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            Although robust by nature, wood should be taken care of to prolong its life. Floors take a lot of pressure from the weight of tables and chairs and our everyday foot traffic. To truly care for your floors, you should know the common sources of their wear and tear. Here are some factors that contribute to a damaged floor and how you can prevent them.?

            Dust and Dirt Particles

            Even though it may be invisible to the naked eye, dust particles may be abrasive to your wooden floor once they’re underfoot. That’s why you always have to sweep and mop your floor to prevent it from being dull and faded.

            Mopping with too much water

            Excessive water can cause wood floor damage, even if it has protective coating. Being a hygroscopic material, wood absorbs water causing boards to swell, warp and separate. Bona’s Microfiber pad to dry the floor immediately leaving no residue to your wooden floors.

            Spills?

            If left over a long period of time, spills are harmful on your wooden floors. To avoid this kind of damage, immediately wipe the spillage with an absorbent material. Bona’s Microfiber Pad features a unique design with blue inner fibers that absorb liquid and leaves no residue behind.

            High heels, pet nails, table and chair legs

            The force of these sharp objects may increase the risk of having scratches and dents. This can be prevented by putting floor protectors under table and chair legs, trimming your pets’ nails regularly, wearing slippers or being barefoot inside your home.?

            Here’s another tip: Add an entry mat on your home as a first defense for dust and grime from shoe soles from the outside. This may not be rocket science, but it will definitely protect your floor from grime from the outside.

            Using Oil based cleaner

            Various floor cleaners have different effects on your wood floors. As a precautionary measure, check the cleaner’s ingredients and consult your floor’s craftsman for a suitable cleaner for your floors. Bona’s Wood Floor Cleaner has a water-based cleaning formula that dries fast, is residue-free, and is safe for people, pets and the planet. It’s also safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors.

            Caring for your outdoor wood

            Compared to indoor wood floors, outdoor wood is much more exposed to harsh elements such as changing weather. To be protected, you can coat your outdoor wood with Woca. WOCA Exterior Oil is a water and plant based penetrating oil that absorbs deep into the wood, strengthening the wood from the inside out.? It hardens from inside of the wood to strengthen and protect from the harsh outdoor elements and includes UV protection. The best stain for color and protection in one step. ?

            When coated with Woca, the outdoor wood does not peel, crack or flake.? It is rated R10 for slip resistance and durable for heavy foot traffic. It also contains anti-fungal ingredients added to inhibit green growth and mold.? It’s available in 4 colors to enhance, beautify and protect your outdoor wood investment.??

            Source:?

            Wood Floor Care – 7 Mistakes to Avoid

            Exterior Oil | WOCA Wood Care | Natural Wood Care

            Installation of hardwood floors at your home can be a long term investment if you have the right wood floor conditions. More than having a sturdy material, you also need to know the wood’s condition and moisture content. Sometimes accurate moisture readings can be the difference between a successful hardwood floor and not. However, a lot of homeowners don’t know the moisture content of their hardwood floors. Before installing your hardwood flooring, make sure that you are aware of the wood’s moisture content.

            What is moisture content? Moisture Content is simply the amount of water contained in a material. Wood is hygroscopic in nature, which means it constantly absorbs and extracts moisture until it reaches its equilibrium with the surroundings. Equilibrium Moisture Content of wood is when the amount of water in the said wood remains stable. Here are other important questions you might have before installing your hardwood floors.

            What are the ways to know the wood’s moisture content?
            There are 3 ways to measure the wood’s moisture content. Be sure to ask your contractor or wood floor installers.

            Oven Dry Method
            The Oven Dry method is the most basic way of measuring the wood’s moisture content. You would have to measure the weight of the wood before and after putting it in an oven. The difference between the initial and final weight divided by the final weight is the moisture content. However, this process is a lot less accurate than other methods.

            Pin Meters
            Pin meters measure the moisture content of wood by having a small electrical current to flow in a wood sample. As the wood gets dryer, its resistance also increases.

            Pinless Meters
            Pinless meters measure the moisture content using electromagnetic signals. This method is perfect for expensive hardwood floors because it doesn’t leave marks like the pin meters. Just make sure that the setting of your meter is appropriate with the wood being tested because this device is sensitive to wood density.

            Does the area of installation affect the wood’s moisture content?
            As stated earlier, the Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) of wood is when the moisture content remains stable relative to its surroundings. The EMC is determined by the amount of water air can hold at a prevailing room temperature. That being said, factors such as humidity that can alter the wood’s condition. As humidity increases, the moisture content also increases causing the wood to expand. Conversely, as the moisture content decreases, the wood also shrinks. When the wood doesn’t shrink or expand, it has reached its equilibrium moisture content.

            What’s the acceptable moisture content for wood flooring?
            The acceptable moisture content depends on the kind of wood and relative humidity of the air. In most cases, the acceptable Equilibrium Moisture Content for indoors is 7%-8%.

            What do I do if my acquired wood has a high moisture content?

            Processes such as kiln drying can dry your wood up to the ideal 8% moisture content. Kiln Drying is a standard practice in the lumber industry to effectively lower the moisture content in wood, avoiding damages or problems concerning moisture levels for the long term. However, it doesn’t stop there. The moisture content of wood is continually changing because the wood is constantly interacting with environmental factors such as humidity.

            Once your acquired wood has a stable moisture level, another measure to lengthen the lives of your wooden floor is to coat it with Bona. Bona’s comprehensive system gives you superior quality for your hardwood flooring. Bona Classic is a unique sealer specially developed to minimize ‘edge-bonding’. It produces a well bodied surface and adheres better to the floor for a maximum protection and durability. Bona’s lacquers offer superior protection against spills and scuffs. Bona Traffic adheres to commercial areas with high traffic areas while Bona Mega is ideal for residential and hotel rooms.

            Sources:

            https://www.woodproducts.fi/content/moisture-properties-wood#:~:text=In%20normal%20use%20the%20moisture,of%20the%20wood%20remains%20steady.

            https://hardwoodfloorsmag.com/2017/08/01/understanding-moisture-content-wood/

            https://www.delmhorst.com/blog/whats-the-ideal-moisture-content-of-wood-flooring

            https://www.delmhorst.com/blog/what-are-safe-moisture-levels-for-hardwood-floors

            https://www.wagnermeters.com/moisture-meters/wood-info/acceptable-moisture-levels-wood/

            https://www.brisbanesfinestfloors.com.au/latest-advice/what-are-the-acceptable-moisture-levels-in-wood-flooring

            https://www.wagnermeters.com/forest-products/industry-info/what-is-kiln-drying/

            https://www.wagnermeters.com/moisture-meters/wood-info/pin-pinless-meter-differences/

            Over the years, sustainability talks and practices have become more important because of the rapid change in climate, and other environmental factors increasingly becoming evident in today’s time. As a response to the sign of the times, companies are shifting to greener practices. As a consumer, you can help too. In building a home, you can buy more sustainable products to help in preserving the environment. One of the sustainable practices in the construction industry is the utilization of wood.? Here are some reasons why wood helps in building a sustainable home:

            Aesthetic

            Wood has an aesthetic appeal unlike any other. The combination of color, grain and texture makes you love its natural characteristics. Wood has a distinct elegance that calms the mood and creates an inviting ambiance to your house.?

            Durability

            Did you know that relative to its weight, wood is the strongest building material on the planet? Under favorable conditions and if stored properly, wood can last 2000 years. Building materials made of natural wood is characterized with high durability.

            Zero Waste

            All by-products of wood can be reused and repurposed, making the use of it zero waste. Wood is processed to use as lumber, and even sawdust can be burned for wood bioenergy. Burning wood to eliminate waste also generates green energy to some companies creating a more sustainable way of operating.?

            Renewable

            Wood is a renewable source. Unlike metal or concrete, it has the ability to replenish itself. People shy away from using wood as a construction material because of the notion of trees being cut down carelessly. Fortunately, over the years, sustainability became a priority and policies were geared toward better logging practices. Selective harvesting, in contrast with clear cutting, chooses trees to be cut down, so that new trees can be planted and forest growth can be maintained. Forests also regain their carbon dioxide capacity when new trees are planted.?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

            Efficiency

            Throughout the wood’s lifecycle, it uses less energy. Compared to steel manufacturing and wastewater production, it costs less to produce both in terms of energy and money. In a home, having a timber frame causes households to consume less energy because of wood’s natural thermal properties.

            Ofcourse, for wood to be truly sustainable, you have to choose a company that values sustainability. Andersen Corporation is one of the first companies to sign Ceres Climate Declaration. Ceres is a nonprofit organization that advocates for sustainability by partnering with corporations to solve the world’s biggest sustainability problems. Furthermore, their strict forest resource policy follows a procurement rule that disallows sourcing wood from illegal logging. It’s evident in the products they sell too. Andersen’s 400 Series Windows and Doors safeguards the wood inside with its Perma-Shield? system gives the exterior a tough protective shell for the wood inside, as it repels water, resists dents, and stays beautiful for years.?

            Sources

            https://dcifurn.com/5-reasons-why-wood-is-the-greenest-furniture-choice/

            https://www.wagnermeters.com/moisture-meters/wood-info/advantages-wood-building/

            https://www.ceres.org/about-us

            https://www.andersenwindows.com/about/sustainability/

            Staying at home for the first few days may seem like a vacation. You get a lot of sleep, and you get to catch up on your favorite shows. A few days kick in and you feel stuck in your eating, sleeping and watching routine. Instead of losing your hours to social media and Netflix, here are other things you can do to keep your home staycation interesting:?

            • Clean

            Cleaning helps you easily pass the time with an added bonus of? killing germs and reducing the spread of diseases in your home. It could be reorganizing your closet space or simply mopping the floor. Cleaning may seem a bit tedious, but not when you use the right tools. Bona’s Spray Mop kit comes with a Bona Microfiber Pad and a Bona Floor Cleaner cartridge. The sturdy handle and grip along with a trigger that releases a fine mist makes it quick and easy to clean your floors.

            • Upgrade your cooking and baking skills

            Making freshly cooked meals will help you break your routine and enjoy your stay at home. Cooking is a life skill that can drastically improve your quality of life. It helps you have control over your nutrition and save money. If you haven’t cooked anything in your entire life except for instant noodles, now may be a good time to start. You can start by cooking simple recipes and work your way up to more challenging dishes. Of course, cooking for the first time can be a little messy with? food bits scattered on the floor. Here’s a tip for kitchen interior: get hardwood floors. Dust and other allergens don’t get absorbed or stuck in hardwood floors making it more sanitary and easy to maintain.

            • Play board games with your family

            As they say, family time is the best time. Playing board games together with your family can be beneficial especially to your children. It can teach them about teamwork, patience, and being a good sport. This can also serve as a brain exercise to strengthen your mental health. Playing board games is best done on the floor because you have a lot of space to work with when that Uno or Monopoly game gets a little intense.

            • Redecorate

            A new look is always exciting. It doesn’t have to be a major overhaul. It may be a simple restyling of your coffee table or changing your pillows. Adding colors and plants to your space can also help boost your mood. No matter how big or small the change may be, Bona-coated hardwood floors go with any interior look. It’s unique and unsurpassed beauty never fails to show the warmth of natural wood.?

             

            Sources:

            https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a26872864/what-to-do-when-bored/

            https://us.bona.com/products/Bona–Premium-Spray-Mop-for-Hardwood-Floors.html

            https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/arts-and-craft-ideas/benefits-board-games.html

            Working from your home may sound convenient, but getting the right balance between comfort and productivity can be a bit tricky. It’s more than sitting on a desk or your couch with a laptop and starting to work. Here are some things you need to consider before turning a home space into an office space.

            • Ergonomic Workstation

            Desk and chairs should be centered toward your comfort. To start being productive, you need to have a desk and a chair specifically designed to aid you in your work. After all, you may be sitting at it for hours to get work done. Lumbar support, wheels, and adjustability are just elements to consider chair-wise.?

            • Natural Light?

            Having good light in your home office is not only for you to see what you’re working on but also to create a change in the ambiance of your home office. Installing your office with a lot of windows may help in creating a productive atmosphere. Artificial lighting may be sufficient, but nothing beats the warmth natural light can give. Andersen Windows can bask your home office without letting the harmful UV rays in. Andersen Windows offer Low E4 and Smart Sun coatings that effectively block UV rays up to 83 and 95 % respectively.?

            • Organized Files

            It’s difficult to work through a pile of an unorganized mess. Having a systematic space saves you time rather than fishing through piles of papers and files. File organizers are a great investment to prevent your workspace into becoming an uncluttered and unproductive space.

            • Right Temperature

            Temperature in working spaces is often overlooked because of its triviality. However,? whether you have a freezing or hot environment may impede your productivity because it can lead to exhaustion and distraction. Andersen Windows utilize energy efficient glass that reflects heat and limits transfer of cold air, so that you won’t have to keep your air conditioner running all day leaving your home office temperature just right.

            • Quiet environment

            A working space should have little distractions as possible to help you focus solely on work. Drowning out unnecessary sounds can lessen distractions. It can also help you psychologically feel like you’re at work and less at home. Having Andersen windows helps you block out unnecessary sounds by its impact resistant glass that interferes with sound waves leading to a quieter home office to keep the train of thought going.?

            • Snacks and Coffee corner

            Caffeine and a good biscuit just might be the right push you need to keep things going when you feel a little drained out. Make sure to have a little space dedicated to snacks to fuel you when you’re hungry.

            Sources

            https://smallbiztrends.com/2015/10/home-office-must-haves.html

            https://www.rbaeasternny.com/renewal-by-andersen/noise-reduction/

            https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryalton/2017/04/17/10-essentials-for-the-perfect-home-office/#fe7d11e6845c

            New Year is the time to make a difference. As they say, what you do on the month of January sets the tone for the rest of the year. It’s time for new opportunities and changes. May it be as simple as a haircut or as transformative as a home renovation.?

            Windows play a big part in your home but the average homeowner can be clueless as to when to replace them. Knowing the exact time to replace your windows can be tricky but here is a guide to when to replace your windows ???

            Fix damaged or rotten windows

            Fix damaged or rotten windows is the most obvious reason to replace your windows. Did you know that fog between panes of glass signals seal failure? Make sure to check your windows for damage because it is a clear indication that you need to replace your windows.?

            Improve window operation

            Having a hard time opening or closing your window and missing hardware indicates a problem on the window operation. This can be crucial, especially in the event of fire or other natural disasters. Andersen windows have smooth control operators and even an optional motorized operator that is both convenient and secure for you and your family.?

            Help lower heating and cooling bills

            In the long run, having new windows with better insulation will save you electricity and provide all over comfort to your home. Replacing your old windows with Andersen’s dual pane glass will block twice the amount of solar heat as a single pane glass and downsize your air conditioning system.?

            Make maintenance easier

            We all know how busy the year gets. Not everyone has the time to always clean the windows especially if you’re a parent juggling work and taking care of kids. Andersen Windows’ High Performance Low-E4 Glass has an invisible titanium dioxide coating that loosens dirt from glass and can be washed away by rain.?

            Improve views

            Rethink windows and the role they play in your home. They may seem trivial, but increase in number or expansion of the size of your window opening can allow a lot more natural light in the room and brighten up your home. Did you know that natural light has direct benefits to your health and mood? Maybe the best way to start 2020 is to let the light shine through. ??

            Boost curb appeal

            Sometimes there really isn’t a problem but replacing windows just improves curb appeal. Andersen Windows, being the premium quality in its industry, can upgrade the value of your house if ever you’re trying to lure in some buyers.

             

            Check out this Andersen video for a more detailed explanation of when to replace your windows:?

            https://www.facebook.com/356282821488/posts/10157687907486489/?_rdc=2&_rdr

             

             

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            Light is one of the compounding factors that lead to food spoilage. Specifically, light leads to loss of food quality by degrading the color and flavor.

            Light exposure also often means heat exposure, which causes food to become an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms. The presence of bacteria accelerates food spoilage because the organisms feed on the food, causing decay.

            Foods are exposed to several sources of light in their production and display. A common light source is sunlight outdoors through windows. The exposure of foods to light can result in its deterioration (also known as photodegradation).

            Photodegradation usually occurs in specific food constituents, such as pigments, fats, proteins, and vitamins, resulting in discoloration, off-flavors, and vitamin loss. Exposure to sunlight accelerates the degradation of vegetable oils, butter, lard, and similar products.

            Light appears to accelerate the autoxidation of fats and oils, resulting in flavor and odor changes. The off-flavors that develop in milk when exposed to light are called sunlight?flavors that result from the breakdown of amino acids and proteins.?When beer is exposed to light, it develops an undesirable flavor (and odor) called sunstruck flavor. This is why most beer is bottled in dark containers. Snack foods (like potato chips), prepared by deep fat frying in oil are susceptible to photodegradation and develop off-odors and off-flavors on exposure to light.

            These are just a few scenarios on what happens to your food when exposed to light and heat. That’s why for your kitchen, when you choose a quality window, you get more than view. The performance that’s built into every Andrersen window delivers better energy efficiency resulting in more comfortable home and reduced heat. Additional benefits include filtering of harmful UV light to help protect everything inside your home.

             

             

            Sources:

            https://www.reference.com/food/light-affect-rate-foods-spoil-531b0d166f699616

            http://www.foodsafetysite.com/educators/competencies/general/microbiology/mic6.html

            HOW TO CLEAN YOUR GLASS

            Before cleaning the exterior surface of glass it is important to identify if you have Andersen? 400 Series products that come standard with High-Performance Low E4 glass. This type of glass has low-maintenance exterior coating and removable protective film. The low-maintenance exterior coating is highly durable but may be damaged if abrasive or hard objects are used for cleaning.

            DO NOT use metal razor blades to clean glass or remove paint/stain from glass surface. Scratching of the exterior glass surface could damage the low-maintenance coating.

            DO NOT use metal razor blades to remove the protective film. Peel back protective film at a corner using firgernail or clean plastic scrapper.

            DO NOT allow any sealants (including silicone) to contact the exterior glass surface. Sealants may cause damage to the exterior low-maintenance coating of the glass.

            DO NOT use abrasive cleaners on any glass surface, or on the exterior of High- Performance Low E4 Glass.

            To remove dust, dirt, smoke, film, soot and salt spray, use a mild detergent and water solution and a soft cloth or brush. To remove heavy dirt or grime from glass, first wipe loose debris from the glass surface with a soft, dry cloth. Then apply a cleaning solution, such as mild soapy water, vinegar or a liquid window cleaner, and wipe in circular motion. Remove cleaning solution with a squeegee or a clean, lint – free cloth. As a general practice, you should never clean glass in direct sunlight.

            Note: After cleaning your glass, we recommend to lubricate all moving parts with a multi- purpose dry lubricant spray. Oily lubricants or harsh abrasive cleaners are not recommended.

            For further details on how to clean and maintain your windows, contact our Customer Care Hotline: 722?6671.

            It was a beaming afternoon as Trend Building celebrated its 20 years of turning visions into reality. Held last June 8, 2019 at Greenhills Promenade, architects, interior designers, engineers, home owners, family and friends gathered together to celebrate this milestone with an exclusive block screening of X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

            To pay tribute to the company’s patrons, partners, and past projects, a short film was presented prior to the movie screening. The concept of the film reflects Trend Building’s incomparable brands of windows, doors, and floor solutions, and its promise to innovate like never before.

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