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We are asked everyday, what is the best way to clean a barbecue grill? The answer will vary slightly depending on the grill and how dirty it truly is. Regardless, you will want to maintain a clean grill so that you may prevent flare-ups, get more even cooking temperatures, and extend the life of your cooking grates and grill components. Here are some tips that we have compiled, followed by a helpful video from Weber regarding how to clean one of their gas grills!

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Grub are here and they are hungry! Over the past couple of weeks, we have started getting questions regarding grub damage and how best to remedy the situation. In this article we focus on how you can diagnose and treat a lawn effected by grubs.

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I hate to say it, but winter is not too far from us. It won’t be long before colder temperatures set in on us and we begin to reach for the ice melters and rock salt. Now is a prefect time to begin thinking about whether or not you would like to seal your concrete and natural stone surfaces before the winter. If you plan on doing this work, August and September are great times to start the process and to clean those surfaces so that they can be sealed in time before winter.

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Step 1 – Clean: Before sealing an exterior surface, you want to make sure that it is clean and dry and these hotter months of the summer are a prefect time to do so. We have many different options in our store when it comes to cleaning the surfaces, including pressure washers and spray or scrub cleaners. The most popular one in our store is the Olympic Deck Cleaner, which can also be used on concrete and other natural stone surfaces outside to quickly take them from dark and dirty to clean and brilliant! (Just take a look at the before and after photos to the right from my own walkway).

Step 2 – Seal: Once the surfaces are clean and thoroughly dry, then you are ready to seal! Sealing these porous surfaces before the winter will help prevent damage due to salt and ice melter usage. Sealant will also inhibit stains from gasoline, oil, yard debris, and more. This really is a necessary step in making sure that your concrete (or other stone surface) stays in good condition, year-after-year. For more detailed information on concrete and stone sealers, please reference our blog article from September 2014, or stop by our Paint department where we are always willing and able to help you with all of your questions!

Thanks for reading everyone. We hope that you are having a great end to your summer!


Derek Satterfield

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Developed right here in Pittsburgh from the Bactronix Corp is another fascinating and highly effective product! This one is specifically targeted for bed bugs and other hard-to-kill insects. It's appropriately called BactroBUG. To introduce this product, we would like to focus on 3 of its greatest benefits:

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temp-post-imageIt seems like every summer is tough on our lawns, and this year was no exception. Many of our lawns are suffering from dead patches and areas of poor grass quality and encroaching weeds. This fall is a great time to remedy some of these conditions through reseeding and fertilizing your lawn. In this article, we will focus on reseeding.

Did you know… the fall is actually the best time of the year to seed? By seeding now, you will see quick results because the soil is warm and the days/nights are cooler. Unlike the spring, you do not have to wait for the soil to warm up from a cold winter. Also the days and nights are cooler, so the soil will not dry out as quick and grass seed will stay moist for longer. This goes a long way to s...

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For years, we have brought in HuggleHounds toys for the holidays, but we are happy to be able to offer to them year-round now! Currently, we have a full endcap of different toys, that your pet will love to chew, squeak, and explore. We invite you to check out these new toys and we hope that some of them might just become your pet's new favorite :)

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It has suddenly gotten very dry and many of our lawns and gardens are in need of some watering to keep them alive. Do you have the right sprinkler for the job? This article is designed to go over each type that is available, so that you can make the best choice based on your situation. Here goes...

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Clothes moths are one of the last things that you want to see flying around your home. These moths typically linger around bedrooms and closets because they are after the fine fibers of your clothes. The adult moths are one sign that you have a problem, but it is the young larvae that cause all of the damage. If you suspect clothes moth and worry about your clothes, we have lots of products and recommendations for you. Here are some of our favorites!

1. Use pheronome (hormone-based) all natural traps to lure adult moths. By catching the adult moths, you effectively end the lifecycle of the moth and prevent a new batch of larvae from causing damage. Because moths have about a 3-4 month lifecycle, we recommend keeping these traps in closets and bedrooms for that entire time to be sure that you trap them as soon as adults emerge.

2. Wash or dryclean clothes according to their recommendations. By washing or dryclean articles of clothing, you are effectively killing any eggs or larvae that may be already present. After cleaning the clothes, we often suggest placing these clothes in heavy-duty zip bags or plastic storage bins until you remedy the whole situation. Depending on the preseived level of infestation, you may or may not choose to wash every garment, because this can be quite a laborus task!

3. If you prefer to kill moths, larvae, and eggs with a penetrating vapor, then we have several products to help with that. This can be an alternative to labor intensive washing or drycleaning. To do so, place clothing into tight-air storage bins, chests, drawers, or closets and place the appropriate amount of moth cakes or moth balls to effectively kill all forms of the clothes moth. These products are only effective if you apply enough of the active ingredient and if they are in air-tight storage areas, so be sure to follow the guidelines with any of these products.

4. After the moth activity subsides, you may choose to store your clothing in a different, more protective manner. We often recommend placing finer materials that moths are more attracted to (such as silk, linen, or wool) in tight air storage year-round. Inside of these bins, you can place herbal moth repellents as another layer of defense against these pests!

All of these products and more can be found in our Housewares department, year-round. We hope that you found this article helpful, but if you have any questions please feel free to call or ask in person. Our helpful sales staff is here to assist with any questions that you might have.

Thanks for reading,

Derek Satterfield

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Rollier's Hardware

Phone: 412-561-0922

Email: info@rolliers.com 

Address: 600 Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228

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