How to Care for Laminate FlooringWritten by E. Timothy Uy
It's hard to damage and easy to care for laminate floors. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain them:
1. Carefully read warranty and care instructions provided for your flooring. Follow them as much as you can and refer to them if a problem develops.
2. Ask for post-installation care instructions.You may not be able to mop floor for 48 hours or you may be given other care instructions,depending on flooring brand.
3. Don't wet-mop laminate floors, because puddles could seep behind basebords and under your floor, damaging them.Only vacuum and then damp-mop them. 4. Don't ever apply wax or acrylic floor finishes.
5. Use only stain-removal products recommended by flooring manufacturer.Typical suggestions in product literature are: acetone, for cigarette burns and nail-polish spills, and mineral spirits for grease and tar.
Start Your Next Home Improvement Project With Tools and Hardware You Buy OnlineWritten by Craig Whitley
One of mistakes most do-it-yourself homeowners makes during significant home improvement projects is in trying to complete job without right tools. How many times have you tried to use a flat-head screwdriver instead of right wood chisel, for example? You get picture, right? All of us are guilty of trying to take shortcuts or save money and opt to inventing what I call "poor-boy" methods and ways to perform a home improvement task using wrong tool.
It's not that we don't know better. For we almost always know when we're not working with right tools. But, we either can't afford right tool at time, or we're in a hurry and don't want to take time that it takes to run to Home Depot, Lowe's or local hardware store to buy correct tool to do job.
This is particularly cases when we're being asked to do what I call "honey-do" projects. You know what I'm talking about, right? That's when your spouse (notice I didn't say wife) is sweet to you for no apparent reason and after buttering you up tells you (notice I didn't say "asks you")"Honey, this weekend when you have some time I would like for you to do [insert task here] for me." Then before you can respond you hear, "Oh, and while you're at it honey can you also do [task 2], and [task 3] and [task 4] and ......." You get picture -- that's what I can "honey do projects" and almost all of them will require tools to perform.
Notice to that honey-do projects around house never come one at a time, they usually come in bunches. And if you’re not willing to create a check-off list to note ones you've completed, trust me, you spouse will gladly create check-off list for you. In fact, my spouse typically gives a hug, a kiss, a nibble on ear -- then slides check-off list in my shirt pocket and says "Honey, here's a short list of just a few things I would like for you to do around house this weekend." That list usually laps around to backside of page.