How to Protect Your Hardwood Floors During the Winter Months

Garety Building

Hardwood floors add undeniable beauty and character to a home. And since they’re durable, hardwood floors are a long-lasting investment. However, they do need to be properly taken care of. During the winter months, with extra moisture, salt, and mud being tracked throughout the house, it’s easy to accept that your hardwood floors will take a beating. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Protect your hardwood floors during the winter months with these tips. Clean the Correct Way Be … [Read more...]

The Do’s & Don’ts Of Hardwood Flooring Installation

Hardwood Flooring

Nothing can bring a look of sophistication to your house like hardwood flooring, and nowadays you have a wide range of options to choose from. While installing hardwood flooring is a project that most do-it-yourselfers can handle, there are a few do’s and don'ts that installers should heed to make sure their projects turn out just the way they envision. Do's of Hardwood Flooring Installation Do know the differences between the many types of wood flooring available. Solid wood, engineered … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Tiled Floor For Re-Tiling

Front Foyer Old Tile - View From Kitchen

How do you properly prepare an already tiled floor for new floor tiles? Well, personally I don't. However, last summer I had a tile company come and install the oversized 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Here is a picture or two of the starting point. The front hallway already had 23 year old original floor tile which came with the house. In the adjoining laundry room there was linoleum flooring. So, what steps were … [Read more...]

Floor Cleaner Review – Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner on Hardwood Flooring

Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner on Kithen and Family Room Hardwood Floor

In the past two days we have written about, with pictures and videos, the Mint robotic appliance to clean your home's tile, hardwood and linoleum floors. You can access here our first article in this product review series describing the Mint floor cleaning appliance. Next, you can access this second article to see how well it cleaned in our tiled bathrooms and laundry room. Today we look at how this product performs first on hardwood floors and second on a floor with an opening to a … [Read more...]

Floor Cleaner Review – Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner Tests

Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner In Narrow Bathroom

Yesterday we wrote about the Mint automatic floor cleaner and showed pictures of this home floor cleaning product for hardwood, tile and linoleum floors. Today we describe, with accompanying pictures and videos, some tests that we ran. Now, one test was that of a narrow shared four piece bathroom with a tile floor. Not understanding a lot about technology, I was curious if this robotic floor cleaning product needed bright light to work. In this bathroom while the CFL energy saving … [Read more...]

Floor Cleaner Review – Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner

Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner Box

A while ago we were asked if we wanted to receive for purposes of writing a product review the Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner, which is one of the new robotic type of floor cleaners on the market. This household electronic product retails for around $250 in several on line and retail stores in the USA. It is used to dust and clean hardwood and tile and linoleum floors. Knowing that sometimes weekly dusting of the floors in our home doesn't get done, and that it would be cool to have our own … [Read more...]

Color Coordination – Color Coordinating Floor Vent Register With Floor Tiles

Black Floor Vent Register on Charcoal Tile

In the previously article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we wrote about the technique used to secure the grout between the tile and the wood of the adjacent stairs wood hand railing. Today, we wanted to cover coordinating the color of the floor vent register with the new dark charcoal over-sized floor tiles. Here is the a picture where we used the original vent cover in the newly tiled laundry room: Typically, floor vent registers are not meant to be … [Read more...]

Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

Unfinished Floor Tile Edge by Sunken Room

Last time we looked at the finishing solution used on the vertical stairway riser by the newly laid floor tile. Today we have a similar dilemma for the edge of the newly laid hallway floor tile at the end of the sunken living room. Here is a picture of the sunken living room entrance to the front hall before the floor tiling renovation project began. And now here is a picture of the same area once the new floor tile has been laid in the front hall. Notice the difference? … [Read more...]

Finishing Floor Tile Removal

Scraping Excess Old ThinSet

In our continuing series on the re-tiling of our front foyer and adjacent laundry room, we saw the initial effort to remove the 23 year old tile in the front hall way. Today, we finish that effort and see the results. Once all the tiles were removed, the contractors then proceeded to use a shop-vac to remove all the loose cement. As they did this, they also used the large metal scraper you see in the picture below to scrap of any excess thin-set left over from the initial tile … [Read more...]

Removing Old Floor Tile

Plastic Sheets Preventing Dust From Tile Removal

In our previous article in this series on tiling our front hall and laundry room, we provided a description of the current state, with the 23 year old tile in the front hall and the linoleum flooring in the adjacent laundry room. Today, we describe the process used by the contractors to remove the old tile in the front hall. The first thing that they did was to have me turn off the central air system. This was done for the entire floor tile removal in order to prevent the fan in the … [Read more...]

Floor Tiling Project Begins

Front Foyey Old Tile - View From Kitchen

Today we begin with the first article in a new home renovation series. This time we have a more traditional floor tile project in some senses from our previous SnapStone floor tile project yet just a little more modern floor tile project in some other senses. And, when I say 'we', I am referring to the use of a flooring retailer who provides installation services. I will not be performing this home renovation project myself. In this home renovation project, we are: removing the … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak and Shower Re-Tiling Series

En Suite Shower Corner

Have you faced one of those home renovation projects which seem to go on for absolutely ever? What about a water leak in the ceiling of your basement? Have you ever had to deal with one of those? Well, for us, the answer was yes. Only a few months after we moved into and renovated our new home we came upon a brown stain in a few of the ceiling tiles in our basement. Finding that brown stain lead us on an adventure to locate the water leak. Because of its location there were several … [Read more...]

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