Hardwood Flooring Maintenance

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GENERAL

GENERAL

  • Your floor will take 5 days to fully cure, during this time take extra caution when walking around or moving furniture.
  • Avoid placing rugs or mats down for the first 30 days in areas with direct sunlight.
  • Occasionally move anything that sits on the floor a few inches in any direction. This will help avoid getting discoloration marks from light bleaching.
  • Keep curtains and/or blinds closed as much as possible to avoid direct sunlight hitting the floor.
  • Put new felt pads on the feet of anything that comes in contact with the floor.
cleaning

CLEANING

  • Sweeping up the loose dirt that falls on the floor daily is the single best thing you can do to keep your floor in good shape. Loose dirt acts like a very fine sand-paper, over-time it slowly abrades the finish away. We recommend you use a soft microfiber with no cleaning solution to do this.
  • Vacuums can also be used to remove loose dirt … just be aware that vacuums that get drag across your floor can cause unwanted scratches. Ideally your vacuum head with only have bristles that come in contact with the floor. Vacuum heads with wheels can cause light scratches.
  • Only use “Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner”, other unknown cleaners can destroy the finish. This is the only product we recommend and can be bought from Home Depot or Rona for about $25.
  • NEVER use a steam mop to clean your hardwood floor.
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DOGS

It’s a fact – dogs scratch hardwood. The goal is to minimize the damage. Here are a few ideas:

  • Try to keep your dog from running
  • Keep their claws trimmed
  • Clean dirt from paws when bringing dogs inside (especially winter)
  • Restrict where your dog can roam in the house
  • Dog urine will ruin your floor. Make sure any puppies or new dogs are fully house trained before allowing them to roam freely.
winter

WINTER

  • Your floor will naturally expand and contract throughout the year due to the temperature and humidity variations. This movement disrupts the flat surface of newly refinished floors and can create small edges/lips along some boards.
  • Keeping your humidity between 32%-36% with a temperature of 18-22 degrees is the best way to keep your floor from opening up and creating seasonal gapping. If you have hardwood in your entry or hallway, any snow or dirt from footwear must be cleaned off floor
spills

SPILLS & DAMAGED

  • Any liquids should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Use a paper towel to absorb liquid and wipe the floor with a clean damp cloth and then clean the area with Bona cleaning solution.
  • There’s nothing you can do if the floor gets damaged. Apart from major damage, most scratches or unsightly marks can be fixed with relative ease.
other

OTHER

  • DO NOT drag or slide anything across the floor. If you need to replace a fridge, stove or any other heavy item, we strongly recommend you either roll it in place with a dolly that has soft rubber wheels, carry it into place or you can use our “air slider” (pick and drop off is your responsibility).
  • When replacing baseboards, be aware that sliding across the floor on knee pads can create scratches.
  • When painting baseboards and door trims, be aware that taping the floor off can cause problems when the tape is removed as it can lift the finish off the floor. To avoid this, use a low tack tape and only leave the tape on the floor as long as you need to (a few hours).
  • Problems and concerns about work quality or imperfections. Your floor has been finished to meet the National Hardwood Flooring Associations standards and guidelines. These guidelines ensure that you as a customer are guaranteed a high quality floor and the flooring contractor isn’t expected to deliver a literally perfect final product. Minor imperfections are always to be expected. If necessary, an independent flooring inspector will be called in to verify whether or not the floor passes. If the floor passes the flooring inspection, the customer will be liable for any costs involved.
  • The finish on your floor will wear away over time. It’s critical to the long-term health of your floor to have an extra coat or two of finish added to your floor when required. As a guideline, every 3-5 years will be adequate for most households.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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You may have found this blog by searching “hardwood floor installation near me.” Bull Tough Flooring Ltd. are pros at hardwood flooring installation in Calgary – but our job doesn’t end there. We’re committed to ensuring your hardwood floors look as good as the day we installed – or refinished – them. With proper care, your hardwood floors can last for decades to come. That’s why we’re sharing our tips on how to clean your hardwood floors.

Dust Mop or Vacuum

Prevent scratches on your hardwood by first going over your floor with a dust mop or vacuum to collect dust, dirt, debris, or pet hair at least once per week. If using a vacuum, opt for the floor-brush attachment. If you have a beater bar instead, make sure to switch it to the hard floor setting to bypass the brush roll; otherwise, it could negate the purpose of trying to prevent scratches.

Prevent and Mitigate Damage

The easiest way to fix something is to prevent it from getting damaged in the first place! A common misconception is that mopping is must; hardwood floors should never be wet mopped! Standing water can cause hardwood to crack, split, cup, and warp, and it can also damage the finish, which can lead to discolouration. Similarly, never use a steam cleaner as the vapour will penetrate the wood and cause irreparable damage to both the floor and finish. The same goes for spills: while they may be unintentional, they can wreak havoc on your floors. Be sure to clean up any liquid right away. In short, avoid water!

You can further prevent damage by making good use of floor mats inside and outside of exterior doors and in high-traffic areas (wait until you’ve been told it’s safe to do so for newly finished floors); however, area rugs can result in colour differences due to UV exposure, so be strategic with your placement. Also, be sure to regularly shake/clean rugs and ensure they are completely dry before placing on your floor. Consider using furniture protectors to prevent scratches and avoid wearing sport shoes and high heels indoors when possible. If you happen to see a heel mark or scuff on your hard-working sport floor, apply a manufacturer-approved floor cleaner with a dust mop or soft cloth.

Hardwood floors may be an investment, but if given proper care, they’ll do the hard work so you don’t have to. Need some advice? Or perhaps you’re ready to upgrade your flooring? We can help. Contact Bull Tough today!

Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood Floors: Which is Better?

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You’re renovating – or you’re building from the ground up. You may be asking yourself: should you go with engineered or solid hardwood flooring installation in your Calgary home? We’re here to help you make that hard decision.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood floors are made from – you guessed it! – hard wood. Solid hardwood flooring comes from mature trees that are milled, sanded, and stained or finished. Each solid hardwood board is comprised of one piece of hardwood that’s approximately ¾ of an inch thick. Solid hardwood comes from the environment and it’s good for the environment; when it’s sustainably sourced, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options. Because it comes from nature, its texture and grain are both natural and organic. You can stain and finish it in many ways; there are several unique stain selections available – especially for lighter hardwood. Further, it is easy to clean, and it can be refinished multiple times if it gets scratched. If your solid hardwood is reclaimed or hand-scraped, you may even opt to leave minor damage as is to enhance its character.

Engineered Hardwood

Given that it comes straight from nature, solid hardwood flooring cannot be duplicated, but engineered flooring does its best to imitate it. It’s often confused with laminate, but it costs less; it’s typically about the same price as solid hardwood. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is not solid wood. It is made of fiberboard or plywood with a thin real-wood veneer on top and the planks are usually wider and thinner. Like solid hardwood, they can typically be refinished – but only a couple of times. In terms of installation, some varieties feature “click lock” edges, which some DIYers prefer. Engineered hardwood is easy to clean; however, it’s not as durable or as easy to maintain as solid hardwood.

The Winner: Solid Hardwood

Hardwood flooring may be an investment, but it’s one worth making. It truly stands the test of time. It can last for generations, and it can be an appealing feature for generations to come. (Fifty-four percent of homebuyers would spend more on a home that has hardwood flooring.)

Solid hardwood flooring is the solid choice for your next flooring project. If you’re looking for hardwood floor installation in Calgary, look no further than Bull Tough Flooring. Give us a call today!