Opportunity is missed by most people December 2010
because it is dressed in overalls and
looks like work. -- Thomas Alva Edison
...we have a
Your carpet endures all kinds of permanent and far more diffi-
abuse. Daily traffic, food spills, pet
accidents, tracked in grease and
oil and other soils can cause spots
cult to remove than spots. Stain
removal usually involves applica-
tion of specialized techniques,
on your carpet. Or are they stains?
What's the difference?
professional experience and more
aggressive chemistry. spot and
A SPOT is soil that has bonded At A-Town Hi-Tech, we under-
to carpet fibers. Spots can some- stand the various factors involved,
times change the texture of the so we have a high rate of success
carpet, and may be sticky, oily, with spot and stain treatment.
gummy, waxy, crusty, etc. Spots can In order to achieve successful
usually be removed with normal spot and stain removal we need
cleaning or spot treatments. to categorize the source. There
are three basic categories: Organ- mustard, coffee, chocolate, grass,
A STAIN is unwanted color ic, Mineral and Synthetic. flowers, mold, fruit juices, wine,
added to a fiber. It is often a discol- urine, feces, vomit and blood.
oration left behind after cleaning Organic spots and stains are de-
rived from plant or animal sources. Mineral spots and stains are
or spot removal. Stains do not have caused by sources like mud, carbon,
texture, are generally considered This category includes things like
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Great Online Deals in Your Area Christmas Light
Groupon.com is a website that makes it easier Safety Check
for people to enjoy great deals in their community. Before you put up
Each day, a daily deal is posted on the site and your holiday lights,
is available through the power of group buying. take the time to in-
When a deal is posted, you will only get it if enough spect them. Check for frayed wires,
people join in on the deal that day, so it pays to invite your friends. bare spots, gaps in the insulation,
You'll find deals on stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in your city. If the or excessive wear or cracks in the
minimum number of people sign up, you'll get a printable gift certificate sockets.
in your inbox the next morning that you can use whenever you want. If If any strands show these signs
not enough people join, no one gets it, but you can try again the next day. or are excessively kinked, toss them.
How to Heat Butter or Oil Without Burning Look High and Low to Save Dough
Although conventional wisdom says that you In most grocery
should always heat your pan before adding oil or but- stores, prod-
ter for sautéing, this is not always such a good idea. ucts displayed
at eye level are
If you heat the pan too much and then add butter, generally the
it will simply burn immediately. most expensive. Manufacturers pay
Heating the pan and the oil or butter together gives you clues as to a premium to get their products in
when the pan is hot enough to add the other ingredients. those prime spots.
Oil heating in a pan will begin to ripple and have movement when Up high or on lower shelves is
it is ready. Butter will become completely melted and start to foam. You where the real bargains are, which
will then know the pan is ready without the risk of burning it. are often as good as name brands.
"Spots and stains" continued from front cover
metals, red clay, used motor oil, maintained in the past? Has the Professional assistance is always
charcoal and rust. carpet been protected in the past? your best choice for treatment, but
Synthetic spots What kind of fiber is the sometimes in a desperate attempt
and stains come
"Quick carpet? to remove a spot, a well-meaning
from sources like response is Urine and pet related homeowner may decide to take
matters into her own hands. Quick
make-up, paint stains are another chal-
pigments, furni- important, lenging source to remove response is important, but care
must be taken not to do anything to
ture, inks, crayons but care must from carpet fibers. Urine
set a stain.
and artificial colors is made up of a variety
(food dyes). be taken not of chemicals that differs So what should you do if you
We also classify to do anything depending on the age,
gender, species, and
get a spot or stain? Scoop or scrape
up the excess. Then use a clean
spots as water-solu-
ble, solvent-soluble, to set a stain." health of the animal it white towel to blot up any liquid.
or non-soluble. This further assists us came from. Place a weight, such as a phone
in developing a plan of attack. Since contamination such as book on the towel to get spot to
blood, urine, vomit and feces can soak into the towel.
Other factors may also de-
termine whether a stain can be harbor bacteria and viruses, our Then call A-Town/Hi-Tech. We
removed. Is it near a window or primary concern is source removal will tell you what to do depend-
strong light source? How old is the and sanitization. Once this has ing on your specific situation or, if
carpet? How has the carpet been been achieved, we can address any necessary send a technician to take
residual stains. care of it for you.
10 Fascinating Facts about Reindeer Good Clean Funnies
1. Both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer.
2. Reindeer drop their antlers in late November to mid-December.
3. Wild reindeer of North America are called caribou.
4. Reindeer originated in northern Europe and Asia.
5. Reindeer were brought into Alaska from Siberia
between 1862 and 1902, following a famine to
replace the caribou that were over-hunted.
6. Reindeer milk is four times richer in butter fat
than cow’s milk.
7. A full-grown male reindeer weighs about 400 pounds.
8. Wild reindeer can migrate more than 1000 miles each year.
9. Wild reindeer survive on mushrooms, lichen and Arctic
Disorder in the Court!
10. Reindeer are good swimmers. They are aided by a layer of Think going to trial isn't funny? Think again!
hollow hairs on top of their undercoat that provides buoyancy. Check out these humorous exchanges that are
taken from actual court transcripts.
Q: What is your date of
Easy Leftover-Turkey Sandwich birth?
A: March 3rd.
Servings: 2 Q: What year?
Ready In: 5 minutes A: Every year.
No mixing. No cooking. Simple, fast and
delicious way to enjoy leftover holiday Q: What gear were you in at
turkey and sides. the moment of impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Q: This myasthenia gravis-does it affect your
• Four slices of hearty • On top slice of bread, spread a memory at all?
wheat or multi-grain dollop of mayonnaise, sandwich A: Yes.
bread. spread or salad dressing.
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
• 1 cup cold leftover turkey A: I forget.
• Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
torn into bite-sized strips
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of
• 1/2 cup cranberry sauce • On bottom slice, spread cranberry something that you've forgotten?
• 1 cup leftover stuffing
Q: All your responses must be oral, OK?
• 2 tblsp mayonaise, salad • Layer on chunks of leftover turkey.
What school did you go to?
dressing or sandwich
• Add a layer of leftover stuffing. A: Oral.
• Salt and pepper to taste Note: Toast the bread to add a satisfying Q: How old is your son-the one living with you?
crunch to this recipe. A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.
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Reindeer Facts This month’s trivia question:
Which of the following is NOT true:
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