Caring for Your Hardwood Floors this Winter

Winter can be incredibly rough on hardwood floors. Anyone who has hardwood floors knows this. The harsh element of winter – snow, salt, slushy mud – it can cause major damage to flooring including dulling the varnish as well as cause warping and gapping. So how can winter damage be prevented? Read along to learn how to protect your hardwood floors this winter.

Take Your Shoes Off at the Door This is self-explanatory. Make sure you and your family take shoes and boots off at the entryway (and on a floor mat) to prevent dragging in the harsh elements that damage floors. If someone does trudge through the house with shoes on, clean and dry the area right away. This simple step will drastically minimize damage to your floors.

Lay Down Floor Mats If your family has a hard time taking their shoes and boots off when they enter the house, install no-slilp floor mats to the high traffic areas of your home to protect your floors as well as prevent slippery falls from occurring. If you have children, make sure that they take off all snow-covered gear before walking through the home. This includes snow pants, coats, hats, and gloves!

Have Floor Care Products on Hand In case of accidents where snow and salt get onto the hardwood floor, make sure you have the proper hardwood cleaning supplies on hand. Whether you have a floor care kit or a simple towel and/or mop, make sure that any area affected by the harsh elements is cleaned and dried quickly and thoroughly. Salt and water are a hardwood floors worst enemy so be prepared!

Pet Care Have a towel handy by the front or back door when you bring your dog or cat in from being outside. Clean their paws thoroughly before letting them roam through the house otherwise they will bring in snow and salt. Maybe reward your pet with a treat every time you clean their paws since it’s not usually something they enjoy. ☺ These simple yet effective tips will help keep your hardwood floors protected from the harsh Midwest winter weather. If you are concerned about your hardwood flooring already being affected by the winter weather, contact us today. We specialize in repairing, refinishing, and installing hardwood floors. If you have a specific question about caring for your hardwood floors, don’t hesitate to ask us!

It’s never fun when beautiful hardwood floors are covered by carpet. We see it happen often. Do we enjoy removing carpet from hardwood floors? No. Can it be done? Yes, but it’s not always easy.

The end result of restoring gorgeous hardwood floors will not only add amazing beauty to your home, it will also add increase the value of your home. Removing carpet can help lessen dust mites that cause allergies as well as get rid of unsightly worn and torn areas of overused carpet. Many studies show that 45% of people who suffer with asthma suffer from dust mite allergies as well – Just another reason to choose hardwood flooring in your home!

Removing carpeting successfully from hardwood floors depends on how it was installed in the first place. We always hope when we pull back carpet that we won’t find it’s been glued and nailed down. Unfortunately, most carpet jobs are installed over hardwood with glue. You can definitely get the hardwood floors looking close to original as possible but it depends on the glue that was used to do the job and how bad the staining is. Sometimes, if the adhesive won’t come off, areas of floor need to be removed completely and replaced with new flooring that nearly matches the original.

When it comes to nailing down carpeting, one can face many challenges. How many nails were used to nail the carpet down? Did the nails get rusty? Did they leave a stain or large hole mark in the wood? We will assess all of this when we take on the job and decide what needs to be done to repair the issue.

This is generally how we handle a carpet to hardwood restoration job though each project is unique:

  • We’ll remove the carpet while trying to salvage the hardwood floors to the best of our abilities.
  • We will then tape over any openings with masking tape to avoid dust settling in unwanted nooks and crannies.
  • Sand the flooring.
  • Vacuum as needed to remove dust that will transpire.
  • Evaluate any areas of flooring that may need to be removed and replaced with near identical hardwood – again, each project is unique.
  • Stain the floor to bring the floors back to life!

Interested in learning more about this topic or have a question? Please contact us at Nelson Flooring today!

You can’t beat real hardwood flooring – You just can’t! It truly is the best quality and adds great value to your home. Genuine hardwood flooring adds unparalleled warmth and character to your home that will last for years and years.

There are so many options to choose from including types of wood and stain, as well as beautiful and unique patterns. While solid hardwood boards are milled from a single piece of lumber and vary in thickness from 3/4″ – 7/16”, engineered wood flooring is made from multiple plies of wood with one solid wood as the top layer. It’s recommended that real hardwood only be installed at ground level or above. This is because solid hardwood expands and contracts depending on the moisture levels and temperatures inside and outside the home. Engineered hardwood flooring works well in the basement since moisture levels are higher below ground floor.

In addition to being aesthetically beautiful, real hardwood floors are incredibly durable – they’re made to be lived on so don’t be afraid to have hardwood flooring if you have a busy household – solid hardwood can take it. The older your hardwood floors get, the more attractive they become. But with this “aging gracefully” process, the floors will need some tender loving care as the protective top coat will eventually develop scuffs and scratches, as well as discolor in areas over time. When this happens, the hardwood flooring needs to be sanded and refinished to bring it back to life. Hardwood flooring may be sanded and refinished up to 10 times, depending on the thickness of the boards, and this can be determined by a hardwood flooring professional. On the other hand, engineered boards can only be sanded and refinished 1-2 times in their life so that is another reason real solid hardwood is a great option when choosing flooring for your home.

Real hardwood flooring may be more expensive than engineered flooring but it’s truly worth the investment. It will last longer, become more beautiful over time (especially if it’s maintained properly), and adds great monetary value to the home. It also may not be that much more expensive depending on the type of wood and stain you choose. Contact us at Nelson Flooring so we can set up an appointment with you and determine your budget as well as give you a price on what it would cost you to add real hardwood flooring in your home. We look forward to hearing from you.

Summer isn’t too far away and it’s a good idea to start planning on how you’ll take care of your hardwood floors now before the heat and humidity increase in Madison Wisconsin. Moisture levels definitely play a role on how your hardwood floors will wear so it’s important to understand the ins and outs of how to care for your flooring properly depending on the season.

Hardwood floors are always trying to be in balance with the environment/weather conditions around them. So in the summer when humidity levels rise, the hardwood will absorb much of the moisture in the air to be “in balance” with the air. It’s a natural process and can’t be stopped but it can become a problem if the wood absorbs too much of the humid air around it. The wood will expand and can cause a variety of problems including buckling, warping, or cupping – none of which you want to deal with.

Luckily, there are ways to decrease humidity levels in your home and protect your hardwood floors. Below are a few summer tips on how to extend the life of your hardwood floors:

1) Use a Dehumidifier – A dehumidifier will remove a large amount of moisture from your floors which will prevent buckling and cracking. You can rent one or purchase one that will save you a ton of money in the future as it will prevent your hardwood floors from needing to be repaired more often.

2) Keep Humidity Levels Balanced – Keeping the humidity levels in your home between 35-55% will prevent your hardwood floors from moisture damage.

3) Run the AC – Air conditioning will drastically reduce the humidity levels in your home. This does so by not only cooling the air in your home but also drawing moisture out of it.

4) Keep them Clean – We don’t recommend polishing and waxing your hardwood floors during the summer months. Instead, a thorough vacuuming with a hardwood floor attachment is the best way to keep your floors clean.

5) Utilize Shade – Just like our own skin needs to be protected from the summer sun’s UV rays or we’ll burn, the same goes for your hardwood floors. Discoloration will occur if the sun shines on the flooring for too long. Draw the curtains or blinds during the day in rooms that you have shading to protect your floors – while keeping your home cooler as well!

If you follow our tips at Nelson Flooring, your hardwood floors will definitely last a lot longer before needing to be treated.

Contact Nelson flooring Today at 1-608-440-8494 for a free consultation!

Hardwood floors need to be maintained because they tend to have a lot of wear and tear. They are the most used and abused part of the house as family members and pets walk, run, stomp, and even scratch through the house on a daily basis. Your dog or cat’s nails can scratch the floors, children (and adults) may spill, and dirty shoes, just to name a few, will make floors look ragged over time. Even if you take impeccable care of your home, you may still want to have your hardwood floors recoated to give your floors a fresh look which will also help them last much longer.

There are a few different names for recoating floors which include ‘screening and recoating’ and ‘buff and coat.’ They all mean the same thing and follow the same procedures. The process involves utilizing a buffer and a mesh sanding screen and roughening the current hardwood floor so that a new coat of finish will automatically stick to to it.

In addition to bringing your hardwood floors back to life or changing the coating color, many homeowners opt to have their floors recoated if they want to change the sheen on their flooring. For example, if your floors are very shiny, you can hire a team of flooring experts to change the sheen to a semi-gloss or matte finish. Most recoating projects to change the sheen of your floors can usually be completed within one day.

When to Buff and Coat Your Floors

It’s very important to note that if your hardwood floors color has diminished to the point of turning gray in color, it’s past the point of being able to be recoated. If the finish has been worn down too much, it’s just too late to simply recoat your floors. At the first sign of seeing wear and tear on your floors is the time you are a perfect candidate for a buff and coat. Areas in your home that are high-traffic spots to be on the lookout for wear and tear include entryways, hallways, the kitchen, and under furniture that is moved around often.

Again, if your floors are too worn, your floors are NOT a good candidate for recoating. This can include deep grooves and scratches, pet stains, discoloration from the sun, and water damage. Recoating will simply make these eyesores more obvious. Floors that are badly damaged need more tender loving care than floors that have minimal wear and tear. Only minimally damaged floors are a good candidate for recoating.

Here at Nelson Flooring in Madison, Wisconsin, we will be honest and transparent with you about how we can treat your floors. We want every client to be happy and we pride ourselves on the referrals of each and every one of you! If you’re not happy with the quality of our work, we won’t be happy so we will let you know what exactly needs to be done to your hardwood floors to get them back in great shape.