Posts Tagged ‘hardwood floor repair’

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!

How to Get a Scratch Out of a Hardwood Floor

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Scratches in a hardwood floor are unsightly and can detract from their natural beauty. Fortunately, scratches can be removed from the floor, though depending on the severity of the scratch it may be a labor intensive process.


Surface scratches, where only the protective finish has been scratched, are the easiest to repair. All you have to do is clean the scratch with a soft cloth and hardwood floor cleaner. Then clean it again with a soft cloth with water. Let it dry, and then apply a new layer of protective coating. Let this dry overnight, and the floor will be as good as new.


Minor scratches that have penetrated the finish and scratched the wood are also fairly easy to repair. To start, clean the scratch with hardwood floor cleaner. Then, rub steel wool over the scratch, taking care to run with the grain of the wood. Repeat until the scratch is gone. You can also softly buff the surrounding area so the scratch blends in better. Once this is done, rub a wax stick over the area, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then buff the area with a soft cloth, and finish by cleaning the area with a new clean cloth.


If your hardwood floor is coated with polyurethane, you’ll need mineral spirits, a scouring pad, and polyurethane to repair a scratch. First, moisten a scouring pad with mineral spirits, and gently rub it over the scratched area. Wipe it clean with a cloth and allow it to dry. Then finish with a new coat of polyurethane on the area. Don’t use wax on a polyurethane floor.


The only way to fix a deep scratch is to strip, repair, and refinish the wood, a job which is best suited for professionals.


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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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