Friday, February 22, 2013

Repair Common Wear and Tear on Hardwood Floors

Life happens and it will happen to your hardwood floors too. Luckily, with a little tender care hardwood floors can quickly recover.  Here are some tips to tackle common problems:

Floors Finished With Wax or Penetrating Stains
  • Scratches - Wax the affected area using a soft, clean cloth.
  • Dried Milk or Food Stains - Gently rub with a damp cloth, then rub dry and wax.
  •  Heel Scuffs - Rub in a small amount of wax with fine steel wool and hand buff to a shine.
  • Mold or Mildew - Rub with a wood cleaner using a soft, clean cloth.

Floors Finished With Ployurethane or Surface Finishes

  • Scratches - Repair with a touch-up kit for urethane finishes.
  • Dried Milk or Food Stains - Use a cleaner developed specifically for urethane finishes. For stubborn spots, scrub using the urethane cleaner and a scrub pad made for urethane floors.
  • Heel Scuffs - Follow instructions for dried milk or food stains.
  • Mold or Mildew - Use a cleaner developed for urethane finishes. If the mold or mildew lies beneath the surface finish, sand and refinish the area.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Go Green With Hardwood Floors!

Separate your garbage and recycle paper and plastics. Bring your own reusable bags to the supermarket. Change your lightbulbs to CFLs. Use reusable water bottles. These may be kind to the environment, but they require extra work from us. In fact many of the environmentally friendly steps we can take or products we can use require extra effort on our part or do not give us the same results we have come to be used to.

There is one environmentally friendly step we can take that will actually increase the beauty of our homes or workplaces. Install hardwood flooring! The United States Senate Resolution S. Res. 411recognizes hardwood as an environmentally preferable building material. Here are some facts:
  • United States hardwood inventory has more than doubled in the past 50 years.
  • Annual hardwood growth exceeds annual hardwood removals by a margin of nearly two to one. 
  • Annual growth of hardwoods in the United States has exceeded annual removals since 1952.
  • The Senate has mandated that United States hardwoods and products made from these hardwoods must be considered for construction in any program that promotes itself as environmentally friendly.
So, be kind to the environment and let GR Flooring beautify your home with hardwood floors!