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Monthly Archives: May 2017

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 instructions strictly.

4. Position the first tile in the center along the marked line. Take it as a guiding tile; add tiles on either the sides of the first tile. You may have to cut the tiles for the corners. Keep adding tiles and mastic to the walls properly.

5. Cover the opposite walls as well with tiles. In the end, use bull-nose tiles to finish off the last column.

6. Take the bathtub spout away by turning it in an anti-clock wise direction. Take the caps away to locate the screws holding the handles. Take screwdriver and unfasten the screws and eventually remove the handles. Follow the same process to remove the shower head.

7. Position the tiles on the wall. You have to drill hole in the tiles to make them able to fix into the fixtures. Measure the size of the pipes and choose a proper size hole saw to drill a hole in the tiles. Install the tiles and let the mastic settle down properly before proceeding with the grout.

8. Now apply the grout to the tiles lining in a zigzag pattern with grout float. Keep removing the excess of grout from the surface of the tiles with soft damp sponge. Once done with tiles installation, apply polish to give shine to the tiles. Later replace the fixtures.

 

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 remove the stains without damaging the surface or fibers of the carpet.

4. In the end clean the surface of the carpet with soft damp cloth. This will remove the left over residues of the soap or stain removal product. Let the carpet completely dry before allowing any foot traffic on it.

Protecting Tips

1. Protect your clean as much as possible from dirty shoes. Foot traffic is the main source of staining the carpet. Minimize the shoes contact with carpet and it will be easy for you to keep your carpet clean. Any other products or factors which cause stains like drinks or beverages should be kept away from the surface of the carpet. Your carpet cleanliness is depend on how far you keep your carpet save from these stain causing agents.

2. You can also protect your carpet from stains and dirt with the help of stain preventing sealants. These sealants are commonly available in the market and you can get them easily from any hardware store. DuPont Teflon Carpet Protector or Scotch Guard is popular stain preventing sealant that guards your carpet’s fiber from stains. Be careful while selecting a sealant for your carpet. Sealant must be appropriate for your carpet. Always read the instructions given on manufacturer’s manual before applying any sealant to your carpet.

3. It is important to let your carpet dry completely before allowing any foot traffic. You can use fans, windows or any other available sources to dry your carpet.

 

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 room are an excellent idea, since they can be a versatile, good looking and practical addition to your dining room. It can serve as a display area for your fine china and silver ware if any. Or a hutch can be the place to store table linens, crockery and cutlery not currently in use as well as other dining table related items such as vases, candelabra and other more formal items not used on a day to day basis. A hutch can also double as a sideboard or server, so that you can lay out a buffet there. Even for a sit down dinner, you can lay out a few items there for guests to serve themselves.

A Table Pad

chances are you have spent quite a bit of time, effort and made a considerable financial outlay for your dining table in the hope that it will serve you well and continue to look good over several years. In the event you may want to consider getting a table pad that will help protect the table against, spills, scorching, scratches, daily wear and tear as well as other damage. Table pads not only protect the table, they also help to reduce vibration and absorb it.

A table pad can help to make your table be useful for a lot of other things – for instance the children’s homework and project work can get done there, when you take work home, the table pad can ensure that the table itself does not have to take the toll of excessive use.

 

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 is very easy to see the difference.

Bamboo is a type of grass and so it does look like bamboo, although it is installed in long planks like the hardwood and so to the untrained eye it could most definitely pass for hardwood.

These are all important aspects to consider when you are trying to decide on what type of flooring to go with, and if you are still not sure then you will want to talk to a flooring specialist. They are the professional in this area and it is they who are going to be able to offer you the best advice. Make sure that you take all of their comments and information into serious consideration to make the right decision here because you don’t want to get the wrong flooring.