Looking for new carpeting for your Bay Area home. Here is a great source of information on the many different types of carpet.

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By R. Levi

Hardwood flooring gives a home that warm welcoming look that makes you feel so, well warm and welcome. The good news is hardwood floors are also straightforward to clean and to take care of using eco-friendly cleaners.

Before you begin to clean your hardwood floors, you have to determine what condition your ground is in. You will need to perceive what sort of finish you’ve gotten in place and whether or not it’s stained or varnished. Many so called ‘wood floors’ are really just wood grain laminate, which might require a different kind of cleaning.

Before you start cleaning the hardwood floor do this test – sprinkle a little water on the floor. If the ground soaks up the water, it means the protecting finish has worn away and it’s time for you to think about redoing your floors.

When you have a wax finish on your flooring, then you only have to sweep the ground with a broom and mop it with a clean soft mop. You will need to sweep this type of hardwood floor each day to forestall dirt from building up, which can scratch and mar the wax surface. Liquid spills should be wiped up immediately to prevent the formation of ugly water rings.

A few times a year it’s best to consider using beeswax to scrub the ground if it has an oil or wax based finish. This kind of cleaner can help you to clean your floor and keep it vivid and beautiful. It’s best to apply the wax with a delicate cloth. Permit it to sit for a couple of minutes and then start to remove the excess wax. It is a lot like waxing your car. It’d sound extravagant to make use of this sort of wax however it may save you quite a lot of time when it comes time to day by day cleanup of the hardwood floors.

To really go green when cleaning hardwood flooring, you could have to remove the finish on your hardwood floor. This may need sanding the ground, which will be slightly difficult to accomplish on your own so that you would possibly have to get a professional to help you out. Once you have the floor stripped, reseal the ground with beeswax. Your newly polished hardwood flooring can now be kept clean by sweeping it every day with a brush and dusting with a gentle mop.

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R. Levi is an expert in when comes to Eco Friendly Cleaning. He has devoted so much time in doing researches on the topic and has been proudly living Green for several years now. To learn more about cleaning hardwood floors, please drop by R. Levi’s favorite internet resource, http://www.cleaningcleaner.com.

Garage Floor Drains Provide Simple Way To Protect Your Belongings
by Alexander Sutton

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Garage Floor Drains

Garage Floor Drains

How important is the garage to you and your family? Is it a natural part of your house or was it an added feature similar to a second thought? No matter how you use the room, it needs a garage floor drain. You may only use it as a place where you park your car but many people use it as a storage area. The garage can be a catch all room for keeping things that you do not have a need for everyday or for storing items that you want to give away, sell, or throw away of later on at a rummage or tag sale. Sporting equipment and other outside toys are usually stored in the garage. Also, there may be many families that use the garage as a laundry area or a workshop or maybe even as a business or home office.

The growing importance of the garage has increased the number of remodeled garages through the past years. Garages are becoming an integral part of the house. Garage floor drains should be installed in the middle of the floor, close to a water heater, near a washing machine, or beside the utility sink. If you have a rest room in your garage, you will need a garage floor drain there as well.

Making the decision of what type of flooring to go with in your garage can be a challenge. You have many choices to choose from that means you are not limited to just concrete anymore. There are just about as many choices in flooring and styles as there are choices in women’s purses. Make sure you are keeping your floors clean and well maintained to keep from having to replace them often. Decide what is most important to you about your floor and then choose the material that best matches those requirements. In no time at all you will have the flooring for your garage.

If you have the financial ability to afford them, tile floors are another great option. Tile is not the cheapest option, so if you are on a budget you might want to think about other flooring. You will find installation fairly simple because of the size of the tiles. Installing them yourself will save you a bit of money. Most people who choose tile end up installing it in multiple areas of their homes.

About the Author:

Alexander Sutton enjoys providing a convenient experience for others by helping people learn about top features and industry-best trends. For more information, please visit Garage Floor Drains.

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Any competent home handyman can install sheet vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and sunrooms. It resists water and provides much more comfort to the feet, calves, and ankles than ceramic, natural stone, hardwood or laminate flooring. You can easily update your entire room by installing new vinyl flooring. If the area is large, it is wise to have a helper to assist in moving and placing the sheet vinyl into position.

Required Tools:

  • Tape Measure
  • Trowel
  • Straight Edge
  • Utility Knife
  • Floor Roller (rent)

Step 1

Measure The Floor Area: Sheet vinyl is sold in standard widths of 6′, 12′ and 15′, with the most common being 12′. The most difficult part of any sheet vinyl installation is seaming – joining 2 pieces together. If possible, buy a large enough width to avoid having to seam pieces together.

Step 2

Prepare The Room:

  • Remove all furniture, appliances, floor ventilation grills and the toilet if applicable
  • Remove all doors
  • Remove any baseboard or other floor trim moldings. Check the wall for any nails that may have pulled through the molding during removal. Remove these nails from the wall.
  • Vacuum the area, paying special attention to areas that were previously covered by the baseboard

Step 3

Prepare The Sub-Floor:

  • Concrete — To install sheet vinyl over concrete you must insure that the surface is dry, smooth and clean. All holes and cracks must be repaired using concrete filler. Grinders can be used to shave high spots.
  • Vinyl Flooring — You can install new sheet vinyl over old sheet vinyl or linoleum providing that the existing material is in reasonably good condition. Embossing leveler can be applied with a straight edge trowel to smooth rough textures. Remove any damaged or loose vinyl flooring.
  • Floors Requiring Underlayment — In order to install vinyl sheet flooring over hardwood, embossed, cushioned, or an uneven floor you will first have to install an underlayment. It is important to note that any bumps or dips in the floor will, over time, show through the new floor. A ¼” BC plywood is a suitable underlayment for vinyl sheeting (check local codes). Always use a plywood that is of underlayment grade.

Step 4

Cutting The Vinyl: The new vinyl flooring must be allowed to acclimatize in the room where it will be installed for at least 24 hours prior to doing any cutting or installation of the product.

Sheet vinyl can be measured and cut to size using 2 different methods:

  • Measure the length and width of the floor to be covered. Proceed by cutting the sheet vinyl 3″ wider than the floor area on all sides. Lay the sheet vinyl on the floor to be covered and trim the excess material away. If your room has few angles and/or obstacles you will find that this method is the easiest to implement.
  • Create an exact pattern of the floor layout. Transfer the layout from the pattern to the vinyl and make the necessary cuts prior to laying it in place. This method works well with thicker vinyl flooring and/or in rooms that have a complex set of angles or recesses. Most retailers that sell sheet vinyl will have installation kits that contain paper, marking pen, tape, cutting blade, and a complete set of instructions to make an accurate template.

Step 5

Installing Your Vinyl Flooring:

Depending on the type of sheet vinyl you have purchased it will require either a full-bond or a perimeter-bond adhesive. There are different adhesives depending on the type of sheet vinyl that you are installing. Make sure that you have the correct adhesive for your product.

For additional information on flooring products for your home or other home renovation, landscaping and gardening projects, visit Renovation Headquarters.

Bill Prudehome has more than 25 years experience in home improvement, remodel and landscaping. Through his website – Renovation-Headquarters.com he provides a wealth of information on all aspects of home improvement, remodel and landscaping.

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Customers always have questions concerning  the hardnesses of the many different hardwood flooring products on the market. Below are listed the relative wood hardnesses for many of the commonly used wood species in the flooring installations industry.

These ratings were done using the Janka Hardness Test, which measure the force needed to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter in a piece of wood.

The higher the number the harder the wood. Although this is one of the best methods to measure the ability of wood species to withstand indentations, it should be used as a general guide when comparing various species of wood flooring.

The construction and finish also play an important role in the durability and ease of maintenance of any wood floor. These are the basics regarding hardwood flooring types and their hardnesses. If additional questions pop up concerning hardwood flooring wood hardnesses please consult a local flooring installations expert.

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Wood Species Hardness Rating
Douglas Fir 660
Southern Yellow Pine (short leaf) 690
Southern Yellow Pine (Long leaf) 870
Black Cherry 950
Teak 1000
Black Walnut 1010
Heart Pine 1225
Yellow Birch 1260
Red Oak (Northern) 1290
American Beech 1300
Ash 1320
White Oak 1360
Australian Cypress 1375
Hard Maple 1450
Wenge 1620
African Pedauk 1725
Hickory 1820
Pecan 1820
Purpleheart 1860
Jarrah 1910
Merbau 1925
Santos Mahogany 2200
Mesquite 2345
Brazilian Cherry 2350

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By Richard McIntyre

Kitchen TilesDesigning your kitchen can be a real task if you do not have a good layout. This is the room where the family may spend the most time hanging out and having dinner or conversations. A kitchen should be designed in such a way that everyone can move around comfortably and have enough space. There is nothing like coming in a kitchen and feeling cramped and cluttered. With a kitchen being as functional as it is, everyone will want to be comfortable in its design. You not only have to make it work for you, but for your entire family.

One of the main things to keep in mind when coming up with your ideal kitchen design is the kitchen work triangle. The triangle is a popular design layout that shows you how your sink, refrigerator and stove should be properly set up in the kitchen. Using the work triangle will help maximize the use of your kitchen space better. Once you evaluate your work triangle, you can make the other kitchen space work for your other appliances such as the dishwasher or microwave. If you use these other items more than you use the oven or sink, you may not need to enforce the work triangle into your design. The shape of your kitchen will also have an effect on how you position your work triangle.

Your kitchen counter will be the most functional piece. Everything you do will rest on the counters. There are various styles and colors to choose from. Counter tops should be chosen carefully. Since most food will be prepare on them, you will want to make sure you do not get counter tops that can crack or stain easily. It should also be easy to keep clean and sanitary. Counter tops can crack, but depending on the material they are made up of, it is possible to sand out the cracks. You want counter tops that are within your budget, trendy an easy to install. Counter top designs and colors should be an attractive compliment to the other appliances and features.

The work triangle helps to make for an easy clean up; since you do not have far to carry food, there will be less chance of spills. If your flooring tiles have a minimal amount of gaps or seams, less dirt will collect in them. How much cleaning you do to the floors is contingent upon the type of tile or material you put down. Keep in mind that while ceramic flooring is elegant, you have to sweep it every day. Cabinets are easy to clean if they have a ‘baked on’ finish. Cabinets with a high gloss finish are easy to wipe down when you see the dirt on them. Cabinets should be easy to open using no more than 2 fingers. Inserts put in the cabinets and drawers will make for an easy cleanup. Having a sink that under mounts makes mess on the counter easier to clean.

About the author:
Want to find out more about kitchen design layout, then visit Richard McIntyre’s site on how to choose the best small kitchen design for your needs.

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