Bob Vila suggests using wax or acrylic floor polish to conceal light scratches in hardwood flooring. As an alternative, Vila suggests applying a product specifically designed to renew the wood such as Hardwood Floor Reviver from Minwax. Clean the floor thoroughly before applying. Sanding the floor is not necessary, although the product needs to be applied again every few months. Never use on wood laminate or factory-finished flooring.Know More
Vila suggests using a stain to fix scratches that are so deep that they reach bare wood. Apply a traditional wood stain in a matching color with a small brush or a cotton swab. Wipe up any excess stain before it dries completely. Stain markers and blending pencils in an array of colors are also available at hardware stores or home improvement centers to fix this type of scratch.
Vila suggests using a pre-colored latex wood filler for a deep gouge. Apply the filler with a plastic putty knife, the tool least likely to cause further damage to the floor surface. Use fine-grit sandpaper to level the floor surface after the wood filler has completely dried. Apply varnish thinned with 10 percent or 20 percent turpentine over the now filled, deep gouge.Learn More
Exposure to mold can cause nasal stuffiness, itchy eyes, irritated skin and wheezing. People with serious allergies may have more severe reactions, claims The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Full Answer >
Because fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, they should be recycled or disposed of in hazardous waste receptacles. Throwing them out with household trash runs the risk of introducing mercury into the environment; while each bulb only contains a very small amount of the toxic metal, those amounts can add up in landfills. Home Depot, Lowe's and other hardware stores sometimes maintain recycle bins for these bulbs.Full Answer >
Curtains collect a surprising amount of dust, but are often supposed to be dry-cleaned only. Despite what the instructions say, it is often possible to clean them yourself and save money in the process.Full Answer >
Cherry wood has a beautiful color and grain, but it can lose its beauty if the finish is damaged. According to SFGate, lacquer gives the best results for refinishing cherry furniture. In addition to lacquer, you need a paintbrush, some sandpaper and a hand block.Full Answer >