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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.

At Wood Floor Planet we provide quality hardwood flooring services. From dustless refinishing to installation, residential to commercial, we are New York and New Jersey wood floor experts.

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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.

At Wood Floor Planet we are ready to help you, we always provide our best service!

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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.

 

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

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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!

At Wood Floor Planet we provide the best service.

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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.

 

Wood Floor Planet has the floor for you

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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The best Flooring for your Lifestyle

Posted on: May 25th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

SELECTING THE BEST FLOORING FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

In this post, we highlight a few aspects to keep in mind when choosing flooring, including your lifestyle, budget and more.

  • Pet owners should consider modern vinyl and laminates for scratch-resistant wear and water-resistant or waterproof flooring.
  • Install waterproof or water-resistant flooring such as vinyl plank, tile, or sheet vinyl in rooms with high foot traffic.
  • Climate plays a part in certain floor materials, making an engineered option more suitable.
  • Replacing carpet with a hard flooring surface alleviates allergens.
  • Numerous flooring brands offer environmentally-friendly products for green-conscious households.
  • The subfloor can determine what type of flooring you can install and whether you need an attached pad or additional underlayment.

Do you have pets?

If you want to install hardwood flooring, one or two small pets won’t alleviate the option; but if you have large or multiple pets, you may want to consider a vinyl or laminate product. These floors have scratch resistant wear layers for durability that hold up to everyday wear and tear from your pets’ nails and playful activity. Modern vinyl and laminate floors have the same visuals as hardwood floors including distressed, wire brushed, and rustic wood styles, or earthy, natural patterns. So, you can still have the look you want; but the function that you need (and less worry about damage to your floors!).

Do you have children?

Consider the ages and activity level of your children. Are they active in sports and bring home muddy or heavy equipment every day?

If you have a dedicated area for those items, such as a mudroom or entryway, consider using a durable, waterproof or water resistant product for that space. If you think these items will make their way all over the house, you may want to choose a super durable, yet beautiful vinyl plank, tile or sheet product that will stand up to years of activity, for your entire home. Not only are luxury vinyl floors easy to clean and maintain; but the large range of color and style options available in realistic wood, stone and tile patterns will surprise you!

Do your family members have allergies?

Hard surface flooring is a much better choice over any carpet product to alleviate allergy symptoms and triggers. Hardwood, vinyl, and laminate products can be safely and thoroughly cleaned frequently with the peace of mind that there are no hidden dust mites or mold lurking beneath the surface.

Where are you installing your new flooring?

All Wood Floor Planet of flooring, including hardwood, can be used in any space in your home. It is the collections within each flooring type that offer the diversity of installation for basements, concrete slabs and/or less than perfect subfloor conditions.

Where do you live?

The climate in which you live can limit your hardwood selections. Avoid wide plank, solid only hardwood collections if you live in a very humid, southern region of the US. Although gluing and nailing these products can alleviate some cupping and crowning; an engineered option may be available in the same visual and will result in a much more stable installation.

With today’s options in flooring, it is very easy to find the look that you want with the functionality that you need.

Are you environmentally friendly?

Many families today take steps to recycle and bring reusable bags to the grocery store to promote a healthier earth. But when it comes to your home, did you know you can choose a green-friendly flooring option?

Wood Floor Planet offers numerous flooring options from manufacturers who undergo strict procedures and rules to gain certification status. Some of the environmental commitments from our brands ensure that the wood is gathered from sustainable forests.

 

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How to take care of my wooden floors

Posted on: April 5th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

How to maintain and clean my wooden floor

Wooden floors are elegant, beautiful and timeless and can last for decades if looked after properly. Most types of wooden flooring are reasonably durable and hardwearing. However, they will still need caring for and protecting from damage. Looking after any type of wooden floor is easy and straight forward if you follow the advice below.

How to maintain and protect my wooden floor

An important part of maintaining the beauty of any wooden floor is to protect it from unwanted damage. One of the most important things to remember is to wipe away any spills immediately.

The top layers of lacquer or oil will protect your floor initially, but if the liquid is left to soak into the wood then it can cause irreparable damage.

Another way to maintain your flooring is to protect it from scratches and dents. Small marks and indentations are inevitable, but there are things that you can do to prevent deeper, larger scratches.

Firstly, remove footwear before walking on your wooden floor. Outdoor footwear is likely to have dirt and grit on the bottom that can easily scratch your floor if walked on. Ideally leave shoes and boots in a porch, garage or cupboard, but alternatively you could have a door mat or shoe rack. If you notice any stones or grit on your wooden floor, remove them straight away.

You will also want to prevent furniture or heavy objects from scratching your floor. Always pick up heavy objects to move them, rather than dragging them across the floor.

You can use anti scratch felt protector pads. These can be applied to the bottom of furniture and act as a soft barrier between the wooden floor and heavy object.

How to clean my wooden floor

Cleaning your wooden floor is straight forward. All you need to do is sweep the surface of the floor with a soft bristle brush. We would recommend that you do this everyday to remove any small surface dirt or dust. You can also use a vacuum cleaner but will need to make sure that you have the correct attachments for a wooden floor.

Once your floor has been swept, you can then clean it to remove any surface stains or marks. This only needs to be done about once a week, or when you notice any surface stains.

To clean your floor, we would recommend using a microfibre mop and PH neutral cleaning spray. This will be gentle but effective on your wooden floor. Try to clean in the direction of the grain. You should never use furniture polish as this will leave a slippery residue. Also, never use a steam mop. The steam will penetrate into the wooden floor and can cause damage over time.

Can I sand and re-finish my wooden floor?

Yes, you can refinish your wooden floor. This can help to revive and refresh your floor and can remove unwanted marks and stains. There are a few options available, but they depend upon what type of floor you have and why you want to refinish your floor.

If your wooden floor has an oiled finish, and you want to reduce the look of small scratches then you can apply more oil to the floor. Firstly, you will need to thoroughly clean your floor. Then apply another layer of oil. This will need to be left to dry for the appropriate amount of time before replacing furniture and walking on it. It will brighten and refresh your wooden floor.

If your wooden floor has a lacquered finish, and you want to reduce the look of small scratches then you can lightly sand the surface and then apply more lacquer. The finished look will be a fresh and revived wooden floor.

If you have large, deep dents or scratches then you may need a deep sand and then refinish with oil or lacquer. For any type of refinishing, we would recommend using a wooden flooring specialist.

Top tips for maintaining and cleaning wooden floors

Wipe away water spills immediately.
Remove footwear before walking on your floor.
Use felt protector pads and never drag heavy objects across the floor.
Sweep away dust and dirt on a daily basis.
Clean your floor using a microfibre mop and wooden floor cleaning spray.
Never use a steam mop, wet mop, furniture polish or abrasive products.

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