Hardwood Floors: Beautiful, But a Pain to Keep Clean

Written by Allen Shaw

Hardwood Floors are beautiful to look at and expensive to install. But keeping them clean is not necessarilyrepparttar easiest thing to do. Growing up in a house with hardwood floors, I know how hard it was for my Mom to keeprepparttar 148908 floors shiny, especially with four kids. With two boys and two girls constantly running in and out ofrepparttar 148909 house with various forms ofrepparttar 148910 “outside world” caked to our shoes, I believe my Mom finally just gave up. If she had followed evenrepparttar 148911 basic rules for keeping a hardwood floor clean withrepparttar 148912 four of us tracking Mother Nature in on a daily basis, she wouldn’t have had time for anything else.

Dirt and dust is your hardwood floor’s worst enemy. Though microscopic in size,repparttar 148913 minute granules scratch your hardwood floor’s finish and over time transforms your mirror-finished floor into a floor more reminiscent ofrepparttar 148914 floors ofrepparttar 148915 log cabins inhabited long ago by our ancestors. Following are some tips to keep your investment shiny and new for years to come.

Though there are many manufacturers of hardwood floors to choose from, and they all have their own rules for keeping your floor clean and grit-free, there are some basic rules you can follow to keep your floors looking good.

For surface finishes:

Always userepparttar 148916 manufacturer’s recommended cleaning products. Ifrepparttar 148917 manufacturer is not known, use a generic cleaning hardwood floor cleaner.

When little Junior spills his soda on a daily basis, wipe it up immediately with a damp cloth.

Keeping Your Home Spa Clean

Written by Terri Greene

Purchasing a home spa is a great expense; which can be easily wasted if you don’t keep your hot tub in good condition. Hot tubs provide an area for you to relax and unwind atrepparttar end ofrepparttar 148876 day. They also provide a luxurious place to entertain guests. That being said, like your house, you want your hot tub to be clean when others are relaxing in it.

The following illustrates tips and procedures that will help to ensure that your hot tub remains in good condition:

Recommended Procedures for Hot Tub Maintenance:

    On a Day-to-Day Basis

  • Check and regulaterepparttar 148877 sanitizer level as required.
  • Monitorrepparttar 148878 PH level to ensure it is at a safe and appropriate level.
  • Checkrepparttar 148879 water line with water cleaning paste.

    On a Weekly Basis

  • Oxidizerepparttar 148880 hot tub with non-chlorine shock.
  • Add no-foaming lotion to reducerepparttar 148881 amount of foaming in your tub.
  • Checkrepparttar 148882 calcium hardness.

    On a Monthly Basis

  • Using a cartridge cleaner, cleanrepparttar 148883 filter cartridge.
  • Checkrepparttar 148884 water balance by taking a water sample.
Along withrepparttar 148885 procedures above, there are also a number of things to remember to do whenever you change or top-uprepparttar 148886 water in your hot tub. The three most importance hot tub maintenance procedures are - balance, sanitization and oxidization ofrepparttar 148887 water in your hot tub.
  1. Water Balance – Water balance ensures that your hot tub maintains an ideal comfort-level for everyone inrepparttar 148888 tub. It also ensuresrepparttar 148889 chemical efficiency is up to par. Calcium hardness, total alkalinity and pH levels are all key factors to maintaining water balance. Here arerepparttar 148890 appropriate levels for each ofrepparttar 148891 elements:

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