Monthly Archives: May 2013

DIY Wallpaper Removal

bigstock-mother-with-children-remove-ol-3201059-resized-600may222013If you are planning to redecorate, the first step is to choose what you want to change. You have selected bright new wallpaper, and now it’s time to remove the old one. Stripping the old wallpaper can be quite a bit of a hassle, especially if the house is older than the 1970s, because there is a good chance that you might encounter asbestos. If you remove the wallpaper and find damage behind the wall, you have to first fix the wallboard before you can begin re-papering. If there is a doubt that you have asbestos, call in the professionals, because it is toxic and quite detrimental to your health and has to be removed from your home.

If the wallboard is in good condition, you can just sand it and prime it and start off with the new wallpaper. But if the wallpaper is mushy in some areas, then the wallboard has to be fixed before you can proceed. In case of stubborn old wallpaper, you can use diluted bleach or vinegar in a spray can to remove the old ones; bleach will help to remove mold and vinegar helps in removing stubborn old paste. However, be careful to NEVER mix the two, as the chemical reaction will lead to the formation of highly toxic gases. In case you are using vinegar, perforate the wall with a ‘paper tiger’, then apply the solvent or vinegar, and then wait for the solvent to work; scrape off.

If you want to do a more professional job, you can use a wall steamer; first you perforate the walls with a ‘paper tiger’, carefully so that you don’t perforate through the old wallpaper. Then use the steamer to apply steam which will soften the glue. This in turn will help to remove the wallpaper gently, without any scraping or pulling. Remember to prepare the floor with drop cloths so that it doesn’t get soaked during the steaming process.

If you want to remove metallic wallpaper or vinyl wallpaper use diluted fabric softener for the former and just a soaking with water for the latter is the best way to go about it. For metallic wallpaper, dilute fabric softener with water, 1:2, and then spray it, rub it in and wait for about 15 minutes. You can just peel it off easily; in stubborn areas, use a drywall scraper. For vinyl wallpaper, you can just slowly start to peel off layers with a scraper or a putty knife at the edges, and then try to peel them off in the same direction as they were pasted on. If you’re finding it difficult, then try less layers and in another direction. You can also spray some water on and wait for it to soak before trying again. In the one direction in which it was pasted, it should come off easily.

If the wallpaper has been there for several years, it will come off more easily. But remember that this can be time consuming and frustrating work and set aside time accordingly. Putting up wallpaper can be done in a weekend, but removing it can be more tedious work. Patience and persistence will pay off, and soon enough you will have a beautiful and undamaged new wall with fresh and bright wallpaper.

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How To Get My Wood Floors Shiny Again

bigstock-Hard-wood-flooring-in-living-r-16224596-resized-600may162013Wooden floors have an ageless charm that can be captivating. The patina of a hard wood floor that glows and gleams with age and polished smooth, though worn out by foot traffic over the years has its own poignant tale to tell. There is no doubt that a polished wooden floor can be beautiful, but maintaining it can be quite hard. Regular polishing and elbow grease are a must, or the floor will look worn out and dull.

Though some people recommend usage of vinegar and water to bring back the shine to the wooden floors, the acid in the vinegar will ruin the wood in the longer run. If you want to get your wood floors shining again, get a wood finishing product. This is the only way to take care of your old wooden floors. There are many quality brands that are available that will help you bring back the sheen to your beloved floors.

Floor Prep

The first step is to properly clean the floor; sweep away all the dust and mop up the floor to remove grime and oil, if any. Use a wood cleaner to get satisfactory results.

Wood Finishing Product

If you want a glossy finish, refinish the wood using a water based wood finishing product.  These water based finishing products are more durable than wax based ones, and so will keep your wooden floors protected for longer periods of time. First clean the floors; then apply a minimum of two coats of One-step wood finish with a soft, clean cloth. Take care to apply the finish in the same direction of the wood grain, as it will enhance the grains and bring them into prominence. Then let dry for one hour at least, before applying another coat with a soft clean cloth.  Once this coat is dry, the wooden floor is hard-finished and should stay glossy for a long time.

Today wooden floors are available in a range of colors, textures and finishes to suit everyone’s tastes and décor. Your hardwood floors have to be strong enough to withstand the constant foot traffic, the scrape of furniture and pets moving around. Some of the sturdier woods that make ideal floor choices are oak, hickory and maple.  One of the recently added and popular wood choices for floors due to its eco-friendly credentials is bamboo. Though it has been used in the Far East for thousands of years, here in the US, it is a relatively new choice for wooden floors. Whatever wood you end up choosing for your floors, make sure that it is well-cared for. A weekly dusting and vacuuming is vital to the life of the floor and can extend the beauty of the floor about four times over. As long as you take good care of it by routine maintenance, your wooden floor will reflect your loving care.

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