Colors are available in Certified Varathane® stains.
Medium and dark stain color options may require more sanding preparation as well as the use of pre-staining methods,
which promote uniform acceptance of stains. This prevents streaks and blotches by evening out the absorption of stain.
Note: Color chart is purely an example of color options. Colors will vary depending on differing types of wood, age of wood, exposure to sunlight, etc.
Minimize dirt and grit tracked on your floor by placing doormats at all door entrances to trap dirt and do your best to keep such doormats and rugs clean. Dirt and grit are a floor's worst enemy.
To avoid scratching and damaging the floor's surface, place self-adhesive felt furniture pads or other protective pads such as rubber non-marking casters on chairs, barstools, and table legs, as well as any other other furniture surface that could possibly cause damage when moved across the floor. Be sure to keep the pads clean and free of grit. We do not recommend using ball-type casters or casters made of hard materials, such as plastic or metal - these can damage your floors.
Make sure the heels of your shoes are in good repair, especially high heels. Heels that are missing their caps or are worn through exposing metal tacks or other abrasive surfaces can cause scratches and dents on any floor’s surface. And, of course, never walk across you floor in shoes that have cleats or spikes.
Make sure you follow all product label specifications and use only products designed for wood floors. A damp mop may be used for clean-up, but don’t use excessive water that can lay standing on your floor. Sweep, dust-mop or vacuum your floor regularly, but do not use household dusting products on the floors because they can cause your floor to become slick and may damage the finish.
Never allow water to stand on a hardwood floor for any length of time. Also, don’t ever pour water on your floor – it can cause damage to the wood’s structure and to the finish. A slightly damp mop or rag may be used for clean-up, but the floor should be dried thoroughly afterward and no excessive water should be present on the floor.
Place rugs or mats in areas that are prone to spills, such as in front of sinks, refrigerator and/or stove. Cotton mats are recommended because they’re easily cleanable. Mats with rubber backings can trap moisture on the floor and cause damage.
When exposed to ultraviolet (sun) light, wood’s natural oxidizing properties can cause the color of your floor and finish to change - turning either lighter or darker depending on the type of wood. To keep a consistent color across your floor, rotate area rugs on a regular basis and use window coverings to protect against direct sun exposure.
We get this question all of the time. Finding a cleaning product that doesn't leave streaks, doesn't make foggy footprints appear, and doesn't dull your finish is even something that we have struggled with in our own homes! So after much research and even more trial and error with numerous hardwood floor cleaners, this is what we have found to work for us:
Water based cleaners are the safest and easiest cleaners to use on a well-finished floor. And the best cleaning agent for a new floor finish is a PH neutral cleaner. The lower PH cleaners (more acidic like vinegar) will work on dissolving hard water and mineral deposits, but cleaning agents with a higher PH will better clean grease or dirt better.
1. Vinegar (white) and Water. The mildest of all cleaning solutions, this typically works best when using distilled water to avoid hard water streaking, etc. Mix 1/4 cup Vinegar to 1 Gallon water.
2. Bona(R) Hardwood Floor Cleaner works great on dirtier surfaces that vinegar and water aren't cutting. Bona also certifies that "all of our cleaners are safe for pets. Our cleaners are also pH balanced and leave no dulling or sticky residue behind. They are also GREENGUARD GOLD Certified for indoor air quality."
3. Black Diamond Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is another option that is easy to use, and great for scuff marks and sticky grime alike.
Before cleaning with anything other than water, you MUST ensure your new finish has cured. Oil based polyurethane finish can take approximately 3 weeks to cure while most water based finishes take only 1 week to fully cure.
Most hardwood cleaners offer a rejuvenating and/or wax cleaner that does help extend time between cleanings. However, once you use a wax or oil based solvent on your hardwood floors, they cannot be resurfaced - they MUST be sanded down to raw wood and then refinished.
Also, there are numerous other cleaners out there that say they are safe for hardwood floors as long as they are diluted. Mr. Clean, for example, does work , but if not diluted properly will leave your hardwood sticky, soapy, or with a film over it. If you are using other products, ensure you read the labels and follow directions carefully to keep your hardwood floors looking great!
Q: When can we walk on the floors?
A: On average, you can tread lightly, with stocking covered feet only, approximately 12 hours after the job is complete and regular shoes after 24 hours. To avoid indentations in your hardwood, we recommend allowing 2 days after completion before walking on the floors in heels.
Q: How long does it take for the floors to cure?
A: It will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks for oil based finish to cure and 1 week for water based finish to cure, depending on weather and ambient conditions both inside and outside the home.
Q: When can we put area rugs back down?
A: About two weeks is the suggested amount of time you should wait to put area rugs back down.
Q: How long will the finish last?
A: Varying lifestyles of those residing in the home, including pets, determines how long the finish will last. With regular maintenance and using the correct hardwood floor cleaner(s), as well as preventative care measures, a floor’s finish can last several years.
Q: Should I use plastic or felt tips on my chairs to prevent scuff marks?
A: Industry experts say felt tips on chairs, barstools, and other furniture are a better option than plastic, which can mark floors.
We are well aware that these three little words are one of your biggest concerns when planning to refinish your floors. No need to stress though, what we can do is place you in the right hands for the task.
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These companies are not affiliated with Guardian Flooring, we are just referring them to you as a courtesy. Feel free to call them or get quotes from other companies as well.