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.
Computer Tips: Introduction to Keyboard alternatives
Reasons for the dvorak keyboard's comeback, and why the qwerty is slower. Tip on what key board is best for you.
Only a few number of people have ever heard of the "Dvorak" keyboard, let alone know what it is and what happened to it. The Dvorak keyboard is a key setup designed to maximize speed and minimize errors. The keyboard was phased out around the invention of the typewriter as an attempt to "slow down" typists. It is easy enough to learn and with only a moderate amount of practice you can become more efficient in your typing.
Dr. August Dvorak, for whom it's named, invented the Dvorak keyboard over a century ago. It lays out keys in a manner so as to put the most often used letters in the easiest to reach and strike accurately in spot. Most users can greatly increase their speed by switching to this system. In 1944 the United States Navy performed tests with 14 typists to see if they could easily be retrained to type on a Dvorak keyboard, the answer was yes. These fourteen typists after only fifty-two hours of training had already reached their average typing speed with the QWERTY keyboard. On top of this the typists increased their accuracy by sixty-eight percent.
The history of the QWERTY keyboard (named for the first six letters in the upper left) is proof in and of itself of Dvorak's superiority. Christopher Sholes, the inventor of the original typewriter, designed the QWERTY keyboard. He took the most commonly used keys and placed them far apart to slow down the type. This was in the days when two fingered typing was the accepted method and anything faster than average speed could quite easily jam the typewriter. After typewriters had improved and the ten finger typing method came into being, the QWERTY keyboard was never phased out for a faster system.
The Dvorak keyboard is a much faster and efficient keyboard setup. However because of a vicious cycle of typists not changing because of hardware, and hardware not changing because of typists, it has never been fully implemented. Most people with only a moderate time commitment can improve their typing skills and speed by switching to this setup. For anyone wishing to switch, the Dvorak keyboard is supported by all operating systems, by simply changing "keyboard layout" in your settings. The keyboards themselves are available through many online vendors, or from special order at a local computer score. These keyboards are a great commitment of time and money, just because of the spare hours they will save you when typing business reports, term papers, homework, or just plain e-mail.
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