Prevent Furniture from Scratching Your Floors

furniture on wood floorsOne of the best things about hardwood floors is that they will last a lifetime. Of course, just because they are durable does not mean they are immune to dents and scratches. Some of the most common culprits for damage are pets and furniture. Of course, we have already discussed some of the ways to help prevent your pets from scratching your wood floors, and now we are going to give a couple tips on how to ensure your furniture is hardwood floor friendly.

  • Place your furniture on rugs. By doing so, you will eliminate the contact of the table and chairs and prevent any possibility for damage to occur.
  • Put pads on the bottom of the furniture. There are many different types of pads: stick on, tap on and slip on. All three of these will protect your floors from any furniture abrasions. The peel and stick on pads are the most common and usually least expensive, and they will do great for chairs, stools, ottomans and other furniture that is constantly moved around. Don’t necessarily think that just because it costs more it is more effective.

The basic principle is that you need some sort of material between the bottom of your furniture and your hardwood floors to prevent unwanted scratches and damage, and any protection is better than none at all. Contact us if you have any questions about the regular care and maintenance of hardwood floors or if you are interested in having them installed in your house.

Hardwood Floors vs. Carpet

hardwood floors in WoodstockWhen it comes to buying a new home or upgrading your current home, we want you to think of installing hardwood floors as the first thing on your must-have list. There are so many reasons for you to choose hardwoods, and in this blog post, we are going to cover a few of them:

  1. Improve air quality – Where carpet traps dirt, pollen, dust and other allergens, hardwood floors do not. In fact, the difference is so significant that the American Lung Association recommends hardwood floors to improve air quality.
  2. Easy to maintain – Carpets absorb liquids and are prone to stains. So, in order to clean them, you must not only vacuum regularly, but also go over with a heavy duty carpet cleaner on a regular basis. Even with this cleaning regime, your carpets may still not look pristine. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are easy to maintain, only requiring regular sweeping/vacuuming.
  3. Added Value – Unlike carpet, hardwood floors add value to your home and make it more appealing to home buyers if ever you were to put it on the market.
  4. Durable – As long as the floors are properly maintained, and periodically refinished, they will never need to be replaced.
  5. Appearance – Wood floors are much more aesthetically pleasing than carpet, which is why it makes a house more sellable.

As you can see, there are numerous benefits to installing hardwood floors in your home. You may be turned off by the upfront cost, but when you take into account the added value to your home as well as the fact that you will never need new floors again, they are an extremely wise investment and you will come out ahead in the end.

If you are in need of hardwood floors in Woodstock and the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to contact us for a flooring estimate.

How to Care for Your Hardwood Floors

One of the best aspects about installing hardwood floors into your home is how easy it is to keep them clean. Unlike the problems that you’ve experienced with carpets, hardwood floors are stain resistant and low maintenance. You can also take that mop you that you have and put it in the trash because the days of mopping are behind you. ┬áSo, what is the best way to keep your hardwood floors immaculate? Well, let us give you a few tips.

Hardwood Floor Maintenance

dustmop hardwood floorsOne of the most important things you can do is to clean up liquid spills immediately. You do not want water, juice, wine or any liquid sitting on your floors for a prolonged amount of time – hence why you should never mop your wood floors.

Be sure to sweep, vacuum and/or dust mop on a regular basis (at least every week) to keep your floors clean, and to maintain that beautiful shine, be sure to buffer the floors periodically. One great way to reduce the amount of dirt and other particles deposited on your floors is by putting welcome mats at all of your doors.

As far as cleaning your floors, that is all that is required. After an extended period of time, you may want to invest in getting your hardwood floors refinished to make them look like new, but that is a special treatment that is not part of regular maintenance.

At Advanced Flooring Solutions, we will help go over everything you need to know about how to properly care for your hardwood floors after we install them. So, if you are in the market for new floors, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hardwood Floors for Pet Owners

dogs and hardwood floorsMany times homeowners are weary of installing hardwood floors because they think that their pets will just ruin them. We don’t want to say that this is not a valid concern because claws can be detrimental to wood floors, however there are options where this is not a factor.

One way to avoid pet problems is by keeping their nails trimmed. If they are not long and sharp, then they are less likely to scratch your floors. Also, you can add floor runners and rugs and encourage your dog to stay in those areas. Of course it isn’t always easy to keep nails perfectly trimmed and it would be very time consuming to train a dog to stay on the carpeted areas. So, what is the alternative?

The best thing you can do is choose a hard wood that is strong enough to withstand the claws, like a hard Maple. This is the situation in which you really want to pay attention to the Janka rating, which determines the hardness of wood flooring. The higher the number, the harder the wood. For example, a hard maple has a Janka rating of 1,450.

If you are interested in hardwood floors, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will work with you to ensure you get the right wood floors for your home and your lifestyle.

The Janka Rating

Southern yellow pineThere is no denying the fact that there are a lot of options for wood flooring. In fact, it can be overwhelming to just make a decision. Which material is better – oak or maple, pine or birch, walnut or fir? The comparisons could go on and on. Unfortunately, there is not one right answer because the right wood for one family may not be the right one for you. Advanced Flooring Solutions, who installs hardwood floors in Woodstock and the surrounding areas, is happy to discuss all of the different wood flooring options to help determine which one is right for you. Yet, it is imperative to note that the most important determining factor is not price (at least it shouldn’t be), but the Janka rating.

Soft vs Hard Wood Floors

The hardness of floors is determined by the Janka rating, and this is one feature of your wood floors that you need to know. The softer the wood, the less expensive it will be, but the more susceptible to scratches and dents. If you have kids and pets, you need to make the investment and go with a wood that has a higher Janka rating (meaning it is harder).

For example, a Southern Pine is a soft wood with a Janka rating of only 870, but a Sugar Maple is 1,450. If you have your heart set on a particular wood, it would be beneficial to look at a Janka rating chart to see where it lies in regards to hard or soft.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding hardwood floors and the different materials available.

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