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Cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors

There are a lot of myths, confusions and misconceptions about how to clean and maintain hardwood floors. But the one thing that’s clear to everyone: regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to the long-term health of your floors. All the dirt, grime and other wear and tear from our daily lives can take a toll on wood floors. Implementing a regular cleaning schedule is the key to maintaining their integrity long-term, but it can be hard to pick out which products to use, whether to do a dry or wet clean, and how often to deep clean them. Here are [...]

August 18th, 2019|

Pets and hardwood: How to have your cake and eat it too

We love our pets. Be they cats, turtles, dogs, rabbits or birds, many of us consider pets as much a part of the family as any people. But while humans can usually behave themselves in a house after being told what to do, pets… not so much. Many people are concerned about their larger pets damaging their floors when considering new flooring. Dogs particularly can cause grief for homeowners with hardwood floors. Those long nails, water from playing outside, hair and accidents in the house can all cause damage to wood flooring over time. Scratches, dents and warping on floors [...]

July 27th, 2019|

Basement Wood Flooring and Options

Homeowners often work on renovations from the center outward, leaving basements for the final project. But because basements sit below the house level, choosing flooring for them can present an interesting question. Being below grade, moisture is always most likely to accumulate in basements first. Many people choose more moisture-resistant concrete, tile, vinyl or carpet for flooring, even if it isn’t their first choice. But did you know that with some planning, wood flooring could be used in basements, too? You can do so if the conditions are right. Wood can make a perfect flooring to tie together a cozy [...]

June 18th, 2019|

To Mix or Match in the Kitchen?

When you look through interior design magazines for remodeling ideas, there are a lot of different approaches to update your kitchen. Some of them completely contradict one another — on one page, everything will match, while on the next, there are contrasting colors and styles everywhere. With so many opinions, it can be hard to decide on a design theme for your home. It’s an important choice, too, as renovating will not only be an investment but will affect the place where you will live and shape your memories. Different designers and professionals can offer advice on what is trending, [...]

May 15th, 2019|

Screening and Recoating

As the old saying goes, a home is never totally finished. Every piece of a home requires some maintenance to keep its good looks — including hardwood floors. Though they’re durable and beautiful, they get a lot of use and will be damaged over time. Refinishing is often the most recommended maintenance, but it can be fairly expensive and inconvenient. There’s a middle ground available: screening and recoating. Though it’s not possible in cases of serious or deep damage, many homeowners can save time, inconvenience and money by going with recoating instead of a full sanding and refinishing job. A [...]

April 25th, 2019|

Replacing Carpeting on Stairs with Hardwood

You’ve finally had it with your stairs. The carpet on them is old, dirty, worn down and slippery. Ideally, you’d love to replace that old carpet with hardwood that will match the rest of your house. But how much work will that take? Many homeowners dream about this kind of project — updating stairs from carpet to wood can result in a huge transformation for the look of a home. Stairwells are one of the highest-traffic areas of your home and can be a feature item with a distinct look. However, this is not an easy project that you can [...]

April 10th, 2019|