Hardwood Floors & flooring

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Whether its hardwood flooring, composite wood flooring, tile, or linoleum, your floors are more than just somewhere to put your feet. Check out these articles to see how to protect, maintain, restore, repair, and appreciate this beautiful and valuable part of your home.

Finished basement with wooden floor

Weighing Your Basement Flooring Options: How to Choose

Decorating the below-grade space in your home takes extra care when choosing basement flooring options. Being below ground level, the basement can get more damp and humid than the...

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Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips

The best way to clean hardwood floors isn't set in stone. Much of what works when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors involves the elbow grease you're willing to put in, the time...

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Blood Stain Removal and Other Tips for Cleaning Tough Blemishes

Blood stain removal is a daunting task, no matter what the surface. When blood settles into your clothing or carpet fibers, it's very difficult to remove. When it stains hardwood...

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Caring for Wood Floors: It May Be the Most Important Thing You Do

Preserve your investment by caring for wood floors the right way. Damage from warping, liquid spills, gaps and regular wear and tear is not just unsightly, but tough on your wallet...

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How Caring for Wood Floors Can Prevent Multiple Types of Damage

Caring for wood floors in your home doesn't stop at the mop, and helps them last for many years. Some historic homes, well over a century old, still have their original...

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Tip to Cleaning Floor Tiles in Your Kitchen

There is a secret to cleaning floor tiles effectively, and it could revolutionize how you clean your kitchen floor. With this little approach, you can put the right oomph into the...

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors Without Water

Hardwood and laminate floors are sensitive to water because these porous wood materials can become weaker if saturated beneath the grain. Warping, swelling and rotting are just a...

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Cleaning Wood Floors: Five Must-Have Items

Cleaning wood floors might seem complicated, and even a little worrisome. Nobody wants to damage their beautiful floors, and conflicting information abounds on keeping them...

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Five Tips for Cleaning Wood Floors to Keep Them in Pristine Condition

Cleaning wood floors requires plenty of TLC. Even if you have children in the home, living with the ever-present threat of a spilled sippy cup or leftover milk from a cereal bowl,...

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Dark hardwood floors

Cleaning Your Dark Hardwood Floors

Dark hardwood floors offer an aesthetically pleasing contrast to lighter colors and features present in your home's walls and furniture, and are available in several styles. Wide...

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Floor Cleaners for Hire: How to Choose

Regular maintenance of your hardwood floors keeps them in good condition. Occasionally, however, you may want to give the floors a deeper cleaning. Renting hard-surface floor...

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5 Floor Cleaning Mistakes

Floor cleaning should be easy. Mix up a solution of water and cleaner, apply it to the floor and, voilíæ, you have a floor that's clean and shines, without a lot of...

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Long hallway with hardwood floors

Floor Cleaning Equipment: What You'll Need and How to Use It

Thoroughly clean, glistening hardwood doesn't get that way on its own; flawless floors require a commitment to a regular maintenance regimen. You should also have the right floor...

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Not All Floor Cleaning Solutions Are Created Equal

Which floor cleaning solutions are you using on your hardwood? The cleaner that worked for your mom or your best friend may not be the one that's right for your flooring. Not all...

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Floor Scrubber: What Does and Doesn't Work on Hardwood

Choosing the right floor scrubber to use on your wood floors requires more deliberation that you'd think. It may not seem problematic to use a scouring pad on the floor just once,...

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How to Choose a Floor-Cleaning Mop

Using a proper floor-cleaning mop for a hard surface helps hardwood finish last longer and look its best. Buckets of water are old-fashioned unless the task requires it; most hard...

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Hardwood floor in kitchen

How to Simplify Hardwood Floor Care

Hardwood floor care isn't difficult, but keeping your flooring in good condition does require a little know-how and elbow grease. Here's a guide to caring for hardwood floors that...

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ash hardwood floor

A Guide to Ash Hardwood Floor Cleaning

Ash hardwood floors are a go-to option for homeowners due to their shock resistance, durability and lustrous sheen. They hold up well in high-traffic areas and withstand most types...

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Hardwood Floor Scratch Repair: Five Tips for Getting Flawless Floors

Hardwood floors are a gorgeous addition to any home, but now and then, they need a little maintenance. It's always nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve when facing those small...

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Murphy® Oil Soap

There's knowing how to clean hardwood floors, and then there's knowing how to clean them the easy way. Murphy® Oil Soap knows that you're busy, and sometimes you just need to...

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors Without Harsh Chemicals

Depending on the type of material and the cause for treatment, numerous reasons exist for wanting to know how to clean hardwood floors without harsh chemicals. For one, certain...

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laminate floors in kitchen

How to Clean Laminate Floors and Kill Germs

Standard rules for cleaning laminate don't apply when it comes to germs; passing a wet rag with dish detergent over the flooring will remove the grime, but a generic cleaner like...

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How to Clean Laminate Wood Floors

An investment in laminate wood floors is a cause for celebration - this shiny, clean surface sparkles cleaner than most other types of wood at your disposal. But to keep...

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How to Clean Wood Floors That Are Untreated

Not many homeowners choose to leave their hardwood floors unfinished, but it's an inexpensive, unique alternative. Nonetheless, knowing how to clean wood floors means ensuring...

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How to Remove Nail Polish Stains Without Harming Your Floors

Keeping your wood floors clean involves following regular cleaning practices and maintenance measures. But what happens if somebody spills nail polish on the floor? Stains like...

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pet stains on wood floors

How to Remove Pet Stains From Wood Floors

Pet-lovers understand that, at times, they may be faced with the question of how to remove pet stains. Pets are family members, but much like a child, they can also cause a mess....

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How to Remove Stains From Softwood

Knowing how to remove stains from a soft species of wood is different from getting to the root of a stain in a harder, more solid wood. Materials like pine are softer, which means...

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How to Remove Wine Stains From Wood Floors

Enjoying a mellow glass of cabernet in front of the fire or celebrating a special occasion by toasting with a Pinot noir may lead to a wine stain on your wood floor. Don't panic....

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Kitchen Flooring Options: How to Decide What Works Best for You

If you're remodeling, you might find the number of kitchen flooring options to be mind-boggling. From wood, to tile to vinyl, determining which material will work best for your...

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maple hardwood flooring

Maple Hardwood Flooring Care: A Quick How-To Guide

So, you opted for maple hardwood flooring; an excellent material for its dent-resistant structure. However, its closed-grained pattern tends to show imperfections more easily. This...

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Oil Soap Safety: A User's Guide for Clean Hardwood Floors

With the vast array of cleaners available today, consumers need to be aware of how to properly use their products to avoid health hazards and damaging surfaces....

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Natural Cleaners for Wood Floors: The Benefits and Uses

Using natural cleaners for wood floors has several benefits to you, your family and the environment. These solutions can come as store-bought products or homemade formulas. No...

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oak hardwood flooring

Oak Hardwood Flooring: Tips for Easy Maintenance

One of the most appealing things about oak hardwood flooring is that by investing time into your schedule for cleaning and maintenance, your floors will boast their natural...

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Prefinished Hardwood Floors: The Pros and Cons

If you've decided to deck your floors out in hardwood, you'll need to decide whether or not to install unfinished or prefinished hardwood floors. Prefinished floors may take some...

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real wood floors

Five Advantages of Real Wood Floors Over Laminates

As a homeowner, what's most important to you - authenticity or simplicity? If you find yourself tempted by the convenience of a laminate floor, you should know that real wood...

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walnut hardwood flooring and décor

How Walnut Hardwood Flooring Thrives With Different Paint Color

People commonly associate wood floors with the sturdy oak tree, but walnut can be another wonderful choice for a hardwood floor. This darker wood provides a certain elegance to a...

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wide plank flooring

Using Wide Plank Flooring to Restore Your Colonial Home

When restoring a colonial home to its original glory, it's important to research the history of the home and similar abodes. Wide plank flooring is a particular necessity for...

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Five Winter Wood Cleaning Steps to Maintain Your Floors

In the winter, wood flooring needs even more TLC than usual. With all of the extra dirt tracked in from muddy shoes, along with less moisture in the air to prevent gaps from...

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ash hardwood flooring

How to Care for Ash Wood Floor

If you're tearing up old carpets while looking for a type of wood floor to install, consider ash flooring. Known for its knots and character marks, ash wood is both durable and...

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How Wood Floor Polish Brings Out the Shine

Did you fall in love with your home's wood floors the first time you saw them? Their warm, welcoming appearance doesn't survive on its own, so it's important to use a wood floor...

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wood floor repair

Three Problems Wood Floor Repair Can Address After Winter

Spring wood floor repair should become a part of your yearly routine. Harsh winter weather can take a toll on the wood inside your home, so it stands to reason that once the...

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How Wood Floor Restorer Brings Your Hardwood Back to Life

Hardwood floors add a ton of value to your home, but not if they're worn and tired. Although lighting and conservative storage methods can improve its appearance, according to...

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How Wood Laminate Flooring Differs From Real Hardwood

Wood laminate flooring and real hardwood flooring have a similar appearance as a completed element of your home, but there are different types of wood and laminate that can be...

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Wood Scratch Repair to Prepare Floors for Spring

Because winter poses a host of problems for your floors, spring is the perfect time for the wood scratch repair needed after snow boots have scuffed the entrance. To replenish your...

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wood floor types

Six Types of Wooden Flooring for Your Home

When choosing from the many types of wooden flooring available, you have several things to consider. The appearance of the wood usually ranks highest on a homeowner's priority...

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The History of Wooden Floors

Wood floors have such a rich history. The wood floors you see today, enhancing a home's decor, are vastly diverse in species, patterns, styles and designs, as well as the types of...

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shiny floors

10 Floor Cleaning Tips That Keep Hardwood Floors Shining

Nobody would disagree: Cleaning aged or dirty surfaces isn't a homeowner favorite. But with these floor cleaning tips, you can take an unpleasant but necessary task and turn it...

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unique floor

Choosing a Unique Floor Finish for Your Home

When decorating the home, choosing a floor finish for your wood floors is just as important as shopping for paint color and new furnishings. For those installing a new wood floor,...

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hardwood stairs

Five Tips for Keeping Hardwood Stairs Maintained

Maintaining hardwood isn't difficult, but when on a stairwell, it does require diligence over the years and a little attention to detail. Just like hardwood floors, hardwood stairs...

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bamboo flooring

How to Clean Bamboo Floors

Bamboo flooring is gaining in popularity across the United States for its eco-friendliness, low cost and one-of-a-kind appearance. It's helpful to know how to clean bamboo floors...

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wood paneling

How to Clean Wood Paneling

Painting is one of several interior design tasks people often love doing themselves. But get in the know first, and find out how to clean wood paneling before you tackle the...

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Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors: From Start to 'Finish'

Steam cleaning hardwood floors puts the oomph back into tired, grimy flooring. Over time, traditional cleaning methods of sweeping, vacuuming and mopping can't keep up with the...

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Wood Floor Finishes: Knowing Your Options

When it comes time to lay a wood floor, it's not just the type you'll need to consider. An array of wood floor finishes can give your flooring a variety of looks and levels of...

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When Hardwood Floor Repair Needs Pro Assistance

A hardwood floor repair should be a priority for every homeowner. Ensuring that floors stay in good condition involves not only regular cleaning and maintenance, but the occasional...

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Tips for Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors last many years with proper care and refinishing, and keeping them looking like new adds value, warmth and beauty to your home. But refinishing hardwood floors...

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Choosing the Best Hardwood Floors for Your Family Room

Choosing the best hardwood floors for your family room can be a daunting task. Color possibilities abound and you'll be considering how well various woods measure up against the...

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