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Do You Have A Ceramic Tile Cutting Project In Your Home? 5 Essential Must-Have Tools

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Have A Ceramic Tile Cutting Project In Your Home? 5 Essential Must-Have Tools

DIY projects are always a great way to be involved in your own home improvement or repair. For this reason, if you have some ceramic tile work in your home, you may find the need to cut through some of the ceramic tiles perhaps to handle the repairs that you intend to or to fit the design that you’d like. The success of your project will depend on certain things. Among the major factors is the choice of tools that you use for the project. Having all the right tools at hand will ensure that you finish your project in time and that you do it perfectly. For this reason, here are cutting tools you shouldn’t miss when handling ceramic tile work in your home. Wet Saw  Since you will be cutting some of your ceramic tiles, it follows that you will need a saw. However, not just any saw will do the trick because you will be working indoors and you want to limit the amount of dust produced in the process. For this reason, a wet saw will come in very handy. Tile Nippers These handy tools can help you create the perfect shape that you want on your ceramic tiles. Tile nippers are very essential because they break off small bits of the tile, which is useful when working around irregular or circular surfaces, such at the base of your toilet seat. Hole Cutters As suggested by the name, hole cutters are tools that you will need for making holes in your ceramic tiles. These tools, which come in different sizes will enable you make holes of any diameter in your tile. Hole cutters won’t work alone; you need a hammer drill as well that will facilitate the making of the holes. Snap Cutters Before scoring any piece of tile at the required spot, you will need something to hold the tile in place so that the cut is as accurate as possible. This is where a snap cutter comes in handy. It will not only hold the piece of tile in place, but also snap it at the correct mark. Glass Cutters Glass cutters will help you make a perfect straight cut in your ceramic tile. This tool allows you to score along the point that you want to make the cut. After this, all you will have to do is lay the tile on a raised edge such as a table or benchtop and snap it along the...

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4 Steps for Retiling your Home Shower Floor

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Steps for Retiling your Home Shower Floor

Ceramic tiles are vulnerable to mould and mildew. This may result to staining of your tile shower making them look worn and unattractive. In addition to this, allowing the growth of mould in your bathroom due to poor tiling is unhealthy and may cause diseases.  Worn out shower floors may also lead to seeping of water through the tiles and development of cracks. To avoid such complications, you must ensure that old tile bathroom floors are removed, well cleaned, repaired if possible, and replaced to serve effectively. The job is not quick and easy like painting; however, with patience and some professional guidelines, you will be able to complete it. Here are some guidelines to get you started. Removing Old and Worn Out Tiles Using a putty knife, start by pilling off the grout that holds the tiles tight together. This allows you to remove your old bathroom tiles without breaking them so that they could be used elsewhere. When done, gently dislodge the ceramic tiles off by inserting your putty knife deep enough beneath the tiles. You can tap the handle of the knife using a small hammer to apply some force on the tiles. It becomes easy to remove the rest of the tiles once the first one has been removed. Levelling and Smoothing of the Shower Floor After removing the old tiles, examine the floor to remove pieces of tile adhesives that remain. You can apply a paint remover and scrub off the adhesives. Clean the floor thoroughly and let it dry.  The floor should be smooth, well level and free from any loose materials to allow proper connection with incoming tiles. In addition, you might check the condition of your existing water barrier system. If need be repair or replace it before carrying on. Application of Thinset Mortar New tiles come with clear manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix the thinset mortar. Make use of this to evenly coat it to the area you have to install new tiles. The thinset mortar should not be applied to the entire area all at once to keep it from setting. Tiles work best with thinset mortar that is coarsely applied compared to one that is flat. Therefore, you might think of using an old comb to comb once it is applied. Installing the Tiles  Gently place your first row of tiles on the combed thinset mortar and tap on top using a small hammer. You can also use a flat board placed on top of the tiles to ensure evenly placed tiles. Allow the thinset mortar to fully dry then apply grout in between the tile spaces based on manufacturer’s instructions. Finally, use a wet sponge to remove excess...

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How To Use A Belt Floor Sander

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Use A Belt Floor Sander

One of the quickest and most effective ways to sand a floor is by using a belt floor sanding machine.  You can hire one from a good tool hire shop, and it’s well-worth the expense if you have a large project to tackle.  Belt floor sanders are pretty easy to use with a little practice and some top tips.  Read on to find out more. How to use a belt floor sander Start off by opening up the side of the machine and loading the new belt.  Make sure that the belt is facing in the correct direction; the arrows marked on the inside of the belt should follow the direction of forward travel as the drum.  Slot the belt onto the drum, and make sure that the tensioner is activated to take up any slack.  This is done by tightening a marked toggle.  If the belt is too loose, the sander won’t work properly and will leave ‘chatter’ marks across the floor.   When you’re ready to begin sanding, do not put the sander’s drum down when the machine is switched on and stationary.  This will leave a mark on the floor, which you’ll have to go over again to remove.  Keep the machine tilted back towards you to keep the drum out of contact with the floor until you’re ready to begin moving, and then lower the drum.  This rule applies throughout the sanding process.  For example, when you reach the end of the room, lift up the drum, turn around to make the return pass, and lower the drum again once you’re moving forward.     To start the drum rotating, switch on the machine and pull the drive lever towards you.  Lower the drum to the floor; it should feel as though the sander is pulling you forwards, rather than you having to push it.  If you push the sander too quickly, the finish on the floor will be uneven and you’ll have to go over it again.  Walk slowly, allowing the machine to do the work.     Keep an eye on the dust bag that’s attached to the sander.  Empty the bag when it’s about half-full.  A full bag could back up into the machine, causing it to clog and stop working properly.  In addition, leaving extra capacity in the bag helps to keep the dust extraction process efficient.  To remove the dust bag, turn off the machine, and unclip the bag from the fixing.  Empty out the debris into a bin-bag and re-fix the dust bag to the machine. In conclusion Operating a belt floor sander is a breeze, provided you follow the helpful guide given above.  Save yourself money on hiring a floor sanding contractor to do the job, and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done by carrying out this project...

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Porcelain Tiles: Cleaning Don’ts

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Porcelain Tiles: Cleaning Don’ts

Out of the wide range of flooring materials you can choose for your house, porcelain tiles could just be your best. This flooring material is incredibly durable and is among the easiest to clean. Since it has impenetrable glazes, its surface is resistant to dirt, debris, water, oil, chemicals, and even bacteria and germs. With these features, porcelain gives you an edge in maintenance, especially because of the easy cleaning. However, to ensure that your porcelain tiled floor lasts that long while maintaining its elegant look, you need to avoid the following: Cleaning With Acid or Products That Contain Ammonia or Bleach Ammonia and acid-based cleaners can modify the stability and colour of the grout. This means that the colour of your flooring will be affected. In severe cases, the pigment in the colour can affix itself to the surface of your tile, making it even more difficult to clean. To take care of such, you can go for pH neutral cleaners that will not harm your grout or the surrounding surfaces. Alternatively, if you still choose to go the acid cleaners route, ensure that you have enough rinse buckets (about 3 or so) with clean water before picking up the scrubbed solution. As you pick up the solution or liquid, rinse the surface immediately. This water can help reduce the effect of the acids. However, continued use of such cleaners can affect your tiles slowly, and so to save these tiles, it would be prudent if you avoided them. Using Wax or Oil-Based Detergents and Cleaners Using oily products is likely to create an oily layer over your tiles. You wouldn’t want that. Therefore, you can instead use ordinary cleaning products diluted with warm water. Alternatively, since your porcelain tiles are stain and water resistant, using warm water only can keep them looking neat while eliminating the need for cleaners or chemicals. Using Steel Wool Steel wool can lodge small particles of steel into your tile and grout, and this can create rust stains. In addition, the steel wool can scratch your tiles. Using Hard Scrub Bristles of Brushes Using such brushes can scratch the surface of your tiles. If there is some loose dirt on your tile, consider using a soft bristle broom, soft cotton (or microfiber) cloth, or simply just vacuum it off your floor. Doing this will help you maintain the shine and beauty of your porcelain tiles. For more information, talk to a professional like Bayside...

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Renovation Decisions: Carpet Or Wood Floors For The Toddler’s Playroom?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renovation Decisions: Carpet Or Wood Floors For The Toddler’s Playroom?

Summertime is the best time to be tackling your home renovations list. It’s nice and warm so you can send the kids out to the back garden while ripping up the flooring in their beloved playroom. However, before you get all excited about out with the old and in with the new, you need to decide what type of flooring is going to work best for your children. Carpet versus wood flooring is the choice up for debate, so which one is going to work best? Carpet Floors A toddler rolling from a bed onto a hard floor is all that is needed for them to sustain a head injury. Time in the playroom can involve a little rough and tumble action, so it makes sense you want to protect their heads from hitting the floor by installing carpet. This is the biggest positive for this flooring choice. The negative of choosing carpet for a playroom is the ‘keeping it clean’ factor. From accidentally-on-purpose felt pen drawings on the carpet to spilled juice cups, keeping playroom carpet clean is an exercise in frustration. One way to get around this is to choose a carpet that is made of either wool or nylon fibres. Both of these are very stain resistant. Additionally, if you do choose to go the carpet route, choose a dark colour. It may make the room feel a little smaller, but it will hide a multitude of dirty damage. Wood Flooring Wood flooring comes in both the traditional real wood and faux wood options. The main reason why this is such a popular choice in a playroom is because of the ease of cleaning up any mess that occurs. Liquid spills just need a mop or towel to clean up, and wood floors can be mopped over often to keep the germs away. The main negative to wood flooring is the hard surface issue which could lead to a head injury if your child was to fall and land heavily. One way you can minimise the hardness of a wood floor in a fall is to make sure a soft underlay is put beneath it at the time of installation. A wood floor that sits directly on top of a concrete slab has no give in it, but a wood floor sitting on top of a soft underlay has a spongy feel when walked (or fallen) on. At the end of the day, the new playroom floor dilemma is going to come down to a decision about cleaning and how confident you are that your child is not going to hurt themselves while playing. One thing you can be sure of though no matter what you choose, your children are really going to enjoy playing back in their playroom once the renovation is...

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How To Get Barbecue Grease Out Of Synthetic Grass

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Get Barbecue Grease Out Of Synthetic Grass

Although a synthetic lawn looks stunning and is a low maintenance option for your outside space, greasy marks from spilled barbecue food won’t just wash away with the rain as they would with real grass.  Fortunately, you can easily remove grease stains from synthetic grass with a little know-how.  Read on to find out how to do it. What you’ll need Everything you need for this job should be readily available in your kitchen cupboards. blunt knife or spoon paper towel baking soda liquid soap dry-cleaning solvent product (available from good DIY or hardware stores) clean, colourfast cloths How to do it The most important thing to remember is that you need to remove as much of the spilt grease as you can before it soaks too deep into the synthetic lawn fabric.  Neglected greasy marks will attract dirt and become entrenched onto your lawn, spoiling its natural effect. Grab a blunt spoon and carefully scrape up as much of the grease as you can.  Wipe it onto a paper towel.  Keep guests away from the soiled spot so that the grease doesn’t get trodden in, spread even further across your lawn, or treaded into your house.   Next, sprinkle a light coating of baking soda over the stain and leave it in place for 30 minutes or so.  This allows time for the baking soda powder to soak up the grease and lift it out of the fabric fibres just like a sponge. Vacuum the area to remove the baking soda and check to see how much grease is left.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 if necessary until all the grease has been soaked away. Next make up a mild solution of washing-up liquid and warm water.  Add a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent product to the solution and mix well.  Wash the residual grease stain using a clean, colourfast cloth.  Make sure you work the solution well down into the pile of the synthetic lawn, and don’t be afraid to give it a good rub.  Artificial grass is very durable and strong and won’t be easily damaged by a little vigorous elbow grease.   Rinse the area thoroughly using clean water to get rid of any soap, and allow to air dry. In conclusion Although it’s lovely to entertain friends with a barbecue in your outside space, accidents with spilled food do happen.  If grease is spilled on your artificial grass, act swiftly and follow the tips given above to return your lawn to its former pristine...

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Three Unique Carpet Designs for Your Living Room Renovation

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Unique Carpet Designs for Your Living Room Renovation

When you start renovating your living room, one of the first things you may consider is to remove the carpet and replace it with a more interesting flooring. Before you decide to toss the carpet out the door for a different flooring option, consider some of the unique carpet designs that are on the market. Here are a few that may fit into your living room renovation designs and give a unique talking point for your guests. Photorealistic Nature Designs  Walking into your living room and seeing a stone walkway may seem like a great idea, until you think about the up-keep. The truth is you can have the design idea and avoid all the up-keep by using photorealistic nature designs. These carpet designs look like wood, stone, or anything in nature while giving you the comfort and benefits of regular carpeting. If you want to bring that touch of nature in the home without having construction costs for flooring and timber experts, then this may be the ideal choice. Build Your Own Carpet There are an increasing number of carpet companies and designers that are offering options you can build yourself. This means you can pick and choose the colour, shape, and design by simply using piece-together options. These options can create something as simple as a checkered design to something as elaborate as a multicolour art deco look. You can choose the colours that fit your living room renovation and decide to fill the room with the carpet or only fill a small space and add to it later. Circular Carpeting You may be thinking about a full room of carpet, but some living room renovations use throw rugs to build character. This may bring to mind the idea of a large square or rectangular throw rug. However, some of the trending designs are actually circular. These circular designs may be simple solid colours or may have intricate patterns that draw the eye to the centre of the carpeting and away from smaller spaces or from areas of the room you simply want to distract guests from. These are just a few of the unique carpet designs and ideas you can bring to your living room renovation. For more ideas, pricing, and options that may feet your d├ęcor ideas, you should consult a local carpet retailer, like Oslands Independants Carpets. They can help work out a design that will fit your needs and your...

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3 High-Performance Flooring Options Available Online

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 High-Performance Flooring Options Available Online

The floor area is most likely one of the busiest parts of your home since it is used every time there are people or pets indoors. Therefore, it is vital to install high-quality flooring in all the rooms so that you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you won’t have to regularly re-floor your home. Here are some worthwhile online flooring options that you can now easily find and order. Hardwood flooring When it comes to offering variety, there’s perhaps nothing else that can beat hardwood flooring because of the extensive species of wood, both new and reclaimed, available for flooring purposes. Hardwood material has the capability to create a rustic look and feel in virtually every home with its capricious parquetry, jointing possibilities and exquisite finishes, which include lacquered, surface varnished, unfinished, hand scraped and oiled wood flooring to provide you with a broader selection. However, you should bear in mind that the quality of hardwood is not the same; therefore, price will come in as a major factor determining the type of hardwood flooring that you install. Ceramic tile flooring Well-installed, premium quality ceramic tiles can give you floors that will outlast and perform better than virtually any other flooring type. Premium quality glazed or porcelain ceramic tiles can be cleaned easily and are coloured and fired at extremely high temperatures in kilns to resist water, fading, stains and abrasion and will not burn, warp, cut, crack or rot. Many ceramic tiles are eco-friendly products since they are made using natural materials, such as clay, which don’t retain odours or release toxic fumes. However, it is essential to note that ceramic tiles, especially the luxury varieties, can be rather costly to install. Plus, you may need to complement the functional appeal of ceramic tile floors with other flooring types such as carpets since they can be quite cold underfoot. Vinyl flooring If you have kids, keep pets in your home or both, you should consider installing vinyl floors. These floors are not only durable but have soft texture to walk on, an important safety feature for both kids and pets. Just like ceramic tiles, vinyl floors are waterproof and don’t stain or fade. These features make them best for bathrooms and kitchen areas where waxing is often required to keep the floors in good condition. What’s more, vinyl flooring comes in several different colours and designs including sheets, tiles and planks so that you’ve got plenty of room for...

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Hardwood Timber Flooring Is the Superior Option for Your Home

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re considering installing new flooring in your living areas then you’re probably aware that there are multitudes of options available to choose from. Everything from tiles and bamboo to epoxy coated concrete are all popular modern flooring choices. However, if you’re looking for a beautiful, hardy, and timeless floor then you really can’t go wrong with classic hardwood floorboards. They provide warmth to a home Hardwood floors provide a home with warmth both literally and visually. Wooden floors are much warmer under foot than other flooring options, especially tiles and concrete. They also provide visual warmth with their natural tones and textures. They enhance the acoustics of a home Because wood absorbs sound waves through its dense structure it will help your home to feel quieter and cosier. Other flooring options which are harder and less permeable will bounce sound back around the room. This can leave your living feel with a hollow sounding resonance, even when it is full of furniture. They’re a classic design element for a home Whether you’ve opted for a rustic country look or a super modern decor, timber floors will suit it perfectly. Other styles of modern flooring, especially minimalist tiling and edgy concrete will really only suit a modern look. This chameleon-like ability to blend in with the chosen decor will also mean that it appeals to a wider range of buyers if you decide to sell your home. They provide you with flexibility in design Because hardwood floors can be sanded and revarnished as many times as you like it means that you can play around with the mood in your room without having to replace the entire floor. A lighter or darker shade of varnish can totally transform the look and feel of a room. You can also experiment with other types of finish such as oils, waxes, and stains. They’re hardy and long lasting Unlike other more brittle types of flooring, hardwood timber floors can take a beating. Any damage caused by dropped items or heavy traffic can be easily removed by re-sanding the damaged area. They will also last for the lifetime of the house and beyond, and because of their flexibility won’t need replacing as fashions change like tiling or concrete. Hardwood timber flooring will provide your home with a beautiful and classic feature. It’s also a sound financial investment which will make your home a more attractive option if you decide to sell it in the future. Visit resources like http://www.woodlandstimberfloors.com.au to learn more about your wooden floorboard...

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Wood Floor Sanding Q&A

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re involved in a DIY project, or you’re hiring a professional to refinish a wood floor, the floor must first be sanded in preparation to lay down a new finish. But if you don’t know much about the sanding process, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions that will provide you all the information you need to forge ahead. What  Machines Do You Needed? In order for effective sanding, several machines are needed, including a floor sander, an edging sander and a floor buffer. A floor sander is the main machine that removes the top surface of the wood floor. It has a circular bonnet at the end of a long handle that moves over your floor as it spins, sanding down the floor. An edging sander is a hand-held device that is used to reach corners and small areas that aren’t reachable with a floor sander. Edging sanders often require you to bend down and get on your knees in order to sand those hard to reach spots. The floor buffer completes the sanding process, and is used to polish and remove any remaining blemishes on the floor. How Many Times Do You Have to Sand? Floor sanding isn’t effective if you only make one pass and think you’re finished, because old wood floors tend to accumulate a great deal of dirt, imperfections and rough spots that need several passes before they are sanded down to the level necessary to apply a new finish. The order in which you sand is very important, so you should always begin the process with the floor sander, passing it over your entire floor two or three times, then using the edging sander several times and completing the process with the buffer. What Are Grit Levels & Why Are They Important? Grit levels refers to the abrasive quality of the sandpaper that you will use with a floor sander and an edging sander. Grit levels in Australia follow the FEPA grit size chart. The most important thing to remember about the grit size is that the higher the number, the less abrasive the sandpaper, and the lower the number, the more abrasive the sandpaper. So a P12 grit would be very coarse, and would sand your wood floor very quickly, but it could also take off too much of the wood, making it difficult to apply a finish. Always consult with a wood expert like Floor Craft to determine the grit level needed for the kind of wood floor you...

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