9 Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaners
Dec23

9 Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaners

Laminate flooring is preferred for its colour choices, low maintenance, durability and price over other types of flooring. However, it loses its shine as time passes, due to dirt and grime building up. You can’t wax this floor as you would a wood floor, nor can you use a soapy product because that will dull your flooring. But you know that if you had a good homemade laminate floor cleaner, it would definitely make a huge difference to the way your laminate flooring looks. How to make laminate floors shine: For you, here are a few ways by which you can get the shine back on your laminate floor: #1. Vinegar: Dip a rag in white vinegar and rub the floor till you get the original laminate shine back. Once this happens, your next step is to clean the floor well. If your flooring has lost its shine due to wear and tear, you will need to use a floor shine restoration product. To clean the floor, vacuum the floor so that you don’t have any dirt particles that could cause scratch marks on the floor. To a bucket of hot water, add 3/4 cup of vinegar. Wet your mop in the hot water and vinegar solution and mop the floor until you get the original sheen of your laminate flooring back. #2. Buff the floor: It takes just a few minutes to buff the floor. You can do this using a mop head or cleaning cloth, or better still, use microfiber cleaning cloths. Continue to buff your floor till you see a pleasant shine. #3. Use floor mats to protect your floor: Instead of exposing your floor to all kinds of abuse, you can protect it by placing mats at the entrance of your home, both inside and outside. You can also ask family and friends to take off their footwear before entering your home. In case you have spills, wipe them immediately. If you have plants that are growing out of their planters, place furniture protectors. #4. Clean the floor thoroughly: Sweep the floor, remove all crusts, pet hair, dust particles or other forms of dirt. Clean the walls and below your furniture since hair and small dust particles have a way of sliding across your laminate flooring. If there’s a slight breeze, any dust and dirt can get dislodged and settle onto your floor and make you sweep it all over again. Use a broom and dustpan or a vacuum cleaner for this. #5. Use ammonia and water: Mix ammonia and water and make a solution of it in the ratio of 1:3. This solution works...

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How to Remove Baseboards
Dec05

How to Remove Baseboards

Are you repainting your room? To achieve a more professional look, it would help if you first take off the baseboards. However, if you try to remove the baseboards of your room with a pry bar, you will definitely damage the drywall and the trim. You might want to reuse the baseboard or replace it, no matter what you decide, taking off the baseboards with care would go a long way. Here’s how to remove baseboards. In fact, this method teaches you how to remove baseboards without damaging drywall: Before launching into removing any baseboards, you need to examine them closely. Look at the edges–your starting point of baseboard removal. Also, check the type of paint on the wall and baseboards. If you try to take the baseboards off the wall before checking the paint, you can damage the wall substantially. Should you be in such a situation, you should pass a utility knife between the baseboard and wall and move it till the end of the baseboard. This will help remove the latex paint but will not damage the wall or even the baseboard. Cut the entire length of a piece of baseboard where it joins up with the wall. Use a common knife for this purpose, taking off any paint and caulk that might have stuck to the baseboards. By cutting the entire length of the baseboard where the two surfaces meet, you will not tear off the paint and paper from the drywall and leave an ugly surface. Drive a six-inch metal putty knife behind the baseboard and twist it while pulling it towards you so that the nails or pins that hold the trim on the wall come loose. Beginning at one end of the baseboard, keep doing this along its length until the entire length comes off the wall. However, you will need a lot of patience as this process is time-consuming. If the knife doesn’t get under the trim easily, tap its handle with a hammer so that the blade sinks in fast. Once the entire baseboard comes off, pull one end of it from the wall. Do this gently so that you don’t damage whatever’s in between, like another wall or door trim. If you find one end of the trim still tight, rock it upwards and downwards until it is free of the wall. If you mean to reset the baseboards where they came from, it would be a good idea to number them or give them some identification to help you reinstate them correctly. Continue this procedure on the next drywall length until you remove all the pieces that require...

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How to Remove Nails From Wood
Nov30

How to Remove Nails From Wood

Removing nails from wood might seem like an easy thing to do, but little do people know that there are so many techniques involved to make it easy and perfect. There are various ways of removing nails from different materials like wood, concrete and metal. Depending on the material chosen to work with and the latter’s age, a nail can be either fitted or removed. So if you are wondering how to remove nails from wood, here are some easy ways to remove them effortlessly and perfectly. How to remove nails from wood Woodworkers use a range of tools that help remove nails from wood with the least amount of effort and damage to the materials in which the nails are set, chiefly wood. These tools include cat’s paws, pry bars, Nail Jacks and Nail Kickers. Cat’s Paws Cat’s paws are usually used to take out nails that are deep inside wood. This tool comprises a circular or hexagonal bar with a curved end that forms a sharp tip and a V-shaped cleft. With the help of the cleft, the tool grips the nail heads. This tool is widely used in demolition work where it can tear the wood surrounding the nail head and causes maximum damage to the wood rather than a pry bar. Cat’s paws are also used along with a hammer. In such a situation, woodworkers should take the cleft around the nail head at not more than a 45-degree angle. After the cleft is planted firmly, the woodworker should pull back the bar and pull out the nail head. Using the hammer’s claw, the rest of the nail can be pulled out easily. Pry Bars Most people use a pry bar to pry the nail upwards in cases where the nail head is not fully embedded into the wood. To get the nail out using a pry bar, the notch on the pry bar should be put into the place just below the nail head. The woodworker should then pull the bar so that the nail comes loose. The pry bar being smooth and flat in structure, it will not cause any damage to the wood, perhaps just a little dent as the nail is removed. Nail Jacks Nail jacks are similar to steel pliers. These nail jacks are so structured that they let woodworkers make points of the nail jack’s puller right into the wood, thereby allowing nails to be extracted easily. With this tool, woodworkers get the required grip and leverage to remove nails effectively. Nail jacks also get right into the wood to remove nails on the wood surface or below it....

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Wood Rot Repair Guide
Nov29

Wood Rot Repair Guide

Rot is common even to the most well-maintained homes. For it to develop, it only needs wood, water and humidity. Wood rot repair is the prime duty of all home owners so that the damage is stemmed. Dry rot is decayed wood caused by a certain kind of fungus that grows in humidity. You can find dry rot on shutters, window sills and run-offs of roofs. Occasionally, it can also be seen on outdoor wooden furniture. To prevent the spread of the fungus that causes dry rot, the wood must be repaired as soon as possible. Fortunately, dry rot is easy to fix once you spot it. With the help of a screwdriver, check all those problem areas which don’t have good drainage like water tables and window sills. Also, keep an eye out for cracked, blistered or peeled paint or any wood that’s darker than other wood around it or has turned green due to the presence of algae. How to identify dry rot Before setting out to get rid of rotting wood, it is important to know if the decay is caused by wet or dry rot. This is necessary because dry rot can travel through timber and other building materials, and can therefore spread rapidly through a building. If you know this, you can take extra masonry measures to treat dry rot in the best manner possible. Here are some examples of dry rot in timber: Wood shrinks, turns dark and cracks in cube shape A humid mushroom-grey skin laced with lilac and yellow patches develop when the humidity is low. Dry rot in the form of cotton wool develops when humidity is high. The mycelium develops strands that turn brittle when dry and crack if bent. Highly decayed wood gives off a musty odour. Dry rot problems Homeowners in cold climates are very concerned about dry rot developing in their homes, as this is a common cause of wood damage in homes. It’s not just a hazard to homes, but if left untreated or there’s a delay in treatment, it can be a health hazard to the residents of the home. Why dry rot should not be ignored A traditional home uses at least 70% timber, so if it has an outbreak of wood rot, it can’t be ignored. However, if left ignored, the entire structure of the home can be threatened as the wood rot grows and develops, ultimately leading to the structure being weakened and it losing its shape. As a homeowner, you can either take this project in hand and stem the rot yourself or call in experts to do the same....

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How To Remove Water Stains From Unfinished Wood
Nov24

How To Remove Water Stains From Unfinished Wood

It can be quite a challenge to remove water stains from unfinished wood. Water stains can form in many ways. They may appear to permanently stain finished wood, but actually they can be easily removed with either table salt or an iron. If you want to know how to remove water stains from unfinished wood, read on: Method 1: Make a paste of salt and water and apply it to the stained wood. With a clean and wet towel, rub the paste into the stains gently. Keep rubbing the stains till the stains vanish. Next, wipe the paste away from the stains and repeat till the stains are completely removed. Method 2: Use a fine grit sandpaper to sand the surface. Pause from time to time to wipe away all dust. Use this time to see how far the stains have been removed. Ensure that you don’t sand too much wood that you have a depression in the wood. Keep doing this till all your stains go or you begin to erode the wood. If the sanding is obvious, scuff the remaining surface lightly using the sandpaper so that it makes a good match. Method 3: If you’ve accidentally spilled something on wood, you can prevent the watermark from developing into a stain. First, buff the stained area using a soft cloth for better absorption. Buff along the grain of the wood. If after this, you still see a stain, get rid of the extra moisture by using a blow dryer before it penetrates the wood. Once you are able to get rid of the stain, buff the stain with an oil-based polish for wooden furniture. Any remaining stains will be removed with this. Read how to remove water stains from wood over here. Method 4: Apply a thick layer of mayonnaise to the stain and let it remain overnight. Next morning, wipe it away using a thick cotton cloth. Method 5: Take a small amount of any white toothpaste and apply it to the stain. Buff it gently along the grain using a soft cloth. Wipe off the toothpaste and polish it. Method 6: For cleaning raw wood, make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it on the stain. Keep it overnight and wipe it away with a cotton cloth next day. If after all this you still find that the stains haven’t gone away, then you need a more advanced method. Here it is: Method 7: Use a lint-free towel to dry the wood several times till completely dry. Place it on the stains and apply a hot iron on the stains for just...

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How To Remove Water Stains From Wood
Nov22

How To Remove Water Stains From Wood

When you or your child spills a hot cup of coffee or any other liquid on your wooden furniture, don’t panic. You’re probably wondering how to remove water stains from wood. Usually, you can make your furniture get back its pristine self very easily. The first thing to check is the extent of damage, something evident in the water mark or the color of the stain. Usually, stains made by steam or liquid marks are light in colour. This proves that they haven’t penetrated the wood or gone through its waxed surface. But when the stain is dark, it means it has gone through the wood finish and has reached the heart of the wood. This presents a problem like nothing else. For light-coloured stains, you can rub the stain with mayonnaise, petroleum jelly or oil-based furniture polish. If the stain persists, rub the stain with a little toothpaste on damp cloth till it disappears. Else, make a paste of toothpaste and baking soda and rub it on the stain. How to remove dark water stains from wood When you see dark black stains on wooden furniture, you know they are due to water. The stain forms when trace particles of iron in the water combine with tannis in the wood to create a dark water stain. It’s more like a rust stain, best removed with Oxalic Acid. How to use it Sprinkle Oxalic Acid in a mixing bowl and make a thick paste using water. You can do a test patch to be sure it works, but normally it works well. Use a paint brush to cover the stain entirely and wait till it dries out. Now, top it up with another coat. You might need to apply a few coats, and with each coat, you’ll find the stain lightening. However, if you don’t see any difference even after a few coats, perhaps the stain has been caused by food or wine. In this case, the stain is best removed using bleach or hydrogen peroxide. How to remove old water stains from wood Dark stains form on wooden flooring when water spots or urine have been left untreated for long. Once it dries, it is usually difficult to have a spotless floor. You could, of course, always stain the floor a darker shade, but the dark spots will still be seen. You can treat the stain, depending on its cause. These are: Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves. Soak steel wool with some mineral spirits and rub the stains with it, and allow it to dry. Rub the floor with a cloth soaked in vinegar and allow it...

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