PostHeaderIcon Tips For Cleaning Your Hardwood Flooring

Cleaning hardwood flooringFlooring is such a part of the house which is used the most and it is used by each and every member of the family and hence the probability of it getting dirty is also more. Especially if you are having hardwood flooring in your home then it would be definitely giving great look but the chances of it getting dirty is high and it also needs proper maintenance. Thus you need to clean your hardwood flooring on regular basis to keep it well maintained and ensure the longevity of your hardwood flooring. Here are some of the easy ways for cleaning your hardwood flooring.

  • Protect high traffic areas with rugs

There would be certain part of the floor which is used maximum and thus the shine and look of that part will become less. Thus while cleaning your hardwood flooring; you must pay extra focus on high traffic area. You can try protecting those areas with rugs to protect them from getting damaged. Good looking rugs will fulfill two objectives at the same time one is to enhance the beauty of your home and another is to protect high traffic area from wear and tear. While cleaning your hardwood flooring, make sure the rugs you use doesn’t have backing as it can trap humidity and it can ruin the finish of your floor. Thus instead of cleaning your hardwood flooring, you might damage it.

  • Use long walk off doormat

While cleaning your hardwood flooring, one of the easy trick to keep it clean is to not to let the dirt get inside on first place. Use a long walk off doormat, this will keep most of the dirt out of your house in the first place and hence the need of cleaning will be reduced on second place. Get a 4 to 6 foot long doormat for your front door. By using it, even if most of the people don’t wipe their shoes before getting in their shoes will automatically become clean because of this long doormat. This is really very helpful tip for cleaning your hardwood flooring.

  • Know the wax and refinish rules

While cleaning your hardwood flooring, you must be accurate about the type of finish you have. If you are having a wax finish then you can improve it by more wax but if you are having varnish or shellac finish then don’t opt for wax finish as it will make your floor too slippery. Thus be very careful before you make any changes in the finish of your hardwood flooring.

  • Vacuum your floor every week

You would perhaps do it daily and you need to do it. For cleaning your hardwood flooring, you must sweep your floor and also mop it occasionally. Along with this things, you must also vacuum your floor if not daily then at least once in a week. Vacuuming your floor will also keep the finish of the flooring intact and protected.

 

PostHeaderIcon Tips To Decorate Your Bedroom on Budget

Bedroom decorAre you bored with coming back to the same boring bedroom every night? Are you bored with the same color, old furniture and old lightings of your bedroom? Want some change or innovation in your bedroom? If yes then what you need is some of the tips for decorating your bedroom. Decorating your bedroom the right way will make your bedroom to look lively and active. Decorating your bedroom will give it a new personality and energy, the same room make you feel boring once and now the same room will make you feel good if you decorate your bedroom nicely. Decorating your bedroom is always a want of every homeowner but what restricts them from doing so is the budget. When it comes to decorating your bedroom, you always run for décor items and stuff like them without paying attention to the essential things like logistics and budget. Here are some of the realistic tips which will help you decorate your bedroom on budget.

 

 

  • Know how much time and money you can spend

If you have plenty of bucks on decorating your bedroom then you can fulfill each and every wish of your heart but if the situation is contrary then you need to cut down on some wishes and modify some wishes while decorating your bedroom. Make a rough idea as to how much you have got to spend on decorating your bedroom and how much time you are availed with for doing so. If you have got less money to spend then you can try repainting your old furniture instead of buying the new one. Another cost cutting options is to apply vinyl wall decals instead of painting your walls. You can also have the option of decorating your bedroom in installments. One month you can spend on painting your walls, another month you can spend on furniture. This is really a nice option for decorating your bedroom on budget.

  • Decide a theme

Theme does not mean you need to have a specific theme. Theme involves something which fills every details like what kind of rug you want in your bedroom, what curtains or which color you want in your bedroom or which types of bed and cushions. You can coordinate each one of them by setting a theme. It can be anything like your favorite animal or any specific color or something of your interest like sports or any such sort of thing. You can see home décor magazines, surf the internet or visit home improvement stores for ideas.

  • Consider the time period

While decorating your bedroom, painting the room or setting any theme, you must consider the factor that the things which you are choosing will be in trend or liking even after several years. If you can change the décor after several years then it’s good and fine but you cannot change décor of your bedroom in several years then it is advisable to pick such things which are evergreen and passed the test of time.

PostHeaderIcon Ways to Save Energy at your Home

Ways to Save Energy at your HomeAre you thinking of saving energy at your home? Yes or no? Then let me help you in this matter. I know you might be thinking that saving energy at your home is considered to be a big thing and a tuff task but mark my words it is not at all such thing. In fact saving energy at your home is considered to be an easy thing which the home owners can easily comply with in their home. Not only a particular thing but you can go for this process in many categories of your home. Categories such as cooling, heating, ventilation, electronic appliances, windows, etc. and many such other options which can help you in lowering down and save energy at your home.

This article will help you in knowing with the ways of saving energy at your home. No doubt there are many things which you need to keep in account at the time of saving energy at your home like the things which you will need to follow up, proper utilization of resources, etc. and many more things which are important factors which you need to take in to consideration at the time of planning for saving energy at your home.

Ways of saving energy at your home

  • Let us consider to be the first thing with which you can go for the process of saving energy at your home is the category of cooling. There are many things in the category of cooling which you can go for like with the help of switching your ceiling fan, run it at the low speed which will help you in controlling your energy consumption. In summer the use of AC increases a lot for that you can go fir setting up of the timer which can automatically off the AC when the room temperature is being maintained and this will help you in getting lesser bills and Lessing down the consumption level. At the time of running AC close the windows and doors tightly so that it the cold air does not goes out of the home and with this the temperature of the home is also maintained.
  • Another category which can help you in the matters of saving energy at your home is lightings. Well, if you will also ask me than you can go for saving energy at your home by installing new and less Waltz bulbs in your home which is considered to be one of the best thing which you can go for the matters of saving energy at your home. You can make the use of CFLs which has lesser amount of waltz for maintaining the consumption bill.
  • Appliance which you are going to use is another thing for these matters. You can go for star rated electronic appliance which helps you in Lessing down the consumption of the energy. Make the use of microwaves, cooker which will help you in putting down the cost of the energy which is going to be incurred.

 

PostHeaderIcon Tips For Moving Metal Carports

Moving metal carportMetal carports are generally used when you don’t have garage at your home and still you want to have a cover for your vehicle. Generally garages are safer but carport is better at some points like stability and sturdiness. Because carports are sturdy, many people pick a proper spot and built their carport at that spot. While building it, there is no intention of moving it at other place. However as time passes, things will change along with circumstances and needs. So at that point of time, you might be thinking how to move your carport? Risk factor will also be going into your mind of doing it in a wrong manner and cracking the frame. There are some simple ways of moving your metal carports with some hard work. Here are some of the tips which will help you to move your metal carports from one place to another without breaking it or without wasting unnecessary time, energy and money.

  • Assess the distance

Determine the distance you want to move your carport to. Decide how far you are planning to move your carport. This will have a great impact on the technique you are going to use to move your carport.

  • Research

Metal carports can really be easy to move from one place to other only if you know what you are doing. You don’t want to pull your carport apart or hitch it with a tractor without having knowledge how to go about it. Thus it’s better and advisable to make proper research before you initiate moving metal carports.

  • Plan

If you have come to the conclusion that you are going to take it apart and then put it back together then make sure you have a full proof plan regarding how you are going to undertake this moving activity. Mark up each piece before you start taking out every part of your carport. Check that you are availed with every kind of tools you will need to take your metal carport apart.

  • Choose correct season

It is advisable to avoid moving your metal carport in the season of winter. The most preferable time for moving metal carport would be anytime after the ground thaws. The reason behind it is that the ground will be very forgiving and if you are decided to slide the metal carport instead of taking it apart then it would be much easier in this season.

  • Disassembling your carport

If you have finally decided to take your metal carport apart and then to move it then check out that you start with removing the top of your carport at first place After removing the top of metal carport move on to the supporting structure. While removing collect all the small parts and joining screws and such small and tiny things a proper bag and don’t lose them.

  • Consult a professional

If you understood each and every step of moving metal carport then well and good and you can do it yourself but you are in doubt then don’t try out call a professional and get your things done.

PostHeaderIcon Tips for Removing Ice Dams from Roofs

Roofs are prepared to cover the upper most surface of the house. And in US there is the biggest issue of snow and storms. So the roofs are prepared and structured in such a way that can sustain in such heavy snow fall and protects the house and the members in it. So the roofing contractor helps the homeowners to decide and opt for a better roofing method. Metal roofing, asphalt roofing are the best example which helps to sustain the roofing for a long period of time. At times when there is heavy snow fall the roofs gets accumulated from snow, these snow will in turn get freeze and will form ice dams which creates lot of damage to the roof. There is possibility of disintegration of roof edges. So for removing those ice dams there are certain criteria and opts which can help you.

Tips for Removing Ice Dams from Roofs

  • It is advisable of removing the snow from your roof after every storm, this will help the homeowner of removing the unwanted snow from the top which gets freeze and creates damage to the roof of the house. It depends on the roofing method which you have selected to be installed.

 

  • The water drainage pipes must be cleared and tidy because it helps the water and the snow to drain out from the roof. If these pipes are blocked due to any circumstance than there can be ice dams on your roof which can incur cost expenditure to you.

 

 

  • After every storm if any ice dam has took its roots in the roof than it must be melt first to clear the roof and safeguard it properly. It can be removed by sprinkling nylon stocking with calcium chloride.

 

  • Professional roofing contractors are useful for melting the ice dam which has occurred on the roof of the home. They have the exact knowledge of which materials will be more apposite for the ice to be melt.

 

  • It is important that the roof is properly insulated because if there is proper insulation than there are less chances of ice dams in roof and this will lead to a durable roof as compared to other roofs. Insulation helps in keeping the appropriate temperature in the roofing area which keeps a ventilated region and does not let the snow to freeze.

 

  • The flashing or water repellant membrane must be attested on the surface first and the roofing tiles or sheet must be positioned because flashing helps the rain water not to enter the upper surface of house and damage the roof.

 

  • The drainage pipes and the water downspouts must be cleaned and opened so that the water gets exposed off easily and no damage can take place on the roof. With the help of cleared downspouts the water gets directly collected to the gutters and drainage problems does not arise.

 

  • If any stain or moss have arose than there are possibility of ice dams so before getting it into the roof the issue if moss and stain must be removed foe not getting your roof damaged or dent.

PostHeaderIcon House Cleaning Tips

Everyone loves clean and tidy home but no one likes to take effort to clean to clean the house. If easy and quick cleaning tips are available then everyone would try to clean their house and maintain it. Here is some of the house cleaning tips.

Kitchen Cleaning

Circle your way around

While cleaning kitchen, always start from the right side of your stove and carry on clock wise around the room. Logic behind it is that stove would be the dirtiest portion of your kitchen so keeping it last keeps the dirt and other dust away from spreading to other part of kitchen.

Sanitize the sink

Kitchen sink contains more bacteria then toilet seat. Thus it is very important to clean it properly. For removing all bacteria, you should first clean the sink with water and soap. After that spray the mist of vinegar and then hydrogen peroxide and then allow the air to dry. This will make your sink bacteria free.

Do dishwasher duty

For removing the stains or stuck on food, clean your dishwasher machine with a damp cloth soaked with baking soda at least once in a week. It’s not enough to clean the machine from outside so for cleaning it from inside run an empty cycle with dishwasher magic. Bleach can also be added to dish cycle for removal of bacteria.

Clean your Oven

Keep your oven clean by lining the bottom with the help of a non stick oven liner. It can be cleaned with a paper towel or you can also put it in a dishwasher and it can be reused again and again.

Bathroom cleaning

Clean your Doors

You have various options to keep your doors clean as you can try a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice in a month which results in rolling off the water. You can also try out Rain-X glass treatment which is a car care product meant to keep the water of rain away from the windshield. You can use this treatment twice a year.

Tame the toilet

You can use a teaspoon of Tang drink mix and drop it in the bowl. Let it remain the bowl for few minutes and after that swish and flush. If you have a doubt that the toilet water will splash, then put the toilet brush in and out before you use it. It helps in lowering the level of water and let it swish properly.

Corral strays

It’s very important to keep the drains free from clogs and hair. For doing so you can use products like Drano or liquid plumr to be sure that clogs are gone. You can pour boiling water down the strains at least once in a week to stay away from germs and bacteria and be safe by keeping problems away. Clean up the annoying stray hairs from the floors by sweeping them with the help of damp wad of toilet paper each morning.

PostHeaderIcon Waterproofing of your roof

Waterproof Your RoofWhy do you need to waterproof your roof? There are many answers to this question which will help you to know why waterproofing your roof is necessary. The biggest reason for waterproofing your home is rainfall. In the regions where there is heavy rainfall, protecting your roof is very important because you have to stay in the home and you cannot live in a home that has leaks all over the place. Sometimes, because of water accumulation, water can pass through gaps or cracks that might not have otherwise caused any problems. However, due to the heavy rainfall, such little gaps and cracks become problematic. Luckily, because of advances in roofing technology, it is now possible to find and fill any gaps and cracks in the roof so that your roof can be completely waterproof.

It isn’t absolutely necessary that you find a roofing contractor to do the waterproofing. These days there are a number of products and methods for waterproofing that the average homeowner can use. However, the folks at All Around roofing remind homeowners that “Going about this job the wrong way and doing it hastily can potentially put the homeowner in the hospital and create more roofing problems.” So, whoever is applying the waterproofing should have adequate knowledge of both how to use the product as well as rooftop safety.

It is easiest to apply waterproofing at the time of installing a new roof or replacing an old one. Waterproofing can be installed on any kind of roof, whether it is metal, wood, or asphalt. Before the roofing material is installed, the waterproofing should be applied to the decking of the roof. There are many materials available for waterproofing the roof, like thermoplastic polyolefin, a waterproofing chemical which can be applied to the surface of the roof.

That being said, there are some waterproofing methods that can be applied on top of the roofing materials, so that the roofing system doesn’t need to be replaced. Typically, the waterproofing is an oil or resin sealant that stops the roof from getting further damaged. This coating works as the stoppage agent of the roof getting damaged. With this method of waterproofing, though, you need to make sure that there are no cracks or gaps in the roof because if there are, the sealant will just leak through them.

PostHeaderIcon 7 Things To Remember While Moving A House

Moving A HouseAre you planning you move in your new house? Well, it’s a great to experience. Wondering why? Well moving into a new house is not only about changing your old address, but it also marks the beginning of a new journey of your life. But to make your house moving more special and yet memorable you must follow a couple of things.

1. Start de-cluttering

This is the first and foremost thing that you should start at least six weeks before changing your house. There could be plenty of articles and stuffs at your home, but quite obviously you don’t need all of them to get shifted at your new address. Keeping this in mind, you must make a list and write down the things which you don’t need any longer at your new place. Once you are done with it, just get rid of those stuff and pack only your essentials.

2. Professionals’ help

It’s not possible to shift the entire range of luggage on your own while moving into a new place. You must opt for the professionals’ help. But don’t book any inexperienced agency that can’t deal with your demands. Go for renowned movers and packers who are capable to executing the plan to the last details.

3. Inform the authorities

Changing address is an important occurrence and for that you should be extra careful. Don’t forget to inform your family physician, councilor and Municipal Corporation about your new address and locality. Other service providers like phone, gas agencies should also be informed.

4. Check your car

If you are moving to a far off place, then you must check whether car is ok or not. It will not be a good idea if you car breaks down in the middle of your journey.

5. Clear the past calculations

Moving into a new place does not mean that you will detach every contact with your old landlord or tenant. You should clear all the pending bills of your old tenant and end the relationship on a sweet note.

6. Registering

Getting a new GP is also important after you arrive at the new place.

7. Inform school and colleges

If there are school and college going children in your family, then you must inform the authorities concerned of the educational institutions so that during the time of exam, no complexity arrives.

PostHeaderIcon How To Choose Window Blinds

Window BlindsAdding a bit of decor to your rooms not only makes them look good but also keeps you happy. Window blinds help to add a fresh look to your room. It provides the elegance and aesthetic ascent to the room. But you might ask how you will choose window blinds for your rooms.

• When you go to buy window blinds you will find a wide range of products with different colors and sizes and designs. Some of the most popular window blinds are horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, slim slats and upright slats. Blinds come in various materials such as silk, rayon, cotton, light weight plastic, wood slats, aluminum and plastic. Depending on the window that your room and the size you can purchase the perfect window blind.
• Choosing the blind color can be confusing but it’s really easy. It is always better to choose a neutral color such as brown, white and beige as they go well with any room color. When you select a color it is important to see the color of the window as well. Choosing contrasting colors also works but one thing that you need to remember is it should complement the furnishing and the walls of the room.
• You can also choose metal blinds. If you want something that can be cleaned easily and also has a long life then metal blinds would be the best for you. The slats on the side are made of metal and they can be found in various colors and the thickness also differs.
• Wood blinds are another type where the slats are wooden. They are often known as Venetian blinds and they are opened and closed with the help of drawstrings.

PostHeaderIcon Installing Cubicle Showers

Installing Cubicle ShowersIt is very easy to get shower cubicles that can fit almost any kind of bathroom shape. With the up gradation of technology with time, cubicles are available in all designs with such features that can be easily changed. This article throws light on the various kinds of cubicles that are available and also tells you about the effects of having certain kinds of cubicles in your bathroom.

Square Shower Cubicle: This is most common and the widely bought cubicle among the people. It is very easy to install as it just requires two free walls that are next to each other to which it will be attached. Then glass sides will be attached to the other tow sides to make it into a square cubicle. This can also be easily installed in the corner of the bathroom and helps to make enough space. The types of doors that can be installed in this kind of cubicle can be a hinge door that swings open or a sliding door that can run up and down a track. Both of them can be easily maintained.

Quadrant Shower Cubicle: This cubicle is designed to fit in the corner of any kind of bathroom. This also requires two walls for the purpose of attachment. The front portion is of a round shape. The shower doors that can be installed are hinged door or sliding door. This kind of shower cubicle is very fashionable and trendy and hence is very much in demand by the people.

D-Shaped Shower Cubicle: This design of cubicle needs only one wall to be attached to. The wall of this enclosure is rounded from one wall to the other. The doors that can be used here can again be either hinged or sliding. This is considered as the most elegant shower with various designs.