Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring into Action with these Home Improvement Tips

March 20th marked the first day of spring. You may have noticed all of the people standing outside Rita’s Water Ice that day for their free Italian ice. Spring is often a time we think about new beginnings – trees and flowers are reborn after a dormant winter, the birds return home from the South and days grow longer. Spring is also a time we think about cleaning and renovation. It’s a time of renewed vigor and when we resolve to clean out the clutter of winter and begin our long-procrastinated home projects. Here are some ideas for around your home to get you started on a productive spring.

·         Flowers and trees are blooming. Do more to save the environment:  With the return of the vegetation you’ve come to expect this time of year, you might regain an appreciation and respect for nature. Besides the obvious things like recycling and driving less, buying energy-efficient appliances and fixtures is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. For example, try eco-friendly contemporary outdoor lighting fixtures fit with LED light bulbs for an easy way to brighten your backyard and start your path to sustainability.

·         Is your garden ready? The prior point addressed sustainability and another way to do your part for the environment is by growing veggies in your own garden. This is because conventional farming can lead to soil erosion and water contamination. In addition to the satisfaction of doing something for your planet, gardening can help reduce stress. So what you do need to do? Have you removed the mulch that is protecting and adding moisture to the soil? Are you removing debris and trimming winter shrubs in preparation for the new spring plants and vegetables? Spring is usually the busiest time for a gardener, so it’s best to get started as soon as possible.

·         Get rid of the Christmas tree, parkas and other relics of winter: You must be tired of stubbing your toes on toys or trying to find the remote underneath a ton of magazines, books or other belongings. Winter often brings clutter in the home because people are home more often – blizzards aren’t conducive to outdoor play. Spring, however, affords the opportunity to open up the windows, get the dust out and try new organization tactics, so your home will feel and look like a fresh new start.

These are just a few ideas you can try this spring to refresh your home and bring about a new beginning. Start with these three things to help inspire you to get out there and enjoy all of the beauty spring encompasses. 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How to Preserve Your Ceramic Bathroom Sink

It's time to take another look at cleaning your sink. This time we will be discussing ceramic bathroom sinks and the methods to go about cleaning them. Ceramic bathroom sinks are also known as vitreous china sinks and were around long before stainless steel or plastic and continue to remain popular fixtures in bathrooms today. They are known for their mesmerizing designs and craftsmanship. When one buys a ceramic bathroom sink, one buys a touch of class and style for their bathroom. 

However, in order to get the most out of your bathroom sink, you must take the proper measures to ensure its longevity. This means cleaning it. Although ceramic sinks are very resistant to stains and fading, that doesn't mean that germs can't find their way in. Protect your family's health and the shelf life of your ceramic and china with proper cleaning. 

So how does one clean a ceramic bathroom sink?

Generally, you don't need many chemicals to clean your ceramic sink. In fact, it is certainly possible not to use any chemicals at all and apply a homemade solution of one parts vinegar and four parts water. This solution will be acidic enough to remove most of the germs. Just apply with a sponge and scrub lightly. Regular dish soap will work here as well. If you do find that you have tougher buildups or odors in your drain, simple baking soda can do the trick. Baking soda may also work if you have a stain on your sink. 
Maintaining your ceramic bathroom sink with a cleaning routine is the best way to preserve it. How do you clean your bathroom sink?   

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Do You Want Money for a New Kitchen Sink?

Oftentimes, the best job is the one done by you. There's nothing like seeing a project through, from the planning stage all the way to its completion. You should take pride in your work and the effort you put into it. Now you can do yourself one better. You can win $500 just by entering the Express Decor $500 Gift Card Sweepstakes

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Repairing Kitchen Faucets Does Not Have to be Difficult

No matter which kitchen sinks you're looking at, there may come a time when you'll hear that annoying drip noise from your faucet – most likely during a key scene during a movie you're watching, causing you to miss an important plot twist! A leaky faucet is a very common problem in the kitchen, but luckily, it's also incredibly fixable. There is no need to call a plumber who will charge more than you were hoping. Here is a guide to help you replace your kitchen faucet. 
  1. Shut off the water. The first thing you should do is turn off the water at the valves, usually located under the sink. After you do this, turn on the faucet to release any remaining water.
  2. Disconnect the water lines. These connect the pipe to the faucet.
  3. Remove the escutcheon and handles of the faucet. Once you remove these, you should be able to unscrew the actual faucet.
  4. Now it is time to install the brand-new faucet. How you go through the installation depends on the type of faucet you purchase. These types are usually either an op-mounted or bottom-mounted faucet.
  5. Reconnect the supply lines. If you are using unused supply lines, disconnect the old supply lines from the shutoff valve in order to use the fresh ones.
  6. Turn the water back on.
It's really that easy. Never spend money to have your kitchen faucet replaced by a plumber again. And if you're looking for replacements, stocks a variety of kitchen faucets to choose from. We carry kitchen sinks and faucets from the best manufacturers in the industry. Shop Express Decor for all of your kitchen and bathroom needs!   

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Keeping Your Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks Clean

A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen. When you wipe the counters, do the dishes, and sweep and mop the floors, don't forget the kitchen sink. While you may bask in the pride of having floors that smell of lemon pine and showcase your reflection, the sink is where you need to concentrate. That's because the kitchen sink is a hotbed for germs as you use this area to clean and rinse your meat and produce. Here are just some of the germs that may occupy your stainless-steel kitchen sinks.  

  • E. Coli: This is precisely another reason to rinse your fruit and vegetables. E. Coli can be found on produce that is contaminated. These germs will make their way to your sinks as well.
  • Salmonella: This often-heard bacterium can be found in nuts, produce, dairy, and meats. It is the product of poor factory standards and labor conditions. Anyone who has had a bad case of food poisoning can attest to the fact that salmonella can lurk in our kitchens.
  • Listeria: Unpasteurized milk and raw meat and fish are the top sources for listeriosis, a disease that has a 20% mortality rate and is the result from an infection caused by contaminated foods with the listeria bacteria.
While all of this may sound scary, it is easy to clean your kitchen sink. Make sure to wash dishes and your sink with hot, soapy water. The water should be at least 110° so that germs and bacteria are destroyed. Occasionally, you should fill your sink with a solution of boiled hot water and bleach for a limited time – about an hour should work – and then empty it. This will kill any germs that may be lurking in your sink. Running hot water and baking soda down your drain will clean and deodorize it. Finally, a scrubbing brush and toothbrush will help remove spots and blemishes from use.   

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Save Money and Add Value with These Kitchen Sink Accessories

Everyone wants more for less. This is the nature of shopping and these days, getting the most value for your money is a necessity. When it comes to your home, no room is as hard to keep looking nice as the kitchen. A well-kept kitchen can also add some significant value to your home. If you want to breathe new life into your kitchen, here are some helpful tips:

Do It Yourself

Few things are as satisfying as tackling a project on your own. By buying all the kitchen sink accessories, faucets, and more and installing them yourself, you can save a ton of money. Remember, the biggest costs of any remodeling project come from the cost of labor.
Look For Deals
Beautiful sinks and accessories don't have to cost a fortune. At, we carry elegant stainless steel sinks for less than half the price you'll pay for them elsewhere. Not only will you save a significant amount of money up front, but when you consider the durability of a quality stainless steel sink, you'll be saving even more because you won't have to buy a replacement anytime soon.

Be EcoFriendly

When remodeling any room in your home, think green. Not only are you doing your part to benefit the earth, but you'll also end up saving yourself money on bills. When you use ecofriendly products, you tend to use less energy and water.
Make sure to browse our selections of fine accessories and hardware for your kitchen at unbelievable prices!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Creating a Stylish yet Spacious Design for your Modern Bathroom

When looking forward to giving a bathroom a complete makeover, many homeowners manage to do an excellent job of selecting the look and feel to the room but find building it to be an immense challenge. Whether the aesthetic style for the room is a rustic design or is sleek and modernized, assembling the pieces of what should be the perfect bathroom can be a far more involved process than most people would at first expect. Although there are numerous fixtures and utilities that will ultimately comprise a renovated bathroom, the following is just a couple of smart choices that should be made by everyone. 

Accent Standard Designs with Stylish Choices 

Standard design elements are essential to a functional and comfortable bathroom, but that doesn't mean the room can't be stylish. While homeowners shouldn’t go to extremes and clutter the room with ultramodern light fixtures and super austere aesthetics, everyone can use smaller accessories to impart style to an otherwise traditionally decorated room. Take, for example, glass vessel sinks. Although ceramic and copper sinks are most commonly found in many bathrooms, sinks built with colored glass are becoming increasingly popular and for a good number of reasons too. 

The rising demand for glass sinks are due partly to its subtle yet sleek visual appeal. Interior decorators often warn homeowners against pulling out the stops when it comes to modern bathroom design. Instead, they usually recommend installing smaller features such as glass vessel sinks and brightly-colored tiling. By adding just a bit of visual splash to the room, you end up creating a much more refined look in the finished product. A smart combination of standard design with stylish accents proves successful time and time again. 

Emphasize Space over Luxury 

One of the biggest issues people encounter when renovating a bathroom is that there often isn't enough room for all the features they may have in mind. Some homeowners may want to replace their standing shower with a classically-designed bathtub, but the amount of space available is simply inadequate. Instead of sacrificing walking room for the sake of having another fixture in your bathroom, ask yourself one simple question: is it worth being uncomfortable for? Almost every time this question is asked, the answer is a clear "no." 

Regardless of whatever dream bathroom you may have envisioned, you always want to make sure you have a spacious and inviting room when the project is complete. If you're unsure what to keep in the initial design plans and what to leave out, pay mind to space first and foremost. Plan the desired amount of room you'll have for moving around prior to tearing out any installations and putting in new fixtures. This helps you avoid crowding and expensive setbacks.