My Love of Remodeling

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My Love of Remodeling

Hello I'm Risa Lee. When my husband and I bought our first home, it was with the intention of doing some major remodeling. We liked the basic floor plan, and it was cheap, but other than that, nothing was right about the house. It took us a while to get started because neither of us had the time or the knowledge. Finally, there was a summer when he had a three-week vacation. Instead of going on a trip, we used our time and money to finally get started on our remodel. To our surprise, we both fell in love with amateur construction! We have since bought and remodeled a few other homes because we love it so much. We're in no way professionals, but please feel free to join in our love and experience in basic construction. Maybe you will learn something!


Having Hardwood Flooring Installed? Know What To Do If You Accidentally Dent It

Having new hardwood flooring installed is something that you're looking forward to. But what happens when you move your furniture back into place and a heavy piece is dropped on it? Hopefully nothing happens, but unfortunately, you may end up with the dent in your beautiful new floor. Before you think that you have to cover it up with a rug, use the steps in this guide to lift the dent, so it looks like nothing ever happened.

Step 1: Grab a Few Supplies

Before beginning the project, go ahead and finish setting up the furniture. Then grab these supplies to fix the dent.

  • medium-grit sandpaper
  • hand vacuum
  • a white cotton cloth
  • scissors
  • an iron
  • fine-grit sandpaper
  • floor wax

Step 2: Sand the Dent

Sand the wax off the inside of the dent with the medium-grit sandpaper. When finished, sand a little bit of the area surrounding the dent as well.

Use the hand vacuum to suck up the wax particles.

Step 3: Prepare the Cotton Cloth

Cut the white cotton cloth into several strips, big enough to cover the dent. Caution: The cloth must be white because the dye in colored cloths could stain your floor.

Wet the cloths with water and wring them out. Make sure that they are completely wet, but not so soaked that they drip.

Place the strips over the dent in a crisscross fashion, until you have a few layers on top of the surface.

Step 4: Apply the Iron

Turn your iron to its highest setting. When the indicator light comes on, demonstrating that it's heated to the highest temperature, place the iron the cotton strips.

Let the iron sit on the spot for a few minutes. Remove the iron and the strips to see if the dent has lifted so that it is even with the rest of the floor. If not, repeat the process of wetting the cotton strips and applying the iron, checking every few minutes to see if the surface is level.

Once the dent is gone, remove the cotton strips and allow the floor to dry for a day.

Step 5: Sand the Surface

Use the fine-grit sandpaper to sand any rough spots of remaining wax.

Step 6: Apply the Floor Wax

Apply the floor wax that your contractor used to give the area an even sheen and appearance. Make sure the wax is dry before walking on the area.

Expect to spend about an hour performing the actual steps of removing a dent from your new hardwood floors. Ask a contractor like Capitol Floor Covering Inc for other tips and tricks for hardwood flooring repair, in case you need them after the initial install.