Amazing Hardwood Floors

Month: December 2014

Floorcare Tips

Congratulations! You have decided to invest in hardwood floors. Here are some tips that will help you protect your investment.

 

Do’s in Hardwood Floor Maintenance

  • If you’re using anything that-s water-based to clean your hardwood floor, make sure you use a piece of dry cloth or something similar to brush up the remaining water from the ground. Water is your floor’s biggest enemy and leaving open pools of water on the floor will result in it going through some nasty changes and swell up.
  • Do sweep your floors regularly, using a broom that doesn’t risk scratching the floors.
  • Vacuum frequently as sweeping can not always clean up your floor thoroughly. For example, in the gaps between planks, the dust and dirt that has gathered up can only be picked up by a vacuum, not a brush.
  • Use rugs to protect your floor from spills (guessing where the spills occur is not really that hard to do – around the bed, table, work desk and so forth).
  • Protect your hardwood floors from the sunlight by using drapes.
  • Do be careful when moving furniture back in the room you just floored: scratches are easily done during this stage and they’ll ruin your work.

 

Don’ts in Hardwood Floor Care

  • Don’t leave water or any other water-based solution to dry up on the floor. This will cause it to expand and degrade over time.
  • Never use a mop on a waxed floor.
  • Don’t use a vacuum cleaner with beater bars that could potentially scratch the floor.
  • Don’t use hard brushes that could hurt your floor’s integrity.
  • Don’t try to repair gaps forming between planks by yourself. Use a professional for the job, otherwise you could damage your site.
  • Don’t treat your floor with any solutions that might be damaging to the finishing. It’s really a good option to just ask the retailer for an alternative, or whether or not that particular solution is compatible with the type of finish you have.

What Does Dustless Mean?

DUSTLESS SANDING – it’s finally here!

Hardwood floors add beauty and value to your home, and refinishing is the best way to enhance and preserve that beauty.

Traditional hardwood floor sanding is typically an extremely dusty process – a dust-storm in your home, lingering dust in your air-ducts, and a cleanup headache that feels like it will never end.

Now, Amazing Hardwood Floors offers a cleaner, healthier and faster process with their revolutionary dustless floor sanding system

Let’s Reduce Dust

The innovative system Amazing Hardwood Floors uses is a powerful vacuum connected to our sanding equipment, evacuating the airborne dust generated from the sanding process, and collecting it  into our vacuum.  Is it perfectly dust free?  No, it won’t keep all the dust away.  Most of it it’s going to be vacuumed, but naturally some will still escape. That’s why we cover with plastic the most important areas like, cabinets, tv’s, pictures, fireplaces if needed, etc. but the main think is that we try hard to keep as much dust as possible away from homes including also covering the air vents as well.

Hardwoods vs. Carpets

Allergies

In trying to pin point why hardwood floors have made a great comeback, all one has to do is look within their own home. Carpeting contains an enormous amount of nasty stuff including dust mites that cause the simplest forms of allergies. You may think by calling in the steam vacuum guys the problems will disappear. Unfortunately they are often ground deeper into the bottom of the carpet. After time they fall through carpet and padding and become trapped.

Odors

Carpeting often traps unusual odors that even the best cleaning cannot remove. If you’re fond of dogs and cats, pet hair is not a problem with hardwood floors as they are easier to clean .

Natural And Not Synthetic

Hardwood floors are natural and more eco friendly compared to carpeting that utilizes petroleum based products. Moreover, dust mites cannot survive on hardwood floors, but they populate carpet by the droves. Not only does newer carpet turn off many sensitive to allergies, but some that are severely sensitive cannot live with it.

Hardwood Finishes

For those that may be chemically sensitive, new pre-finished floors will off gas to an extent but will dissipate quickly. Some Chinese imports may take longer. Conversely, unfinished floors that have been finished will also have lingering effects but will be more noticeable if oil based types are used.

Appearances

Hardwood floors also have their own unique beauty. Besides being beautiful and hard-wearing, hardwood floors are environmentally friendly as well. Solid 3/4″ hardwood floors will last a lifetime if proper care is applied. Not one single piece among a few possible thousand (depending on the layout) will be the same.

Hardwood Sells Homes

A sizable portion of the renewed interest has to do with increasing a homes value, which in many cases it will, but depends on other factors as well. Being in the right neighborhood certainly helps resale value. However if you’re on the wrong side of town expect your new investment to be enjoyed by yourself only, but adding hardwood floors to the home has proven effective in selling a home faster.

Rental Properties

Hardwood floors are a great choice for rental properties. You don’t have to choose the expensive stuff, just something that will serve it’s purpose and last. Prefinished cabin grade hardwoods are ideal. They don’t carry a warranty, but is your tenant going to be concerned with a few flaws here and there? Ask yourself about a potential renter; will they be more impressed with a hardwood floor or new carpet?