Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Despite the snow on the ground, it is indeed Spring! With warmer weather on the way (hopefully), here are some tips to refresh your home.

THE KITCHEN

Seal Countertops

Granite is semi-porous, so it needs to be sealed once a year.
Marble is extremely porous and needs to be sealed several times a year.
Quartz is has been crushed and man-made into slabs, so it does not require any sealing nor much maintenance.

Cabinets and Pantries

 Throw away expired foods and donate canned/non-perishables you won’t use.
Put most-used items in front, least-used in back or on the top shelf.
 Ready for new cabinets? Our kitchen designers will help you incorporate specially-tailored drawers, pull-out shelves, and other custom features that make your kitchen more functional.
 Not ready for a complete overhaul? Re-facing cabinets is a simple DIY project! Sand them down, and then pick your favorite stain or paint. For non-wood cabinets, apply a bonding primer and paint.

The Dreaded Tupperware Drawer

Go through and throw away those lonely lids and containers.
Recycle stained and damaged ones.

Upgrade

Install USB outlets to create a charging station. Charge all your electronics in one place!
Replace ugly wall outlets and light switches with trendy options from Legrand.

Lighting

Add a strip of lights underneath or above wall-hung cabinets or even underneath toe kicks for accent lighting. You can even make it change color for a cool effect when hosting friends and family!
Stop into Green Art and pickup one of our handy-dandy Lighting Planning Guides!

Check out our Interview with the Kitchen Designers for more kitchen remodeling tips!

THE BATH

Tubs & Shower Doors

Break out the bleach and elbow grease! You’ll want to scrub the base of the tub/shower and the wall tiles. Mildew, be gone!
Clean off excess soap scum from soap dishes and shampoo bottle caddies.
Replace plastic shower curtain liners and shower mats.
You deserve better – wash or replace those old bath mats and step out of the shower onto comfort! Your little piggies will thank you.

Stay Healthy

Mold can cause breathing problems and other health issues. If you think you have mold and you’re not sure how to remove it, hire a professional.
Replace your toothbrush or brush head. This should be done every month or so.

Toilets

Use disinfecting products to clean inside and around the toilet.
Don’t forget to clean behind the toilet… or upgrade to a wall-mounted one for easier cleaning!

Vanities

Throw away old personal hygiene and beauty products. If you have extra unused products, donate them to a local charity or homeless shelter.
Is it messy underneath the sink? Transfer everything into small baskets to keep everything contained for optimal organization.
 Need a new vanity? Try tailored vanities that provide specialized compartments for hair tools and have integrated outlets.

THE HOME

Dresser and Closet

Swap out your Winter wardrobe for Spring fashion.
Organize your clothes by color. The aesthetically pleasing view will calm your mind.
Fold clothes and line them up vertically in your drawers (instead of stacking them horizontally flat) to easily see all of your options.
Turn all hangers around. As you wear each item of clothing, put it back in facing the other way. This will show you what you actually wear and what you can get rid of.
When you’re done…

Donate

Clothes and shoes that you don’t wear anymore.
Many organizations will accept lightly-used furniture and other items.

Floors

Swiffer WetJet is great for tile, laminate, and wood floors.
Vacuum all carpets. Get those hard-to-reach spots under desks and couches. Don’t forget the corners!
Vacuum/shake out all rugs and mats.
Shampoo carpets and rugs for extra cleanliness.
Stain hardwood floors for a fresh look.

Dust

Remove all items from shelves and give them a once-over.
Dust behind TVs, computers, and other electronics and furniture.
Don’t forget the ceilings – those cobwebs won’t get rid of themselves!
Crack open your iPhone case and you’ll probably see dust. What you won’t see are the germs. Use rubbing alcohol to clean and disinfect (and not damage) your mobile phone.
Use a special duster to get that stubborn pet hair. On that note…

Groom Pets

Give them a bath with some pet-safe shampoo.
Use a special brush for pet hair to prevent it from ending up around your home – and on you!
Take your fur baby to the groomer for a fresh trim.

Bookshelves

After dusting the shelves, organize books or DVDs in alphabetical order or by genre, color, or size.

Dryer Vent

Accumulations of lint and other debris can cause a fire so be sure to clean that dryer vent. Hire a local professional to get it done if you don’t want to tackle that project yourself.

Bedding

Flip your mattress for some fresh comfort.
Change and wash your sheets. This should be done every week or so.
If your sheets or blankets contain cartoon characters, it may be time to buy some new ones.

Basement/Garage

Go through all storage areas: Basement, garage, shed, etc.
Host a yard sale or donate items to make space.
There are apps and online marketplaces where you can sell your items.

Windows

You may have Windex’d the interior, but when was the last time you cleaned the outside of your windows?
Wipe down windowsills and the area between the screen and glass.

Lighting

Make your home safer by installing accent lighting on stairs.
Replace bulbs with energy-saving LED or CFL bulbs.
Stop into Green Art and pick up one of our handy-dandy Lighting Planning Guides!

Outdoors

Add lighting to walkways and other areas that are dark at night.
 Clear the garden of snow and debris and start planning what to plant. Some vegetables – such as beets, kale, onions, lettuce, and potatoes – should be planted outside in April. Others – such as basil, parsley, and tomatoes – should start growing indoors and transplanted outdoors in May.
Cut out dead grass, sprinkle seed, and water daily for it to regrow in time for warm weather.
Clear gutters of leaves and debris.

Have any other recommendations for Spring Cleaning?
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The Bright Idea

Have you ever walked into a room and something just felt… off? Perhaps you went to a party and no one was dancing because it was excessively bright for the occasion. Maybe you were trying to kill a few pages in that novel you’ve been meaning to finish but it was too dim. The most important aspect of a room is its lighting and here at Green Art, we’ll get you on the right track to the perfect ambiance for your space.

The Curb Appeal: Landscape Lighting

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Incorporating lighting to your home’s exterior can increase its value, not to mention keep you safe at night. Light up walkways, brighten the yard when entertaining, or add up-lighting to the facade for a dramatic effect!

The New Necessity: Cabinet Lighting

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Whether you’re cutting vegetables on the countertop, entertaining for friends, or sneaking to the kitchen for a midnight snack, cabinet lighting is what’s missing from your home. Put it under, inside, and above, make it change color to wow friends and family, or install a dimmer switch for even more customization!

The Solo Artist: Pendant

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Popular above kitchen islands and dining room tables, pendants are a wonderful way to both utilize empty ceiling space and brighten the area below it. Put two or three next to each other for even greater ambient light!

The Workhorse: Flush-Mount

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Tightly hugging the ceiling, this standard light fixture is perfect for smaller bedrooms, mud rooms, and hallways or a basement with low ceilings!

The Mood Setter: Accent Lighting

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There are so many ways to add accent lighting to your home. Show off prized possessions with a spotlight or in-cabinet lighting. Create a recessed ceiling with accent lighting in the kitchen, living room, or master bedroom. Pro Tip: Add light strips to stairs or toe-kicks for safer navigation at night!

The Fly on the Wall: Sconce

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The illustrious sconce is often seen alongside mirrors and medicine cabinets in bathrooms, lining the perimeter of living rooms and dining rooms, and outside guarding doorways. Ask our lighting experts about finding a unique sconce that can double as wall art!

The Pièce de Résistance: Chandelier

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What was once the focal point of a grandiose ballroom can now be a classic piece situated in your own living room, kitchen, dining room, or foyer. The fixture has evolved to fit so many forms that you can choose traditional or more modern interpretations. Go bold and jazz up your bedroom or bathroom with a chandelier!

The Statement Piece: Unique

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Spark some conversation at the dinner table with an inspiring design. Have a vaulted or cathedral ceiling? Make use of it by displaying an artistic lighting piece!

The Hardware: Hi-Tech Switches and Outlets

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Equally important to lighting is the way it’s controlled. Legrand light switches, dimmers, and outlets are essential to every home and they now come in fantastic finishes. Upgrade your outlets with USB ports or throw a dimmer on those hi-hats!
Stop into a Green Art showroom and pick up our handy-dandy Lighting Planning Guide!

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Contact our lighting experts to get started:

Frozen Pipes and Other Winter Woes

Welcome to Winter in New York, where even a bomb cyclone can’t stop us from our everyday activities. But with Winter comes freezing temperatures that can do some serious damage to your home. Here at Green Art, we are no strangers to the Woes of Winter.

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FROZEN PIPES

Step 1: Don’t panic.

  • Check each faucet in the house – if no water runs or only a trickle, it’s highly likely you have frozen pipes. Water expands when it freezes, so turn on all the affected faucets to open up the flow which will relieve pressure on the pipes. If some faucets are running fine, you’ll want to allow them to drip to prevent those pipes from freezing as well.
  • Turn up the heat! Heating your home warmer than usual will help the pipes thaw. If you have a space heater, aim it toward the pipes but not too close as it could get wet when the water starts to flow.
  • Check the pipes in your basement and you may find the frozen area where frost has accumulated or the pipe may just feel cold in a certain spot. A hair dryer or hot towel can help thaw the area. DO NOT use any open-flame devices or gas heaters as these can damage pipes and create a house fire.
  • If you notice any puddles or leaks, immediately shut off the main water valve and call a plumber. A good way to test if there are any leaks is to note the number on your water meter, do not use any running water, and check the meter again 30 minutes later. If it shows any water was used, call a plumber.
  • Pipe burst? Shut off the main water valve and call the plumber. It’s also a good idea to call your insurance company and take photos of the damage.

If for any reason you cannot access your pipes to check for any leaks or bursts yourself, do not hesitate to call a professional plumber.

BE PROACTIVE

Before any pipes freeze, you’ll want to take these precautions:

  • Know where the main water valve is so that you can turn it off immediately if a pipe leaks or bursts.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated, especially exposed pipes in colder places like basements, garages, and attics. You’ll want to individually wrap these pipes with insulators.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Keep the thermostat at a few degrees higher than you usually would if the temperature goes below freezing and let your faucets drip overnight.
  • Let the warm air hit the pipes underneath the sink by keeping cabinet doors open.
  • Install a Smart WIFI Thermostat so that you can raise the temperature when you’re not home.
  • A LeakSmart system will detect any leaks and automatically shut off your water to prevent any damage to your home.
  • Pipe heating cables will prevent pipes from freezing.
  • If you’re into DIY, learn how to repair a burst pipe to avoid costly repairs.

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OIL TANK FREEZING

NOTE: DO NOT tamper with your heating unit. Always consult a certified heating technician.

Here are some ways to prevent oil freezing:

  • Change your fuel filter at the beginning of each Winter.
  • Insulate your fuel line and protect it from the cold by wrapping or spraying it with insulation. Consult a heating unit expert to determine the best kind of insulation to safely protect your line.
  • Shelter your outdoor heating oil tank by building a shed around the unit to protect it against cold and windy weather. Insulate the walls of your shed for additional protection.
  • Bury your oil line to use the ground to naturally insulate the lines as snow and frost can freeze above-ground lines, leading to waxing.
  • Installing a wider fuel line can prevent a wax blockage by allowing the fluid oil to reach your igniter, however it doesn’t protect your heating oil from colder temperatures.
  • Use blended heating oils (a mix of diesel and kerosene) to lower the cloud point and the gel point of the heating oil. Ask your oil supplier if this is an available option before colder temperatures hit. If not, they may be able to recommend the proper amount of kerosene to add to your tank. DO NOT add kerosene to your tank without consulting a heating unit technician first.
  • Routine maintenance and professional cleaning services can make sure that your tank is free of sludge and water. This will prevent clogging, rusting, and bacterial buildup. Prevention is generally less expensive than repair, so it’s worth the extra expense to avoid any disasters down the road.

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FROZEN GUTTERS

As you protect your home from Mother Nature during the Winter, don’t forget to defend your gutters:

  • Clean out your gutters to prevent debris build-up.
  • A gutter cover helps eliminate debris so ice cannot latch onto anything inside your gutters.
  • Self-regulating heated cables can warm the gutter when the temperature drops below a certain level, which allows the surface to stay warm enough to prevent ice from forming.
  • Calcium chloride inside the gutters and on the edge of roof shingles can inhibit ice formation. DO NOT use rock salt as it can corrode the gutter and cause harm to animals and vegetation when the ice melts.
  • Dump hot water in your gutters to melt the ice. Unless you can somehow run a hose from a hot water source, you’ll have to use large containers to repeatedly dump the water where it needs to go. This can be time-consuming and if any residual water stays inside your gutters, it could refreeze.
  • Hire a professional. The results are guaranteed, but the cost can run you several hundred dollars.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Break up the ice with a hammer.
  • Use a hatchet, axe, or shovel to break up the ice.
  • Using a blowtorch to melt the ice.

Green Art carries a wide range of heating equipment parts and products! Contact a heating expert today to ensure your home is defended from the Winter Woes:

Dream Bathroom

Situated within the sprawling hills of the North Shore, this home houses an incredibly unique dream bathroom designed by Green Art. Remodeling is no easy task, but when you partner with an expert, like the designers at Green Art, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start your project sooner.

These homeowners wanted a master bathroom with clean lines and a contemporary feel. They chose to go with a luxurious large walk-in shower and separate freestanding MTI Baths tub – a very popular choice for those that have the space. You can explore many fixture choices at one of Green Art’s LI showrooms.

The faucets, robe hooks, bath filler, and shower trim they selected are from Brizo’s Virage collection, which features an interesting art deco twist and comes in a variety of finishes.

The minimalism of the glossy white Madeli double vanity with integral sink basins emphasizes the contemporary style the homeowners were looking for.

A one-piece comfort-height Kohler San Souci toilet is tucked in a corner nook for more privacy.

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The space is bright with natural light from a skylight and large window, plus a wall sconce statement piece, all of which help make this dream bathroom a true gem.

“We heard about Green Art through word-of-mouth,” said the Greenvale homeowners. “We chose to use them after meeting with Karen Schiller who demonstrated her terrific design sense. That, complete with Green Art’s products, sold us – Our experience was excellent.”

One is the gathering place. One is the private retreat. Together, they define a home and how we feel about it. Customers that remodel their kitchen or bath with the experts at Green Art get help designing their room, finding their style, selecting cabinetry, fixtures and lighting, and can even get recommendations for the best contractor for their project. Green Art carries everything you need to create your dream kitchen or bath. Call for a free consultation today and Green Art will start making your dream a reality.

 

Article published in Newsday 10/06/17

4th Annual Green Art & East Coast Golf Outing

Green Art Plumbing Supply and East Coast Sprinkler Supply hosted their 4th annual golf outing on Monday, September 11th at Colonial Springs Golf Club in Farmingdale, NY. In light of the date, a moment of silence was held prior to the start of the scramble. 180 golfers enjoyed perfect weather as they played throughout the three nines on the course.

Green Art and East Coast customers, staff, and manufacturers were treated to a delicious breakfast, barbecue lunch, and amazing buffet dinner presented by the Colonial Springs restaurant.

Raffle prizes included two 55″ flat screen TVs, an iPad, two Amazon Echos, a Go Pro camera, Bosch power tools, golf clubs, golf bags, and so much more. Hats, ball markers, tees, golf balls, ponchos, t-shirts, and koozies were also given out. Prizes were given for 1st place, 2nd place, Closest to the Pin, Straightest Drive, and Longest Drive.

Green Art staff raised a whopping $7,580 for the 50/50 raffle. One lucky person went home with $3,790 while the other $3,790 was donated to the Marty Lyons Foundation.

We’re looking forward to the 5th annual golf outing in September 2018!

See photos from the day, taken by the very talented Greg Morris:

 

Main sponsors:
KOHLER and HUNTER
Co-sponsors:
ANVIL • AQUATIC • ANACO-HUSKY • APOLLO FLOW CONTROLS • BOSCH • BRASSCRAFT • CAMBRIDGE • CHARLOTTE PIPE • DANZE • EDWARDS PLATT & DEELY • ELKAY • ELKHART • EMERSON SWAN • EMPIRE/AFINA • ERICO/CADDY • GERBER • GROHE • HOLBY WALVE • HOLDRITE • INSINKERATOR • IPS • JACLO • LASCO • LENOX • LIBERTY PUMP • LITTLE GIANT • MADELI • MATCO-NORCA • MILL-ROSE • MISSION RUBBER • MOEN • MOUNTAIN PLUMBING PRODUCTS • MR. STEAM • MUSTEE • NETAFIM • NEWPORT BRASS/GINGER • OATEY • OIL CREEK • OMEGA CABINETRY • RINNAI • SHARK BITE • SLANT FIN • SLOAN • SMITH COOPER • SUNTOUCH • TORO • TRIPLE S • VIESSMANN • WALES DARBY • WATTS WATER TECHNOLOGIES • WILO • WORTHINGTON

Coming Soon: Green Art Huntington

After much anticipation, Green Art’s third location is expected to open this coming Fall 2017!

As the regional leader in plumbing, heating, and irrigation supplies, Green Art is expanding to better cater to our North Shore clientele. The new location is situated at 17 East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, NY next to Pier 1 Imports on the northeast corner of New York Avenue and Jericho Turnpike – a prime location.

The exterior signage is up and awnings will soon be replaced with the traditional Green Art green. Construction is well underway to transform the interior into a functional showroom, extensive warehouse, and convenient pickup counter. The space is similar in size to our Freeport location and is expected to generate just as much, if not more, business.

We are assembling a team of dedicated kitchen, bath, and plumbing professionals who are ready to call Huntington their new home. If you or someone you know is interested in a parts counter or warehouse position, please contact our HR Manager Joe at joem@greenartplumbing.com.

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9 Reasons to Attend Green Art’s Southampton Open House

1. You’ve never been there

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Many still don’t know that there’s a showroom and pickup counter in Southampton! Take a ride out to the beautiful South Fork of Long Island and see everything we have to offer.

2. Event specials

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Vendors will showcase the latest and greatest products for your home, including KOHLER, Omega Cabinetry, Robern, and Rinnai. You’re going to want to take advantage of the special deals they’ll be offering that day!

3. Make friends

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We’re so excited to meet you! Green Art’s kitchen & bath professionals are the most knowledgeable experts in the industry, so come prepared with questions ’cause they have all the answers.

4. Have fun

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We’re not just pencil pushers here – we truly enjoy what we do and it shows through our passion for our customers’ projects. Talk to us about your ideas!

5. Win prizes

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Are you feeling lucky?? You could go home with a brand new shower head, toilet seat, a gift card, Mets tickets, or even a TV!

6. Admire the beauty

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From kitchen sinks and lavatory faucets to showers and accessories – find your unique style here!

7. The refreshments

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What Open House is complete without refreshments? With an array of deliciousness (and a wine bar), you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself.

8. East End activities

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Stop by whenever you’d like and then explore the local area. Vineyards, beaches, fishing, an aquarium, lighthouses, parks, shopping, restaurants – there’s so much to do!

9. Because we love you!

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And we hope the feeling is mutual!

See you on June 22nd!

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