Water Everywhere –Salvaging Your Hardwood Floor After a Flood

Hardwood Floor FloodingA homeowner in Pembroke, NH recently called in a panic. She had a leak in her upstairs bathroom that had gone unnoticed while the family was traveling out of town.

There had been several inches of water that had flooded the lower level of her home. While the water had been removed, she was concerned about the damage to her hardwood floors and looking for any tips to head off the lasting effects. [Read more…]

License and Insurance for the Flooring Company You Choose Does Matter

A Litchfield, NH homeowner learned the hard way that not only are all flooring companies not created equal, but that it is critical to only hire a licensed and insured company to install flooring. This homeowner went with a low-end, budget contractor to purchase and install his home’s new hardwood flooring for the entire downstairs. The company had no physical location or showroom, a common red flag among the flooring industry. But he was swayed by the exceptionally low price. [Read more…]

Bedford, NH Homeowners Asks:

“What is the Best Way to Clean Laminate Floors?”

Laminated Flooring needs to be cleaned regularlyA customer from Bedford, NH was recently in our showroom. With young children at home, she was looking for a hardy floor that would be easy to clean and would endure the test of time. After going through the best flooring options for her, she settled on laminate. The floor would be in a room that she was converting to a playroom for the kids. Knowing that spills would be inevitable, she was especially concerned about the cleaning and maintenance of her new floor. [Read more…]

Looking for Unique, Goffstown Homeowner Asks “What About Bamboo?”

Bamboo Flooring is a renewable building productA customer in Goffstown, NH recently inquired about the unique look and feel of bamboo flooring for her bedroom. While bamboo does share many of the same characteristics of hardwood flooring, this homeowner’s inquiry made us cringe. Bamboo, while stunning, has many drawbacks and vulnerabilities when it comes to flooring. [Read more…]

Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood – Understanding the Pros and Cons

Hardwood continues to be a favorite among homeowners, with many opting to replace their downstairs living area with the classic look of hardwood. A homeowner in Hollis, NH recently came into our Milford showroom looking to replace her downstairs living room carpet with hardwood flooring. She thought that she knew exactly what she wanted – engineered hardwood. For this customer the cost of engineered over solid hardwood was the only factor that she was considering. [Read more…]

The Best Flooring Choices for Those with Breathing Issues

Springtime is right around the corner. Unfortunately for those with asthma and other respiratory problems this can mean even more of an everyday struggle. While the outdoors may be out of our control, the flooring that you choose for your home can go a long way to managing allergies and asthma. A customer in Hudson, NH recently visited our showroom complaining about the flooring in her bedroom. She was suspicious that dust mites were in the carpeting, causing her asthma to flare out of control. [Read more…]

For Hardwood Flooring, the Options Are Endless

Matching Hardwood FlooringHardwood flooring can be a stunning addition to any home and, as one Brookline, NH homeowner just discovered, the choices are abundant. The look and feel of your room can ultimately be decided by what type of hardwood flooring you choose, from the rustic look of distressed planks to the ever popular red oak. The possibilities truly are endless. [Read more…]

The Solution to Your Home’s Humidity Problems May Be in the Carpet

Wool Carpet Cardoza FlooringA homeowner in Bedford, NH was browsing for new flooring for her master bedroom. She loved the look and feel of carpet. As she was looking at the samples in our showroom, she mentioned how dry the air in her home is in the winter, despite running a humidifier in the bedroom. You can imagine the surprise on her face when we explained to her that the type of carpet that she chooses can actually help dramatically with that problem. [Read more…]

What Can I Do About Water Stains on Hardwood?

Water Stains on Hardwood

An Unusual Remedy for Nashua Homeowner

This time of year for homeowners, it may seem like the family is constantly tracking snow and water through the house. It can be difficult to isolate this to the carpeted areas of the home. A customer in Nashua, NH recently called us in a state of panic. She had discovered water stains on the hardwood flooring by her front door and was concerned that the entire floor would need to be replaced.

Water is not a friend to hardwood flooring. Prolonged exposure can damage the boards, causing unsightly stains. The best course of action is prevention, wiping up any moisture from the floors immediately. However, that may not always be the case and the winter time may feel like you are fighting a losing battle.

Home Remedies to Lighten Water Stains

So the damage is done, but there are some home remedies that you can try to lighten the stained area. For relatively new stains that you know have been there for a few days or less, you can try laying a piece of cloth over the area. Then use an iron set on low to apply heat to the cloth briefly. Continue this for about ten minutes to see if it will make a noticeable difference.

Believe it or not, another technique to try is mayonnaise. Dab a bit onto a rag and run it over the stained area, gently applying the mayonnaise directly to the stain. You can then let it sit for 1 to 6 hours, in hopes that the oil will seep into the wood finish, minimizing the stain.

The Nashua homeowner caught the stain quickly enough and after a few passes with her iron over a cloth the stain was faded enough that she was comfortable with it. Although, in the future we expect that she will be more diligent wiping up any melting snow from her hardwood floors.

What is the Best Carpet for Homes with Pets?

Cooper

An Amherst, NH homeowner recently stopped by our showroom.

She was frustrated because her geriatric dog was having bladder problems, which had subsequently destroyed her carpets. This customer wanted to replace the carpets, but was leery of doing so only to have it happen again.

As with any spill or stain on the carpet, the key is to get it up as quickly as possible using a cleaner designed for carpeting. Unfortunately, in the cases of pet accidents many times they can go for an extended period of time without the homeowner realizing it. [Read more…]