Showing posts with label F.A.Q.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label F.A.Q.. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hardwax Oil Maintenance

What does long-term maintenance look like for flooring with hardwax oil finish?
Nolan Luke, technical manufacturer rep specializing in hardwax oil floors for Regal Hardwoods Inc., answers:
Using hardwax oil on wood has been a European tradition since the 19th century. Improved by 21st century technology, hardwax oil floors can protect a wood floor for hundreds of years. What happens to your customers' floors, however, is determined by their maintenance habits.
Always follow the recommendations from the manufacturer of your specific finish, but in general, I recommend refreshing the hardwax oil finish in accordance with the daily wear on the floor. If there is low risk of having spills or dirt tracked on the floor, I would add a thin coat of refresher oil after the first cleaning and twice a year after that. If heavy wear is predicted, then I would add a coat four times a year. Besides refreshing the hardwax oil coating a few times a year, based on traffic and wear, the long-term maintenance should not vary much from the routine cleaning and dust-mopping.
For routine cleaning, I recommend mopping the floors with a rejuvenating soap—consumers must use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer, not those you would use on most wood floors. Alcohol-based products will dissolve hardwax oil finish. Also, homeowners should close drapes and blinds where excessive sunlight hits the floor, as that can cause the finish to become sticky.
In the event of stubborn stains, customers should lightly dampen a soft cloth with a manufacturer-recommended hardwood floor cleaner, allow the cleaner to sit on top for about 30 seconds, then lightly agitate and remove the stain. They should apply it directly to the trouble spot and repeat as necessary. If the stain persists, I recommend they contact a wood floor expert or the store where they purchased the flooring. In the event of a deep gouge or scrape, the color of the affected floor board(s) can be repaired by a professional expert without a need to replace the board in question.

Oiled Hardwood Floors: Duchateau, US Floors Castle Combe, Kahrs, Baltic Wood, Preverco, Homerwood, 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bagster is a Great Alternative of Dumpster for Any Home Remodeling Waste

They are available in Home Depot and Lowes; usually cost $65 for the bagster, and $150 for pickup.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Oil Floor, Hardwood Floor Wax, Prefinished Wood Floors

Oil Floor, Hardwood Floor Wax, Prefinished Wood Floors

Hard-Wax Oil vs. Traditional Polyurethane Finish

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Benefits of Hard Wax Oil Floors - NJ New Jersey, New York City

Benefits of Hard Wax Oil Floors

It’s been a long-standing European tradition to use natural oils and waxes to nourish and protect hardwood floors. Hard wax oil is made from all natural ingredients including linseed oil, tung oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, candelilla wax, resins, and colloidal clay. By combining the wood preserving qualities of the natural oils and the moisture repelling qualities of the waxes, hard-wax oil offers a high level of protection and durability.

Penetrates Deep into the Wood Fibers

Hard-wax oil penetrates deep into the wood fibers to protect from within while the wax remains on the surface creating a beautiful matte finish and protective layer while the ultimate color of the floor flourishes.

Water Repellent and Stain–Resistant

With hard-wax oil, the surface becomes water repellent and stain-resistant against liquids such as water, wine, soda and coffee.

Easy Repairs and Minimal Maintenance
Repairs are simple and minimal maintenance is required with a natural hard-wax oil floor. Spots and scratches can be minimized and often eliminated with buffing and a small application of hard-wax oil while weekly cleaning with DuChateau® Parquet Cleaner is recommended along with annual application of Clear DuChateau® Maintenance Oil to moisturize and condition the floor.

Available brands: DuChateau, USFloors: Navarre, Castle Combe, Kahrs, Monaco, Baltic, HomerWood

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Installation - Wood Floor Cupping: Why Does it Happen & What Can You Do?

Installation - Wood Floor Cupping: Why Does it Happen & What Can You Do?

It can be surprising how quickly some people in our industry pick out a floor that is not flat. Not long ago I was standing with an experienced wood flooring professional when a room scene flashed on the screen. We immediately observed together: “That floor was cupped!” It is important that wood floor installers consistently produce floors of good quality, but, as you can see all the time, cupping continues to be a persistent problem in our industry, and for all types of products.
Understanding what makes a floor cup—whether solid or engineered—can help prevent wood floor failures, or, once the cupping has happened, can assist in diagnosing the source of the problem. Here’s a rundown on why cupping happens...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Multiple Mixed Width Hardwood Flooring Calculator - NJ New Jersey

Multiple Width Flooring Calculating Formula:
1) Total Square Footage / Total Width = Multiplier
2) Multiplier x Each Width = Square Footage of Each Width

Example: 600 Square Feet of 2-1/4″, 3-1/4″, 4″, 5″ Wide Hardwood Flooring (4 Widths)

600 / 14.5 (2.25+3.25+4+5) = 42 multiplier
  • 42 x 2.25 = 94.5 of 2 1/4″
  • 42 x 3.25 = 136.5 of 3 1/4″
  • 42 x 4 = 168 of 4″
  • 42 x 5 = 210 of 5″
  • Total: 609 sq.ft.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Installation - Moisture Basics, Plus an Info Sheet for Customers

Installation - Moisture Basics, Plus an Info Sheet for Customers

Thursday, December 12, 2013

No Heels on Any Hardwood Floor - NJ

No Heels on Any Hardwood Floor

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Understanding Hardwood Flooring Cuts

Understanding Hardwood Flooring Cuts
There are three well-known cuts from which flooring is made. The most popular is plainsawn, also known as flatsawn. Next we have riftsawn and quartersawn, which are different, but often sold together as rift and quartersawn (R&Q). A new trend is livesawn. It is a mix of R&Q and plainsawn, and to fully understand livesawn, it is important to have an understanding of plainsawn and R&Q.

Hardwood flooring, like everything in interior design, has different stages of style and fashion changes. Plainsawn is the most common cut today, but prior to the early 1900s, quartersawn was all the rage due to its fashion and functionality. However, plainsawn developed and could be sawn more efficiently than quartersawn flooring, and it became commonplace. At that time, logs were quartersawn in a manner that produced 100 percent quartered lumber, which was very wasteful. Today’s R&Q is cut to produce minimal waste, but its overall production takes longer than plainsawn products.
It is easy to tell the difference between a plainsawn board, a riftsawn board and a quartersawn board.

The end grain of a plainsawn board has annual growth rings between 0 and 35 degrees. The face of the board has what is referred to as a “cathedral” grain pattern. Most old homes built in the early and mid-1900s had 2- to 3-inch plainsawn red oak, and when people think of oak floors, this is what they picture.

When the log is cut into quarters to make quartersawn boards, the annual growth rings are at 90 degrees to the surface. White Oak is especially popular in quartersawn because of the vibrant ray flecks along with the tight wavy grain pattern create a really cool and elegant look. The fleck is caused by the medullary rays, which are the life veins of the tree. The medullary rays are perpendicular to the annual growth rings and therefore parallel to the surface of the quartersawn board. These rays are very pronounced in the white oak and it creates this great figure.

This cut has annual growth rings angled around 45 degrees, and the grain pattern on the surface is very lineal. It’s important to note where the riftsawn boards come from in the log. When a log is quartered, it is then cut from the center face and works its way out. The boards that come from the outside edges have 45 degree annual growth rings. This comes from the smaller part of the quartered wedge. If you picture this, you can see why it is hard to get wide-plank rift only!

In fact, a few years back we had an experienced installer who was looking for wide-plank rift-only white oak. When told how difficult it was to get, he said to our owner, “You own a saw mill! Why can’t you just cut it?!” We invited this installer to the sawmill while we were cutting R&Q white oak and asked him to watch to see how many wide-plank rift-only boards came through. After an hour, he realized he had not seen a single one wider than 4 inches!

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Raymond Yu

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Purchase Hardwood Floor with Warranty and Support - NJ New Jerssey

Do I get the full warranty when I buy my floors from Highway Flooring?
Yes; we are an authorized dealer with a showroom that includes displays of every brand name we sell. When you buy your floors from us; you are guaranteed the full warranty posted by every manufacturer. Even our clearance items still have its full warranty intact. You may call any manufacturer displayed on our website and check the warranty for your convenience and peace of mind.

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