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dog peeing in house l1What do you do about "pet stains on our wood floors" questions arise regularly, in Noyeks, especially as we are such a great country for cats and dogs. The problems vary, older pets who have just got older, puppies and kittens who haven’t been trained yet, and of course babies crawling around your lovely floors.

What is urine? Between 90–95% of urine is water. It also contains a range of inorganic salts and organic compounds, including proteins and hormones. All mammals “pee”, and it is all similar in makeup.

Ok so let’s look at what this liquid does when it comes in regular contact with wood. Obviously it stains wood, making the affected area darker than the rest of your floor and it smells bad. It is a powerful liquid, used over the centuries for dying materials, bleaching etc.

YouTube is great for solutions to everyday problems and pet pee stains and odour removal solution videos are there aswell. Hydrogen Peroxide is the common solution. It works to a degree, bleaching the surface stain and depending on how thorough you are it will reach deeper into the wood with numerous applications but sometimes that’s not enough.

If the problem comes from years of “staining” and in a concentrated area, more work needs to be done. It may involve staining to blend in the areas in question, remember to consult with the manufacturer of the finish you are using to make sure they approve of your process. The problem though, can be deeper than what we see. The urine can soak into the floor through the gaps or cracks down to the tongues and grooves and beyond. Sometimes you may sand the floor, stain it to where it looks like new. Then you coat it and there is a chemical reaction with the organic compounds still soaked in the cracks and gaps.

If you want a nearly original wood floor, the best option is to remove the stained wood in question and insert new replacement wood. We always recommend that our customers either buy a little extra originally and/or store away the excess flooring from the installation to have for this eventuality. I have seen floors where the damage was way beyond the wood flooring itself and had affected the subfloor, and sometimes even the joists. Keep in mind that a "repair" is invisible and a "patch" is what amateurs do.

Good luck, and remember to hold your nose.

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sliding wardrobe doorsWe all want to draw the best out of our living space, whether it is a tiny studio apartment, or a large home. Wardrobe doors, lighting elements, mirrors/glass -  anything can be used cleverly to create visual space. This doesn't always require tearing down walls or major renovations; you can overcome the design challenges by using the right furniture and other decorative components.

Furniture is key to how roomy your living space looks. Make sure you pick functional and minimalistic furniture for smaller rooms. Having a lot of furniture in your room can make it look cluttered. Pick one large sofa instead of having several couches. This way your living room will look a lot bigger. Push your furniture a few inches away from the wall: leaving a gap creates a visual illusion giving the room a more spacious feel.

Choose furniture with exposed feet for really small rooms. Exposing the floor creates an effect of extra space. Consider glass or lucite furniture. They do not obstruct light and don't rob the charm of your room!

Seating can double up as a storage too. In order to create physical space in your bedroom, try using foldable wall mounted units, like creating a writing desk out of a wall unit or having a foldable dining table in your kitchen.

Hang mirrors! You can use individual pieces or a single large piece that will create more visual space in your living room or dining room. When light is reflected around the room it creates the illusion of a bigger space.

You may not have wide-open spaces in your kitchen, but you can make it look bigger. Making use of glass kitchen doors, facing the outside or to the next room can have the same effect as putting up a mirror. Glass kitchen doors can make it seem like your kitchen is much roomier than it is. You can also make use of glass counter or glass door cabinets.

At Noyeks Newmans, we have a wide array of kitchen accessories and doors that you can choose to install in your home, to give it a roomy and open feel. Just drop in to one of our showrooms, or give us a call on (01) 419 5700 to find out more. A friendly salesperson will help you choose what's best for your home.


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b2ap3_thumbnail_5987373004_0442d1c10b_b.jpgWelcome to our new Noyeks Newmans blog. We’ll be blogging about what’s happening in the world of kitchens, floors, decks and doors. Whether it’s tips for looking after the wood in your home, or inspiration for a new look, this is the place you’ll find it. Check back regularly for updates, and click the “follow” button at the bottom of the page; that way, you’ll never miss a post!



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