Hardwood Floors: Beautiful, But a Pain to Keep Clean

Written by Allen Shaw

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For stubborn stains, lightly dampen a cloth withrepparttar manufacturer’s recommended cleaner and apply directly torepparttar 148908 stain. Do not use petroleum-based cleaners on water-based finishes.

And whenrepparttar 148909 floor loses its luster and shine, it’s time to recoat. Unless you yourself are a professional floor cleaner, hire someone.

For wax finishes:

Dry mop regularly with an untreated dust mop. Vacuum, sweep or dust mop regularly to remove grit fromrepparttar 148910 floor.

Junior can spill his soda on waxed floor as easily as he can on a surface finish. Followrepparttar 148911 same instructions.

To remove water spots, use a fine steel wool and a small amount of mineral spirits.

Floors should be cleaned, stripped and rewaxed once or twice a year depending on traffic.

Preventative maintenance for all finishes:

Floor protective pads onrepparttar 148912 bottoms of furniture. Scatter rugs at entrances will help traprepparttar 148913 grit from shoes that is your hardwood floor’s worst enemy. Sweep, vacuum or dust mop bothrepparttar 148914 floor and rugs on a regular basis.

To put it simply, cleaning hardwood floors is not rocket science. It just requires a little effort onrepparttar 148915 consumer’s part. Dirt, grime and dust, though small and almost naked torepparttar 148916 human eye in most cases, are your hardwood floor’s worst enemy. Keep these enemies of your floor cleaned on a regular basis and you will enjoy a lustrous, shiny floor for years to come.

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Allen Shaw is a successful author who provides tips and information on hardwood flooring and wood flooring in general.

Keeping Your Home Spa Clean

Written by Terri Greene

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  • Calcium Harness – Between 100-200mg/l
  • Total Alkalinity – Between 125-150mg/l
  • pH Levels – Between 7.4 and 7.6

  • Sanitization – Sanitizing your hot tub kills any bacteria that might be living in there. It also aids inrepparttar prevention of algae growth andrepparttar 148876 overall safety of your hot tub. The sanitization level should be monitored on a regular basis using test strips; which are available in bromine and chlorine forms. Here arerepparttar 148877 appropriate levels for bromine and chlorine:

    • Bromine – Between 3-6mg/l
    • Chlorine – Between 3-5mg/l

  • Oxidization – In order for your hot tub and spa to remain clean, you must oxidize it on a weekly basis using non-chlorine shock. Oxidizing increasesrepparttar 148878 comfort for bathers. It also givesrepparttar 148879 water a little extra sparkle. Follow these steps to ensure a clean, well maintained hot tub for you and your friends to enjoy.

    Terri Greene works as a contributing editor for the http://www.hottubsandhomespas.com website which offers information about hot tubs - for everything from portable varieties of hot tubs to spa covers.

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