Are you planning to refurbish your staircase? Maybe, you want the carpet replaced or have the stairs repainted? Whatever your plan is, it would always be good to have yourself and all the materials you need ready.
Remove the carpet. If you have a stair carpet, start by removing it. How? Firstly, lever up the carpet using a pry bar. Using a sharp knife cut it from the back to divide it into manageable sections. Remove protruding nails and staples with a claw hammer, pliers or nail extractor. If you can’t pull them all out, just hammer them right into the wood and cover up any marks afterwards with wood filler.
Sand the stairs. It is best to sand the stairs if you are planning to stain or paint your stairs rather than lay a new carpet on them. Use a coarse 40 or 60 grit sandpaper and working your way up to fine 120 or 240 grit paper for a smooth finish. If you have budget, use a random orbital or belt sanding machine for the larger surfaces such as treads and risers, and a detail sanding machine for corners and small stair parts.
After sanding, vacuum the stairs from end to end to remove all dust and debris. Using a large sponge, wipe it with water and a mild detergent – liquid floor cleaner is ideal, as long as it doesn’t contain bleach. Rinse thoroughly and leave to dry for at least a day.
Fill in the cracks. To conceal nail holes, cracks and dents, apply wood filler or wood putty in as close a shade as possible to the color of your stairs. The compound will probably lighten as it dries out, so test it on an unobtrusive area first. Overfill the holes slightly because filler tends to shrink as it hardens. Sand lightly when dry to level the surface, and wipe with a damp cloth.
Are you looking for things to improve in your house? Check out this short list that I have prepared. It includes small renovation issues which you might be overlooking.
Squeaky / problematic door hinges – Try spraying a bit of WD-40 on it. You can also rub a bit of petroleum jelly on the hinges. If these methods don’t work, you can elevate the pings of the hinges about halfway and then lubricate them with a small quantity of oil.
Squeaky floor – Sprinkle a little talcum powder on the area that makes noise and then sweep it into the floor cracks. This shall resolve the sound issue for the time being. Remove the traces of powder so you can refinish the floor.
Worn caning – Wet the bottom of the caning with lukewarm water. Then, let it dry overnight.
Dusty chandelier -Turn it off and let it cool down. Wear a pair of gloves. Dampen one glove with glass cleaner. Next, you should wipe each of the prisms with the damp glove and then the dry glove.
Stained tub – Create a paste with equal amount of baking soda and cream of tartar. Add a few drops of lemon juice in the paste and then mix the whole thing. Then you can use a soft cloth to rub the paste on the stains. After an hour or so, you should rinse with water.
Stuck sliding windows – Use a bit of silicone spray lubricant to grease the skids. All you have to do is spray the lubricant on a piece of rag and then use the rag to wipe the tracks.
Slamming door – Use some peel-and-stick weather stripping on the doorstop. Alternatively, you can use a rubber band around the knobs of the door on both sides. Leave the latch uncovered.
Wondering why your house is always messy? This short outline might make you realize where your problem is coming from. Read up and learn what you can do to put a stop to them.
You keep a lot of paper. Paper comes in different forms – bills, books. coupons, flyers, magazines, newspaper, etc. Take the time to sort your mail on a regular basis – twice a week or weekly. This will keep paper from piling up. Don’t store old newspaper and magazines. Bring them to recycling center right away.
You don’t put things back to their proper places. Do you always things out of the cabinet and the shelves? Do you have the habit of putting them back to their original places after use? If you always leave things out where they landed, you’re in the serious business of creating mess in your house. Let this be your rule of thumb: I will put back everything to where I got them.
You don’t clean up on a regular basis. Cleaning up on a daily basis is beneficial because it will keep dirt and mess from piling up in your house. Spend at least half an hour daily to de-clutter messy areas of your house. If your work doesn’t allow you to spend a lot of time at home, spend your weekends doing some general cleaning.
Don’t you want a house that is always clean? This can be very challenging but not impossible to achieve. You just need to dedicate one or two hours every other day in order to execute the following techniques.
Reduce the dirt entering your house – You can effectively reduce the amount of dirt entering your house by limiting the number of your entrances. Enrances that are easily accessible to people and pets accumulate a lot of dirt. Just open one entrance to your house. This will make your house easier to clean.
Make your house a shoeless zone – In some Asian countries, shoe cabinets are placed at the entrances of most houses. Asians deposit their shoes in this cabinet before entering their house due to health reasons. Ask your family members, friends and guests to leave their shoes by your front door. Put up a visible sign by the door as a gentle reminder to them.
Close your doors and windows – Dirt travel and enter through open doors and windows. In fact, they can even seep through closed doors and windows. It is easier to remove dirt inside the house if they are contained one or two areas. Keep your cabinets, cupboards and drawers if you’re going to clean your house. This will keep dirt out in the open and easier to remove.
Laminate wood floors and tabletops – A lot of dirt can accumulate in deep scratches can on wooden floors and pieces of furniture. It is good to keep them laminated to make cleaning easier.
Clean blinds and change curtains regularly – Curtains and blinds magnet dust and cobwebs over time. Wipe your blinds clean at least twice a week and change your curtans evry two weeks.
Think before you buy – Do you like purchasing furniture pieces and home decors? If you do, consider the material of the items that you’re going to buy. Make sure that they are dirt resistant or easy to clean. Consider their colors too. Choose colors that can camouflage dirt!