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How to keep hardwood floors Dust-Free

Posted on: May 10th, 2022 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Learn how to keep your hardwood floor dust-free

Your hardwood floors provide a timeless and classic appeal inside your residence and commercial space. Learn how to keep your hardwood floor dust-free whit us.

It is one of the best flooring materials to choose for your homes and offices, yet it must be well-maintained and cleaned to keep its polished looks.

However, your hardwood floors are constantly exposed to various elements which gradually decreases its appearance and condition daily.

Your basic cleaning routine helps a lot in removing those dust piles, yet hiring a hardwood cleaning service is ideal to achieve deep cleaning action.

Tips for Hardwood Floor Cleaning

It is never that difficult to do hardwood floor cleaning when you have the proper tools and cleaning products like most professional cleaning companies.

Nevertheless, below are some practical tips for preserving the beauty and neatness of your floors.

  • Regular sweeping
  • Floor vacuuming and mopping
  • Picking up those toys, clothing, and other foreign particles lying on your floor
  • Use soft microfibers or soft broom in sweeping off specks of dust

Meanwhile, if you do not have the luxury of time of sanitizing and buffing your floors, then you can readily avail of our professional hardwood cleaning service at an affordable price.

The Do’s and Don’ts

No matter how straightforward it is to clean and polish your hardwood flooring, there are critical factors that you need to watch out to avoid huge damages. Below are the essential reminders for your hardwood floor deep cleaning practices.

Do’s:

  • Vacuum your floors every three days.
  • Promptly attend to spills on your hardwood floors to avoid serious water damages.
  • Daily mop your hardwood floors, yet avoid using too much water.
  • Maintain a good moisture level inside your home or office to avoid drying up your hardwood floors.
  • Place a water-resistant cap underneath the pots of your indoor plants.
  • Place area rugs and carpets in your high-traffic areas.
  • Install protective pads at the foot of your furniture and upholstery to avoid scratches on your hardwood flooring.

Don’ts:

  • Never wear your high heels when walking around your hardwood flooring.
  • Avoid soils and sand particles accumulate on your floor.
  • Never make your mop super wet when cleaning your hardwood floors.
  • Keep your pet’s paws trimmed to minimize scratches on your floors.
  • Never use very acidic or basic cleaning solutions.

Benefits of installing Area Rugs, and Carpets

We always emphasize that prevention is better than cure when it comes to damages on your hardwood flooring. Some of the worst nemesis of your hardwood flooring are soils, sand particles, water, pet claws, furniture feet, and spills.

Meanwhile, your best partner for minimizing the harm of these elements is your doormats, area rugs, and carpets. To greatly cut off soils and sand debris from coming inside your premises, you can place a doormat outside and inside your main entry doors.

Your area rugs and carpets will provide sufficient protection from your high traffic floor areas. With that, your hardwood floor is better protected from pet accidents, danders, paws, and furniture feet.

 

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Wood flooring trends for 2022

Posted on: January 31st, 2022 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

4 Wood flooring trends for 2022

Trends for 2022 to get inspired for your next remodel project!

In 2021, numerous hardwood flooring trends have emerged that are a continuation of the design trends seen in the past.

No matter how much appeal nearly all forms of hardwood have, however, there’s always a few standout types of wood flooring that emerge each year. These trending flooring styles capture people’s imaginations and grow quickly in popularity once introduced.

Check out these wood flooring trends for 2022; to get inspired for your next remodel project:

1. Rich, Varied Colors

Floors are getting bolder in terms of color and style, and that includes hardwoods. While many hardwood floors have some amounts of subtle variation in them, newer trends are turning this up a notch. This means either utilizing a hardwood that has a naturally wild and bold grain, or that features a blend of different colors and hardwood species together.

One way to get this look is to use a reclaimed wood blend. Blends pull differently sized planks and different wood tones, then finish them together for a cohesive look.

Use a blend with rich variation like this one in sunny areas that can really let the colors show.

2. Smokey Wood Floor Tones

The color gray swept through the interior design world a few years ago; and no area of the home or office has been left untouched. This year, another trendy gray look is sweeping through the interior design world.

Smokey toned floors offer additional drama and character to solid hardwood floors. These floors have a unique look to them that’s very appealing.

Almost any type of wood species can go through the process of creating a smokey look. These hardwoods get their color without having to apply stain. The wood planks are placed in a chamber where ammonia is released into the air. The wood reacts to the ammonia which causes the color change. Overall, the process gives the wood a dark tone and enhances the natural grain of the wood.

3. Bleached or Whitewashed Floors

For contemporary spaces, you can’t go wrong with a smooth, light, wide plank hardwood floor. Hardwoods naturally darken and develop a patina as they age. But, a floor that’s been whitewashed takes on an entirely new look that’s very appealing in modern design trends.

Lighter wood tones help to brighten up a space and bleached or whitewashed wood tones create a relaxed and rustic atmosphere in a home.

The process for bleaching a wood floor involves adding a chemical solution to the wood surface to remove the color or stain. Whitewashing will give wood a white look while still showcasing the natural wood grain.

4. Rustic Textures

Rustic floors have a lot of allure. They call to mind nature and natural textures and surfaces, which in turn have a calming effect on the viewer.

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Routine care for to maintain the beauty of your floor

Posted on: January 18th, 2022 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

We recommend using Somerset Floor Routine Care Products to maintain the beauty of your floor. (more…)

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Can you change the color of your hardwood floors?

Posted on: January 10th, 2022 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Many homeowners don’t realize that you can change the color of hardwood flooring when you refinish your floors. You could change the color of your hardwood floors by staining, refinishing or painting them. (more…)

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How to safe your hardwood floor in Christmas

Posted on: December 13th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

With Christmas approaching it is worth thinking about how to protect your hardwood floors from the weather.

Protect your wooden floor from winter weather

Winter weather can be harsh and impossible to avoid. The main problems that you may be faced with are dirt, grit, debris and water being brought in from outside.

Hardwood floors can easily be scratched and damaged by grit and salt that is used to protect the streets and pavements from freezing weather.

There is also the issue of snow, slush and rainwater being brought onto your hardwood floor from outdoor footwear.

To minimise any damage to your hardwood floor, follow these steps:

  1.  Put doormats at all entrances to your house. These will help to catch any unwanted grit, dirt and debris from outdoors.
  2.  Remove outdoor footwear before walking on your wooden floor. Ideally these should be left in a porch or garage and not directly on your hardwood floor.
  3.  Sweep and clean your wooden floor regularly to remove any dirt or debris that has crept onto your floors.
  4.  If you have pets, clean and dry their paws as soon as they come inside.

Protect your wooden floor from your Christmas tree

If you are having a real Christmas tree this year then there are two main things to watch out for.

Real Christmas trees are inevitably going to lose some needles, so ensure you sweep around the tree on a regular/daily basis to reduce the chances of people walking on them and dragging them across the floor.

If you are having an artificial tree this year then be aware that most artificial Christmas trees have a metal or plastic stand that can scratch your hardwood flooring. It is advisable to place a floor covering, such as a mat or rug, underneath your tree to prevent any unwanted damage to your flooring.

 

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Gray hardwood floors: A trend or a tradition?

Posted on: July 27th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Gray hardwood floors: A trend or a tradition?

Gray hardwood floors are hella cool. But are they a passing style trend, or are they here for the long run?

The grayer and less brown that you go, the more your wood floor will skew toward a modern, contemporary style. If your home and furniture are more traditional but you want to modernize things a bit, I would suggest more of a brown / grey or a medium brown stain with a slight gray undertone.

Benefits

Grey floors are easier to keep clean than dark brown hardwood floors because they show less dust.

Lighter gray floors can make a room feel open and airy, while darker gray stains can visually reduce the space.

Dark gray floors do make for a dramatic contrast with light-colored walls, and dark gray hardwood floors also provide a perfect backdrop for brightly colored furniture and accents, such as red or teal. Gold and honey tones also complement dark gray hardwood floors.

Gray hardwood floors can look contemporary and sleek, or warm and rustic depending on the grade of wood (see Different Grades of Hardwood Flooring) and shade of gray chosen.

Grey floors have more of an urban, modern look…think funky furniture or minimalist contemporary styles. Turquoise and sky blue work very well with gray, and also white can be very striking depending on the shade of gray.

All pastel colors are lovely with gray tones, and really pop against the cool contrast of a gray wood floor.

Do you have an urban style?

Gray floors will work very well with an industrial-themed décor or concrete walls. Think exposed duct work or pipes, metal furniture, exposed brick…gray hardwood floors of medium to darker grays work very well with this type of style.

Wide plank grey floors of any shade are a fantastic base for a very modern or minimalist style. Simple, compact furniture looks great on top of wide plank floors. Thin metal or wooden legs on furniture are very striking on top of wide planks.

Personal taste is unique to you! At the end of the day, if you just love gray floors, you will love them with any décor. Make sure to pick a reputable contractor. Grey floors are not easy to achieve…the sanding must be perfect and the color is not an easy one to apply evenly. Grey floors are very striking and cool. All your friends will compliment you on your awesome, unique style.

In furniture are very striking on top of wide planks.

Personal taste is unique to you! At the end of the day, if you just love gray floors, you will love them with any décor. Make sure to pick a reputable contractor. Grey floors are not easy to achieve…the sanding must be perfect and the color is not an easy one to apply evenly. Grey floors are very striking and cool. All your friends will compliment you on your awesome, unique style.

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Summertime hardwood floor tips

Posted on: July 19th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

4 Summertime hardwood floor tips

How does the song go? “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Well, maybe not for your hardwood floors. Summer can be challenging for hardwood floors.

Here are 4 tips to help your hardwoods handle the heat and humidity.

1. MINIMIZE DIRECT EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT

Too much direct sunlight can cause your hardwoods to fade and discolor. Try to close blinds and draw shades or curtains to prevent unnecessary exposure. If your room faces east, for example, don’t open your blinds until the afternoon. This will also help protect furniture and other items in your room from fading.

2. WATCH INDOOR HUMIDITY LEVELS

Too much or too little humidity in the air in your home will affect your wood floors. That’s because wood is naturally porous and expands and contracts with changes in moisture in its environment. Dry air makes wood shrink and humid air makes it swell.

Outside air in the summertime has more humidity. But air conditioners remove humidity from the air. So your home can have too much or too little moisture in the air. Some seasonal shrinking or expanding of your floors will happen, but it’s best to try to keep the humidity level in your home between 30% and 50%.You can purchase a hygrometer at your local home improvement store to find out what your humidity level is.

3. KIDS, GUESTS, AND PETS BRING THE OUTSIDE IN ALL SUMMER

In the warmer months people come and go from inside to out and back again dozens of times a day And with them comes dirt, dust, and grime from outside. Dust and grime can build up and scratch your floor. Sweep or vacuum the high-traffic areas a little more often during summer months to keep the dirt and scratching to a minimum.

4. POOLS AND SPRINKLERS MEAN WATER DAMAGE

If you have a pool, or your neighbor has a pool, or if your kids like to break out the water games and sprinkler, make sure you have a plan for all of those wet feet, swimsuits, and towels. If your bathroom floor is hardwood, be extra diligent about checking for wet items on the floor. You may want to put a basket in the corner to collect wet towels and suits, and flip flops.

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Wood Floor Repair: Common Damages

Posted on: July 16th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Wood Floor Repair: Common Damages

Are you having problems with your hardwood floors? See the 3 most common problems and how to solve each one.

1. Dry or peeling varnish

Over time it is natural for varnish or paint applied to wooden floors to dry out and look old or begin to peel. When this happens the solution is simple: remove the old varnish with a good sanding and apply new layers.

To avoid problems, it is preferable to use good brands and products with a longer shelf life. It is also good to carry out the cleaning indicated by the manufacturer in question; to guarantee the durability and protection of the varnish.

2. Scratched surfaces

On the surface of the floor they are also common, especially when you have children or pets in the house; and when the furniture does not have protection on the legs and is usually moved by dragging. These more superficial scratches are easily treated with sandpaper and new varnish application.

They can be treated in a timely manner, but it should be noted if only the scratched place is restored that there are no differences on the floor. If the varnish is too old to make the restoration and you want to have a homogeneous appearance, it is preferable to sand everything.

3. Stains

Stains on the floor can be caused by something that has been spilled or some material that has been in contact with it. Some stains can be removed with the use of specific products without the need to repair wood floors in depth; but when they are permanent, restoring the floor by changing its color can help minimize them.

When you notice a problem and don’t know how to repair wood flooring; talk to the team of a specialized company to be sure how to proceed without damaging the wood in the restoration of the floor.

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Red Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn Wood Flooring

Posted on: June 30th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Red Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn Wood Flooring – 5 Reasons you should consider it

Red Oak Rift and Quarter is a great alternative to white oak R&Q.

Rift & Quartered Red Oak hardwood flooring instead of White Oak can help save you money and give you the wood floor of your dreams!

  1. Price

Rift & Quarter White Oak compared to a Red Oak Rift & Quarter Sawn is significant! If you are staining the floor dark, this should be a NO-BRAINER!   The overwhelming majority of the population cannot tell the difference between white oak & red oak, especially when stained.

  1. Popularity

Has traditionally been the most popular flooring, but in (gag) Plain Sawn!  If you’re renovating  a home that currently has some red oak you shouldn’t mix it up with white oak. It typically doesn’t look good to mix within in the house. Keep the same species, but class it up with Rift & Quarter Sawn!

  1. Availability

White Oak is in high demand from the logs, to the lumber to the flooring.  There’s more supply of red  & that will keep your cost down.

  1. Rift Only

much easier to accumulate in Red Oak than White Oak – wide plank Rift. GO RED.  The medullary rays are more prominent in white oak. Because of this  you don’t have as much of the quartered figure, or tiger stripes in rift & quartered Red Oak as you do White Oak.

The clean straight grain of rift in wide plank  is very popular right now and it’s SO MUCH EASIER TO MAKE.  This will also SAVE YOU MONEY!

  1. Color

Not everyone wants the red color, but the natural variation we have because of the subspecies in Red Oak is absolutely beautiful. If you don’t like the red tint or the color variation it stains well and you can get the uniform color if you’re going medium to dark.

 

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Everything you need to know about Herringbone Floors

Posted on: June 21st, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

You need to know about Herringbone Floors

Herringbone timber flooring is a type of parquetry, which broadly describes any hardwood floor laid in a pattern. Parquet floors, for instance, also include chevron patterns as well as triangles, squares and even curves.

Herringbone vs Chevron

Both herringbone and chevron patterns have repetitive V-shaped zig-zag formations with even-sized rectangular planks placed at 90 degrees to each other; however, a herringbone floor features staggered planks with the straight edge of one plank aligned with the side of the next;while creating a chevron pattern by laying boards cut at an angle and laid so that they meet in a straight line. A herringbone pattern adds a dynamic element to the floor while chevron lends consistency.

The application of herringbone and chevron patterns in wood floors began in the 16th century and became very popular amongst the French nobility and throughout Western Europe.

Herringbone flooring: Materials, colours and sizes

Though herringbone floors were originally preferred for large spaces; modern installations have been successful in adding depth in small areas. Various hardwoods can be used to create a herringbone floor including Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Sapele, Hickory and Walnut.

The distinctive woodgrain and colour of each hardwood add their unique touch to the final design outcome; – White Oak, for instance, has a straight grain with light-coloured sapwood and light-to-dark heartwood. Hardwood floors, with proper care, can last for generations.

Designers often use two or more hardwoods to maximise the contrast of colours as well as woodgrains in modern installations.

Floor patterns

Herringbone floors are made with wide or narrow planks; – broad planks are perfect for contemporary interiors while narrow blocks fit in with urban, industrial or shabby chic design schemes. Alternating the colours can also create a rich look in contemporary decor plans.

Engineered wood planks, which consist of an engineered wood or hardwood veneer over a hardwood plywood base; come in a wide choice of colours, finishes, textures and sizes, increasing design flexibility and giving room for unusual colour combinations. Bamboo and reclaimed wood tiles are also elegant material choices for herringbone floors.

Solid hardwood planks or blocks come unfinished and require staining, sanding and sealing before installation. Staining can help you achieve the tone you desire or highlight the grains more but keeping it natural is on-trend when it’s hardwood.

Popular shades in a herringbone floor’s colour palette include greys, blacks, browns and whites, transitioning from light to dark in colour depth.

Installation and maintenance

Are installed using the tongue-and-groove technique.

A professional installer is recommended due to the craftsmanship and precision work required to create the classic pattern.

A pre-installation inspection will check if the existing subfloor is suitable for the new flooring.

The floor installed in a variety of solid structures; flat and dry substrates such as plywood, particleboard, timber, concrete or dry screed.

The planks have a tongue-and-groove profile and are glued together using adhesive and nailed in place using a flooring nailer.
Alternatively, you can use the floating floor method for engineered wood boards.

A natural oil or lacquer coating protects the surface against spills, stains and wear. Regular vacuuming, mopping and cleaning with an approved wood floor cleaner will keep the floor in top condition for years. Besides, the natural ageing of solid hardwood floors lends to greater authenticity.

The finish on harringbone floors suggest that the floor could have lived a previous life in a grand building or may have survived many years of traffic in a popular place, both of which add to its charm.

We provide useful advises to both suppliers and architects around the US territories from the time we have started in this business. We also take pride in providing hardwood floors in the Tri-State area for more than 25 years now!

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Tips for Wood Flooring in the Kitchen

Posted on: June 11th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

5 Things to Know Before Putting Wood Flooring in the Kitchen

Learn why wood flooring in the kitchen is a growing trend—and the secrets to successful installation and maintenance to keep your wood looking good.

It’s hard to beat the natural beauty of wood flooring, but it’s not a traditional choice for a kitchen; due to the greater risk of damage from water and traffic in this room. Yet wood flooring is currently trending in today’s kitchens, so if you’re considering it for your home you’ll want to be informed about species options, installation, and maintenance to reduce the possibility of damage.

1. Learn why wood is trending.

In addition to its good looks, wood is becoming popular flooring for the cook space so as to create a visually seamless surface between the kitchen and an adjacent dining room or a great room. Many homeowners preferable this cohesive look to the start-and-stop feel of different flooring in adjacent rooms. Additionally, wood has a warm, soft sensation underfoot, unlike ceramic or porcelain tile; which can be uncomfortably cold on bare feet or on a crawling infant’s knees. Because the kitchen is such a busy, spill-prone area, however, it’s important to consider the potential downsides of wood before installing it in this room.

2. Remember: Wood and water don’t mix.

When wood becomes saturated, it can swell, warp, or even split—so even a small dishwasher leak that goes undetected for some time can damage a section of a hardwood floor. A splash here and there, however, especially if it’s wiped up quickly, poses less risk. Consider your family’s habits. If spills are rare and you’re vigilant about the state of your kitchen appliances, a hardwood kitchen floor should hold up just fine—as long as you give it a polyurethane sealant every four to six years to maintain a high level of water resistance.

3. Go the hard way.

The number of attractive wood flooring options at your local home improvement store can be confusing. So be sure to select a species that’s hardy enough to withstand the high-impact traffic typical of kitchens. Everyday comings and goings in street shoes, as well as movement of chairs and stools, could scratch or dent a wood floor. Pulling a major appliance away from the wall so a technician can work on it can also mar wood flooring, leaving deep scratches. (Fortunately, there are some effective ways to repair scratches on wood floors; but these often only minimize their appearance and rather than make your wood floors 100 percent again.)

4. Let wood acclimate.

Whether you enlist a professional contractor or have the skills to put down the floor yourself; the wood must be allowed to acclimate to your home before installation for best results. Most wood flooring is stored boxed in unheated warehouses, where the climate is often quite different from the temperature and humidity of residences. If you install wood flooring before it acclimates, it could swell or shrink slightly and your floor could end up with gaps between the planks. Acclimation involves cross-stacking the boxes of planks in your home for anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on species. Recommended acclimation periods can be found in the manufacturer’s installation and warranty information.

5. Take good care.

Whether you choose to put in a new wood floor in your kitchen; or you’ve moved into a house where it’s already installed, the following care and maintenance tips will help you keep it looking good.

  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Use a soft cotton dust mop to clean away crumbs and pet dander. If you prefer to sweep, use a broom with soft rubber bristles that won’t scratch the floor’s finish.
  • Don’t use a steam floor cleaner, which could damage the finish.
  • Put soft furniture pads on the bottoms of kitchen tables and chairs to keep them from scratching or denting the wood floor.
  • Check frequently under the sink and around the dishwasher and fridge for signs of leaking. If you discover a leak, shut off the water to the kitchen and call a plumber.
  • Use rugs and floor mats liberally to protect the wood flooring in high traffic areas. Rugs will also absorb small spills before they can reach the flooring.
  • If you must move the dishwasher, stove or fridge; place a sheet of thin plywood on the floor and slide the appliance onto the plywood instead of sliding it across the wood floor.

 

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A look into the benefits of wood flooring

Posted on: June 1st, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

A look into the benefits of wood flooring

Wood Floor Planet offers the designer styling you want in any hard surface construction you need. We bring you our signature fine quality and craftsmanship in elegant flooring of every type. Know more and look into the benefits of wood flooring.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is the enduring classic of beautiful homes … rich and inviting, it always says “welcome.” With Wood Floor Planet multitude of engineered and solid options, there’s a lovely hardwood style for almost any room.

Laminate

Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Wood Floor Planet laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Benefits of Laminate flooring

Vinyl Vinyl

today’s Vinyl is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Vinyl floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. and Wood Floor Planet Vinyl wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

 

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Great in living areas & bedrooms

Though durable, over time all hardwood floors scuff — it’s part of their charm — but our Mercier finish keeps your floor looking younger longer. So you can live on it. Resists scuffs up to six times more than competitors’ products.

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Excellent in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements

Vinyl has come a long way. finally, here’s a product that is beautiful, realistic, and warm underfoot. Vinyl is also stain and moisture resistant, so it’s a great solution for family-friendly rooms.

Perfect for playrooms, children’s bedrooms, and living areas

Scratch-and dent-resistant laminate easily adapts to all kinds of lifestyles and budgets. When your sub-floor is less than perfect, laminate is a good choice, because it’s more forgiving and easy to install.

 

At Wood Floor Planet you will find a wide variety of floors, ideal for any place in your home.

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