Dirt and its Damage to Wood Floors

November 14th, 2017

It’s no secret that dirt and dust can make any type of surface look messy, but when it comes to wood, it can be really harmful. Read on to learn some facts about dirt’s impact on hardwood floors, and ways to prevent any harm.

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What is dirt and dust even made of?

This is a complex question, as they both can be made up of a number of elements. Homes are filled with so many substances that can break down and be pushed around, turning into dirt and dust particles.

The most common sources of dirt are pets, open windows/doors, and shoes. Dirt is transferred to wood floors when it sticks to our shoes or socks, or becomes airborne. Food can also be a source of dirt, and whenever it is spilled, pieces are left behind and get broken down into particles that are then carried around the house.

Human and pet hair, as well as skin are constantly shedding, breaking down to small particles that float around the house, landing on wood floors and becoming dust.

How can this damage my wood floors?

Discoloration is a way dirt and dust can damage your floors. Traffic in a room can break down the elements that make it stick to the floor. It can then make its way into small cracks of the wood, and cause discoloration which is hard to remove without refinishing.

Dirt and dust can also cause scratches in your floors. If a food comes in contact with a particle on the floor, it can damage the wood. The scratches leave wood vulnerable to water, leading to swelling. It can also lead to discoloration.

How can I prevent this?

Reduction. If you reduce the amount that is brought into your home, you will see a lot less damage. By removing shoes before walking on the wood floors, you are preventing any elements from being tracked from the shoe to the floor. Regularly cleaning the entryways, vacuuming carpets, putting a rug by the doors, and keeping your windows/doors closed will also prevent damage.

Dirt and dust will always make its way into your home somehow, so ensuring that you are regularly cleaning around your home is the major way to prevent wood floor damage. If you spill food or water, blot it up as fast as possible before it can seep into the crevices of your wood floor.

Learn more about these issues and how to address them by contacting the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click heretoday! You can also follow us onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!

 

Hardwood Floor Trends We’ll See in 2018

November 8th, 2017

Going into 2018, there are different hardwood floor trends we’ll be seeing more of, highlighting a fresh feel and design in any home. Hardwood floors have an ability to change depending on its surrounding styles, as well as an ability to transform any space. Read on to find out what trends we’ll be seeing in homes come the new year.

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Dealing with Seasonal Issues

October 25th, 2017

With the fall season in full effect, the temperatures are starting to cool, and humidity is dropping. Seasonal related issues are extremely common during this time of the year. Most wood floors will have some type of seasonal separation in the boards during the fall and winter. Due to the heating systems in full effect, the humidity levels drop. The wood starts to lose moisture and the boards shrink, resulting in gaps.

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Embracing the Beauty of Fall in Your Home

October 9th, 2017

With summer finally over, the beauty of fall comes to light. The weather cools down and colors change from bright greens to orange and yellows. If you love the colors of fall, consider embracing them in your home! Read on to learn ways to embrace the season’s beauty in your home.

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The NWFA Partners with the Gary Sinise Foundation to Support Our Military Heroes

September 25th, 2017

The Gary Sinise Foundation, Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) Program, is providing smart homes to America’s most severely wounded heroes and their families. This also includes home modifications, mobile devices and adapted vehicles that will be given to wounded, sick or aging heroes from all military conflicts. Simple everyday tasks may be taken for granted, but living in reliance of caregivers for very personal tasks are a reality for many wounded veterans.

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Dealing with Water Damaged Floors

September 19th, 2017

Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we must all come together to help with recovery. It’s good to know that even though the effects from the storms will last a long time, not all flooding damage is irreversible. Here is a quick guide on how to address the issue of water damage.

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Subfloor materials to look at

When there is a flood, the water will go below the wood floor system. Subflooring systems in addition to wood flooring have to be looked at carefully.

  • Plywood- distortion or swelling can occur to floors when there is a high moisture level. It’s important to have moisture tests done to properly assess the moisture.
  • Oriented Strand Board- the oriented strand board can swell if it is exposed to water. It can create a decrease in density and can make the board weaker.
  • Concrete- concrete doesn’t usually get damaged when it’s exposed to water, but the adhesives or sealers will slow the drying of a concrete slab.
  • Drying- although heat or regular airflow can make the drying process faster, the subfloor should be within the adhesive manufacturer’s moisture level requirements before flooring is installed.

Recovering from a natural disaster can be a long process. With help from around the country and our industry, we can generate progress at a faster rate. Have any more questions regarding how to address water damage? Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

What Type of Flooring is Best For Your Kitchen?

September 12th, 2017

More than all the other flooring surfaces in your home, your kitchen takes all the heat. From spilled juice to muddy paw prints, your kitchen needs to withstand it all. You may ask yourself: Does hardwood flooring belong in the kitchen? The answer is yes. Many homeowners opt for hardwood floor in the kitchen to create one big room by tying together all the areas in their home. It also makes it easier to wipe up spills, and is easy to maintain.Arts and Crafts Style Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

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Do Hardwood Floors Increase my Home’s Value?

August 30th, 2017

When looking to make updates to a home, one of the most common renovations homeowners want to make is the addition of hardwood floors. Coming in all different types of wood and finishes, they definitely increase the aesthetic element of your home, but did you know installing hardwood floors could actually increase the value of your home?

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How to Protect Your Wood Floors From Fading

August 13th, 2017

Wood floors that are exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time can fade over the years. The intense ultraviolet (UV) light bleaches the wood while the infrared (IR) rays heat it, which combine to accelerate fading. So how can you prevent this from happening to your wood floors? Learn how in this week’s blog on protecting your wood floors from fading.

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What To Expect When You Are Expecting… A New Floor

August 13th, 2017

You’ve chosen your hardwood flooring for your home and you might be wondering what happens next. Knowing what comes after is important to properly prepare you for the installation of your hardwood floors.hardwood floor vs. carpet

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