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Thursday, March 07 2013

Discovering how efficient hardwood floors are can be a relief. But what about color? Color can make or break any room. Color stains on wood can update your style or date your style. Some people like a weathered look, others want a glossy finish. The great thing about hardwood flooring is its ability to change in color without having to re-install it. And, did you know because of each type of wood's natural finish- each stain goes on differently?

Each one of the below photos has a Mahogany finish stain. Hardwood floors can stain differently because of the type and texture of the wood, previous treatments, layers of the new stain and the type of product being used for the new stain.

We here at Fabulous Floors can help you navigate changing the color and appearance of your current hardwood floors. Let us know what style, look and even texture you have and want to achieve. We are here to help!

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Tuesday, March 05 2013

There are tons and tons of wood species available for hardwood floor installation. In fact, too many to list here. But, do you know the most popular types of hardwood used for flooring purposes? We are listing them below!

Red oak - Red oak is the most popular flooring option in the U.S. Reddish in color with a coarse grain, it's a stiff and dense wood that resists wear, but not as well as white oak.

White oak - White oak is brown in color but can have a grayish cast. The grain is similar to red oak, with more burls and swirls. It is harder and more durable than red oak.

Birch - Birch can range in color from light yellow to dark brownish red. It's softer than red oak, but is still a strong wood.

Beech - Beech has a reddish brown color and a very consistent grain. It is quite durable and has excellent shock resistance.

Pine - Pine is a yellowish brown color and contains a lot of swirls and knots. It has a natural resistance to insects and is about as hard as red oak.

Cherry - Cherry wood is a light brown color. Because it's a soft wood, cherry isn't often used for a whole floor. Instead, it makes an excellent decorative or accent wood.

Douglas fir - Douglas fir is a yellowish tan color. This wood is about half as soft as red oak and can dent easily. It is only appropriate in certain flooring situations.

Want to know about the right flooring for your home or business?

Contact Fabulous Floors today!

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Saturday, March 02 2013

Many people do want to was their hardwood floors on occasion. Lots of water is never good for hardwood floors. But, you can use a damp mop. More so, if you want to use a little cleaning agent to make them shine- you can. Oil soaps are terrible. Don't use them. In fact, we recommend using a natural and "green" way to clean.

If you want to add a little shine to your hardwood floors- try this mixture the next time you clean. And, again, don't overuse water or this method:

  1. First, get a bucket of clean, plain water
  2. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm/hot water
  3. Add in two drops of orange essential oil to the water and vinegar mixture.
  4. Use one microfiber cloth per room to wipe the floor down.
  5. Once you mix the vinegar and oil with the water soak the microfiber cloth inthe liquid and ring it out.
  6. Get on your hands and knees and wipe the floordown.
  7. You should change the cloth each time you enter a new room.

Some people like using a mop for this mixture. Although the mop method probably does work, we suggest going with the old-fashion method of wiping the floors down while on your hands and knees. This allows you to reallymonitor the moisture level and microfibers will not damage your floors-unlike some mops that will.

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Monday, February 25 2013

Wood floors are great because you can always restore them, pending there is no major damage. If you have pet stains, loose/missing boards, termite damage, or other issues- don't panic. These are easy repairs for a flooring professional, like Fabulous Floors.

So, if you have pet stains, slight damage or just want a change of look-consider hardwood floor restoration. It saves money. Yes, it saves money. Most people think hardwood floors are a pain to keep up or that they are expensive to repair. Neither one of these statements are true.

In fact, hardwood floors are easy to clean, host less allergens in a home and they are reasonable when it comes to fixing minor issues or starting a complete restoration job! A great restoration company, like Fabulous Floors, will not try to sell you a whole new set of floors and installation. Why? Because it is a rare occasion when hardwood floors have to be completely redone. It is always better to maintain the integrity of the original hardwood flooring- even if you want to change the design.

Fabulous Floors can have a qualified and pleasant professional answer all of your questions before you make a financial commitment to move forward with a restoration project. But, if you have any questions- please feel free to leave a comment.

TIP! Did you know you can use Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner safely wood surfaces? It's true. Just dilute ¼ cup of your favorite Pine-Sol® in one gallon of water in a bucket. Ring out the mop well so you only have a damp mop, not a wet one. Mop your floor with this mixture to a beautiful, shiny glow.

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Saturday, February 23 2013

The top two trends this year in hardwood flooring are hand-scraped floors and wide-width planks.

Through the 1800s, hardwood finished surfaces were commonly worked by hand with draw knives. The trend requires the pulling toward the craftsman (or woman) who could scrape thin layers of wood off a piece of lumber. This allowed the top surface to become smooth. However, the scrape marks were left behind, proving for generations to come that a piece of wood had been worked by hand. Now, what was once a flaw is now a treasured trend! Handscrape marks are commonly seen in flooring reclaimed from old structures. These "beauty marks" allow for a distinctive to walk on with your barefoot!

Another trend from the past is wide-width planks. Also from the 1800s, floors that range from 5 to 8 inches wide are making a come back. No longer are the 2-3 inch planks popular. The reason is easy to understand. The larger boards allow a more retro look, which can add value to a home.

Fabulous Floors can help you pick the right style and shade of wood for your home. You don't always have to go with a trend, but know that you do have options when it comes to installing or refinishing hardwood in your home!

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Tuesday, February 19 2013

The Ten Basic Benefits of Hardwood Floors:

1. The installation is easy. Since hardwood flooring is universal, the installation process is basic. You will not have to hire a specialist, which you often do with those who cut angeled tiles, etc.
2. Hardwood floors are easy to clean. These floors require only weekly vacuuming or a light over-dust with a dry or lightly damp mop.
3. The look of wealth. That's right. Hardwood floors look expensive, when truthfully they're not considering long-term ROI.
4. Strength and durability: These floors standup to high traffic areas and heavy furniture.
5. A great investment: Hardwood floors increase the value of any property, period!
6. Variety: Hardwood floors come with a variety of different styles, finishes, stains.... and more.
7. Better acoustics: A properly installed hardwood floor never gives your property hollow sounds or vibrations.
8. Low maintenance: Hard wood floors do not require the constant maintenance associated with carpet.
9. Healthy indoor air quality: Hardwood floors cut down on allergens and prevent illness.
10. Refinished: Hardwood floors never have to be replaced if kept up properly. And, if you decide you want to change or polish the look fo your hardwood floors, simply have them refinished!

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Brian Radesic, Owner
Valley City, Ohio  44280
Office:  440-823-1414