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Avoiding Winter Wear and Tear January 14 2015, 0 Comments

Many homeowners dread the winter season because their hardwood flooring could potentially suffer damage due to the harsh weather elements. However, with the help of a few simple tips, you can easily keep winter elements such as snow, slush and slat at bay and ensure that your hardwood floor retains its natural look and feel without suffering any unsightly cosmetic damages. 

Invest in Rugs and Floor Mats: By placing door mats or rugs over your floor, you can ensure that snow and slush stays outside your home and not inside it. Always keep spare mats and rugs so that you can rotate them in case they get wet. Also, make it a point to remove your shoes at the door and not bring it all the way inside your home. Ask your guests to follow the same. Allocate a separate spot to dry your shoes if they are wet. 

Deal with Pets: If you have pets at home such as dogs and cats, there is a very high possibility that they might leave behind snow and slush across your flooring once they return home after venturing outside. So it is a wise idea to train your pets in such a way that they wait by your home’s door for you to dry their paws and then proceed to enter your home.

Watch Humidity Levels: Prolonged use of heaters within your home during winter will cause your hardwood flooring to lose its inherent moisture and sport visible cracks due to shrinkage. If you notice that your home’s humidity levels are low and not at an ideal level, allow a humidifier to run for some time to restore the balance.

Practice Regular Cleaning: No matter how conscious and alert you are, there are always possibilities for snow and slush to creep into the nooks and crannies of your flooring. So cleaning your flooring on a regular basis is imperative. You can either vacuum or use a mop to remove the debris and keep your floor spotless.

The above mentioned tips are extremely useful for hardwood floor owners who are keen on protecting their investment and see to that their flooring lasts for several winters without having the need to undertake any repairs or replacements.

 

Comparing Aluminum Oxide, Polyurethane, and Ceramic Flooring Finishes December 31 2014, 0 Comments

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Flooring is a very important feature of your home. Throughout the life of your floor, it will witness heavy objects slamming against it, stains, dirt, and bare feet of many shapes and sizes. Hardwood flooring is one of the very best options you can select. Not only are hardwood floors beautiful and warm, they can generally withstand a considerable amount of traffic. Hardwood floors are coated by various types of finishes. This begs the question, what type of finish protectant is the best for a hardwood floors.

Polyurethane finish was designed to achieve a more durable and water resistant protection than linseed oil. It is very easy to apply and can make wood much more attractive than if it were simply left unfinished. More than one coat is necessary of polyurethane finish as it is very thin and light. This type of finish will protect your wood floors and comes in a variety of hues. However, there are better and more effective finishes to protect your floors.

Aluminum oxide is very similar to polyurethane finish, though it is more durable and lasts much longer. While polyurethane finish can last only about 10 years, aluminum oxide can not only outlast it by more than double the years, it is more resilient against scratches. Despite how damage resistant aluminum oxide is, it is far from perfect. It is necessary to recoat a floor over a period of time, but this type of finish is so hard that it can be difficult to refinish the floor. Refinishing is the biggest challenge with aluminum oxide.

Ceramic flooring finish offers the most advanced technology. Ceramic silica is an abundant mineral the earth provides and its legendary hardness is timeless. The defiance which ceramic flooring finish offers is unrivaled with an atomic rebar-like strength. It provides outstanding abrasion wear resistance, and is amazingly resilient against whatever imperfections, stains, or damages are thrown against it. Not only is ceramic flooring one of the hardest and most supportive finishes in existence, it is also designed so that I chemically bonds to the wood. This reinforced adhesiveness allows for even greater strength and scratch resistance. Ceramic flooring also allows for easy maintenance.

When considering all of the benefits and disadvantages of you hardwood floor, ceramic flooring is by far the best. When installing your new hardwood floor, you want it to last as long as possible while staying in the best condition. You want to be able to “live” on your floors. Selecting a hardwood floor with a strong finish is such a vital necessity. Ceramic flooring is an excellent form of protection that will defend your hardwood floor like nothing else.

When you have a hardwood flooring finish and you experience a "white line" scratch you should absolutely try Wearmax Hardwood Scratch Concealer. Remember the 30 day satisfaction guarantee.


Traditional Ways to Repair Scratched Hardwood Floors December 24 2014, 0 Comments

Unfortunately for homeowners, scratches, dings, and dents to hardwood floors are inevitable. It is important to regularly care for your hardwood flooring. No matter what, whether it’s from children, pets or moving furniture, the reality is that scratches and gouges will happen. Online, there are numerous “fix it” guides that, while their repair may only be temporary, do offer at least some solution for those trying to repair on a budget.

Oil and Vinegar: Simply combine 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar, either white or apple cider works well, in a jar. Mix it well, and rub it onto the wood. Let it dry, and you’re done. However, be cautious in this approach. After a while, you will notice that the oil has removed the glossy feel.

Conceal the Imperfection: Buy a stain that matches the floor’s color and fill in the holes. Use a small brush when applying it, and don’t forget to wipe away the excess before it dries. You may occasionally have to reapply the stain every few months.

Use a Product: Be careful when choosing any products. Be sure to go with a reputable company. Choose something meant to renew wood, and apply it to the floors. For the best results, sand the floors down beforehand. You will have to reapply it every several months. Don’t do this with wood laminate floors.

Wax/Acrylic Polishes: Some people use waxes or acrylic polishes to cover up lighter scratches. While this is a decent quick fix, it can cause the floor to dull and darken until it requires removal. 

Wood Filler: Pre-colored latex wood filler works for deeper, more obvious gashes in hardwood flooring. Use a plastic putty knife to avoid additional damage to the wood, sand down with fine-grit paper and coat with tarnish.

The best fix to scratched hardwood floors doesn’t rely on these quick fixes. They work to hide or conceal various imperfections in the floors. These repairs don’t last forever, and they may cause further harm to your wood flooring in the long run.


WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish is the Best Finish for Protecting Hardwood Floors December 17 2014, 0 Comments

Stop worrying about your hardwood floors! The average consumer spends approximately $1,100 per year on different materials, cleaners, and protectors for their hardwood floors. It's time for that to change. What if there was a way to coat your floor with a ceramic finish that was harder than diamond? Well, there is. 

WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish is absolutely the best finish for protecting hardwood floors, and there are a number of reasons why. What this product essentially does is create a layer coating in between your feet and the hardwood floor. Technically speaking, you're really not even walking on the floor anymore! It will keep your hardwood floors looking brand new for a lifetime!

This coating is far superior to others like it in many ways! Once the coating is applied, it is cured by ultraviolet light. It only takes a few minutes to dry! Once it is dry, 180 grit sandpaper can't even scratch it. The finish has even been tested using a 500 grit wheel that didn't make a mark. WearMax® XT ceramic finish adheres to all wood species and is crystal clear. You won’t notice it’s there. This top coat is also very economical. Considering the average person spends $1,100 per year maintaining their floors, you will be spending only a fraction of the average yearly cost for a lifetime of protection! There is absolutely no other product that can offer you what WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish offers. 

Maintaining hardwood floors protected by WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish not be simpler. If something spills, just wipe it up! WearMax® has been tested thoroughly by leaving some known stain-causing ingredients on the floor for over 18 hours. These ingredients included: wine, coffee, lipstick, vinegar, and even permanent ink! None of these ingredients left even the slightest mark when cleaned up the next day!

No other hardwood flooring finish on the market even comes remotely close to how well this one works for your floors. You can rest assured that you are protected against maximum scratch and wear resistance with WearMax®.


Common Issues with Hardwood Floors October 17 2014, 0 Comments

If you desire a natural looking floor for your home, then hardwood flooring would top the list! The grains, textures, varieties and colors available in make it an instant choice for those after a natural look for their home. Hardwood floors are admired by many. However, there are some difficulties associated with it. Wood floors are often more expensive than other flooring alternatives. Moisture content, if not managed properly, can cause big issues. Being a natural resource, there is risk for wood becoming scarce in supply if not managed carefully. Today we bring to you some common issues and concerns with hardwood flooring. We expect that these will help you to prevent the problems you may face in your home.

Moisture: A common issue with hardwood flooring is moisture content. Wood can absorb a lot of moisture over time. Moisture can be problematic if the floor planks were not properly dried at the time of installation and or the subfloor became wet from spills and leaks.

Adhesive Damage: Another common issue is moisture exposure during the work process, resulting in adhesive damage. This can lead to early wear and tear on the wood floor, and an uneven surface. Professional help might be required to restore the floor.

Brittleness: Hardwood can become dry and brittle if not kept at a suitable temperature. Installing floor plans with nails can cause cracks and splits, and other damage. Dryness of wood can increase chances of cupping

Dents and Scratches: Hardwood floors are also subject to dents and scratches. Hardwood floors come equipped with a protective finish, but over time it wears. Avoid early wear and tear with the use of door mats and protective pads under chairs and other furniture.

Pests Damage: Termites and other pests can be a huge problem for homeowners. Termites feed on wood, which can severely destroy your hardwood floor. Mice can also damage wood floors with their claws. Stains from droppings left behind can create permanent markings to your floor, and damage the protective finish.

Damage from Sunlight: Hardwood floor can change colors if exposed to UV rays from direct sunlight. You can save your hardwood floor by blocking much of the sunlight using area rugs, curtains or shades, and by closing shutters. 

All the above highlight some of the common issues of hardwood flooring. It may sound like hardwood floors are a hassle, and require excessive care and attention. However, if you take minor precautions, they can really change the outlook of your home.