Hardwood Flooring Armstrong

If when installed, hardwood flooring is too dry for the normal environment of the home it will expand over time. This can cause cupping or buckling. By acclimating the wood prior to installation, it can adjust to its environment expanding or contracting. This will reduce the likelihood of problems after later on. After ordering her hardwood flooring, a homeowner in Nashua asked why the flooring would have to sit in her home for a few days prior to installation. When…

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Armstrong-Hardwood

Hollis, NH Homeowner Asks The type of tree that the flooring is made from classifies it as hardwood or softwood. Hardwood is able to withstand wear and tear better than softwood, which is more susceptible to dents and damage. The most common softwoods, pine, spruce and fir, are generally lower cost than hardwood. In the market to replace their living room floor, a family in Hollis inquired about the differences between hardwood and softwood. Hardwood vs. Softwood: Choosing Your Tree…

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Merrimack NH Homeowner Looks for Answers The key to removing carpet stains is to address the spill as soon as it happens, gently blotting the area with a warm, damp cloth or paper towel. Then place a damp cloth on top of the stain, allowing it to soak up part of the spill. This can be followed up with a carpet stain treatment. A homeowner in Merrimack recently contacted us looking for the best ways to keep unsightly stains from…

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Brookline Homeowner Seeks Advice Scratches, faded areas in the wood, and boards showing discoloration are some prime indicators that the floor is need of sanding and refinishing. Water damage on hardwood can leave dark discolorations which can also be corrected through refinishing. A homeowner in Brookline was concerned about her discolored hardwood floors and was looking for options to correct the problem without replacing the entire floor. Many Reasons for Discolorations and Damage to Hardwood Floors In this case the…

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Carpet

Amherst Homeowner Discovers her Options There are two main types carpet styles, based on how the carpet fibers are constructed ad attached to their backing; loop pile and cut pile. In loop pile, the carpet fibers are bent into little loops. Cut pile carpets have the yarns tips cut. A homeowner in Amherst, NH was looking to replace her bedroom carpet. She was unsure of the different carpet fiber options available and sought the advice of Cardoza Flooring. A homeowner…

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Water Stains on Hardwood

Nashua, NH Homeowner asks: How can we remove scratches from wood floors? To remove scratches from wood floors, use a fine-grain sandpaper to buff out the damage. Continue buffing the surface until the scratch is removed. You will then need to re-stain the buffed area. Depending on the severity of the scratch, there are also many commercial products on the market for polishing and cleaning floors that can make scratches less noticeable. A homeowner in Nashua, NH recently contacted Cardoza…

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Hollis, NH building manager asks: How Can Flooring Affect a Room’s Acoustics? The best flooring for sound reduction is carpet, with a padding underneath this allows for even more sound absorption. Cork is also a good choice particularly for second floors, as it absorbs the sound. Vinyl flooring that has a foam, cushioned backing can also be a good option for sound reduction. Laminate flooring, when the installation includes putting down underlayment pads, can also help to absorb sound. An…

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Carpet

Deep carpet cleaning, done by a professional, is necessary to keep your carpets looking fresh and long lasting. Surface cleaning at home through vacuuming, while necessary, is only part of the process. Carpets should be treated to a professional deep clean once every eighteen months. The carpets in a home in Brookline, NH were looking worn beyond their years. After speaking with the family about the carpet care, we were able to deduce that the cause was improper cleaning of…

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Porcelain Tiles

Amherst, NH homeowner asks: How can I remove and replace a damaged ceramic tile? To remove a damaged tile, you must first remove the grout surrounding the tile with a scoring tool. Apply painter’s tape around the edges of the other tiles to protect them and drill evenly spaced holes in the damage tile. You can then use a chisel to remove the pieces of the damaged tile. Ceramic tiles are made to last and to withstand every day wear…

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Armstrong-Hardwood

If the area of warped flooring is small, you can try wetting it and placing a heavy object such as a cinder block on top of the floor for a few days. For large and medium areas, you may have to replace the warped plank. After an unfortunate dishwasher mishap, a homeowner in Bedford contacted us in a panic. Several planks of her hardwood floor had warped as a result of the leak. Hardwood Warping from Humidity or Small Spills…

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