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Hardwood floors vs. engineered floors. Which one? 7-12-2017


If you are going to install hardwood flooring, many consider engineered wood a better choice than solid hardwood flooring, especially in conditions of varying temperature and humidity. Engineered wood is less susceptible to dimensional alteration, buckling and warping. The advantage of a solid hardwood is that it is solid through the entire plank and therefore allows you the luxury of sanded down multiple times during it's lifespan. Depending on how well the owner takes care of their floors, that life span could potentially be several hundred years.

Engineered wood floors are made of a multi–ply plank construction that is designed to allow for expansion without affecting its structural stability. It comprises an inner core of softwood plywood or hardwood, or even high density fiberboard with a glued on top layer of veneer. The layers are bonded under heat and pressure to form a homogenous cross section. The stacking of layers is designed to prevent the inherent tendency of hardwood to expand, contract, cup or warp under diverse environmental conditions. Solid hardwood comes directly from the mill houses and from real trees. 

Engineered hardwood floors are still real wood flooring. Many confuse engineered wood with floors that are made to look like wood such as laminate or vinyl. This is not the case. Your engineered wood flooring will still look as beautiful as solid hardwood, in fact, it just might perform better in your home.

Hardwood floor and noise  4-3-2017


I was just visiting a friend back east and the first thing I noticed when I opened the door to their beautiful loft was the gorgeous hardwood flooring. What did I notice next? The unbelievable noise I made with my boots as I walked across the floor. It was so loud it almost sounded as though the sound was amplified with a microphone and sound system.

I come from a home that has wall to wall carpet so perhaps I am more sensitive to sounds transmission. However, the noise seemed quite disruptive. When you put leather boots against hardwood flooring, you get quite a racket. Keep in mind these were real hardwood floors, not laminate which tend to be even more noisy when walked upon. For this reason, it is recommended to use some sort of flooring sound barrier under your hardwood floors. Otherwise you might be thrilled with the look of your hardwood floors but not so much the noise that is produced when they are walked upon.

How to clean laminate flooring   4-25-2017


Many people love laminate flooring for its durability, beauty and easy maintenance. However, one of the common questions we receive is asking how to clean laminate flooring or what is the best way to clean laminate.

You can retain the pristine appearance of your laminate floor by sweeping or vacuuming it regularly to remove loose grit and dirt . A vacuum cleaner is the fastest way of going about this but a broom is a good alternative. Vacuum cleaners are the ideal choice because they are better able to pick up dirt and grit along the edges, in crevices or between planks. If you choose to mop your laminate floors, only use a mop that is slightly damp. Never wet mop a laminate floor as pooling water is likely to damage the floor. Be sure to dry with a clean, dry cloth immediately after mopping. A good way to protect a laminate floor is by placing doormats at entryways which will trap excess moisture and dirt, stopping it from getting into the home.

While laminate is known for its durability, it is not indestructible. It is recommended to mount furniture on floor protectors or glides to prevent accidental scratching or abrasion, and always ensure that heavy furniture is lifted while moving. Laminate flooring can scratch so take great care  when moving any objects across the floor.

Many steam cleaning products are on the market that advertise they are safe for all types of floors. We never recommend steam cleaning laminate.  Also steel wool and scouring powders are a no-no. Avoid soap-based detergents, mop and shine products and never wax a laminate floor. With proper care and maintenance your laminate floor will provide your home years of beauty and warmth and.

Dealing with water on laminate and wood floors. 7-27-2017

Laminate flooring and hardwood floors can be damaged or ruined to the point the the only option is to replace the water damaged floors. Laminate floors are susceptible to water damage and this is why steam cleaning laminate flooring is never recommended. Think of a piece of wet cardboard. When it drys, it never goes back to its original shape. The same will happen with laminate. Once it's damaged by water, it does not go back to its original form and replacement is the only option. Hardwood, depending on the level of damage is different. If the floor looks like it has a haze on it, it's most likely damage to the finish which can be sanded. If the hardwood is warped, it can also be sanded down but in order to keep the floor looking uniform, a larger area may need to be sanded. Generally the entire room has to be sanded in order to give the floors a professional look.

Carpet, when exposed to water over time can result in mold. Of course water can easily soak through to the pad so you are left with two materials which can be effected by mold and mildew which if not dealt with can cause health problems to the home owners.

The best way to combat a water damaged floor is to prevent it. Make sure you have a layer of protection between any sort of plant or tree and your flooring. This can be a plastic lining or some sort of basin. Installing laminate flooring in the Ft. Lauderdale area in such cities as Hollywood, Sunrise, Cooper City, Davie, Dania Beach, Victoria Park, South West Ranches, Los Olas, and Coral Springs is our specialty. 

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How to keep your wood floors looking clean and new. 3-17-2017



With today's advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, engineered and solid wood floor maintenance has never been easier. Caring for hardwood floors requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended such as Bona.

Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. In addition, it accumulates and over time builds up a thick layer of wax which is almost impossible to remove by screening or buffing. To remove the thick build up usually requires a full sanding and refinishing. 
 
Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
 
Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
 
Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
 
Put felt or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
 
Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
 
When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring. Move furniture by picking it up and moving it into place. It's usually a good idea to use at least two people to move pieces of furniture.
 
For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.

Many manufacturers have their own recommendations for caring for their flooring. 

Put our knowledge to work for you! Call us now for a professional consultation at  (954)793-8035. today. 

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When should you refinish your engineered wood floors? 8-17-2017


How can you tell when it’s time to give your floors a facelift? Most homeowners opt for sanding and refinishing when their floors begin to look dull and worn out.

Other signs that you may need to refinish include:

  • Deep scratches that cut through to the floor’s protective coating
  • Stubborn stains
  • Warping that exposes wood fibers
  • Discoloration due to the sun, lighting and carpet patterns


Have you noticed scratches, stains, or warping on your engineered hardwood floors? True Quality Wood Flooring provides reliable sanding and refinishing for homes and businesses throughout the Fort Lauderdale area and surrounding cities.

Don’t let those beautiful hardwood floors continue to scratch and fade! Update the look and feel of your Victoria Park, Los Olas or Ft. Lauderdale property with professional flooring service from the best. Because your engineered floors are an expensive part of your home, you won’t want to turn this into a do-it-yourself project. If you attempt to sand or refinish your hardwoods without professional help, you may end up damaging your floors and spending thousands of dollars on costly repairs. Sanding and refinishing engineered wood floors requires a deal of technical experience. It's very easy to sand right through the floors if you don't know what you're doing. And if you don't have replacement planks, it's extremely difficult to locate them because many of the engineered floors go in and out of production.

To provide a flooring solution for each engineered hardwood, we conveniently offer the following services:

  • Restoration
  • Repair
  • Maintenance
  • Staining
  • Sanding
  • Refinishing
  • Polishing
  • Re-Coating


How should I clean my hardwood floors? 4-8-2017

The maintenance is the key to lasting beauty of your wood flooring. However, cleaning the wood floor is no more effort than vacuuming carpet or mopping vinyl. And wood floors don't need to be shampooed periodically.

First two weeks 
Long term maintenance

For the first two weeks floor is still curing, so:

Be gentle when moving back furniture. 
Install proper felt protectors under ALL furniture. 
Wait with replacing area rugs. 
Avoid using water or any cleaner during this period. 
Avoid heavy traffic.

Long term maintenance of your floors:
According to Oak Flooring Institute, "a good rule of thumb is to vacuum or dust weekly." After vacuuming or dusting, use recommended flooring cleaner for spills and general cleanup on floors which have non-waxed polyurethane or Swedish finish.

Additionally:

Place mats and throw rugs at doorways, exteriors and interiors to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand. 
Never wet-mop a wood floor. Water and wood do not mix well together. Use recommended flooring cleaner. 
Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a dry or slightly dampened towel (wipe dry). 
Keep high heels in good repairs. An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor. 
Using a humidifier or dehumidifier in conjunction with a furnace or air conditioning sys

tem to maintain relative humidity in the home at 35-50% will maintain the moisture in the wood and minimize cracks between the boards. 


Put felt or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. 
Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home. Place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink and stove. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently. 


When moving heavy furniture, protect wood flooring by slipping a piece of cloth or blanket under the legs. 
Do not use wax, oil soap, pledge or other household cleaners. 
Finally, urethane finishes eventually will show wear patterns from surface scratching. When high traffic area begin to look dull it is time to recoat or restore the finish. Call our company for free evaluation of condition of your floor.

The recommendations made here are not intended to endorse specific products or brands but to serve as general guidelines in the selection and use of floor maintenance materials. Except for any directions on using water on wood, wherever our guidelines vary from a product’s label instructions, always follow the label.

 

Can you sand engineered wood floors? 8-21-2017      


Are your current hardwood floors looking a little dull? If they’ve seen some better days, then it’s probably time to give them some needed TLC! Whether your engineered floors are chipped, stained, warped, or scratched, you can rely on a quality sanding and refinishing job to fix them up. So can engineered floors be refinished? Absolutely! The question is…just how many times? The basic idea here is, the thicker the layer, the more times your floors can be refinished. If you are considering adding new engineered floors to your home, our specialists suggest choosing a thicker material so your floors can be sanded and refinished to add years to their lifespan. Older engineered wood floors

can generally be sanded once during their lifetime.

Differences between solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring.
3-5-2017


Making a decision between what type of hardwood flooring can be a very difficult one. You will want the wood to be both suitable for the location as well as complement the style and decoration of your home. Both solid wood floors and engineered wood floors display gorgeous striations and natural variation. However, their respective structural differences make for specific home applications. The two biggest factors to help determine which type of hardwood planks will work best are location within your home and the type of subfloor.

Below, you will find a comparison between solid and engineered hardwood flooring to help make a decision about which to put in your home. If you've got any reservations about making this decision, let one of our experts come in and give you a professional consultation to help you determine what type of floor will be best for your home and your unique application.

SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORS

* are one solid piece of wood and are generally 3/4" thick
* are produced from the finest domestic and exotic hardwood floors and are available in several widths
* can generally be recoated and refinished several times
* are more susceptible to humidity and temperature changes
* should only be installed above grade over approved wooden sub floors and must be nailed or stapled down

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS

* have cross-ply construction which reduces the expansion/ contraction of planks caused by variations in humidity
* are produced from the finest domestic and exotic hardwood floors and are available in several widths
* are available in plank and long strip format, in a wide variety of widths, thicknesses and colors in both North American and exotic    hardwoods can be installed on any level in the home

PREFINISHED VS. UNFINISHED:

ADVANTAGES OF PREFINISHED FLOORS


* Less time to install: flooring arrives already sanded and finished
* No drying or curing time required – floors are ready to walk on immediately after installation
* No strong odors or dust from sanding during installation
* No need to relocate family during finishing
* Pre finished floors come with a manufacturer's warranty against board defects
* Can be sanded and refinished multiple times

ADVANTAGES OF UNFINISHED FLOORS

* Easier to match existing hardwood flooring or other interior decor
* Custom color staining
* Easier for installer to do customized elements, like inlays
* Some plank widths and exotic wood species are available only asunfinished hardwood flooring
* Can be sanded and refinished multiple times
* Less expensive than prefinished boards, but there are additional expenses associated with finishing on site

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The healthy choice is having hardwood flooring throughout your home.  
​5-29-2017



In addition to their distinctive beauty and lasting value, hardwood floors are often recommended by doctors because they trap less animal dander, dust, pollen, mites and mold –all of which can trigger respiratory problems. Natural hardwood floors can make it easier for you to reduce home allergens, while your rooms remain warm and inviting.

Following a few simple rules can keep floors looking great with minimum maintenance:

* Place floor mats at entrances to trap dirt.
* Sweep floors weekly with brooms that have fine, ends that trap dust and grit.
* Vacuum cleaners aren’t just for carpets.
* Water and liquids can damage the floor’s finish.
* Go over a hardwood floor weekly with multi-surface vacuums.
* Wipe up spills, pet accidents, and other mishaps as soon as possible.

Kitchens were once considered out-of-bounds for solid hardwood flooring. Today’s urethane finishes make hardwood floors an attractive choice that is easy to maintain and keep clean. Special finishes even permit hardwood floors and tub surrounds in the bath. They offer water resistance that old-fashioned versions never could.

Wood floors and expansion gaps  6-14-2017

When installing hardwood flooring, it is important to take into leave room for expansion gaps. Hardwood floors, like any other wood reacts to moisture. In humid conditions the wood absorbs  moisture and expands. Conversely in dry weather the moisture is released and the wood tends to contract. If gaps are not left and the flooring butts up against the walls, when the flooring expands there is every possibility it will buckle. Expansion gaps are gaps left around the perimeter of the flooring and the baseboard of the walls to allow for this swelling and shrinkage. Recommended expansion gap width is between 3/8” and 3/4”, which can be covered using additional shoe molding or the original baseboard. As a thumb rule, the smaller the room the less the gap required.

The expansion of hardwood flooring will vary from one species to the next. Another contributing factor is the way the wood is cut and the amount of humidity in the atmosphere. In general, solid hardwood expands and contracts more than engineered wood flooring. Engineered hardwood is built in layers which helps to reduce movement. No matter if you are installing engineered hardwood floors or solid wood flooring, always remember to leave room for expansion gaps.

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Best way to move furniture  2-27-17


1. Never Drag Furniture

The best thing is to avoid dragging furniture. When the floors have just been sanded and refinished, they generally need several days to cure. You have to be extra careful when moving them back during the curing process. If it can be lifted and moved, it is always safer for your hardwood floor. But sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a burly friend or the time to find additional help. If lifting is out of the question, be very careful when dragging or sliding. Always make sure there is a cushion of some sort between the furniture and the floor. With that being said, it is better to have several people move heavier furniture. Call your friends or get your neighbor down the street to help you move bulky and heavy furniture.

2. Move Furniture Slowly

One good suggestion is to use clean, thick bathroom towels. The thicker the towels, the better. Don’t be in a hurry when moving heavy objects. If it slides off of its padding, damage can happen fast. It’s best to keep a close eye on the part that is on the floor to avoid damage. If something feels off, you can stop easily and reduce any scratches that may have started. 

3. Clean The Floors

First things first. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is moving furniture before cleaning their floors. Clean my floors, you may ask. Why? You may be surprised, but small pieces of gravel and even general dust/debris buildup under your furniture can wreak havoc if caught between a heavy piece of furniture and the floor. Always sweep your floors and make sure there is no grit especially in the pathway you will be using.

4. Lighten The Load

Reducing the weight from any piece of heavy furniture is highly recommended. First things first: shed the weight. If you have a heavy object, you’ll want to make it as light as possible before making the move. For instance, remove the drawers from dressers or the contents from your refrigerator or the books and knickknacks from your bookshelves. 

Additionally, if you have a piece with a mirror attached, take the time to unscrew a few screws and set the mirror aside to avoid potential damage and some seriously bad luck. Not only will removing drawers and other objects make the piece lighter, it will also prevent them from sliding out and hurting your hardwood floors and toes.

5. Soften The Surface

Once again, this should be a no-brainer, but always put something soft between the floor and the object.

Choose something that will easily move across the floor like folded towels, thick moving blankets, small area rugs or carpet remnants with the fuzzy side toward the wood floor, or these handy moving sliders available on Amazon!

One thing to remember, if you do choose to use rugs or carpet leftovers, make sure to shake them out to avoid any grit or debris. Also, avoid using cardboard as it can be abrasive and leave dull spots.


6. Try It on Its Side

If it’s not too big or heavy, consider laying the object on its side or back to slide it. Make sure it is on something soft and easily slidable, but extra thick and durable for the added surface area that’s needing to be covered.

This can help by distributing the weight over a larger area, thus, reducing the chance of scratching. This will also put less stress on the object’s legs if it has them. Just be careful to watch the corners and legs when you lift it back up to its upright position. (We suggest having help for this option.)

7. Use Gliders

Purchasing special pads called gliders that fit under your furniture for moving heavy objects with ease. There are tons of nifty options online that come in different sizes and variety packs, and all at great prices! These are reusable and super convenient for homeowners. You can pick some up online or at your local hardware store located in Ft. Lauderdale or other fine cities such as Hollywood, Davie, South West Ranches, Plantation, Pompano Beach or Los Olas.

8. Refrigerator Safety

Refrigerators are very heavy and bulky and are notorious for scratching hardwood floors. When installing a refrigerator, we suggest laying two pieces of hardboard just in front of where the back wheels will be when it is in its final position, slide it back into place on the boards, and then carefully lean it backward to remove the boards. Do not use cardboard boxes because they are not strong enough to protect the floors.

9. Watch for Wheels

Keep an eye out for the wheels. Just because a piece is on wheels, doesn’t mean that those wheels won’t scratch or dent your wood floors. Wheels can also get stuck in a sideways position and not roll at all, but rather scrape the floor. Place a piece of 1/4” thick hardboard on your floor and roll the wheels over it. Be sure to tell the movers not to use hand dollies or wheeled carts on your wood floors. The best option is to bring everything in using two or more movers.

10. Don’t Use Dollies with Hard Rubber Wheels

Dollies are great for moving heavy objects, but certain kinds can be a nightmare for your hardwood floors. If you use a dolly, make sure it has inflatable rubber wheels, not hard rubber. Hard rubber wheels, plus the weight of the object, can create the perfect storm for dents and damage. If dollies have to be used, make sure you install hardboards on the floors.

We hope these tips help keep your hardwood floors looking great.