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DIY tips on cleaning hardwood floors

DIY tips on cleaning hardwood floors

Your home’s hardwood floor is central to your decorations and overall look of your home. Therefore, it is important to ensure that it retains its look, and it lasts for a long time. The steps below outline how you can clean the floor without the need of seeking the services of professional cleaners.

Sweep the floor

Start by sweeping the floor with a broom that is soft bristled to remove particles such as grit and sand.

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DIY Tips to making your home soundproof

DIY Tips to making your home soundproof

There are ways you can prevent noise from getting into your home and at the same time, you can prevent noise from spilling over to your neighbors from your home. This is by soundproofing your home. The following DIY tips will help you to do soundproofing without using the need to consult a professional.

Sound proofing for outside noise

Outside noise can make it difficult for you to enjoy your home surroundings. Noise can get in through cracks, gaps and light building materials. The first thing you need to do is to find out how the noise is getting into the room. When it is quiet in the house, listen from where the noise is getting in. Check the door, windows, floors, walls and the ceiling and listen for noise. Seal the holes and cracks on windows and doors by the use of latex caulk or polyurethane. On the areas where pipes and wires enter the house, apply high-density polyester absorber or putty and then seal using fire rated sealant and acoustic.

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DIY tips of choosing lighting for your home

DIY tips of choosing lighting for your home

For the decorations of your house to everything has to be just right including the lighting. Each room has its own lighting needs, which means it should be lit differently. You do not need to hire a professional to do it because you can light your own home by following the following tips.

Lighting for the foyer and stairways

The foyer being the first place the guests see should be well illuminated. Use a chandelier or a pendant to light the area and make it welcoming. Use recessed down light or halogen lighting to light your artwork. The size of the chandelier should be proportional to the space available. Stairways and hallways should also be well lit. For hallways, place the lighting fixtures after about every 8 feet. You can match the fixtures for the foyer with those of the hallways and stairways. Just make them smaller. You can also use wall scones for additional lighting.

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How to frame and hang photos

How to frame and hang photos

There is no better way to personalize a space than in using your own photos. It is also a good way to keep those memories alive. Below is a guide on how you can frame and display them for all to see. Their impact can be improved by use of identical frames and boards.

What you need

Photos, mat boards, cutting mat, frames, photo tape-acid free, mat cutter and a pencil.

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Tips on replacing brickwork mortar

Tips on replacing brickwork mortar

Falling mortar on brickwork does not mean the end of your beautiful wall. You do not need to hire a professional either because the following tips will guide you on how to do repainting, or the removal of the old mortar and replacing with new mortar. Despite this, the process needs utmost care and the use of the right tools and materials so as not to damage the brick or ruin the wall’s good appearance.

The type of mortar that you should use will depend on when the brickwork was built. For older walls, lime mortar is preferable because it is what was used to join the brick together. The mortar consists of a mixture of lime putty with sand. This type of mortar is also preferable due to its flexibility ability of moving with the bricks movement. It also allows moisture to move out of the wall easily. If the brickwork is not old, you may use mortar that is cement based. The downside is that the mortars is hard and as the bricks expand and shrink, their bond break trapping the moisture and causing the bricks to pop off. After you decide on the mortar to use, below are the steps you should take.

Remove the old mortar

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