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Many people use a cast iron skillet to fry or saute onions, eggs, meat, potatoes and even french toast. It’s the tried and true cook who loves to cook with the iron skillet.
Many professionals believe that the iron skillet is one of the best cooking pans. It’s user friendly. You can use iron cookware on the stove, in the oven or on the grill. It’s very forgiving if you take care of it. That’s why many new cooks wonder how to clean cast iron skillets. Here’s a few tips.
1. Be sure to rinse your cast iron pan in hot water immediately after you use it. It’s important to use soapy water because of the concern from bacteria. Although many new cooks think that running hot water over the skillet is enough to clean it, it’s usually not enough to get rid of bacteria. You want to run hot soapy water over the pan to be sure to kill any live bacteria on the pan’s surface.
2. While running hot soapy water over your pan, do not scrub. Hard scrubbing can remove the seasoning. Submerging the skillet into the hot water has the same bad affect. Do not submerge iron cookware, do not leave an iron pan sitting in a sink full of water, and do not leave water inside the pan.
3. Once you’ve cleaned your cast iron skillet, dry it completely. Use a paper towel. If you fail to dry iron cookware thoroughly, it could rust. So to be sure, after you wipe it dry, set it on the low setting on stove for a minute to dry up any remaining moisture.
4. If you feel that you may have damaged the seasoning on your iron skillet during the washing process, very lightly put olive oil on a paper towel and wipe the pan with the oil. Then heat the pan for a couple of minutes on the stove or in the oven. This helps restore any lost seasoning.
Decorative window shutters are easy to install and can be put up with relatively little trouble. Operational shutters are slightly more difficult, though generally do not require any specialist skills or tools either.
If you have ordered a new set of decorative window shutters, you can pay extra for installation. However, it is quite possible to fix them on the wall of your house yourself, and you will not need any specialist tools or expertise to do so. You should require no more than a power drill and screwdriver.
1) Position the shutters
Decorative shutters do not need to cover the window, since they are fixed to the wall and do not close. This means they generally do not have the same proportions as the window. This is because windows in the UK tend to be wider than continental ones, which are narrow and high. Operational shutters would be extremely broad and unwieldy as a result. This also means that decorative shutters do not need to be positioned precisely, since they don’t have to meet in the middle when they close. Most people prefer to leave a little space between the window frame and the edge of the shutter. The amount of space you leave is a matter of personal taste, though you may like to check your surrounding neighbourhood to see whether other houses tend to follow a particular convention.
2) Mark around the shutter
Hold the shutter against the window in the position you have chosen. (Do not use a spirit level to position them because the window may not be precisely vertical.) Mark the corners of the shutter on the wall with a pencil.
3) Clear the wall
Once you have decided on the position of your external shutters, check that section of wall to make sure you can cover it and drill into it without any problems. Look for any unsound or crumbling brickwork, and any wires or other obstructions.
4) Drill the shutter
Drill a hole in each corner of the shutter, corresponding to the size of the screws that were supplied with it.
5) Mark the wall
Hold the shutter back against the wall inside the original pencil marks. Then mark through the four holes you have just drilled in the corners of your shutter, onto the wall. This will tell you where to drill holes for your shutter spikes or Rawlplugs, since you cannot screw directly into brickwork.
6) Drill the wall
Switch to a masonry bit and drill the four holes. The width of these needs to match the shutter spikes or Rawlplugs that should come supplied with your shutters.
7) Fit the shutter spikes
Push a spike or Rawlplug into each hole. If the holes are too small, you will need to drill larger ones. If they are too large, it is probably worth filling them with plaster and drilling smaller holes slightly to the side of the original ones.
Moving into a new place is an exciting time! But what if you are looking for ways to stretch your dollar, but still have a stylish place to call home? There are definitely some frugal ways to create a living space that is just perfect for you. Here are some ideas to help get you started.
Fabric is Your Friend
With fabric, you can certainly do a lot of add color and pattern into your new house. Fabric can be used in so many different ways and can be purchased inexpensively on the discount rack at fabric stores or even at the swap meet. The key is that you may have to do some hunting around before you find fabric that fits your style, but when you do you will be very happy!
Now that you have fabric, what exactly can you do? A lot! Consider getting some old canvas art and stretching the fabric over the canvas and using a heavy duty stapler to staple the fabric where it meets the frame in the back. Once that is done, then viola, you have your own cool print that you can hang! If you have found matching types of patterns, then you might do a trio of printed fabric frames or even a quad. These simple and inexpensive prints will be perfect for large wall spaces that need a little splash of color.
An added bonus to making your own fabric canvas prints is that you can change them pretty easily! Just get some new fabric, take off the old and staple on the new! It can be a fun and fast way to decorate for special parties or holidays.
Another cool and frugal use for fabric is making your own curtains! Long piece of fabric and a little thread and needle can go a long way to giving your home some personality. If you are a little more crafty, then you might consider making matching curtains and pillowcases for your bedroom! That would certainly wow any visitors stopping by!
Thrift Stores are Your Friend
Thrift stores are a great treasure trove of stuff that you can use to decorate your place inexpensively. For example, you can find jar and vases that can be used to organize your space or to hold flowers. Old picture frames can be brought back to life with some elbow grease or a new coat of paint. Cool record covers can make great prints for the wall. Gently used poster frames can be re-used for your favorite prints!
Wood floors have been the hallmark of elegance since the earliest times, and this tradition is not about to change. Real wood floors are durable and increase the value of any home. Because wood is a natural and renewable material, hardwood is the most environmentally responsible, green and healthy choice when it comes to flooring options.
But with so many different types of wood flooring available on the market today, what questions should one be asking when shopping for hardwood? Price and durability – the obvious ones – are only the tip of the iceberg, as many other variables will weigh in on your decision. Consider, for instance, the following:
Will you lay the floor in a house where room temperature is regulated all year round (your primary place of residence)? Or will the temperature be falling below zero in the winter time (your summer cottage)? Will you install the floor below grade (basement), above grade, or in areas with increased humidity (your lakeside cottage, or bathroom/laundry room)? How much traffic will your new wood floor receive? Is the floor meant for a private residence or a busy commercial establishment? Will there be children dropping toys, women wearing high heels, or special needs equipment such as wheelchairs? How about large pets? Finally, how will the wood texture, stain color, feel of the finish and width of the plank affect the overall decor of your home?
Today, interior design trends are all about being green, environmentally responsible and practical. In hardwood flooring, this translated into a screaming demand for wood floors that are natural, easy to maintain and have an extensive decorative versatility. Brushed and oiled engineering white oak flooring is one of the few products that satisfy the demands of today’s homeowners and interior designers alike.
Although there are hundreds of different types of wood floors, few can match brushed and oiled flooring in its elegance, warmth, decorative ability, durability and ease of maintenance.
White oak naturally has a rich grain texture that disguises minor dents and scratches. When the wood is brushed, soft portion of the wood is scraped away in order to highlight the natural richness and deep grain texture. The result is a very natural-looking and forgiving floor surface that is further complemented by wood knots and dramatic character marks of white oak. Once brushed, flooring is then stained and finished with 4 layers of UV-Silk Oil, the deep penetrating oil that, unlike lacquer finishes, does not seal wood grains. Silk Oil penetrates the wood and crystallizes in its fibers, resulting in beautiful open grains. While traditional high-gloss polyurethane finishes produce cool surfaces, oiled floors have a warm and natural feel, and are a pleasure to walk on barefoot.
White oak that has been brushed to expose its grain texture, and then oiled to protect the surface translates into a very forgiving floor. Pre-brushed in the name of style and practicality, it will easily disguise any surface scratches or dents that result from dogs, children’s toys, lake sand or heavy traffic. In fact, additional scrapes will only further enrich the intense wood texture and will add more character to your floor over time.
Finally, brushed and oiled flooring is very easy to maintain and restore. In traditional polyurethane floors, fixing severe local damage will often entail removal and replacement of dented planks. With brushed and oiled flooring, the repairing procedure is a simple do-it-yourself job that requires only a piece of sanding paper, some stain, oil and a sponge. While brushed and oiled floors will need to be re-oiled on average every 3-6 years, it is an easy one-man job that can be completed in a single afternoon.
Because brushed and oiled oak flooring is manufactured both as single solid as well as engineered strips, it comes in a variety of widths and can be installed virtually anywhere – in basements, condos, cottages and over radiant heat floors. Unlike most other engineered floors, brushed and oiled flooring uses glues that are 100% formaldehyde free, which means zero harmful emissions or outgas from your floor overtime. Durability and forgiving nature of brushed and oiled flooring is what makes it perfect both for residential and commercial use. Water repellent properties of UV-Oil make it one of the very few wood floors that are suitable for lakeside cottages, bars and restaurants.
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