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Treat White Leather Sofas With Care

A white leather sofa is quite difficult to clean because you want to maintain its beauty while at the same time avoid any damage. For general care, just polish occasionally with saddle soap, available from hardware stores, leather goods retailers and suppliers of equine equipment. Very small stains can be treated with a little alcohol or nail varnish remover but it is most important to test an inconspicuous area first as these will remove a thin surface layer; you may need to treat the whole item to restore it to a uniform shade.white-leather

Large, deep and extensive stains are probably better left to the experts, especially if the piece is valuable. Professional leather cleaners can be found in Yellow Pages or ask at the store where the goods were purchased.

For water stains, it is a good idea to gently moisten the entire piece, again to restore a matching shade throughout. If the leather sofa is part of a matching suite of furniture, the other pieces may need to be treated in the same way to ensure that they still match once the cleaning has been carried out.

Treated with care, a leather sofa will maintain its good looks and texture for years.


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Change of address cards

With the internet brimming with websites to accommodate your moving home needs, it is easy to forget to send out those all important change of address notices to everyone. Usually in the chaos of the home move when you’re in the midst of organizing furniture removal and so forth, our most nearest and dearest are the only ones to learn of our new address.

It is vital that everyone is aware of your home move, especially if you are changing a business address. Likewise, no-one wants to hold a housewarming party and find that hardly anyone has turned up because you only told a handful of friends.changeof-add

With change of address cards, you can ensure that everyone is aware of your new residence and can even add your own personal message to make the announcement even more special to family, friends and colleagues. Many companies give you the option to choose from specially selected verses. Whether it be a simple line or a full blown verse, change of address cards can be adapted to whatever style you desire.

A change of address card is a personal way to leave a memorable message and some will even allow you to add a photo of your new home.

Browse the internet to find the perfect change of address cards for you. Some websites even offer this service for free. Others will allow you to be as flamboyant or as casual as you want.

changeofadd1Print them out yourself or have them specially delivered to your door so as to give your family and friends the personal touch when it comes to moving home. You can then look forward to receiving those welcoming phone calls and housewarming cards in return.

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Moving home – DIY style

When moving home, the big question is should you do it yourself or hire a removal company? Many people prefer to save money and complete their home move themselves but is the DIY approach really that cost effective?
Steve Jordan of the British Association of Removers says that moving house DIY style could be a costly affair. You lose money if you have to take a day off work, van hire can be costly and the whole process of loading and unloading can be very time consuming. So is a removal company more expensive than we think?

A basic home move from a one bedroom flat to a house across London with a no frills package can cost anywhere in the region £259 to £463 but does not offer any insurance cover or packing service.

A similar package for a home move from Sheffield to Harrogate can vary from £378 to £631. Prices rise for households that have a lot of possessions or items that need specialist handling.

If you want your home move to be even less stressful, you could ask for a packing service which will incur an extra fee. However, when you weigh up the time it could take to pack everything yourself, some people consider a price in the region of £300 -£400 for a three man team to pack your possessions, a small price to pay.removalvan

Then there is the peace of mind that added insurance cover will protect your valuable possessions should they become damaged. Some people consider the extra cost of a removal company more reassuring than the fear of having to live with the guilt of never being able to afford to replace hubby’s prized record collection.

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