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Wednesday, 14 October 2018

Tricks to extend the life of your hardwood floors.

Wood floors are one of the most common options when choosing a type of floor due to its versatility, design, texture, price and even species, however, it requires a very special care.

Also known as "Parquet", wooden floors date back to the time when marble was needed to be replaced, so solid wood was used in the construction of large buildings. Nonetheless, its usage was extended and today it is common to see a small house or apartment with this type of floor, especially because its surface is thicker and more resistant than others.

Cleaning wooden floors is a delicate task and can be quite intimidating owing to the sensitivity of this material to moisture and to most chemicals. In the same way, the use of the correct mops when cleaning hardwood floors is extremely significant for its conservation. For that reason, it is important to follow general recommendations and a decent cleaning method to maintain its good condition and appearance.

Suggestions for preserving wood floors:

  • As a rule, keep the floor free of moisture. Wood is highly sensitive to liquids since its main components absorb them and these can cause their expansion, lifting and even their total destruction.
  • Clean the dust recurrently to prevent its particles from causing damage or deterioration in the material. For this, it is advisable to use vacuum cleaners with soft bristle brushes to avoid scratching the floor.
  • Keep its veneer impeccable because this is the main protection of the wood. Therefore, you should never drag any type of furniture on the wooden floor to prevent the varnish from being removed.
  • Avoid using high-heeled, stiletto heel or other shoes that can damage the surface.
  • Forget products with high chemical percentage or acids. Detectors or cleaners based on neutral PH are the most recommended to work with this type of floors. In the same way, it is always important to apply a slight portion as a test on a small part of the floor in order to know how the material will react to the product. Oil-based products are not suggested because they allow lint and other particles to adhere to the wood.
  • Evade direct exposure of wooden floors to sunlight; this could cause discoloration and wear. Although it should be noted that wood always experiences a change in color as a natural process as a result of its contact to natural or artificial light for the first time.
  • Use a special cloth or towel for wood, it means, is has to be made of delicate and soft material to be used during drying or removal of dust on floors.

Following these general lines, the maintenance and conservation of your wooden floors is a far less complicated task. In addition to this, we also have the polishing; polishing the floors lengthens their life and manage a more radiant and elegant appearance in our home, there are companies dedicated specifically to this type of work, however, many times, we can perform this activity by ourselves following the correct steps and knowing the best polishing products for solid wood floors.

Remember that there are also natural products that can be of great help when cleaning wooden floors, these include vinegar and baking soda, which can be applied on the floors as they are not corrosive and also contribute to disinfection of the surfaces.


Thursday, 8 October 2015

PREACHING THE PEACHY-PINKS | shiwashiful


Today, I have an uber special guest on the blog. She's one of my best blogger pals and owns a super cool blog with beautiful photography to boot. She's Australian and the same age as me, so we're probably twins ;) We decided to form the most awesomest duo (let's pretend 'awesomest' is a word) and guest post on each other's blogs. Introducing the loooovely Tasha from shiwashiful!

(P.S. You should check out my favourite peachy-pink products over on her blog, but you know, only if you want to... I mean no pressure?)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

SKINCARE ON TRIAL: Australian Edition!


skincare on trial review behind the frames

Oh look - a resurrected series! Don't worry guys, this series has not disappeared off the face of the blog, I've just been enjoying an ACTUAL consistent skincare routine over the last few months. But as usual, due to unforeseen circumstances aka hormones be CRAY and maybe too much sugar and bubble tea and stuff, my skin has had a little freak out. It's a good thing I got sent a bunch of new skincare goodies to try , and they're coincidentally all Australian!  REPRESENT.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

THE BLOGGING PROCESS


So, to answer the all important question - "HOW DOES ONE BLOG?" Here's my advice (and wise words from Nike): JUST DO IT. No really. That's what I've been doing (well trying to do) since taking a step back from blogging and going a bit MIA recently. So yeah, I don't even know why I'm even making this post as I'm the last person in the world to be discussing a consistent routine pfft. But happy news - I'm on mid-sem break now WAHOO, so I've been easing back into the groove of things and thought I'd inflict some pressure on myself by putting this post out here.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

HAUL: ORANGE IS THE NEW BERRY


WHOA HOLD UP. A haul?! On Behind The Frames!? (wow it sounds weird actually saying my blog name aloud)
It has officially been 7 MONTHS since I last documented my expenditures, so before you start congratulating me on a job well done, I've actually been going a bit cray with buying clothes instead. Buuut, since this isn't a fashion blog and how does one even do clothing hauls, those purchases have been accumulating away from the public eye. (Maybe I should start doing fashion hauls?? What do yall think?)

Monday, 7 September 2015

YE OLDE CRUSHES



Oh I know, how sneaky of me to lure you in with such a juicy title. But of course it'd be about makeup. You think I leave my slumbering chamber to go out and ACTUALLY meet people? Pfft no. Instead, I spend too much time bonding with my i-wish-they-were-white-ikea makeup drawers. Recently I've realized that I've been a huge traitor to some of my old loves who haven't been receiving much affection and TLC. So why not take the opportunity to pull 'em out for a post? (And then forget about them all over again) Just kidding. Maybe.

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