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Keeping Hardwood Floors Clean

Hardwood floors are such a good idea. Carpets can hold dust and mites. This is even more important if someone in the house has respiratory issues. But they are not without a downside. Hardwood floors can look dirty if not cleaned properly. The natural oil on our skin leaves visible figure prints that can be seen across the room (and maybe by your neighbors).

But do not fear. You have options for keeping everything clean. All of the major home cleaning supply makers have developed products to help  stainless steel clean. But you have some great DIY options.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t wax a wood floor with a urethane finish

Do use cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue

Don’t use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor — they’ll dull the finish and affect your ability to recoat later.

Do use a professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove occasional scuffs and heel marks (just spray some cleaner on a cloth and rub the stained area lightly)

Don’t wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter).

Do clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge

Do minimize water exposure and clean spills immediately

Until Next Time,

Mike,

Chicago Kitchen Remodeling

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The Case for Custom Cabinets

When you are getting ready to remodel a kitchen some of the biggest decisions you have to make are related to the cabinets. Do you reuse the current frames and only replace or repaint the doors – or do you start completely from scratch. If you are on a tight budget or the fames are in bad shape the decision is an easy one.

When it comes to installing custom cabinets in a kitchen here are some things to keep in mind:

  • How do you use your space?
  • Do you integrate small appliances into the custom design?
  • How does the design work with your cooking patterns?

Each of these questions will impact how you design your custom cabinets.