Mount Victoria, Wellington

2 days ago

While we cannot uninstall 2020, we sure can reboot the system!

NumberWorks'nWords Kilbirnie

Give us a call to set up an obligation-free, cost-free curriculum evaluation so that we can get the year back on track for your children.

Image
T
6 days ago

Problems with Countdown Delivery Service

Tim from Hataitai

Has anyone else had issues with getting their online grocery orders delivered?  I've used this service for four years, and none of the previous drivers have had any complaints about taking my order up the public stairwell to my apartment - as of two months ago, the current driver refuses to… View moreHas anyone else had issues with getting their online grocery orders delivered?  I've used this service for four years, and none of the previous drivers have had any complaints about taking my order up the public stairwell to my apartment - as of two months ago, the current driver refuses to carry my order up the stairs to my unit.

2 days ago

Increasing the lifespan of your textiles

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Wellington

- AN EDUCATIONAL YARN -


As well as focusing on the aesthetic and functional needs of interiors, it is important to understand that all fabrics have different qualities and constructions which can be affected by the environments they are installed in. In our next topic for our blog series – … View more
- AN EDUCATIONAL YARN -


As well as focusing on the aesthetic and functional needs of interiors, it is important to understand that all fabrics have different qualities and constructions which can be affected by the environments they are installed in. In our next topic for our blog series – An Educational Yarn - we look at these common issues and how we can increase the lifespan of textiles in our interior applications.

- STABILITY & MOVEMENT -
Best choice: Polyester, acrylic, cotton and blends
Caution: Silk, linen, viscose in lightweight constructions.

Fabric stability is particularly critical for curtains and blinds and while a degree of tolerance is essential because all fibres expand and contract as a result of atmospheric changes, some fibres are more affected than others.

Generally fabrics alter in length when they absorb or release moisture. Fibres that release a lot of moisture will obviously ‘move’ more. Most natural fibres absorb moisture readily, which is why they are used for towels etc. Synthetic or man-made fibres have very poor absorption which can make them uncomfortable to wear, but in furnishings they ‘move’ less. However, other factors must also be taken into account such as location, for example the proximity to the sea.


As sea air is heavy with salt, being anhydrous (it absorbs water), when this adheres and settles amongst the fibres, this will naturally attract moisture and this will cause additional weight.


- DURABILITY / PILLING -


Though this applies mainly to upholstery fabrics, pilling and abrasion damage can also occur in drapery if there is constant rubbing against walls and frames. Different weaves greatly affect a fabric’s performance, such as the density of weave and the number of floating fibres, but if woven for a situation where strength and abrasion resistance are the prime consideration, then cotton, linen, polyester, nylon, acrylic and wool can make strong and durable upholstery fabrics. Nylon particularly, when even 10% is blended with cotton or linen, produces a far more abrasion resistant fabric.
While the above are guidelines, understanding the properties of fibres will help in discerning their suitability in certain situations.

Many fabrics contain combinations of yarns in order to achieve the best performance and effect.

Abrasion ratings are part of assessing upholstery fabrics, but understanding ratings of tensile seam slippage and pilling is also critical. Quality suppliers with reputable brands and standards will supply only ‘fit for purpose’ products.

- HUMIDITY -

Best choice: Polyester, acrylic
Caution: Cotton, wool, silk, viscose, linen
In humid conditions, bacteria, fungi (mildew) and sometimes moth larvae can create unsightly problems and in some cases totally destroy the fibres. Generally mildew thrives on natural and cellulose fibres e.g. cotton, silk, wool, linen and viscose.

While good air circulation in a room coupled with hanging curtains at least 10 cm from the glass helps, selecting fibres such as polyester and acrylic, which are mildew resistant, is a better option. However, even this may not completely eliminate the problem.

While mildew will not grow on these fibres, it will grow on dust or dirt which may become trapped between the fibres. Regular vacuuming and washing or dry cleaning will help prevent this but in extreme conditions, this is no guarantee. High levels of humidity are the largest contributor to drapery movement.

TIPS: In curtaining, unless the fabric is a sun filter or sheer, it should always be lined. An allowance must be given for a certain amount of movement as a result of atmospheric conditions.

Considering all the different fibre characteristics, the blending of different fibres into yarns and the combining of different yarns into fabrics can overcome many of the disadvantages of specific fibres.

- SUNLIGHT & UV DEGRADATION -

Best choice: Acrylic and polyesters blends
Caution: Silks, wools

While Southern Hemisphere conditions can be so severe that virtually no fabric producer worldwide will guarantee their products at the window, with modern technology, beautiful fabrics are being created which will perform well with long-term satisfaction, even in harsh conditions. Sunlight degradation is one of the prime considerations of curtaining and man-made fibres perform well in resisting damaging rays. The fibre most resilient to sunlight damage is acrylic, followed very closely by polyester. If fabrics made from these fibres do experience colour change, the problem will probably be with the dye or cleaning process, not the fibre.

Of the natural fibres, cotton and linen have quite good sun resistance and again, any colour change here is usually the result of dye or cleaning. However, it is recommended that for Australasian conditions, these fabrics should be protected with a quality lining.

Silk is admired for its beauty and luxury, however it is sensitive to UV damage and affected by even reflected light. The addition of coated linings coupled with bumf will help protect the fabric, although the exposed ‘leading edge’ of curtains will likely still deteriorate. Where possible, it will increase the life of silk curtains if they can be stacked beyond the window.

TIPS: If your client insists on using delicate fabrics make them fully aware of the ramifications of their choice by recording any ‘industry performance’ notations in your quotes. This can save a lot of issues later on.

Leading edges of curtains (those facing the windows) are particularly vulnerable to sunlight degradation. To help minimise this effect, it is recommended that curtains be rotated periodically where possible, i.e. the left-hand curtain swapped into the right-hand position, annually. A quality sun filter is also important where sunlight is directly reflecting on the fabric behind the glass.

Rotate furniture cushions frequently to ensure sun degradation occurs evenly.

Using a synthetic ‘band’ of a contrast fabric down the leading edge will help to protect the curtains and can also be a dramatic design feature.

It is important to have a realistic understanding that all fabrics, regardless of dyestuffs used, will eventually fade/deteriorate under direct sunlight over time. James Dunlop Textiles utilise the best standard dyestuffs, and whilst no warranty can be made as to colour fastness because of our extreme UV conditions, they should perform sufficiently under normal conditions provided proper care is taken.


- GENERAL TIPS -



Fabrics manufactured from natural fibres that are not dyed may suffer from after bleaching, causing lightening or a deepening in colour when exposed to natural light. As this is a natural phenomenon, allowance must be made for this unpreventable colour change reaction. Some yarns, such as silk, are even susceptible to indirect UV rays and every precaution should be taken to protect the fabric by the use of a bumf or interlining as well as conventional lining. Even then, colour degradation may still occur over time.
A superior quality lining is always recommended for drapery applications. Depending on the situation, there are many different linings available e.g. coated linings for added insulation and protection, and three pass blackout linings where light control is a priority such as in children’s bedrooms.

Curtains should be hung at least 10 cm from the glass to enable air to circulate. This helps prevent mildew and reduces heat build-up that will also adversely affect fabrics. Regular cleaning of windows is also very beneficial as this removes mildew spores, which can accumulate and transfer onto curtains.

Depending on fibre content, there will always be some movement in curtain length (the longer the curtain, the greater the variation) due to temperature change and the absorption and release of atmospheric moisture from the yarn of the fabric. This is normal for heavy yarns such as cotton.


To maintain and preserve the lifespan of your furnishings, regular cleaning and maintenance should be carried out. Call Curtain Clean for all your needs on 0800 579 0501.

2 days ago

Margaret Stewart House is back open

Ione Slater from Cancer Society NZ - Wellington Division

We're happy to share that our patient accommodation, Margaret Stewart House Wellington is reopening today, with safety measures to keep everyone safe during Alert Level 2.

This means people from out-of-town undergoing cancer treatment can be referred to stay with us. It's just down the … View more
We're happy to share that our patient accommodation, Margaret Stewart House Wellington is reopening today, with safety measures to keep everyone safe during Alert Level 2.

This means people from out-of-town undergoing cancer treatment can be referred to stay with us. It's just down the road from Wellington Hospital and free of charge - what a relief 💛

Image
M
3 days ago
M
3 days ago

Removal of car lanes and parking spaces in CBD

Mee Moi from Mount Cook

Another COVID-19 initiative to increase biking and walking lanes by removing parking spaces and car lanes in the CBD.

Deadline 11 June to respond.

wellington.govt.nz...

3 days ago

Searching for a guitar !

Tiffany from Brooklyn

Hello Musical Neighbours !

My partner is on the hunt for an acoustic guitar with nylon strings. Would anyone happen to have one for sale, it is proving very difficult to find a second hand one.

If you are able to help us in our quest to be the musical duo who never gets heard, thank you in … View more
Hello Musical Neighbours !

My partner is on the hunt for an acoustic guitar with nylon strings. Would anyone happen to have one for sale, it is proving very difficult to find a second hand one.

If you are able to help us in our quest to be the musical duo who never gets heard, thank you in advance !

Peace to all ! Tee

Image
3 days ago

Future Living Skills programme

Simone Borgstede from Wellington City Council

We’re proud to support the Sustainable Living Trust and their Future Living Skills programme, helping Wellingtonians live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle and cut down on household expenses.
Register online at their website to receive free PDF learning guides on a range of topics like saving… View more
We’re proud to support the Sustainable Living Trust and their Future Living Skills programme, helping Wellingtonians live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle and cut down on household expenses.
Register online at their website to receive free PDF learning guides on a range of topics like saving energy, waste minimisation, water use, transport, food and resilience.
You can also become a Sustainable Living Education Facilitator, and share your passion for sustainable living with others.
There’s no need for previous teacher training – everything you need is provided in their handy learning guides.
For more information and to register, visit:
sustainableliving.org.nz...

Image
3 days ago

Box Thief

Valentina from Hataitai

Morena lovely Hataitai community,

I am reaching out to you because me and my partner were supposed to receive a box last week. Unfortunately we received it on Saturday when we were not home and someone decided to open it and steal one thing that was inside (a blender).

Just wanted you to be aware… View more
Morena lovely Hataitai community,

I am reaching out to you because me and my partner were supposed to receive a box last week. Unfortunately we received it on Saturday when we were not home and someone decided to open it and steal one thing that was inside (a blender).

Just wanted you to be aware of it and be careful that the boxes you will receive in the future 📦.

Also if someone lives on Hataitai Road and has a camera pointing on the street, pls contact me.

Cheers,


Valentina

4 days ago

Stuff Prosper Survey of Small Businesses

Chris from Hataitai

The questions in this survey, promoted elsewhere on Neighbourly, are out of date and the results could therefore be misleading. We are now at Level 2, which means a huge percentage of businesses that had to cease trading in Levels 3 & 4 have now restarted. I would invite the survey owners to … View moreThe questions in this survey, promoted elsewhere on Neighbourly, are out of date and the results could therefore be misleading. We are now at Level 2, which means a huge percentage of businesses that had to cease trading in Levels 3 & 4 have now restarted. I would invite the survey owners to reconfigure and relauch it.

4 days ago

Awesome Large Rimu Storage Chest * Solid and Sound *

Jayne from Te Aro

Fabulous and super Functional Rimu Cheat.
An awesome example of its type.
It holds an amazing amount to stuff and looks great.
Strong enough to sit on.
Lined by heavy/high quality polythene

(I’m guttered this does not fit in my new home.)

View more
Fabulous and super Functional Rimu Cheat.
An awesome example of its type.
It holds an amazing amount to stuff and looks great.
Strong enough to sit on.
Lined by heavy/high quality polythene

(I’m guttered this does not fit in my new home.)

Pick up only,
Wellington Central
Flat drive in access.
Two person lift, VERY heavy.

Thanks for viewing.

Price: $275

4 days ago

USED Bubble Wrap

Jayne from Te Aro

I have a Large bag of USED Bubble Wrap, from moving.
Mostly good for packing, though some is ok for wrapping too.
Rather than dumping I hope some may be able to re-use.

Pick up from The Terrace, Wellington Central

Thanks for viewing.

Free

4 days ago

NZ's secret treehouse escape

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

Who knew this fairytale treehouse was just 10 minutes from Whangārei?

4 days ago

Just what you need, right nearby

Four Square

Hot chicken and fresh salad 4 the easy dinner? Apples and a loaf of bread 4 the lunchbox panic? Bacon and eggs 4 breakfast in bed?

Whether it’s easy munches, school lunches or Sunday brunches, your Four Square has everything you need to keep life nice, easy and local.

Four Square. Just … View more
Hot chicken and fresh salad 4 the easy dinner? Apples and a loaf of bread 4 the lunchbox panic? Bacon and eggs 4 breakfast in bed?

Whether it’s easy munches, school lunches or Sunday brunches, your Four Square has everything you need to keep life nice, easy and local.

Four Square. Just what you need, right nearby.
Find out more

Image
P
5 days ago

Free couch

Pushpa from Newtown

Orange, rust colored velvet couch loved by our cat Luna.

Free

Top