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Fun Fact: Tally of Trees in U.S. Forests

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Here’s an interesting fact: trees outnumber people 300 to 1 in the U.S. This includes woodlands that cover one-third of the country in the U.S. Forest Service’s latest tally.

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Rain and your Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Fall season brings with it some much-needed rain, but how is this affecting your hardwood floors? A lot of moisture can make your hardwood floors expand, and then contract. This process makes the boards cup, crown, crack and buckle, which all have negative effects on your floors. Here are some tips to make sure your flooring lasts.

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Types of Wood Species Used In Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Many homeowners who are looking to install hardwood floors are curious as to what type of wood species they should be using. There are a huge variety of different types of wood, and they all have their pros and cons. Here are the most popular wood floors used in hardwood flooring.

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Solid Wood Flooring Vs. Engineered Wood Flooring

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Installing hardwood floors: it’s an extreme makeover for your home, and you want to make sure the changes you make are ones you can live with for a long time. So what’s the difference between solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring, and which is the best fit for you? Let us give you the run down.

The Location: It matters. When it comes to your flooring, anyway. Any area that is prone to developing moisture – basements, bathrooms, and the like – is better suited for engineered wood, which is constructed in such a way as to give it added structural strength. Solid hardwood is prone to expansion and contraction as humidity comes and goes.

The Finish: By which we mean, refinishing. Solid hardwood can be sanded down and refinished multiple times over the course of its lifetime because of its thickness – it’s made milled from ¾ inch thick hardwood. Engineered wood is generally thinner, as it is created with bonded layers of hardwood. This means that sanding it in order to be able to refinish properly could diminish its structural integrity.

The Money: Whether we’d like it to be or not, money is a big factor in most remodeling projects. Engineered wood floors are more economical than solid, mostly because less of the tree is being used to make the planks.

The Situation: If you’re concerned about adding too much height to a room while putting down new floors, thinner engineered material might be the right choice. Alternatively, though, if you want to reduce springiness, thicker solid wood would be better.

Both solid and engineered wood can make beautiful additions to your home, and at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc., we can install either.  To learn more about wood floor installation in Baltimore Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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How To Clean Your Wood Floors

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Whether you own your home or not, clean floors is necessary. It is important that you take precautions when you have a hardwood floor; especially in high traffic areas. It is a good idea to place rugs or mats to try to catch some of the dirt being tracked in your home. If you have children, it is often a good idea to place a rug underneath their toys to help prevent scratching your wood floors. 

The biggest concern with your hardwood floor is going to be the moisture and dirt that builds up; this can be cleaned very easily with a dust mop or a vacuum with a floor brush attached. Water and other liquids can cause the wood to warp over time so it is imperative that you clean them up in a timely matter with a dry cloth. Typically, you need to clean your hardwood floors on a biweekly schedule and they will stay looking brand new. You can also use these tips to help when cleaning:

-Do NOT use ammonia

-Do NOT use furniture sprays, they can cause wax build up

-Do use a wood cleaner that is designed for floors; there are many out there these days

-Do use wood appropriate tools; soft non-scratching fibrous cloths (microfiber) are perfect!

As stated previously, the best way to help keep your hardwood floors clean is to prevent dirt and spills from happening. By using these simple techniques your hardwood floors can stay looking brand new!

Remember, the better you treat your hardwood floor, the longer it will maintain its original beauty.

If you have any questions, please contact Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

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Source:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-really-clean-your-hardwood-floor-164521

http://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/surface/how-to-clean-hardwood-floors/

Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Baltimore, Maryland

Friday, June 14th, 2013

If you’re a homeowner or commercial property manager in Maryland and your wood floors have seen better days, it may be time to consider having them refinished. From natural wear to scratches caused by shoes, furniture, and more, wood, though durable, is bound to show signs of age at some point. With relatively quick turnaround time, this home improvement project can take your wood floors from looking lackluster to full of luster – it’s a quick fix that makes a big impact. Here are a few tips to prepare your Maryland home or commercial property for floor refinishing:

1) Clear Rooms: That’s right – the furniture, the rugs (obviously), decorations, even the window treatments – should all be removed as you prepare your space for professionals to come in and refinish the area.

2) Prevent Dust: To keep dust from filling up your air filters when floors are being sanded, tape them over with plastic bags. Remove once the staining begins. You might also consider hanging a drop cloth of some sort between rooms to keep the particles confined to one room.

3) Let Dry: Give your floors time to dry during several phases of the refinishing process: between staining and applying the polyurethane finish and then again between the final coat of polyurethane application and before you begin walking on the floors and moving furniture back into the room.

Depending on the scope of space that needs refinishing, within just a few days you can have refinished floors that look brand spanking new with minimal hassle on your end. Signature Hardwood Floors provides both residential and commercial hardwood floor refinishing in Baltimore, Maryland, and beyond.

If you have any questions or need professional help, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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How to Match Stain to Existing Wood | Tips from Hardwood Flooring Company in Baltimore

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

As a homeowner with hardwood floors, you may find that over the years, certain areas of your floor need sanding and refinishing. This could be due to scratches, dents, or general wear and tear, but no matter what the reason behind it is, you want to be sure that the repaired area matches the color and texture of the rest of the hardwood flooring. How can you ensure that the stain you use will create a matching color? Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help.

Staining to match can be difficult because even if you are dealing with the same type of wood, the grain of each individual plank could vary in appearance, and the sanding process might make the newly-exposed wood more receptive to staining, leaving the older wood with its more natural age-based fading. This is why reverting to the exact original stain color does not always work. However, you may be able to blend two different stains together or use a new stain color that will match your existing wood. The most important thing to do is to test the stain on a very small area of the wood, preferably one that will not be too visible if the process goes wrong and does not produce a match. From there, you can see whether your stain needs to be lightened, darkened, or changed in tone.

Remember that there are other factors that determine the overall look of the wood once it has been stained. Generally, you stain a plank of wood, allow it to set, and then wipe off the extra stain to determine how intense and dark the color will get. The less time you let the stain sit on the wood, the lighter the end result will be.

Light also affects wood color, so be aware if certain areas are more faded than others due to sun exposure. You can either elect to restain these areas as well, or you can match the new, faded color when you stain the refinished area.

Signature Hardwood Floors designs and installs inlay hardwood floors in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania. To learn more about wood floor installation in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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Tips, Tricks and Secrets You Need To Know Before Cleaning Your Hardwood Floor

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Forget what you have seen of any infomercial. Miracle cleaners and solutions may sound like a great idea, but the truth is that the makeup of many of these “cleaning” solutions will actually void the warranty of your new hardwood floor. Certain cleaners contain residues that dull or cloud hardwood finishes. And depending on how much cleaner you use, that damage may go deeper…into the pours of the wood.

If this is the case, the only way to fix the problem is to sand your hardwood floor until all the harmful residue is gone. Then and only then will you be able to properly apply your new hardwood finish.

There is a better way.

  1. Purchase a high quality broom: This way to can regularly sweep away dirt, dust and other particles. But be sure to choose a broom that will not scratch your hardwood flooring.
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar: This will help you get in between the boards and other hard to reach areas.
  3. Invest in a terrycloth mop with a rotating head: It makes cleaning a breeze. But don’t wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter).
  4. Consult your retailer before applying any cleaning products: Professional cleaning products recommended by your flooring retailer can be used to remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your wood floor.
  5. Don’t wax a wood floor with a urethane finish

Remember, the better you treat your hardwood floor, the longer it will maintain its original beauty.

If you have any questions, please contact Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

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Sources:
Cleaning Hardwood Floors: What the Infomercials Don’t Tell You HardwoodFlooringNut.Blogspot.com

How to Clean Hardwood Flooring WFCA.org

Types of Hardwood Floors

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Hardwood floors come in many different varieties. The shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes are all customizable options. Because of this, it is often hard to choose the right type of hardwood floors for your home. Where do you start? What are the differences? Is one type or style of flooring better than another?

Well, thankfully we have created this quick guide for you. We will break down the three main types of hardwood floors to help you decide which will best suit your needs.

First, do not confuse wood variety with flooring type; that is a whole other conversation. For this blog entry, we are just concerned with flooring type: solid, engineered, or Acrylic-impregnated wood flooring.

Solid Wood Flooring

This category of hardwood flooring can be broken down into three sub-categories; each is available in an unfinished and a per-finished version. Unfinished flooring must be sanded and finished after installation, while pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory.

The three sub-categories of solid wood flooring are:

  1. Strip Flooring: Denoted by the thickness and width of its wood planks, solid strip flooring is the most popular hardwood flooring option available today. Strip flooring ranges in thickness from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide, with widths of 1.5 inches, 2 inches, or 2.25 inches.
  2. Plank Flooring: While this type of flooring only comes in two thicknesses – ½ inch or  ¾  inch – the widths can vary from 3-8 inches.
  3. Parquet Flooring: Made from geometrical patterns, parquet flooring breaks from the traditional look of hardwood floors.

Engineered Wood Flooring

This flooring is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood. But do not confuse engineered wood flooring with laminate flooring; the latter does not contain any actual wood.

Acrylic-impregnated Wood Flooring

This type of flooring is infused with sealant and color throughout the thickness of the wood. This means that the “finish” is actually consistent throughout the wood.

Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. to help you determine which type of hardwood flooring is best for you. Contact us by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors | Tips from Hardwood Flooring Company in Baltimore

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Hardwood floors are beautiful and functional – don’t be fooled into thinking they’re hard to clean. Here are a few tips on how to clean hardwood floors to keep them looking as lovely as the day they were first installed.

Start with a dust mop. Give it a spritz with some dust spray for added impact, and pick up loose particles this way. This is a great day-to-day maintenance technique to keep the dust bunnies hopping right off of your floor, where they don’t belong. To suck up any extra dirt, rely on your vacuum cleaner. Just be sure it doesn’t have a beater bar attachment, as these notoriously scratch a wood floor’s finish and are meant to be restricted to use on carpets.

For the times when a mop and vacuum cleaner just aren’t enough to cut it, go for a deeper cleaning using a trusted wood cleaning product. Just check the label for instructions, as usually, these are meant to be diluted before use. As you work, make sure to avoid water pooling, which can cause damage to the wood and leave streaks and watermarks behind, which, let’s face it, defeats the purpose of trying to clean in the first place!

For more tips on how to clean your hardwood floors, tune back to our blogs to learn more about keeping your hardwood in tip-top shape.

Signature Hardwood Floors designs and installs inlay hardwood floors in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania. To learn more about wood floor installation in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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