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
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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!

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.