If you are planning to invest a substantial amount in quality area rugs for your home or office, it is only logical to look for places where you can get the best deal. The task entails detailed planning and implementation. Usually, discount rug offers are available during ending inventory periods or pre-holiday seasons. It is a smart move to visit the local retailer shops including Target, Walmart, etc., or manufacturers’ depot or showrooms to survey and evaluate the quality and designs of their discounted rugs as well as to compare prices.
Unless you are totally familiar when it comes to the subject of rugs, it is better if your professional interior designer can accompany you during the trips. If you have done basic research and have the necessary information concerning the various types, styles, materials, techniques in the rug business, then go ahead and do it yourself. Be sure you know the characteristics of the lookalike or imitation rugs. Otherwise, you will end up paying more for something you believe are genuine rags.
Should you prefer the genuine, natural type of rugs even if they are pre-used, the best places to go would be the flea markets and expats’ garage sales that you can find in your local classified. You can also watch out for flyers or newsletters from your community association of people moving out. There are also the wholesaler discount buyer chains. Another special source of lower priced rugs is insurance companies with warehouses of repossessed furniture and fixtures arising from bankrupt families and companies.
Whether they are brand new or second hand rugs, the top site where you can have a wide range of suppliers of discount quality rugs would be the internet. You can surf several websites and do some due diligence and screening. If you have the time, you can check the credentials of the online traders with the Better Business Bureau or other watchdog websites.
Some sites to check are eBay and Amazon.com. These online suppliers represent brands being sold by top manufacturers of all types and styles of carpets, rugs, other decors including outdoor furniture, living room and dining room sets, kitchen improvements, accessories for your patio decks, bathroom shower accessories, flooring tiles, etc. If you go to their websites, it is almost certain that they offer all kinds of deals with different discounts from the manufacturers.
Other suppliers even offer a challenge: that if you find an item that they carry being offered by another supplier at a lower price, they are prepared to meet the competitor’s price and beat it by an additional 50% of the difference and backed up by a guarantee.
You can also look for sites that offer America’s leading rug brands such as Chandra, Classic Home, Momeni, 828 International, Mohawk, Jainur and other brands at 20-50% off. Most would carry all kinds of area rugs including contemporary, flokati, shag, hand- made, handcrafted, hand knotted, hand hooked rags, machine-made or machine-twisted woven.
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How do you wash a bus? Well, there are many types of buses such as: School Buses, Charter Buses, Church Buses, Shuttle Buses, Military Buses, Greyhound Type Buses and there are the buses that do tours, custom, gigantic buses that are really plush. The fronts of the buses always have lots of bugs and they are hard to clean. But generally they are not as hard to clean as the sides. And the greyhound style buses are hard to clean because they have those little ripples in the skin. Every time you hit another bodyline it is hard to get it clean. What you have to do is soap from the bodyline down by hand with a mit. There is no other way to do it. You can try brushing it sideways, but that is just not going to be as easy as you think.
Some of the buses that work for the cities have advertising on them. When you are cleaning the advertising you want to make sure you do not blast it at too close a range or use too much harsh soap on it because you will discolor their advertising and that makes them upset. The stainless steel part of the bottom of some buses is really hard to clean, so what you need to do is go back and forth and hand soap it. You have to really watch this part because you get a little corner and you will miss a spot. It really shows up every time you miss any little spot on a bus, so you are going to have to hand soap the sides and brush the backs and you are going to have to use a little extra chemical cleaners. And pay extra special attention to what you are doing. The fronts are rather easy. However you are going to have to rinse and dry off every single window. What a pain in the neck. Even if you are using de-ionized water, when you spray the top of a bus it usually has soot and things like that that roll back down and get on the windows. If you do not rinse and dry the windows this will leave water streaks.
OK, let’s generalize about buses. I don’t care if it is school buses, shuttle buses or tour buses, you are going to have to dry the windows. There is just no other way around drying the windows. There are RTD buses, Metro buses, the kind of buses rapid transit systems use, town transportation buses, county buses and city buses. With all of these you have to dry the windows and you pretty much have to do a good job on them because people ride in them and those people look out the windows.
The wheels need to be cleaned. This is something people always look at. If you are going to miss wheels, miss them on the driver’s side not on the passenger’s side because the passenger’s side is where the passengers get in. That has to be the cleanest side. So, make sure if you are going to miss a spot, miss it on the driver’s side, not on the passenger’s side. School buses, you know, obviously the windows leak. So do not spray exactly, directly at the windows, OK? Be careful with that. Just be smart about it. Charter buses, you are going to have to clean that inside back bathroom area. It is not that hard to clean, use a little window cleaner and wipe it up real quick. There are lots of big flat surfaces on buses. If you pay attention to the ripples and the bodylines and you hand soap the bottoms of them they will come off perfect every single time. This is what is important.
Washing Limousines (Exteriors)
Limousines, how do you wash a limousine? Well, if you do it in the sun you better do the sunny side first. And be careful because you are going to water spot the vehicle. A lot of limousines have vinyl tops. You may not have to soap the vinyl top. All you have to do is spray it with water and dry it off. Use a separate towel on the top to make sure any excess vinyl dressing from a previous cleaning is on only one towel. Make sure you don’t use that towel to clean the windows. Make sure you always do the whitewalls and you clean in those rims on those limousines. You are going to have to spray the whitewalls and you are going to have to spray the rims. You may want to spray them at the same time and then come back and blast the rims when you are wetting the vehicle on your initial rinse. You may want to do limos one at a time. There might be a lot of chrome on a limousine. Even if there is not that much chrome, on the chrome that is there, you want it to shine. You better make sure your towels are dry when you are drying a limousine. You want to make sure the windows are done well. Go over them after the wash with window cleaner. There just cannot be any excuses. It is a big, black vehicle and it has got to be done right.
Fragrance, in the interiors of limousines is a very sensitive issue. Go light on fragrance or use none at all. Be very careful with fragrance. If the customer complains about the fragrance, you could lose a contract. Vacuuming is a little different in limousines. You have a big area. It is kind of like vacuuming a living room. So have the right attachment for your vacuum cleaner. Inside windows on limousines, be careful. There are counters and little areas where they have the wet bars. You have to wipe all of that stuff off on the inside of the limousines. If there are spots in the carpet you are going to have to clean them with your carpet spot remover. You have to kind of walk on your knees. You do not want your feet touching the carpet in the limousine. You are just going to put more spots inside, because remember, it takes a little more water to wash a limousine so you have a greater chance of tracking mud inside.
If you are doing it by yourself, or the person that is cleaning and blasting the rims is the one getting inside the limousine, you have got water on your shoes and you have got some gook from the rims. You do not want to get that on the carpets. Each time that limousine is cleaned it has to look like it is the first time anybody has driven in the limousine. That is what they are shooting for. Kind of like a hotel room, it has to look as if the hotel room is basically so clean that you are the first person that ever rented it.
It seems we are being spied on everywhere. When the world doesn’t feel safe, schools and businesses revert to using electronic surveillance. Generally this consists of hidden cameras. Sometimes there are even hidden bathroom cameras.
Schools are using surveillance more and more frequently. This is supposed to help keep students safe. It also helps to solve crimes that have already occurred. Knowing cameras are there causes students to think before engaging in misbehavior.
Some parents also favor surveillance cameras in the schools. They think it keeps kids and teachers safer. Others view it as invasion of privacy. They are afraid that we will teach kids that monitoring their behavior is normal, that they should expect life to be like that. They think it adds a prison feel to the school.
Bad behavior can happen anywhere, including bathrooms. If cameras are everywhere but bathrooms, then bathrooms can become an unsafe environment as those who want to cause trouble at school do it the only place they can. School officials who use hidden bathroom cameras say that they are not used in showers or stalls. Hidden bathroom cameras aim at places like sinks and entrances. They are not placed in more private areas.
Surveillance is becoming common in other areas as well. Some businesses monitor their premises. Employees are left to wonder if the cameras are really intended to monitor them instead.
Department stores use monitoring equipment to assist with shoplifting prosecution. Shoppers know that there may be cameras in stores and don’t mind this because they are made aware of it. What is more disturbing is that hidden cameras have been found in dressing rooms. In many states stores can place them wherever they want, making hidden bathroom cameras legal.
Perform an internet search for hidden bathroom cameras and you will find a number of pornography sites. These sites often claim to have hidden webcams in the bathrooms at various institutions. This means that your daughter, your wife, your mother, or even you could unknowingly appear on camera while in the bathroom stall while others online are watching. If you are inclined to patronize pornographic websites, remember that the ones offering hidden cameras could be hurting your loved ones.
Hidden bathroom cameras can serve a purpose if they are not in stalls or showers. If a business or school that is relatively safe uses them, one must question why. In the quest for safety, we are headed for a world of surveillance in our most private moments. Somehow we must balance our need for safety with our right to privacy. In America, we still have that right. Let’s strive to keep it.
In case you’ve been living in a cave over the last five years or so, I feel it is my obligation to tell you that hidden spy cameras are being found in the most private areas of our daily lives. News reports are more frequent about trusted individuals or businesses violating the privacy of others without their knowing. Yes, it is highly illegal, but then it is not always the most honest or law abiding citizens that are offenders of this basic crime.
A device that can give you great peace of mind anytime you feel that your privacy may be compromised is the common “bug detector.” Bug detectors are also called, radio frequency detectors, rf detectors, spy finders, hidden camera finders, or bug sweepers. They don’t hunt for bed bugs, roaches, ants or other common pests. Instead, they seek radio frequency emissions of any kind and alert you to where they are coming from. Bug detectors can cost anywhere from $20 to $125 dollars at most online shops and don’t look twice at them if they cost more than $150. Some stores will try and charge you up to $500 dollars; they are merely looking for a distressed consumer in an emergency situation.
Once you get your bug detector, you may need to charge it or add a few batteries before your first use. But they are relatively easy to use for both beginners or experts in the field. Remember, bug detectors are passive devices, they do not emit any frequencies. Rather, once they are powered on, they search for and detect radio frequency waves in your close proximity. The stronger the frequency being emitted – the further away you can be from the source of the frequency and still detect it accurately.
Take a standard hotel room for a basic example of how to use your bug detector. You would start by powering on your bug detector and extending the antenna fully; most good bug detectors have a built-in telescopic antenna. Rotate the sensitivity knob to just barely above the mid-range point. Then choose between vibrating, beeping, or silent mode as all top-notch bug detectors will undoubtedly have. Begin walking very slowly around the room. Start from the front door and then walk in front of the TV, across the dresser, the fridge and microwave, past the small closet and into the bathroom area, by the shower head, the lights, the light switches, and even near the ceiling fan. Then exit the bathroom and check near the beds, the alarm clock, the telephone, all of the lamps, mirrors and picture frames. Finally, you’ll want to check near the windows, air conditioning unit, curtains, water nozzles for the fire system on the ceiling, and then work your way back to the front door.
If at any time during your hunt with your bug detector, you heard it make a noise or saw the light scale illuminate, then these are the areas you’d want to go back and check. Note these areas carefully, because you’ll need to go back and check them again. For this second search, start by turning the sensitivity dial down to below the mid-range point. The logic is to make the bug detector less sensitive so that you can go back to the “hot spots” and check for the signal again. Lowering the sensitivity will make the detector work harder to filter out the false alarms and to only zero in on the stronger signals. If you still are finding pings or lights and signals from the bug detector, then you’ll need to conduct a physical search in those areas and all of the objects nearby.
Remember, wireless spy cameras need a power source, so start by checking all of the devices that are plugged in or have steady power applied. Then check other objects knowing that a hidden spy camera must still have a battery pack if it does not have a full time power source. Hidden cameras are very small; many of the lenses can be as small as the font in this article or the asterisk on your keyboard just above the number eight.
This may seem to be a tedious task, but the whole process only takes a minute or two once you get some practice with your bug detector. Yes, they do take a little practice to use and they are not given away for free on the Internet. However, a reasonably priced hidden camera finder is priceless the very first time you catch someone trying to invade your privacy. Why? Because not only did you prevent someone from invading your privacy, but you can also suit the offender or the owner of the establishment.
There was a story about a husband and wife in a Hilton Hotel where the light kept flickering in the bathroom over the shower. The wife asked the husband to take a look at, and as soon as he fiddled with it the whole light fixture fell out of the ceiling along with a hidden spy camera that was left dangling from the hole in the wall. I never did hear the end of the legal proceedings, but I bet they won enough money from Hilton to buy more than a few bug detectors.