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Posted by on 5:25 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips For Keeping Your Marble Shower Walls Looking Clean

When you want a shower enclosure that is opulent and elegant, making the choice to include marble shower walls is a good option. Unfortunately, without proper professional marble cleaning, marble shower walls can quickly turn from a luxury to a headache. Here are two tips you can use to help keep your marble shower walls looking clean in the future. 1. Test your marble to see if it needs to be sealed. Marble is a by-product of limestone, which is one of the more porous stone materials. This means that marble slabs are absorbent. To prevent mold and mildew from settling into the pores in your marble shower walls, you may need to apply a sealer. You can use two simple tests to determine if your marble should be sealed. First, apply 2 tablespoons of water to the marble’s surface. Let the water sit for 15 minutes, then wipe away. If the stone is darker where it was exposed to water, you need to apply a sealer. To test if your marble will absorb solvents, dab some mineral oil on the surface of your shower walls. Let the mineral oil sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe it away. Discoloration means a sealer will help protect your marble from absorbing cleaning solvents in the future. 2. Get rid of the calcium deposits hard water can cause. If your home has hard water, you likely have calcium deposits on your marble shower walls. Removing these deposits on a regular basis will help your marble stay in pristine condition. You can safely and quickly remove calcium deposits from a marble surface by creating a vinegar solution. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Add one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, and shake thoroughly until all ingredients are mixed well in your spray bottle. Spray your homemade vinegar solution directly on any areas that are affected by calcium deposits. Use a soft sponge to scrub the area, spraying and scrubbing repeatedly until the calcium deposits have been completely removed. Using vinegar to clean your marble shower walls at least once each week will help you keep your shower enclosure as clean as possible. When it comes to caring for a marble shower enclosure, protecting your marble shower walls with a sealer can help you avoid stains or discoloration. Weekly application of a vinegar solution will keep calcium deposits at bay, ensuring that your shower enclosure remains as opulent as the day it was...

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Posted by on 2:08 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Tips For Getting Your House Ready For The Cold Weather

The best time to fix all of those little drafty areas in your house, so you’ll be warmer this winter, is in the summer. The work is much easier in a T-shirt and shorts than bundled up in a parka with a pair of mittens on. Get your supplies together and walk around the whole house. In an afternoon, you’ll have the house sealed up and you’ll no longer have to deal with drafty rooms. Supplies You’ll Need long flat-blade screwdriver small pry bar hammer finishing nails double-stick carpet tape roll of closed-cell foam insulation container of spray foam insulation weather stripping (optional) Making the Rounds Start on the top floor and make your way down to the basement. Look for all of the ways that warm air can escape from your house and seal those areas up. 1. Check the attic access. If you have an opening into your attic from a hallway or bedroom closet, make sure no air can get around the door or cover. Place a strip of foam insulation around the door and tack it down with the finishing nails or carpet tape so it seals the door when closed. 2. Look for space around the window sills. Sometimes builders cut out a larger space than what a window needs. It gets covered up with a trim piece so you don’t notice it. Gently pry the window trim away from the wall and look for a space. When you find one, take the trim off completely. Pack some closed cell foam into a small space or use the expanding spray foam for a larger gap. Replace the trim when done. 3. Check around all exterior doors for air leaks. As with the window, the door frames may have gaps around them. Pry away the trim around the frame and fill in any gaps you find with insulation. Also look for gaps around the door when it’s closed. Attach or replace weather stripping on the door edges to seal the door against air leaks. 4. Check light switches and electrical outlets. You can get air coming in around these spaces, especially when they are on an exterior wall. Remove the cover plate and pack a small amount of closed foam insulation around the electrical box. Replace the cover. 5. Look for space around vents leaving the house. Stove exhaust fans, dryer vents, and bathroom fan vents all have exhaust conduits that exit the house. Look for spaces around these vents and plug up the gaps. You may have to push the closed-foam insulation into the wall around the vent to get a good seal. Or use the spray foam to fill in large areas around the vent. 6. Seal around cables and pipes leaving the house. Walk around the outside of the house and look for: water pipes gas pipes electrical conduit telephone cables cable TV cables Spray the foam insulation around these cables and pipes where they exit the wall to stop any leaks there. Once you’ve sealed up the air leaks in your house, you’ll notice a difference this winter when the wind starts to blow. Save money on your heating bill and be more comfortable in your home by getting rid of these drafts. To learn more, contact a company like Fortune...

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