Monday, May 22, 2017

THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN HARDWOOD FLOORS



Many homeowners love hardwood floors not only for their look and durability, but also because they're simple to clean—at least relative to carpet, tile, and many other surfaces. But maintaining spick-and-span hardwood floors isn't quite as simple as it may seem, which leaves many homeowners wondering: What's the best way to clean hardwood floors, anyway?
“There’s a responsibility that comes with owning a wood floor,” says Brett Miller, vice president of education and certification for the National Wood Flooring Association in St. Louis. “People who haven’t had a wood floor before don’t always consider the importance of properly maintaining those floor coverings.”
If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking their best, here are the steps to take.
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Remove debris regularly
Your first line of defense is to remove dirt and debris as quickly and often as possible. Even the smallest specks of dirt act like sandpaper, and can scratch the floor's surface and make it look dull. So make sure to vacuum or sweep regularly—ideally once every two to three days, or more for high-traffic areas, says Miller. If you vacuum, use the hard surface setting on your machine, which turns off the beater bar and lowers the vacuum to the floor for better suction power.
Wipe spills immediately
Hardwood floors may look impervious to spills compared with carpet, but certain substances can actually eat away at the top coat of polish on your floor. Some common offenders include milk, mustard, and pet urine. So if Fido or Fluffy isn't fully house trained, make sure to pick up after accidents pronto.
Mop the right way
A damp (but not sopping) mop can also help keep a hardwood floor clean, provided you use the right cleaner (more on what not to use next). Most wood floor installers or manufacturers recommend cleaners that contain isopropyl alcohol, which dries quickly, and are available at home supply stores.
To make your own solution for a monthly clean, add a capful of white vinegar to a gallon of water, which will help dissolve grease and grime on the floor, but not strip the finish. To remove shoe scuffs, rub marks with a tennis ball, which cleans without scratching the finish.
Whatever you do, do not clean wood floors with a steam mop, Miller says. “Steam is horrible for wood floors. It opens the pores in woods and damages the finish, causing irreversible damage to any wood floor.”
Use the right cleaning products
“Wood is probably the easiest floor covering to keep clean, but you have to use the right cleaning products,” says Miller. In fact, contrary to what you might think, he adds, “anything that says ‘polish’ or ‘shine’ indicates you’re adding a layer of something to the floor, and it’s not a protective coating.”
The result? Your floor might look shiny right after you're done, but it will quickly smear and look dull (prompting you to clean your floors again). So when in doubt, stick with cleaning solutions recommended by a hardwood floor specialist rather than what's being hawked at your average grocery store.
And if it still doesn't look clean...

If vacuuming and mopping don’t restore the luster to your hardwood floors, it may not be due to lack of elbow grease. Eventually, wood floors withstand enough damage that they should be refinished—meaning the top layer of wood is sanded down to remove marks, then covered with sealant. Hardwood floors should be resealed about once every 10 years, or every two to five years if they get substantial traffic from kids or pets.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

AKOYA IS GOING UP... IT WILL BE BEAUTIFUL... HAPPY RESIDENTS... SUCCESS!
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Happy to go there with you as your Realtor... and see, in person, what is happening!
Marilyn Jacobs  561-302-3388.

Friday, September 30, 2016

AKOYA IS IN CONSTRUCTION MODE... Now is the time to lock in today's current pricing and secure the home of your dreams.

WOW! Construction has begun at AKOYA and now will go fast.  Prices starting in the $800's!
Akoya is bringing true modern design to a resort-style setting in the #1 Private Residential Country Club in the Nation!
 
 
 
 
THE GOAL:
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

AFTER A YEAR'S DELAY, AKOYA ANNOUNCES THEY HAVE BROKEN GROUND AND HAVE A NEW CONTRACTOR.  THE POPULAR COMPLEX WITH AN UBER LIFESTYLE IS DESTINED TO FILL UP QUICKLY!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

BOCA'S FIRST LUXURY HIGH RISE TO BE BUILT IN 25 YEARS





New Boca West Country Club complex, Akoya, scheduled to open for occupancy in early 2017 will be nine stories high and have 139 private residences which start in pre-construction at $860,00 and reach to $2,366,000.  Two- to five-bedroom + den units will include luxurious Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.  These units range from 1,800 to 4,500 square feet. 




Walk to the 500,000 sq ft club facilities offering phenomenal dining, golf, fitness, tennis, events and a spectacular spa.

Akoya will be gated and have its own pool and Jacuzzi. 
This complex will be the first luxury high-rise to be built in the area in over 25 years.  Since 1997 Boca West has been a Platinum Club of America 5-Star Private Club, since 2013 recognized as a Distinguished Emerald Club by Board Room Magazine. Each unit will have its own privacy-controlled secured access elevator system.

Akoya will include access to seven restaurants, four golf courses, 31 tennis courts and a 38,000 sq ft spa at the Boca West Clubhouses.  Boca West’s European-style spa offers 23 themed treatment rooms, salon services and areas for relaxation.  Fitness center is open 24/7.  Dinner from the Clubhouse can be delivered to your quarters by your valet.

There are in Boca West country club about 3400 homes on 2,000 acres, between Yamato Road and Glades Road, next to the Florida Turnpike and near I95 - fast routes to airports. TONS OF SHOPPING at nearby Town Center Mall and other shopping areas.

Ceilings are 9’6” high. Outdoor terraces will be expansive and floor-to-ceiling windows will be featured with fairway and lake views.  There are golf courses and tennis courts galore to complete a luxurious lifestyle.  Let me show it to you!  Call or text 561-302-3388 or email marilynfjacobs@gmail.com for more information.






Staff will include valet, front desk staff and concierge providing “white glove services”, manned gate and Security Patrol. Adding to Boca West’s 300,000+ sq ft of amenities will be a resort-style swimming pool, lavish Grand Room and 24-hour fitness center.   Lease OK with 2 pets allowed.

Stunning picturesque golf and lake views will be seen through floor-to-ceiling impact glass windows.  Enter the building through a dramatic porte-cochere arrival court.

No resident assessments are planned to finance the new $50MM improvements to Boca West.

Amenities at Boca West include four 18-hole golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye and Jim Fazio, with a 4-acre short game area and a 50-tee driving range.  Golf clinics and lessons are available year around. Visit the golf pro shop. 



Boca West boasts six restaurants, an expansive aquatic and fitness center, and a 38,000 sq ft European-inspired spa.  Swim in the sprawling free form pool and marvel at the cascading waterfalls, and head to the casual pool bar.

Tour the golf courses!

There are 31 Har-Tru tennis courts

Six restaurants for fine and casual dining

Food is gourmet style

Card Rooms
There are 31 Har-Tru tennis courts, a world-class spa and aquatics center, salon and six restaurants. Fully stocked golf and tennis pro shops are featured. Boca West was named 2013 USTA Outstanding Facility. Social activities include arts and cultural venues, theater productions, day trips and cruises.  Classes and lectures will be offered along with organized card games and singles mixers. 


The architects who built One Thousand Ocean, GarciaStromberg have designed Akoya. Interiors will be by award-winning Steve G., well known worldwide for fashionable metropolitan styles.  Club Membership fees and annual dues will be mandatory.  


HOA includes:
The HOA includes: the master association, insurance on the building, cable, water, 24 hour security, front desk attendant, valet parking (no tipping), onsite management, onsite maintenance, all common areas, pool, fitness center, party room, card rooms, common real estate taxes, and landscaping.

 Owners will need to insure the inside of their unit, pay their electric bill and any other special things that they require.

For more information or fees and dues text or call 561-302-3388 or email marilynfjacobs@gmail.com.  MARILYN KNOWS THE COUNTRY CLUBS!