first_img Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear Editors’ Recommendations When It’s Time to Move, Here’s How to Sell Your House 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Grow and Maintain Stubble There’s only one reason you ever have to clean your apartment in 30 minutes or less… you just found out a girl is coming over. You’ve been putting off cleaning for weeks and now your filth is about to bite you on the ass. She’s going to find out the truth about your dirty ways and your hopes of ever having sex again (or for the first time) with her are being crushed by the second. But wait! Is there a chance you could actually clean your place enough to avoid total embarrassment and a sexless life? Maybe. But you have to act fast.Maskot / GettyRemember, this isn’t a deep clean. It’s an “Oh shit, I really should have done something earlier and now it’s gonna take a miracle to do this” clean. Smoke and mirrors are your friends. Anything that helps mask what all your friends already know about you — that you are a lovable slob — is a positive step. No offense. You’re a good person and you pay your taxes. But your apartment is a pigpen. And now you have 30 minutes to become a new man.Here’s how to clean your house or apartment in 30 minutes or less. Start with the …Living RoomIan Dooley / UnsplashYou have to start with the living room. If there is one room the lady in question will enter, it’s this room.First the floor. Pick everything up off the floor and stash it in a closet. Remember, you’re not organizing; you’re speed cleaning. (Yes, you’ll have to clean the closet at some point, but not now.)Next, clear off the coffee table and wipe it down with a rag. Bonus points will be awarded if you’re able to find and light a candle to display on said table (we recommend these). If your couch is not exactly a furniture showpiece (i.e., if there are rips, stains or other unflattering marks on it), drape your nicest, cleanest blanket over it. Dispose of all your empties and make sure there is no visible trash, waste, or embarrassing signs of your less mature habits.If you have five extra minutes: dust-bust the couch. Nothing kills the mood like having to brush potato chip crumbs before your company can sit down. Now it’s on to the …BathroomFilios Sazeides / UnsplashBelieve it or not, girls use the bathroom, and God forbid she goes in there without your having sufficiently improved its cleanliness level from Trainspotting to at least Dormitory Chic. Again, if this happens, go ahead and say bye-bye to anything friendlier than a gingerly peck on the cheek.When it comes to the bathroom, most obvious mark for outside criticism is the one that most guys overlook: the mirror. People can forgive a dirty sink (that’s where hands get washed, after all), but the mirror reveals everything about your bathroom cleanliness habits. For efficiency, spray it down with your favorite cleaner and use a sheet of newspaper to rub out all the specks and streaks. (For some reason, the oils in newsprint work way better than paper towels or cloths and don’t leave any lint behind). When you’re done, use the wet ball of newspaper to mop up any stray stains, hairs, or other detritus from inside the sink.For the toilet, toss in a self-cleaning toilet bowl tablet into the commode, and while it works its magic, wipe down the seat with your antibacterial wipes. Light a big candle and turn off the lights — a dimly lit bathroom looks cleaner than a regular one. Make sure to close the shower curtain before you leave the room.If you have five extra minutes: The toilet is the one place where your guest will not be distracted by your charming company. It’s also where grime reads as extra gross. So put in the extra elbow grease to eliminate any telltale stains or detritus. After you’ve had your bathroom cleaning binge, head on over to the …Kitchenrawpixel / UnsplashYou might be able to keep her out of the kitchen, depending on urgency and your ability to lie, but if you finish the bathroom and there is any time to spare, hit the kitchen.If you have a dishwasher, start stuffing it with dishes. Forget pre-washing; you don’t have time. Get all the dishes and glasses in there and shut the door. If you don’t have a dishwasher, leave via the fire escape. (Kidding. We’re not to that stage just yet.) Just get everything off the counter and below eye-level. Fill up the sink, put things under the sink or in cupboards, whatever it takes. The less she sees, the better. The one exception would be quality wine glasses; if you have such a thing, leave those out. You can even wash and dry them in front of her to show off the domestic skills you don’t actually have. Finally, sweep any stray crumbs or bits of food from the floor and then quickly whip over the floors with a spray mop. This type of mop’s microfiber cloth and spray solution allows for the fastest floor cleaning you’ve ever experienced.If you have five extra minutes: if by some miracle your sink is empty, sprinkle a dusting of Bon Ami or another abrasive cleaner into it, scrub in swift, lateral strokes, then rinse. Nothing makes a kitchen sparkle like a spotless white or stainless-steel sink. (Just ask your mom.) And finally, prepare the…BedroomMark Solarski / UnsplashHere you’ll take the same approach as the living room. Get the clothes, shoes, and all other odds and ends off the floor, toss them all in the closet and shut the door. No need to fully make your bed, just flip your duvet or comforter in the air and lay it down like a picnic blanket. Want a low-effort, big-impact touch? Fluff your pillows. It makes the room look “done” in a way nothing else does.If you have five extra minutes: wipe down your desk, headboard, bedside table, etc. with a microfiber cloth or furniture polish.Cleaning EssentialsNothing expedites your last-minute cleaning efforts like the right arsenal of tools. Below is our curated list of essentials for getting the job done in a hurry.Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes – $5For fast cleaning, these disinfecting wipes are your best friend. They’re natural, they smell nice (but not too strong), and they restore good hygiene to your place.Shop NowWindex Glass Cleaner – $3There’s a good chance you already own a bottle of Windex (or an off-brand alternative) and if so, congratulations, you’re already ahead of the game. If not, get yourself a bottle of the blue stuff and say goodbye to dirty, streaky windows and mirrors.Shop NowHom Toilet Bowl Cleaner – $31Any cleaning product that reduces actual physical cleaning time gets high marks in our book. Hom’s mint-fragrance effervescent toilet tabsremoves stains, limescale, hard-water build-up, and freshens while doing it. Shop NowE-Cloth Window Cleaning Pack – $15The E-Cloth makes cleaning a breeze—you literally just add water, the activated microfiber picks up the smallest specks of dirt, dust, and grime.Shop NowOxo Good Grips Spray Mop – $35With a reusable and washable microfiber cloth pad, a spray bottle for holding your favorite floor cleaning solution (or your own home-made concoction), the Oxo Good Grips spray mop is without a doubt, the easiest, handiest, and best spray mop we have ever tried. More environmentally friendly than a Swiffer and easier to use than a regular wet mop, this cleaning product will take your floor-mopping time from more than 10 minutes to less than five.Shop NowDyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum – $170The cordless handheld vacuum is an underrated advancement of the modern age. Where our ancestors used to sweep, shake and even comb, the hand vac does it all with a satisfying blast of suction.Shop Nowlast_img read more

first_imgZest WEG Group says it is showcasing its full suite of products and manufacturing capabilities at a flagship infrastructure and iron ore mining project in Liberia. This follows group company EnI Electrical winning two major contracts for ArcelorMittal at Buchanan Port in Liberia as well as at the Tokadeh iron ore mine near Yekepa in Nimba County.“These projects will serve as a vehicle for the Zest WEG Group product portfolio to arrive on site,” Trevor Naude, Managing Director, EnI Electrical says. One of Africa’s largest electrical construction companies, EnI Electrical forms a significant part of the Zest WEG Group’s value addition and total service package for the African mining industry.“While the Zest WEG Group is well known as an importer and distributor of WEG electric motors from Brazil, one of the largest ranges of its kind in the world, our full product line up includes transformers, switchgear, variable speed drives, motor control centres, gensets and renewable energy solutions. We also have three fully fledged manufacturing facilities in South Africa that we are in the process of expanding as we increase our footprint in Africa,” Louis Meiring, CEO, Zest WEG Group, says.ArcelorMittal is currently mining and shipping 5 Mt/y of iron ore a year from its Phase 1 operations in Liberia. A Phase 2 expansion project will boost shipments to 15 Mt/y, with first production earmarked for end-2015. The first contract focuses on a ship loading facility at Buchanan Port, where EnI Electrical will construct 6.6 kV overhead power lines in addition to all medium voltage infrastructure, electrical infrastructure and instrumentation works.The second contract relates to mine infrastructure at the Tokadeh mine, which has a rail link to Buchanan Port. “We are responsible for all overhead line infrastructure from medium voltage to all the electrical work and instrumentation,” Naude explains. “This flagship project represents what EnI Electrical has been striving towards since its inception. “We are positioning ourselves as the electrical infrastructure construction team within the Zest WEG Group.”EnI Electrical’s roster of successful flagship mining projects completed since 2012 include the Beira Coal Terminal in Mozambique, the Konkola North Copper Project in Zambia, Nantou Mining in Burkina Faso, the Samancor Meyerton furnace upgrade, the Gold Fields South Deep Expansion, Xstrata’s Tswelopele sinter and pelletising plant in Rustenburg, Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan DMS plant and two gold mine expansions for Barrick Gold in Tanzania. EnI Electrical has also completed projects in Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Mali, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.last_img read more