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Wood Flooring - Flooring Questions
1.20 How to Clean "Click Wood Flooring"?

Q. Not sure the proper name for it.. but its not hard wood flooring. Its wood flooring that Clips together.. I have tried murphys, vinager and water, Vim for wood floors, a few different all purpose cleaners that are safe for wood, and just water... Nothing seems to get the smudges, and marks off the floor. Any ideas?! Thanks for any help.

A. I think you mean Laminate flooring? We have Laminate. You can get rid of the streaks and smudges with a microfiber mop and vinegar. Just mix vinegar with water (or even use it undiluted) and mop with this. The microfiber really does a wonderful job getting rid of those smudges. You can buy microfiber mops just about anywhere...Walmart, Target, K-Mart, Home Depot, hardware stores, and even Dollar General. Good luck. -

1.20 Use different wood flooring on different floor?

Q. Any appraisers or real estate agents out there? I need your professional opinions. How much does it affect RESALE VALUE if we have different types of wood flooring on different floors of the house? We have cherry wood on the entire main floor but are thinking lighter tones of woods for the basement level, including a small room for the home gym. Had not for the home gym, we won't consider lighter color of wood flooring. Any suggestion is appreciated. Thank you very much.

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1.20 Help with wood flooring?

Q. My kids have gone and scuffed my wood flooring. I've got big unsightly black scuffs all over it. I've tried scrubbing and it hasn't worked. Has anyone got any ideas what will remove them, and if abrasive cleaners will do a lot of damage to the wood, as I was bebating whether to use bleach?

A. Baking soda and a little salt will clean it. try this before you use bleach which it really hurt your wood floor

1.20 Carpet or wood flooring?

Q. Im getting ready to replace the berber carpet through out my house and cant decide if I want carpet or wood flooring. My kitchen, entry way and both bathrooms have newly installed ceramic tile. Which would be better carpet or wood floors?

A. Wood ,with a nice rug on top

1.20 Laying engineered wood flooring over vinyl flooring?

Q. Can engineered wood flooring be installed on vinyl flooring? I'm in the middle of home improvement project and have decided to lay some engineered wood flooring for my kitchen. The particular brand that I've bought requires glue-down installation. The problem is, there's vinyl flooring that's been laid with cutback and it's not going to come up without a significant amount of work and then re-preparation of the sub flooring. I've been to the local home improvement center several times and can't really get a straight answer as to if this is possible. I've searched the Internet and its about 50-50 yes and no. I'd really like anybody's input into my situation, as I am under a little bit of a time constraint to finish the project as this is my new house and I've got to move out of my old house in in a week. Thanks in advance to your answers!

A. If you are laying down Bruce or Armstrong flooring, they have instructions for laying over vinyl flooring. Basically you can't lay the flooring over more than 2 layers of vinyl. You want to make sure the flooring is stripped, not sanded, especially if there is a gloss on the floor. Don't sand if its a resilient floor, it may contain asbestos. Also they recommend specific adhesives that will bond with the floor.

1.20 Can laminate wood flooring in two adjoining rooms be mismatched?

Q. We are moving into our first home and we are replacing the carpet in the living room with laminate wood flooring. The floor in the dining room is already laminate wood and joins up with the living room floor. We are trying to pick out new floors and are wondering if we can get a different color wood floor for the living room or if we need to match it perfectly with the dining room. Would mismatching the wood look tacky?? Calling all interior designers! I need your help!

A. What you are asking is a question of personal taste. I (being a wood lover) think it's kinda cool to bounce to contrasting wood off one another, But thats just me.

1.20 What to use as underlay under vinyl flooring on a concrete floor?

Q. I am about to have some vinyl flooring fitted in my kitchen and would grateful for any suggestions as to what I can use for cushioning and to try and keep the floor as warm as possible under foot. I have had vinyl flooring before and it is still hard and cold when standing on the flooring. I have even tried cork tiles and this did not seem to make a huge difference. Would a laminate and wood flooring underlay be suitable or would this be a waste of time? I should add that I am in the UK.

A. An idea, There is a product by DRIcore subfloor which is designed to be put over concrete floors in basements, playrooms etc, this may be something you would want to look into, it would serve all your needs. Lowes carries this by the way, here's a link to the DRIcore website http://www.dricore.com/en/eIndex.aspx

1.20 What type of flooring would look best in a room with yellow walls?

Q. Im getting new flooring in my room and the walls are yellow. What color of carpet would look best in it or would hard wood flooring look best and if so what type? And its a small room if that has anything to do with it i was thinging of bamboo flooring, would that look good to if i picked that

A. Bamboo flooring is not only a beautiful choice, available in many stain colours (light to dark), IT is also an environmentally friendly and sustainable product. Great Choice. -stain colour : light

Wood Flooring

 Flooring - Wood Flooring No other flooring material offers quite the same kind of beauty as wood flooring. There is something polished and classy about wood flooring that other materials simply can't match. They are perfect for all styles of Santa Monica, California area homes, but add a special finish to country homes, farm houses etc. Besides, they are relatively easy to clean, are extremely durable, and overall, add to the value of your home. They are also one of the most natural flooring materials, allowing you to give back to the environment.

There are several factors to take into consideration before deciding on a type, style, color, finish and species of wood. Also, there is your life style to consider, the area of the house where the new wood flooring will be installed as well as the area where you live. For instance, solid wood can shrink and expand during moist weather conditions or during extreme temperature changes. When it comes to species, the old favorites are still going strong -- oak wood floors, red oak flooring, hard wood Brazilian cherry, maple, pine, cherry hard wood floors. If you would like the finish of wood flooring without the hefty price tag, consider bamboo hard wood flooring. Bamboo is slightly harder to maintain, but it's comparatively inexpensive, and with the availability of easy to install strips and planks offers a variety of style possibilities. Also, consider the room where you will install the new wood flooring. Oak hard wood floors give foyers the formal look they deserve. Such areas can also be accented by using medallions and patterns. Your formal living room is also ideally suited for a dark wood floor, but remember that the darker the wood, the smaller the illusion of space in the room. Bed rooms take very well to a fine wood floor because carpets and rugs in light colors are always accented by the darkness of the floor.

Hard wood floors are not as expensive as they used to be, and now come in competitively priced styles. Even so you may find them more expensive than other flooring options. Consider however, that your hard wood floor, with a little maintenance can last for the life time of the house, and the fact that a home with a wood floor sells quicker and at higher prices, and you begin to see the value of investing in a hard wood floor. Some basic steps ensure that your hardwood floor can last for years. Keep these golden rules in mind. Keep your wood floor away from water, and don't damp mop. Wipe spills as soon as they occur. If you have hard wood floor in the kitchen or just outside the bath room, place mats to absorb any spilt water. Always follow your manufacturers' recommendations for the cleaning of your floor. Never wax a wood floor, and place rugs and mats strategically near entrance ways and door ways to prevent dirt and grit from entering the house. Wear practical foot wear on your hard wood floor, and avoid pointy heels. These can actually exert immense pressure on your floor, causing denting and scratching. Vacuum regularly, but use a brush attachment and not a beater.

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