How to Get Rid of Scratches on Hardwood Floors

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Have you ever fell in love with a house, but saw that the hardwood floors were all scratched up? Or have you ever got a pet that scratched up those beautiful floors? You may have thought that it was time to give up the hardwood flooring and get carpet, but don’t change your mind so fast. You can repair your own hardwood flooring, so you can keep the floors you love looking the way you want them. Follow these 7 steps to ensure that your hardware floors always look their best.

  • Step 1: The first step to fixing any problem is assessing the damage. Light scratches in hardwood flooring with require a different repair approach than deep scratches.
  • Step 2: If you see that you have a light scratch, gently rub fine steel wool over the scratch. Make sure to rub the steel wool along the grain of the wood or you could have more scratches to repair.
  • Step 3: For those deeper scratches, use lightweight sandpaper on the scratch. Again make sure to sand along the grain of the wood or you will end up causing more damage than good.
  • Step 4: Rub mineral spirits over the sanded area. Rubbing mineral spirits over the area will help to smooth it out and pick up the fine dust that came from the sanding.
  • Step 5: Fill the scratch with premixed wood filler. Use a plastic putty knife to fill the scratch with wood filler that matches the color of the floor. Let the filler dry thoroughly. Be sure to use a plastic putty knife for the filler so you won’t create any new scratches.
  • Step 6: Take the sandpaper to the filler and then wipe up all of the dust. Once the filler has dried, use the lightweight sandpaper (180 grit). Be sure to only sand the excess filler.
  • Step 7: Seal the sanded area. You will want to refinish the board with varnish, polyurethane, or a similar product to match the rest of your floor. Caution: Don’t use a foam roller or a brush to apply the polyurethane or you will end up with air bubbles in the finish. Instead, choose a lambswool applicator or a natural bristle brush.

 

How To Clean and Stain Your Wood Deck

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Before you start cleaning or staining your wood deck, you will want to perform a water test. A water test is the easiest way to ensure that the wood can absorb sealer or finish. Sprinkle some water on the deck and if it soaks in immediately, the deck can be sealed. If the water beads up or stands on the deck, your deck may not need sealing yet.

Cleaning

UV rays penetrate the wood, which causes graying. Deck cleaners help to remove dirt, nail stains, algae and mildew. If your deck isn’t brand-new, always use a cleaner before applying finish. Lack of preparation is the most common reason for deck stains and sealer to fail. Don’t skip out on this important step.

  • Step 1: Remove all deck furniture and other furnishings.
  • Step 2: Sand splintered areas with a pole sander with 80-grit paper. Repair or replace any damaged boards. Make sure to drive in any popped nails first- or even better, replace them with deck screws.
  • Step 3: Sweep off loose debris and clean between the cracks of the boards with a putty knife.
  • Step 4: Wet surrounding pants and shrubs. Then over them with clean plastic sheeting to prevent spotting with chemicals. Also, cover siding with plastic or paper before staining.
  • Step 5: Use a paint roller with an extension handle, a garden sprayer or a stiff-bristles push broom to apply cleaner to the entire deck. Don’t allow cleaner to puddle in any area.
  • Step 6: Keep the deck wet with cleaner. Don’t allow the cleaners to dry. Speed up the process by having one person apply the cleaner and another person back-roll the deck. Back-rolling is a process in which one person uses a roller or broom to spread any puddles.
  • Step 7: Scrub tough areas with a stiff brush or brrom. Avoid using wire brushes or brooms. The bristles can break off into the wood and cause rust spots.
  • Step 8: Allow the cleaner to soak into the wood. Soaking time is no more than 10 minutes, but always check the product instructions.
  • Step 9: Rinse the deck thoroughly with a garden hose or pressure washer.
  • Step 10: Wash equipment with soapy water. Rinse plastic sheeting with water and remove.
  • Step 11: Allow deck to dry at least two days before applying a sealer.

Applying a Stain or Sealer 

  • Step 1: Check the weather. Try to find at least two days of dry weather with temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 2: Remove all deck furniture, plants, and furnishings.
  • Step 3: The entire deck may require sanding with a pole sander or palm sander to speed up the process. Sand in the direction of the grain. Be sure to wear a safety mask so you won’t inhale the sawdust. Drive in popped nails or replace them with deck screws. Replace any damaged boards.
  • Step 4: Sweep off loose debris and clean between the cracks. Make sure the deck is dry.
  • Step 5: Wet surrounding plants and shrubs and cover them with clear plastic sheeting to protect them. Also cover siding with plastic or paper before staining.
  • Step 6: Stir the sealer or stain thoroughly. Don’t shake sealer. Bubbles will form in the finish.
  • Step 7: Apply a thin, even coat of the sealer or stain over a two- to three-board section with a paint roller with an extension handle or sprayer. Two thin coats are better than one thick coat that doesn’t properly adhere or dry. Don’t allow the finish to puddle. To speed up the process, one person applies the stain or sealer and another person uses a roller or broom to spread puddles and to work the finish into the wood, a process known as back-rolling.
  • Step 8: Repeat the above process for the entire deck. Use a paintbrush to apply the sealer or stain in corners and other difficult areas, such as steps, railings, end grain, and cracks. A second coat is optional.
  • Step 9: Rinse the plastic covering the plants with a hose and remove it.
  • Step 10: Allow the deck to dry completely.

How To: Clean Your Bathroom Like a Pro

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Whether cozy, sleek or luxurious, hotel baths are the perfect getaway. Now you can transform your bathroom into just such an escape. While you may not want to clean your entire bathroom every day, doing small things such as wiping down the counters, faucet and sink, and spot-cleaning the mirror can give your bathroom a daily perk-up. The rest is all in the weekly routine.

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Installing Heated Floors

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Suddenly, the Christmas decorations are out and we are on our way to some brutally cold weather. What could be better than a heated seat in your car as the icy temperatures approach? Heated tile floor. It is easy to install, cheap to operate, and it won’t take up any extra space! Plus, your feet will love you for it. The concept of in-heat flooring is pretty simple. While installing new tile, a mat with a continuous heating element woven in, will be placed in the mortar underneath the tile, taking that icy chill right out. Continue reading →

How to Maintain Ceramic Tiles

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The beauty, elegance, and durability of ceramic tile has made it a favorite flooring choice for centuries, but these are not the only reasons for its popularity. Tile is surprisingly easy to maintain, and by using simple household products, you can keep your ceramic tile floors looking like new for years. Here are great tips on how to do this:

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Renovate, Revitalize, Restore, Remodel….Your Bathroom

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Homeowners have many important questions about their Bathroom Remodeling Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Bathroom Remodeling investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right? Give your bathroom design a boost with a little planning and a few bathroom ideas. Whether you’re looking for bathroom remodeling ideas or bathroom pictures to help you update your old one, start here!

Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan and to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price. Continue reading →

Tile Time….for Your Kitchen

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A kitchen is one of the central components of a home. Families gather there for daily meals as well as large family events. The flooring must be able to withstand frequent foot traffic, dropped dishes and silverware not to mention food and drink spills. However, the kitchen flooring must also have a pleasing aesthetic that coordinates with the rest of the house. Before you start weighing the most popular varieties of kitchen flooring, review a few key factors that go into the decision of choosing the right kitchen flooring for your home. Continue reading →

Shopping for Glass Tile Flooring

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Do you love decorating and shopping all rolled into one? Well, you probably love to change the style of your home. So, if you are looking at different types of flooring one terrific option to consider is glass tiles.

Now, you maybe wondering, how do you go about choosing glass, tile flooring and for what room? How about starting with your bathroom?

Glass tiles are actually exploding in their market. Since, the interest in glass tiles has grown so, rapidly they are available in many decorating options, including tiles that even change color as the room’s temperature adjusts. Continue reading →

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