Quality hardwood floors can add tremendous value to your home. If given proper love and care, these floors can last for over 100 years. There are simple things you can do to extend your floor’s lifespan and preserve its beauty.
•Add floor pads under your heaviest pieces of furniture.
•Avoid “sticky” mats. Find pads and mats that utilize a gripping texture, rather than an adhesive.
When moving furniture, pick it up fully instead of sliding it across the floor.
•Dirt and rocks from your shoes can be pretty abrasive. Be mindful of what you are tracking in, or consider taking your shoes off at the door, and asking guests to do the same.
•Remember that the uneven pressure of high heels can be strenuous on the wood.
(Keep in mind: quality floors are durable. You don’t need to stress about any of this. Having guests over won’t ruin your floors by any means, but it is the small things we do every day that have the greatest effect over time.)
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Making Time for Occasional Maintenance
•First, it is valuable to ask your contractor for specific practices that are best for your unique floor.
•Never use 409, ammonia, Murphy’s Oil Soap, waxes, or Pledge as these can all damage real wood flooring.
•It’s best to “sweep” your floors with a dust mop instead of a broom with sharp bristles.
•Only use a lightly damp mop when mopping your floors.
•Not that you would – but don’t let “accidents” or stains sit for too long.
•Consider placing a mat underneath your pet’s water bowl.
•Keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratches across the floor.
•Give them treats regularly – just because you love them. 🙂
Let Us Know How We Can Help
We are passionate about great floors. If you have any questions, we are here to help (even if you’re on the other side of the country, we are happy to pay it forward). Don’t hesitate to reach out!
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How do I know if my floors need sanding?
Wood floors expand and contract throughout the seasons, although you may not be aware of this movement. After a few years they may become uneven and can lose the luster of the finish in traffic areas. Older finishes can change color over time and have a yellow or orange look to them. There may also be scratches, gouges, or you may want to change the color of your stain. Some floors may not require a complete removal of the old finish, depending on the age and amount of wear, they may only need to be reconditioned. This process is faster and less expensive than a complete wood floor sanding and can protect and revive the luster to your floors.
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Will I have to leave my home?
There is no reason for you to have to leave your home while having your floors refinished. We do recommend as little traffic as possible while the work is being done and no traffic once the finish is applied. Most finish work is done during the morning hours and with today’s faster drying products you can get back on your floors, if necessary, with light traffic the next morning. The final coating determines the time needed before it’s ok to use the floors again.
How much dust will there be?
Today’s dust control equipment used in the wood floor sanding and finishing of floors has come a long way in protecting your home and workers from airborne dust, which means a lot less dust in your home. We will keep your home as clean as possible, our machines are equipped with vacuums that help remove dust, we also will close off any adjoining rooms with plastic if necessary, to further contain any dust that may become airborne.
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How long will the wood floor sanding / finishing process take?
The total square footage and which finish you choose will determine how long the work will take. Most jobs take 3-4 days to complete. There is usually one day of sanding followed by a few mornings of applying the finish. To get an idea on how long your particular job may take, call us with the number of rooms and their general sizes, or you can schedule a free in-home estimate.
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What about removal of furniture?
You will have to remove furniture of all the rooms that are to be sanded and finished. If you need help in planning, or have to divide the job into stages, please give us a call, based on our experience we can consult with you about how to best plan this brief interruption.
We have an experienced staff available by appointment to give a free home estimate and discuss your specific flooring needs. Please call us at (908) 301-0150.