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I Need Special Floor Treatments Ideas?

I Need Special Floor Treatments Ideas?

Avoid scuffing or scratching hard floors, because these marks can be difficult to remove.

Polish the rockers on rocking chairs to prevent them from scratching floors, and slip small mats underneath furniture when moving heavy pieces across a room.

Removing Stains from Wooden Floors
Ink stains Treat ink stains by dabbing them with household bleach, applied on a cotton swab. Blot quickly with paper towels, and repeat if necessary.

Candle wax Harden spilled candle wax with an ice cube, then ease off the wax with a blunt knife. Rub in a little liquid floor polish, then buff well, using a soft cloth.

Removing Scratches from Wooden Floors

Rub the scratch with fine steel wool. Be careful not to spread the rubbed area any farther than necessary. Wear gloves when using steel wool.

Mix a little brown shoe polish with floor wax, and apply the mixture to the area. Rub tn well, so that it blends with the rest of the floor.

Repairing Floors
• Vinyl and cork Remove burn marks by rubbing with fine sandpaper. If a burn is very noticeable, cut out the damaged part with a craft knife and insert a new piece.
• Linoleum These floors tend to crack with age. Cover any cracks with clear packing tape, then apply a coat of clear polyurethane varnish.
• Tiled floors Repair holes in tiles with wall or wood filler. Apply the filler slightly higher than the floor, and sand down when dry. Apply color (shoe polish or artist’s oils), then finish with clear floor sealant.
• Wooden floors Where a wet basement is causing rising dampness, a fairly easy solution is to lift the flooring and paint the concrete subfloor with a special waterproof coating.

Quarry Tiles
Restoring color If color has faded, remove any old polish with steel wool and turpentine. Wash, rinse, and apply pigmented wax polish when dry. Buff well to make sure that the polish is not picked up on shoes.

I Need Special Floor Treatments Ideas?

Treating white patches:These are caused by lime in the subfloor and will disappear eventually. Hasten the processs by washing with a solution of 4 tbsp (60 ml) vinegar to 5 quarts (5 liters) water. Do not rinse.

Vinyl and Linoleum
Removing paint Remove fresh latex by rubbing with a damp cloth. Rub fresh oil- based paint stains with steel wool dipped in solid paste polish. Saturate dried paint stains with boiled linseed oil. Let stand, then wipe off.

Dealing with scuff marks: Remove scuff marks on vinyl floors with turpentine applied on a cloth. A pencil eraser may also do the trick, or try rubbing the mark with a cloth dipped in water-based polish.

Floor Coverings
Carpets and rugs are among the most expensive items of room decoration, so take care of them to make them last. Always follow care instructions given by the carpet manufacturer to ensure that your carpet stays in good condition for as long as possible.

Cleaning Carpets
Vacuuming: Vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt, and keep the pile in good condition. Ideally, go over each area eight times – but fewer will do if you are in a hurry. Take advantage of all the attachments to clean around the edges of each room and under low furniture.

Shampooing: Apply carpet shampoo by hand to dirty patches. If the whole carpet is dirty, shampoo it using a machine, or call a professional cleaner. Shampoo wall-to-wall carpets in place – they may shrink if you take them up and wet them, and you will have to pay for relaying the carpet.

Damp carpets:If you need to replace furniture before a recently shampooed carpet is fully dry, place squares of foil beneath the furniture legs to prevent the furniture from marking the carpet.

Raising crushed pile:To raise indentations in carpets caused by the weight of heavy furniture, place an ice cube in the dent, and let the ice cube melt. Let the area dry naturally, then vacuum.

Rugs and Mats
Cleaning Take rugs outside and beat with a carpet beater or an old tennis racket. Vacuum natural floor coverings (rush, sisal, coconut matting) when dirty, scrub with salty water, rinse, then let dry away from direct heat.

Creeping Rugs
Prevent rugs from sliding around on hard floor surfaces by sticking pieces of heavy-duty double-sided tape around the edges. Use pieces of touch-and-close tape to prevent rugs from creeping on carpet.

Household Pests and Smells
Carpets and rugs are susceptible to pests such as carpet beetles, and they also pick up and hold smells from cigarette smoke, frying food, and pets.

Carpet beetles: A telltale sign of carpet beetles is their shed skins, usually around carpet edges. These pests are difficult to eradicate because they get inio well-hidden places. Kill as many as you can by sprinkling laundry borax around the carpet edges, and also over the padding before a new carpet is laid.

Cigarette smoke: The smell of smoke lingers in carpets and upholstery. Put a bowl of water in a discreet place if you are expecting smoking visitors. Lighting candles also helps. Cover the bottoms of ashtrays with baking soda to prevent butts from smoldering.

Vinegar air freshener: A small container of vinegar left in any room of the house keeps the room smelling fresh, even if the house is closed for a while. Add vinegar to the water in humidifiers occasionally – it will keep the air fresher.

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