How to Fix Cracked Leather

Once your leather furniture starts to crack, you may be wondering whether to hide the flaws or replace the piece entirely. Instead, repair those cracks with a leather repair kit that comes with its own mixable tints. Conditioning the leather helps prevent the leather from drying out, which may cause cracks.

How to Repair Cracked Leather Car Seats

Leather seats are a highly desirable option on a new car. Leather on a used car, however, can be a problem. Unless the car is in mint condition, the leather will inevitably show wear and perhaps have faded. This is especially true of the driver's seat, for obvious reasons. However, there are products on the market today that will clean, recolor and patch up leather until it is in near showroom condition. With the right equipment and a little elbow grease, you can repair your leather seats yourself and skip the expensive trip to the professionals.

Equipment for Sanding a Concrete Floor

Sanding a concrete floor may be necessary to remove stains or to give the floor some extra texture before painting. You can also sand concrete in order to polish it to a high shine. Whatever the reason, sanding concrete can be a back-breaking and messy chore. Be properly equipped with the right tools before you tackle the job.

Prep Supplies

How to Sand a Concrete Floor

Many homeowners are opting for exposed concrete floors in their homes, because they can be attractive and are easy to keep clean. Before you can add a colored stain followed by a coating of epoxy, urethane or wax to make a concrete floor shine, you must prepare the floor's surface. A professional floor buffer or sander equipped with a sanding disc can remove any existing paint, stains, discoloration or small imperfections from the floor's surface.

How to Sand Garage Floors

Garage floors made of concrete are sturdy and require little maintenance, although over the course of time they can become stained or damaged. Garage floors can also have a very shiny appearance if properly polished and buffed. To refinish your garage floor or to remove stains, you must first sand the concrete. The best way to sand your floor is by renting (or purchasing) a professional sanding/grinding machine.

How to Level Uneven Concrete Floors

If you have noticed that your concrete floors are uneven, you can fix them. Leveling uneven concrete floors can be a fairly easy task to accomplish.

Things You'll Need

Floor leveling compound

First clean the concrete floor. Nail a piece of wood across any openings such as doorways or hallways. This will keep the concrete patching from getting out of the room.

Take your concrete leveling compound and mix it to a thin consistency. Pour the concrete leveling compound onto the concrete floor and use a wide broom with soft bristles to smooth it over. This is your first coat of concrete primer. If the concrete floor is newer you will only need one coat of primer, if the concrete floor is older it may need two coats of concrete primer. Let the primer dry as specified on the bag.

How to Grind or Cut Back Concrete

If you need to cut back or grind away concrete due to a home reconstruction, remodel or repair, you will find that you do not require the assistance of a stone mason to complete the job. However, if you plan to cut the concrete, you will likely need to take a trip to a rental center to rent a concrete saw. This makes the task easier and prevents the need for you to crawl around the concrete floor on your knees with a circular saw.

How to Smooth a Concrete Floor

Regardless if you are planning to install carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, natural stone or a laminate floor, the concrete base needs to be flat, if not level, before you can begin the installation. Smoothing down a concrete floor may seem like a daunting task, but the reality is that it’s a fairly straightforward process that you can complete with a variety of different tools. While not necessarily difficult, it is a dusty and dirty task, but once you are finished, your floor will be ready for whatever installation you need to use.

Concrete Floor Grinding Tools

Concrete grinders remove any layers of paint, sealers or gunk that are stuck on top of your floor or driveway. In addition to this, many will texture or polish your concrete, depending on how you want it. Grind the top of your concrete floor or driveway when you want to refinish it or repaint it.

Do It Yourself Concrete Floor Grinding

Concrete floors, once found only in warehouses or large commercial buildings, are becoming more common in homes, thanks to concrete's durability. Concrete floors don't require a large amount of maintenance but do need regular care and cleaning to retain their shine. Polishing concrete is a process much like sanding wood, which strips old concrete and leaves the new layer shiny. Concrete grinding removes pits, dust and any other imperfections flooring has developed. New concrete can also be polished.


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