Keeping Upholstered Home Furniture Clean and Presentable

Aside from regular cleaning, the simplest way to maintain the furniture in your home in its most presentable and serviceable condition is to use them with as much care as possible.

In households that have young children and pets, this can be a very challenging task. Chairs, couches and sofas are meant to be sat on – not stood on or jumped on. It is not a venue for rough housing with the family dog. Nor is it for wiping popcorn buttered hands on. But unless you’re maintaining a spinster lifestyle, inevitable mishaps like stains and spillages cannot be avoided.

To maintain furniture upholstered in fabric, it is best to do spot-cleaning as soon as an “accident” happens. Just spray on and scrub in a cleaning solvent on the stain and wipe off with a dry cloth or paper towel. For dust and grime that seem to settle in the fabric from normal daily use, home shampooing on a regular basis is recommended.

Leather and vinyl only need to be wiped clean with a sponge dipped in a soapy solution. Use a soft bristled brush to get stubborn grime off if necessary. Wipe off with a soft dry cloth. Leather needs to be moisturized to retain its sheen. In lieu of commercially available leather moisturizers, colorless shoe polish may be used. Apply the polish evenly, then buff and polish thoroughly. On the other hand, oil-based products should never be used on vinyl as these may cause the material to become brittle.

To avoid nicks, scratches and snags, make sure the furniture have ample space around them. Do not place them flush against the wall or other furniture unless they were designed to do so. Maintain a fair distance from heating vents and direct sunlight. Try not to eat messy, dripping food around upholstered furnishings. Otherwise, be prepared to soot-clean right after your meal.

Of course, hiring a professional cleaning service is always the best choice. Most services have a pick-up and delivery option. Some services will clean your furniture right in your home. If the cleaning required is a hefty task, like a major spill on light-colored upholstery, these are the people to call. They’ll know what cleaning agents or solvents to use that won’t damage the fabric’s design and color. But still, unless your home furnishings are the expensive heirloom type or made by a known designer, these services may also cost a paltry sum.

Creative Tips to Make Your Presentation Folder Stand Out

When it comes to perfecting your business materials, first impressions are vital, and nothing is truer when preparing presentation folders for meetings with customers or clients. Taking a creative look at how you present yourself in the boardroom could propel companies of all sizes to new heights and we have a few tips to ensure you and your brand stand out, even in very crowded marketplaces and sectors.

There are so many ways that you can make your business materials memorable and many printing and packaging companies provide laser cutting, embossing, foil stamping and other services to give you the edge you need to get ahead. Laser cutting is an excellent way to put a creative stamp on materials around the office and can often provide an exciting extra to give to prospective clients. Laser cutting machines are a complex piece of machinery, these can be used to cut creative shapes in a variety of materials as well as improve edge quality.

Thermography is another service provided by printers and packaging specialists, this method adds texture to printed designs and works in unison with embossing and lithography. Foil embossing is a popular technique used to jazz up presentation folders and customised ring binders. Utilising a specialist printing method, the material is raised creating a three dimensional effect that is simple yet unique.

Foil stamping is another favourable method and tends to stick in the mind of potential clients, making it a highly recommended addition to business materials. Stamping adds a powerful, creative touch to presentation folders, business cards and other materials and tends to command the attention businesses of all sizes are looking for. Die cutting can also be used to create a customised and unique shape or design, and is an affordable but impressive option.

As well applying different textures and effects to your presentation materials, why not consider making the folder itself an unusual shape or size? Generally folders are made to a standard size to accommodate standard sizes of paper but going a little larger or smaller can really make yours stand above the rest. The contents of folder is also important, many companies don’t really go into much depth when it comes to demonstrating their assets to their target audience so make your folder more than just a logo and slogan – go into great detail and describe your business ethos, introduce your team, provide customer testimonials and more to present a well-designed product with undeniable substance.

Father’s Day Presents – The Top 10

Right, folks, listen up. Father’s Day falls on Sunday 17th June. Is your dad, or a dad you know, always there for you when – and when you don’t – need him? Then don’t plump for the same old, same old socks and ties. Surprise your unsung hero with some thoughtful bits n’ pieces, a personal gift straight from the heart on Father’s Day…

Tell daddy dearest he’s the bee’s knees and set your sentiments in stone with personalised Fathers Day gifts. Here are our top 10 faves…

10. Father’s Day Hamper

Make Dad’s day by presenting him with a hamper containing all his edible favourites. You can get your mitts on exclusive Father’s Day hampers including a bottle of his favourite tipple – be it red wine, white wine, malt whisky or champagne – together with an assortment of goodies, from fudge to chilli nuts. What’s more, the bottle label can be customised with your dad’s name plus a special message. A truly scrumptious Fathers Day present!

9. Best Dad Spoof Newspaper

Tell your dad he’s the best with a spoof newspaper… all about him! You can even upload a pic of Dad so he really does see his name in lights. It’ll definitely give your old man a chuckle.

8. Football Club Book

Whatever team he supports, whether it’s Man U, Liverpool or Tottenham, let him relive the glory years of his favourite team with a football club book. Complete with newspaper cuttings and articles on all the magnificent moments in dad’s favourite team’s history, you can personalise the front cover with his name in gold lettering and also feature his name on the certificate of the title page.

7. Wine and Spirit Gift Set

There are various types of wine and spirit gift sets available, but one of the most popular is the pack containing a personalised bottle of his favourite tipple along with a pair of beautifully engraved glasses complete with his name along with a special message from you. These sets make truly unforgettable Fathers Day presents and you can get all types of glasses, from whisky tumblers to champagne flutes.

6. Personalised Guinness World Records Book

So… the world’s best-selling copyrighted book… is now available as a personalised edition! These books are exploding with thousands of new record breakers and personalised with your dad’s name on the cover. What’s more, two additional personalised pages have been inserted – an intro page and a themed page – which you can personalise with his name too. Whether he’s a petrol-head, jack-of-all-trades Dad or just loves to have the answer to everything, personalised Guinness records books will captivate him with eye-popping facts and photos taken from the ever popular 2012 edition.

5. Best Dad Personalised Calendar

Show Dad he’s the best (the whole year round!) with a personalised ‘Best Dad’ calendar, featuring his name in twelve amazing photographs for every month. See it emblazoned on trophies, beer glasses, golf balls and much, much more.

4. Personalised Chocolate Bars

If he isn’t a footie fan, touch his heart – and his belly – with a delicious chocolate treat on Father’s Day. You can bestow him with a milk chocolate bar, foil wrapped and finished with a colourful and festive personalised bar wrap featuring his name along with a thoughtful message. This bar will be no one else’s but his.

3. Best Dad Mugs

There are oodles of Father’s Day mugs up for grabs to make your old man’s favourite hot drink taste even better on his special day. What better way to get Dad up on the right side of bed on Father’s Day than serving him his favourite hot drink in a mug featuring his name… along with a great breakfast?

2. Original Newspapers

Seeking a novelty Father’s Day gift for your nostalgic dad? Most dads enjoy reminiscing, right? Now, your favourite contemplative dad can relive the newspaper headlines from any chosen date with old and rare newspaper gifts – the perfect gifts for Fathers Day.

1. Driving Experience Day

Give Dad some adrenaline-fuelled excitement on Father’s Day with an amazing driving experience at some of the UK’s top tracks, including Silverstone and Brands Hatch. Let him burn rubber around the track, take the hot seat in a Ferrari or navigate his way through rugged terrain on a quad bike.