10 Things you should know about taking care of your artificial grass.

Artificial Grass is a very a wonderful products and gives the open space a wonderful look and attraction.
Points to remember:

  1. Artificial Grass is an artificial product and should not be used as natural grass.  It is a carpet and you have to take care of the carpet.
  2. Artificial Grass gets hot when exposed to direct sunlight.  So do not walk barefoot on artificial grass when it is exposed to direct sunlight.
  3. If you want to use the artificial grass during sunshine you will have to sprinkle water on the exposed area to cool it down.
  4. Do not use fire or fire related products on Artificial Grass.  The fire can burn or damage the artificial fibers.  Also ensure that no one drops cigarette on the grass, however it will burn the grass but can damage a particular area of the grass.
  5. When something spills or falls on the artificial grass you have to clean the area locally.  Please clean the area where something has fallen.  If you spill some liquid like tea, coffee, cold drink etc. on the artificial grass you can clean the liquid by water.  Spray sufficient water to get rid of the smell and stickiness of the liquid.
  6. Protect your lawn from chemicals, corrosive chemicals and oils.
  7. Remove the debris, leaves etc from the grass.
  8. You can water your artificial grass to clean the organic matter from the grass.  The artificial grass can be bit slippery when wet which please note.
  9. To clean the area where there is stain or odor you can clean the area by using mild detergent and vinegar mixed water in the area.
  10. Brush your artificial grass regularly.  You can use bamboo broom (sheek jhadoo) to brush and clean the artificial grass.  For cleaning the grass you can broom it in the direction of the fiber.  For keeping the fibers straight and artificial grass looking young and beautiful broom or brush your artificial grass opposite to the direction of the fiber of the artificial grass.

Comparision between Vinyl Flooring and Epoxy Flooring in Industrial application. vinyl flooring vs epoxy flooring

Epoxy is a paint type liquid which is layed on the base floor.  The epoxy flooring is layed by spreading multiple layers of epoxy liquid on the floor to get the desired thickness.

Vinyl Floor is a factory made sheet of poly vinyl chloride.  The sheet are made in the factory which has even thickness.  The quality and specifications can be pre understood before laying the flooring.  The Vinyl Flooring is installed by pasting the vinyl sheet using water based adhesive.

Precondition required for installation:
Before installing the EPOXY the base floor quality must be inspected and a very strong and firm base floor without any cracks or undulation is required.  It is quiet difficult to get even layer coating and you have to depend upon the honesty and workmanship of the laying contractor.

For installing the PVC Flooring the floor must be smooth, dry and clean.  Minor undulation, cracks can easily be covered and taken care by the secondary PVC Flooring.  The secondary layer of vinyl flooring works as an additional floor to the main sub floor.

Feel & Finish:
Epoxy Flooring can be installed all over the floor without any joints coming in between.  The entire floor will look seamless.

Vinyl Floor will have joints in between due to limitation of being a factory made product.  The maximum width available is 2 meter x 20 to 30 meter in India in roll form.  If we opt for tiles the size may vary between 305mm x 305mm or other sizes as available.  The joints can be taken care of by welding the joints.

Effect of underfloor moisture:
Incase moisture comes from the underfloor the Epoxy floor may get peeled off.  You cannot reused the peeled off epoxy floor.

Vinyl Flooring also gets peeled off if moisture comes in the underfloor.  But the area will still be usable as a layer of secondary floor will be there to take care of.  As and when the problem of moisture is resolved, the vinyl floor can be installed again.  The vinyl floor if removed from the area can still be used in some other area.

Effects of Cracks and damage of base floor:
Epoxy becomes the part of the base floor.  Epoxy floor gets peeled off or get damaged if the main base floor develops cracks.  Once the epoxy floor starts peeling off, the area can spread over larger area.  The Epoxy Floor will need immediate repair to the base floor and the epoxy layer.  It is almost impossible to match the colour of epoxy flooring.

The Vinyl Floor will act as a support to cracked base floor for a pretty long time.  There will be no visible problem to the user.  This is because vinyl has some elasticity characteristics and also it is a second layer of flooring and is not a paint.  The repair of cracked base floor can be done later as per convenience.  Incase there is a need to replace the vinyl floor, matching colour can be found and replaced*.

It is very easy to clean a floor which has Epoxy Flooring.  But if there is some water logging sports, the epoxy may get damaged if in contact with water for longer period.

It is also very easy to clean the floor with has Vinyl Floor.  There is no risk of flooring getting cracked or peeling of due to water logging on the floor or excessive cleaning requirement .

Colour & Designs:
Generally Epoxy Floor comes in plain shades.  There is limitation in designs.
In Vinyl Floor there is no limitation in designs and prints.  You can get any imaginable design on the vinyl and you can create many new design by using different colours.

Acids & Alkalis:
Epoxy Floor can be good if acids and alkalis are to be used in some specific area.  Now a days vinyl with bearing capacity to some acids and alkalis has been developed.

Cost & Value for Money:
A very normal and standard quality of 2mm Epoxy Flooring is of double the cost of good quality standard 2mm Vinyl Flooring.  It is almost impossible to measure the thickness of even 2mm thickness in Epoxy Flooring, whereas you can measure the Vinyl Floor even after installation. 

Wear & Tear:

In heavy traffic areas Epoxy and Vinyl get weared  depending upon the quality of Vinyl or Epoxy you have used.  Redoing the floor is another issue.  For redoing the Epoxy Floor you may keep the area unused for a longer time, whereas in case of Vinyl the floor can be immediately used after installation of the Vinyl Floor. 

Tips on keeping your summer cool. How to reduce indoor heat in Summers.

Summers are wonderful but the heat is not that pleasant, specially in areas where the temperatures are too high.  There are many options to keep your indoors cool by way of Air Conditioning, Air Cooling etc.  But we cannot stop the transmission of heat.  If we can restrict the transmission of heat from outside to our indoors, these cooling devices will be more effective and less costly to use.

The process of restricting the heat (temperature) from transmitting is called thermal insulation.  With the increase in temperature in summers, protecting the living spaces from summer heat is the major problem.

The heat of the sun gradually transmits our living spaces through the walls and RCC Roof, Tin Shades or any other modern day home, office or factory.  In olden days the houses were made in such a way to minimize the heat transmission using natural products.  With the use of modern and sustainable products thermal insulation is a major issue.

Thermal insulation can be done during construction itself.  We are not covering this area in this article.  

We will be covering the challenge of thermal insulation in existing buildings.  Here we are giving the name and introduction of few products which can be used for Thermal Insulation or in other words, minimizing the transmission of heat in any place.  The first and foremost is the air.  If you give a gap with air in between any two surfaces it is a wonderful insulation.

Now let us see the different products available which can work as a barrier to transmission of heat.

Different Products available for Thermal Insulation:

Glass Wool/Rock Wool

This product range is a very good temperature insulator.  This is also a good sound insulator as well.  The product comes in shape of fibres.  Lately this product is now available fully covered from all sides.  There are some health hazard issues in this product.  The open rockwool or glasswool has lot of harmful fibres which can easily fly in air thus leading to harmful affect to health.  Every precaution should be taken to cover this material before using.  If this issue is taken care of this can be a very good product for checking the transfer of temperature (be it hot or cold).

Mineral Fibre Tiles

The mineral fibre tiles are also used for heat insulation, but this product is mainly useful in sound insulation and aesthetics.  We do not recommend this product for the purpose of heat or temperature insulation.  Of course this product can be used with other insulating products for better and perfect effect.  However, for controlling normal issues this product can be a very easy and effective solution.  We suggest using Glass Wool, EPS, and XPS before covering the place with the false ceiling of Mineral Fibre Tiles.

Calcium Silicate

This is a good product which is fire proof and a good thermal insulator.  This product can used to create drywalls.  The Calcium Silicate Boards can work as a very good thermal insulator again if used with some additional insulating material.

EPS (Expanded Polystyrene Sheet)

EPS is also called thermocole. Thermocole sheet is a very good heat insulator.  EPS is made by bonding the EPS balls.  This is a common product and almost everyone is aware of this product.  The product is very light weight and density of the product can go upto a certain extent only.  The product has limited life.  But this product is a very good temperature insulator.  A reasonably thick sheet can work as a wonderful barrier to any thermal transmission. 

XPS (Extruded Polystyrene Sheets)

This is the improved version of EPS. XPS in comparison to EPS (Thermocole Sheet) is a stronger and better product.  It is a block type material made up to polystyrene.  The product is very strong, has very little water absorption and is a wonderful thermal insulator.  To the best of my knowledge, this is the best product available in thermal insulation as on date.
XPS can reduce the indoor temperature by almost more than 15%.  Also it can delay the increase in indoor temperature in summers.  In areas where evening or night temperatures are cold this product can do wonders, as by the time the heat transmits the outdoor temperature will start to decline.
Hope this article will be useful to you.  For more questions on the subject please feel free to write me on nikanj@shreeanupamam.com.

6 Points to take care before installing Wooden Flooring.

Wooden Flooring looks wonderful in any establishment, be it office, home, showroom or shops.  It instantly enhances the decorum and goodwill of the place.  The comfort level and re silence of the room also greatly increased.

Six precautions should be taken before installing the wooden flooring.  This will allow you to enjoy your wooden floor for years.

1. The Floor should be clean:

Before installing the wooden flooring please check your floor and make sure that the floor is clean.  The base floor must be clean without any dirt.  The dirt, sand particles can cause imbalance.

2. The Floor should be dry:

The base floor should be fully dry.  The moisture in the floor can cause permanent damage to the wooden flooring.  

While making the PCC base floor we have to cure it properly for creating the strength of the floor.  The nicely cured (cured with water) floor takes minimum 2 weeks to dry in normal temperature of 35+ degree temperature.  Please make sure that the base floor is fully dry before installing the Wooden Floor.

A simple procedure of checking the moisture level of the floor is to paste a clear polythene on the floor and check it after 12 to 24 hours.  If the polythene accumulates water under it then the floor still has moisture.  Laying of Wooden Floor should be avoided till the moisture dries up.

3. The Floor should be smooth & even:

The base floor must be smooth.  Smooth means that the floor should not have undulations in it.  The uneven floor will create unnecessary complications in any wooden floor.  As the planks of the wooden floor are straight, any depression or bump on the floor will make the wooden floor uneven.  The uneven base floor will result in following problems:

a) The floor will make cracking noise while walking on it.
b) The floor will look uneven if the unevenness is too high.
c) At longer duration the shape of the plank of the wooden flooring may bent as per the depression of the base floor.
d) The interlocking locks of the Wooden Floor may get damaged while using the floor due to unevenness.

The floor must be checked and ensure that there are no major unevenness in it. The different ways of checking unevenness are:

i) Place a long straight piece of wooden bar, aluminium section on the floor. You will be able to easily see the unevenness of the floor.

ii) Second option is of spilling some water on the floor.  Wherever there is accumulation of water, there is depression in the floor.

The uneven floor must be leveled using self leveling material.  The different ways of leveling the floor are:

a) Use a good self leveling material to level the floor.
b) Redo the PCC in the depressed area.
c) Grind the embossed/bumped areas of the floor.
d) For short term solutions you can use White Cement Putty or Plaster of Paris to level the floor. Plaster of Paris (POP) is not the correct product, but for instant solution it can be used (better to avoid). 

4. Block all points from where water can come:

Water is the enemy of Wooden Flooring.  Please check all points from where water can seep in or enter the area where water can enter.  If you have attached bathroom please see that the bathroom floor is down than the room floor.  As additional precaution please put a stone strip on the gate to be double sure that water does not enter the floor.

5. Check Termite or Borer:

Termite & Borer are the another enemy of wooden floor.  Please check and take all precautions against Termite & Borer.  The termite and borer can completely wipe out and finish the wooden flooring.  A proper termite treatment should be done if there is threat of termite in the area.

6. Put proper protective layer under the Wooden Floor:

Before laying the wooden floor please ensure that Polythene + 2mm HDPE (separately or laminated) sheet should be layed under the laminate wooden floor. This layer protects the floor and also covers minor undulation of the floor.

If these precautions are taken the Wooden Floor, be it Laminate of Engineered will last for years.

Thank you.

For more information please call us at on:
Shree Anupamam, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
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94140 67301.

Importance of underlay foam while installing Laminate Wooden Floor.

Laminate Wooden Flooring or Engineer Wood Flooring is a very good, exclusive and wonderful floor in any office of home.  Laminate Wooden Floor looks excellent and is very comfortable and cozy.  This floor immediately lifts the status of any place this floor is installed

A rarely noticed item while laying Laminate Wooden Floor is the “Underlay Foam 2 mm” layed under the wooden flooring, be it Laminate Wood or Engineer Wood.

The benefits and advantages of PE Underlay Foam.
  1. The underlay foam under the Laminate/Wooden Floor should of PE (Polyethylene).
  2. As polyethylene sheet is slightly hard as well as soft.  It helps in giving the wood floor a semi soft underlay support.
  3. The PE underlay acts as a balancing item to cover the minor undulation of the main floor.
  4. The thickness of the PE underlay foam should be of 2 mm. 
  5. Thicker foam can cause damage to the locks of the wood floor while using.
  6. The less than 2 mm thickness can get damaged installing. 
  7.  Do not get tempted to use thicker of thinner foam.
  8. The foam to be used should be poly laminated.
  9. If poly laminated foam is not available than use a sheet of polythene before laying the PE foam.

This small precaution can protect your precious laminate floor for minor moisture coming from the floor, moths, insects, borers and to some extent from the termite. 

However, it is impossible to protect wood from termite.   There are separate set of precautions for protecting your wood floor from termite.

For more details please contact me at
email: nikanj@shreeanupamam.com
Website: www.shreeanupamam.com
Mobile: 0091-9414067301

Wall to Wall Carpets - Facts, Merits & Demerits.

Wall to wall Carpets are the most common type of soft floors.  The wall to wall carpet does justice to the word "soft floor".  They are the real soft floors.  If you want a cozy, royal and elegant look in your room then wall to wall carpet is the best product.  

The wall to wall carpets comes in roll form.  For installing wall to wall carpets they are cut to sizes of the room.  The carpet may have joints in one room as they come in the standard width of 6 ft, 10 ft, 12 ft and 13 ft etc.  To cover the entire room the installer will have to cut the carpet to your sizes.  Please note that there may be joints in your room carpet if the size of your room is bigger than the width of the carpet.  If your room is within the width of the carpet your will have a joint less wall to wall carpet.

Types of Wall to Wall Carpets available:

a.    The most economical Non Woven Carpet.  (Now widely being used in Tent Houses, Wedding Halls and Public Gathering Functions like conferences, Trade shows etc.)
b.    The luxury looking cut pile thick carpets.  These carpets have luxury look, are thick generally and the pile of the carpet is cut from the top.  The look of the carpet is of animal fur or hair.
c.    The loop pile carpets.  These carpets are made having multiple loops all over the carpet.  In other words the pile of the carpet are uncut.  In the luxury carpets the pile is in cut form, the pile of loop pile carpet is in uncut form.  The density of the fiber in the carpet will tell you the quality of the carpet.
d.   Loop Pile Carpet  - Tiles are the latest entrant in the field.  These are the loop pile carpets made in the form of tiles having a very strong backing underneath to give the firmness to the carpet.  These carpet tiles are mainly installed in office areas, home theaters etc.  The Carpet Tiles gives a very royal, elegant and corporate look to any office with the added advantage of sound insulation.  In big offices where the number of people working in one particular are is too high, the noise and sound created may become a trouble, the carpet tiles works as an acoustic element and is a  wonderful sound insulator for floor alongwith the false ceiling and other sound managers installed in any area.

Merits of Wall to Wall Carpet

1.   Carpet is a very good insulator.  It can save on your AC Bill and the room gets cooler faster.
2.   It will not be wrong to write that it is easier to maintain.  If you can do regular vacum cleaning, carpet is a very good product.  You have to protect the carpet from stains, moisture and dirt.  If taken care of all the above points you cannot explain the merits of a carpet.  You will enjoy having a wall to wall carpet.
3.   Carpet is a very good sound insulator.  You will experience the advantages of sound insulation while watching TV in a carpeted room or Children playing in a carpeted room.  There will be very little eco or noise if wall to wall carpet is installed.
4.   You can enjoy walking bare footed on a wall to wall carpet.  It is a wonderful experience altogether.
5.   In offices also loop pile carpet and carpet tiles are a boon.  The loop pile carpets are very rough and rugged for wear and tear.  The carpet tiles are another benefit for the office areas.  You can just replace the damaged carpet tile if you need to repair the floor.
6.   The wall to wall carpets are 100% anti slippery and protection from accidents due to falling on the floors for whatever reason.  These are the safest form of floor specially for the senior citizens and small children

DeMerits of Wall to Wall Carpet

1.   If not cleaned properly may accumulate lot of dust.  The dust may lead to allergies, moth, dust mites and other foreign particles not good for health.  If you are sensitive to dust allergies please avoid wall to wall carpet.
2.   If some hard material like tea, coffee, cooked vegetables, soups etc.  is spilled on the carpet it will be very difficult or almost impossible to remove.
3.   If a portion of carpet gets damaged you may need to remove the entire carpet.  Doing patchwork will look very ugly.

4.   You may need professionals to clean the carpet atleast once in a year. 

How to buy Chairs - Myths and Facts.

Chair in any office is the most important product which highly impacts following 5 major issues in any office establishment:

  • ·         Efficiency of the staff.
  • ·         Health of the staff.
  • ·         Man hour loss due to defects in the chair.
  • ·         Overall ambience of office.
  • ·         Effect and impression of the organization on the visitors to the office.

There are some myths related to Office Chairs.

Myth No. 1

What is there in a Chair?  It is just for seating and any Chair will do.

As per studies conducted by various organizations, companies lose a lot of money due to improper ergonomics of the chair.  The user of the chair faces following problems which affects the overall performance of the user:

  • ·         Low Back Pain.
  • ·         Uncomfortable Seating due to improper support in seat.
  • ·         Shoulder Pain.
  • ·         Wrist Pain.
  • ·         Arm Pain.
  • ·         Irritation due to non smooth movement of chair castors (wheels).
  • ·         Irritation due to bad push back or tilting of chair.
  • ·         Irritation due to hardness/softness of the chair.
  • ·         Body Pain due to disturbed alignment of the chair.
  • ·         Irritation due to difficult chair adjustment mechanism.
  • ·         Improper seating posture due to very large or very small seating space.

All the above and many more issues effects the efficiency of the chair user.  An uncomfortable employee will move frequently from the chair to give relief to his body, thus leading to less concentration, focus and lost working hours.

The chair should be cautiously selected as per the nature of work of the user.  A Chair good for a call center executive may not be good for an accounts clerk.  So any chair will not do.  Be extra careful in selecting your chair.  You will be spending major time of your life on the chair – invest in it.

Myth no.2

When I need a chair, I will just go the market and pick from the available chairs in the market.

It is observed that when people are in need of the Chairs, they think that it is as simple as just going to the market and just pick the chair available in the market place.  Customers go the market in the last minutes of their requirement and end up buying chairs which are readily available.

Following points must be remembered & considered when you need chairs.

1.   Any chair will not be good for all purpose.  As you know Dining Chairs are not good for Office Chair, similarly Fixed Visitor Chairs are not good for a office executive or a clerk.

2.   Identify the person who will be using the chair.  A chair which is good for a young sporty person may not be good for an elderly person.

3.   Identify the nature of work of the person who will be suing the chair.  A student of 1970 would have been comfortable in a fixed non revolving chair and a desk.  But, the student of 2014 will find those fixed chairs extremely uncomfortable.  This is because the present day student have many different activities to do while studying then it was in 1970s.  A revolving chair is more convenient for the present day student.

4.   How the chair is expected to be handled by the user is also very important.  A mildly and carefully used chair by single user will be different from the heavily, roughly used chair used by different people over time.

5.   Do not pre decide and be rigid the amount you want to spend on the Chair.  Decide the type of chair and the facilities and life you are expecting from the chair.

6.   Do not go just by the looks.   Do not buy the chairs just by the looks of the chair.  Comfort while seating, usability and sustainability of the chair should be given priority over the looks.  Looks are important but secondary.

7.   Understand the after sale service, guarantee & warantee and repair cost of the chair is another important point which should be kept in mind while buying the chair.  A very good looking chair with excellent features with no repair and after sale back up may prove a headache when you have some problem in a chair.  Spending one day on a defective chair is much more difficult to spend time with an unhappy wife.  If you have many chairs, having an “Annual Maintenance Contract”  is always a better option.

8.   Never use a defective chair for even one day.  It can cause damage which can never be repaired to you spine and back.

9.   The chair vendor may need some time to procure or manufacture the chair of your choice with the colour combination you want in the chair.  So keep sufficient time margin which you may have to give the Chair Vendor.  Keep the padding of delays and unexpected problem as well.

Myth no 3

I can work on any Chair.  It is not a big issue.

Let us make a small study about how much time we spend on our Chair.  Let us assume that you are a person who have a mixed working style.  You have following activities in your work life (Let us forget your personal life).

1.       Office work on the desk – 4 to 6 hours a day.
2.       Meetings  (in office) – 1 to 2 hours a day.
3.       Client Meetings & travelling – 3 to 4 hours a day.

Now say you use your chair for 5 hours a day.  Here is a calculation based on Indian context.

5 Hours x 6 days x 12 months = 360 hours a year.  (We are not considering your holidays as you may work long hours some time).
Total hours in a year excluding sleeping of 8 hours per day = 5840 hours.

This means you spend almost 6% of your life and 56% of your work life on your Chair.  So never underestimate the importance of your Chair.  Always use a chair that is comfortable and good for your body posture and health of your spine.

Again never use a defective chair under any condition.

These are the few of the many, but they are the most important ones.  You may be having few more.  Your comments will be of great help to the readers.  Do leave your comments.