Hardwood Flooring: Frequently Asked Questions
Will moving my refrigerator across the wood floors damage the wood?
Yes. We recommend placing cardboard onto the floor under the refrigerator and in the path that it will be moved. Tape the cardboard pieces together at the connecting ends and to the trim on the wall as needed.
Is it okay to tape paper to the floor in my new house to protect the floor?
The National Wood Flooring Association recommends that you do not use any type of tape (even blue painter tape) on your floor. The glue on the tape will set-up and adhere to the finish. When you pull up the tape, you will pull up the finish. Whenever protecting your floor, please tape paper to paper or tape to the trim.
How long will my wood floors last?
Simple care and maintenance keeps wood floors looking beautiful for a lifetime. Instead of laying an entirely new floor when the original is worn the wood floors can be rejuvenated with sanding and refinishing. When done by a wood flooring professional, wood floors need only to be refinished 10-15 times during a floor’s life.
Is hardwood flooring healthy for those with allergies?
Some people have sensitivity to chemicals and toxins. Tests by allergists have proven that wood flooring provides a healthier environment for these individuals. Wood does not harbor irritating dust and microorganisms. Simple regular maintenance, such as dust mopping or vacuuming, keeps wood floors sanitary.
How can I prevent scratches on wood floors?
Place throw rugs or mats at doorways to help protect wood floors from grit, dirt, and sand. Place felt pads under furniture legs and vacuum/dust your floor regularly. Tibet’s Almond Stick can help hide a scratch.
Do you have any advice on how to clean hardwood floors?
When cleaning a floor, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. You may generally use a dampened (near dry) mop to maintain a wood floor; however, excessive moisture will cause damage. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and leave a discoloring residue. If water spills on a wood floor, immediately wipe it up with a clean cloth.
How do you maintain your wood floors?
Surface finishes like polyurethane require only simple care: just dust mop, sweep, or vacuum regularly. Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations. When cleaning no longer restores shine, recoat the floor with a surface finish. Never wax a surface-finished floor.
Are hardwood floors recommended for kitchens?
Yes. New wood floors stand up to water and traffic. Wood flooring wears well in kitchens and other higher-stress areas. Our polyurethane finishes resist wear and stains better than other finishes and require no stripping, buffing, or waxing.
Why use hardwood flooring versus other floors?
Wood floors are softer, warmer and easier on your back than tile floors. They are very easy to maintain and are considered a healthier environment. They add a sense of relaxed luxury to any room.
What type of wood flooring should I select?
Selecting a type of wood involves many factors including: color, price, and durability. Your personal preference is also a factor in determining the type of wood you select. Select a floor that complements your style of living. Our experts are skilled at helping people narrow their choices.
Is there a resale value to using wood floors in my home?
Yes! Residential real estate agents say homes with hardwood floors hold their value better, sell faster, and fetch higher prices than a carpeted house. The beauty of our finished product maximizes these advantages.
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