Wood Effects

In the kitchen, wood floors can help achieve a dramatic effect. For example, a dark-stained wood that matches the center island can offset the cabinetry made of a different species, creating the perfect balance of a natural setting with noticeable accents.

When choosing a wood floor, many homeowners consider the various types of American hardwoods maple, pecan/hickory, oak and cherry, just to name a few. Flooring can come prefinished or be finished o-site; however, flooring that is factory finished is usually easier on the budget, as installation is less labor-intensive. After choosing the wood species comes determining the stain and finish. Depending on the effect desired, homeowners can choose a clear, light, medium or dark stain. The majority of today's residential hardwood floors have a urethane finish, which protects the flooring from moisture, dirt, and wear and tear, and has made the job of maintaining the floor a much easier task.

Here are a few tips we offer our customers on how to maintain your new hardwood floor.

  • Don't Damp Mop - Water and wood floors don't mix! Use only the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products on your hardwood floor.
  • New Construction - Many times the hardwood floors are installed prior to a new home being completed. If possible, lay heavy cardboard sheets or heavy paper down over your floors while workers are still in the house.
  • Vacuum Regularly - Small stones, mud, and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on the wood floors finish. To help combat this use long bristle welcome mats placed at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet on before entering onto the floors. Also, vacuum using a soft bristle brush attachment.
  • Use the Proper Chair Glides - Narrow wheels and sharp wooden, or metal furniture legs can scratch and dent hardwood flooring, which can quickly turn a newly refinished floor into an old worn floor. Any furniture that rests directly on top of a hardwood floor should have felt protectors, or furniture coasters under all it's feet. For extremely heavy objects such as a piano, use rubber cups. We carry several types of floor protectors to help you protect your hardwood floor from becoming damaged by sliding furniture.
  • Don't Use Oil Soaps - There are many over the counter oil soap based that can damage or dull the finish of your hardwood floor. The best suggestion is to only use the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products on your hardwood flooring.
  • Never Wax a Urethane Floor - If you have a polyurethane finish on your hardwood floors you should never apply a wax. The wax may leave a sticky film on your floor which will attract and hold dirt. Always use the manufacturer's recommended polishes and cleaners.
  • Wipe Spills Immediately - when accidents happen and some liquid gets spilled on your hardwood floor you should use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up and dry the effected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures.

Here are some points to follow after your new vinyl floor has been installed.
  • Keep traffic minimal during the first 24-48 hours after your floor is installed. This is to allow the adhesive to cure properly.
  • Don't put any heavy objects on your floor for 24-48 hours. This allows the adhesive time to cure and helps avoid heavy objects from displacing the adhesive and causing permanent depressions in your new vinyl floor.
  • If your floor has seams, avoid stepping on the seam sealer for at least 24 hours so the sealer has time to dry properly.
  • Do not scrub, or wash your newly installed vinyl floor for a minimum of 3 days after the installation. If you have to clean, do a spot clean, and avoid all seam areas.
  • When moving heavy furniture, or appliances across your vinyl floor, always place wood, or hardboard down to use as a runway. Never move the object directly on the vinyl surface.
  • If the room your new vinyl floor is installed in has direct exposure to sunlight, try to protect your floor from fading by using blinds, shades, or curtains during peak sunlight hours.
  • If you accidentally cut, or gouge your floor, place a piece of non-staining tape of the area and give us a call. Avoid washing or allowing traffic on the damaged area until we get it fixed for you.
Robert's Floors, Inc.
708 E. Tidwell Houston, Texas 77022
Ph: 713-699-5951 Fax: 713-699-4204

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