Flooring FAQs

Flooring FAQs

What is the best type of flooring for a kitchen?

Kitchens are a "high traffic area" of your home. So when it comes to selecting a floor covering for this area, keep that in mind. You really want to choose a floor covering that can withstand the demands that will be made on it; heavy foot traffic, spills, potential water leaks, etc. Hardwood flooring has become vary popular in kitchens over the last few years. It allows you to create a seamless look throughout your main level depending on where else you have hardwood.

What is the best way to clean hardwood floors?

We recommend using a dry mop and a spray cleaner. Using a spray bottle to dispense your cleaner will allow you to control the amount of moisture you put onto your floors. It will also help to evenly dispense the cleaner around the area. To find out more about cleaning, what products we recommend and what products to stay away from, visit our cleaning page.

What comes first and who should come last?

We get asked this question frequently because clients are often trying to schedule other trades to come into their home as well. Especially if they are undergoing a full house remodel. Our recommendation is that we are one of the last, if not the last, trade to come into your house. We say this for a few different reasons. First, our installers work around hardwood all of the time, so they know the DOs and DON'Ts when it comes to flooring. They are also going to be more gentile on your flooring than other trades would be. Second, it is a lot easier to touch up paint and baseboards than it is to refinish a whole floor.

What is waste factor?

As a general rule, you should plan to order 10% more flooring than your actual square footage. The extra material is meant to cover cuts that are made to fill a rooms exact measurements. When boards are cut, often the tongue or groove will be removed, meaning that board is no longer usable.

Can I use a steam cleaner on my hardwood floors?

NO, NO, NO! You are putting moisture directly on and into the floor. There are some products out on the market that say they can be used on hardwood floors. Read the fine print on the back! Also do your research and visit the NWFA Webpage, you will get good tips and tricks along with DOs and DON'Ts.