Instrucions for cleaning hardwood floors and removing stains.
Any grating substance such as sand, dirt, or grit, will dull the surface of hardwood floors. By observing a few rules today, your need for restoration will be far less likely and the floor will look luxurious for many years. Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop, at least every week, and place mats or rugs at the entranceway to trap as much dirt and dust as possible.
* Vacuuming: Avoid beater bars this can cause indentations in the surface of the floor. Use a brush attachment. * Dust mopping Use a non-abrasive dust mop with a soft cotton head. Some floor manufacturers suggest using a floor treatment as well. * Sweeping The broom used to sweep a hardwood floor will need to have fine bristles, with feathered ends, that will be very gentle on the floor's surface. * Furniture Dragging furniture across the floor will damage it significantly. Lift the furniture at all times when repositioning it in your room. Using felt "shoes" under the legs would help to avoid scratches when furniture is accidentally scooted across floor. * Sunlight Over a period, too much sun can discolor wood finishes. Darken the room by closing curtains and blinds during the time of day when the sun is most intense. * Shoes Some (sports related) shoes have hard heel supports and metal nails attached to the sole?"stop" and do not enter, they will most surely damage the finish of your wood floor. Stains will need your immediate attention on wood floors. Keep them waxed as needed and wipe up any drops of fluid that may be spilled on the floor as soon as possible.
Fruit Juices Coffee As a basic first step, it is good to remember to remove a stain start at the outer circumference and work to the inside. This will not allow the stain to continue to spread outward. Warm a soft cotton cloth with hot water, and use a mild abrasive as in a scouring powder. Massage the spot easily do not apply pressure. Mold or Mildew Your wood floors need good ventilation; air that is not moving and is stagnating will encourage the growth of mold in your home and on your wood floors. If this has occurred, use a solution of 1-cup water and 1/4 cup common household bleach. Use a soft cotton cloth and wipe the mold away gently. It is suggested you wear a mask when dealing with mold. Water Rings that have turned white Use steel wool (No. 1) and rub the stain, the area will need to have wax re-applied to the stained area. If unsuccessful with the steel wool, use very fine sandpaper and lightly sand the area. The stain, and area encircling, can be cleaned with (no.1) steel wool and a good floor cleaner or mineral spirits. After the floor is dry, a comparable finish for wood floors can be applied. Spread the area very thin, "feathering" the newly applied finish around the circumference allowing it to dry. When completely dry re-wax the floor. Chewing gum or wax product Fill a secure Ziploc plastic bag with ice cubes and place it over the wax or gum. This should cause the wax or gum to harden, and become breakable. Use a plastic scraper, spatula, or plastic paint scraper, and gently remove the material. The floor will need to be re-polished. Oily or greasy substance First remove the stain as well as possible with old newspaper or paper towels. Immerse a cloth in dry cleaning fluid and saturate the stain. Another idea is, to use a soap that contains lye (perhaps homemade lye soap) and rub it on the stain. Alternatively if that fails, drench a cloth with hydrogen peroxide and lay it over thee greasy area. A second layer saturated with ammonia is then placed over that the first layer. This should be duplicated until the stain is removed. Blood This requires ammonia to remove the stain. Use cold water and ammonia in equal parts, to remove the stain. Re-wax and buff. Alcoholic drinks This may be easily removed by a simple solution of detergent and warm water. If this is not successful, use a soft cotton cloth moistened with any of the following: ammonia, linseed oil, liquid or paste wax, denatured alcohol or silver polish. You will need to re-wax and polish. Dark stains Collect a no.1 steel wool pad, and a floor cleaner, or perhaps mineral spirits. Clean the spots or stains and the surrounding region. Dampen a cloth with normal household vinegar and carefully wash the area. It may take a short while but the stain will most likely vanish. If by chance the spots are still noticeable use fine sandpaper and sand, feathering around edges about 4 inches. Re-wax and polish the floor. Extremely dark stains or spots If you have tried several applications of vinegar on these stains and have had no success then you may apply a solution of Oxalic acid, use this strictly according to the label instructions. This is a bleaching medium and can be purchased in hardware and paint stores. You will definitely have to re-stain and refinish the floor once oxalic acid is used, to rematch the first color. Follow the directions and allow the mixture to set on the spots and stains for a time and then sponge off. More than one attempt may have to be attempted before stains will fade or come off completely. Cigarette Burns If the burn is not deep and penetrating, there is a good chance it can be removed by using steel wool moistened with soap and water.
It is always important to start processing at the edge of any spot or stained area, and move into the center to avoid spreading the solution outward. It is most probable that re-waxing and buffing will need to be done after each stain removal.
Find out about the many handbag styles, which ones best fit certain body types, and how designer labels play a part in selecting your favorite handbag.
Women love handbags just as much as they love diamonds. With new styles entering the marketplace every season, how can one decide? Are you a label lover - Chanel, Gucci, Prada or are you a classic - Tod's or YSL? Or is plain Jane luxurious leather more your style? Find out about the many handbag styles, which one would best fit your body type and how status plays the part of selecting your favorite handbag.
Every season designers come out with an array of different classic styles from hobo's to totes, to shoulder bags to clutches. As far as status is concerned, you don't need to wear a complete logo handbag to look like your bag cost lots of money. Great leather, good topstitching and quality workmanship play a big role in quality handbags, designer brand or not. But which one works for you, your lifestyle and your body?
Totes: A tote bag is usually in the shape of a square and is roomy enough for any women to carry everything she needs for the day. It's great for a casual day to get you from work to the gym. Tote bags can come in different sizes. Note: If you are small and petite, go for a smaller sized tote that will look proportionate to your body size. Hobo Bags: Hobo's are oversized bags where you can practically carry everything but the kitchen sink. The look is large and slouchy and can look incredibly fashionable and can go with every occasion (except of course the cocktail event). Note: Size does matter. It can look a little odd on an extremely petite body frame, since it is so oversized. Look for a slightly smaller size if you're tiny. Classic Handbags: This bag is your basic everyday handbag. The classic shape, smaller size, the long or short shoulder strap in the everyday color ? black, beige or brown is perfect for anyone. It could be a designer logo bag or a basic leather bag, either way you have a win/win situation. Note: Any body type would look great with this type of handbag. Clutches: Who doesn't love a classic clutch? Women love to get dressed up and this strapless type of handbag really does the trick. Whether you're looking for a vintage clutch from the 50's or a new designer clutch, looking for one with details is key. Note: If you're curvaceous a tiny clutch may not be for you - go for a medium sized one. If you're tiny a larger clutch may not off set your proportions, a smaller clutch would look great on you. Dressy Backpacks: These are great to give your weekend look a dressier vibe. And, if you choose a sleek backpack such as a Louis Vuitton, you take the chic look to a whole new level. The best part is your hands are free, so shopping is not a problem. Note: Backpacks look great on any body type. Messenger Bags: Messenger bags are great to take to the office for men or women. They are sleek, chic and swing right over the shoulder. These bags are large enough to carry all of your needs for the day and take you right into evening. Note: These look great on any body type as well.
Now that you know about all of the fabulous styles of handbags, get shopping.
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