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Date added: 09/11/2012 Choosing the Perfect Beach Towels

When it comes to beach towels, we all strive to have that big and comfortable towel but usually end up with one that is not as absorbent as we hoped it would be. There are many things that could affect our shopping decisions. Some just do not invest in these towels at all, becoming too afraid to take them out for a spin or too scared to get them all dirty. Most do not think that towels for the beach should have the same consideration that goes with the regular home use towels. However, it is undeniable that a high quality beach towel is your best companion during those long summer vacations down the coast or even poolside parties.

Comfort and Absorbent Quality

For most, the first impulse would be to buy that cute and colorful beach towel on sale at the nearest discount shop or bed and bath department section. However, we should really give a little more thought on the absorbency of the towel, specifically on the materials or fabric that make up the beach towel. When it comes to materials, Thick Terry is known to be the most absorbent for towels. This material is thick, soaks up moisture quite quickly, provides warmth and provides comfort especially when lying on the beach sands. Cotton is also a fabric of choice when looking for absorbency in towels with Egyptian and Turkish varieties ranking high on the most absorbent cotton types.

Another popular beach towel variant comes in the form of Velour. Velour is made up of 100% cotton and has a fairly tight weave. Velour towels are quite soft and provide considerable comfort when lying on the beach or at the poolside. While they possess a rather luxurious look and feel, Velour variants tend to be less absorbent than other types. Anyone looking to lounge by the lake or poolside will benefit best from this type of beach towel.

Size

The next consideration to make when looking for beach towels is size. You will find that almost all towels in the market made specifically for outdoor use are much larger than their home and bath counterparts. Since these outdoor towels are built for people to lie on, they should very well have bigger measurements. While industry standards stick the typical size to 60 by30 inches, most find that towels measuring around 70 to 80 inches in length are more adequate in providing coverage for lying on the scorching sand as well as pool or beach chair.

Colors and Design

You can choose from a variety of colors, graphics and patterns when it comes to the design. Most will go for dark colors simply because light colored fabrics stain easily. This is a practical consideration since you will be taking the towel outdoors.  A dark blue or dark green towel will not stain as easily as a vibrant yellow beach towel. There are plain colored towels for beach use. However, themed designs with intricate artwork and graphics are some of the most common choices in beach towel design these days. A beach towel can in fact be a way for expressing your very own individuality. Choosing the perfect beach towels to have during the summer vacation means having to look beyond design and going right down to the appropriate size and most absorbent and comfortable fabric.

Date added: 09/10/2012 Effective Stain Removal with Laundry Wash

An effective laundry wash stain remover can be the safest choice in removing unwanted blemishes on virtually any piece of clothing. There are many types and formulations when it comes to stain removers. Some may come in spray form and serve as pre-treatments for clothes before washing. While there are general types of laundry stain formulations, one may also find special types which are designed to remove a specific kind of stain like tomato sauce, red wine, coffee and other types of common mishaps that leaves a mark on the shirt or dress. The application of these stain removal formulas can also vary. You could leave it on for a few minutes, hours or even overnight. The general recommendation for any type of stain problem is that one should apply solutions as soon as possible, preferably when the stain is still wet.

 

Different Types

A quick trip down the laundry aisle can reveal a multitude of brands and solutions. While there are types which are small enough to fit in the purse, like those designed as individual wipes for easy access, some stain removers come in liquid form, which will be eventually added to the washing process. While it is wise to have a quick and easy access individual wipe for those little mishaps at work or at the restaurant, most of these only prevent the stain from completely setting into the fabric. To remove the stain completely, it is best to have an effective laundry wash stain remover once you wash the tinged piece of clothing.

      Specialty Removers for Kids

There are specially designed removers which are mild and allergen free. These are crucial for infant, toddler and even teen’s clothing. Some laundry soaps in the market provide a quality formulation that can remove the difficult stains on your kid’s shirts and dresses while staving off from using harsh compounds. The best brands out there can help in removing baby food stains, beverage spills and other types of stains typical of kids.

      Silk Wash

A smart consumer should be careful when dealing with stains from delicate fabrics like silk. Not all stain removal formulas can guarantee the shape and overall integrity of the fabric while removing the unwanted stain. Always look out for labels and make sure to check if the formula in hand can work for silk as well as other types of delicate fabrics like lycra, charmeuse and lyocell.

      Towel Wash

The same consideration should be given when looking for laundry stain removers to be used for towels. It is best to have a brand that does not contain unnecessary softening agents and harsh chemicals. There are top quality brands that specialize in cleaning bath towels, rugs and robes.

 

Proper Washing

Generally, most stained pieces of clothing can be cleaned thoroughly with an appropriately formulated laundry stain remover. Of course, checking the clothes right after washing is still pivotal. Some articles may need to be washed again after a single run through since some stains tend to be quite persistent. This is important because once that tarnished piece of clothing is placed onto the drier, the stain will likely settle into fabric. Make sure to have the best and most effective laundry wash brand in your home to guarantee stain free clothing for the family.

Date added: 08/30/2012 A Choice for Luxury with Down Pillows

When talking about luxury home design, one cannot deny that down pillows are perhaps the most exquisite bedroom items that any homeowner can have. These pillows are filled with special down feathers that provide you with a soft and comfortable feel.

 

Types of Pillows

When shopping for these special pillows, you may find that these items are categorized according to the fabric layers between the content and the pillow surface. In this regard, you can choose between single shell and dual shell pillows. When looking for durability, the single shell variety is considered to be less favorable option. When the pillow has fewer layers, oil and moisture from the user’s face and hair can easily penetrate through to the pillow fillings. Naturally, this directly affects the overall quality of the pillow over time. The pillows with multiple layers are much better in this regard but may also come with a higher price tag.

 

Down Feathers

All types of down pillows are made of special down feathers. These special feathers are found beneath the rugged, exterior feathers on the body of a duck or goose. Down feathers have special interlocking fibers and provide extra insulation for birds during cold weather. By using these special feathers on pillows, you can reap from the same interlocking fiber benefits and have the same warmth and comfort during the winter months.

 A down pillow is undeniably superior to ordinary feather pillows when it comes to quality. The ordinary variety uses the exterior feathers found on the animal’s body. Unlike down feathers, with their interlocking fibers yet soft middle quill, ordinary fathers have a more rugged and stiffer middle quill. Birds need this quality for their outer feathers since this provides extra support during flight. However, when used for pillows, ordinary feathers tend to break out of the pillow case and thus provide a less stable structure when compared to pillows using down feathers. For those finding the price of pure down feather pillows too steep, there are some varieties that combine ordinary feathers with down varieties. These are less expensive but are also less in overall quality when compared to pure down feather pillows.

 

 Pillow Maintenance

Special considerations should also be made when cleaning down feather pillows. You should make sure that there are no breaks in the pillow outer fabric. It is also recommended that pillow owners use either mild detergents or specially formulated cleaners for these kinds of pillows. When drying the pillows, you can either use an electric drier or hang it out to dry along your home clothes line for about a day or two. Proper drying is essential as any remaining moisture could directly affect the quality of the down feather content. Another thing to look out for is the potential for allergic reactions. With these kinds of pillows, small powdery particles from the feathers may seep out of the case and there are some individuals who may develop a sensitivity reaction. These allergen particles may be present due to improper cleaning of the feathers during production. In some cases, the allergic reaction may also result from contact with dust mites or molds. This makes proper cleaning and maintenance of down pillows an absolute necessity.