Archive for the ‘Hardwood Floor Cleaning’ Category

Winter is Approaching: How to Keep Elements Outdoors

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

December is here, which means winter is fast approaching. With sudden weather changes and temperatures plunging, it’s important to make sure you’re leaving outside elements, outside. Here’s how to prevent winter weather from making a mess inside your home:

Make sure your roof is in good condition

Before rain or snow starts pouring down onto your home, you need to make sure your roof is not damaged in any way. This includes any buckled or missing shingles that can lead to leaks. Also, make sure the flashing around your chimney is in good condition, and make sure any cracks are sealed. 

Trim your trees

With trees starting to die down during the winter season, now is the best time to trim your trees and shrubs. This is especially helpful if in case of a storm, which can cause limbs and branches to fall onto your home if they are unstable or weighed down by snow or ice.

Get your mudroom ready

With ice, sleet and rain outside, bringing in moisture to your home can be a huge issue. To stop this from happening, make sure you have a space in your home where family can leave any umbrellas, wet jackets, and shoes. It doesn’t have to be a whole room – if you have hardwood floors in your home, you can put a rug or old carpet in front of entrances. You may also want to put a waterproof barrier under the rug to ensure that water does not escape and damage your wood floors. 

These tips and tricks should get you ready for another year of winter weather! Make sure to always protect your investments by making sure your home and flooring is taken care of all season long. Have any other questions on how to protect your hardwood floors? Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help. Contact us for any hardwood floor questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Protecting Your Hardwood Floors During the Holidays

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The holiday season is here, which means your home might be getting a lot more traffic. It’s important to keep up with maintenance of your hardwood floors so that when the new year rolls around, you’re not stressing about your floors being worn out. Here are a list of ways to ensure your floors remain fresh and damage-free through the holiday season.

Have a quality finish

If your hardwood floors are protected with a great finish then there is not much you need to do. It is a form against scratches or dents and even liquids. Even though you have a quality finish, you need to still make sure any spills are cleaned up immediately.

Add mats to doorways

Many outside elements such as melted snow or rain can cause damage to your hardwood floors. Make sure your home’s entrances have a mat for guests to wipe their shoes on, protecting your hardwood floors against moisture damage.

Be careful when moving furniture around

Moving furniture is more likely to damage your floors than high heel shoes. If you rearrange the furniture in your home to make room for guests, be sure that chairs and tables are picked up instead of being dragged around.  And, always put felt pads on the feet of your chairs and tables, just in case.

Ask guests to remove shoes

Even with mats, shoes can bring in elements to your home that aren’t good for your hardwood floors. Warn your guests to remove their shoes upon arrival to your home, or you can offer them slippers. This can keep your floors clean and prevent dirt from being spread around your home.

Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help answer any hardwood floor maintenance questions you might have. Contact us for any hardwood floor questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

How to Instantly Boost Your Home’s Value

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Tip #1: Renovate any outdated rooms

Are there rooms in your house that look way too old for it’s time? Adding some modern feel to your home will ensure your home increases in price and value. If you don’t have the budget to do an entire renovation, simple fixes like repainting, adding in some light fixtures, or improving the ventilation in the home will do the trick. 

Tip #2: Think green!

Buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes – and will only continue to do so in the future. In order to make your home more green, you can install energy-efficient bulbs, low energy appliances and heating, etc. Another way to do this is with hydro insulation. A home that is insulated will sell at a higher price than one that is not, giving you a great return on investment in the long run.

Tip #3 Update those floors

Have carpet in your home? Update to hardwood floors. This flooring choice is not only eye-catching, but also long-lasting. Having this in your home instead of carpet will tell future homeowners that they won’t have to worry about their flooring for a while, and adds a great amount of value to a home. Carpet or any other flooring option needs regular deep cleaning and overall, isn’t as pretty. And if you already have hardwood floors, consider getting them sanded and stained or refinished. 

Tip #4 Paint the front door

The first look at your home is crucial in generating a lasting impression. Simply adding a fresh coat of paint or decoration to the front door can be a great way to add value, but not break the bank.

Tip #5 Fix the outside

A photo of your home is the first thing buyers will see. Making sure the outside of your home is as beautiful as the inside is crucial. You can trim the bushes, plant some flowers, powerwash the driveaway, revamp the mailbox – anything that will attract buyers to your home by first glance.

Upgrading the value of your home can be easy, and our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help you create a valuable home. Contact us for any hardwood floor questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

4 Ways You’re Ruining Your Floors

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Although hardwood flooring may seem low-maintenance, it still needs some TLC to maintain it’s beauty and longevity. But it doesn’t require just any old cleaning routine – there’s a correct way to clean your floors without ruining them. It’s easy to learn, and once you get the hang of it, it’ll be second nature to you. Here are cleaning habits you need to stop doing to ensure your floors stay damage-free!

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Mopping the floors

Hardwood floors are not tiles! They absorb and hold moisture, which means that using a wet mop should never be done. Water can seep through the floorboards and lead to warping or swelling. If you do choose to mop your floors, you should never use one that is saturated. It should be basically dry in order to keep your floors from being damaged.

Using the wrong vacuum attachment 

In time, using the wrong vacuum head can cause damage to your floors, scratching them and allowing dirt and dust to hide in more places. Stay away from vacuum heads that have rotating brushes or stiff bristles, and instead use an attachment with a soft brush. 

Using household cleaners

Using regular household products that work for other surfaces, such as ammonia-based cleaners, are actually extremely harmful on hardwood floors. They will get rid of stains, but in turn will slowly start to eat away at the surface of the floors, permanently damaging them. Instead, use oil-based cleaning products that will not damage your wood floor’s appearance or eliminate it’s protective coat. We recommend using Bona hardwood floor cleaning products for your floors, as this is what always works best for us and our clients.

Not doing regular floor maintenance

One of the most important factors in extending the life of your hardwood floors is with regular, routine maintenance. Sweeping regularly will eliminate dust, but also extend you floor’s lifespan. Also, if you notice scratches on your floors that accumulate over time, opt for repairing them as soon as possible. The sooner you fix the problem, the easier and quicker the repair job will be!

Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you keep your floors looking brand new all year long. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Where to Buy Your Hardwood Floors

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Although the upfront costs from big box stores or online discounted stores may seem less expensive, it can cost you a lot in the long run. Before purchasing new hardwood floors, ensure you are receiving the best value for your buck, and weigh all your options.

Buying Hardwood Floors Online

When buying hardwood floors from a website you stumbled upon online, you need to be aware of some things. One is that you don’t have anyone helping you find the right flooring choice for your home ad lifestyle. You will either spend an unnecessary amount of time researching, or end up buying the wrong flooring type for your home. The next thing to keep in mind is that a lot of websites do not sell top-quality products. They also may not be covered by a warranty.

Lastly, when it is shipped to your home, you are unaware of how it was handled in the process. There could have been changes in the temperature or humidity that can affect the entire appearance of the floors.

Buying From Big Box Stores

Just like from buying floors online, you can’t really know how the product was handled when it was being shipped. Also, the expertise levels of those helping you choose the floors are limited, and there isn’t a guarantee the workers who are installing the hardwood are trained properly.

If the installers are not regularly checked for proper liability and workers comp insurance documentation, you would be liable if they get hurt when they are on the job.

Buying From Specialists

Signature Hardwood Floors has a highly trained staff that can do everything that the above cannot. They are experts in the field, and can do so much more than just answer some questions or point you to a product. We use installers who are trained, certified and insured, so you do not have to worry about your floors being installed correctly.

Have any questions about what flooring options we have available? Visit our showroom to see the samples for yourself! Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

What to Clean Hardwood Floors With

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

From the amount of advice out there on what to clean hardwood floors with, it would seem like there are as many products that can be used to clean your floor as there are varieties of wood species. However, this is definitely not the case. You should be very careful when choosing a product with which to clean your hardwood floor. Many so-called tips and tricks can actually be very harmful to your wood floor. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over a number of things you shouldn’t use to clean a hardwood floor, and then we’ll talk about what is safe to use. Read on to make sure you’re treating your hardwood floor right!

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Coordinate Cabinetry and Hardwood Flooring

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

You might be considering remodeling your home or are just looking for some ideas. Here are some ways you can coordinate cabinetry with hardwood floors!

Use matching wood and stain

You can always match your cabinetry with your hardwood floors by using the same species, style and stain. In the example below, you can see that other than the appliances, the cabinetry matches the hardwood floors perfectly:

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Slightly contrast the cabinetry wood/stain with the hardwood floors

The contrast between the cabinets and hardwood floor can be minor. As you can see in the picture below, the cabinetry is only slightly darker compared to the hardwood floors, but it’s not a big difference and still compliments each other nicely.

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Completely contrast the cabinetry wood & stain with hardwood floors

You can always opt for a more dramatic difference and either have light colored hardwood floors and dark cabinets, or vice versa, like in the image below.  In this particular photo the cabinetry really pops and stands out!

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There are so many options when you’re deciding on how to coordinate your cabinetry with your hardwood floors. To learn more about anything and everything related to hardwood flooring, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, andLinkedIn!

Care Tips for Beautiful Hardwood Floors

Monday, April 16th, 2018

If you want your hardwood floors to look just as beautiful as they did when they were installed, there’s only one thing you have to do: take care of them! Even though taking care of your hardwood floors involves more than one thing,  it is true that the one concept of caring for your hardwood floors will result in floors that look better and cleaner than floors that are not cared for. Make sure you follow these care tips to keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful!

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Allergies That Will Not Stop?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

When you’re inside your home, do you ever find yourself having allergies that will not stop? You might be coughing, sneezing, or having a runny nose. The cause of this could be your carpet.

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Best Hardwood Floors for Kids and Pets

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

When you’re living in a house with messy kids and pets, a hardwood floor is the best flooring option to choose. Unlike carpet, hardwood floors are much more forgiving when it comes to spills and mess. Of course, you might be a bit concerned that your kids or pets may ruin your hardwood floors, so here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for the perfect hardwood floors for your home.

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