Frequently Asked Questions
How do I clean & maintain my wood floors?
1 part vinegar 3 parts water is the cheapest and most effective cleaning solution. A very light damp cleaning following a vacuuming with a soft bristles vacuum. As far as long term maintenance goes you should never wax a floor or use any type of special solution or murphys oil soap. Besides that you should do re coats every 1-3 years to make sure the wear and usage on your finish doesn’t get past the existing finish. A light sanding and re coat is fast and inexpensive, and if it hasn’t been too long it will make your floor look brand new and get rid of all of the small scratches without the hassle of sanding the floor to bare wood.
What should I use under furniture legs?
Most flooring stores carry the recommended felt pads for using under chair legs and other furniture. The felt pads come in various sizes. Some pads just stick on the bottom of the legs and others need to be nailed on. Never hit the pads directly with a hammer. Follow the directions provided with the pads. Check and clean the pads often to prevent debris, dirt and small particles from being trapped in the pad, which may cause scratches in the wood floor’s finish.
How do we stop a solid hardwood floor from gapping?
Gapping in solid wood floors cannot be stopped completely. Wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity. Using a humidifier during the heating months may help reduce the amount of gapping in solid wood floors. Also, some wood species may gap expand and contract less than others.
Can I install a hardwood floor over concrete?
There are two options for doing a real wood floor on top of a concrete floor. The first is doing an engineered floor; a hardwood with a subflooring built into it. There are many different options and the price varies a lot based on what material and what brand of engineered flooring you choose. The second option is installing plywood on top of your concrete; then installing a real wood floor of your choice. This way of installation is a bit more involved and you would have to have room for a 1.5″ increase in height along your baseboards and your adjoining floors and/or doors.
What is the best product to treat exterior decks with?
Australian Timber Oil or any Sikkens product are the best finishes to keep your deck looking new.
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