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Plastic Window Treatment

Plastic window treatment is a sort of covering which is low cost, useful and free of any harmful chemicals. Before purchasing plastic window treatments make certain that it does not contain any injurious chemicals (like lead) which are dangerous from hygienic point of view. These coverings are mostly used to maintain the temperature of the room.

Solar Window Shades

Solar window shades are a type of plastic window treatment. They are usually put on the exterior windows and give you a clear sight of outside. Solar window shades as the name suggest are meant to control the sunlight that enters the room. Solar windows shades are helpful in both summer and winter seasons. In summer season, they keep the heat away from the room and in winter, they keep the hot air inside the room by reducing the cold air infiltration. Solar window shades are economical and usually lightweight. Solar control plastic window films are also available in the market which are capable of absorbing heat and light.

Plastic Venetian Blinds

Plastic venetian blinds are another

Know the Reasons why Choose Wood Flooring

There are many advantages in using wood flooring. This kind of flooring is long lasting and also easy-to-repair. You will find wood flooring to last for more than hundred years and it is a preferred choice as it is quite durable. Other types of flooring materials are not as good and it requires fewer maintenance efforts. There are lots of new technology products that enable wood to maintain it sheen. Wood stains are easy-to-remove and all that is necessary is just limited sweeping and vacuuming.

Many people prefer wood flooring to other forms of flooring because it does not cause allergies. When you have carpeted flooring, there is always the danger of dust mites, mildew and mold formation. This problem is not experienced with wooden flooring which is not subject to problems such as pollen, animal dander and so on

There is a wide variety of styles to choose from in wood flooring. Commonly used is the ordinary plank flooring which is made from three-inch long wood pieces. The wide plank wood flooring is made

Easy Home Improvement Tips

– Make a list of home areas that you want to renovate and write out a detailed description of what you want to change and calculate the time and cost factor. Materials purchased for renovation must fall into the desired budget.

– Decide on the look what kind of a look you want. Do you want something that is of the vintage type or do you want to go in for something that is modern and trendy.

– Beautiful flooring can completely change the look of your home. If you are planning to install new flooring, check out the many floor types available, and assess the pros and cons of each type of floor material.

– Improvement to the bedroom area can be in tune with the potential changes in the interior arrangement. Adding a new bathroom to the room can enhance it considerably. Using latest fixtures or painting the bedroom with new paints is a good option.

– Improving lighting is yet another home improvement activity. Adding new window structures can bring more light

Tips to Set Up Bathtub Tiles

Required Items

– Diamond-tipped hole saw
– Sponge
– Grout
– Variable-speed drill
– Screwdriver
– Mastic trowel
– Chalk box
– Carpenter’s level
– Wet saw
– Mastic
– Grout float

Steps

1. Take a measure from top of the bathtub on one corner. Mark the height of the tile on wall. Repeat the process on the other side of the bathtub corner. Tiles are available in different geometric shapes square, rectangular etc. If you have rectangular tiles, decide which measurement you will take as its height.

2. Join the one mark with another with a chalk line. Measure the space between the bathtub and the marked line at different places to check whether the space remains the same or not. If the space varies select the shortest measurement. This measurement will be the size of the tiles to be cut.

3. Locate the center of the wall and mark that point. Place a carpenter’s level on it vertically. Stretch a line along the carpenter’s level. Take a wet saw and cut a first row of tiles with it. Before applying mastic to the wall, read the manual carefully and follow the

Tips to Clean and Protect Your Carpet

Required Material

– Rubber gloves
– White cloth (soft and dry)
– Water
– Mild dishwashing detergent
– Vacuum
– Carpet protection solution

Directions

Clean-up

1. The first step in cleaning carpet is to vacuum it. Thoroughly vacuum the whole carpet. Use all the required attachments available with vacuum to clean the corners, crevices, under the furniture or behind the furniture. Also vacuum the baseboards. The best way to vacuum your carpet is from front to back. Always follow this while vacuuming your carpet.

2. After vacuuming your carpet properly, wear the gloves. Mix a mild dishwashing detergent in warm water. Immerse the sponge in the solution and squeeze it properly.

3. Using damp sponge, scrub any marks or stains gently, more force can result in embedding the stain into the fiber of the carpet. This method is popular for water soluble stains. For insoluble stains, you can use carpet stain removal products. Stain removal products are easily available at hardware stores. Before using any of the stain removal product, make sure that you have read all the instructions and cautions given on the product manual. These instructions will precisely help you

Tips to Furnishing Your Dining Room

Choose the right kind of table for your dining room

Consider what kind of dining table appeals to you and what will look right for the kind of setting you hope to create – whether a trestle table will look better or a pedestal table will fit better. A trestle table consists of two or three trestle supports linked by a longitudinal cross-member over which a board or tabletop is placed. A pedestal table on the other hand is a table supported by a single central column. The trestle table can appear less heavy and formal than the pedestal table, so you may want to consider that while choosing a dining table.

Also consider the kind of chairs that will go along with the table. Traditionally a trestle table is paired with Spindle back chairs. Consider as well, the practical aspect of cleaning etc. Cleaning around a pedestal table can be easier and since there is no space consuming table legs to worry about, this can actually help you save space if that is an important consideration. Just be sure that the pedestal table is well balanced and stable.

Consider Hutches

Hutches for dining

Bamboo Hardwood Floors vs Carbonized Bamboo Flooring

There is certainly a strong competition between the bamboo hardwood floors and the real thing, but after looking closely at each option you will find it pretty easy to make your decision, based upon your budget and what sort of look you are trying to achieve.

One of the first things that you want to take into consideration when trying to make this decision is what sort of budget you have to work with. This is important because the real hardwood floors are much more costly, and so you may not even the money to afford them. You are going to need to figure out your budget before almost everything else, so that you can use this as one of the most determining factors as to whether or not you are going to get the bamboo hardwood floors.

Of course you also want to consider the aesthetic appeal here. There is a certain look that you are trying to achieve, and either the bamboo hardwood floors or real hardwood floors are going to be able to provide this for you. While at first glance the bamboo floors are quite similar to their real hardwood counterparts, it

Overhead Garage Doors

Kinds or Designs

Overhead garage doors come in many designs, but most preferred designs are tilt up, roll over and sectional units. The oldest among them are tilt up design. It is a single panel that is raised up to the ceiling of the garage. Roll up garage door is made up a number of small sections joined together to from a single large unit. They contain a coil in which these doors roll over when opened. The third design is sectional units. They are made from 3-4 panels each of them joined with axles or hinges which help them to roll up into the coil overhead.

Materials

Different materials are used to make garage doors, but the most popular materials used are steel, aluminum, wood and fiberglass. Steel is the most commonly used material. It is affordable, easy to install and provide better security. Aluminum is very effective in coastal areas, as they provide good resistant against rust and corrosion. Fiberglass is the strongest material and is more durable than other materials. It is a bit expensive compare to other materials. Wood garage doors are good as far as their aesthetic designs are concerned.

Tips to Clear Mildew

Find the Source

The best way to remove and kill the mold is to find its source. The source from where it is coming. If you don’t work on the source and just clean the affected areas, it will come back again.

Find the exact source of mold. It might be cause of the leak in pipes or seepage in roof or floor of the basement. Fix the problem as soon as possible. After removing the source, start working on the places affected by the mold.

Humid climate is another source for mold, especially near coastal areas. People who live near the sea or ocean have to work really hard to deal with mold. To avoid mold, it is important to keep your doors and windows properly sealed. If possible use dehumidifier to keep humidity level on lower side.

Scour Surfaces

The right way to remove the mold from hard surfaces is to scrape it off. Use non-ammonia detergent or regular soap to soak the mold and afterwards scrape it off from hard plastic, countertops, metal or glass. If you scrub the dry mold, there are more chances that it releases spores into

Window Insulation

Weather Strip

Weather stripping is a good way to apply insulation to the windows. It is a foam substance having a stick back. Clean the surface and apply the weather stripping on it. You need to apply it on the windows sill and around the outer edges. Examine the windows thoroughly. Check its frames, outer edges and panes etc. if you find any gap between windows frame and the house, fill it with caulk. Take caulking gun and apply caulk to the gap. Examine the panes for damage and worn caulking. Remove the old damaged calk and apply the new caulk.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is a form of temporary window insulation. Though it is not attractive, but it is cost effective and provides enough protection against the cold drafts. Cut a piece of bubble wrap exactly of the size of your window. Then spray a small amount of water on the inner surface of the window and swiftly place the bubble wrap on the windows surface. Firmly press it.

Insulation Kits

Insulation kits are now commonly available at hardware stores. Insulation kits are available in two designs one for indoor or interior

Deck and Its Maintenance

1. The area and location where you live has certain impact on your deck in one way or another. Like if you live in West Coast (regular rains) most of the damage caused is due to water. Similarly, the people living in Florida may have to worry about the Ultraviolet rays. You have to workout on the factors which are responsible for the damage done to your deck. Water, mold, direct exposure to sunlight, dirt are some of the main factors affecting the deck.

2. If your deck is not protected by any sealant covering, it is best to apply sealant on your deck to protect it from water. Sealant not only provides shine to your deck but also make it water resistant. Before applying sealant, sand down the entire deck surface. This will help you remove any grime or dirt present on the deck surface. Choose a best water resistant varnish for your deck surface and apply it with the help of brush or roller.

3. If your deck has any stains or discoloration due to the direct exposure to sunlight, you can use bleach to remove the stains and to fight against discoloration. Bleach

Seal Floor Tiles and Grout Tips

Required Material

– Acrylic floor finish
– Brush
– Penetrative tile sealant
– Topical tile sealant
– Water

Directions

1. Glazed or non-cemented tiles are usually water resistant. However, you can determine whether your surface needs a layer of sealant or not with the help of simple test. Take small amount of water and pour it on the surface and inspect it for some time. If you find that the color of the surface darkens, seal it. If no discoloration occurs that means there is no need to apply the layer of sealant.

2. Before applying the sealant, clean the surface properly. Make sure that no debris or dirt is left behind. Purchased the best sealant specified for the type of tiles you have. Start from the vertical surface. Apply sealant in an upward direction to avoid any stripes or trickling of the sealant. For horizontal surface, always work from inside out, i.e. from one wall towards another wall. Apply sealant evenly on the entire surface. Let the sealant dry for the required amount of time recommended in manufacturer’s manual.

3. After applying the topical sealant layer to your tiles and grout, now

Steps to Painting Steel Door

Required Items

– Following items are required to paint your steel door:
– Soap and water for cleaning
– Paint scraper
– Painting supplies, such as brushes or rollers
– Tarp
– Sandpaper
– 2 sawhorses
– Rags
– Tools to remove door hardware
– Masking tape
– Primer and paint

Steps

1. Prepare the area where you want to paint your door. Take a tarp and lay it down to keep your floor free from any paint marks. Place two sawhorses covered with rags to prevent any marks on the door.

2. Before painting the door, you have to take away all the hardware from the door. These include handle, doorknockers, locks, hinges and weatherstripping as well. Lay the door carefully onto the sawhorses.

3. Examine the door thoroughly and remove any dents or damaged areas if present. Take a paint scraper and scrape off the old paint from the door.

4. Clean the door with mild soap and water from both sides and let it dry for sometime.

5. Take a sand sponge or medium type sand paper and sand down the entire door lightly. Don’t apply force that

Ways to Soundproofing a Room

New Construction Soundproofing

1. The first thing you need to do while making a design for your home is not to keep the doors of rooms in the hallway directly opposite to each other. This will lower the sound transfer from one door to another.

2. You need to have thick walls than usual (2 x 6 plates) in your new construction. Put the studs in such a way that they form an alternate line amid of back and front edges of the top and bottom plates.

3. Use fiberglass batting insulation into the interior of the walls before applying drywall sheet to the walls.

4. Purchase a soundproof wall sheeting from any of the drywall contractor or home suppliers stores. Place the soundproof wall sheeting in a dangling position over the frame. It should remain behind the drywall.

5. Select double or triple paned vinyl windows for your new home. These windows not only provide good insulation against heat and cold, but also from sounds and noise.

After Construction Soundproofing

1. In an already built home, apply soundproofing is quite a tough or sometimes messy task. One way of which

Steps to Remove Shelf from Kitchen Cabinet

Required Material

– Reciprocating saw
– Locking pliers
– Flush cutting pliers
– Flat pry bar

For Adjustable Shelves

1. Clear the area around the shelf which you want to remove. If shelf contains any items or accessories remove them.

2. Hoist the shelf up and spin the shelf diagonally. Hoist one side higher than the other; this will help it to clear the cabinet opening. To release the cabinet shelf you need to press the clip holding the pins and shelf in place. Usually, you can simply press the plastic or metal flap at the top of the pin to release the shelf.

3. Take the shelf away from the position carefully. Don’t drag or bump the shelf along the cabinet opening. Dragging or bumping may cause damage to surface.

For Permanent Shelves

1. Permanent shelves are installed in a number of ways. You have to inspect the installation for your shelf. Some rest on the horizontal runner fixed to the bulkhead or side panel of the cabinet. Some are simply glued or nailed on the outside of the cabinet bulkhead.

2. Tap front bottom edge of the runner gently with a hammer

Chimney Cleaning Tips

Before starting the cleaning process, close the fireplace area. Open the flue in the firebox and then the log grate. Clean up any debris from the fireplace and completely close the fireplace.

It is vital to get protective gear ready such as a face mask, gloves and goggles. Other important tools are chimney cleaning brushes, a rod that reaches down the full length of the chimney and a working flashlight.

After getting together the necessary tools, you can begin cleaning the chimney. If you choose the “Top down with Rod” method, the chimney is cleaned from the chimney rooftop. However, it is vital to seal of the fireplace so that soot does not spread all over the room. Lower the rod with the brush down the chimney length and rub it back and forth till the chimney is completely cleaned out. Use a flashlight to check out the chimney inside areas so that you can find spots that you have missed out. After cleaning the chimney, you would need to vacuum the area below to clean the debris completely. It is important to carry out the entire cleaning process very methodically so that it does not

Tips to Clean Hardwood Floors

Regular Cleaning

Daily cleaning is an assurance of your hardwood’s long life. Always use a soft bristled broom to clean your floors. Using hard bristled broom can scratch the surface of your hardwood flooring. Dust mops or vacuum with soft brush attachment is another useful tool to clean your hardwood flooring. Dust mops are effective against the dirt and grime accumulated on the floor surface. To prevent the dirt accumulation into the finish of the wood through foot traffic, regular cleaning of the flooring is inevitable.

Maintenance Cleaning

A non abrasive solution is always suggested to mop the hardwood flooring. Mixture of 1/4 cup of mild dish washing liquid in a small amount of warm water is considered as the best non toxic and non abrasive solution to clean the flooring. Dry off the floor with dry towel attached to dry mop handle right after you have mopped the floor. It is better to take help from floor maker’s instruction before cleaning, especially when your warranty is still valid. Those instructions will best guide you. Besides this, you can use baking soda for scratch or scuff marks on the wood flooring. Gently scrub the marks

Wood Floor Installation

The entire process of installing wood floors must be done methodically. The floors can be installed over concrete slabs, plywood , or even existing wood floors. Here is a look at the steps involved in wood floor installation :

– It is necessary to get all tools necessary for installation purposes. Things such as screws, saw, nails, and pry bar and so on have to be got together before the installation process begins.

– Draw a reference line at the beginning point of installation and at the end point of installation. A half inch gap between boards is essential for the wood to expand.

– Choose only the straightest of wood boards for installation. The first wooden board can be laid out on key areas such as the door area and so on. It is necessary to align the first row of wooden boards correctly so that subsequent rows come out straight.

– When you lay down the subsequent rows of hardwood boards, it is necessary to hammer the rows correctly so that there is a tight fit. Each of the boards must be laid down in a perpendicular manner and the process must

Guide to Fix Front Entry Steps

Required Material

– Cement
– Two buckets
– Hammer
– Plastic sheet
– Pressure washer
– Metal or wooden stakes
– Chisel
– Strips of lumber the length of your stairs
– Paintbrush
– Broom
– Coarse sand

Steps

1. Clean the front step properly to have a better idea of any loose or crumbling cement.

2. Remove the loose cement from the steps with the help of hammer and chisel.

3. Before proceeding further, pressure wash your steps with 10 inch spray. This will remove all the grime, dirt or other debris present on the surface of the steps.

4. Now you have to make your mind that how thick layer of concrete layer you want on the steps. The ideal choice would be around three quarters of an inch.

5. Put the pieces of the lumber on each side of the steps to prevent concrete coating to ooze over the edges of the steps. Make sure that the height of the lumber should be leveled with the concrete coating.

6. It is important to secure the lumber pieces so that they remain firm against the steps. Firm hold

Guide to Clean Marble

Cleaning regular marble

Marble is considered as very porous substance which can sustain stains very easily. You need to take an extra care while dealing with your marble. Never put cups or glasses without having coasters on surface of the marble. Otherwise cups will leave a stain in the form of ring on the marble surface. Clean any drink or liquid spills immediately to avoid damage. Clean your marble regularly with damp cloth and dry towel to keep the marble surface sleek.

It is recommended to wash and clean marble thoroughly with solution of dish washing detergent and warm water twice a year. Wash the marble with solution then rinse it with warm damp cloth and finally dry it with the towel. You can also apply wax on the marble to keep its surface safe from damages or scratches. Marble sealer is also an option to provide a solid protection. One thing you have to remember here is; do not use wax on white marble as it fades it color to yellow.

Cleaning dull marble

If you find that the marble has gone dull and lost its shine and attraction, purchase a commercial grade