Archive for the ‘Flooring’ Category
Bamboo flooring has become very much popular in the recent years as most people are going for the Green homes to help the environmental conditions. Apart from being extremely beautiful, floors of bamboo have many special features which include:
• Hardness and strength.
• Water and moisture resistant.
• Production time is very fast.
• Environmental friendly and renewable.
• Easy procedure of installation and not too expensive.
You have to be very careful about the interior decor of the home if the flooring is of bamboo. Bamboo flooring reduces the chances of having dampness in the room. This is very beneficial for the people who suffer from breathing problems or any kind of lung obstructions.
Growth of bacteria, fungus and folds can be prevented with bamboo flooring in kitchen and bathrooms. This keeps the home environment healthy and clean. The bamboo has a natural capability to withstand against any kind of termite intrusion in the flooring. So, go for bamboo flooring for a greener home.
Marble tiles are definitely one of the most popular choices when it comes to home improvement. Earlier, there was a conception that marble tiles are appropriate only for mansions, palaces and huge houses. However, the perception has changed over the years and even apartment houses are getting marble tiles installed. It is true that the marble tiles do not come cheap but it will be worth your investment as not only are they visually pleasing, they are also very durable.
There are a lot of options when it comes to the different textures, color patterns and designs of the marble tiles. Therefore, you can go with different options for the different rooms in your house. If you have good marble flooring, you do not have to invest in expensive carpets of area rugs as you would want to flaunt your tiles. Make a good research and choose the material that suits the style not your house.
Re-waxing of the floor involves the removal of the previous coating of wax. Wax coating tends to diminish at those places which have more traffic than the far reached ones. Hence, a recoating without the removal of the earlier coat may result in an uneven wax coat which may give an uninviting feeling to your floor.
To remove the wax, fill up a bucket with two gallons of warm water. Add two cups of ammonia & one cup of dishwashing detergent if your target is vinyl flooring. In case of linoleum, mix one gallon of white distilled vinegar and one cup cream of tartar.
Dip the mop in the bucket & wet an area of the tile. Sop out the excess liquid. Dry out your floor by using paper towels. Wash the tiles with fresh water to remove soap remnants & dry with paper towels.
Apply a no-buffing wax with the help of a microfiber rag & wax the floor. Allow the tiles to cure for the specified amount of time. Take off the unnecessary wax.
Concrete flooring, though dull & uninviting in appearance is the most durable type of flooring available as yet. The best part is that, with the help of a broom finish & stain, you can make it appealing enough. This however, is a much creative job than it is related to the engineering. Here are a few tips to help you finish the job satisfactorily.
Be ready with everything before casting the concrete. Arrange the frame neatly around the floor area. Pour the concrete. Use the flat board (screed) to even the top layer. Then use the bull float to flatten the concrete. Let the bleed or residual water to seep out. This is especially necessary for outdoor flooring projects. Broom the floor, taking care you do not step on the cleaned area.
After the concrete dries, mix the stain & spray it on the floor. Do not forget it wear protective clothing & to open the doors & windows to let out the fumes. Let the floor cure for about a week.
Within the course of time, wooden flooring will grow older & the planks will start showing prominent & increasing gaps in between. What is more of concern is that the gaps will keep fluctuating in size as the wood keeps contracting & expanding in different seasons. Hence, filling the gaps with simple wood putty will not be of any benefit. The best filler that can be used is a hemp rope, as it will expand & contract along with the wood.
First & foremost, use a vacuum hose to remove the debris between the gaps. Measure the length of the gaps & cut the ropes of the corresponding sizes. Pull apart the braids & select the strands that are half as more wider than the gap. Submerge these selected pieces of hemp rope in a bucket filled with wood stain & leave them in it for a minute. Dry them on newspaper sheets for the night.
Next day, apply the pieces to the corresponding gaps. Use your palm to force them tightly into the gaps.
Washing off the glue from your hardwood floor is feasible only when it has just taken place a couple of minutes ago. However, if you have noticed it much later (which is often the case) and when it has formed a big lump, you need something more than just a wet cloth. Many epoxy based resins cannot be dissolved even with the toughest solvents without damaging the texture of your hardwood.
Sandpaper is useful in removing such clogs. To begin with, wrap the sandpaper around your finger to facilitate easy motion. Then slowly trim out the gum layer, taking care that you do not accidentally scrape off the hardwood floor. Keep trimming carefully till you have superficially reached its base i.e. the hardwood. Once done with this, use a cloth dipped in hot water to clean the remnants of the glue & immediately dry the hard wood to avoid its deterioration.
Hardwood flooring has multiple applications for structural as well as aesthetic purpose. There are endless ready-to-fit hardwood flooring packages, depending on the application and the budget. However, many a times, it becomes necessary to opt for customized solutions (e.g. in case of non standard shape of platform) in which case you have to manually cut the boards & set them up.
The most important tool used for wood flooring is definitely the table saw. It is used not only to cut the boards to width but also to bring them down to the desired thickness. Next comes the planer – it helps to trim down the planks to a uniform level. The third comes the radial (arm) saw, which is used to cut the planks to correct lengths before fitting them. Also useful is the table router, which helps in carving the tongue and groove joints on the sides of the boards so that they can be locked into each other.