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Hardware Tip of the Week: Hot Tips for Vinyl Tile Repair & Put Mold on Hold

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Vinyl Tile Repair: Vinyl floors are beautiful when new. But soon, normal wear, and things that happen here and there, leave rips and gouges, burns and tears, that need attention and repairs.
If you have one or more tiles to replace, removing the vinyl tile -- one or a whole floor -- can be difficult and messy when you use a heat gun and chisel.
Instead, lay a cloth down over one tile at a time, and iron with slow, firm strokes. In a minute or two, the tile will easily lift up. Then repeat as needed.
If you’re replacing with self-stick tiles, they’ll go in easier and hold better if the adhesive is activated with heat. Use a hairdryer or warm sunlight (if available) until they’re pliable. Then, peel and stick.
For holes, gouges and tears in tile or linoleum, shave a thin top layer off a matching scrap.
Grind or chop it into tiny pieces, mix with clear urethane paint and fill
it into the damaged area and let it dry.
Mold: There’s a growing environmental problem caused by energy efficiency and moisture. It’s mold...both hidden and out in plain sight.
It can show up in and on walls, ceilings and carpets and any porous material that can absorb moisture and hold it until mold spores begin to grow.
So why are we hearing about this more than ever before? Because more homes today are sealed air tight and when small water leaks occur in a roof or somewhere in a home’s structure and they go undetected for a period of time, wet insulation and wallboard become breeding grounds.
The answer (if you haven’t been told) is knowing how to put mold on hold.
Reduce interior moisture and humidity levels with good ventilation and a dehumidifier if needed.
Catch and repair leaks early and know that condensation creates moisture problems too. Watch for any signs of mold and act quickly to correct and prevent it. More than being unsightly it’s a health hazard too.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.