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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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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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Best Flooring for Your Home Renovation Project

Posted on: April 9th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Home Renovation Project in Wood Floor Planet

Flooring plays a dual role in your home, part functional and part decorative. Choosing the best flooring for your home renovation project can be tricky and often depends on preferences, placement and budget.

Best Flooring for a Family Room Renovation

Family rooms focus on relaxation and comfort. You need to choose flooring that reflects the room’s style and decor, but also creates a cozy atmosphere. Top choices include:

Solid hardwood – durable and highly attractive, hardwood flooring comes in a broad range of appearances and styles. From exotic species like Tigerwood or Ipe to popular domestic styles like maple and walnut; every homeowner will find a brand of hardwood to suit their home.

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As a leading flooring supplier, we pride ourselves on offering a vibrant; varied range of home flooring products designed to solve all manner of day-to-day dilemmas. For example, it’s easier said than done finding a kitchen or bathroom flooring solution with an on-trend aesthetic as well as the practical properties needed to minimise slips and trips in the home. In our diverse collection, though; you’ll find a flooring solution able to deliver on the style and safety fronts all at once.

In the style stakes, all of our flooring options – from luxury vinyl tile, otherwise known as click flooring; to engineered parquet and solid wood flooring – can help to create a premium aesthetic in your home without the premium price tag.

Choosing cheap flooring doesn’t have to mean settling for a lower quality product when you shop with us. You can find the bona fide real deal with our hardwood flooring range or imitate the appearance of the genuine article with one of our many laminate or vinyl flooring alternatives.

At Wood Floor Planet, we’re committed to helping our customers find timelessly stylish flooring solutions that are smart, practical, affordable and always effortlessly on-trend.

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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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Consider Laminate Wood Flooring: The eco-friendly choice

Posted on: March 15th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

The eco-friendly choice: Laminate Wood Flooring

Laminate wood flooring is a popular choice for environmentally conscious contractors and homeowners.

What is the best flooring that looks like wood?

Some popular alternatives to hardwood floors are laminate, vinyl, and ceramic tile. All of these can imitate the look of wood.

When it comes time to choose materials for your home project, your thoughts may turn to sustainability. Most homeowners love the look of wooden floors, but hardwood brings with it concerns of deforestation. What If you could have the look of hardwood, while still being kind to the planet?

Most laminate flooring manufacturers now explicitly point out how sustainable and eco-friendly this flooring option is and use it as a major selling point for their product.

Made from Sustainable Materials

There’s no need to harvest the raw materials to create laminate boards. So not only are natural resources not being depleted for its creation, there’s no need to ship hardwood from across the globe to your local flooring supplier.

No Harsh Chemicals

This is why laminate gets another point in the eco-friendly department since only gentle, natural cleansers are necessary to keep laminate looking its best year after year.

Laminate Doesn’t Contaminate The Air

Compared to other materials, laminate doesn’t contain any air-damaging chemicals and whatever chemicals that are in laminate tend to stay inside the board. This is because they are completely sealed from the outside which eliminates the possibility of any particles becoming airborne and affecting your health.

Eco-Friendly until the End

When the time comes to remodel and replace your old laminate flooring with new; this material continues to live up to its eco-friendly reputation. Floating floors are easy to remove without damaging the boards, allowing them to have a new life in another room.

When it’s time to remodel your home, consider laminate wood flooring, the eco-friendly choice.

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The wonderful world of Wood and Floors

Posted on: February 15th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

World of Wood and Floors: Versatile Material

World of Wood and Floors: Wood it is used to produce beautiful furniture and works of art.

The wonderful world of Wood and Floors

Wood is a very versatile material. They are to produce beautiful furniture and works of art. Mahogany furniture has artwork made from wood with a higher price.

The interiors of the luxury liners of the Cunard line such as the Queen Mary and the QE2, which have been converted into hotel ships (the former moored in Long Beach in southern California and the latter in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates); are paneled with stately wood from the countries of the British Commonwealth.

The tradition continues on the new Cunard cruise ships, the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. Wood is very much in demand by the general public. If asked what kind of furniture they would prefer in their home or office, most people would answer, “Wood.”

Save the trees

However, this creates problems. With a global population of 7.6 billion and growing, the forests of the world cannot supply the increasing demand for timber.

The demand poses an ecological problem. There are more trees felled than replanted. And it must be taken into account that softwood trees such as cedar; cypress, and yew take some 80 years to mature; while hardwood trees such as teak, elm, and birch can take more than 300 years to grow to maturity.

Engineered wood to the rescue

That is where modern technology comes into play. It can fulfill the demand for wooden furniture, paneling, and works of art, as well as conserve the environment and stem the decimation of the world’s forests. The solution is the development of products that look like wood; feel like wood, and in many cases are even stronger and more durable than wood.

The demand for wood is strong. It is more oriented toward wood for practical purposes such as furniture parquet floors and internal staircases, as well as outdoor uses such as decks, rustic style roofing, and fences. With a climate like ours, the use of artificial wood is more practical.

So while having rich mahogany furniture or an attractive teak deck is enviable, one must consider preserving our forests and keeping our planet healthy and green.

Viable solutions

The wonderful world of Wood and Floors

The scientific world has risen to the challenge. Today, there are a large number of products such as parquet floors and decking for homes and marine vessels that are made from synthetic or engineered wood. These products look like the real thing and are much more practical. Synthetic parquet and teak floors are easy to maintain and clean, as they do not stain easily. And synthetic parquet floors are more adaptable to underfloor heating.

The wonders of synthetic wood

Wood is one of the most common natural materials. It is widely used because it is strong; relatively lightweight, and very easy to work with. Its strength and light weight are due to its unique hierarchical cellular structure and matrix (made from lignin and hemicellulose) embedded with well oriented cellulose fibrils. Wood grows very slowly from the bottom up, and each structural level contributes to its remarkable properties.

In recent years, genetic science has had a hand in improving the properties of wood and creating what is termed “super woods.”; This is achieved by modifying the micro structure of natural wood or combining wood-derived cellulose with synthetic materials. These biologically impressive materials are strong and durable.

One of the most promising developments is synthetically engineered wood. Plastic-wood composites have long been a favorite of homeowners who want to build decks and fences that do not require sanding, staining, and painting. However, these engineered woods are not as strong as natural wood and can be even more prone to catching fire.

 

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Installations of wide plank: Good Choice

Posted on: January 12th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Doubts about installations of wide plank – Wood Floor Planet

In Wood Floor Planet we specialize on installations of wide plank, parquet, and herringbone patterns, as well as prefinished or unfinished flooring.

Wood Floor Planet Inc., is a floor company that thrives on exceeding customer satisfaction to the highest
degree.

We have a team of highly professional individuals that are experts in all aspects wood floor
installations and applications, whether you’re installing over concrete, a plywood subfloor, or any other
approved surface.

Over 25 year experience and knowledge, we have the capacity to fulfill our clients investment and satisfaction on any wood floor installation project.

Wide plank floors are growing in popularity, know more about them…

The installation process

It is especially important to ensure fasten the planks correctly when installing wide plank floors. Plain sawn wide plank floors are more prone to moving in response to relative humidity changes, so you have to be extra careful when installing this type of flooring. Fastening these floors securely often entails using adhesive in addition to nails, even if you’re installing a solid wide plank floor.

When installing solid wide plank over a concrete slab, only adhesive is used to secure the flooring. It will benefit you to use an adhesive that has a moisture vapor barrier incorporated into the formulation; to keep out any moisture that will seep through the concrete.

Always be aware of the species and milling of the plank floor so you can avoid potential problems. For example, plain sawn hickory is a lot less stable than a quarter sawn American cherry, so it would be better to install cherry in an environment that is subject to significant fluctuations in humidity throughout the year.

Since you know a little more about the installations of wide plank, be sure to hire the best specialists in the area.

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Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2021

Posted on: January 8th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2021 – Wood Floor Planet

Hardwood flooring trends continues to grow in popularity, and it is by far the preferred flooring type for homes.

Not all colors work in all homes, and you also need to consider your overall decor theme (including paint color for walls and furniture), so choose something that you love…and anticipate you will love for a long time.

2021 Hardwood Floor Stain and Color Trends

Overall, there’s a shift towards darks and lights (yes, the two extremes), as well as cooler and browner tones. Redder and warmer tones are less popular and more polarizing.

Dark and cool toned hardwoods

Hardwood flooring trends for 2021. Yes, the trend towards darker colors keeps growing and growing. It’s been on the rise for the last decade or so. We seem to find two types of customers:

  1. Ones that prioritize style over maintenance and they tend to go darker and darker (these customers tend to be households without kids (either “pre-kids” or kids that have gone to college) or wealthier households that have extra help to keep the floors extra clean).
  2. Those that absolutely love dark floors, but want to go a bit lighter so that the floors are easier to maintain.

Gray and gray blends (including charcoals, greiges and brown/grays)

Gray flooring has been on the rise, and you can see it everywhere you go – in wood; tile that looks like wood, and gray vinyl planks that look like wood.

This trend started to notice and demand for gray hardwood flooring around 2010 or 2011 But it was only on pre-finished (or factory made wood), and it wasn’t until 2012 or so when I started to get lots of local customers ask us to refinish their existing floors and turn them gray.

Light, natural and muted

Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2021

Yes, on the opposite extreme to dark, the 2nd most popular floor choice is light – i.e. going natural. But the theme is a consistent one. There’s a preference to drown out the yellows and go for cooler tones. Hence those that are more up on the trends are going for the high grade and more environmentally friendly water borne polyurethane.

Whitewashed and lightly whitewashed floors

Whitewashes are back, and they’ve rapidly grown in popularity. For those of you who remember whitewashes from the 80’s, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve been reinvented and modernized.

 

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Wood Floors: Selling the Health Benefits

Posted on: January 17th, 2020 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

The benefits of hardwood flooring are remarkable when you think about it.

What other flooring option never goes out of style; lasts for generations, matches every décor; and is so easy to maintain? But what you may not know is that wood floors have significant health benefits as well.

Wood directly impacts indoor air quality. In fact, wood floors can significantly improve indoor air quality when compared to other flooring options.

A study conducted by Harris Interactive reports that most U.S. homeowners believe; that their family’s health is directly related to the cleanliness of their floors. And the majority believe that wood floors are most effective in improving indoor air quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agrees. They report that wood floors are hypoallergenic; which is a huge advantage for allergy sufferers. Wood floors do not harbor microorganisms or pesticides tracked in from outdoors as other flooring options can. They also minimize the accumulation of dust, mold, and animal dander, which improves overall indoor air quality.

Wood floors also improves indoor air quality in another, less tangible, way. This is because wood is a carbon-neutral product.

As most people know, as a tree grows, it takes in carbon dioxide from the environment and produces oxygen. What most people do not know, however, is that products made from wood, including wood flooring, store carbon during their service lives.
In other words, even after the tree used to make wood is; cut down and manufactured into flooring; it continues to store carbon during its entire service life. That’s quite a green story and is yet another way wood flooring improves indoor air quality.

In recent years, wood floors also have improved by utilizing low VOC finishes and adhesives.

The California Air Resources Board, an organization known as CARB, monitors indoor air quality. CARB has established strict regulations for VOC emissions. It regulates VOCs in wood flooring finishes and adhesives, and provides the strictest VOC standards in the nation. Other areas of the country are regulated by the Ozone Transport Commission. CARB now is being used as a model to; develop national standards to; minimize harmful VOC emissions.

With all of these positive research results, it is easy to see how wood floors can reduce indoor allergens and improve overall indoor air quality. Communicating these positive messages to your customers can help you steer them toward products that will not only improve their décor, but also their health.

Anita Howard is Chief Operating Office at the National Wood Flooring Association in St. Louis. She can be reached at anita.howard@nwfa.org.

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