Posts Tagged ‘flooring’

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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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.

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How Do You Know It’s Time To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Having a hard time figuring out when exactly you should refinish your floors? It can be a little hard, because though it may have some scratches or discolorations, it may not need to be refinished. On the contrast, your floors could look just fine but may need to be refinished. Here are ways to tell:

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The Effects of Humidity and Dry Air on Your Hardwood Floors

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner, humidity will be a huge issue for homes. With its high moisture content, it can cause expansion, cupping, and buckling to hardwood floors in your home. Not only that, but dry air can also be a problem. It can cause separation within boards, shrinkage, and cracks.

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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

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