Month: March 2017

Getting Small Spaces Clean This Spring

Is a deep clean of your home on your list of things to do? Kitchens and bathrooms usually require the most attention, but it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. Make sure you hit these often neglected spaces for a complete spring-cleaning ritual.

What to Tackle in the Bathroom Even if your bathroom has relatively little storage space, there’s likely a mixture of outdated items like medication, cosmetics and cleaners. And some of those could be dangerous.

  • Start by checking for expired medicine and discontinued prescriptions. If you don’t take them anymore or notice they’ve passed their expiration date, properly dispose of them.
  • While many cleaners may not have a clearly marked expiration, most lose their potency over time. If you’ve had a cleaning product for several years, toss it and replace it with a new, full-strength version.
  • Each cosmetic item has a life span, and keeping it beyond that time frame can lead to bacteria buildup. Eyeshadows and powders can last for two years, for example, while mascara should be replaced every three months.

Continue in the Kitchen When spring-cleaning the kitchen, don’t neglect the pantry or spice cabinet. Some food demands your attention as it spoils, and others like dry goods, frozen foods and spices have a subtle decline. Baking ingredients have strict expiry dates, while spices lose their strength gradually, resulting in a loosely suggested shelf life.

While you’re at it, give your fridge and freezer a once-over. Clear out doors and bins where old condiments and food may be lurking.

Giving some time to these often overlooked areas can lead to a well-rounded spring-clean.

Which Tire Tread Pattern is Best of Your Vehicle

As the only part of the vehicle that comes in contact with the road, your car’s tires contribute to its overall safety. Tires come in a variety of tread patterns, and each one has its optimal application and road conditions. Using the proper tire tread can help you avoid accidents and even improve your car’s fuel efficiency. What are your options? Here’s a breakdown of common tread types and where they excel:

Seasonal Tires

  • All-season:Built to handle different types of road conditions, all-season tires come standard on many cars and SUVs. They offer an adequate performance year-round, but they may not be the safest answer for drivers dealing with snowy conditions.
  • Summer:Summer tires are similar to the all-season variety except they’re not designed for use in snow. Summer tires feature less grooving in the tread to boost high-performance use, making them impractical in winter weather.
  • Winter:Sometimes referred to as snow tires, winter tires have traction-focused patterns designed to grip in freezing precipitation. The downside: Special compounds help rubber stay pliable in cooler temps, which can cause them to wear faster.

Terrain Tires All-terrain and mud terrain tires are engineered to help when you’re driving through rugged conditions. Large rubber blocks with small cuts known as siping and tread along the sidewall allow these tires to gain traction on unpaved roads.

Racing Slicks Though their wide contact area and all-out traction make them ideal as dry-pavement racing slicks, these tires have far less traction in wet conditions. Because there’s no tread to measure, drivers use holes to determine the tire’s tread life and remaining rubber.

Tire tread may not be something you’ve given much thought to in the past, but it’s a topic every driver should be aware of. Before you pick the best tire for your car, determine what kind of tread pattern works best for your environment.