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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

After Installation: Your New Wood Floors

by Nicholas Jenkins

New floors look shiny and beautiful. After wood flooring installation, it's normal if you feel relieved that you won't have to worry about floors for a while. However, they'll still need smart, focused attention if you plan to preserve them. Try these post-install tips.

Take Shoes Off

You might have eagerly asked for anti-stain and scratch-resistant coatings on the floors. Therefore, you may feel walking on the floors with work shoes, slippers, heels, and boots is fine. Realize that foot traffic over a period of years, perhaps even only months can still affect how the floors look. 

An easy option you've got for saving the floors you've invested in is to institute a no-shoe policy. By leaving shoes near the door or front porch, the floors will be safer. You might also notice fewer dust is tracked through the house and that there are fewer scuffs and stains on flooring surfaces.

Keep Crayons Handy

You might be dreading minor scratches on the flooring you buy. Pulling a dining room table chair out could scratch the floor easily, or an accident involving equipment or other furniture could also scrape the floors. Luckily, crayons could help.

Brown crayons can mask shallow scratches by simply drawing on them. More serious scratches could be resolved by melting down some crayon wax and gently filling the scratch. Buffing it a bit as it dries will smooth the wax, and your floor will look just fine.

Take Care with Chemicals

The cleaners you're about to use on your new floors should be researched before trying them. There are many brands which claim they won't strip the coating away or harm wood, but you should be looking up reviews and testimonials to ensure you won't regret using specific products. You may even ask your installer what is best.

This also applies to natural chemicals. Some people recommend white vinegar as a safe, natural way to clean floors, but it can actually cause damage. Some coatings will be weakened over time due to the vinegar's acetic acid. That could ultimately mean more scuffs, scratches, and stains. Even if you're planning to use home cleaners will all-natural ingredients, you should be consulting flooring professionals first.

Your ability to happily maintain new floors depends on your ability to consider ideas like these. Your installation contractor is likely to be the most knowledgeable partner you've got; talking with them periodically after their work is done is wise. For more information, contact a company like Thayer Decorating Center.