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Posted by Kathy Portway on 9/16/2019

In its natural state, specific stone’s strength is legendary while others react to blunt force, chemicals, and even water. In your home, natural stone floors can beautify your décor and last the life of your house when cared for properly. If exposed to sharp objects and harsh substances, however, it can wear, chip, crack, and even dissolve, requiring expensive repair, removal, and replacing.

Many stones have porous surfaces that can hold stains, and they absorb harsh chemicals that can break them down over time.

Follow these care tips to keep your stone surfaces solid and protected.

Caring for your floor

  • Sweep or vacuum crumbs, dust, dirt, and grit from the floor’s surface.
  • Use protective pads and glides under furniture so that they don’t scrape the finish off the stone tiles. Project the floor from damage made by metal chair legs with chair leg caps.
  • Be quick to wipe up spills. Vinegar, salad dressings, pickle juice, wines, and other acidic foods damage the stone. If left to sit on the tiles for any length of time, any vinegar-based products may dissolve certain types of rock, particularly travertine, marble, onyx, and other calcareous natural stones.
  • Do not expose your floor to excessive heat.
  • Many natural cleaners contain lemon juice, distilled white vinegar, and other acidic products, so don’t trust a product just because the label says “natural.”
  • Avoid heavy grout cleaners, or caustic tub and tile cleaners as they can etch the surface of the stone’s finish. And don’t use liquid abrasives or powdered cleansers for the same reason.
  • Ammonia can mar the stone’s surface and dull its looks.
  • Periodically, clean the stones more deeply with particular products just for stone, or use warm, soapy water or a gentle all-purpose cleaner to lift the dirt and grime from the stone’s surface using a microfiber mop or cloth.
  • Go over the floor a second time with just water, and then dry the floor with a clean, microfiber or cotton cloth.

Reseal your floor

At the outset, and at least once a year after that (more often in high-traffic areas), seal a newly cleaned floor with an appropriate sealant that is correct for the stone and also has the finish you want (glossy, matte, polished, or natural). 

If you’re concerned about the condition of your floors, seek the advice of a stone flooring professional.




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Posted by Kathy Portway on 9/13/2019

This Condo in Taunton, MA recently sold for $265,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Kathy Portway - SUCCESS! Real Estate.


1559 Bay Street, Taunton, MA 02780

Condo

$265,000
Price
$265,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Desirable Lands End is now offering this beautiful, 2 bedroom town home. Light and bright open first floor has pretty skylights. Galley kitchen with Corian counters, tile back splash, great storage and leads to designated eating area with quaint seating area under lovely windows. Spacious living room with wood burning fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Dining area is great for entertaining. Master Bedroom complete with cathedral ceiling ,sky light and a balcony to sit and relax on. Spacious second bedroom has double closets. Bathrooms have been tastefully redone!. Loft area is out of the way and wonderful space for an office or library. Relax in the screened in porch overlooking the colorful gardens. Lower level is finished as well. There is a lot of room here. Gas heat, central air and one car garage just add to this home. Amenities include in ground salt water pool, tennis courts and water sports. Easy access to highways and shopping. This is a MUST SEE!

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Posted by Kathy Portway on 9/9/2019

If your home has hardwood floors, you’re going to want to put carpets in and around the home. This helps to warm the space up both visually and physically. How do you know what size area rug to choose or what colors to choose? It’s quite simple. There are a few rules of thumb that you should know in order to help you choose the right rug for each room of the home. 


First, you’ll need to measure the seating area. You’ll select the rug that’s the closest size up from those measurements. Choose the next size up from that so all of your furniture can rest on the rug. Alternatively, you can set the room up so that no furniture rests on the rugs and the carpet simply sits in front of the furniture. This is all a matter of taste.  


Fill The Room With A Rug


You can fill an entire room with a rug as well. Just measure the room and subtract a 2-foot perimeter around the room for floor space. 


Layer Your Rugs For A Great Visual Effect


You can create more definition in your room by layering rugs. You can put a smaller rug on top of a larger rug for something a bit visually interesting in the room. Smaller rugs help to define a seating area, so you would layer those rugs on top of a larger rug.


Furniture Movers


Placing movers or sliders under furniture is more than just for rearranging a room. These little disks help to protect both your hardwood floors and your carpets. You’ll have floors free from scratches, tears, and scuffs. If you think that furniture can’t ruin carpets, think again!  


Dining And Kitchen        


For rugs in your dining area, the carpet should surround your table. The rug needs to extend out a bit beyond the focal point of the room. Measure about two feet beyond your table as a good rule of thumb. 


In the kitchen, make sure that your rugs are slip resistant. Put rugs near the places that you tend to stand the most like the sink and oven. You could put several area rugs in the kitchen to create a warmer feel in the room without making it hard to clean. 


Bedroom


In your bedroom, one of the most important purposes for a rug is having a soft, warm place for your feet in the morning. An area rug should extend out at least two feet beyond the bed itself, which is the focal point of the room. If you’re using smaller rugs, place them strategically so that your feet are warm yet the bed is still the main visual focus in the room. 


Color Choice


Remember that your rug should be an accent to a room. Your walls are the dominant color and your rug will only add to the beauty. Pick a color that blends well with the rest of the scheme of the room.




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Posted by Kathy Portway on 9/6/2019

This Single-Family in Raynham, MA recently sold for $488,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kathy Portway - SUCCESS! Real Estate.


133 Britton Circle, Raynham, MA 02767

Single-Family

$489,900
Price
$488,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
New to the market is this idyllic, custom, extended, Cape style home. All original & lovingly cared for inside with three spacious bedrooms & two & a half baths. Hardwoods and recessed lighting throughout main living space with plenty of room to spread out in the living room with a lovely fire place, dining area, office & 3 season room. Stunning kitchen has beautiful granite counters & large seated island along with stainless steal appliances. Master bedroom complete with sky lights, cathedral ceiling & master bath. Two more spacious bedrooms with walk in closets & window seats. Check out the view from the 3 season room which looks over sprawling landscaped grounds- perfect for outdoor living & entertaining with large deck, in-ground, salt water, pool, cabana & basket ball court! First floor laundry, central air, mud room, farmers porch, plenty of storage, irrigation & two car garage are just bonuses to this home. AND its just minutes from major routes, shopping, and schools.

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Posted by Kathy Portway on 9/6/2019

This Single-Family in Norton, MA recently sold for $445,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kathy Portway - SUCCESS! Real Estate.


57 John Scott Blvd, Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$449,900
Price
$445,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Long driveway leads you to this stunning, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath extended cape style home. Curb appeal is on point with the meticulously landscaped yard and plantings. Once inside you wont want to leave. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout entryway, kitchen, dining, and living room with not a thing out of place. Large family room has a wonderful brick fireplace. Dining room is perfect for entertaining. Kitchen has plenty of cabinetry. But its the windows throughout the first floor that just add so much warmth and light to the home. Upstairs you will find a front to back master bedroom with a walk in closet and bath, another front to back bedroom with walk in closet, a nice size third bedroom and another full bath. Enjoy the summer on the spectacular deck spanning the back of the home and overlooking expansive yard, above ground pool and privacy. Central air, irrigation system, well water filtration system, two car garage are bonuses to this home.This is one you do not want to miss!

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