Tag Archives: DIY

Work that you can do yourself in various areas of house.

Improving smell of your carpet?

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cardiff bute parkHow to improve your carpet’s smell and fresh feeling in house is an easy thing to do, just simply fallow few of those steps on regular abases and youll be perfectly fine with not much work on your behalf.  I have been working with carpets for over 3 years as of now and I can tell you that there can be a lot in the carpet in terms of dirt and other unwanted smells, especially if there are pets in the house or people that smoke. There is nothing wrong with either of those. However with first one one has to apply often hoovering and using carpet re-fresheners to maintain nice and fresh feeling to house, as pets tend to drop a bit of fur and significant amount of dandruff depending on their size. I know that some households can deal with those in very efficient way and there is not much residue from pets in their carpets simply by hoovering at least three times a week and this is more then enough for most dogs sizes.

When it comes to smokers it is bit more challenging and one should be using combination of hoovering with telling smoker to get out of the house with stinky stick 🙂 if smoker does not comply then using outs or other carpet re-fresheners should do the trick.



How to clean your leather sofa suite

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1 – Using huggies baby wipes is great way to clean your suite clean and looking nicely, this will save you lots of money and effort to hire some professional to do it for you. Especially if you buy them whenever they are in promotion in which ever supermarket, this is often happening in Tesco or Asda.

2 – I would recommend to avoid using anything that is designed to clean of oil from surface, that is any type of soap is going to be destructive for your leather surface. That is why do not use Soap Flakes under any circumstances, this will be rather counteractive to sofa and will leave it cracking and dry in touch which is not desirable.

3 – other very obvious way to clean your suite is simply to use leather cleaning wipes, those are not the cheapest but do great job on the surface and surely will provide good protection for your sofa. Modern day sofas do not use coating, and this makes them more durable and can be cleaned even with warm water, or cleansing milk which will be very good for durability of your sofa’s surface.

4 – water based foam leather cleaner are best, not most cost effective however will provide great protection for your sofa and in a long run will prove to be one of the best solutions.


Painting skirting boards

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This is very tricky thing to pain at your property and should be done with rather great deal of attention, as this is activity that will provide most opportunity to damage your carpet and unnecessarily create more expenses for you in further renovation. That is why this would be planed ahead and make sure to use precocious to protect your flooring and carpets.

Few stages you should be looking in to before starting this painting fun, make sure that all the pain from them is removed and that you have sanded skirting boards before starting process. This will prevent pain chipping off the fresh surface. After you have finished this stage, ensure that your floor is protected for any pain that you may lose while painting.

Protecting your floors – this can be done in few ways, if you are dealing with hard flooring, simply using newspaper on the surface can provide enough protection for you to work freely. However if it is done in presence of carpet then you should be looking in to using low tack marking tape that will offer great help with your job and ensure great results from your nice edges. In some situations you can be able to move carpet from the boards using wallpaper stripping knife.


Painting Tips for the Newbie DIY Enthusiasts!

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Most people are always excited about the décor of their home but don’t really know from where to begin. One of the best painting tips is to begin   decorating the home is by starting out with the color you want the house to be painted in. The excitement continues in choosing the color, deciding on the color of the room in the interior and the exterior of the entire house and above all the brand you prefer to use. So once this is decided it’s time to put your imagination and creativity into practice and that’s where you would need a few painting tips if you were a newbie in this domain. If you are planning to paint the home by yourself, a few of the following painting tips would help you complete the job in the best possible way.

Firstly it is good for a person new to painting the home to know the   procedures that are usually carried out before the actual painting and they include:

  1. Sanding: The process is the first in the list of procedures carried out in preparing the walls that need to be painted. Using a sand paper the walls are smoothened so that when the paint is applied it does not bulge out. Sanding the walls ensure that the paint spreads evenly and also helps the paint remain gripped to the wall.
  2. Patching: Patch up the small cracks and crevices with concrete before starting out on the painting job. This procedure makes the walls more even all over and when painting dents will not be visible.
  3. Caulking:  This process of filling up helps the small areas around the windows, casings of the doors, edges of walls and other areas in the walls to be filled up so that there is a smooth finish before the painting is done. Use primers to fill up the patches in order to make the walls even.
  4. Painting: This is the final stage when you start the painting job. It is best to start at the ceiling and come down the walls.

Once you are done with all the preparations above its time to start the painting job and by following a few painting tips given below for a DIY novice, the job is sure to be well –done.

  • When you buy paint ensure you have made a correct estimate of the cans of paint you are likely to need. It might be difficult to get the same shade again. Remember to shop for high quality paint and painting equipments. A gallon of paint would be needed to cover 400-450 Sq Ft
  • When buying paint ensures that it includes the primer in it so you don’t need to buy one separately.
  • When painting, never dip the entire part of the bristles into the paint, but dip on a third of the length of the bristles. This way you can avoid the clogging of paint.
  • Consult with an expert before embarking on your painting experiment so that you don’t make irreversible errors.

Following these tips is sure to give you the confidence in getting the painting job well done and giving your home the freshness it needs.