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4 Ways You’re Ruining Your Floors

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Although hardwood flooring may seem low-maintenance, it still needs some TLC to maintain it’s beauty and longevity. But it doesn’t require just any old cleaning routine – there’s a correct way to clean your floors without ruining them. It’s easy to learn, and once you get the hang of it, it’ll be second nature to you. Here are cleaning habits you need to stop doing to ensure your floors stay damage-free!

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Mopping the floors

Hardwood floors are not tiles! They absorb and hold moisture, which means that using a wet mop should never be done. Water can seep through the floorboards and lead to warping or swelling. If you do choose to mop your floors, you should never use one that is saturated. It should be basically dry in order to keep your floors from being damaged.

Using the wrong vacuum attachment 

In time, using the wrong vacuum head can cause damage to your floors, scratching them and allowing dirt and dust to hide in more places. Stay away from vacuum heads that have rotating brushes or stiff bristles, and instead use an attachment with a soft brush. 

Using household cleaners

Using regular household products that work for other surfaces, such as ammonia-based cleaners, are actually extremely harmful on hardwood floors. They will get rid of stains, but in turn will slowly start to eat away at the surface of the floors, permanently damaging them. Instead, use oil-based cleaning products that will not damage your wood floor’s appearance or eliminate it’s protective coat. We recommend using Bona hardwood floor cleaning products for your floors, as this is what always works best for us and our clients.

Not doing regular floor maintenance

One of the most important factors in extending the life of your hardwood floors is with regular, routine maintenance. Sweeping regularly will eliminate dust, but also extend you floor’s lifespan. Also, if you notice scratches on your floors that accumulate over time, opt for repairing them as soon as possible. The sooner you fix the problem, the easier and quicker the repair job will be!

Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you keep your floors looking brand new all year long. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Slight changes that will make a difference with your hardwood floors

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Hardwood floors are an extremely durable and a long-lasting flooring choice for your home. However, overtime, it can start to look a little dull or scratched. Luckily, there are small changes you can make that can have a lasting effect on your floors, keeping them looking brand new for even longer.

Always do some light cleaning

Cleaning your hardwood floors does not have to be a strenuous job. All you have to do is consistently make sure your floors are being cleaned with the correct cleaning solution so they do not become damaged. In between cleanings, you can use a dry mop or broom to clean spills.

Check the humidity in your home

Wood floors are porous, and will expand and contract throughout the year depending on the temperature and season. If there is humidity and moisture in the air, your wood floors can buckle which creates gaps in between your floorboards. The best temperature for your home would be between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Your humidity level should be between 30 to 50%. You can use a humidifier or dehumidifier to balance the moisture levels in certain rooms. Humidifiers in winter seasons are ideal because of the low humidity, and dehumidifier in the warmer seasons like summer.

Floor protectors

Scratches on your floors can be caused from different objects in your home, such as dining room chairs being moved across the floor, or shoes being used in the house. Adding pads to the bottom of your furniture will ensure it will not scratch or cause damage to your floors.

Add rugs throughout your home

One of the reason to get hardwood floors is because of its beauty, so it’s obvious to not want to cover it up completely with a rug or carpet. However, you can have an accent rug in certain rooms in your house to not only protect high traffic areas, but also coordinate with the furniture and compliment the hardwood floors.

These slight changes can change your hardwood floors for the better. To learn more, contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Are You Unintentionally Destroying Your Hardwood Floors?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

If you have hardwood floors in your home, you may be unaware of the ways you could be destroying them without even knowing it. Here are some ways seemingly harmless items and habits could be harming your floors.

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Reducing Sunlight Damage on Hardwood Floors

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Fading of hardwood floors as a result of sunlight is a problem that is unavoidable to a degree. The sun’s strong ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays fade everything over time. Wood floors are no exception. Wood floors with oil based finishes fade more severely than those with water based finished, but one thing’s for sure, there is no such thing as a fade-proof floor. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of fading on your hardwood floors.

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Dirt and its Damage to Wood Floors

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

It’s no secret that dirt and dust can make any type of surface look messy, but when it comes to wood, it can be really harmful. Read on to learn some facts about dirt’s impact on hardwood floors, and ways to prevent any harm.

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What is dirt and dust even made of?

This is a complex question, as they both can be made up of a number of elements. Homes are filled with so many substances that can break down and be pushed around, turning into dirt and dust particles.

The most common sources of dirt are pets, open windows/doors, and shoes. Dirt is transferred to wood floors when it sticks to our shoes or socks, or becomes airborne. Food can also be a source of dirt, and whenever it is spilled, pieces are left behind and get broken down into particles that are then carried around the house.

Human and pet hair, as well as skin are constantly shedding, breaking down to small particles that float around the house, landing on wood floors and becoming dust.

How can this damage my wood floors?

Discoloration is a way dirt and dust can damage your floors. Traffic in a room can break down the elements that make it stick to the floor. It can then make its way into small cracks of the wood, and cause discoloration which is hard to remove without refinishing.

Dirt and dust can also cause scratches in your floors. If a food comes in contact with a particle on the floor, it can damage the wood. The scratches leave wood vulnerable to water, leading to swelling. It can also lead to discoloration.

How can I prevent this?

Reduction. If you reduce the amount that is brought into your home, you will see a lot less damage. By removing shoes before walking on the wood floors, you are preventing any elements from being tracked from the shoe to the floor. Regularly cleaning the entryways, vacuuming carpets, putting a rug by the doors, and keeping your windows/doors closed will also prevent damage.

Dirt and dust will always make its way into your home somehow, so ensuring that you are regularly cleaning around your home is the major way to prevent wood floor damage. If you spill food or water, blot it up as fast as possible before it can seep into the crevices of your wood floor.

Learn more about these issues and how to address them by contacting the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click heretoday! You can also follow us onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!

 

How To Keep Furniture from Scratching a Wood Floor

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Wood floors and nice furniture are two things that just seem to go together. The only place they clash, however, is on the floor itself. The last thing you want to find when you’re moving the couch is that the legs of couch have scratched your nice hardwood floors. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent your furniture from scratching the wood floor.

 

Area Rugs

Putting furniture on top of an area rug is an easy way to prevent scratches. You can also get creative by choosing a rug that fits the décor and aesthetic of the room.

Wheels

Some pieces of furniture such as cabinets or entertainment units often have wheels to making moving them easier. Wheeled furniture is less likely scratch the floor, but can still leave marks. Non-marking rubber balls or ball wheels are the best choices to reduce the likelihood of scratching.

Furniture Pads

Furniture pads go under the feet or corners of a piece of furniture to provide a cushion between the furniture and the floor. You can even slide the furniture around on the pads without picking it up. You can either buy furniture pads or make your own out of old blankets or other thick fabric.

Lift, Don’t Push

If you need to move a piece of furniture, lift and carry it to its destination, rather than sliding it across the floor on its bare feet, which can easily scratch the floor. Make sure you have a helper when you’re moving bigger pieces of furniture.

 

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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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