Category: Cleaning & Maintenance

How To Fix A Deep Gouge in Wire-Brushed Wood Flooring

A deep gouge in a wire brushed floor may seem like a nightmare to fix, and a good candidate for a full board replacement. If the gouge is deep enough, the raw wood is probably showing through. Plus, the wire-brushed texture makes this seem like a complicated fix that putty is not going to do …

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Troubleshooting Your Humidifier

Wine, cigars and wood: three very expensive items in your home that require very specific environments to stay in tip-top shape. A grand piano, essentially a fine piece of wood work, will go out or tune or have a damaged exterior with the wrong humidity levels. If you want perfect performance of your woodwork, you …

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Why Should I Buy A Humidifier?

In most areas of the U.S., it is just not possible to keep indoor relative humidity levels where they need to be for wood flooring without a whole home humidifier. With the temperatures dropping the correlating relative humidity in the atmosphere also drops. You will likely have noticed this when going outside during the cold …

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Winter is Near: Drier than the Sahara

Last week I wrote about how the relative humidity of indoor air is affected by temperature, and that it is feasible for RH levels to drop to as low as 7% during the winter. I had this thought, but if you have a home at 7% RH, would it be drier than the Sahara desert? …

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35 and Raining

It’s 35 degrees outside and raining. That’s basically the most miserable weather scenario I can think of. Too warm to be snowing, too cold and miserable to be outside; cloudy, dark, and raining.  Yuck.  Hope your HVAC humidifier is running. Otherwise you’ll be dry as a bone inside. Now hold up a second there you …

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Winter is Near: Bring on the Heat!

I started installing over 1,000 feet of Sappy Ipe in my home in November of 2011. It was a very warm fall in Omaha, and it had barely gotten below freezing up until right before Thanksgiving. I’m a wood floor “expert,” so I understand the basics of wood floor acclimation. I brought the floor in …

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