Archive for the ‘Hardwood Flooring Maintenance’ Category

Dirt and its Damage to Wood Floors

Tuesday, 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!

 

Dealing with Seasonal Issues

Wednesday, 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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Dealing with Water Damaged Floors

Tuesday, 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?

Tuesday, 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?

Wednesday, 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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What To Expect When You Are Expecting… A New Floor

Sunday, 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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Is Hardwood the Better Choice Over Carpet?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Are you considering flooring options for your home and are stuck between carpet or hardwood? Looking beyond style and the look, there are major factors that need to be considered when figuring out flooring in your home: durability, resale value, livability, and environmental impact.

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Your Wood Floor Cleaning Schedule

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

You know what they say about habits. It’s hard to get into them, but once you get into a rhythm, it’s hard to break it. That’s why now is a great time to try to get into the habit of wood floor cleaning on a regular basis. Making a cleaning schedule for your wood floors is the best way to get yourself into habit of regular cleaning. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the ideal wood floor cleaning schedule, as well as a few important cleaning tips.

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Renovation Spend has Increased for First Time Homebuyers and Millennials

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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Millennial and first time homebuyers are starting to spend more money than ever before on renovation. The sixth annual Houzz & Home survey of U.S. 100,000 respondents found that first time homebuyers who bought their home in 2016 spent an average of $33,800 on renovations; a 22% increase from the year before. Although Baby Boomers still spend about three times more on their homes, Millennials invested an average of $26,200 in 2016, which is 7% more than the year before. Also, both first time and repeat buyers are taking on large projects, remodeling four rooms at the same time on average. For long time homeowners, their projects average to be smaller, remodeling 2.5 rooms during renovation.

 

The Houzz survey also found that homeowner’s main reason to do renovations in 2016 was because they finally had the time and financial means. Also, the rate of professional hiring has increased to 87% in 2016 from 85% in 2015, and is high in repeat homebuyers (94%). Also, first time homebuyers are just as likely to hire professional help as long-term homeowners. The most important demand for homeowners looking to renovate has been fueled by a need for specialty service providers. Have any projects you’re looking to get done in your home? Signature Hardwood Floors would be happy to help. Contact our flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Engineered Wood Floor Planks As An Accent Wall

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Are you looking to modernize your space? Engineered wood flooring on walls is the perfect way to give any room a unique touch. This could create a slight hipster look, or bring in a more traditional feel with the right materials.

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