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Flagpole Installation —  A Brief History of Flags

american flag in a home's front lawnThe United States is an incredibly patriotic country. Why not express your patriotism during this upcoming election season by getting flagpole installation in your front or backyard? There is a fascinating history to flagpoles that many of us have forgotten over time. Not only has there been a wide variety of traditions concerning flagpoles, but even the technology has changed drastically over time. At K.D. Scholten, we believe that the history of our flagpole is just as important as the history of our country. Our flagpole installation services are of the highest quality.

A Wooden Past

While the industry standard today for flagpoles is to use aluminum, they were originally made out of wood. While this is not surprising, few know that there were few alterations to the trees to fit flags. Individuals would find a straight narrow tree and have the bark and branches removed. This would typically suffice as they simply unearthed that tree and replanted it closer to home.  Over time, these flagpoles begin to rot at the base since they suffered complete exposure to the harsh dirt. In the early 20th century, steel replaced wood as it would last longer than wood.

Modern History of Flagpoles

Today, there is typically a concrete base where a flagpole is planted to protect it from corrosion. Aluminum is also an option because it has a higher stress level which is great for extreme climates and weather. The most advanced flagpole, though, is currently on the moon. This design of the flagpole had to be telescopic to reduce its weight on the ship. It also has a telescopic horizontal arm that keeps the flag straight in a nearly non-existent atmosphere.

Get Flagpole Installation Services, Today!arranged flags of different countries waving in the wind all atop their own flagpole

When it comes to flags and flagpole installation,  the flag typically gets the most attention in history books. At K.D. Scholten, we believe that the role of a flagpole is just as important as the flag it carries. For this reason, we offer our expert services to those in the city of El Paso. We can install the perfect flagpole on your property and you will see just how beautiful having a flagpole can be. Simply give us a call to find out more about our flags and flagpole installation services. With this in mind, if you are looking for a flagpole in El Paso, contact K.D. Scholten to see how you can display your flag.

Tips on Keeping Your Hearth Clean

the feet of a child and a parent in front of a roaring fireIf you are in El Paso, your hearth products have likely gotten filthy over time. It is easy to forget that even the hearth requires a good cleaning from time to time. The task can be so daunting, that you might not even know where to begin. K.D. Scholten Co. sells and installs brand new hearths. Here are a few things you can do to keeping your hearth looking new.

Preparing the Hearth

One of the first things you will want to do when cleaning hearth products is to place newspapers in the area surrounding the hearth. This will keep your floors from getting dirty while you clean. Next, you will want to clear your hearth of any soot and dirt. You can accomplish this with either a hand held brush and dust pan or a vacuum cleaner.

Homemade Cleaning Solution

If you do not want to go out and purchase a cleaning solution for your hearth, you can always make one yourself. By mixing three tablespoons of salt and one cup of detergent into 3 quarts of water, you will be sure to take out tough stains.

Hearth Products to Stay Cleana roaring fire around a hearth

In this step, you will want to scrub the entirety of the hearth with a sponge and the cleaning solution you made. Let this solution sit for ten to fifteen minutes before returning with a plastic wire scrub. Once the solution has settled into the grime, you can begin to scrub it out with the brush.  Repeat this process until you are satisfied that the dirt has been removed from the walls. With a soft sponge and water, you will then want to clear the hearth of any remaining detergent left behind by the solution.

Cleaning your hearth products should have to be a difficult chore. A little planning and active chemicals will go a long way into making the job easier for you. Here at K.D. Scholten, we understand the importance of having a good clean Hearth. Contact K.D. Scholten today!