Sturdy In A Storm


New windows and doors resist powerful winds

September 26, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

It's been a brutal hurricane season so far. Folks up and down the Eastern Seaboard have spent recent weeks rebuilding and recovering from the last storm and preparing for the next one. And with two months still to go in the season, they well know that Mother Nature has more in store this fall. So how best to prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane? Consider the new Hurd FeelSafe storm-resistant windows and patio doors.

The insulated windows and doors, made of laminated glass on the outside and tempered glass on the inside, are built to withstand heavy winds 2 / 3 pounding rain and flying debris. The windows and doors meet all structural code requirements for coastal areas from Texas to Maine.

Available in custom shapes and sizes for any window or patio-door frame, and in various styles, tints and finishes, FeelSafe products are priced higher than standard windows and doors because of their reinforced construction.

Visit for a listing of retailers that carry Hurd FeelSafe products. Or call 715-748-2011.

Swiffer, vacuum get hitched

It's got a cute name. It's all over TV. And it's even graced the cover of Rolling Stone. Nope, it's not Britney. It's Swiffer. You know -- as in Swiffer WetJet, Swiffer Sweeper and Swiffer Duster. The Swiffer family of products, which was launched in 1999, includes seven wildly popular items, and just last week introduced its eighth -- the Swiffer Sweep+Vac.

The spiffy new Swiffer combines a rechargeable upright vacuum cleaner with a Swiffer cloth, allowing users to clean wood, marble, stone, vinyl, linoleum and ceramic surfaces quickly and easily. The cloth traps dirt, dust and pet hair as the cordless vacuum picks up larger items, such as kitty litter, cereal, crumbs or debris, storing it in its collection bin for emptying later.

The Swiffer Sweep+Vac comes with one rechargeable vacuum, four disposable dry sweeping cloths and one battery charger. It sells for about $29.99 at retail stores everywhere. Visit

Fabric for the ages

It just happens. Linens tear or stretch because of the normal aging of the fabric or from hanging in closets for years. And we worry that it could happen to our treasured textiles, like that generations-old tablecloth, those antique napkins or that expensive bedding set we recently bought. But linen retailer Gracious Style wants to calm those concerns. The retailer has just introduced the Archival Linen Storage Kit, which contains one archival textile box for storing cotton, linen, rayon and other synthetics, 10 protective acid-free tissue-paper sheets for protecting textiles and valuables from dust, one pair of white cotton gloves, one bottle of LeBlanc Linen Wash for cleaning and a storage instruction sheet with tips.

The Archival Linen Storage Kit sells for $50 at or by calling 888-828-7170.


See contemporary paintings by Dodie Petro and oil paintings by Kirk McBride at the exhibit Light on the Edge at Main Street Gallery, 109 Main St., Annapolis, through Oct. 3. Pictured below is McBride's School Morning. Call 410-280-2787.

Learn about forcing bulbs indoors, 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Receive bulbs, learn about forcing them (tricking them into flowering early) and then take them home for forcing. $17. Call 410-367-2217.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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