how to clean a wood floor

Having wood floors makes one’s home even more warm and comfortable. But as good as it looks, having hardwood floors can be hard to care for as they need constant care and attention. Hardwood floors are a great investment, which is why they need maintened and protected. At first, it may seem like cleaning wooden floors are extremely difficult and one might think that it is high-maintenance. But once you are able to establish your cleaning routine and once you have the right cleaning materials with you, cleaning the wooden floor won’t seem so difficult.

Here are 4 wood floor cleaning essentials you should try this year.

  1.       Broom

Your wood floor will need a good dusting every day as it is your best defense against any surface damage or even scratches. A broom should be your most basic cleaning item in your home. It should have soft bristles to avoid scratching your wooden floor. However, when you are sweeping, you have to make sure that you are not just pushing the dirt around. The best way to do this is to always bring a dustpan so you can easily pick all the dust and dirt on the wood floor.

  1.       Microfiber cleaning pads

Another way of cleaning the wood floor is by using microfiber cleaning pads. Unlike brooms, cleaning pads will allow you to lift the dirt and trap it on the pads. It makes cleaning a lot more effective and you also get to avoid scratching the wood floor. It’s also easy to clean and you can reuse it again when you need it. This works best in intricate surfaces where you can’t easily remove dust with just sweeping it. Microfiber cleaning pads allow you to mop up and clean the wooden floor and keep all the dirt trapped on it.

  1.       Vacuum

While you don’t necessarily need to vacuum your floor, one important thing that you need to do weekly to make sure you remove all the dust that your mop or brooms can’t reach. Vacuums are ideal cleaning essentials that will allow you to get the dirt out from troubled corners and areas. Make sure that you get a vacuum that is made specifically for wood like the ones on SquiffyClean. You can view more on SquiffyClean. But when you are vacuuming your floor, you have to take extra caution in doing it so that you will not cause any damage on the floor.

  1.       Polishing tools and materials

Unlike any other surfaces, the wooden floor needs to be polished every once in a while. Monthly polishing will help a lot in cleaning wooden floors. It renews and refreshed the finish of the surface that protects your wood floor. It evens out the surface of the floor and fills in microscopic scratches. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to do it every week. You can schedule polishing your wood floor once in a month and it requires minimal effort from your end. It’s not a difficult task – one that you can do in a few minutes.

I have a love hate relationship with Tinder.

A lot of the time I don’t use it at all, because of all the skydive pictures, and then other times I have vulnerable moments like this where I worry briefly that I might die alone, surrounded by cats, and Tinder is my only way out:

While I’ve never had any truly horrible experiences on Tinder, I’ve also never had any amazing ones. I’ve had a LOT of perfectly pleasant first dates, but very rarely a second one. I was fiendishly seduced by one man who played a game where he pretended to interview me for Desert Island Discs, only to say ‘by the way I should probably tell you I’m not looking for a relationship’,* but most of the time it’s just me swiping left past endless pictures of men who look so sad that you wonder if they have set up a Tinder profile as an alternative to suicide.

I have been doing a bit of swiping lately, to pass the time, and have become increasingly aware of just how similar everyone is in terms of the frankly bizarre pictures they post and the tedious things they say in their profiles. It astounds me that a grown man can decide he wants to impress a woman, and think that a selfie in the mirror of a public toilet, complete with background urinal, is going to be the money shot.

‘When she’s sees this she’s going to be putty in my hands,’ he thinks to himself, content with the fact that you can’t really see his face but CAN see a large toilet cistern.

And the fish! So many fish!

To make the process of finding a match on Tinder slightly less hideous, I have made you a Tinder bingo. It should help to pass the time at least – a distraction from the thought the only men left in the world are permanently sat astride motorbikes, wearing helmets. Why not share it with your single friends, or invite people round for dinner and play competitively? Perhaps do shots every time you complete a row? The toilet selfies might seem more appealing by the time you’ve completed your card.

I would also be interested in particularly on brand screenshots.

Tinder bingo

And yes, I know this is cynical and bitchy and all these men are PEOPLE blah blah blah, but come on guys, make an effort.

Are you a Tinder user? What would you petition to have added to the bingo card? Perhaps you’re a man and are sick of women hiding behind Snapchat filters?

Leave a comment and let me know!

*I mention him because we are still friends and it might make him feel important.

If you’ve ever been to a festival you might recognise this scenario:

It’s a month before the festival and you get an email. ‘We’ve announced the dressing up theme!’ the festival organisers tell you. ‘This year it’s post-apocalypse Alice in Wonderland/1970s disco mermaid/pansexual party pirates!’ (Delete as appropriate.)

Excellent.

You set to work on your costume – gluing scales to your sparkly tights, fashioning a hat made entirely from cucumbers, whatever. You’re proud of your look, you’ve nailed it, you’re ready to go and FESTIVALISE.

Nozstock festival

Image courtesy of Nozstock festival

Then you get there and it pisses down with rain and no one sees your hand-sequinned pirate blouse because you have to spend the whole time in a large waterproof mac.

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Once your baby arrives, you want to give him/her the best of everything. From the clothes that you choose to the safest car seat you can afford, to going without some things to save for the college fund, you make your selection with as much care and love as you can.

The same goes for the newborn supplements that your baby may need. There are many different types to choose from, but before you go out and buy them, educating yourself will help you to make an informed decision.

Keep reading to learn more about the supplements your little bundle of joy might need.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K injections are given to newborns because it can prevent a rare bleeding disorder called vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB). And yes, the thought of someone giving your newborn an injection so early in his/her life is not a nice one, but the alternative could be devastating for your child.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is needed in the human body because it promotes healthy bones and teeth, and prevents chronic disease. It is administered in liquid drops. Your baby might need a Vitamin D supplement if exclusively breastfed. Infant formula has higher levels of Vitamin D and children that are formula fed usually don’t need additional Vitamin D. Other factors that contribute to a Vitamin D deficiency is a lack of sufficient sunlight or if a breastfeeding mom is deficient in this vitamin.

Iron

Iron is a very important element in our bodies. It helps to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin takes oxygen through the blood to all the cells in our body. If our iron levels are low, the red blood cells become small and they can’t carry oxygen to all our organs and muscles. Babies are born with their own store of iron which will last them for about 6 months, but your healthcare professional will tell you if your baby needs to take a supplement. Some symptoms of iron deficiency in babies may include slow weight gain, no appetite, pale skin, and crankiness.

Vitamin B12

This vitamin prevents anaemia as well as supporting healthy neurological function. It is found naturally in animal products like meat, eggs, fish and dairy. Therefore, if you are vegan and exclusively breastfeeding your baby, you might need to supplement the diet with B12. Vegan babies that are formula-fed usually get their Vitamin B12 from a soy-based fortified formula. Vitamin B12 is usually administered to babies in drop form.  

Fluoride

Fluoride reduces the incidence of tooth decay, but too much of this natural element during childhood can cause fluorosis, those white specks or streaks in the enamel of the tooth. If your primary source of water is deficient in fluoride, you might need to give your baby additional fluoride, but only babies that are 6 months and older. Your healthcare provider should know if the water supply is lacking in fluoride and will inform you if your baby needs to be supplemented.

Vitamin C

When we think about scurvy, which is just a nasty sounding word for a Vitamin C deficiency, we see pirates that have been at sea for months on end not getting enough fruit and vegetables. But in rare cases, children can also suffer from scurvy. To make sure your baby gets enough of this vitamin, breastfeeding moms need to get 120mg per day in their diet.

Ask For Help

Being a parent stretches you in ways that you never thought possible, but that is why we have healthcare providers that can help us. If you suspect that your child has a vitamin deficiency, mention it to your doctor or obstetrician. They have years of experience and will know what to do. You are not alone in this.

The Easter holidays are just around the corner, and that means you’ll be looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during the break. How do you keep them occupied without breaking the bank? Here are just a few ideas that will help them enjoy their time off without emptying your wallet.

Look for Free Events in Your Area

Every school has its holidays and there are cheap and free events happening in your local area where you can take your child. These range widely from children’s active events, such as football games or aerobics, to creative events where they can come to make something with friends. If you’re not sure what’s happening near you, try Googling for ‘free events in [your location]’. Event organisers often advertise on social media groups for their areas, so make sure you’re following the right channels to get all the information.

Create Your Own Easter Egg Hunt

As now is the time for Easter eggs, why not look into creating your own Easter egg hunt? You can do it cheaply and even bring in friends and family to make a day of it. The Works have lots of Easter basket ideas to get you started. You can fill up a basket full of goodies for your children to find, or even give them a kit to make their own basket before they go hunting. Hide eggs around your garden and set the kids off for hunting.

Go For a Picnic

This time of the year is when the weather starts to finally start getting warmer. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, why not take them for a picnic? There’s so much free open space in the UK, there’s sure to be somewhere close by where you can go and eat some sandwiches. Take along a Frisbee or a ball for the kids to play with, or pick daisies to make daisy chains.

Go For a Splash

Children love nothing better than splashing about in water, so why not indulge them? You don’t even have to take them to the local leisure centre to play in the pool, if the weather’s good. Fill up a paddling pool with the hose and throw in some water toys, and the kids will have a whale of a time. If the weather is rainy and wet, that’s not going to spoil your fun. Pull on your wellies and go jump in as many puddles as you can.

Check Out the Library

If you’ve never been in your local library, then now’s the time to check it out. There’s so much you can take advantage of during the school holidays. For example, there’s books, DVDs, and audio books that you can check out and use, all for free. There’s also organised readings of child friendly books, too.

These are just a few ideas that will keep the kids occupied during the Easter holidays. You don’t have to break the bank at all, so take advantage of the cheap and free options that are out there for you.

The advent of E-cigarettes has prompted many serial smokers to jump onto the vaping bandwagon. There are numerous benefits that you can accrue from vaping as opposed to smoking cigarettes. Physicians worldwide concur that vaping is better than smoking – this Mighty vaporizer will provide you with the perfect introduction, owing to its affordability and ease of use.

Here are the 5 things you need to know about buying a vape:

 

  • Parts of an E-Cig

 

First-time vapers often struggle to figure out how vapes (or E-Cigs) actually work. Although their construction might look complex, E-Cigs are actually simple to put together. They consist of a mod/battery, a tank and coils. The primary function of the E-Cig is to convert the contents therein into vapor that can be inhaled. Vapes are usually powered by a powerful battery – the coils then heat up and vaporize the liquid which is then inhaled by users.

 

  • Vapes come in many forms

 

Since their inception, vapes have developed into diverse forms. Today, you can get wide-ranging colors, shapes and designs of E-Cigs. The mouth-to-lung vape varieties, for instance, vary widely with the direct-to-lung models. If you’re vaping for the first time, you’ll probably cough for a while. However, you will quickly get the hang of it. Some state regulations prohibit people from vaping indoors, so ensure that you stick to the laid-out laws before you start vaping.

 

  • You’ll need to replace the coil over time

 

Although vapes are great inventions, their coils wear out quickly and require a prompt replacement after some weeks. Once you notice a burnt taste when vaping, then it’s time to replace the coil. The coils of most E-Cigs are easily available online, so you needn’t worry about their accessibility. There are many types of coils: some are ceramic while others are constructed using stainless steel. Replacing the coil is an easy endeavor that shouldn’t take much time. Always replace your coils when they wear out to improve your exquisite vaping experience.

 

  • Vaping beginners vs gurus

 

It’s important to consider your vaping experience before purchasing a vape. If you’re a beginner, commence with the starter kit and slowly upgrade as you advance. Vaping pros have a keener, more refined taste – they might benefit from customized E-Cig models that can be modified with ease. Luckily, vaporizers come in many shapes and forms. You can even purchase disposable vapes that cost as little as $10 if you feel like trying something new.

 

  • Vary nicotine strength according to your liking

 

If you prefer vaporizing nicotine, it’s crucial to understand your preferred nicotine strength level. Former cigarette smokers will probably choose a higher nicotine content compared to newbies. Smokers should limit their nicotine intake between 6 and 12 mg/ml for the best results. E-liquids are used to turn nicotine and other compounds into liquid form so they can be vaporized. They comprise of two key ingredients: Vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. It’s important to learn how these two liquids interact and how they can affect your vaping experience.

If you enjoy vaping, try out a variety of vape flavors and figure out what you really like.