Monthly Archives September 2013

Tips on Cleaning Spills and Debris On Laminate Floors


There are numerous flooring options available today. From hardwood flooring to carpet and tile to cement, it is easy to see how the options can be confusing and overwhelming. However, home and business owners who are searching for a durable, attractive, and easy to maintain floor will find that laminate is an excellent option.

Laminate flooring is available in many different styles, colors, and design options so there is a look for every personality. This versatility is what attracts many homeowners because depending on the actual choice that is purchased, laminate flooring can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, and even family rooms. Of course, another benefit of laminate is the price. This flooring is incredibly inexpensive and can easily be installed so labor fees are low. However, the largest benefit would have to be the ease of cleaning and maintenance. Of all the flooring options, laminate is the easiest to clean.



Accidents are an unfortunate part of everyday life. Spills are popular accidents which happen in homes each and everyday. Homeowners must be prepared for these spills by understanding how to properly clean up spills on laminate floors. The process is very simple because all homeowners will need is a damp cloth. This cloth should be used to blot the liquid immediately after the spill occurs. This is the most effective way of ensuring the laminate does not become stained. Certain liquids that can be spilled may require a cleaning agent. Nail polish, oil, paint, or market can be removed with the use of acetone and a damp cloth. Homeowners may also choose to complete a light mopping periodically on the laminate floor. This can be completed using a specialized spray for laminate or vinyl flooring and a mop of the homeowners choice.


Dirt and Debris

No matter what type of flooring is used, there will be excessive dirt and debris on the floor. This dry matter may be swept periodically but this can scatter the dirt, debris, pet hair, dried food, and other particles around the floor. Sometimes, sweeping may do more harm than good. Homeowners can utilize a vacuum such as the Neato Robotic VX-21. This innovative cleaning tool is designed to suction all sizes of dirt, debris, and even very fine pieces of pet hair and dander. The Neato Robotic VX-21 Features a filter system that can easily remove any allergens that may be present on the floor. It is a perfect option for anyone suffering from allergies but it will also help keep the laminate floor as clean as possible. Of course, the robotic feature is incredibly easy to use and a massive benefit for busier homes. Cleaning laminate is even easier with a robotic vacuum cleaner.

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CAPAC Impressed Current System

It is somewhat disconcerting to think that the metallic structures produced through modern refining processes are not as indestructible as they appear to be. From behemoth ship propellors to giant wind turbines, the one thing these and many other submerged or buried metallic structures have in common is their susceptibility to the destructive effects of corrosion. CAPAC systems, or impressed cathodic protection systems, are what the Marine and Offshore Oil & Gas and Civil Industries rely on to preserve their multimillion dollar assets.


Using Energy to Save Energy

While industrial coatings are an absolute neccessity in the protection of structures that are exposed to the elements, cathodic protection (CP) is a secondary technique to control corrosion. Operating on the basis of how these substrates are manufactured, CP uses electrical DC current to stop the corrosion reaction from occurring. With very few exceptions, a great deal of energy goes into the refining of metals. The corrosion reaction is simply nature’s way of taking that energy back. This exchange is evidenced in the formation of rust or iron oxide.


Global Impact

Oxidation is responsible for more deterioration of unprotected surfaces on a scale that is estimated between 3-5 percent of the gross national product (GNP) of all industrialized nations as reflected here – In actual cost, that equates to an average of $300 billion annually. Applying the electrochemical process of Cathodic Protection is a way to save at least a third of this economic hit.


The Electrochemical Process

Creating an electrical current to flow from a rectifier through a cabling system to anodes, which may include junction boxes, the anodes will discharge the current as it is coming off the structures and the flow continues through the cabling system back to the rectifier. Structures that are buried or submerged are exposed to electrolytes. Soil, water and sea water all act as an electrolytic channel for this process of corrosion that occurs as energy is pulled from the substrates.

The Anode Systems

There are two basic anode systems:

  • Galvanic or sacrificial anodes
  • Impressed current anodes that use an external power supply


Sacrificial Anodes

Sacrificial Anodes




Impressed Current Anode

Impressed Current Anode



Designing CAPAC Systems calls for a thorough analysis of the geometric structures to be protected contemplating their bare surface area and the quality and type of coated areas as well as gaining an understanding of the metallurgy and determining the electrical continuity of the structure. Then the site and its environment are evaluated in order to calculate the current and density that will be required. After that, the anode selection can be made. The determining factors are anode length and electrolyte resistance. A full range of anodes are manufactured in strict accordance with NACE and ASTM standards.


Industrial Engineering Services

Whether building new projects, deploying to high seas, offshore or land-based industrial sites, for technical sales, new systems engineering or a host of other engineering services, turn to for Cathodic Protection (CP), Marine Growth Prevention Systems (MGPS) and their Engineering and Fabrication works.


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