Hardwood Floor Care Will Keep Your Hardwood Looking Fantastic

Written by Laura Gray

Hardwood is stillrepparttar homeowner’s favorite choice of flooring and caring for it takes minimal effort. Unlike laminate or engineered wood, hardwood can be refinished many times, and will add years of beauty and warmth to your home, as well as increase its value and speed its resale. Ongoing floor care is needed to keep your hardwood looking its best, however, and there are four major aspects of hardwood floor care:

1. Hardwood floor cleaning

2. Hardwood floor repair

3. Hardwood floor refinishing

4. Hardwood floor protection Clean Your Hardwood Regularly Knowing how to clean hardwood floors is important becauserepparttar 148831 bane of hardwood is dirt and grit, which will scratch and markrepparttar 148832 floor if not removed promptly. As well, dust is seen more easily on wood floors than it is on linoleum or on carpet, especially inrepparttar 148833 sunlight and especially ifrepparttar 148834 floor has a dark stain. Hardwood floor care, therefore, means sweeping and dusting regularly – once a week, at least, and after any event that leaves dirt and grit behind. Regular household dusting and cleaning products will cause damage, however, and you must use only products specifically designed for hardwood. Vacuuming is preferable to sweeping because it allowsrepparttar 148835 dirt and dust to be pulled from betweenrepparttar 148836 boards, but use a vacuum with a bare floor attachment, not a beater bar, which can damagerepparttar 148837 wood. When a more in-depth cleaning is required, use a cleaning method appropriate torepparttar 148838 finish on your floor. If your floor has a glossy finish, it means that polyurethane, or a water-based urethane, or a similar finish has been used to form a protective barrier overrepparttar 148839 hardwood. If it has a matte finish, it means thatrepparttar 148840 floor is protected with a penetrating seal of oil and/or wax. On neither of these finishes is water an acceptable cleaning agent, but both of them can accept a surface, damp-mop cleaning, which meansrepparttar 148841 mop is not wet but only damp torepparttar 148842 touch. You are cleaning onlyrepparttar 148843 surface and not using enough water to penetrate evenrepparttar 148844 oiled-and-waxed hardwood. When using a damp mop on oil and waxed hardwood, you can add a little neutral ph hardwood floor cleaner torepparttar 148845 water before dippingrepparttar 148846 mop into it. A floor with a protective glossy barrier can accept a generic hardwood floor cleaner providing it doesn’t contain any wax or oil. The don’ts are every bit as important asrepparttar 148847 do’s in hardwood floor care;

1. Don’t use ammonia, regular floor cleaners, household cleaners, or dusting products on hardwood.

2. Never use wax on a floor with a urethane or other glossy finish.

3. Never wash hardwood; use only a slightly damp mop. Repair Any Damage to Your Floors as Soon as Possible In most cases, when your oil and waxed hardwood floors have suffered surface damage, you have to removerepparttar 148848 finish with a wax or oil stripper before dealing withrepparttar 148849 damage. After completingrepparttar 148850 repair, you then re-wax or re-oilrepparttar 148851 area. Surface damage occurs less often on hardwood protected by polyurethane or a similar type of sealer, and when it does,repparttar 148852 damage is not as obvious. When repairing floors with such finishes, striprepparttar 148853 finish fromrepparttar 148854 entire board or boards whererepparttar 148855 damage has occurred. Make your repairs and then apply a finishing product to those boards that is consistent withrepparttar 148856 rest ofrepparttar 148857 floor.

1. Water marks: Removerepparttar 148858 protective finish, rubrepparttar 148859 marks with fine grade steel wool. Repeat if necessary, clean, and then refinish.

The versatile reciprocating saw. The power tool of your dreams.

Written by Jason Miller

A reciprocation saw is simply one ofrepparttar handiest tools you can own. These tools are great for applications inrepparttar 148784 home orrepparttar 148785 jobsite. Milwaukee actually inventedrepparttar 148786 first reciprocating saw and is still considered one ofrepparttar 148787 best saws onrepparttar 148788 market. The Milwaukee Sawzall isrepparttar 148789 “Zerox” of reciprocating saws. Just go to your local hardware store and ask for a Sawzall,repparttar 148790 salesman will know exactly what you need. These versatile tools are fabulous for cutting holes in drywall, plaster, metal pipes and through nails. However, they are not a precision cutting instrument. If you need to cut a piece of molding to fit into a weird place, a jig saw will be better. A great application is demolition for home remodeling. One project

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