Posts Tagged ‘Signature Hardwood Floors’

Why Can’t I Install Hardwood Floors Myself?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Although some may think hardwood floor installation is easy, it is not. It is an extremely complicated process, and in certain instances, it can add an extra layer of difficulty. Here are a few reasons why we are against installing hardwood floors yourselves.

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Top Cleaning Tips for your Hardwood Floor

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Hardwood Floor Maintenance After spending the time and money to install a new hardwood floor, you want your finished product to last you a long time. Daily maintenance of your hardwood floor will ensure its longevity, however most schedules won’t permit owners to clean and maintain their floors like they should. So when time finally allows you to give your hardwood floor the cleaning it deserves, keep these things in mind:

  1. Use products that work best on your type of hardwood floor. Determine which type of sealant was used for your floor; surface-sealed (poly-acrylic, polyurethane, urethane) or unfinished which include penetrating seals, shellac, oil seals, and varnish. Based on the type of floor you have will determine the products you use. Read labels to ensure the product will not damage your floor.
  2. Stay away from products that, though cheaper, will harm your hardwood floor. Products like beach, abrasive chemicals, oil-based soaps, and acidic products can cause scratches to your floor while leaving it slippery and dull in appearance.
  3. Never use water on a surface-sealed hardwood floor, it will cause damage. If your floor is able to be mopped, avoid over-wetting your mop head. Only use a mop head that is damp, clean, and soft. Make sure to mop with the grain of your hardwood floor, this will prevent snags.
  4. If you choose to vacuum your hardwood floor, use one that has a felt head or brush. This will prevent dents and marks. Be aware of the wheels on your vacuum to ensure they don’t make marks as you move.

Knowing quick techniques to take care of accidental spills and spots will also come in handy when cleaning your hardwood floors. Use a bag of ice to clean chewing gum or candle wax from your floor; wait for the substance to become brittle so you can clean it up easily. Baking soda with a damp sponge will help remove scuff marks. If something greasy should fall on your floor, use a commercial cleaner on surface-sealed flooring or clean with a damp sponge and wax for other flooring.  Adding rugs and floor mats throughout your rooms with hardwood flooring will help to catch dirt and dust in high traffic areas in your home. Avoid rubber backed mats when choosing mats for your home; these can trap water and cause damage to your hardwood floors.

When professional help is needed to clean and maintain your hardwood floor, call Signature Hardwood Floors. After we have installed your new hardwood floors, let us assist you in keeping your floors in top shape.  Call us at (410)-415-0755 or fill out our online form today. Follow us today on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

 

Source:

http://www.homeflooringpros.com/blog-guides/spring-cleaning-ideas-5-top-hardwood-floor-cleaning-tips/

 

How to Protect Your Hardwood Floor

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Hardwood floors are a beautiful flooring option that can add some value to your home. And if you have a hardwood floor, you want to do everything in your power to protect it. There are a multitude of ways in which you can protect your hardwood floor from scuffs and scratches that may occur. There are also many elements and ways for your hardwood floor to become damaged.

Follow a few of these tips to keep your hardwood floor looking as amazing as the day it was installed:

  • Simple solutions do a lot – Adding mats and rugs to areas of your home that receive large foot traffic or in front of any doors that lead outside is one way to protect your hardwood floor. Another way is to add protective attachments, also known as “tap on pads,” to your furniture legs. The constant sliding of your furniture can create serious scuffs and scratches that damage your hardwood floor.
  • Protect your floor from moisture – Another element that you need to protect your hardwood floor from is moisture. This not only includes any spills or water that gets on your hardwood floor, but this also includes the amount of humidity and temperature inside your house. Any spills and water that touches your hardwood floor should be cleaned up immediately. And the temperature in your home should be kept at a consistent level.
  • Keep your floors looking polished – The most simple solution for this is water and vinegar on a sponge mop, it’s a mixture that won’t strip your hardwood floors. Another solution is only using waxes, but many experts recommend using more natural materials such as olive oil for cleaning your hardwood floor. It’s a natural alternative that won’t harm the finish of your hardwood floor.
And if you’re in the market for a new hardwood floor, trust Signature Hardwood Floors!

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: How to Protect and Maintain your Beautiful Hardwood Flooring, Freshome

How to Paint Your Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Are you considering painting your hardwood flooring? If yes, we are here to help you by giving you great tips on how to get your desired hardwood flooring look without damaging your flooring. Read below to learn how!

You can make your hardwood floors look amazing, by adding some colorful paint to it. Popular colors to use are white, yellow, red and green. Painted floors look great in both historic and contemporary homes.

But how should you paint?

For one, do not put the paint on thick.

You should not put paint on thick because the chemistry of paint makes thin coats of paint wear slower than thick coats of paint. Why does this happen? It happens because thin coats of paint dry harder.

Use Oil-based Primers and Paints on Floors.

You should use oil-based primers and paints on your hardwood flooring because it will enhance the long-term durability of the wood. If you do not want to use oil-based primers and paints, you can use a waterborne enamel or specialty floor paint to do the job.

Here are just a few things you will need to foolproof paint your hardwood flooring:

-Sand paper.

-Powdered detergent cleaner.

-Primer.

- A Rag.

- Paint.

-Natural-Bristle Brush.

-Roller.

To learn what to do with these items, read this article from ElleDecor.com.

If you are considering hardwood flooring for your home or need help painting your hardwood floor, let Signature Hardwood Floors Inc. deal with the messy installation and design process. You might be surprised at just how much you love it!

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.

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Tips, Tricks and Secrets You Need To Know Before Cleaning Your Hardwood Floor

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Forget what you have seen of any infomercial. Miracle cleaners and solutions may sound like a great idea, but the truth is that the makeup of many of these “cleaning” solutions will actually void the warranty of your new hardwood floor. Certain cleaners contain residues that dull or cloud hardwood finishes. And depending on how much cleaner you use, that damage may go deeper…into the pours of the wood.

If this is the case, the only way to fix the problem is to sand your hardwood floor until all the harmful residue is gone. Then and only then will you be able to properly apply your new hardwood finish.

There is a better way.

  1. Purchase a high quality broom: This way to can regularly sweep away dirt, dust and other particles. But be sure to choose a broom that will not scratch your hardwood flooring.
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar: This will help you get in between the boards and other hard to reach areas.
  3. Invest in a terrycloth mop with a rotating head: It makes cleaning a breeze. But don’t wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter).
  4. Consult your retailer before applying any cleaning products: Professional cleaning products recommended by your flooring retailer can be used to remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your wood floor.
  5. Don’t wax a wood floor with a urethane finish

Remember, the better you treat your hardwood floor, the longer it will maintain its original beauty.

If you have any questions, please contact 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 Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as well!

Sources:
Cleaning Hardwood Floors: What the Infomercials Don’t Tell You HardwoodFlooringNut.Blogspot.com

How to Clean Hardwood Flooring WFCA.org

How Environmentally Friendly Are Hardwood Floors?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

One of the most common questions we get here at Signature Hardwood Floors is the impact purchasing a hardwood floor may have on the environment. As flooring experts, we work with our customers to make sure that they have the wood floor of their dreams that are ethically sourced.

First, a few quick facts on why hardwood floors make for better options than carpets when it comes to your in-home environmental quality. Installing new carpet can fill the air in your home with hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs may take years to dissipate, and introduce a whole new set of chemicals to your home through carpet treatments that are meant to repel things such as moths, moisture, or dirt. Carpets can add further toxic fumes by trapping chemicals that are brought in from outside, further adding to the air pollution in your home. Also, carpets are often made of synthetic materials, which is not necessarily organic or environmentally friendly.

The good news is hardwood floors are typically organic in nature. When thinking about your hardwood flooring type, there are a few things to take into consideration:

  • Engineered wood flooring is the best option from a resource conservation perspective. The more rare and valuable hardwoods are used in smaller quantities for the veneer, while the bulk of the material comes from fast-growing plantation trees.
  • Reclaimed wood is a popular option as it is the very practice of recycling and helps keep valuable materials out of landfills while reducing pressure to harvest trees.
  • If going the solid wood route, you may want to look into wood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, though it may be a more expensive option.

Another thing you can do to keep your floors and home environmentally friendly is request the use of a wood-flooring adhesive that has less than 100 grams per liter of VOCs. Keeping those potentially toxic chemicals out of your home will go a long way to purifying the air quality and safety for you and your loved ones.

 

To learn more about environmentally friendly hardwood floor installation in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Source: http://www.scgh.com/go-green/flooring/wood-floors/

 

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How To Safely Place A Christmas Tree On Your Hardwood Floor

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Do you know how to place your Christmas tree over your hardwood flooring? If you do not, we are here to help by giving you a few tips on how. Read below.

Assemble an Artificial Tree

Assemble your tree on a blanket on the floor. This blanket will protect your floor from accidental scratches while you assemble your tree.

Place a Real Tree on a Plastic Tablecloth

If you have a real tree, fold an old sheet into quarters exactly where you would like your tree to be placed. Cut and fold a plastic tablecloth to feet the sheet. Place your Christmas tree stand on top of this plastic tablecloth. Make sure you have this done before bringing your real tree home. Be sure you shake your tree before bringing it to your home. Dislodge any loose needles from your tree.

Use a Rubber Mat to Move Your Tree Around

A rubber mat can help you easily move a tree in your home without damaging your floor by dropping the tree or scratching the floor by dragging the tree through out your house.

For more tips on how to place your Christmas tree over hardwood flooring, read this article from Ehow.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.

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Protecting Your Hardwood Flooring From Holiday Traffic

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Do you know how to protect your wood floors from holiday traffic this Christmas? If you are unsure, we are here to help by giving you a few protection tips. Read below.

You do not need scuff marks, scratches and water damage to your hardwood floors this holiday season. Keep your holiday floors looking fabulous.

 Under The Christmas Tree

 You can have a fresh cut Christmas tree and still have beautiful hardwood floors. You can start to by giving your tree a good shake to eliminate loose pine needles. This will decrease nettles that can get stuck in your wood flooring. Place a plastic mat under your tree. This will prevent water damage from watering the tree. Remember, bacteria starts growing 24 hours after contact.

 Christmas Party Wood Flooring Safety

 If your house has an abundance of hardwood flooring, purchase extra rugs or mats to place over your hardwood flooring during the holiday season. Rugs and mats will protect your flooring from scuffs and spills in high-traffic areas during parties.

Do not use overly wet rags to wipe up food and drink messes. Dry or slightly wet rags are the best to use to clean a mess from hardwood flooring.

There is no excuse why your hardwood floors should not be in good condition this holiday season.

For more protection tips, read this article from AreaFloorsOnline.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.

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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.

 

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Benefits of Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Flooring

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home can be a tough task. There are so many different options from Engineered Hardwood Floors and Solid Hardwood Floor to Acrylic Impregnated Wood Flooring. The key to making the right decision is to be well informed on each flooring type.

This week we will be focusing on Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Floors. This hardwood flooring type is manufactured with the color and sealant infused all the way through the wood, providing a consistent finish throughout. Other benefits of Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Floors include:

Wide Variety of Colors and Woods: You should be able to easily find a color and finish to match your décor. Acrylic Impregnated Flooring also comes in a wide variety of woods, including pine, oak, cherry, maple, bamboo, and walnut.

Fade Resistant: Because the color is impregnated into the wood, it is fade resistant.

Durable: This type of flooring is typically harder than traditional hardwood flooring, making it great for high-traffic areas. In fact, they’re 300% harder than natural wood and also scratch resistant. This is why Acrylic Impregnated Wood Floors are often used in commercial properties, such as bars, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.

Easy to Maintain: This type of flooring does not require the same amount of maintenance as other hardwood options. Typically all that you will need to do is regularly buff the surface to keep the wood looking polished.

Hopefully you now know more about Acrylic Impregnated Floors than you did before! But if you still 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!

Sources:

Three Types of Wood Flooring and How to Choose Between Them

Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Floors Pros & Cons