Posts Tagged ‘hardwood floor care’

Best Hardwood Floors for Pet Owners

Monday, April 18th, 2016

We all love our pets, but sometimes we’re not always very happy with what they can do to our homes. Shedding, scratching, and trailing dirt are just some of the not so fun dilemmas pet owners have to deal with. So, can pets and hardwood floors live happily together?

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3 Care Tips for Stunning Hardwood Floors

Friday, March 20th, 2015

 

If you want your hardwood floors to look just as stunning as they did when they were installed, there’s only one thing you have to do: take care of them! Ok, taking care of your hardwood floors involves more than one thing, so maybe that’s not technically true, but it is true that the one concept of caring for your hardwood floors will result in floors that look better and cleaner than floors that are not cared for. Make sure you follow these 3 care tips to keep your hardwood floors looking stunning and beautiful!

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Hardwood Floor Care During the Winter

Friday, January 16th, 2015

 

In the winter, hardwood floors are more vulnerable to damage than during any other season. They take a greater beating due to people bringing in the outdoor elements when they enter the house. Ice and slush can seep into cracks formed by scratches in the coating formed during the rest of the year, and rock salt spread to prevent ice only worsen the problem. In extreme cases, the floors can ever warp over time, creating a health hazard to unsuspecting walkers.

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The snow and ice people track are hard to avoid. Even leaving all affected clothing at the door can present an issue, as the water and affiliated melting agents will sit in the same area for hours at a time and eat away at the varnish instead of spreading out and evaporating more quickly. Even more difficult to avoid is the humidity of the season. Since the outside is cold and people prefer warmer insides, the fluctuating state of temperatures makes the wood fluctuate, as well. Because of the constant small changes, the rigid varnish in hardwood can’t keep up and will start to form cracks that start out as imperceptible. These grow bigger with wear and before most people realize it, the varnish has very noticeable holes that can allow the wood to be damaged quite easily.

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The best way to protect a hardwood floor is to remove as much water as possible beforehand. Designate a place at each doorway for wet clothes and shoes to stay in order to dry off, and then cover that place with a large mat or tray. If you have pets that like going outside, teach them to stop at the door and wait for you to manually dry them off before they can enter. Be prepared to clean up any messes that may still make their way into the house, especially with impatient children or animals hoping to warm up after a cold, windy walk through the snow. Soft towels are an easy and cheap solution, but a vacuum capable of cleaning up wet materials will deal with the problem more directly without further scraping along the floor. A kit designed to care for hardwood that contains a quality-but-gentle cleaner and soft cleaning surfaces will take the edge off of any mess. As a last preparation step, check your floor’s warranty. A good warranty that specifically mentions damage from winter elements makes for a good fallback in case an unexpected disaster still occurs despite your best efforts. With all of these resources at your disposal, your hardwood floors will be safe for many winters to come.

Contact Signature Hardwood Floors today for more information about caring for your hardwood floors. Call 410.415.0755 for our office or click here to go to our website. You can also follow our FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn accounts to stay updated with more information about all of your hardwood flooring needs.

Sources

https://www.mybonahome.com/news/2013/01/winter-floor-care.html

http://www.livingwithmyhome.com/diy-do-it-yourself/winter.aspx

 

Hardwood Floor Care Tips for the Holidays

Friday, December 19th, 2014

 

Is the family coming over to your house for the holidays this year? Did you just get new hardwood floors? Concerned about all of those feet walking all over your new floor? We’ve got the answers to your questions in this week’s blog. Learn how to protect your hardwood floors from all of those holiday guests and keep your new floor looking just like it did before the guests arrived!

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Hardwood Floor Care Tips for the Holidays

Clean Beforehand

Give your floor a nice cleaning before the guests arrive. This way not only will it look good, there will won’t be any debris on that can be ground into the floor by lots of pairs of feet.

Take Off Shoes

Ask your guests to remove their shoes when they come in. This is good for your wood floors and your carpet too. As far as taking care of your floor goes, not wearing shoes in the home is a good habit to get into, as shoes can track in debris from outside.

Mats at the Door

If you don’t want to ask your guests to remove their shoes, at least ask them to wipe them off when they enter on a mat at the door. This will help prevent them from tracking debris into your home and onto your floor.

Watch out for Spills

With so many people moving around in your house, there’s bound to be an accident or two. If someone spills something, just make sure it gets cleaned up as soon as possible. Moisture and wood aren’t a good match, even during the holidays.

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Make sure the furniture on your wood floors has little rubber feet on the legs to prevent it from scratching the wood.

Enjoy the Holidays

Happy holidays from Signature Hardwood Floors! To learn more about anything and everything related to hardwood flooring, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!

 

Polyurethane Finished Hardwood Floor Care

Friday, February 7th, 2014

If you have polyurethane finished hardwood floors, you want to keep them looking as bright and sharp as the day they were installed. With a little effort, this is totally feasible. These tips will help you keep your polyurethane finished hardwood floors looking beautiful.

 

Polyurethane Finished Hardwood Floor Care

 

Vacuum

Debris inevitably accumulates on hardwood floors and in the cracks. While sweeping and dusting will get the debris on top of the floor, it won’t grab that stuff that’s stuck in the cracks. A vacuum cleaner is the only way to suck up this debris that rests between the floor boards. Ideally you can vacuum a wood floor with the floor brush attachment. If you have an upright vacuum, turn off the rotating brush so it doesn’t scratch the hardwood floor.

Take Care of Spills and Scuffs

If something spills on the floor or if you see a scuff, don’t wait til later to clean it up or buff it out. You can read our blogs on dealing with spills and removing scuffs and scratches from hardwood floors for more information.

Use Cleaning Solutions Designed for Polyurethane Hardwood Floors

There are lots of hardwood floor cleaners out there, but you want to make sure you’re using ones that are specifically designed for polyurethane finished hardwood floors. Other cleaners could dull the finish.

Take off Your Shoes

If you can help it, take off your shoes when you’re in the house. This prevents dirt and debris from tracking in and dulling your polyurethane finished floors.

 

 

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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.

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

Source

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/research-institute/how-to-clean-wood-floors

How To Care for Your Hardwood Floor in the Winter

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The weather outside is frightful, and though the fire is so delightful, when we have someplace to go, we bring the weather in with us when we return. This includes snow, ice, slush, and debris that shouldn’t be on your nice hardwood floors. With that in mind, here are some tips for caring for your hardwood floor in the winter.

 

Floor Mats

Put floor mats in the house by the entrances and have you family take off wet shoes, snowpants, and jackets at the door so they’re not dripping water on the floor. You can put a dish-drainer tray mat with a towel underneath for a place for shoes to dry off.

Pets

Pets track in snow and mud from outside and leave their paw prints all over the floor. Train your pets to wait by the door while you towel off their paws before coming in.

Towels

If water does make it to the hardwood floor from outside, keep a towel handy to clean it up. Water damages hardwood floors when left untouched, so the sooner you clean it up, the better.

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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.

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

Source

http://www.livingwithmyhome.com/diy-do-it-yourself/winter.aspx

Can I Mop My Wood Floor?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Generally, you shouldn’t mop your wood floor. By this we mean you shouldn’t take a soaking wet mop to your wood floor, also known as damp moping. You can, however, use a lightly dampened mop to clean a hardwood floor. There’s a definitely emphasis on lightly dampened here, make sure to wring out most of the moisture before mopping the floor.

Mopping your wood floor with anything more than a lightly dampened mop isn’t a great idea, because wood generally doesn’t react well to water. Over time, water can cause cosmetic problems like dulling and discoloration, as well as structural problems like warping and splitting. The best idea is to consult the manufacturer as to the best way to clean your particular wood floor, as it varies based on the type of wood and the finish used.

 

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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.

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

 

Source

 

http://woodfloors.org/care-maitenance.aspx

How To Care For Your Christmas Tree And Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Are you worried about your hardwood flooring as you deck the halls and drag your Christmas tree across your hardwood living room floor?  If yes, we are here to help give you a few tips on how to protect your hardwood flooring this holiday season. Read below to find out how.

 

Protect your floors where your Christmas tree is placed:

 

Right under you Christmas tree place a plastic sheet beneath the base. You do not want your floor suffering from water damage, if any spillage happens when watering your Christmas tree.

 

Keep Your Pet Away from the tree.

 

Your pet, just like children, will be curious of seeing a tree in the house. Your pet might think it is potty time. He or she just might pee on your hardwood floor. Not only will there be urine damage but an unpleasant smell. Be careful.

 

Kick off the shoes at the front door.

 

During the holiday season, you may have many guests come in and out of your home. If you are not careful, your guests could bring in moisture from the outdoors on their winter boots. You will need to dry mop spills or liquid moisture as soon as possible. To save your hardwood floor, recommend to your guests to take off their shoes at the front door. Tell them your home is meant for them to be comfortable and relaxed. It works like a charm.

 

For more hardwood floor care and Christmas tree tips, read this article from Blog.BuildDirect.com.

 

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!

 

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!