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We've seen them! You've, no doubt, seen them too! Those cleaning hack internet articles that have you pulling out the mop and whatever method, remedy, additions to cleaners they are using to promote their own products - And, we say WAIT! What about my warranty!! Before you try one of these "hacks", let's talk about the proper cleaning, care & maintenance of your own floors, rugs, draperies and window treatments. We'll get to some of this in our next Blog on care & cleaning. Today our focus is hard surface flooring with a reference guide that you'll save (yes, please) to keep your quality purchases up to their intended performance.
What's got me going? A recent "hack" of adding essential oils, now before you judge I love essential oils! Just not in a mop bucket with water intended to scrub any wood floors, especially our beautiful hardwood floors. It's the easiest way to remove the natural luster of the hardwood and your warranty along with it.
So, what is the best way to clean, care and maintain the beauty of Hardwood Flooring?
All of our vendors agree, it is with a floor cleaner specifically made for your hardwood finishes.
Water and Wood Don't Mix . . .
A little snippet from our friends at Hallmark Hardwood Flooring. For their entire article on care and maintenance click here
From Hardwood to Laminate Floors . . .
Friends Don't Let Friends Steam Mop
"But, my steam mop says I can." I was at a clients recently visiting the laminate floors we had installed and there she was, her housekeeper, steam mopping away on our beautiful new floors! True, many of the popular steam mop brands do list laminate floors right on the box as was pointed out to me, but don't you believe it. Manufacturer's warranties do not include "other people cleaning" in their warranty, which brings us to "Friends don't let friends steam mop".
All Roads Lead To A Clean Sweep
Then there's Vinyl Planking, with possibly the largest misconception for cleaning that we come across on a daily basis. Did you know that steam mopping a vinyl plank floor, even the newer waterproof vinyl planks, that steam mops have the potential to damage the floor? The steam results in dripping water that will seep between the planks loosening the glue that holds the planks in place and the heat from the mop will cause the vinyl to warp or bend. The entire process will also dull the finish.
What is recommended? The "Laminate Floor Tips" video is a great start for your vinyl plank floors with these exceptions: It is okay to lightly damp mop vinyl, ahem...lightly, and a Neutral-PH balanced floor cleaner designed for vinyl floors is the go-to for restoring the luster.
Do Use The Power Of Steam For . . .
With all of our "don'ts" we actually love saying "Do"! And, we put the steam mop back into action when it comes to tile. There are so many different types of tile to consider though, and I think this photo captures them all with natural stone and man-made tile as well. Avoiding harsh chemicals is the best rule to follow along with these tips on how to clean the shower that apply just as well to your floors. Click for more on cleaning tile.
Thank you so much for joining in on this Blog post! We do have an attachment to our floors long after the sale is through. Preserving the quality of the floors through care, cleaning and maintenance is a great first step to loving your own floors for years to come. We hope you'll help us get the word out to the world-wide web by liking and sharing this blog post. If you do have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section, or give us a call at (805) 237-1400. Happy to be of service.
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Many years ago a wise man told me wood, hardwood, is a living, breathing thing. Even long after the tree becomes a plank, solid or engineered, hardwood floors are ever-changing throughout their lifetime. As a retailer of the most beautiful collections of hardwoods, I find those are words to live by.
As we mentioned wood lives and breathes and to properly introduce hardwood flooring to your own home, you must acclimate. Acclimation allows the moisture content of the wood to adjust to the conditions in the room by simply placing the opened boxes of planks in each area this process begins and will take a few days to a couple of weeks.
Ever-Changing Throughout Their Lifetime
Living....Breathing....Ever-Changing.... Hardwood Floors do require a little TLC. Installing window coverings to block UV Rays and on occasion rearranging furnishings and area rugs will help your floors age evenly. Age? Yes, a natural process for hardwoods is aging, yellowing, fading, darkening and even lightening in certain conditions all accelerated by UV rays.
Highlighting Wood's Natural Beauty
You've done your research on the quality of all the different hardwood species, and are ready to make your selection and now you're wondering which finish and character will actually highlight the wood's natural beauty. We're often asked: "How will this look with my cabinets.... my furniture... my decor palette". This is a one-word answer, and that word is CONTRAST.
In this featured 'Inspiration Room' (above) the choices for a wood floor to accentuate the overall palette of the room, can be either the darker of the dark tones in the room which brings a subtle balance, or the lighter for a more defined contrast showcasing both the floor and furnishings.
One of the more difficult rooms to find just the right contrast is any room with cabinetry.
Let's talk kitchens....
If you've ever browsed through Houzz, you know that white kitchen cabinets are the most popular and that they haven't lost their appeal over the years. The choices in floor finishes are limitless and trend towards personal preference. The key here is the painted cabinetry island and balancing all the tones while at the same contrasting to highlight all three - the white, the black and, mainly, the floor.
The darker the cabinets the lighter the wood floors and vice-a-versa.
Natural Hickory hardwood floors have so much character in their color variation they are a natural pick for the darker wood cabinet kitchens.
Cherry Woods, beautifully done! The deeper coloration in the Cherry planks pick up the color in the cabinets and the contrast with white base and moldings is a stand-out.
And, with every design a little paint must have - Greige, the not so gray, not so beige color that's the new neutral for home decor.
When you have a true love for Greige, you don't just paint the Island, no...no...no... you paint the entire kitchen in your favorite color. Now, what to do for the hardwood floor selections. Of course, or should we say: "HOPEFULLY", you selected your floors at the time you selected this paint color for your cabinets. The cabinets are simply stunning and the floors must do their part not to compete, but to enhance and we've done our best with these samples from Homerwood in White Oak. Why White Oak? We are loving the natural, rich grains of the wood and have presented three choices of finishes, from the top we have Graphite, then Simply White, and lastly, but a lovely choice is Espresso. We're leaving the decision to you. Which floor do you choose to compliment the cabinets?
Inspired With Color
One of the things we love most about Hardwood Flooring is the natural beauty. A beauty that can stand alone, but we see that's not so practical for our homes - just the floor. We want to add layers of color and texture to emphasize that warmth and feeling of home. When it comes to complimenting the color for hardware floors, we look to nature - the tree, and the leaf doesn't fall from the tree, and neither does the color.
Our first go-to is green - many, many shades of green
As the leaves change with the season, so does our color
In our Showroom the Hickory Natural get so much attention! The sample is pulled more times than we can count and wherever we go people want to know, "how do I decorate with this busy, but beautiful hardwood?". We've put together a vision board for just this purpose. Envisioning the build from the floor up and introducing the layers as we move throughout the space with paint, natural textures and textiles with complimentary tones that showcase the hickory wood floor.
Earlier in describing the beauty of complimenting hardwoods with color, did we say: "Just the floor?" Ahhhh, we did, but our reference has meaning; meaning that some woods are so pretty you don't want to put anything on them! Enter the patterns, a truly stand alone floor.
For the Love of Patterns
Notably suited for entryways and hallways, and whole house takeovers!
The mix of board sizes creates interest in this stunner
Our grand finale! Herringbone in mixed stains for a truly remarkable floor or wall application.
With over eight vendor choices in our Showroom, we are familiar with each unique quality they represent. From the species of the wood, the hardness factors & how they perform to the way they are manufactured, our philosophy remains that providing a quality installation will ensure the natural beauty of your own hardwood floors.
We did go a bit long in this Blog, and there's a lot more to cover! Do you have any questions/comments? Please post them in our comments section, or better yet, stop by and say Hi! We're happy to be of service.
This year's Meet the Experts Open House marks our
As you can imagine, we're very excited for this year's event and thank you for checking in here.
Our "Experts" are coming together in our showroom with the newest product lines that you love the most. . . Vinyl Planking. . . Window Coverings. . . Carpeting. . . Tile. . . Hardwood Floors
What makes our event a stand-out? Our MEET THE EXPERTS event is a personalized home show where you meet one-on-one with Factory Reps, Installers and Industry Pros to learn more about the product's quality and application for your home.
April 16th - This just in! You'll want to scroll down to see all the offerings for our Raffle Drawing.