How to remove stains without replacing your floor

 

This marble floor was completely restored with our eco-friendly cleaning pads. Check out the final results on this blog post.

There’s no question about it, stains are never good news, but especially not when they ruin expensive furniture or flooring. Often, we jump to conclusions and assume the whole floor will need replacing, but before you panic, have a read of these simple, yet effective solutions.

Of course, the method to remove the stain will vary according to the type of stain and type of flooring, so we’ll go through each scenario.

Spills and Pet Stains

Carpet

Use an eco-friendly white vinegar, which neutralizes odors with its acidity. If dry, sprinkle baking soda and let is sit for a few hours before vacuuming.

Stone

Blot, then wipe the area with  a soft cloth dipped in sudsy water. Next use a dry cloth with rubbing alcohol, and finally, a dry cloth soaked in watered-down bleach.

Vinyl

Combine dish detergent, vinegar and warm water and scrub the area using a soft-bristled brush. Rinse with clean water

Hardwood

First, use floor wax, and if still dark, apply bleach or vinegar and allow to soak for an hour. Rinse with a damp cloth.

Oil-based stains

Carpet

Blot until no oil is left on the paper towel and then rub alcohol onto the stain. Next, apply dish soap and water.

Stone

Create a paste using ammonia or a degreaser. Apply paste to the stain, cover with a plastic bag and wait until dry.

Vinyl

Rub with a vinyl cleaner and water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Wipe with warm water and repeat.

Hardwood

Use dishwashing detergent to break down grease and rinse with water. Once dry, smooth the raised grain with sandpaper.

Water marks

Carpet

Use mineral oil to rub stains with a cloth. Sit overnight and repeat again if necessary.

Stone

Varies by type of natural stone, but generally won’t stain.

Vinyl

Use warm water and white vinegar to remove stain.

Hardwood

Use floor wax and if the stain goes deeper, lightly sand the floor and clean with mineral spirits.

 

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Tiling made easy with ATR levelling tools

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Professional looking tile floors, with even tile edges and straight layout doesn’t require a huge investment or complicated tools. In fact, simple and quick tile placement can be achieved with two small tools called spacers and spindles.

The ATR Tile Levelling Solution Startup Kit comes with  all the items you need to lay out floor or wall tiles quickly and free of stress. The intelligent system keeps the tiles in place while the mortar dries and doesn’t require the use of force. It only takes three easy steps to get the job done:

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We also made a video demonstration of a full ATR Tile Levelling Alignment System application.

The ATR Levelling Startup Kit includes 40 cross spacers, 20 edge spacers, 40 reusable pre assembled spindles all for $49.99, approximately 33% less than competing levelling system. Checkout the kit and other ATR Levelling System products at our shop.

Quick Bathroom Renovations

Renovating a bathroom can be daunting. Just the thought of preparing the space, doing the work and cleaning up afterward can be so overwhelming that it’s easier to put the idea on hold. This is why we’ve rounded up easy renovation ideas that will give your bathroom an entirely new look in very little time.

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Turn one of your walls into an accent wall by applying wall tiles in a different color than the rest of the walls. A splash of color is a cost-effective way to give any room a face lift.

TileWare Traditional Towel Bar Combo Victoria Series Brushed Nickel

Update your bathroom accessories. Something as simple as installing a new stainless steel towel bar or polished chrome hooks is a quick and inexpensive way to revamp your bathroom. Check out our bathroom accessories products that will give your home a great new look.

Serene Shower Steam System Storm Surge

Swap out old shower heads and handles to transform the look and feel of your bathroom while giving you a spa-like bath experience. The Stainless Steel Shower System by Serene Steam has durable finishes that are very easy to maintain and do not hold fingerprint marks as easily as the mirrored finishes.

These recessed shelves will make you want to renovate your bathroom

There are many reasons why recessed shelves are a good addition for your bathroom. To start they save space in the shower while providing handy storage for your toiletries. With proper waterproofing and installation for drainage, this type of shelf is easy to clean and can lasts a lifetime.

If you want to save time and money on installation, you can get a professional looking shelf with ready to tile shower recessed shelves. This model is the perfect DIY solution since they don’t require framing prior to installation are already waterproof. In addition they are easy to mount and are flexible with respect to being installed prior or after tiling. This means all that you have to do is mount them, add mortar mix (sand and cement), and tile as desired.

Below we have selected eight creative recessed bathroom shelves to help you start planning your next remodelling project. Whether it is a ready to install piece or a custom made shelf, we have what you need to to get it done.

Master Bathroom
Photo by Renewal Design-BuildBrowse contemporary bathroom ideas
Best Builders ltd
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Lawrence Park
Photo by Black General ContractingLook for contemporary bathroom design inspiration
Kitsilano Point Residence
Photo by Corey Klassen Interior DesignLook for contemporary bathroom design inspiration
House Bloomsbury
Photo by Stiff and TrevillionSearch Scandinavian bathroom pictures
Terraced House Refit
Photo by TG-StudioDiscover Scandinavian bathroom design ideas
Hudson River Duplex
Photo by Mabbott Seidel ArchitectureSearch modern bathroom pictures
Oakhill Court
Photo by Ardesia DesignLook for Victorian bathroom design inspiration

How to Achieve Lippage Free Tile Floors and Walls

ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System

How to Achieve Lippage Free Tile Floors and Walls

For many homeowners, once fall hits, it becomes prime time to shift their focus from the outdoors to indoors – primarily to their interior design, or lack of it, in some cases. With cooler weather, you’ll be spending more and more time inside, and who wouldn’t want to make their interiors as stylish and welcoming as possible when the weather outside is anything but? Plus, with all that time spent cooped up indoors, you might as well make the most of it and add value to your home at the same time!

A much overlooked aspect of almost every home is the floors. While they cover less area, and aren’t quite as visible or immediately noticeable as your walls, they make just as much of an impact on the overall look and feel of a home. They also take much more of a beating than walls do, particularly in heavily trafficked areas like an entryway or the kitchen. That’s why more and more homeowners are looking to implement stable, stylish, and durable materials for their flooring in these areas, such as tile. With tile, you don’t have the same concerns as you would with carpet or hardwood, and the floors will be significantly easier to clean and care for.

ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System

However, many homeowners view the installation of an attractive tile floor as a costly and labor intensive practice, particularly if they’re doing it on their own. That’s where the ATR Tile Leveling system comes in handy. Not only does it help you to get the job done easily, it requires no additional tools, and it uses only 1/3 of the spacer a normal system would take in order to do the same job. The system also cuts the installation time by 75 percent when compared to more traditional methods. For those who want a relatively quick project that isn’t going to take weeks upon weeks to complete, but had previously counted tile out, your answer is in the ATR Tile Leveling system.

The ATR system allows you to not only get the tile floors or walls you want, but makes it much easier and quicker to do so. It only takes three easy steps and afterwards, you’re done! The first step is to spread the mortar over the area you want to tile, then put the tile in place. After this, you’ll need to screw the provided spindle into the spacing plate, which you’ll then need to slide under the tile before placing the adjacent tiles down. From there it’s as easy as screwing in the spindle until all the tiles are aligned and level. Afterwards, you simply let the mortar dry before you screw it out. (For a visual demonstration of this straightforward process you can check out this video).

Think of all the possibilities and looks you can create by easily installing tile. This glossy glass tile would create a fantastic backsplash in a modern kitchen, particularly since it’s moisture impervious, resists fading, and is fire resistant. And these blue pebble glass mosaic tiles would give any bathroom a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere. For a chic and classic entryway, the classic (but far from boring) tumbled travertine octagonal tiles make the right statement to welcome guests to your home. The possibilities are really endless with such an easy, cost efficient, and time saving installation system at your disposal.

Spencer Blohm is a freelance lifestyle and pop culture blogger for www.albertaenergyproviders.ca. When he’s not busy working he’s usually plotting his next home improvement project.

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