What You Need To Know About Eyewear Fittings Before Visiting An Optician

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog, Business

Eyecare specialists are qualified to test your sight and prescribe glasses, such as single vision and bifocals, for you. Many eyewear stores run websites that not only allow you to buy glasses online but also inform you about how to go about getting a new pair of glasses or an existing pair repaired from a bricks and mortar store. Perusing the information on these websites prepares you for a visit to licensed opticians for a pair of new glasses. You’ll be able to ask informed questions about taking care of your eyes and keeping them safe. The process of creating appropriate eyewear for you begins with a preliminary eye test. If you’re already using prescription glasses, the optician will check for changes in vision and recommend corrective eyewear for improved vision. The eyewear could be a pair of glasses or contact lenses; the choice is influenced by your lifestyle and personal preference. The optician can provide you with vocation-specific glasses such as those that are ideal for sports such as basketball and tennis or glasses for people that spend long hours sitting in front of a computer screen.  Licensed opticians will inform you about the various options available to you and, given your lifestyle and budget, the benefits of each. For example, bifocals treat for both shortsightedness and farsightedness. They are an alternative to purchasing two pairs of glasses for each condition. Varifocal glasses are yet another type of corrective lenses and an option available to you; they offer an advantage over bifocal lenses in that they allow for a seamless transition of view as the viewing distance changes. Prescription glasses are available in different styles and at a store you have the opportunity to tap into the experience of an optician. This will help you pick up a pair best suited to the shape of your face – oval, round, triangle, heart, or square. Would you like the pair rimless or with rims? Do you want thin lenses? These will cost a little more. Do you step out into the sun? Then, consider photochromic lenses for your spectacles.  Opticians in Canada are required to meet the standards set by the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators. While you are under no obligation to have your eyewear fitted by the optician that prescribes glasses for you, doing so offers useful advantages. The optician has assessed your requirements during the eye test and can guide you in making a purchase decision. Stores offering lenses and fittings also repair eyewear, which means if ever you need the frame aligned or a lens cleaned, you can approach the store that created these for you. With their qualifications and experience, such opticians in Canada are well-suited to attend to vision correction requirements for children and senior citizens. (For a place to buy glasses online, consider a site such as Polar Vision...

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How To Work With A Logo Designer

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog

Once you’ve made the smart decision to invest in a professional logo for your business, you’ll need to work with a logo designer. Together, you’ll be able to come up with a logo that brands your company and communicates what your business is all about. Express Your Business Personality The first step to a successful relationship with a professional logo designer is to express your business’s personality. Your designer should obviously know what you sell, who you sell it to, and where you sell; beyond that, though, you should express the culture of your business, and the personality you want to convey. Expressive words will help your designer understand where you’re coming from. Examples of words to describe your business may include fun, upscale, or sophisticated. Sit down with your computer or a sheet of paper and list some words that you think of when you consider your business. Try to imagine the words that you want your customer to think of when they interact with your business. Give the list to your logo designer for inspiration. Work With a Color Palette Your business logo should have a definite color palette that matches the personality of your business.  For example, if you sell leather goods, you might choose warm browns and shades of beige. Your designer will be able to suggest colors for your logo, but you can help guide them in their choice. If there are certain colors you are drawn to, or others that you strongly dislike, you can help save time by mentioning ones to include or ones to steer clear of. Understand the Revision Process You should know upfront that the first conversations you have with your designer are the most important. This is what they will base their first drafts on. Revision requests are expected and often included in the price. But if you change gears completely and ask for a design revision that varies dramatically from what you initially discussed, you can expect to be charged accordingly. Revisions should be based on small adjustments and preferences of one draft design over another; not total redesigns. Once you have decided on a final logo design, your designer will give you digital files in several formats that you can give to your printer, webmaster and sign company to market your business. You will have complete ownership of the logo and can use it in any manner you wish. If you’re looking for a logo design company in your area, contact Signet Design...

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Tint Revival: Considerations Before Installing Residential Window Tinting

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Business

If you’re a homeowner who’s fed up with high utility bills and faded furniture, you might be looking into window tinting to try to control the amount of light that gets into your home. Window tinting has been around for a while, but newer technologies have really improved its ability to cut out glare and heat. However, there are a few considerations that you need to think about first: Night Vision Window-tinting technology has improved daytime visibility through the tinting — you aren’t blackening your windows completely — but many types still prevent you from being able to see out when it’s dark. If you like to look at stars or see the city lights stretching out into the distance, the wrong type of window tint can block those out almost completely. A few manufacturers have created tints that still allow for nighttime visibility; look for those if you still want to see outside the house after dark. Rules and Regulations Homeowners’ associations sometimes have issues with window tint, particularly the very shiny, reflective type. Tints that are less visually intrusive are a little easier to get approved, but the types of tint you can use will still vary from HOA to HOA. Always double-check the brand and style of window tint you want to use with the HOA before arranging to install it. Your HOA might also have a list of suggested contractors who are familiar with the HOA’s requirements. Not-So-Subtle Changes One other issue to consider is the fact that the darker the tint, the less light will get into your house — meaning that if you open your windows for natural light, you’ll get less of it than you would if you didn’t have tint on the windows. On one hand, that’s an advantage during summer, when the sunlight is bright and hot. But come wintertime, that reduction in natural light may become quite evident. Window tint does have obvious advantages, and as long as you’re aware of the disadvantages and considerations, using the tint could be very beneficial. Good tinting will cut down on excess heat getting into your home, and UV-protective coatings should reduce the amount of fading you see on furniture and carpeting. If you want to find out more about the window-tint types that would work well in your home, contact a company like Reflec Tech or that installs several different types and brands. They’ll have a better idea of how each type will affect what you see inside and outside your house, and which type will give you the best efficiency and...

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Keep Your Rugs Looking Like New

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Business

Area rugs can help to make a room feel warmer.  They can also add texture and color to an otherwise boring room.  Rugs also help to define space within a room.  Furniture placement in a large room is easier when an area rug is used.  To keep rugs looking like new, you must take good care of them.  Here are some tips on helping your rugs stay looking great.  Regular care A light cleaning with a vacuum can remove the dirt that has not yet embedded within the rug’s pile.  Although a rug should be deep cleaned or steam cleaned annually, you can simply vacuum the dirt out every few days.  Going against the pile will raise the nap, remove dirt and will help keep it looking fresh. Living with animals Rugs can be damaged by pet urine, feces and vomit.  Damage doesn’t have to be permanent if you can deal with it immediately.  If a professional rug cleaning is out of the question because of time, start by absorbing the urine with a cloth.  Lightly spray the area without flooding it with a mixture of vinegar and water and continue to blot.  Spot removers or chemicals on the stain will do more damage to the rug.  Simply dampen and blot until the spot is removed.  As for feces and vomit, try to blot up whatever you can, and have the rug professionally cleaned as soon as possible. This will eliminate odor and bacteria as well. Storing your rug Rugs should always be stored clean.  Wrapping a dirty rug will do permanent damage to it.  It is best to have it professionally cleaned before you store it.  Wrap it in a material that is both water and puncture resistant.  If moisture is trapped inside the rug, it will cause mold, which could lead to dry rot and eventually ruin your rug.  Wrapping with puncture resistant paper will keep mice from nibbling at your rug over time.  This will keep insects out as well.  Keep the wrapped rug off the floor of your storage area.  This will ensure that it will not come in contact with water if there is a flood or leaked water on the floor, and it will circulate more air.  If you are storing your rug for a longer period of time, it is beneficial to unwrap the rug every 12 months or so, just to make sure that it is still in good condition, and to give it a quick cleaning with the vacuum, too. Properly vacuum the rug There is a certain vacuuming procedure that will help to keep your rugs in great condition.  Start by vacuuming the backside of the rug by laying it facing down.  Go side to side, then up and down the entire length of the rug.  This will help to jar the dirt out of the base and allow...

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Maintaining Your Home’s Locks

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Business

A deadbolt lock can increase the safety of your home, but only if it’s working properly. Take the time to inspect your locks every month or two to make sure they are in perfect working order. Do: Lubricate your locks regularly. Don’t: Use a powdered lubricant. Locks seize up or stick for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause is poor lubrication. A standard deadbolt lock is made up of several moving internal parts. Dirt and residue from constant use can jam the lock, making it difficult or impossible to open. A quick squirt of a spray lubricant formulated for use in locks can free up the mechanism. Don’t use graphite powder or similar lubricants, because the powder can gum up the locks. If your lock is still stuck, don’t force it. Instead, call out a locksmith to perform a proper repair. Do: Inspect the strike plates. Don’t: Force the latch to “fit.” If you are having difficulty turning the lock to secure it, and you know the internal workings aren’t to blame, the problem is likely in the strike plate. This is the plate on the door jamb with the central hole that the deadbolt latch slides into. If it doesn’t line up properly with the latch, or if the hole doesn’t line up properly, the latch won’t slide in smoothly. Don’t keep forcing the lock to bolt. This can damage the lock or the wood inside the door jamb, weakening the entire lock in the process. If you can’t get the striker plate to line up correctly on your own, a locksmith can fix the problem quickly – and without damage to the door. Do: Keep debris out of the keyhole. Don’t: Clean it with water. Dirty keys result in a dirty lock. The more dirt inside the lock, the more likely that it will become jammed. Keep your keys clean and dry to cut down on the amount of dirt that gets into the lock. If moisture gets into an exterior lock during freezing weather, the lock may even freeze up. Don’t force a jet of water into the keyhole to clean it out if you think it’s dirty, this can cause rust damage inside the lock. You can clean out the keyhole with a spray lubricant if necessary. Do: Make sure the hardware is properly installed. Don’t: Ignore broken or loose screws. Finally, inspect the lock monthly to make sure the various screws that holds the lock and striker place are firmly screwed in. These can sometimes work out on their own. Don’t ignore a loose or broken screw, because it could compromise the security and the operation of the lock. When in doubt about a lock problem, take the time to call in a locksmith. He can quickly fix any problems and the fee is a small price to pay for safety...

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