How curtains can change the look of your home

Written by Robert Carlton

The roles of curtains have changed. At one time they were used to retain heat, block cold air, control sunlight and provide privacy. They still perform these roles, but withrepparttar many advancements in window glass and window design technology, they are often much more decorative than functional. Decorators can be much more creative in their window treatments with this shift torepparttar 138501 decorative usage.

For many people, there is a distinction betweenrepparttar 138502 terms curtains and drapes. Drapes are usually floor length, lined and suspended from a traverse rod with hooks that will allow them to be opened and closed by pulling a cord. Draperies are usually very formal looking. Curtains are less formal. They are usually those fabric window treatments that are suspended by hooks or rings from a rod and opened and closed by graspingrepparttar 138503 edge and pullingrepparttar 138504 fabric panel into position. Often they are tied back torepparttar 138505 window casing and are not opened or closed at all. In these situations, they are frequently used in conjunction with shades, or blinds which can be closed to block sunlight or provide privacy.

Types of curtains

There are three basic types of curtains. These arerepparttar 138506 panel,repparttar 138507 cafe and tiered. Panel are simply plain panels of fabric that are hemmed atrepparttar 138508 top and atrepparttar 138509 bottom. They are suspended fromrepparttar 138510 top ofrepparttar 138511 window by rings or hooks and hang in natural folds, givingrepparttar 138512 window a less formal appearance. These are often used in bedrooms and dining rooms and maybe used in combination with shades, blinds or sheers. Cafe curtains are generally hung fromrepparttar 138513 center ofrepparttar 138514 window, leavingrepparttar 138515 upper part ofrepparttar 138516 window bare or exposed. Sometimesrepparttar 138517 cafe styles will be hung one fourth or one third ofrepparttar 138518 way down fromrepparttar 138519 top ofrepparttar 138520 window, givingrepparttar 138521 window a much different look. Either way, they are tied back. Cafe curtains are often used in kitchens and in informal dining areas. The third kind isrepparttar 138522 tiered. These are multiple panels with one or two panels hanging overrepparttar 138523 top ofrepparttar 138524 two base panels. The base panels usually coverrepparttar 138525 bottom half ofrepparttar 138526 window andrepparttar 138527 outer panels coverrepparttar 138528 top half ofrepparttar 138529 window and hang down to overlaprepparttar 138530 base panels.

There are three basic lengths as well. The sill length is either suspended from eitherrepparttar 138531 halfway point orrepparttar 138532 top ofrepparttar 138533 window. The bottom hem is not quite touchingrepparttar 138534 windowsill. The belowrepparttar 138535 sill style is cut sorepparttar 138536 bottom hem hangs just belowrepparttar 138537 apron or trim board running acrossrepparttar 138538 bottom ofrepparttar 138539 window. The floor length style is cut sorepparttar 138540 bottom hem is just aboverepparttar 138541 floor.

There are also be lined or unlined styles, depending uponrepparttar 138542 amount of natural light that is to be admitted torepparttar 138543 room. Similarly, there are interlined styles, with a third layer sandwiched betweenrepparttar 138544 panel andrepparttar 138545 lining. They are designed to provide protection from cold air that is conducted fromrepparttar 138546 outside torepparttar 138547 inside throughrepparttar 138548 glass, or air seeping through cracks inrepparttar 138549 windowsill or betweenrepparttar 138550 sash andrepparttar 138551 window frame.

Tie back styles

The appearance of a window can be dramatically altered byrepparttar 138552 colour and fabric used. It can also be altered inrepparttar 138553 mannerrepparttar 138554 curtains are hung. One popular and attractive arrangement isrepparttar 138555 tie back. Tie back options offer decorators tremendous choices in creating unique and very attractive windows.

Marble Floors and How to Maintain Them

Written by Edward Green IICRC inst

For honed marble used as traffic surfaces, care should be taken to prevent accumulations of liquids or other materials that result in safety hazards and staining. Regular daily mopping should be performed. Floor marble is any honed finish that is used as a traffic surface. These surfaces should be mopped and scrubbed in a manner that will not leave a hazardous slippery film.

Again, wet with hot, clean water and then lightly sprinkle an abrasive cleaner (i.e, chlorine bleaching type household scouring cleanser) overrepparttar wet stone, or put 1-2 handfuls into a pail of 2-3 gallons of hot clean water.

Using a scrubbing motion, moprepparttar 138500 marble surfaces with this solution (or with hot clean water if you are sprinklingrepparttar 138501 cleaner directly onrepparttar 138502 stone). Rinse with clean hot water and dry with mop or cloths. Power scrubbers can also be used forrepparttar 138503 procedure.

Often it is also desirable to protect special interior areas and to enhancerepparttar 138504 coloration of Honed marble in areas where a polished finish is not practical. In such cases sealers may be applied afterrepparttar 138505 marble has been cleaned. This minimizes maintenance and prevents staining - especially around toilets and urinals in restrooms or in food preparation areas and busy building entrances.

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