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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tidy Tuesday - Use the right tools!

Oh my goodness!  I can't believe what a difference the right tools and equipment make!  I'm in the process of redoing my laundry room and yesterday I started on the floor.  The old flooring was an awful black and white vinyl tile over concrete.  I spent the day removing the old tile by ironing each one until the adhesive became sticky and then pulled them up.  Some were easier than others but by the end of the day they were all removed, leaving an incredibly sticky concrete floor.  I bought a product designed to dissolve the old adhesive, choosing it because it was supposed to be safe and non-toxic and had no harmful fumes.  Well, all those nice things made it so the product didn't work at all.  It only made the adhesive gummier.  I dreaded the amount of work it would take to get the floor ready for the new tiles.

Today I took a different approach.  I went to the local Home Depot and bought the strongest, most lethal sounding product they had.  After taking the proper precautions with ventilation and safety, I tried it on a square about 3 ft by 3 ft.  In a few short minutes, the adhesive practically lifted off with one quick swipe of the scraper.  Wow!  I'm in love!

Too often we struggle with the job of house cleaning and maintenance because we don't have the right stuff to do the job well.  If you have a tough job to do and it doesn't seem to be working, go to a professional cleaning store or your local home improvement store and ask for help.  Somewhere out there is probably a product or piece of equipment that will make your job easier.  You're worth the effort!


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