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Your Car Breaks Down. Now What??

You started out your journey with great confidence of reaching your destination with no cares or concerns. But then, the unexpected happens.

Epoxy Garage Floors – The Wow Factor

Epoxy coatings have quickly become a favorable option for home owners and businesses for garage or shop floors.

Moving Unopened Boxes

Are you taking junk with you each time you move to a new place? If so, you should read on!

Keeping Your Car Healthy

We are working on keeping our selves and our homes virus free. But are you doing enough to keep your vehicle free of harmful germs?

Fix Your Paint Problems Like a Pro

Do you have issues with your interior paint or exterior paint beginning to look, well, unkept?

Your Car Breaks Down. Now What??

You started out your journey with great confidence of reaching your destination with no cares or concerns. But then, the unexpected happens. Maybe an engine light pops up on your vehicle. Maybe you hear some seriously strange sounds and knocking from the engine area. Or maybe you just blew a tire. The one thing that is for sure, you never really know when something could occur, and it can be stressful when it does.

The most important thing to remember is stay calm. And stay safe. This is one of the reasons we are prompted to give drivers (and even passengers) some good information and tips to navigating through a situation, where you may need roadside assistance.

First, if you suspect you may be having some engine issues, try to navigate to a safe area where you can pull over. Often an engine light does not mean that the vehicle has immediately become inoperable. It may indicate that attention needs to be given, to prevent a larger problem. There are tools on the marketplace that can diagnose error codes on vehicles. But if you are unfamiliar with parts and the mechanical operation of a vehicle, these may not be of great assistance. As long as the vehicle is operable, take it to your mechanic as soon as possible to have it correctly diagnosed.

If your vehicle has broken down, meaning that it is not operable, you will need roadside assistance. First thing you want to do is try to navigate the vehicle as far away from traffic as safely possible. If you can, pulling off to the shoulder or pulling onto a service road will minimize some of the risk. If it is safe for you to leave the vehicle, you can exit via the passenger side. But only if you can then move further away from the traffic. Never stand in front of your vehicle or at the rear of your vehicle. Other motorists could not see you, which is not safe.

If you are in a remote location, you need to assess if it is safe to leave the vehicle or to stay locked inside it, until assistance arrives. Be careful of strangers who offer rides. If you do need to accept a ride, take down the information (drivers license, vehicle, plate number), and lock this information inside your vehicle. You should also contact family or friend to let them know what has happened.

Make sure that you have your flashers on, and other drivers can see that you are stopped. Opening the front hood can signal others that you have stopped. And tying a jacket or piece of clothing to the antenna can also help others spot you.

If on the highway. contact 911 and provide them your location. They will instruct you on what you should do. If you need to have the vehicle removed, there are many companies offering towing service, as well as roadside assistance. If you reach out to one of them, they will ask you to describe the vehicle issue and will be ready to come and assist you. If they can get you running again, that’s great. But if they can’t, they can tow your vehicle and ensure you are transported safely.

Remember that there is always towing services available, 24/7. You can count on them to get you safely on your way again.

Epoxy Garage Floors – The Wow Factor

Epoxy coatings have quickly become a favorable option for home owners and businesses for garage or shop floors. The finish that epoxy provides is by far one of the most durable and toughest finishing you can apply. Not only is it easy to clean, water and mold resistant, and scratch resistant, it looks fantastic when applied correctly. The days of living with drab gray concrete as flooring is coming to an end. Epoxy garage flooring provides an attractive, professional finish and design options can be quite stunning. And since garages are more functional than just a place to park your car, this flooring is a great improvement and can really add to property value and resale appeal.

Did we mention that epoxy flooring is a great option for both residential and commercial flooring? There are so many different options available that will simply add to the wow factor of your business or your residence. Just like you can have color options for paint, epoxy flooring can be applied in different hues and effects. Wouldn’t it be great to park your vehicle in a garage that had the clean shine of a new vehicle showroom? Epoxy can get you those results.

While there are paints out there that do contain a small amount of epoxy, they are not a substitute for the real thing. Paints cannot produce the same kind of durability or strength to their finish. This is due to the reaction between epoxide resin and the polyamine hardener. When the two components are mixed, an exothermic curing process is initiated. Epoxy will be much thicker than paint and will strongly bond to the surface being coated.

You can throw a lot at an epoxy floor coating without causing any damage to it. It is very resistant to chemical stains, scratches, chipping, and any other surface abrasions. If you have a habit of dropping tools and such, you will not need to worry about damaging the flooring. It is that strong.

Epoxy is very resistant to moisture and any dampness will not penetrate to areas underneath. Clean up is super easy, using mild soap and mop. And epoxy does not produce any dust. Concrete flooring, overtime and use, will break down somewhat and cause dust to vehicles and surfaces. Epoxy does not break down like that, so it does not create anything that will make your vehicles dirty or dusty.

To achieve the perfect results with epoxy coating, the original flooring must be prepped correctly. This will ensure that the epoxy adheres correctly. For concrete floors this may involve floor grinding, acid etching, or shot blasting. Multiple layers of epoxy should be applied to ensure a long-lasting product. This may start with an epoxy primer, which will work as a moisture barrier to any floors susceptible to moisture vapor. This then is followed by the base coat that provides the color desired. You can add colored acrylic paint chips to this coat to add density and effect. And then the clear coat is applied, which will give the floor that super attractive glossy finish desired.

Moving Unopened Boxes

All across Canada, people are packing up their belongings to move onto new and better surroundings.

And while the idea of setting up home in a new house is exciting, the packing up of items and possessions is a bit of a daunting task for some.

We do tend to accumulate items, or as we often call it “stuff”. What do you do with stuff, when you are in the process of moving?

We bet that you are like most people. You grab a box to toss these items into, to sort through later. If you already have a box from a previous move that you haven’t sorted through – you are not alone.

Most people will often box up things without considering if they are really needed still. Junk drawers get emptied into boxes, to be sorted through later. Closets get packed up, to be sorted later. Even boxes from previous moves get moved again, to be sorted through later. There is definitely a pattern here.

Why do we hang onto so much stuff?

Well, in our opinion there may be several reasons.

Firstly, there are individuals who hold onto items for sentimental value.

Secondly, there are individuals who hold onto items for future use.

Thirdly, there are individuals who hold onto items for hopes of selling them in the future.

There is a ton of reasons why we hang onto stuff. Now, let’s not include heirloom items or sentimental items. If you have those boxed up, and correctly labeled, we would expect those items to move with you from one home to another.

But most of us, we simply accumulate items over time. And when we plan a move, we don’t work into the plan a time to purge stuff. We jump right in boxing everything up. Just get the place packed.

And when you arrive at your new place, you get to unload boxes of stuff that you are not going to go through (let’s be perfectly honest here). You will cart those boxes down into the basement or some dark corner of a closet for another day’s sorting. And you will do this, over and over again, with each move. Until you purge these items out completely.

It might help to put a date on these boxes. At the very least, put the year on the outside of the box when you pack it up. Once a few years have past and you don’t open this box, assume there is nothing of value in there and get rid of the contents in one load. Don’t even open the box. Do you really need to hang onto DVDs from the 1980s if you no longer have a player? Maybe you do. Maybe you have a reason you are holding onto items. But try to really ask yourself – is this useful still? Am I really going to use this stuff? How hard would it be to replace something later, if the need should ever arise?

Purging your items will make you feel lighter and, believe it or not, give you a sense of freedom. Your stuff does not own you. You don’t need to keep everything. And if you haven’t even seen it in a year or two, it’s just taking up space.

So next time you are moving, start first by doing a purge. It will create space for you to do your packing and sorting, which is a bonus. Then, when you move, you are only moving what is truly necessary. And parting ways with things that have lost their necessity. Once you have a good amount ready to be purged, you can contact a Junk Removal service. They can pick it up, recycle what you have, and let you keep packing up what is important. And you can start off in your new location, without sending all that stuff into dark corners to collect dust.

Keeping Your Vehicle Interior Healthy

We don’t have to educate you on the concerns in our world right now about keeping ourselves safe from viruses and disease. We are all well aware of the impact that Covid-19 has had on our way of life. We are working on keeping our selves and our homes virus free. But are you doing enough to keep your vehicle free of harmful germs?

Often, we are just not aware of how many germs are found in our vehicles. It is important to understand this and take the right measures to eliminate them. With recommendations that are supported by our Medical Health Advisors, we are prepared to ensure the correct interior car detailing is provided to you. For your health and safety.

But we also want to share this information to you, the general public. Whether you use our car detailing service or not. Below is comments regarding cleaning your vehicle by Mobile Auto Detailing in Edmonton.

For cleaning the interior of your vehicles, we strongly urge you to do steam cleaning of all carpets and fabric surfaces. This has been found to be strong in killing the corona virus. Use steam to clean your seats, floor mats, headliner, air vents, and even your steering wheel.

For the hard surfaces (such as dashboard), we recommend using products that are both germ-killing and safe on your interior. This can include many all-purpose household cleaners, Lysol, and even rubbing alcohol. You may be in a good habit now of wiping down surfaces as you get in or leave your vehicle. We do strongly feel that a deep cleaning is required still. Then your wipe downs will have more impact on keeping the interior more germ free, between deep cleans.

Next, we would like to just offer some of our best practices, that can be adapted to becoming yours, during this challenging time.

When we are working on your vehicle, we always wear rubber gloves. Obviously, we don’t want to contaminate your vehicle with any germs. But we also need to protect ourselves from picking up any from your vehicle. This might feel strange to you, if you are the only one operating or riding in your vehicle. But can you be sure that you have not tracked anything unwanted into your vehicle?

Once done with the clean, we dispose of rubber gloves. While it might be possible to disinfect them, at least to an acceptable level, during this pandemic we are disposing of them. It is better to be safe and not take any unnecessary risk. The cost of new rubber gloves is minimal.

Once we have removed the rubber gloves and disposed of them, we wash our hands with antibacterial soap and water. While our hands may have been protected while wearing the gloves, taking them off could have exposed them to germs on the outside. So regular cleaning of hands and hand sanitizing is still required.

And to close, we would like to provide you a list of some of the spots in your vehicle that are the most vulnerable to exposure.

Steering Wheels
Gear Shifts
Door Handles
Climate Control and Radio Buttons
Centre Console
Glove Box

If you pause and reflect on surfaces that are touched often, you can add to this list yourself. According to your own vehicle use. Be mindful that contact surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned.

We hope that is has increased your awareness about proper cleaning and car detailing that is needed. With the Covid 19 pandemic, we all have become more aware of the need to sanitize. But beyond that, keeping your vehicle clean is important. Eliminating dust and airborne particles can protect loved ones with breathing issues. And help stop the spread of germs that cause the flu and other seasonal conditions. And keeping your car clean will help maintain its resale value down the road.

Fix Your Paint Problems Like a Pro

Do you have issues with your interior paint or exterior paint beginning to look, well, unkept? You have put all the effort in to get it on just right. But over time, you are noticing some defects popping up. Let us give you a few pointers from professional painters on how to correctly address some of these issues, so they don’t mess with your painting projects.

Paint Flaking
Paint flaking or peeling doesn’t usually happen right away, after painting. It usually starts when small fault or crack lines appear in the finished surface. Then the paint flakes or curls up away from the surface. The reason most likely is that low-quality paint was used, or too much paint was applied to the surface during the coating. The paint is not effectively adhering to the surface.
You can try removing any peeling or flaking paint using a wire brush. Or if you have a paint scraper, that will also do the job. You will need to rough up the affected area, so the paint will adhere. Start with some course sandpaper and then finish up with fine abrasive grade. Keep in mind that you will also need to deal with the edges from the peeling. Smooth those out so that you will eliminate lines showing up between the two areas. Don’t forget to prime the area to be repaired before repainting it.

Paint on Carpets
Often, paint will splatter as it is being applied. Unfortunately, it is likely to land on your carpeting or rungs. Clean up as soon as you notice the splatter or spill. First, grab a paint scrapper and get up as much of the paint as possible. Using a sponge next will capture any flakes. Then take a dry cloth and blot up anything remaining. Be gentle, as you do not want to push paint down further into the fibers. Using a bit of dish soap and water will clean up any traces that are still remaining. Then let the carpet dry completely.
Color Choice Error
You would not be the first person who thought a certain color or shade would be perfect for your project. Once you get the paint home and apply the first coat, you realize you have made a mistake. This isn’t the end of the line for your painting project. Decide if the color is to bright? Maybe it is contrasting too much? If you return the paint to the store, more often than not, they can add a tint to it to fix it for you. You can get some great advice from the paint store on how to lighten the area or darken it. They are move than willing to offer their expertise to resolve any color errors. If you are going to adjust the shade, check to see how dry the surface is. You may have to scuff it up a bit so that the new coat will adhere.

Painters Tape
Painters tape is a really great tool to have for any painting project. You can easily tape off edges, trim, borders, and any surfaces that you do not want any paint on. The tricky thing is to get the paint tape off early. It is recommended not to leave any painters tape on longer than an hour. If you do, any paint could come off with the tape when you remove it. That can leave your edges along the tape raggedy. And you should remove it, pulling away from the painted surface.

There are many more tips that professional Edmonton painters have in their toolboxes. If you are encountering issues while doing a painting project, a lot of the pros are willing to offer advise on why an issue could be occurring and how to fix it. Don’t be timid or reluctant to ask them.