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!

Frequently Asked Questions – Bull Tough Flooring

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Should I install Hardwood Flooring in the Bathroom?

When considering installing hardwood flooring in your bathroom there are some important considerations to be aware of. Of course, in a bathroom there is substantially more moisture that your flooring will be exposed to, but there are ways you can protect it. Installing hardwood flooring in your bathroom will not only look beautiful, but it will also add warmth to the room and last a long time. You can protect your hardwood floor in the bathroom through maintenance, using a bathmat, and installing tub and shower surrounds. Learn more about installing hardwood floor in your bathroom here.

Should You Use Hardwood Floors in Your Basement?

Installing hardwood flooring in your basement will require a few important considerations. Firstly, you should be aware that many basements are susceptible to water damage in a way that above ground spaces are not. Water damage could cause cupping, swelling, warping, and splitting of your hardwood floors. Secondly, you will need to install a sub-flooring or vapor barrier. Lastly, because the floor will be placed on top of a concrete slab you will not be able to use nails and will have to use a floating floor technique. There are plenty of options available for installing floors in your basement and if done correctly, you will be very happy! Learn more about installing hardwood floors in the basement of your Calgary home here.

What do I Need to Know About Hardwood Floors in Kitchens?

The most important consideration when installing hardwood floors in the kitchen of your Calgary home is the level of traffic. The reality is that our kitchens are some of the most highly trafficked areas of our homes. Not only do we spend the most time in our kitchens, but we also spill more there than anywhere else. You can protect your kitchen hardwood flooring by cleaning spills immediately, using furniture pads, and sweeping and vacuuming regularly. Learn more about installing hardwood flooring in your kitchen here.

Can I Install Wooden Flooring Over a Concrete Slab?

There are a variety of approaches that can be taken for installing hardwood over top of a concrete slab, but before you begin any installation you must test for moisture. You can test for moisture using a rubber mat test, a calcium chloride test, a phenolphthalein Test, or a Polyethylene Film Test. After you have completed these tests, you will be in a position to consider your installation options, including a plywood on slab method or a screen method. To learn more about installing hardwood flooring above a concrete slab click here.

Can I Repair a Scratch on My Hardwood Floors?

Depending on the severity of the scratch, scrape, or gouge in your hardwood flooring there are a variety of different approaches that can be taken to repair your hardwood. When you are considering how to go about repairing the hardwood floor you should be aware that if your floors creak or move when they are walked on, or there are large gaps or uneven portions, repairing the boards will not fix your problem. To learn more about repairing your hardwood floors click here

Things to Consider Before you Refinish Hardwood Floors

Things to Consider Before you Refinish Hardwood Floors

Give Your Hardwood Flooring the TLC it Deserves

They say hardwood floors are like fine wine; as they age, they add more warmth and character to your home. However, without proper care and maintenance it may be difficult to experience that wonderful aging of hardwood floors in your Calgary home. To make better choices for protecting your flooring and unlocking its hidden beauty, a few expert insights might help.

Calgary’s hardwood flooring installation and refinishing experts at Bull Tough Flooring offer some insights on when to deep clean, refresh or refinish your wood floors

Make Informed Choices for Renewing Your Hardwood Floors

Renewing hardwood floors is not always about sanding and staining them. Here are some aspects to consider while deciding how to give your hardwood floors the care and attention they deserve.

  • Deep Cleaning: If there is no damage to the floors and it is only dirt and dust that is making your floors look worn and lacklustre, a good deep cleaning should do the job. This involves:
    • Thorough sweeping of the floors with a soft bristle broom
    • Vacuuming to remove hard-to-reach dirt in the floorboards and corners
    • Mopping with a microfiber cloth and concentrated cleaner made for hardwood floors


For deep cleaning high traffic zones, you may want to hire a hardwood flooring professional near you as they use specialized scrubbing machines to remove the embedded dirt.

  • Refinishing: When your wooden floors have severe water damage, excessive sun exposure, aging wood, or a faulty substructure, you may have no option but to completely replace the flooring. For a realistic estimate, learn more about hardwood flooring installation costs in Calgary. However, in certain cases, a full replacement is unnecessary. Consider refinishing your hardwood floors for these reasons:
    • Aesthetic improvements, such as change in the sheen, finish, or stain of the hardwood
    • Routine wear and tear that has led to scratches, blemishes, or stubborn stains on your wooden floors.


Cost-Effective Hardwood Flooring Installation in Calgary

How you treat your hardwood floors depends on their current state, as well as your renovation needs, goals and budget. Calgary’s hardwood flooring specialists at Bull Tough Flooring can evaluate your wood floors and help you make the best choices with respect to their maintenance, repairs, refinishing and replacement. Take advantage of our custom staining options, dustless sanding systems, timely project completion and lifetime warranty on new installations. Our quality workmanship, flawless finishes and consistent customer service have earned us extensive recognition, including the award for “Calgary’s Best Hardwood Flooring Company” several times in the past ten years.

Enjoy a complete suite of hardwood flooring services in Calgary by the award-winning team at Bull Tough Flooring. To learn more about our services, call 403-975-2579 or contact us online to request an instant quote.