Posts Tagged ‘finish’

Basic Maintenance Do’s and Don’ts

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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Hardwood floor maintenance is generally very quick and easy. Routine cleaning involves sweeping, dusting, mopping or vacuuming. Be sure to clean spills ASAP with a dry or slightly damp cloth. Do not use wet mops or steam mops; these can damage the finish or the wood over periods of time.

In order to avoid scratches, place breathable throw rugs at entrances, put floor protector pads at the bottoms of the legs of any furniture, and avoid walking on the floors with sports cleats or high-heel shoes.

If your floor begins to look a little dull, use a wood floor cleaner to maintain the finish. Use it as directed, and make sure you are using products recommended by your flooring or finish manufacturer. Using the wrong type of cleaning product could damage your finish and wood.

Have any more basic hardwood floor maintenance questions you want answered? 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!

Different Types of Hardwood Floor Finishes

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Water-based finishes are applied to the surface of the floor. They are usually clear and very durable.

Oil-based finishes are applied to the surface of the floor. They are amber and over time, will turn yellow, and are also very durable.

Moisture-cured finishes are applied to the surface of the floor, and can be clear to amber in color and are extremely durable. 

Natural oil finishes can be penetrating oils or hard wax oil finishes. They penetrate into the pores of the wood to achieve a durable, long-lasting finish. However, these finishes require much more routine maintenance so the oils don’t dry out over time.

UV finishes are applied to the surface of the floor at the factory, but can also be applied on the job site. They use UVa and UVb light to cure the finish instantly with no dry time.

Conversion varnish finishes are applied to the surface of the floor, and are clear to slightly amber and are extremely durable.

Wax finishes are the oldest floor finish in use. They are applied in thin coats, and soak into the pores of the wood. The coats are buffed and hardened to create a protective penetrating seal. Wax finishes aren’t as popular as they once were because of the maintenance involved.

Have any more questions about the different types of finishes? 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!

All About Wood Floor Cupping

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Wood floor cupping is when the sides of hardwood floors are higher up than the center of the boards. This produces a concave-like look on the floor. The issue comes from moisture content changes.

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How to Stop Hardwood Floors From Fading?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

An important thing to always remember is that hardwood floors are natural. Anything natural will eventually undergo changes. For hardwood floors, the change comes in the color of the wood. The two important factors that case the change are:

  1. Exposure to sunlight
  2. Applied finishes and/or stainssun-damage-hardwood-floors-darm-svb

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Anti-Slip and Durable Finishes

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home, but they can sometimes be slippery. Not only may you want to avoid slipping on your hardwood floors, but making sure your floors are durable is important as well. A non-slip finish suitable for hardwood flooring is a perfect way to ensure the safety of those in your home. Here are a couple examples that can be easily applied, lasts a long time, and can be applied over an existing finish.

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Hardwood Flooring Trends

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Designing your home is all about letting your own personality show throughout your home. Hardwood floors are a perfect way to give your home that extra touch and personality. Here are some of the top trends in hardwood flooring this year.

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The Wood Floor Finish Drying Process

Friday, March 28th, 2014

You might be surprised to learn how long the finish on a hardwood floor takes to dry 100%, also known as curing. Fortunately, you can walk on and use the floor for most intents and purposes before this point. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over how the finish on your hardwood floor dries in four stages.

Set Point

This is the point where the finish will cease to flow and level. The finish might feel wet to the touch at this point, but it’s on its way to drying. But don’t walk on it just yet.

Dry to Touch

When you touch the finish at this point, it will feel dry. Now you can start to use a fan and open windows to speed things up. “Good air movement will help speed the curing process by increasing the evaporation rate of the liquid carrier as well as help with removing chemical odors.” Still, no walking.

Dry Hard

The exterior of the finish is dry and hard and can sustain light walking, or another coat of finish if desired. The finish is still curing on below the surface, however, so hold off on putting back rugs, as well as using any chemical cleaners.

Fully Cured

It can take days or even months for the finish to fully cure, depending on what kind of finish it is. Your hardwood flooring contractor will be able to give you a good estimate of when this will be. Once it’s fully cured, you can put down rugs and use hardwood floor cleaners.

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Signature Hardwood Floors has been servicing the entire Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania areas since July of 2004. With more than twenty years of experience, we offer top quality products and exceptional craftsmanship. We are licensed and insured for both residential and commercial projects.

In addition, we are a recognized member of the National Wood Flooring Association, noted for our staff’s regular participation in continuing education programs on wood flooring. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is proficient in new installation, refinishing, repairs, stain applications, oil and water base poly, and restorations. This expertise enables us to provide you, the customer, with the best results at an affordable price.

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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Source

http://hardwoodfloorsmag.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=1834&zoneid=3

How Finish Affects Hardwood Floor Care

Friday, September 20th, 2013

There are several different styles of finishes for hardwood floors, each of which with their own unique characteristics. Consequently, when you clean your wood floor you have to take into consideration what kind of finish it has. The type of wood on the other hand is inconsequential. In order to tell what kind of finish you have, rub your finger on the floor. If it doesn’t smudge, this means the floor is surface sealed. If it does smudge, this means the floor was waxed after having been treated with a seal, oil, shellac, varnish, or lacquer which penetrated the floor.

 

Surface-sealed wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane, or polyacrylic. Most new wood floors are sealed this way. These floors have the advantage of being stain and water-damage resistant. They are also the easiest to clean. All you need to do is sweep, mop, and you’re good to go.

 

Penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated wood floors use a seal or oil finish that soaks into the wood grain and hardens to protect the wood. This type of floor is more difficult to clean as it must be protected with liquid or paste wax. Shellacked, varnished, and lacquered floors share these characteristics. In order to clean these floors, just sweep and vacuum, don’t use water. Once or twice a year you can strip the old wax and apply a fresh coat to give the floor a new sheen.

 

 

Signature Hardwood Floors has been servicing the entire Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania areas since July of 2004. With more than twenty years of experience, we offer top quality products and exceptional craftsmanship. We are licensed and insured for both residential and commercial projects.

In addition, we are a recognized member of the National Wood Flooring Association, noted for our staff’s regular participation in continuing education programs on wood flooring. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is proficient in new installation, refinishing, repairs, stain applications, oil and water base poly, and restorations. This expertise enables us to provide you, the customer, with the best results at an affordable price.

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.

You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn as well!

Source

http://www.ivillage.com/hardwood-floors-101/7-a-219366

 

How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors By Finish Types

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Do you know how to properly clean your hardwood floors? If you are not sure, we are here to help! Read below for some great hardwood floor cleaning tips!

 Determine the Finish

Before you even touch a bucket of water or a mop, find out how your wood floor is sealed. You should do this because the finish, not your wood type, determines how you should properly clean and care for your hardwood flooring.

Surface-sealed floors

Newer wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. These types of wood floors are stain and water-damage resistant. They are also the easiest to care and clean. All you have to do to clean them is sweep and mop.

 Penetrating-seal treated and oil-treated floors

A penetrating seal or oil finish soaks into the wood grain and hardens your flooring. You should clean this type of flooring with liquid or paste wax.

 Lacquered, varnished, shell lacked and untreated floors

 Lacquers, varnishes, and shellacs are not as resistant to moisture, spills and wear as sealants. Keeping this in mind, treat these types of wood floors the same, as you would penetrating-seal treated and oil-treated floors.

 Not sure of your finish type?

 If you cannot tell the difference between the finishes, rub your finger across the floor. If no smudge appears, the floor is surface sealed. If you do create a smudge, the floors has been treated with penetrating seal, oil finish, shellac, varnish or lacquer, and then waxed.

For more information on hardwood floor cleaning read this article from iVillage.com

If you have any questions, contact the flooring experts at 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.

You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn as well!