Ease Your Way into Comfort with a Recliner Chair

There is so much choice on the market when it comes to rise and recliner chairs, so how do you know which one is going to be best for you? Well, the best way to decide, as with almost any piece of furniture, is for you to sample one for yourself. There are a few ways you can do this, some of which are more convenient than others, but we’re sure that at least one on our list will be something that you find yourself able to try.

The first option, and probably the most convenient, is for you to visit a friend’s house if they have their own rise and recliner chair and try out theirs. It’s a great way to get an idea of what you don’t like, what you do and what you would change about your own if you decide to order one. This is an excellent starting point, though if you want to go ahead with your purchase, you’ll probably want to do a little more research before making the commitment. Continue reading

Tips for Restoring Old Marble Gravestones

 Marble headstones have long been a popular choice, with the material offering both the practicality of being hardwearing and being desirable due to its visual appearance. Gravestones from AK Lander made from the material do discolour overtime however and an extended period of weathering can result in the need for cleaning. This blog takes a look at a few simple tips for cleaning a marble headstone.

1. Cleaning solutions

The best option for a cleaning solution is a good non-ionic detergent, heavily diluted with warm water. Getting a sprayer is a good idea too as it makes it easy to apply the solution to the headstone. You’ll want to saturate the surface you’re cleaning, and it’s important to keep it wet to avoid soap streaks.

2. Scrubbing the headstone

When it comes to scrubbing and wiping the grime off, you’ll want to use a plastic scraper to remove the loose material and a soft-bristled scrub brush to shift the harder stains. Scrubbing in a circular motion helps avoid leaving unwanted marks on the stone and gives a better finish.

3. Protecting the cleaned headstone

Once you’ve finished the cleaning it’s worth applying a thin layer of calcium hypochlorite to the surface. The chemical is used as a biocide and helps prevent growth of mould or mildew. You’ll want to scrub the agent onto the stone, let it soak in for a while, then rinse off.

If you really want the beast results, however, it’s often best to get in the experts. Professional services are able to make a headstone look like new and if it’s beyond repair they can help advise on replacements.


Fauja Singh still running strong at 101 years-old

While there are many centenarians, not many of them would be able to go for a run at any distance. This is where Fauja Singh is strides in front of the rest, with the 101-year old one of the oldest marathon runners in the world.

Born in 1911, Fauja Singh is still more than capable of running the gruelling 23.5 mileroute despite his age. While he might not be officially the world’s oldest marathon runner, he is officially the world record holder for his age group. His personal best for the London Marathon is 6 hours 2 minutes, but the quickest he has ever completed a marathon in the 90-plus category is 5 hours 40 minutes. After displays of incredible athleticism from the centenarian, he is well deserving of a rest in a relaxing recliner chair.

When asked what the secrets to his success are, he simply put it down to humility, determination and a strict diet. Fauja only discovered running when he was 85, being told to start in order to improve his health. He feels that running has become a medicine in itself, helping his mind and body to stay alert.

Fauja is showing no signs of slowing down in his age, still keeping up a daily routine of walking four miles a day and running for as long as he can every eighth day. His incredible story is a fantastic example of health, wellbeing and independence in old age, some of the long list of benefits you could experience with an adjustable bed.