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8 Ways to Protect Your Hardwood Floors: Advice from Peach State Hardwood

If you’ve recently had your wood floors refinished or installed, you know there’s nothing quite like that fresh, clean, brand-new look. But how can you stop the scuff and keep the floors looking new as long as possible?

8 Ways to keep your floors looking brand-new: Advice from James Santos and the team at Peach State Hardwood.

  1. Put down rugs and mats
    Large rugs and mats are the number one way to keep your wood floors nice for as long as possible. Choose a rug that works with the look of the room and you can have a lot of fun with decorating. 
  2. Clip pets’ toenails
    We all love our furries family members, but guess what? Fido’s paws are a huge, detrimental mark on your wood floors. Keep your dog’s toenails trimmed so they don’t use your wood floors as a natural scratching post! 
  3. Felt pads on the bottom of furniture legs
    This one is a must that a lot of people forget about! You should use felt pads on the bottom of your furniture legs to avoid the constant scuffing that comes with moving chairs and coffee tables around. 
  4. Vacuum and mop regularly
    Once you make up your mind to keep your floors clean, stick to a schedule! It’s much easier to give your floors the vacuum and mop they need if you commit to doing it every other Sunday, for example. 
  5. Wipe up spills immediately
    Don’t just wait until cleaning day to take care of your floors. If you see a spill happen, or even Fido’s water from his bowl sloshing over, clean it up immediately. Water can be the most damaging thing to your floor. 
  6. Be careful what you use!
    Don’t use cleaners, polish, or oil soaps that contain wax, vinegar, or ammonia. Test this by spraying your cleaner on a window. If it leaves a residue after drying, don’t put it on your hardwood floors. 
  7. Refinish every few years with Peach State Hardwood!
    A professional, trusted company like Peach State Hardwood knows exactly how and what to do to maintain your beautiful floors. Be sure to strike up a great relationship with them and keep get your floors inspected and refinished every few years.

If you keep these tips in mind, your hardwood floors should last at least 20 years if not longer! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Peach State Hardwood and ask.

 

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Why you should get your hardwood floors refinished

Whether you are redesigning your entire home or just wanting to touch up after decades of wear-and-tear, there are plenty of reasons to get your hardwood floors refinished. And when you’re ready to do that, you’re going to want to call someone local, reliable, and affordable. That’s going to be Peach State Hardwood, just sayin.

According to the guys at Peach State, here are the top reasons people get their hardwood floors refinished. Do any of these sound like you?

  • Age: After 20 years, trust us, it’s time. You wouldn’t believe how many people realize they haven’t ever had their hardwood floors retouched..and that often means over 20 years of wear and tear. If this is you, don’t be embarrassed. You are not alone.  
  • Scratches: Dogs, kids, chairs, shoes….scratch, scratch, scratch. You’re going to get scuffs and scratches on your floors. The sooner you get a refinish, the less of an extensive (and expensive) job it’ll be later! 
  • Dullness: Over time elements like sunlight are going to zap your floors of their shine and color. When you start to see a faded look when you look down at your floors, it’s time for a refinishing.  
  • Style: Light wood, dark wood, different finishes…styles change. When you decide it’s time to update the look in say, your kitchen, you’re going to want to think about those floors. 
  • Water Damage: Insidious, awful water damage. A wet towel or dog’s water bowl can cause a whole lot of damage in a relatively short amount of time.

Don’t delay! The earlier the better. Light scratches and fading can be handled in a more delicate way than a total refinish. Call Peach State Hardwood today and let them come take a look and give you some advice.

 

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Which Wood’s for You? Water vs. Oil-based Finishes: Advice from Peach State Hardwood

You’re all set to get new floors. But what’s the first step? Whether remodeling or starting from scratch, the first rule is you want someone professional and reliable to install them. Once you’ve found the perfect people to do the work, you need to know exactly what kind of work you want them to do. You can always leave it to the professional’s opinion on the matter but trust us, they would rather you have an idea of what kind of flooring you would like.

You can be informed and prepared for your flooring consultation by brushing up on these types of floor finishes and then deciding which is best for your current flooring needs.

 

Water-based polyurethane
With its clear finish, water-based polyurethane is one of the more common and popular finishes. This finish dries fast and offers great protection for your floors. For those who want a natural look to their wood, this is the finish to use because it’s going to let your wood retain its natural tint. Water-based polyurethane looks all cloudy in the can but goes on and dries clear.

 

Oil-based
This finish takes longer to dry and smells pretty bad but it’s what you’re wanting if you like that amber-tinted wood finish. Many people like this finish, thinking it has a greater depth of color and shine. Coupled with its price point and how long it lasts (while turning more amber with age) makes this another popular finish.

 

So, which is best for you? Full disclosure: Peach State Hardwood is honestly a big fan of water-based finishes. The natural look, the ease, and the price for the amount of protection you get are ideal for most of our clients.

Once you know which direction you’d like to go in for your floors, or if you need to be pointed in the right direction, call the team at Peach State Hardwood. They’ll go over all your options and offer you the most affordable and professional refinishing and installations in the Atlanta area.

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