ends. These two structural differences allow whitewater kayaks to better ride through waves and turn easily. Whitewater kayaks are not easy to keep in a straight line because their use mainly is for traveling through choppy whitewater and rapids.
Since whitewater kayaking is becoming more popular, you now can find more "beginning" whitewater kayaks. These boats are built with flatter bottoms and less steep upturns on the ends, making them more stable and less likely to change direction when a paddler places slightly more power on one stroke. While whitewater kayaking relies heavily on speed and maneuverability, these kayaks offer beginners rugged, stable boats that can handle the pressure of whitewater without the potential of being unable to control the boat or flipping upside down.
Nearly all whitewater kayaks are made of plastic. Plastic kayaks are rigid and strong and, therefore, less likely to need a lot of upkeep than fiberglass boats. These durable kayaks can be of very high quality and are usually on the low-end of the price scale. Most manufacturers now use plastic exclusively for non-racing whitewater kayaks. One thing to remember: if you damage a plastic kayak, repairs can be difficult or impossible.
All kayaks have built in storage space you can fill up with gear when you head out for a day trip or a week-long adventure. The amount of storage can determine how long of a trip you can take; this space needs to hold all your camping gear, as well as extra water and food. The size of the storage holes is something to be checked out prior to purchase if you plan to take any large items (such as extra water jugs) with you.
Another consideration is to make sure the cockpit is comfortable for you to sit in for long periods of time. Today many kayaks are built with larger cockpits that allow paddlers to enter and exit the boat without having to squeeze in and out of a tight space. Many cockpits are ergonomically designed so that paddlers can put their legs out at a comfortable position, as well as have room to shift during a whitewater excursion. Comfort should not be overlooked since you often may wish to paddle for hours at a time. If you do not try out the seats to make sure they offer the necessary support and comfort, you could be uncomfortable and unable to paddle efficiently and effectively.
The important thing to do when buying a whitewater kayak is to assess your ability level, make a list of the features you most desire, and determine how much you are willing to spend. Then, take that list with you to a reputable, well-informed retailer. The salesperson should be able to help you find a whitewater kayak that fits your needs, as well as your budget. A final thought on the purchasing process is to make sure you find out the return/exchange policy at the store you purchase your boat at ? many kayak retailers will allow you to ?test drive? your kayak for a limited amount of time in order to make sure you get a boat that satisfies your needs and desires.
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