I hope somebody can help me out a bit here... When I first got my apt., I put in beechwood floors (tongue/groove parquet in appr. 15mm thickness, which has a pine base and a 7mm layer of beech on top). When I had to put in kitchen cabinets which move up and down electronically (with counters with no cabinets under because of wheelchair use - the whole thing is a unit which stands on top of the floor on some tiny legs, the lift mechanism is built into the side walls, so no metal shows when you have the cabinets in a lower position, but the downside with this, is if you want to do something with the floors, moving the cabinets would cost a fortune) and in the process also had to knock down some walls, hence I had to put in a new floor in that part of the apartment (I removed a large closet and used the space to make the kitchen and a bedroom bigger). But, a short time after, I got a new maid to help me out. Since I was very particular when it came to take really good care of these floors, I made lots of microfiber mops wet, then used the washing machine spinning cycle to remove most of the water, to make them only damp - since this was recommended and also a great way of doing it (so much easier, when one got soiled, you just moved onto a clean one etc., so no need to rinse the mop out, dip it in a bucket etc.). The maid came at 9 a.m. while I had gone to work, but when I got home around 4 p.m., the floors were still wet (and still dirty, since all the dirt was in the pool of water on the floor). I asked her over and over again, trying to make it work, but after 6 months, I gave up and called her agency, who immediately said they would give me a new one (I got a very clear impression that she had got many complaints, since she did an awful job in general and the place never got clean). Problem was, when those 6 mths were over, my beech floor was real damaged. It swelled up in the joins, the varnished loosened etc. But it got real bad when I got a little dog who sometimes had a little accident, as the swelled up joins really let water through. That and continued cleaning, has made the floor look so horrible, I'm really embarressed when I have guests...
How To: Paint Your Floors and Not Screw it Up
|10/27/11 05:25 PM|