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That black dust again

by Julie Finch-Scally

We have Roman Blinds in our bedroom. Over the past four or five months the cords have not been working well. They wouldn’t stay stuck when the blinds were pulled up and they wouldn’t release when we wanted to pull the blinds down.

This problem occurred a few years ago and hubby had taken down the blinds and replaced the ball bearing rollers at the top. We had to do this again. Hubby found some more rollers on the internet and waited for them to be delivered and find the time to replace the housing.

It wasn’t a difficult job. A little fiddly but it did require removing the blinds from the hooks and unscrewing the roller housing making allowances for the cords that passed over the rollers.

The job was finally completed. The cords were sitting correctly in the ball bearing housing, the blinds were hanging up against the window and when we pulled the cords up and down they worked perfectly.

As hubby looked into the old housing he discovered the problem. There was black dust surrounding the ball bearings stopping them from doing the job. Because they didn’t roll the cords couldn’t move one way or the other.

Of course there was a big discussion on how the black dust got into the ball bearing housing. Our property is in a cul-de-sac but a busy one. There are several blocks of apartments around the T-junction road, and we often have removal trucks delivering furniture as well as the twice a week collection of garbage. As the road is higher than where our block of apartments sit, obviously the fall out from the diesel in the trucks has circulated down from the road and floated through the windows settling in the ball bearing housing of the blinds.

As we won’t be moving in a hurry it looks like we will regularly every two or three years have to replace the ball bearing housing for the Roman Blinds. Ah well, a small price to pay for the use of our window coverings.


How to care for kickboards

by Julie Finch-Scally

How often do you clean your kickboards? And if you are not sure where and what a kickboard is, they are the boards set back under the bottom of kitchen cupboards and vanity units. The boards are set back so when you stand at the sink or workbench your toes fit underneath the cupboard.

Because these boards are set back they are rarely seen. Well that is not quite true because you can see them as you walk into a kitchen, but because they are near the floor one’s eyes are not automatically drawn to them. As the boards are down on the floor there is more effort required to reach under the cupboard doors to wipe over and clean them. Yes, they can be cleaned as part of the regular regime of cleaning kitchen cupboards, but that is rarely done.

Out of sight, out of mind! Well as far as kickboards are concerned that seems to be the order of the day. But kickboards do get dirty, especially scuff marked from shoes, so they do need a regular clean.

I find it is easier to make a concerted effort and take extra time, once every couple of months, to clean the kickboards separately from cleaning the cupboards. It doesn’t take too long and gets it all over and done in one go.

When I clean the doors of my kitchen cupboard and vanity units I rub over them with glass cleanser and a micro-fibre cloth. This procedure will also work for the kickboards but those scuff marks need a bit more effort.

I find the trusty cream cleanser and a damp sponge rubbed over the offending marks is the easiest way to lift and remove them. Of course the cleaned area will need to be wiped with a clean damp cloth to remove the cleanser product. If I remove all the black marks at the beginning of the clean, then the wipe over of the kickboards with the glass cleanser, is quick and easy. Unfortunately I usually have to wipe over the kitchen cupboards as well because the clean kickboards make the cupboard doors look dirty.

So if you haven’t cleaned your kickboards for a while, my suggestion is to look and see how dirty they really are. Remove the scuff marks and go around with the glass cleanser and micro-fibre cloth and you will be surprised at the difference.

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