Ethanol fireplaces: the simple, no-fuss option

Ethanol Fireplace

Adding a fireplace to a room creates a new focal point that exudes comfort and warmth. But the hurdle of installation is often thought to be prohibitive. Not so with an ethanol fireplace! This type of fireplace is a relatively simple construction that requires no chimney and can be installed by simply placing it in the desired location. In fact, the simplicity doesn’t end there; once installed, an ethanol fireplace is easy to operate and maintenance is a breeze.

How does it work?

An ethanol fireplace generates heat and flames through burning ethanol - an eco-friendly fuel derived from corn. Simply pour ethanol fuel into the burner then ignite it with a long lighter or flick the switch. Ethanol produces no soot or ashes when it burns, hence no need for a flue or chimney. And there is little need for ventilation as the flames are clean.

How do I clean and maintain my fireplace?

Cleaning an ethanol fireplace is simple. No need to sweep up piles of ashes or scrub thick layers of soot. As long as you follow these basic rules, you’ll be able to maintain its appearance and functionality for many years.

1.     Wipe away soot

When your fireplace is cool, use a damp soft, lint-free cloth to wipe the back of the fireplace. This should remove any soot that has gathered. Use distilled water to ensure you leave no marks or try a mild glass cleaner. Depending on how often you use your fireplace, you may need to do this once a week or once a month.

2. Clean the burner

Take the burner out of the body of the fireplace, drain the fuel and clean the burner with a soft cloth, warm water and mild soap. If you have a sponge-style burner insert, use a dry cloth to wipe away the dust.

 3. Polish to a shine

Use stainless steel polish on your burner for extra shine. Ensure you scrub with the grain and use a basic soft sponge. Once fully cleaned and dry, place the burner back into the fireplace and refill with fuel.

Extra top tips:

·         Never submerse your burner under water.

·         Never use hard abrasives to clean the fireplace.

·         Mop up fuel spills as soon as they happen to prevent discoloration of the steel.

The simple no-fuss option

If you’re looking for an easy way to add a warming glow to a room, then an ethanol fireplace may well be the answer. Ultra simple to install and maintain, it can provide a flickering natural beauty that can be enjoyed by you and your family for years.

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Everything you need to know about resilient flooring

If you think “resilient” is just our tricky way of saying vinyl, think again. Although vinyl does belong in the resilient family, it has many impressive cousins, including:

  • Linoleum

  • Cork

  • Rubber

  • Poly Resin

Simply put, resilient flooring is neither hard nor soft, has some “give” and usually stands up well to spills, heavy traffic and typical household abuse.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, vinyl and linoleum got a bad rap, conjuring up images of grandma’s 70s decor or perhaps just the idea that they were somehow “cheaper looking” than other flooring choices.

So, we’re here to tell you that resilients have come a long way. Not only are they more durable and low-maintenance than ever before, but they are as stylish and eye-catching as stone tile, wood, laminate, etc.

But in case you’re still skeptical, we’ve rounded up some winning examples. Let’s start with good old vinyl (as you’ve never seen it before).

Here we’ve got Stonehenge Mosaic, Castle Stone and Canyon Stone – probably all looks you don’t remember ever seeing gracing grandma’s kitchen.

And linoleum? We’ll let you judge for yourself . . .

Or how about this:

Gorgeous, easy to clean, hard to damage – what’s not to love? Once caveat – linoleum requires just little more care than vinyl and is sensitive to cleaners that are high in pH. But, linoleum comes in a wider variety of colors and patterns than vinyl; it just depends on what’s a better fit for your house.

Let’s check in on cork, shall we?

Works beautifully in the kitchen, or . . .

Even in the bedroom. The first thing people notice when they step on a cork floor is how soft it is, making it the perfect flooring for those who enjoy walking around barefoot. It’s also a natural insulator, not only for heat and cooling, but for noise as well.

Due to its softness, cork can be damaged easily by scratches and dents, but it can also be repaired easily, much like a wood floor, since trouble spots can be sanded down and refinished.

However, cork is one of the pricier choices, is prone to stains and can be slippery when wet, so maybe not the best choice for the powder room.

Now, onto a flooring substance that’s been gaining in popularity: Rubber

Your rubber floor can either look like rubber, or . . .

Really anything you want. Like most resilients, rubber is durable, somewhat soft, easy to clean and, like cork, a great noise insulator.

Last, but not least, we’ll cover poly resin, which looks great in pristine, modern spaces.

Poly Resin, or epoxy, floors are a designer’s dream, since they can be virtually any color; are able to look shiny, matte, cloudy, reflective, opaque, etc.

Although they are susceptible to normal wear and tear, they don’t require special cleaning products and are considered the most hygienic of all floors due to its non-porous surface.

If you have questions about resilient flooring or would like to see some samples, call or stop into Primera anytime!

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Design trends: brightening up dark walls, glass backsplashes, and the wild world of wallpaper

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Lighten Up

The Problem? Dark walls.

The Solution: Combine multiple light sources, add bright color accents, and resist over-furnishing. Voila! Less cave-y, more cozy.

 

Patterned Wallpaper

 

No need to buy elaborate furniture or replace lighting fixtures. Those small, simple sitting rooms can become bold and exciting with a little patterned wallpaper.

 

Glass Backsplashes

For a touch of glam, some extra light, or a feeling of extra space in the kitchen, consider a glass backsplash behind the range.

 

Embrace the Mismatched

Create a free flow feeling in your home with mismatched picture frames and staggered placement.

 

Taking Little Risks

Thinking about splurging on wallpaper, but scared to take the leap? The bathroom is the perfect place to make your wallpaper dreams come true. Less space to cover means it’s safer to take a bold risk—and less money to spend!

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