Earlier this year we did a sand and finish job for a whole house that had tons of urine stains. Animal urine can be a pain to get out of the floors because it soaks deep into the wood. After sanding it, the next day the spot will smell and become wet again. The best way to get rid of urine stains is to cut out the stain spot and replace the wood. If you sand one spot too much it will create a dip in the floor.
This is what happens when you try to sand a floor with a deep urine spot.
Instead you can do something like this. The outcome looks way better than trying to just sand it out.
Although some spots you can't get out, a sand and finish sometimes is better and easier than replacing your whole floor. If you have a engineered or solid wood floor that is starting to become scuffed from people walking on it over time, or perhaps dirt has set into the top layer of the wood, then sanding the floor and having it refinished is a great option.
We did another job where the owner of the house just wanted their old floors to sparkle again. This was a good example of when sanding and putting a finish on the wood can be super fast and cheap way to make it look like you bought new floors. Especially during holiday time of the year when you don't have much time or money to spend on your floors but want to impress the family, a sand and finish might be the best option.
After the 50's and into the early 60's wood flooring saw a decrease in demand. This was partly due to the introduction of plywood sub-flooring and a shift in concrete-slab foundation. Hardwood is much harder to install on concrete-slab because it needs to have a moisture barrier in between. Installing hardwood is also much more labor intensive and other flooring could be installed much easier on the new plywood sub-floors. This increased the popularity of carpet flooring. All of this caused the wood flooring industry to crash in the mid-1960s.
In the 1980s wood flooring started to get a renewed awareness. Wood flooring manufacturers started introducing new prefinished hardwood flooring. Much more stains and finishes were introduced along with water-based urethane which made finishing much quicker. This gave consumers a lot more options to choose from. Some of these options include traditional hardwood, prefinished, engineered hardwood, solid floors, floating floors, nail-down and glue-down hardwood. North American hardwoods and exotic hardwoods from other countries around the world were also available. Thus the current re-emergence of hardwood flooring that we see today.
Red Oak under a microscope!
It almost looks like Spongeob!
Red Oak, is a really porous species of wood. You can grab a piece of Oak and place it in a cup with a little bit of water and dish soap and blow bubbles with it! Its like having a 100 straws tied together, you cannot do this with White Oak.
Ipe (National symbol of Brazil ) Is one of the most hardest woods in the world! It is also known to have medicinal properties. A tea brewed from the bark of the Ipe Tree works as a cough expectorant for the flu and cold. It is also said to treat illnesses such as leukemia, allergies, and as well as diabetes.
When selecting ceramic tile for your floor installation, make sure the tile you are selecting is suitable for your application.
There are many different beautiful tiles to select from, but not all of them can be used on the floor. Just because a tile might be 12'x 12' it doesn't always mean it's a floor tile. Some tile is very slippery when wet, especially shiny tile. Some tile might be too soft.
There are basically 3 different types of applications.
Residential, Light Commercial, Commercial.
After knowing this, then it is a matter of Interior or exterior.
Then from there, it's- Floors/ Patios- Walls/ Backsplashes- Countertops- Pool Decking- Pool lining.
So it's always a good idea to ask for a spec. sheet on the particular tile that you are interested in before making your tile purchase.
The two most common mistakes everyone makes when staining floors.
1.) Not removing all the dust
2.) Staining unevenly
It is best to finish the floor and apply a protective sealant as soon as possible after sanding the floor, preferably the same day. This protects the floor from moisture and other problems that could cause the wood grain to rise and create a rough surface. Before you begin finishing the floor, you need to be sure that it is perfectly clean and free of dust or debris. Also, carefully check for any flaws or imperfections.
1.) Wet mopping should be avoided, as should the use of soap and abrasive cleaners.
2.) A tough coating is applied to all laminate floors and it is this that provides long lasting protection against scratching and gouging.
3.) Furniture items should never be dragged across laminate flooring for this may cause deep gouging, which again is likely to be cause for premature repair or replacement.
4.) If you expect your floor to be subjected to heavier than normal use you may want to use an area rug on the area that gets the most foot traffic.
5.) Be sure to clean up liquid spills as soon as they occur otherwise they may seep into joints causing them to become weakened or damaged.
One of the most useful tools for removing carpet stains is a shop-vac. With a wet/dry vacuum cleaner you can quickly suck up spills, but more importantly, you can repeatedly flush the area with water and suck it out. This is much more efficient than blotting with a cloth, and less likely to cause damage to the carpet.
_(1.)The dining room is a great place to save on coverings for your floor, because the table will cover most of it. Use a less expensive rug, and add the look of luxury with a memorable border.
(2.)If you have pets, know that some rugs (especially looped ones) are not a great choice because pet claws and collars can get caught in them. Ask your carpet retailer about the best floor covering to accommodate your furry friends. Also, choose darker palettes or patterns to hide pet stains.
(3.)Tiles laid on the diagonal will visually enlarge a room — making a small space look bigger. Also, closely matching the grout color to the tiles will expand the look of the room.
Dark-stained or ebonized hardwood floors are popular, but know that they show dirt and dust bunnies faster than medium- or light-stained floors.