Do’s and Don’ts of Wood Floor Maintenance

Nobody likes cleaning. So it’s no wonder that 58% of consumers consider ease of cleaning as one of the top factors for choosing their flooring, according to a survey by the National Wood Flooring Association. That’s why wood flooring continues to be the favorite flooring among homeowners. With just a few common sense tips, your hardwood flooring will last a lifetime.

DO sweep or vacuum regularly.

By getting rid of debris, you help protect your floor’s finish from wear-and-tear.

DON’T wet mop or steam clean.

Wood is a natural product that reacts to humidity. Water and steam can damage the flooring.

DO use recommended wood flooring cleaner spray.

The only cleaning product you need in cleaner spray designed for wood flooring. We recommend Bona or Squeaky brands, which are available in our showrooms in spray bottles and concentrated refills.

DON’T use “refreshers” products.

While these “refresher” products are sold to consumers, only a wood flooring professional should be applying any finishes to your flooring. Misuse of “refresher” products is our number one customer maintenance issue.

DO use felt protectors on furniture legs.

Felt protector pads on the furniture legs protects your flooring from scratches. We recommend EZ Glide surface protectors.

DON’T slide your furniture.

Even with felt protectors, dragging heavy furniture can scratch the finish or even damage the wood itself. Lift or use a moving blanket.

DON’T walk in damaged high heels or cleats.

Metal cleats and exposed heel nails can scratch or even dent wood flooring. A 125-pound person walking in high heels exerts up to 8,000 pounds per square inch of pressure on the heel.

DO control the temperature and humidity.

Solid wood flooring is a natural product that expands and contracts based on the moisture in the air. If the humidity is too low, the flooring can gap and expose the tongues of the boards. If the humidity is too high, the flooring can expand and cup.

DO read the manufacturer guides.

Most flooring manufacturers have information posted on their website about how to maintain your flooring and keep it covered under their warranty.

DON’T be afraid to ask questions.

If you have questions about maintaining your hardwood flooring, contact the experts at Dan Higgins Wood Flooring.

 

 

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Fall Mirage Rebate Sale

Starting October 2nd, 2017, Mirage Floors is offering  a $0.50 per sq. ft. rebate on hardwood flooring purchases. The sale includes all species, colors, and widths of Mirage Classic, Mirage Engineered, and Mirage Lock products.

Dan Higgins Wood Flooring is a Mirage Floors Elite Maestro Dealer. As Elite Dealers, we provide the full range of Mirage products and services.

The rebate sale runs through November 25th, but our installation calendar is already filling up with customers who want new flooring for the holidays.

See our selection of Mirage Products in our showroom.

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For more information, contact us.

For complete rules and information, visit Mirage’s Website.

 

FAQs about Stairs and Wood Flooring

Updating your staircase can be a finishing touch to your flooring project. But sometimes, what seems like a cherry on top on your project can be the most confusing. Here are some questions we’re often asked about stairs and wood flooring:

What kind of staircase do I have?

Staircases are categorized as either “closed” or “open”. A closed stairs, or boxed stair case, has either a wall or stringer on each side of the stair treads. Stairs can also be open on one or both sides, where there is no wall or stringer on the side and the stair ends at the tread.

How do spindles affect my stair project?

If the stair spindles are installed directly into the stair tread instead of a stringer, any changes to the stairs become much trickier. They often need to be removed before any work is done on the stairs, or worked around very carefully.

Can I installing flooring on my stairs?

Some installer will install pieces of flooring on the stairs, finished with a stair nosing. Over time, the strain put on the nosing will cause it to break off. Instead, we install a solid wood tread on the steps; we want your installation to last.

Can’t I just get one of those kits from a hardware store?

You can, but the do-it-yourself kits are often made with lower quality, flimsy materials that bend, cup, or split. High quality, solid treads can be installed properly and will last much longer.

What happens if one of my steps is a different shape than the other steps?

In our shop, we custom cut the treads to the shape required. Many of the tread kits sold in stores don’t accommodate rounded treads, only rectangular.

Should I get white or stained risers?

It’s all a matter of taste. Some people like the more uniform look of stained risers so that everything matches. Other people prefer the clean, finished look of white risers. Both options look great.

Does my staircase have to match my flooring?

The most popular look is to have the stair treads complement the flooring on the first floor. However, some people prefer to have the stairs complement the upper floor, and others prefer to have the stairs contrast both.

Can I get my stairs refinished?

Solid stair treads can be sanded, stained, and refinished along with the flooring.

What if I have more questions about my stairs as part of my wood flooring project?

Contact the experts at Dan Higgins Wood Flooring.

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