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 website which offers information about hot tubs - for everything from portable varieties of hot tubs to spa covers.

  • Hardwood Floor Care Will Keep Your Hardwood Looking Fantastic

    Written by Laura Gray

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    2. Burn marks: Lightly sandrepparttar area, use a damp cloth to pick uprepparttar 148831 grit, and then refinish as desired.

    3. Scratches and gouges: Conceal shallow scratches with matching wood putty or a putty stick. Afterrepparttar 148832 area is dry, sand and refinish. Refinishing Your Worn Hardwood Floors Will Recapture Their Original Beauty and Value In a home with shabby hardwood floors,repparttar 148833 biggest improvement you can make is to refinishrepparttar 148834 floors. Begin by making any necessary repairs, and then removing allrepparttar 148835 furniture and drapes and sealingrepparttar 148836 vents and registers inrepparttar 148837 room so that you won’t spread dust throughoutrepparttar 148838 house. Sanding floors is easiest to do with a drum sander and an edging machine forrepparttar 148839 sides and corners ofrepparttar 148840 room. You can rent these machines, and it is a good idea to rent a buffer or floor polisher atrepparttar 148841 same time. Plan to make three passes with your sanding equipment, using increasingly finer sandpaper each time. Vacuum carefully and pick up every bit of fine dust and grit with tacking cloths. All dust and dirt must be removed. You can now apply a stain if you wish or you can leaverepparttar 148842 natural color and design ofrepparttar 148843 wood – such asrepparttar 148844 popular oak, maple, or cherry – to be displayed. Polish and cleanrepparttar 148845 dust and dirt fromrepparttar 148846 floor again, and then apply your sealer – a polyurethane or a water-based urethane that provides a protective barrier, or oil and wax, which penetratesrepparttar 148847 wood and protects from within. Carefully read allrepparttar 148848 information accompanying each product, followrepparttar 148849 safety advice, and apply as many coats of stain or sealer as suggested byrepparttar 148850 manufacturer ofrepparttar 148851 products you are using. Hardwood Floor Care Means Providing Ongoing Floor Protection As well as regular cleaning, and repairing and refinishing when necessary, there are a number of protective measures you can take to preserverepparttar 148852 beauty of your hardwood:

    1. Use area rugs and mats in high traffic areas and sites of frequent spills (e.g., in front ofrepparttar 148853 stove, sink, and refrigerator). Move these rugs frequently so that these areas ofrepparttar 148854 floor remainrepparttar 148855 same color asrepparttar 148856 exposed floor. As well, it is best to choose cotton mats as they do not trap water under them as rubber or vinyl might.

    2. Keep high-heeled shoes in good repair and avoid using stiletto heels.

    3. Keep nails trimmed on pets.

    4. Clean up spills immediately with a paper towel or dry cloth. A damp cloth can be used for sticky spills, but dryrepparttar 148857 spot immediately afterwards with another towel or cloth.

    5. Lift rather than drag furniture when moving it and use felt contacts under furniture legs to prevent scratches and gouges.

    6. Use sheers or blinds to protect your floors fromrepparttar 148858 discoloration caused by direct sun rays. With proper care and maintenance, your hardwood floors will retain their beauty and enhance any dιcor that you choose. When your floors become worn, or if they become damaged, they can be restored to their former glory with a little time, effort, and money. Userepparttar 148859 Internet to check out quality products, readrepparttar 148860 information on how to use them, compare prices, and place your orders. We can help with all your hardwood floor care needs – everything from discount hardwood flooring to hardwood cleaners – and all items can be purchased online and delivered to your door. Let us help you keep your hardwood floors looking their best.

    Laura Gray is currently freelance writing and enjoys providing information and moneysaving tips to consumers who are in the market for hardwood floors and hardwood floor care.

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