Magnetic Refrigerators
Magnetic Refrigerators
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric have teamed up to create a revolutionary new type of refrigerator that uses magnets to create cold, also known as the magnetocaloric effect (lowering or raising the temperature of the material by changing the magnetic field).
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
The Building Technologies Office is ushering in the next generation of heat pump systems, which warm and cool your home by moving heat from one space to another. A fuel-fired, multi-function residential heat pump that can reduce primary energy consumption by 30 percent.
Clothes Dryers
Clothes Dryers
The same concept behind heat pump technologies that keep your home comfortable can also be used for another important application: drying your clothes. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are developing a new type of clothes dryer that uses a heat pump cycle to generate hot air needed for drying.
Smarter, More Connected Homes
Smarter, More Connected Homes
We live in an increasingly connected world -- the same is true for our homes. New electronic devices and appliances can now be linked to the Internet to provide real-time data that makes it easier to understand and lower energy use.
Next-Gen Insulation
Next-Gen Insulation
Insulation is one of the most important ways to reduce your home heating and cooling costs. The Industrial Science & Technology Network is developing new foam insulation made with environmentally friendly and advanced composite materials that ensure heat doesn’t escape from the attic, walls and other areas of the home during cold winter months.
Advanced Window Controls
Advanced Window Controls
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pella Windows are working on new highly insulated windows that use sensors and microprocessors to automatically adjust shading based on the amount of available sunlight and the time of day to ensure proper lighting and comfort, saving consumers energy and money.
Reflective Roofing Materials
Reflective Roofing Materials
Cool roofs coated with materials containing specialized pigments reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofs. Expect these types of roof systems to get even “cooler” due to new fluorescent pigments developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and PPG Industries that can reflect nearly four times the amount of sunlight of standard pigments.

Energy-Saving Solutions

From heating and cooling to electronics and appliances, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. Our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. But without energy efficiency -- through technology innovation and federal energy conservation standards -- this number would be a lot higher. In fact, even though our total energy use has grown, our energy use per household is down about 10 percent, despite that our homes are larger and contain more devices.

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22 April 2019

How to Clean Fake Plants & Keep Them Looking Real

Fake plants are trending these days, mainly due to their several advantages. Most of us don’t have the time or inclination to look after real plants, specially when allergies and bugs are risks we’re not willing to take. That’s when fake...

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Fake plants are trending these days, mainly due to their several advantages. Most of us don’t have the time or inclination to look after real plants, specially when allergies and bugs are risks we’re not willing to take. That’s when fake...

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Fake plants are trending these days, mainly due to their several advantages. Most of us don’t have the time or inclination to look after real plants, specially when allergies and bugs are risks we’re not willing to take. That’s when fake plants make your house beautiful.

With the fake varieties, we don’t have to water, maintain, or do much to keep our home or porch looking green. However, fake plants can also look quite tacky if they get too dirty or don’t look too realistic.

Wondering how to get that sticky dust off your prized artificial leaves or flowers?

Look below for some handy tips.

Making the Selection

How to Clean Fake Plants

The first step in having clean fake plants is making the right choice. There are actually two kinds of fake plants: fabric or plastic.

You should buy your plants with a view to their easy cleaning potential. While fabrics like silk have a gorgeous appearance, this material attracts dust quite easily. It can be hard to keep such fake plants clean. They wear out pretty quickly too, so we’d always recommend plastic over fabric.

If you are intending to decorate your home with fake plants, it is a good idea to keep a picture of some real plants that you’d like to have in your home, and then use it as a reference when shopping around. You want to get something that looks as real as possible without requiring much upkeep.

Steer away from overly glossy leaves and fake water droplets, and consider fake succulents for the most realistic choices.

Cleaning Silk Plants

If you do go for the fabric choice, you should know how to clean fake plants made of silk. Don’t let them get wet in the first place, as this may cause irreparable damage. When the dust gets noticeable, put the plants in a bag and put in some salt. There should be enough to cover the unclean areas. Shake the bag so that the salt sticks to the plant surfaces.

Take the plant out and leave it for an hour. Next, cover the end of a vacuum attachment with some nylon pantyhose, stretching it over the opening. Turn on the vacuum and remove the salt using the sucking powers. Hopefully, the debris on your silk or polyester plant will also be sucked off. If the debris is stubborn, you may have to try this method a few times.

Cleaning Plastic Plants

How to Clean Fake Plants

You can clean plastic plants with water, even without separating them from the container. If you don’t want to get the container wet, cover it with a trash bag and secure the loose end with a rubber band or string.

Fill a tub, sink, or bucket using warm water. If there’s a lot of dirt on the plants, you may want to add some liquid dishwashing soap or a mild detergent. Now, simply put the plants in the water and move them around to remove the debris. If there’s any stubborn buildup, you might want to scrub it with a cloth.

Rinse the plants under the tap, and you’re done! Set them aside to dry. You can also use a spray nozzle for a quick cleaning every week or so. For extra shine, polish the plants with some olive oil drops on a piece of cloth.

Wrapping Up

Granted, fake plants used to be a faux pas in interior design. However, with the right selection and cleaning routine, you can turn your home decor around without having to worry about keeping it alive! Cleaning fake plants and giving them the almost-real shine just requires a few minutes. So, why not try this out today?

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