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Home Living : June 8th 2010
6 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Smart ways with wood » ADVERTISING FEATURE A new timber floor is a long-term investment, expected to last well into the future, so it needs to be well cared for. To help homeowners maintain the smart new look of their timber floor, Robyn Barnes from Boral Timber provides a number of tips to minimise damage and keep the floor looking its best. Use mats around all doors that lead into the home in order to trap dirt and prevent it from being trodden into the floor. Small rugs and hall runners can also help to collect dirt that might otherwise scratch the floors surface. Add protective pads to all furniture, such as tables and lounges, preventing scuffing and allowing them to be moved around with no issues. If your furniture is fitted with castors, use barrel ones rather than ball castors. Protect the floor from direct sunlight and move any rugs around periodically to prevent darker and lighter patches from forming. In areas with extreme temperature or moisture fluctuations, try to maintain an ambient temperature indoors to avoid either dryness that could cause gaps and cupping in the timber floor, or excessive levels of moisture and/or relative humidity that can cause the boards to swell. Avoid wearing high heels when walking across the floor to protect the floor from dents and scratches. Keep pets claws trimmed so that theyre unable to scratch the floor. Regularly clean high-traffic areas using either a vacuum with a soft bristle head or electrostatic attachment, or an electrostatic mop. Avoid using steam mops. Wipe up spills immediately with a dry cloth or paper towel to prevent staining, or for sticky spills, dampen the cloth slightly. To remove ground-in dirt, use a damp lint-free mop, wrung out first to ensure you only use a minimal amount of water on the floor. A pH-neutral floor cleaner can also help to remove stubborn dirt. A recommended timber floor cleaner should be used to avoid damaging the surface seal. Do not use household detergents, polish, steel wool pads, wax or similar products, as these can be too abrasive and might damage the surface or make the floor slippery. Details: 1800 818 317 or boraltimberflooring.com.au HOMELIVING Contact your local advertising consultant for information or call 9689 5395. Reach renovators and decorators. Source: Engaging Communities, The Leading Edge (June 2008) One wonder! Help is just one click away with the handy FirstCall pendant. Click! and it automatically phones your family and friends. No monitoring fees. No contracts. For greater peace-of-mind and securit y for loved ones, make FirstCall your first call! Medical Alarms CALL 1300 994 096 or www.firstcallconnect.com.au Don't come home to an empty house. SYDEMPTYMAR7 Security Licences: VIC No. 65201491P | WA No. SA25942 | SA No. ISL152299 | NSW No. 405187443 | ACT No. 17501009 | QLD No. 3258669 You can't monitor your home 24/7. But we can. That's where a monitored alarm makes all the difference. ADT Security is always there for you 24/7, with fast alarm response and professional home security solutions tailored just for you. Knowing you have taken simple steps to look after your home, family and possessions day and night, whether you're at home or away. That's the ultimate peace of mind. And right now, you can get security monitoring from less than $1 per day. Total monitoring cost $1078.20, based on a monitoring contract with an Initial Term of 3 years with 36 monthly payments of $29.95. Excludes alarm installation. Standard terms and conditions apply. Call 131 238 or visit ww w.adtsecurity.com.au. Home Improvement SALE Wholesale Direct Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Kitchens Bathrooms & Doors Solid timber maple French Doo Crazy! $169 Shower Screens from $375 Taps from $45 30% off Custom Made Kitchens Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic Vanities from $199 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 Bathroom Accessories from $15 ainless eel Sinks m $110 AusLux 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS 2240034K HL wk46 Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm
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