Hardwood Flooring Winter Care Tips

by Sorin Giurca on October 30, 2018

hardwood flooring winter careIt’s Time for Hardwood Flooring Winter Care

Every year around this time I like to offer Hardwood Flooring winter care tips. Here in the Reno/Tahoe area, the two worst enemies to your floor’s finish are standing water and abrasive dirt. Either of which will cause damage to the finish and even the fit. Rain and snow will soon be in our forecasts, so dirty wet floors need to be addressed.

With just a few precautions and a little understanding, keeping the grit and moisture off your floors and out of your house will be a breeze.

Consider Your Immediate Surroundings

Every home or office location in the Reno/Sparks area is different. The kind of surface you installed on your yard or driveway will dictate what kind of measures you’ll need to use. Considering where your home or business is located and the level of foot traffic it sees is also a factor. If you follow a few simple rules for hardwood flooring winter care, your floors will get through the Winter as beautiful as ever.

Prepare for Accidental Messes

As durable as your hardwood floors are, leaving them wet or dirty for a little while won’t ever have as destructive an effect as it would with carpeting. Keeping a mop and dry towels near the front entrance just makes sense though. There are also many affordable, commercial hardwood floor care kits available if you feel the expense is warranted. This will likely be a daily task if you have indoor/outdoor pets.

Ask Everyone to Remove Their Boots or Shoes

This may actually be the most important tip for your hardwood flooring winter care. An old towel spread on the floor makes an excellent place for shoes and boots to dry off. A bench for people to sit on while they remove their footwear is nice. An umbrella stand or coat rack in the entryway can be beautiful as well as functional. All of these serve as a clear indicator that you would like everyone get stocking footed in your home and leave their outerwear & drips by the door. Especially during these winter months.

Keep the Elements Outside

A bristle-type boot cleaner at every entrance is an easy first step. You can find them in local shops and everywhere online, both decorative and effective. Even the door leading into your house from the garage might use one. Welcome mats outside and floor mats inside will help absorb excess moisture, in addition to the scrubbers.

Artisan Hardwood Floors is Here To Help

There are  dozens of additional winter care tips I can offer for your hardwood flooring, and I’m always happy to meet new folks to discuss their flooring concerns. Of course, if you feel you might like a refinish as additional protection against the elements, now is an excellent time to get the work done.

Contact me today, and let’s set up a time to discuss all of the excellent options available to you and the great ways you can take care of your hardwood flooring all year round.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Artisan, Owner

Big Box Store Hardwood Floor Installation? Nope!

by Sorin Giurca on September 28, 2018

big box store hardwood floor installationBig Box Store Hardwood Floor Installation Might Not Be Such a Great Deal

The genuine cost of a big box store hardwood floor installation isn’t always the “great deal” they advertise. Don’t get me wrong; I shop at the Reno/Tahoe big box stores myself, and we’ve all seen them offering amazing prices on installations. However, when you look deeper into what’s included, those prices become much less of a “deal.”

Here’s how it works; before the installers come to put in your new hardwood flooring, they often require you to remove your own baseboards, pull up and dispose of your existing flooring, and prep the sub-floor yourself.

A Real Deal Should Include Everything

Installation of your new flooring should include the removal and disposal of the existing floor, sub-floor prep work (repairs are separate if discovered in the removal, of course), laying the new flooring, and a thorough clean up. I feel it’s simply unprofessional and unacceptable to expect you, the paying customer, to do any of that work yourself. The actual cost of a Big Box store hardwood floor installation never accounts for that.

Worse yet, if an untrained, inexperienced layman were to tackle the all prep work, there’s a good chance a lot of it will be done wrong. Requiring a professional to redo all that time-consuming labor.

That’s Why You Need A Professional Hardwood Flooring Installer

Most people want their professional services performed by someone who is an expert – i.e. – not themselves. It just isn’t good business to make my customers work for my product. While it may look cheaper in the beginning, there is a lot of time and energy expend doing the removal work. What if the client breaks the trim while removing it it? Or damages their walls? Do they know how to properly prep their sub-floor? What if they do it wrong? (Any issues with the flooring product due to sub-floor prep are specifically NOT covered in a warranty of the flooring.) All of these situations, while regrettable, will end in more cost and frustration for you.

Artisan Does it All and Does It Right

My clients deserve the peace of mind knowing that their hardwood flooring was installed professionally, by experts. I guarantee complete satisfaction – because I rely on word of mouth and repeat business in this highly competitive industry. The true cost of Big Box store hardwood floor installation means that my work is always a better deal.

Contact me today and let me show you how truly affordable an investment in hardwood flooring can be.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Artisan, Owner

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Matching Hardwood Flooring and Furnishings

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Choosing the Right Furnishings Can Make Your Space Pop Matching hardwood flooring  and furnishings only makes sense. Conceptually, your floors are the “fifth wall.” The type, width and tone of your flooring are a design element in your Reno/Tahoe home, as much any paint color or art on the walls. Hardwood flooring has proven to be […]

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