- I am a SAHM who does work from home occasionally, dedicated to raising 3 Godly, independent, healthy children. Loving the home building process though it is not without challenges. I have fairly free reign over the creative aspect of the project...just not the financial side!
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Some of you are aware of the issues that I am having with the tiles on our alfresco slab, in fact some of you have had to enjoy a relaxing dinner surrounded by a sea of dirt which then gets trodden into the house. You may even have apologized for the mess you are making even though you have no control over it.
I clean regularly with 30 Seconds, scrubbing brush and a high pressure cleaner and it is STILL dirty.
If you too are struggling to keep your tiles clean, it may be because you have a textured or structured tile surface. When you think of ‘texture’ you tend to think of a very rough surface, but sometimes the texture can be so fine that it doesn’t look ‘textured’. In this case, you might not even realise that the texture of your tiles are causing the problem! The main giveaway for these tiles is that they mark very easily, and are very hard to clean. Textured tiles provide grip as you walk on them, but as a result the surface will rapidly accumulate dirt and become visibly dirty. However, the tile is doing what it was designed for – making sure it’s impossible for you to slip on it. This was not mentioned ONCE by the sales team at Di Lorenzo - grrr. It was suggested to purchase the outdoor version of our selected tile to prevent slipping.
In my recent actions with DiLorenzo to try and address the issue, they ALL seem to know the issues surrounding this type of tile. How frustrating. On my last visit, I purchased a product to help me clean it up for Christmas guests (NanoScrub) and I was given the business card of a company that will be able to help me problem solve (obviously at cost)
I found this on their website.....
“I can’t keep my tiles clean!”No matter how often you clean them, or what you clean them with, you just can’t keep your tiles clean. They might even pick up dirt from the soles of your shoes when you walk across, or they might just stay generally grimy, even if you’ve scrubbed them on your hands and knees.
There are a number of reasons why you might not be able to keep your tiles clean:
- There could be a build-up of cleaning chemicals (see "Sticky tiles" problem page)
- Your tiles could be textured, so they ‘hold on’ to dirt and grime (see "Textured tiles hold dirt" problem page)
- They could just be showing signs of age (see "Dirty tiles" problem page)
- The grout might be dirty, which makes the whole floor look dirty (see "Dirty grout" problem page)
- The colour might be fading from the tiles (see "Fading tiles" problem page)
Friday, December 19, 2014
|A new rug to break up the tiles|
|Excuse the fitball - another 6 weeks until my chair arrives|
|A daybed come foldout guest bed|
|We will add a floating shelf above the desk early next year|
|LOVE the cushions|
|LOVE my new coffee table|
|A plant would go nicely in this corner|
|Some nice artwork over the lounge|
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Yesterday saw this new addition getting puttied and painted to finish it off properly. I am yet to find the right decorator items to fit in the cubes but I have some things that will do for now. In the floating cupboards, you'll find board games, puzzles and our old photo albums that I can't bear to part with just yet.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Today the long list of small fiddly jobs was started by my lovely Hire-A-Hubby, Heath. There was a lot of painting and hanging on the list, including our retaining walls outside.
|BEFORE - bench seat|
|AFTER - bench seat|
|BEFORE - Herb garden|
|AFTER - Herb garden|