Archive for the ‘Protecting Hardwood Flooring’ Category

A Guide to Hardwood Flooring Grades

Monday, July 25th, 2016

One of the most important aspects that influence the appearance of hardwood is the grade of the wood. Almost all boards in the United States are graded based on standards originally set by the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA). NOFMA gives special attention to appearance or lack of certain character marks, and are a huge indicator of what a board is supposed to look like, instead of an assessment of quality, hardness, and stability, etc.



How Much Does a Hardwood Floor Really Cost?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The price of a hardwood floor installation in your home will vary depending on different factors, including the type of wood you would like to install. It is usually less expensive than other flooring options such as tile, but can be more expensive than laminate or carpet. Here are some different elements that can help you choose a hardwood floor that is perfect for your home and budget.

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How to Choose and Care for Dark Hardwood Floors

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The look of dark hardwood floors has always been a favorite for homeowners. The darker look allows a more sophisticated look, such as Brazilian Cherry, dark-stained Oak, or walnut. There are, however, things to keep in mind when making the choice to go dark.



When To Use Engineered Floors

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Engineered floors are a great alternative to solid hardwood floors. Since there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of wood, the choice can come down solely to your preference. There are, however, situations where using engineered floors are favorable. Here are the instances in which engineered floors may be the best fit for your home.



Hardwood Floors and Humidity: Caring For Your Floors in the Summer

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Summer is only a few short weeks away here in Maryland, and we’re already starting to feel the heat. Not to mention the humidity! Hot and humid summers are a part of Maryland life, and while we humans are able to put up with them, our hardwood floors can have a little bit of trouble with the humidity. Excess humidity can create a number of problems with your wood floor, and if the issue of humidity isn’t addressed, it can even do some pretty serious damage to your floors. So in this week’s blog, we’ll talk about what exactly it is that humidity does to your hardwood floors, and how you can prevent these problems from happening.


What does that summer humidity do to your wood floors? Learn how to take care of your wood floors in the summer in our blog.


The Warning Signs of a Wood Floor Moisture Problem in Maryland

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Warm weather is back here in Maryland, and unfortunately, so is the humidity. As spring turns into summer and the humidity increases, you may notice that your wood floors start to act strangely. This is because humidity can have a big impact on the structure of a wood floor. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the warning signs of a wood floor moisture problem and how they can be solved.


What moisture problems can happen to a wood floor in times of high humidity?


Tips for Protecting Your Wood Floors in the Fall

Friday, September 26th, 2014


Wood floors are meant to shine, not be dull and subdued. But especially in the fall and winter, wood floors can get dull and lose their luster. To prevent your wood floors from getting dull in the fall, keep these tips in mind.

Tips for Protecting Your Wood Floors in the Fall

Take Shoes Off Inside

Dirty shoes are one of the main culprits of dull wood floors. Debris on the bottom of your shoes gets ground into the floor when you walk on it, causing it to dull. Take shoes off when you’re in the house to prevent them from dulling wood floors. Instead, wear slippers! They’re comfortable and easy on your floors.

Place Mats at the Door

Place mats at the door to catch debris from your shoes, and store shoes in a closet by the door. Plus, if you don’t get the chance to ask guests to take their shoes off, at least some of the debris will be caught on the mat.

Dust Before Using Wood Floor Cleaner

If you’re going to use a cleaning solution on your wood floor, make sure you dust or vacuum them before you do so. If you don’t, you’re essentially rubbing this dust into the floor, which defeats the purpose of using a cleaner in the first place.

Don’t Use Steam Mops

Wood floors don’t like water, and steam mops especially can leave wood floors looking dull and drab. Even though some may claim they’re safe for wood floors, it’s best to just avoid them.

Hardwood Floor Maintenance

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Top Cleaning Tips for your Hardwood Floor

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Hardwood Floor Maintenance After spending the time and money to install a new hardwood floor, you want your finished product to last you a long time. Daily maintenance of your hardwood floor will ensure its longevity, however most schedules won’t permit owners to clean and maintain their floors like they should. So when time finally allows you to give your hardwood floor the cleaning it deserves, keep these things in mind:

  1. Use products that work best on your type of hardwood floor. Determine which type of sealant was used for your floor; surface-sealed (poly-acrylic, polyurethane, urethane) or unfinished which include penetrating seals, shellac, oil seals, and varnish. Based on the type of floor you have will determine the products you use. Read labels to ensure the product will not damage your floor.
  2. Stay away from products that, though cheaper, will harm your hardwood floor. Products like beach, abrasive chemicals, oil-based soaps, and acidic products can cause scratches to your floor while leaving it slippery and dull in appearance.
  3. Never use water on a surface-sealed hardwood floor, it will cause damage. If your floor is able to be mopped, avoid over-wetting your mop head. Only use a mop head that is damp, clean, and soft. Make sure to mop with the grain of your hardwood floor, this will prevent snags.
  4. If you choose to vacuum your hardwood floor, use one that has a felt head or brush. This will prevent dents and marks. Be aware of the wheels on your vacuum to ensure they don’t make marks as you move.

Knowing quick techniques to take care of accidental spills and spots will also come in handy when cleaning your hardwood floors. Use a bag of ice to clean chewing gum or candle wax from your floor; wait for the substance to become brittle so you can clean it up easily. Baking soda with a damp sponge will help remove scuff marks. If something greasy should fall on your floor, use a commercial cleaner on surface-sealed flooring or clean with a damp sponge and wax for other flooring.  Adding rugs and floor mats throughout your rooms with hardwood flooring will help to catch dirt and dust in high traffic areas in your home. Avoid rubber backed mats when choosing mats for your home; these can trap water and cause damage to your hardwood floors.

When professional help is needed to clean and maintain your hardwood floor, call Signature Hardwood Floors. After we have installed your new hardwood floors, let us assist you in keeping your floors in top shape.  Call us at (410)-415-0755 or fill out our online form today. Follow us today on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.




How to Maintain Hardwood Floors | Wood Floor Maintenance & Repair in Baltimore

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Hardwood floors: whether or not their name makes it sound as such, they’re not all that hard to maintain. Here are a few tips to help your hardwood age as beautifully as a fine wine.

Cleaning Hardwood

With people and pets constantly trekking from the outside in, abrasive particles are bound to collect on your wood floors. Dirt, sand, gravel, and the like can deaden that oh-so-shiny finish on wood floors while also potentially causing scratches. Be sure to mop and vacuum on the regular to rid of these debris. Should food or water spill on your floor, address the situation immediately, and use a cleaner made for hardwood to avoid staining and to clean without causing damage.

Preventing Scratches

Putting glides and pads on the feet of your furniture is a little task that goes a long way in preventing scratches on hardwoods as you move chairs in and out from under the dining room table, rearrange furniture, and the like. For a quick fix when changing the placement of your furniture, slip a few socks under the piece to protect your floor during the move. Rugs and runners are magic carpets that will also help prevent your hardwoods from getting scratched.

Even if you take all the precaution you possible can, your hardwood will wear over time and you’ll probably want to take steps to make repairs to any cosmetic damages to restore your hardwoods to look as good as the day they were installed.

Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. not only installs hardwood floors in Maryland – we repair them, too. If you’re a homeowner in Baltimore, Maryland or the surrounding area, our flooring experts that have over two decades of experience in the industry can help repair any scratches, dents, or other wear and tear your hardwood floor is facing.

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Wood Floors: Fixing, Cleaning, and Maintaining

How To Safely Place A Christmas Tree On Your Hardwood Floor

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Do you know how to place your Christmas tree over your hardwood flooring? If you do not, we are here to help by giving you a few tips on how. Read below.

Assemble an Artificial Tree

Assemble your tree on a blanket on the floor. This blanket will protect your floor from accidental scratches while you assemble your tree.

Place a Real Tree on a Plastic Tablecloth

If you have a real tree, fold an old sheet into quarters exactly where you would like your tree to be placed. Cut and fold a plastic tablecloth to feet the sheet. Place your Christmas tree stand on top of this plastic tablecloth. Make sure you have this done before bringing your real tree home. Be sure you shake your tree before bringing it to your home. Dislodge any loose needles from your tree.

Use a Rubber Mat to Move Your Tree Around

A rubber mat can help you easily move a tree in your home without damaging your floor by dropping the tree or scratching the floor by dragging the tree through out your house.

For more tips on how to place your Christmas tree over hardwood flooring, read this article from

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