Archive | August 2013

Small Hotels Benefit from ATL Financing

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Hotels and properties looking to secure commercial equipment for start-ups and expansions are set to benefit from Appliance Traders Limited’s (ATL) new financing programme for small and medium Enterprises (SME’s) – ATL Unbeatable Credit.

ATL Unbeatable Credit strikes a convenient option for proprietors looking to boost their business without breaking the bank stated Managing Director of ATL, Danville Walker, “We offer competitive interest rates for businesses to acquire commercial equipment and what’s better is that we also offer warranty and service”.

One hotelier, Michael Grandison of Merrils Beach Resort in Negril, who recently entered a J$6.7 million contract with ATL expressed that the company’s financing option is smart solution for modern businesses, “In the hotel industry we’re always upgrading and it is rather cumbersome to obtain business loans from banks for commercial purposes as opposed to domestic items. It’s much more convenient to get financing from the company that not only sells the equipment but also knows how to service them”.

Grandison who will be augmenting all three Merril properties with commercial generators from ATL also commented that the company’s stake in energy-efficient products made it an easy buy, “Energy efficiency is important in the hotel business because electricity is such a costly utility especially ahead of the upcoming winter season when we anticipate maximum occupancy. The ATL team assessed my consumption patterns and recommended the best products for me. I’ll definitely be exploring additional energy-efficiency products such as PV panels and solar water heaters.”

Reporting an uptake of J$100 million on new loan portfolios since launching six months ago, Walker stated that the public response on both domestic and business accounts showed a steady surge, “We’ve noted marked increase in our financing portfolio particularly within the business sector and tourism industry as hoteliers move to procure commercial laundry equipment, air conditioning units, industrial kitchen equipment, generators as well as energy solutions especially ahead of the upcoming busy season”.

ATL’s Unbeatable Credit programme offers payment terms from three to thirty-six months with available options for payment moratoriums. The company carries a number of products in the commercial, industrial and energy-lines that are suitable for SME’s including generators, solar panel systems among others.

commercial laundry equipment is available through financing from atl

Unusual Uses for Steam Irons



A steam iron is the perfect tool for lifting melted wax from linens. Lay a couple of paper towels over the wax and then press them with the iron. The wax will transfer to the towels as it melts. Move the towels each time you pick up the iron to prevent redepositing the wax.


We’ve all been there: you move a piece of furniture, and you have that ugly compressed carpet where the furniture used to be. The cure for a crushed carpet? Use a spoon to loosen the fibers up; then hold a hot iron over the area and let the steam fluff up the carpeting.

An iron is the perfect choice for applying iron on veneer edging or patches. The heat from the iron activates the glue on the veneer. All you have to do is cut the veneer to the size you need, cover it with a piece of heavy paper or a cloth to protect the surface and then press with your iron to activate the glue.

To fix dents on wood furniture, poke several holes in the wood with a pin, lay a slightly damp cloth over it and hold the steam iron just above the area. This lets in enough moisture to swell the wood to its original size.

Vinyl floor tiles sometimes slip out of place. Cover the tile with aluminum foil and run a hot iron back and forth over the area; the heat will reactivate the tile adhesive. Then, just stack a couple of books on to hold the repair down for a couple of hours. Safety tip: Aluminum foil can get hot so don’t get burned.

The same iron that can help adhere a loose vinyl tile can also can help remove a broken one. The same principle applies: using heat to reactive the glue. Lay the aluminum foil over the tile and run the iron over it to loosen the adhesive. Then use a wide putty knife to remove the tile. A little vinegar will remove any adhesive residue. Then simply replace with a new tile.

Put a layer of aluminum foil under the cover on your ironing board, the heat from the iron will reflect off of the foil and help you iron twice as fast!