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The type of flooring that people choose tends to hinge on specific factors like style, durability, and placement, while a less common factor like health escapes the attention. In fact, hardwood floors are considered to be an eco-friendly alternative when choosing between different types of flooring. It stands to reason that hardwood floors are easier to clean in terms of liquid spillage, dust bunnies, or any type of foreign debris that collects on its surface, posing minimal risk to the unhealthy exposure of microbes, which might be otherwise found in the fibrous texture of carpeting.
The flooring we walk on inside our home can be given short shrift to any potential health concerns, which is why it’s crucial to know that the wrong flooring can very well become a hotbed for silent predators bred in dirt, soot, or any other organic material to be problematic to your health.The differential of health risksis what lies between the topical surfaceof your flooring and the entrapment of these microorganisms referred to as “volatile organic compounds” or VOC’s. A disadvantage with carpeting is its undesirable retention of soil within the textural weave, which incidentally, breeds germs and bacteria over time. These pathogens become airborne meaning that people with respiratory issues can be vulnerable to them. Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, is easier to rid of VOC’s because cleaning is entirely superficial or “on the surface” while carpeting might require deep-clean penetration to extract grime over time.
Hardwood flooring has many positive aspects that set it apart from any other flooring. While many people might not necessarily take into account the state of their health when picking out flooring, it’s within reason to include it as a potential factor, especially if you are susceptible to allergens or pathogens of some sort. At NYNJ Flooring we can discuss with you our various hardwood species, surface arrangements and any tailor-made details that you wish to incorporate into the final product. Call us today at 732-768-0741 or 908-433-6370 for a FREE ESTIMATE about flooring woodwork and we will gladly meet your needs and then some with our dust-free guarantee that following installation we will have your room(s) looking spotless. You can also visit our website at NYNJFlooring.com to learn more about our products and services.
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Accidents will happen. No matter how hard you try to keep your new hardwood from NYNJ Flooring looking as new as the day it was installed, there will be mishaps. Children will drop things, husbands will spill things and pets can take their toll on your precious floors.
When accidents happen, you need to know how to handle them. Here are some common problems associated with hardwood floors and what to do if they happen to you, according to Woodfloors.org.
- Shoe damage
You can always be one of those people who requires that everyone entering your home take his or her shoes off. But if you don’t want to be that guy, you may need runners or throw rugs to protect your floors, especially from high heels. Spike heels are the biggest culprits, and even the lowest of them can cause dents in hardwood. The only way to get rid of things dings is to hire a professional. Other times, regular shoes heels can cause scuffs. If that happens, rub a little wax over the scuff then buff with fine steel wool. You can also use a cleaning solution made for urethane finishes.
- Mold and mildew
Both of these culprits are signs of moisture, so if they persist you will need to consult a professional to get to the root of the problem. For milder cases, you can rub the wood with any wood floor cleaner using a soft cloth. If that fails, ask a pro.
- Candle wax, Crayons and gum
For chewing gum, Woodfloors.org recommends filling a plastic bag with ice and placing it over the wax until hardens enough to easily scrape away. Crayon marks and candle wax respond best to heat. Place an ink blotter over the stain and put a hot iron on top. That should melt and soak up the stain.
- Scratches, oil or grease
Scratches on your hardwood are all but unavoidable. When you notice a scratch, try waxing and buffing first. If you still see it, go after it with a touch-up kit made for urethane finishes.
- Too much wax
Wax can make your floors shine like new, but after a while the stuff can build up, causing them to look cloudy and dull. Strip the old wax with odorless mineral spirits or a wood flooring product designed for stripping wax. When the floor dries, wax and rebuff.
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If you’ve ever watched a professional basketball game, you probably noticed the court’s shiny hardwood floors. How do they keep the hardwood gleaming? Can my hardwood installed by NYNJ Flooring look like that?
Of course it can. All you need to do is follow a few simple guidelines and your floors will shine for a lifetime.
- Consider going shoeless in your rooms with hardwood flooring. Remember sock hops in the 1950s? Kids would gather in the school gym on weekend nights to dance and shoes were not allowed on the gym’s wood floors. Tell your family that every day is a sock hop. Guests are just passing through, so don’t make them go barefoot.
- Make sure you have felt pads on the bottoms of all furniture or consider using throw rugs with non-skid pads. Also, carpet runners can be used in hallways that see heavy traffic.
- Toss your old straw broom and buy a newer model with soft bristles. Use it only when you need to pick up larger debris. Use a duster or static cloth mop for more frequent cleaning.
- If you have pets, keep their claws trimmed. Tiny little feet can make big scratches.
- Vacuuming hardwood is OK, but make sure the machine’s rollers are smooth and clean so you don’t leave scratches or scuffs. Most vacuums have a hardwood floor setting.
- Put about a cup of white vinegar in a mop bucket with warm water. Dip the mop and wring it out so it’s just damp. Avoid large amounts of water, especially on older floors. If you use a store-bought cleaning product, check the label to see if it’s safe for sealed wood floors.
- Don’t wax a hardwood floor that is sealed with polyurethane. The wax will build up and begin to make the wood look dull.
- Use a polish that is specifically made for hardwood flooring. Don’t overdo it, though, because polished wood can be slippery. A little polish goes a long way.
NYNJ Flooring has served the New Jersey, New York, and PA areas for more than 10 years, so if you have any questions about caring for your hardwood, give us a call. If we haven’t installed new floors in your home yet, call today for a FREE ESTIMATE. Our knowledgeable staff can answer all of your flooring questions: 732-768-0741 or 908-433-6370. You can also fill out our online form here.
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There is often great debate among homeowners about what type of hardwood flooring is best. There are many home buyers and owners who swear by pre-finished flooring, while there are countless others who assert that having your floors finished onsite is the only way to go. Which option is really better? The truth of the matter is that there are benefits to both options and you have to decide for yourself which is right for you.
Pre-finished hardwood flooring is often easier to install. This can make it much easier to use for renovations. It’s incredibly convenient and, because it is factory produced, it is very consistent in appearance. Of course, there are drawbacks to this type of flooring as well, such as limited choices in terms of length, color, and width, and the risk that it will be discontinued and that you will need to make repairs in the future due to wear or damage.
Onsite finishing often produces fewer problems over the life of the flooring, though there can be an odor during the installation and staining process. Because there is no risk of discontinuation of a species of wood, many homeowners like that more wood is readily available in the event that flooring needs to be repaired or if they decide to replace flooring in other spaces to match existing wood. Unfinished hardwood installation and finishing can generate a great deal of dust, but with NYNJ Flooring’s Dust Free Guarantee, you can rest assured that we will take precautions to protect your property and will leave your space as clean as it was when we found it.
Choosing between pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring is certainly a matter of personal preference. To learn more or to ask us a question, feel free to use the Contact Us form on nynjflooring.com. You can also give us a call at 732-898-0798 or 908-433-6370 and we will be happy to help you make a decision.
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At NYNJ Flooring, we are in the unique position of noticing trends in hardwood flooring. Some years it is a specific type of wood, while in other years our biggest requests are for certain colors or plank sizes. There are lots of trends at any given time, of course, but something we have noticed a lot this year is that customers are leaning towards darker colors and stains in increasing numbers. Dark colored stains definitely have a unique aesthetic appeal, and there is little doubt why they are becoming so popular.
Not too surprisingly, when looking for dark floors we find that a number of customers want to go as dark as possible. This means selecting an ebony stain. Other popular options include things such as dark walnut. While white oak offers a darker brown, even red oak can be stained with ebony and other dark colors with minimal redness in the end product. One of the benefits of working with a company like NYNJ Flooring that does onsite staining is that you can easily ask us to provide test samples to see what the end result will look like on your floors. This helps to make sure that you are going to like the color that you ultimately choose so that you can enjoy your flooring for years to come.
Whether you decide to go with dark wood stain or not is up to you, but regardless of your choice it’s always interesting to know what’s trending and what other homeowners (and prospective buyers) are looking for. Here at NYNJ Flooring, we have a vast selection of stain colors for you to choose from. We have a large number of darker colors, as well as more traditional stains. You will also find that we can install a number of different types of wood. To learn more about what we have to offer or to set up a time for a free estimate, call us at 732-898-0798 or 908-433-6370 or take the time to browse our website at nynjflooring.com.