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Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath Share Their Eight Favourite Fireplace Tips

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath Saskatoon showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Saskatoon as your exclusive Saskatoon fireplace store.

8 Fireplace Tips You Need To Know 


Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath loves their customers and as a result, their customers love and TRUST them. In their latest tip, they share 8 surprising tips for your fireplace.

1. What to Do if You Don't Have a Fireplace Match

To light a fireplace without a fireplace match, or even to light hard-to-reach wicks at the bottom of jar candles, use an uncooked strand of spaghetti. Light the end of it, then use it like a fireplace match.

2. Fireplace Quick Clean

Cleaning out a fireplace is easy when you line the bottom with aluminum foil. Just wait for the ashes to cool, fold up the foil, and lay a fresh layer out.

3. How to Deep-Clean Your Fireplace

If you’ve been burning a lot of fires this winter, get your brick fireplace nice and clean with a simple household solution. Take 3 cups vinegar, 3 cups ammonia, and 3 cups borax, mix the ingredients thoroughly and scrub the bricks clean. This will work for any bricks inside or outside your home. 

4. The Easiest Way to Make Kindling

If you have a fireplace in your home or a fire pit outside, making kindling out of logs is an important skill to master. Luckily, it’s easy with a straight-claw hammer. Turn a log on its side, with a cut end up. Smack the top of the wood near the edge with the straight claw of the hammer, and the kindling will split right off.

5. Orange Peel Kindling

One of our favorite household items to use as kindling? Orange peels! Orange (and lemon) peels smell delicious when they burn, and they contain oils that not only make them burn longer but help ignite the wood around them. Finally, they produce less creosote than paper, which will help keep your chimney clean.

6. Dryer Lint Kindling

Instead of throwing away lint you’ve cleaned out of your dryer’s screen, use it as kindling for your fireplace. It lights quickly and can be stuffed places paper can’t. Place it in toilet paper tubes or a cardboard egg carton (which can also be stuffed with receipts or other paper!)

7. A Place for Firewood

Instead of buying an expensive container to hold firewood and kindling next to your fireplace, use a ceramic flower pot instead. They’re cheap and easy to find in tons of different designs, and they’re perfect for firewood because they’re hearty yet porous.

8. Put Out a Fire Without Water

You’re ready to go to bed, but the fire you started a few hours ago is still crackling and glowing with its last few embers. Instead of making a mess with water, throw some salt over anything that’s still burning. It will snuff out the flame and you’ll end up with less soot than if you let it smoulder. Not only that, it will make it easier to clean the soot from your chimney. As an added bonus it will also make your fire burn a cool yellow color!

Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath are successful for a reason! This really is where your outdoor living and indoor fireplace, bathroom & kitchen dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland services and installs high-quality fireplaces, Visit their website or stop by their showroom to feel the warmth and comfort of their amazing selection.


"Better Living Begins Here... At Wheatland, it is ALL ABOUT YOU!"

Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Fireplace Store 

Trusted Celebrates Amazing Local Business's Who Have Been Trusted Saskatoon Partners For Over 5 Years



TrustedSaskatoon.com’s 10 Year Anniversary year is coming to a close here in 2021. We celebrated with a huge contest, where we face away over $20,000 in prizes from our Trusted partners here in Saskatoon. We added new features, welcomed more fantastic local businesses to the growing Trusted Saskatoon community, and we have taken the time to recognize Trusted Saskatoon partners who have been with us for many years of our journey, some for over 10years! Our mission continues to be saving you time, money and stress when choosing locally owned businesses that serve Saskatoon and the surrounding area. This article is to celebrate and recognize the latest Saskatoon Businesses that have been Trusted Saskatoon partners for at least 5 years!

Saskatoon Pilates Centre Trusted Saskatoon Pilates Experts for over 8 years!



Kathy Bond has been the passionate owner and operator of Saskatoon Pilates Centre since 1999. She has over 50 years of experience as a dance teacher and fitness instructor and has been teaching Pilates for decades. Kathy celebrated her 75th birthday in 2021, but if you met her you wouldn’t know it! She has a zest for life, and so much knowledge and joy to share,  and she’s still at her studio every day because of her love of people, their health, motion and their overall wellness. 

The relationships she has forged are a huge part of her business, as some of her clients have been with her for over 20 years now and have become dear friends. 

WOW THAT IS INCREDIBLE!


Kathy also dedicates her success to her team of wonderful instructors over the years, who support their clients’ journeys to achieve optimal well-being through movement, fitness and a deeper awareness of their body/mind connection. She couldn’t have come this far without them. We are confident that her and her team can help you get fit, get healthy and have your body move and feel as it should, with ease of motion and no pain! 

As her tag line  states…

Every Body Matters’

Find out why Kathy Bond is the most respected and trusted Pilates instructor in Saskatoon and across Saskatchewan, we couldn’t be more proud to promote Saskatoon Pilates Centre as Your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates centre!

Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan was brought to Saskatchewan by Solange Bosse in 2015, and she has been helping families and their furbabys gain freedom and safety all over the province ever since!. Solange is passionate about helping pets and pet owners and she has been a committed volunteer for wildlife rescue for over 25 years!


Every week, Solange and her team travel the province providing outstanding support and service for this wonderful product that has applications that work in urban yards, , as well as for rural properties on acreages and farms. No farm is too large and no yard or home is too small for Invisible Fence Solutions! Their products have helped hundreds of pets and their families lead safe and harmonious lives together. She should know, as she has two wonderful dogs of her own, a great dane named Sophie, a cockapoo named Alvin and a crazy cat called Steve. Oh yeah, Solange and her daughter also have a beautiful horse named Koda. Solange is proud to offer their proven P.E.T. Approach training method that ensures an unparalleled success rating of over 99%. She doesn’t just sell you the equipment and go on to the next clients, she helps to educate you and help train your pets, making it an easy transition for all. Invisible Fence Brands of Saskatchewan is the number one choice for pet fencing solutions in our province. The Trusted team is proud to promote Invisible Fence Brand Of Saskatchewan as your Trusted Saskatoon Pet Fence Expert for over 5 years and look forward to supporting them and promoting them for many more years! Congratulations Solange!

Burnt Orange Solutions Trusted Saskatoon IT Professionals For 5 Years!


Burnt Orange Solutions is a locally owned and operated Saskatoon IT company, and the team have been helping area businesses and consumers for over 10 years. Gareth Mckee, and immigrant from the UK,  initially  joined Trusted Saskatoon back in 2013. After a few years he relocated the family and the business to Biggar,Saskatchewan which is where his wife Alison, who is a family Dr. was working.When they moved back to Saskatoon in 2017 they wanted to rejoin the Trusted Saskatoon community. 

Whether you are dealing directly with Gareth, Kay, or any of his dedicated team, they aim to reply back and get your IT concerns addressed as soon as possible. They are proud to offer a  One Hour Response Time…who else can do that? Gareth has a huge passion for IT & data security, he owned an IT in the UK prior to moving to Canada , and before that he served in the British Army. Gareth keeps himself up to date with everything happening in the IT Industry, he is  constantly learning and updating the skills of  his team. In turn he is committed to educating his clients on best practices. Gareth provides the Trusted Saskatoon team with regular IT Tips and helpful data security articles for our Saskatoon Trusted Tip Library.
 

Be assured Burnt Orange Solutions  will do the best job they can for you. This is truly ‘IT Support You Can Trust and Understand’. Afterall, when it comes to your private and confidential data on your own IT systems, honesty and trust in a professional IT security firm is huge. At Burnt Orange Solutions they take pride in their workmanship, and fix each system as if it were their own. 


We are honoured to have them as Trusted Saskatoon partners, Burnt Orange Solutions really are the best Saskatoon IT company!

Fitness Solutions Trusted Saskatoon Fitness Equipment Store Since 2012! 


Fitness Solutions is a Saskatoon fitness equipment store operated by Gary and Carrie Banerd, an amazing Saskatoon couple who have a passion for fitness and helping others achieve optimum wellness!. They talk the talk, but also walk the walk, as they both have a background in sports and fitness and have carried that over to their two young girls and all their staff, who have a love for healthy living and physical activity.

Fitness Solutions is not like the big box stores that just sell you something without knowing you and your personal goals. They take the time to educate and evaluate your needs and know that when you walk out the door you will be 100% satisfied that what you bought will work best for you. They have literally thousands of satisfied clients, and when they speak of personalised service and caring for the individual, not the bottom line, they mean it. They know that a happy customer will not only be returning, they will also spread the word to their family, friends and colleagues…that’s the best way to build a successful business! 

They believe

‘Fitness is Not a Destination, It Is a Way of Life !’ 

And as such they provide regular fitness tips and articles to foster health and wellbeing in the community. You can find many of them here in the Trusted Saskatoon Tips library fitness Solutions section.  

The Trusted Saskatoon team is proud to be working with, and promoting, Fitness Solutions, your Trusted Saskatoon fitness store since 2012.


Sunset Bay Resort Your Trusted Saskatoon Lake Resort For Over 5 years!

Sunset Bay Resort has been owned and operated by Lawrence and Sonnia Minshull since 1986 when Lawrence, then in his early 20’s wanted a change from the construction industry that was taking up all his time and energy! Over the following decades they have thoroughly enjoyed their time as resort owners, serving customers from all over our province and from across Canada, making lifelong friends in the process.

Everyone that stays at Sunset Bay Resort speaks so highly of their personal service and how the entire Emma Lake resort , which has cabins, a lodge, a bar / restaurant, a laundrette, RV Park, a gas station, small grocery/ ice cream store, activity equipment rental and Emma Lake’s only marina ( phew!)  is so clean and well kept. That's truly a compliment to these dedicated owners who always want to make your stay a memorable one…in a good way! 

Sunset Bay Resort is a beautiful four season lake resort less than two hours drive north of Saskatoon. Make plans today to visit this lovely resort, and let Lawrence, Sonnia and their caring staff look after your every need. You and your family will not be disappointed, after all, their motto is 

FAMILY - FUN - LAKE - SUN. 


They recently made the decision to list the resort for sale, and we hope to help them find great buyers who will cherish the property and uphold the high standards as well as they have over the decades. 

We are so proud of them and what they have created, and so happy to have Sunset Bay Resort as your Trusted Saskatoon lake resort, cabin and accommodation partners for over 5 years


 

Trustedsaskatoon.com will save you time, save you hassle and save you money. Our local Trusted Saskatoon team is committed to finding outstanding businesses like the five we have highlighted above. Be assured, ALL the businesses featured on our Saskatoon directory have been checked, verified and are annually contracted to uphold the 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service! 

5 Trusted Guarantees

  1. Provide the service and quality promised.

  2. Complete the job on time.

  3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises.

  4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs.

  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind.


Trusted Saskatoon was founded on the principle that great local businesses deserve the promotion. We know they are out there, we have found many already, and we work hard to find more. Please help us by nominating your favourite Saskatoon businesses here.

Trusted Saskatoon IT Pro's at Burnt Orange Explain Antivirus Mechanisms and Attacks

Gareth McKee and his Trusted Saskatoon IT team at Burnt Orange Solutions promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to them. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients understand IT concerns by providing a straightforward and reliable solution with exceptional service. 

Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts.  In their latest Saskatoon IT expert tip, Gareth shares why antivirus is useless against modern attacks. Antivirus software identifies malware and detects threats. However, now that attacks have evolved, today’s threats are able to get around Antivirus mechanisms.

WHY ANTIVIRUS IS USELESS AGAINST MODERN ATTACKS

Antivirus Software (AV): Signature-Based Approach

Antivirus software identifies malware based on signatures. These signatures are like fingerprints, and each malware has a unique pattern. Antivirus software contains the memory of each signature that it uses to identify malicious threats. Each time antivirus software recognizes new malware, antivirus companies add the signature to their blacklist. These blacklists contain the signatures that are denied access to your system. Thus, Antivirus protects your system by blocking these specific signatures from attacking.

Why Antivirus Software is Not Sufficient

This signature-based approach worked for detecting older malware that had already been identified and labelled. In the past, provided the malware was known, and your antivirus company’s signatures were up to date, you were protected. Unfortunately, threats have evolved and malware is not the only concern. Specifically, today’s threats include targeted attacks using unknown malware variants, file-less malware attacks, and exploits that leverage unknown software vulnerabilities. As a result, these persistent threats and ransomware attacks can all bypass antivirus detection. 

Another concern is that malware development has shifted. Attackers now test their malware against antivirus programs to ensure it can bypass them. In addition, attackers invent new malware at a faster rate. Thus, antivirus companies are unable to keep up with blacklisting all the signatures. Also, new types of malware can now go undetected by signature. New malware is hard to detect because it is polymorphic, meaning it changes as it spreads. Overall, as threats grow, Antivirus is no longer sufficient. 

Why Keep Using Antivirus If It Is Useless Against Modern Attacks?

The bottom line is antivirus software is necessary for legal and compliance purposes. For example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requires up-to-date antivirus software for organizations that store, process, or send credit card information. Not to mention, a lack of antivirus protection makes companies appear irresponsible. This jeopardizes a company’s ability to collect insurance if a breach or lawsuit should occur. 

Though antivirus cannot detect modern threats, it does provide a certain degree of protection. As long as your current antivirus program can identify and block even half of the malware signatures, it is worth using. However, it must not be the only line of defence. 

Overall, as threats grow more advanced, an antivirus alone is not enough to protect your company. A more comprehensive IT strategy is a necessity. Contact the IT experts at Burnt Orange IT Solutions. We can help your business mitigate risk, and be prepared for any IT-related emergency. 

We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and we can take IT worries off your plate.


Trusted Saskatoon Furnace Experts at JOB Heating and Air Conditioning Explain Why Your Furnace is Blowing Cold Air

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning Saskatoon is eager to provide the best possible customer experience. Their aim is to be a professional resource for our clients before, during, and after the sale! Their team takes pride in service knowledge of modern equipment and training. They are recognized by peers and offer sales, service, training & installations for residential, and commercial Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing systems in Saskatoon and the surrounding area. JOB Heating & Air are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace and Air Conditioning Experts. In their latest article, they discover reasons why your furnace is blowing cold air.

Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

This may be a sign that your furnace requires attention. Read on to discover reasons why your furnace is blowing cold air.

Your Furnace Has Not Warmed Up


Whenever it is the beginning of a heating cycle, you will get a blast of cold air when you turn on your furnace. Much like when you first turn on a faucet, cold water is going to flow out at first rather than hot. As your furnace warms up, it must first push out the cold air before warm air will blow out of your vents. If your furnace blows cold air briefly, this is likely the explanation. However, if warm air does not follow the cold air after a few minutes, it is time to call in an expert. 

The Thermostat Setting Is Incorrect  

Ensure the thermostat is set to “AUTO” instead of “ON”. When the thermostat is set to “ON”, the fan will continuously run even when the furnace is not in a heating cycle. This means that the fan will blow cold air throughout your home, instead of warm. The thermostat should always be on “AUTO” to ensure that the fan will only blow during a heating cycle. 

The Flame Sensor Is Dirty

The flame sensor detects whether or not your furnace’s gas burners are lit. A dirty flame sensor will keep the gas burner from staying lit, and cause the burners to shut off. This results in cold air blowing from the vents, as the furnace does not have a heat source. Unless you are familiar with furnaces, a dirty flame sensor should always be cleaned by a professional to restore heat. 

Your Furnace's Pilot Light Is Out

Especially if your furnace is older, cold air is a sign that the pilot light is out. If you are comfortable doing so, follow your furnace’s instructions on how to relight it. If the flame goes out again after a few minutes, contact a professional as technical work is likely necessary. 

Your Furnace's Air Filter Is Clogged

When the air filter is clogged, airflow is restricted. Restricted airflow can cause your furnace to overheat. When your furnace overheats, this shuts down the burner resulting in cold air. Always replace a dirty air filter to ensure your furnace is functioning properly. 

These are a few possible reasons why your furnace is blowing cold air. Be sure to schedule your routine furnace maintenance to ensure your furnace is safe to operate this winter. If you need any assistance with your furnace or home heating equipment, do not hesitate to contact our team at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning.

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning are Furnace and Air Conditioning Experts. They show up on time, deliver on budget, and leave the work area cleaner than when they arrived! They take pride in their work in this city and surrounding area, so nothing means more to us than testimonials from their clients as their preferred plumber in Saskatoon.

‘Your Comfort is Our Concern!’

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace and Air Conditioning Experts

Western Carpet One Has Been A Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store For 10 Years

In this series of articles, we are shining a spotlight on the Trusted Saskatoon Partners who have been with us since we launched in 2011. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are recognizing each of them individually for providing 10 years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! In this latest article, we celebrate and recognize Western Carpet One Floor & Home - a Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store!

We are pleased to celebrate Western Carpet One who has been a Trusted Saskatoon Flooring store for over 10 years!

The business was started by two young entrepreneurs who wanted to give people in Saskatoon great advice and outstanding service when shopping for flooring. Those same values from 47 years ago still hold true today, as David Roden, David Epp, Justin Bussiere, and Adam Brown, all co-owners, emphasize as their company culture. When talking to David Roden he always mentions that any great and successful business starts with its people. It’s that simple! Their team members, no matter what their role in the company, all contribute to their client's satisfaction, and this amazing culture is lived every day in their staff which has grown over the years to 24 today. This is truly a testament to their decades of success as being one of the top flooring stores in Saskatoon, not only because of their great selection, or amazing customer experience but because of their caring team members.

Their HUGE showroom offers a comfortable shopping experience for all types of flooring including carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and tile! Your Western Carpet One Floor & Home store is about more than just great-looking floors. Why? Because they offer the 'Beautiful Guarantee' that means you can shop with the confidence of knowing that the flooring you buy will look absolutely stunning in your home. If for any reason you're not happy - they're not happy either! Simply let them know and they'll replace it for FREE! That's just one more way your Western Carpet One Floor & Home flooring store goes above and beyond, after all, "customer service" is in everything they do!

Everyone remembers their tagline, “Beautiful Made Affordable”. Well, that is important to the team at Western Carpet One, as they are able to purchase the best, most beautiful flooring, hardwood, carpet, and tile on the market, but at the same time pass on their buying power of a large group, all while being local and independently owned. Their roots are here in Saskatchewan just like their customers! So contact them today, they’d love to help you!

“I have been a customer of Western Carpet One since I moved to Saskatoon, and have always been impressed with the selection, the staff, the service, and the commitment to community support. I have known David Roden, who everyone will recognize as the ‘voice' of the Western Carpet One radio ads since I was his radio rep in 2006. I know that he and his team truly care about this city, and they strive to be and do their best every day. Part of being trustworthy is offering consistent excellence, Western Carpet One lives up to that expectation as standard, and I am very proud to promote and support them.” 
- Sara Wheelwright, Trusted Founder

GIVING BACK IS ALWAYS IN STYLE AT WESTERN CARPET ONE

Western Carpet One is also consistently giving back to our local Saskatoon community through their Carpet One Cares initiatives supporting local charities and non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, local Food Drives to support various groups, a yearly golf tournament, and gift card draw to support local family-owned restaurants. They are proud to support breast cancer research through Welcome-a-Cure, their exclusive Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat collection that has so far raised over $1 million across North America!

Thank you, David, and your team for providing 10 years of AMAZING service to the citizens of Saskatoon! In the last 10 years, Western Carpet One has been re-checked, re-verified and mystery shopped multiple times, and each time they pass with flying colours. They continue to be one of the top-rated flooring stores in Saskatoon and have always upheld our 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service for their 10 YEARS as Trusted Saskatoon Partners. 

Western Carpet One Floor & Home is a 10 Year Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store! 


When the Trusted Saskatoon team gives a business the 'Thumbs Up' it really means something!! So continue to use and recommend TrustedSaskatoon.com to FIND GREAT LOCAL BUSINESSES YOU CAN TRUST like Western Carpet One Floor & Home!



Trusted Saskatoon was founded on the principle that great local businesses deserve the promotion. We know they are out there, we have found many already, and we work hard to find more. Please help us by nominating your favourite Saskatoon businesses here.

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