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How To Be A Decorator:
Principles Of Decoration
Colonial Living Rooms
The English Room
Spanish-Italian Living Rooms
The Living Room Without A Mantel
Living Room Points
Dining Rooms Points
Combination Living Room - Dining Room
Living Room - Dining Room Points
Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Points For Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Colonial And Modern Bedrooms
Colorful, Comfortable Nurseries
New Fashions In Draperies
How To Make Curtains And Draperies
Slip Cover Points
How To Make Slip Covers
How To Paint Furniture
Finishes For Natural Wood Furniture
( Originally Published 1930's )
1. Wood floors may be of regular flooring, of broad planks or of random width boards.
2. The narrow boards used for hardwood floors should be laid lengthwise of the room, unless you want to shorten its apparent length when they should be laid crosswise.
3. Parquet floors should not be used in small informal houses, though herring-bone and block patterns are frequently used.
4. Wood floors may be left a natural color, stained or painted.
5. Wood floors may be finished with shellac, oil, varnish, or wax.
6. Shellac is not practical as a floor finish without wax.
7. Oiled floors are seldom satisfactory as they collect dust and dirt and are difficult to keep clean.
8. Varnish is not needed under wax, though old varnished floors may be protected by wax.
9. Waxed floors are the most satisfactory finish. Be careful not to use too much wax, or the floor will be slippery and collect dust.
10. A weighted polisher is a help in caring for waxed floors, though too frequent application will make the floor slippery.
11. Linoleum makes an excellent floor covering. It comes plain, strie, inlaid and surface printed.
12. Inlaid linoleum may be waxed and printed linoleum may be varnished as extra protection.
13. Tiles-both dull and glazed-are used for floors.
14. Stone composition makes excellent floors as it can be cut in any size blocks and nailed to a subfloor.
15. Concrete should not be used for floors in a house, though it is an excellent foundation for linoleum or tile. Linoleum can be cemented direct to a concrete floor, but the use of lining felt is recommended.
16. Dull varnishes can be purchased or a shiny varnish can be rubbed down with pumice and oil.
17. Before refinishing an old floor it should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water, and then wiped off with a cloth moistened with benzine to remove all traces of oil or grease.
18. To remove wax, use gasoline or steel wool. Denatured alcohol cuts shellac, and turpentine cuts paint and varnish.