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MAINTAINING AND CLEANING YOUR FLOORS

All Hardwood Floors and Laminates should be maintained properly to keep the beauty long lasting. Every floor must be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from the surface. Walking on dusty or dirty floor is the fastest way to damage a finish.

Floor Mats at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it even reaches the hardwood floor. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently.

 

Floor Pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of the furniture. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced.

High Heels - An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor.

Kitchen Floors experience the most traffic in a home. To prevent premature wear of the floor, place an area rug in front of the sink and stove area. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently. Recoat with compatible finish as needed (12-18 months) This process will save you from having to refinish to bare wood, which could be a major concerns as to down time and if your engineered floor can be resanded?

Humidifier or Dehumidifier in conjunction with a furnace or air conditioning system to maintain relative humidity in the home at 30-50% will maintain the moisture in the wood and minimize cracks between the boards.

Urethane Finishes Routine Cleaning - Use the finish manufacturers or the prefinished floor manufacturer's recommended cleaning system. If the manufacturer is not known or has no recommendation, use a cleaner that will not leave a residue that would inhibit bonding and recoating. NEVER wax a urethane finish. Do not generally wet a wood floor with water. When using any wood floor cleaner which requires mixing with water, follow mixing directions precisely. A cloth wetted with water and squeezed dry may be used to wipe up food stuffs and other spills, provided the area is buffed dry immediately. Heel or scuff marks and stubborn stains may be removed by lightly rubbing with a cloth and a wood floor cleaner. Other maintenance tips for urethane finished floors:

·         Most finish manufacturers DO NOT suggest wet mopping

·         Never use household DUST TREATMENTS

·         Always use manufacturers recommended cleaning products, if not know use a hardwood floor cleaner from a local retail outlet/ wood floor contractor.

·         NEVER use wax

·         Wipe spills immediately with soft lightly damp cloth, following up with cleaning solution and/or a dry soft cloth.

·         Never use petroleum-based floor cleaners for waterbased finishes

·         For stubborn stains use floor cleaner on a soft cloth directly on stain, wiping with the grain.

·         When the floor loses its shine/luster, it's time to recoat. Screening
( light sanding is required) applying a compatible finish of the desired luster shine level you prefer. High gloss will show wear area faster, as satin tends to give a waxed look

Long-Term Maintenance - Urethane finishes eventually will show wear patterns from surface scratching. When high traffic areas begin to look dull it is time to recoat or restore the finish. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Screening (light sanding) and recoating with same finish every 12-18 months will help maintain your wood floor for years to come. Make sure no oil soaps, and other "contaminates" have been used on the floor, intentionally or otherwise. This can create an adhesion problem for the new finish, causing peeling and flaking. If unknown, always inform the wood floor contractor, as this improper maintenance can cause finish failure, making for serious concerns as to the end results, and who is responsible.

Wax Finishes - Use the finish manufacturers or the prefinished floor manufacturer's recommended cleaning system. Never use water based cleaner on a wax floor. Once dirt and dust have been removed, the luster may be restored by buffing. Apply additional wax only in heavy traffic areas, if needed. Caution, do not over wax. An application of a solvent based cleaning product will remove dirt and allow the floor to be buffed clean. Spills must be wiped up immediately with a lightly water dampened cloth and then hand buffed dry.

Remove White Spots caused by water spills, use fine steel wool (#000) and a small amount of mineral spirits, and then rub gently in a circular motion until spot is gone. Then apply additional wax to the area and buff.

Long-term Maintenance - Wax floors that have been neglected may be restored by deep cleaning. An application of a renovating system with fine steel wool, proper dry times and a complete re-waxing will clean and reseal the wood as well as restore color and luster.

Note: Once wax, in any form, has been applied to a wood floor, only wax may be used as a coating over the floor. Urethane and other surface finished cannot be applied over an existing wax finish.

Acrylic Impregnated Floors - Non-Urethane Coated -For general cleaning always follow the manufacturer's recommendations and use their floor care products. Long-term Maintenance - An acrylic impregnated floor that has been neglected or improperly cleaned may need restoration. Stripping, sanding or screening the floor may be required, always contact the floor manufacturer for complete instructions.

Urethane Coated - Some acrylic impregnated floors are coated with urethanes. For general cleaning of these types of floors, follow the manufacturer's recommendations and cleaning procedures for surface finishes. Many manufacturers using a special cleaning solution made for today's urethanes.

What type of finish do you have?  Here are some simple steps to determine if the finish is a wax finish, shellac, varnish, or surface finish. If the floor was installed, or last serviced, before the mid '60s, you should assume that it is varnish or shellac. To determine this, scratch the surface with a coin or other sharp object in a corner or other inconspicuous space. If the finish flakes, it is probably shellac or varnish. Shellac and varnish are rarely used anymore and require full sanding to remove before application of a surface finish or wax finish.

Next, check the floor for wax finish. In an inconspicuous area, corner or behind a door, apply two (2) drops of water. If, within ten minutes, white spots appear under the drops of water, the floor has a wax finish. To remove the white spots, gently rub the spots with #000 steel wool dampened with wax.

If the finish does not flake from scratching with a coin and white spots do not appear from the drops of water, the floor has a surface finish and should be
maintained accordingly.

If in doubt call a professional wood floor contractor for a free estimate. It's always good to get two or three opinions.

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HOW TO PLAN YOUR PROJECT

Letting us help you is the one sure way to reap the maximum benefit from your flooring investment.   So, let us help you begin by starting with step 1 in our 5 step process.

Step 1: The Questionnaire

Answering the 4 questions below helps to assess the necessities required to start building your dream.

Select a general color tone:

·         Dark Browns

·         Medium Browns

·         Light Browns

·         Reddish Browns

·         Golden Browns

·         Naturals

·         Colors

Specify a wood floor type:

Choose from a solid, engineered, or floating wood floor construction.

·         Engineer

·         Floating

·         Solid

Where is the wood floor going?

Hardwood flooring has specific guidelines as to where their wood floors can be installed.

·         Above ground level – (exceeds home foundation …upstairs, attic) 

·         At ground level – (it is at the foundation level…one level home)

·         Below ground level – (below the foundation level…e.g. cellar)

What is the floor going over?

To help with your selection we need you to know what type of existing sub floor you plan on going over.

·         Concrete slab

·         3/4" thick, or greater, tongue groove plywood sub floor/oriented strand board (OSB)

·         An existing vinyl/carpet floor with a wood sub floor underneath.

·         An existing vinyl/carpet floor with a concrete slab underneath.

Step 2:  Estimation

A licensed, authorized Service installation professional will visit your home, FREE of charge, to gather measurements for the requested room(s) and provide you a copy of a quote for services that may be rendered.

Step 3:  Evaluation

A sales specialist then analyzes, researches, and compares Steps 1 and 2.   This enables us to provide the opportunity in offering, the most advantageous savings of your specific needs and wants.          

Step 4:  Confirmation

Your Professional Service installer updates your information and all the specifications requested.  Finalizes the evaluation and provides you a final estimate.
 

Step 5:  Installation

Once we receive confirmation, your Professional Service Installer will contact you to set up a convenient date and time for installation.  Flooring will be installed in a timely and courteous manner. 

 

*Please be advised*

Installation time will vary in accordance with the type of flooring selected.

“It is our goal to provide you with excellent service and quality workmanship. “

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