Why should I consider hardwood flooring?
The #1 reason people ask for wood floors.
Durable new finishes mean NO waxing, NO polishing, no expensive professional cleanings. Just damp-mop.
A solid wood floor will last the lifetime of your home, and add to its value.
Health. Wood floors do not trap dust, molds and other allergens. When your floor is clean—it’s REALLY clean!
Wood is natural and renewable. 3/4”-thick solid wood flooring, properly cared for, will last a lifetime. Great news for our overflowing landfills!
How do I decide between pre-finished flooring and job-site finished flooring?
In most cases, we recommend solid unfinished wood flooring that is installed directly into your home or business, and finished on site. Site-finished flooring allows for unlimited stain color selections to coordinate with your home interior, cabinets, etc, and many special features such as borders and inlays that make your floor uniquely yours. The floor is sanded as a whole, so there are no grooves or dips to trap grit and dirt. Generally, small areas of damage can be repaired without replacing boards, and larger damaged areas can be patched and refinished.
Pre-finished flooring has the advantage of cleaner and faster installation, and is ready for use immediately. Durability of finishes has improved over the years with new technology. The disadvantages are the grooves or gaps between boards, which allow dirt and grit to become trapped. There are limited color choices, and repair can be difficult or impossible if the dye lot cannot be matched. Warranties on pre-finished flooring have many restrictions—check the warranty requirements carefully.
What about dust and fumes?
There will always be some dust during installation, whether pre-finished or on-site finished. We use dust-collection systems to minimize dust, and plastic sheeting can be hung between rooms to contain dust within the work area.
All finishes contain chemicals that evaporate into the air while curing. Some finishes smell very strong upon application, and others have less odor, but it is recommended that people and pets not be in the house while the floor is drying (4-12 hours), regardless of the type of finish.
How do I care for my newly finished floors?
You may walk on the floor the day after finishing, but we recommend no furniture be placed for three days. Area rugs may be placed after two weeks, using a protective carpet pad to allow air circulation. Felt floor glides placed on the legs of furniture will prevent scratches.
To clean floors finished with Glitsa Swedish Finish, use a damp mop (barely damp, not wet!), and a cleaning solution of 1/8 cup vinegar per quart of warm water. For water-based finishes, we recommend the Bona hardwood floor cleaning system. There are also a few commercial cleaning solutions available that will work well on your floors, but do NOT use oil soaps or any products that leave a residue. Also never use spray-type dusting aids on your floor.