What products to use on your wood floors.
Many products in big box stores claim to safely clean hardwood floors. However, they often will leave harmful residues and buildup that will make your floor shiny and clean for a little while, but eventually cause a cloudy haze that is almost impossible to remove.
Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on new wood floors that might end up ruined, because they don’t have a whole home humidifier – which costs a fraction of the price of their floors. Imagine going through the process of putting new hardwood floors throughout your house. First you go through the design process. Then you move all your furniture out, move your family out, and after waiting several days, you finally have a beautiful… Read more
Wood floors are known for their durability and easy maintenance requirements. But, you might be hurting your floors or the finish that protects them by cleaning them the wrong way. The wood floors in your home are designed to last for many years, if not the entire life of your home – if you take care of them properly. In this article, we outline four methods you should avoid when cleaning your hardwood floors. Wet… Read more
It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! Which means that it’s also time for baking sugar cookies, warming up your wood fireplace, and getting your home ready for friends and family. In the midst of all the caroling, parties and gift shopping, there’s one thing that often goes forgotten: cleaning your wood floors. Don’t forget your wood floors this season Snow, mud, sugar, turkey pieces, dog hair, pine needles – just a few… Read more
You may not think that the gutters on the outside of your home can have an affect on your wood floors, but the two are closely related. Properly maintained gutters and landscaping around your home will let water flow away from your home, not towards it. Gutters that are broken or not working well will cause water to seep into the ground right next to your foundation. Whether or not you have a basement or… Read more
You know the symptoms: red, scratchy eyes. Sneezing, coughing, rashes, and worse. For those suffering from allergies or asthma, the stress of always trying to avoid triggers or getting through those times of the year when allergies are the worst can take its toll on you and your family. Your home should be a place to rest and be safe from the typical things that trigger your body’s painful allergic reactions. But often the very… Read more
Wood floors should last a lifetime with proper care, but many homeowners are confused when it comes to cleaning their floors. Which products should I use? Which products should I avoid? How do I clean my floor without damaging it? How often does my floor need to be cleaned? There are many products you can find at big box and supermarket stores that promise a clean floor but can leave a hazy residue over time… Read more
Kids and pets can be dangerous – for your floors, that is. The combination of small humans and animals running around, playing, drooling, and doing what kids and pets do, takes a toll on your house in general. Your floors are the single surface you and your family spend the most time touching in your home. You need to make sure your floors can handle all that your family can throw, drop, or spill on… Read more
The first scratch is always the worst. Whether your car, your shiny iPhone, or your new hardwood floors, a scratch or gouge can make you feel like the whole thing is ruined. For a while, a few more marks of “wear and tear” get added in. Then slowly over time you accept that your brand new floor is no longer brand new. It’s been lived on. “Wear and tear” is an inevitable part of owning… Read more
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 the trick on. But, with a wood floor touch up kit and the proper tools, you can make a deep… Read more