Hardwood floors should be swept everyday and moped every other day. The have special cleaner for wood. For carpet: Vacuum a couple times a week. Get one of those swifter carpet flicks or something similar to sweep up high traffic areas or you can use your vacuum. You could rent or purchase a wet vac so you can condition your carpets or hire a carpet cleaning company to clean your carpets a couple times a year. Every couple weeks you can use carpet cleaning spray and use that to help keep your carpet s clean. The other thing you can do is get that carpet deodorizer. You sprinkle it on the carpet and sweep it up. Makes the house and carpet smell really nice.
Q:Painting the garage floor.......?
If you use paint its going to peel. The epoxy coating (sold at home depot / lowes) will work great but i think the floor has to be above 50 degrees or so. Check with manufacturer.
Q:How to repair concrete basement floor?
I would recommend filling the hole with sand, making sure you have it under the pipe (you did use PVC this time right?) and tamped somewhat, up to about four inches under the top of the rest of the floor. You can use a two by four to level the new concrete with the existing floor. Mix up some sakrete or concrete mix and put this on top of the sand to level with the existing floor and finish it to match. Stay off of it for a few days to let it cure. If the old floor had wire mesh in it, you may want to put some in the new floor concrete.
Q:how to warm up a concrete floor?
If you put anything beside a floating laminate floor, you will need to remove the old tile (and I agree that not removing the tile then, will make a thick floor). If you remove the tile, then laying the electric mat will not add much height, and will give you a nicely warm floor. If you won't/can't put the under-floor warming... - can you change curtains or such to gain a little solar heating on floor? - you could maybe install some sort of radiant heat system high in the room - the flooring would pick up some heat from this. Cheapest of all - wear slippers.
Q:Ideas for flooring in a small block house with concrete floors?
The block sounds like it has been very well insulated. When you live in a block other people's heating can seep through into your dwelling. The only way I can think of is to keep windows open all the time. But I assume you've tried that already. Go to the doctors about it and explain the situation. The doctor can then write to the necessary people explaining the situation, that you are all suffering from the effects of the problem and this could possibly prompt the authority into doing something. Make sure you let the doctor know that it has become unbearable and that the children (who are the most important in this kind of situation) are suffering badly, with their sleeping, their school life and their health. Hopefully, this can spur someone into action. Good luck!!
Q:Can I use a floor leveling agent over top of old vinyl flooring before I lay new no glue vinyl flooring?
Floor leveler can not be more than a 1/2 to 3/4 max thick. Rob has the right idea. This is the only way to level the floor. One thing Rob forgot to mention was after cutting the wedges, you'll need 3/4 smooth plywood for the vinyl. This will carry the weight of appliances and traffic from people. You'll have to decide if this is worth the 1 1/2.
Q:what is best way to add a second floor?
the only subject your going to have is on the wall which you have the two storage doorways(assuming they're on the comparable wall). you will possibly could carry out a little bracing there to span the burden of the extra height, like some engineered trusses, or something of the like. extra effective than possibly you in all probability purely have the two doubled 2x10's or tripled 2x8's as headers over the doorways correct now. all the different all and sundry is properly suited on checking with a close-by contractor approximately interior sight codes. have you ever seen only getting the truss rafters that permit for an extra room to be inbuilt them? you does no longer have as lots area, besides the undeniable fact that it would get the activity performed and you're extra effective than possibly unlikely to could do any important changes on your partitions or upload a help.
Q:How can I seal floating floors from water penetration?
Buff the floor with a floor buffer that has a white pad and a 220 grit sanding screen on the bottom. Then seal the floor with a sanding sealer, then follow that up with a coating of floor finish. I suggest Bona traffic floor finish.
Q:Ballet dance floor??
This sounds like a good idea. You can by lamenated wood floor tiles that interlock just like the rubber ones. Thery're not too expensive. The only problem with laying the tile flooring is that if the tiles aren't all even you will have a hard time turning on the creases. If you do a good job laying the floors it should be fine.
Q:why is my refinished oak floors swelling up off the floor?
Is the flooring over cement or sub flooring? Sounds to me as if moisture is playing a part in this. Check to see if there is water pipes or drainage pipes beneath the floor in this area. If so they may be leaking and causing moisture build up between the hardwood and sub flooring. If no water leakage is occurring it could be just ground water evaporating through the flooring. With conventional flooring you can place 8 mil plastic on the ground underneath the home ( if you can crawl under there ) should stop moisture. When you refinish flooring and remove the coating it opens the pores of the wood up, which allows moisture to be absorbed. Sometimes more than it should. Hope this helps some.