How to Clean and Maintain Laminate Floors

How to Clean and Maintain Laminate Floors

There’s a reason just about every designer on popular home TV shows ends up installing laminate floors. It’s made out of wood composite (materials like sawdust pressed together), but looks just like solid hardwood flooring. Plus, it’s often cheaper, easier to install, and (wait for it) comes with a clear protective layer on top. But […]

There’s a reason just about every designer on popular home TV shows ends up installing laminate floors. It’s made out of wood composite (materials like sawdust pressed together), but looks just like solid hardwood flooring. Plus, it’s often cheaper, easier to install, and (wait for it) comes with a clear protective layer on top. But it still requires regular care.

First, Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, says to stock up on these essentials:

  • Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum ($50, amazon.com)
  • Microfiber mop ($40, amazon.com)
  • Weiman Hardwood Floor Cleaner ($10 per bottle, amazon.com)

Got it? Now learn how to use these products:

How to Clean Laminate Floors

1. Regularly run a canister vacuum, like the Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, over the surface to remove dirt and debris from cracks and crevices. “If you only have an upright model, turn off the rotating brush to keep the bristles from scratching your floors,” says Forte. Work your way around the floor, cleaning one area at a time.

2. Every one to two months damp-mop the floor for a more thorough cleaning, using a specialty cleaner, like Good Housekeeping Seal holder Weiman Hardwood Floor Cleaner. Pro tip: Keep the mop damp, not wet, so you don’t oversaturate the floor.

3. To prevent damage, do not polish or wax a laminate floor. Also, don’t use abrasive cleaners, scouring powder, or steel wool. They have the potential to scratch the floor and damage the protective finish.

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Woman Spends 3 Years Converting Old Bus Into Mobile Home, And It Looks Better Than Most Apartments

Instead of searching for her dream home, Jessie Lipskin decided to create it. Scrolling through eBay, Jessie fell in love with a 1966 GMC bus (the same model Keanu Reeves Drove On ‘Speed’) and instantly bought it. She spent the next few years converting the vehicle into a house on wheels, and the gorgeous results […]

Instead of searching for her dream home, Jessie Lipskin decided to create it. Scrolling through eBay, Jessie fell in love with a 1966 GMC bus (the same model Keanu Reeves Drove On ‘Speed’) and instantly bought it. She spent the next few years converting the vehicle into a house on wheels, and the gorgeous results display all the effort she put in the project. Jessie explains that her nontraditional home was inspired by the pursuit of an eco-friendly lifestyle.

“My first draw to the alternative sustainable lifestyle was the documentary Garbage Warrior,” Lipskin told. In the documentary Michael Reynolds, an eco-architect, designs and builds earthships using all-recycled materials. “[It] really resonated with me. I began to consume everything I could read, more about sustainable lifestyles. Ultimately, a home on wheels seemed like a perfect solution: I could easily explore new places (finding a permanent place to settle, in the short term, was not a priority for me), and I could continue to live a vegan lifestyle.”

“RVs lacked the aesthetic I was going for, so I landed on a vintage bus conversion which could be registered and insured as an RV.”

Jessie said that the hardest part was finding the right people to help her complete the conversion. “I love DIY, however, I don’t have experience with plumbing, electrical, carpentry needed for this project,” she added. “The big challenge was that it was very different from working on a home that’s fixed in one location. I constantly had to account for movement, on top of that the angles of the bus and slanted style windows made it challenging to design the best possible layout and curved woodworking. Levels were useless as the bus incline changes depending on location, it was all about calculating angles. This added a lot of time onto the project.”

Despite the hardships, she didn’t give up. Overall, her labor of love took a little over $70k to complete. Jessie has been living in the bus since January, and she absolutely adores it.

Jessie Lipskin fell in love with this 1966 GMC bus and decided she would turn it into a cute mobile home

This is how the bus looked like when she bought it

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The hardest part was finding the right people to help her complete the conversion

“I love DIY, however, I don’t have experience with plumbing, electrical, carpentry needed for this project,” she told Bored Panda

“The big challenge was that it was very different from working on a home that’s fixed in one location”

“I constantly had to account for movement, on top of that the angles of the bus and slanted style windows made it challenging to design the best possible layout and curved woodworking”

“Levels were useless as the bus incline changes depending on location, it was all about calculating angles. This added a lot of time onto the project”

Overall, the bus took 3 years to redo

The result is so much worth it, though:

“An oil painting found at Goodwill adorns the hallway. I think these finishing touches really help it feel more like a home than a bus,” a helpful friend wrote

“View from the kitchen area towards the main bedroom”

“Took a good amount of searching to find the right curtains. Went with velvet curtains in the bedroom”

“A custom-made bench cushion from Final Cut in New Jersey”

“A little “library” along the back of the bedroom”

“This is just one portion of the closet, it extends to the left and right a decent amount”

“Went with the IGLOO (33 in. W 5.5 cu. ft.) Side by Side Refrigerator in Silver, Counter Depth from Home Depot. It’s a fridge/freezer”

“The bathroom has mahogany wood slotted flooring that drains for drying off post shower. The shower drain connects to the floor drain and they both lead to the gray water tank which is mounted under the bus”

“A kitchen with a view”

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Care Turned This Werewolf Into A Beautiful Dog

For several months, a mysterious animal stood by the side of a road in Madera Ranchos, California. He was skinny and balding, with scaly, hard skin and a broken tail. This terrifying appearance caused people to call him the werewolf. Because of his scary and dangerous look, it took a while before anyone dared approaching […]

For several months, a mysterious animal stood by the side of a road in Madera Ranchos, California. He was skinny and balding, with scaly, hard skin and a broken tail. This terrifying appearance caused people to call him the werewolf.

werewolf
Because of his scary and dangerous look, it took a while before anyone dared approaching him. In fact, it only happened when a passerby, after seeing him, decided to post a photo on Facebook asking for help. That was when Megan Bowe, founder of Bowe’s Adoptable Rescued Pups, showed up.

The rescue
Bowe told The Dodo,“I was about ready to cry when I saw how bad off he was. He was really on his last leg. He was depressed and could barely even stand up.”

She realized the so-called “werewolf” was really just a sick and neglected German shepherd mix and decided to drive him to an emergency veterinary clinic immediately. And, much to her surprise, not only did the dog not resist her attempt to put him in her car, but he almost seemed relieved to finally get help.

At the clinic, Megan heard from the veterinarian that King (the name she decided to give to the dog) suffered from several diseases and injuries including a broken pelvis and a broken tail. She also learned that, although he looked much older, King was only a year old.

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“My vet thinks he got hit by a car, and that would explain how his tail was so messed up, too,” she said. “That injury happened months ago, because by the time I got him it had already started to heal incorrectly. And with such a damaged pelvis, he wasn’t able to get around very far on his own to look for food, so he was extremely skinny and dehydrated.”

A chance to recover
Megan took him to her house and set up a quarantine area in her garage so her other animals would not be infected by King’s contagious diseases. He needed to gain some weight before he could have surgery to fix his pelvis and tail, so she helped him by giving him small portions of food and gradually increasing them as he got stronger.

Shepard mix

Following the vet’s orders, King now goes for daily walks to strengthen his legs while he waits patiently for when he can have his stitches removed. Once he is fully recovered, Megan Bowe says he is going to be available for adoption. Hopefully, he will soon have the happy home and family he deserves.

 

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Housekeepers Reveal the Best House Cleaning Tips You’re Probably Not Doing

Wish you could get your house as clean as it feels right after a cleaning crew comes through? You can by following these tips! Read on to learn about the best house cleaning tips from housekeepers. 1. Use a cleaning caddy This a true trick of the trade for housekeepers. It’s much easier to clean […]
Wish you could get your house as clean as it feels right after a cleaning crew comes through? You can by following these tips! Read on to learn about the best house cleaning tips from housekeepers.

1. Use a cleaning caddy

This a true trick of the trade for housekeepers. It’s much easier to clean each room when you can carry all of your supplies with you. Instead of spreading out your cleaning supplies in different areas of the house, keep everything together in one cleaning caddy that you can easily transport from room to room.

2. Don’t buy different products for every cleaning task

You don’t need to buy a different product for every different surface in your home–that’s a waste of money. Save space in your cleaning caddy by using all-purpose products that are used by the pros.

“Look for a disinfecting all-purpose cleaner that also cleans glass, a disinfecting cleaner that works on tough spots in the kitchen and bathroom, and a floor cleaner that works on wood and tile,” advises the housekeepers at Care.

3. Declutter before you do anything else

Cleaning around your clutter is never the way to go. Get your home organized and take care of the clutter before you start the real cleaning. Care suggests having your kids help you out by putting away all their toys and clothes while you put away all the junk (like magazines, tablets, etc.) that’s piled up in the common areas.

4. Every housekeeper uses these tools

Similarly to the cleaning products, less is more. You don’t need a different specialty tool for every little different cleaning task in your home. According to Care, housekeepers always use these tools: microfiber cleaning cloths, sponges, a handle and detail scrub brush, a vacuum that works on floor and carpets, a duster, and a mop.

5. Even if you think you are, you’re not dusting everything you should be

You need to be dusting a lot more than just the surfaces of countertops, bookshelves, desks, and tables. Don’t forget to look up when you’re dusting. Things like ceiling fans, light fixtures, the tops of tall furniture, electronics and the backs of TVs and computers all attract lots of dust but are often neglected.

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10 quick house-cleaning habits you should be doing every day

Organised people know how it works: not only do they have a place for everything, they also have simple cleaning habits that are performed daily. Here are 10 things to add to your routine that will save you time in the long run and give you a clean home to boot! 1. Make your bed […]

Organised people know how it works: not only do they have a place for everything, they also have simple cleaning habits that are performed daily.

Here are 10 things to add to your routine that will save you time in the long run and give you a clean home to boot!

1. Make your bed every day
Set aside just three minutes every morning to make your bed. Regardless of the style or storage situation elsewhere in your bedroom, a freshly made bed makes you feel in control and on top of your day. Everything will follow from here.

2. Always load your dishwasher at the end of the day
Clearing away the dishes after a meal is one thing but loading your dishwasher and handwashing your pots and pans, knives and chopping boards will result in clean and tidy benchtops to return to each morning. Even if the dishwasher is not full, make a habit of loading it up and setting it to run, then wipe down your sink and benches for a clean and clear food prep area. Use a little air freshener or essential-oil-and-water spray to finish.

3. Tidy bathroom vanity after use
Always tidy away your makeup and grooming products after use and wipe down your bathroom or ensuite vanity each morning. Ensure there is a place for everything and pack away items immediately to keep clutter at bay and allow for easy cleaning and wipe down of your benches.

Have your makeup and hair products organised into racks, draws or acrylic holders to encourage simple storage and easy access. If your makeup collection is extensive, it’s worth investing in storage designed to care for and organise it properly. Find stylish containers for storage of other essential items to keep your vanity clutter-free and beautiful.

Wipe out your basin daily and check your handtowel and replace with a clean one a couple of times a week.

4. Use organisers and stackable containers for storage
Invest in a system of containers for your under-sink storage. Use as many as needed to fit the space and organise products by use and type. This also helps to keep your supplies fresh as items are less likely to get lost at the back of a shelf or cupboard.

5. Use baskets and/or drawers in your hallway
Shoes, hats, dog leads and umbrellas all collect in your entrance hall and not all are attractive. With daily use, they tend to look untidy if not given adequate storage. Choose a set of drawers or freestanding baskets to organise your hallway and style it up with decorative hooks and holders to create a stylish welcome to your home.

6. Have a lightweight vacuum cleaner
Easy to carry around your house and kept within easy reach, a portable vacuum cleaner is an answer to your incidental cleaning woes. Rather than lugging the whole unit everywhere, you’re more likely to grab a stick or hand-held dust buster for quick clean-ups and to whip around high traffic areas in no time.

7. Start a system to organise paperwork
A simple filing system for keeping and storing paperwork and receipts will not only save you time looking for papers, it will keep surfaces in your home clear. A cheap file organiser or set of chic drawers kept handy in your kitchen or living area works well for keeping receipts, school notes, invitations and invoices ordered and handy.

8. Empty your bin – often
Rather than letting kitchen and household rubbish bins pile up into a groaning, side-splitting mess, empty your kitchen tidy and recycling bin often. This is a great job for children learning to contribute to housekeeping if you make it fun. A quick wipe down of the inside of your bin and frame each time you do so will keep things clean and hygienic. Place small bins in each room in your home to ensure litter doesn’t collect.

Green tip: To aid in the breakdown of household waste, don’t tie your waste bags when you dispose of them – simply use the tabs to carry them to your wheelie bin and allow for the waste to tumble out into the garbage truck and, in turn, the dump. Better still, don’t use bags at all to line your bin.

9. Keep a cleaning cloth in each room
Having a small sponge or cleaning cloth in each room will make incidental cleanups easier. Tuck a sponge behind your vanity or in the corner cupboard, keep one in your bathroom and laundry for daily wipe-downs and hide dusting cloths at the back of bookshelves or cupboards in your home office or rooms removed from the kitchen or laundry where you store cleaning equipment.

10. Add indoor plants to your home
Not only a beautiful addition visually, indoor plants purify your air and keep you healthy, offsetting chemicals thrown off by plastics and finishes found in your home.

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Secrets of People Who Always Have a Clean House

If you’re among the section of the population struggling to maintain an orderly home, you probably find yourself wondering how “clean” people do it. Wonder no longer, the secrets of the clean house crew are about to be revealed. They know how to make space Even if you don’t consider yourself a collector of “stuff,” […]

If you’re among the section of the population struggling to maintain an orderly home, you probably find yourself wondering how “clean” people do it. Wonder no longer, the secrets of the clean house crew are about to be revealed.

They know how to make space

Clothing donation box on wooden background

Even if you don’t consider yourself a collector of “stuff,” that “stuff” always seems to pile up in every corner and on every countertop. “Start following the one in, one out rule going forward,” says Nancy Haworth of On Task Organizing in Raleigh, North Carolina. “When you buy something new, toss, sell, or donate an older item to create space for the new item.” For more expert advice from clean freaks

They smooth surfaces

white clean counter in kitchen with utensil at home

Junk drawers have a habit of spilling out onto what should be an otherwise clean, empty surface. Countertops and tables are practically begging to be littered with stray mail and other odds and ends. People with clean homes tackle that problem immediately. “When you keep large, flat surfaces clear, not only are they more visually appealing, but easier to wipe down as well,” says Carrie Higgins, author of Organization Hacks and founder of the blog Making Lemonade. “Don’t store appliances on countertops or clutter on your desk.”

They set cleaning systems in place

Young woman using a vacuum cleaner while cleaning carpet in the house.

Clean homes don’t just miraculously clean themselves—neat people have a protocol in place to keep things maintained and orderly. “People with neat homes tend to have a cleaning schedule and routines so dirt and laundry don’t have time to pile up,” says Higgins. “For example, they set a designated day to vacuum or do laundry every Monday so those big tasks don’t get skipped.”

They think clean when they step in the house

Welcome home doormat with shoes

Sometimes it really is the little things that lend themselves to a sparkling abode. Bailey Gaddis, a certified professional organizer and author of Feng Shui Mommy, starts with a shoes-off policy. “When shoes are left at the door you prevent toxins, soil, leaves, and other goodies that quickly dirty up floors from making their way into your home,” she says

They have a place for everything

keys for home and car hang on a metal hook

“If you have too much stuff without a place to go, the clutter and piles in your home become impossible to actually clean,” says Jennifer Snyder, owner of Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts in Waco, Texas. So if you have a peg in the kitchen for your keys or a shelf for your mail, use them.

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