Tips & Advice
What are local building materials?
Local building materials are more accurately locally sourced materials, ideally renewable resources, or ones that are plentiful. The appeal of these is that they cost less to process and transport, and, in many cases, are naturally suited to the conditions of the area.
What are the most common building materials?
Concrete, cement, engineered wood, organic wood, glass, asphalt (roof shingles) and stone are ubiquitous in building. There are materials you don’t see that are very important, like drywall, insulation, reinforcing rebar, foundational steel, and plywood sheeting.
What is an organic building material?
An organic building material occurs naturally on earth. This term encompasses everything from rock and wood to clay and stone to straw and natural paints and waxes.
What is the best material to use when building a house?
The best material to use when building a house depends on which part of the house you’re building and what the climate and land conditions are, and what your budget is. Most builders use concrete for foundations, slabs, and walls. Wood is used universally to build at least some of the visible components of most houses in developed countries. With the modern push toward more environmentally friendly homes, many people are turning to alternative building materials like clay, straw insulation, plant-based rigid foam, and recycled glass, metal or wood/plant-based composites.
What are the traditional building materials?
The traditional building materials are wood, clay, stone, brick, and sand (used to make cement). A whole range of manmade materials are now considered to be traditional in the sense that they are used in most structures over recent centuries: metal, concrete, plaster, and glass are in this category.
What are the benefits of cleaning drapes?
Cleaning drapes has the major benefit of removing dust, pollen, pet hair, and other tiny irritants that tend to build up and cause allergies. It gets rid of grime and germs from cooking smoke and outside pollution, and makes the drapes look and smell better.
How should you clean silk drapes?
Some people successfully clean silk drapes on their own with a gentle hand-wash in lukewarm water and a mild detergent, and then air-drying them. However, because of their delicacy, most prefer to send silk drapes to be professionally cleaned. You should not machine-wash silk drapes, nor is it always safe to have them dry cleaned.
What chemicals are used for in-home drapery cleaning?
The chemicals sometimes used for in-home drapery cleaning are the same ones as in dry cleaning. For people who are sensitive, there are cleaning services that use only non-toxic and environmentally safe solutions, and services that use cleaning powder instead of spray. There are also steam-cleaning services that mainly use water.
How long does an average drapery cleaning take?
Drapery cleaning takes a few hours on average--perhaps a day if you are getting multiple drapes cleaned in your house. If you are bringing the drapes to a cleaner, expect it to take the same amount of time as when you bring clothes in to be dry-cleaned or laundered.
What type of drapery requires professional cleaning?
Most types of drapery require professional cleaning, including silk, wool, and cashmere. Any drapes with accents or decorative details also should be professionally cleaned. Even polyester and many other premium synthetics require professional cleaning because of certain features of the material--e.g., it shrinks or loses its pleat with DIY cleaning methods.