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What is a penetrating oil finish on hardwood floors?

Hardwood flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
Wood has been used as flooring for centuries. The way that it was originally maintained was the use of oil. It has only been within the past century that polyurethane and other finishes have started to be used. Each type of finish that is applied to wood have their benefits and drawbacks. ...
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What is a UV Oil Cured finish on hardwood floors?

Hardwood flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
Some of your higher-end engineered hardwood floors are UV Oil Cured. They look similar to a penetrating oil and have characteristics of a urethane. The finishes are beautiful and the colors in the wood stand out very well. Because this finish has characteristics of two different finishes, there are ...
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What floor finishes keep the natural look of the wood?

Wood flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
When it comes to wood flooring there are a number of different ways to finish it. There are the old school ways such as penetrating oil and hardwax oil which have been around for a very long time. The newer finishes are UV oil cured, UV urethane, polyurethane, and water borne finishes. They all ...
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Does it really matter to know what fiber the carpet is made of?

Carpet flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
When you shop for carpet most of the time you will look at it and run your hand over it. You will see how it feels and you will look for the color you want. The price is a factor as well, but sometimes that is not the case and you go by what your senses tell you. After you get past how it feels and ...
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Why do you get ripples or "speed bumps" in carpet?

Carpet flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
Sometimes when you move into an older home, or you have had your home for a while, you may start to see the carpet have some issues. Apart from needing cleaning you may start to have bumps in your carpet. When you think back, they were not there before. They may have shown up after the carpet was ...
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Does it really matter what kind of carpet pad to get?

Carpet flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
When you are buying carpet, you also need to pay attention to what kind of pad you are getting. The better the pad, the longer the carpet will last. You also need to be aware that the person who sells you the carpet and pad may not know what they are talking about or they don't have your interest ...
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Does carpet make your allergies worse?

Carpet in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
I can't tell you the number of people that say "carpet is bad for your allergies". Friends and customers say that the doctor told them to get rid of their carpet to help with their allergies. Another one is "carpet is disgusting and it just doesn't clean up". There are other statements I am sure ...
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What does a pre-finished floor have on it?

Wood floors in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
When you are shopping for wood flooring there are two ways to buy it: Finished and unfinished. Unfinished wood flooring has to be installed, sanded, stained, and a finish coat applied to it. A pre-finished wood floor is sanded, stained, and the finish is applied in a factory. You then buy the wood ...
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Steam mops and wood floors really don't work well together.

Wood floors in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
Everyone has looked for the best and easiest way to clean their wood floors. If you have been to a large box store or shopped online, you have come across steam mops. On the package, it says that you can use it on sealed wood floors. The manufacturer wants you to buy this, so it will be the latest ...
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Basic Steps for Wood Floor Care

Wood flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
1. Choose the right vacuum for the job. Mopping alone will not keep a wood floor clean. Before you mop, a good vacuum should be used to remove any dirt from corners or dust between boards. If you don't, adding water to dirt make mud, and mud that dries to the floor is harder to get off.2. Reduce ...
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What is Thermal Engineered or Modified Wood Flooring?

Wood flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
Thermal modified or engineered wood is not a new thing. It has been around in Europe for about 20 years. The idea of the process began in early Europe with the Vikings. Burning the surface with fire gave it a heat treatment that helped make it more resistant to moisture and rot from outdoor ...
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If I want waterproof flooring or hardwood, what can be done to make the floors quieter for multi-level buildings or homes?

If I want waterproof flooring or hardwood, what can be done to make the floors quieter?
As families get bigger and upstairs neighbors get noisier, what can be done to help with the noise? Families can have loud noise from children playing and running through the house to pets doing the same thing. In multi-family condos or apartments, no one wants to listen to their upstairs neighbors ...
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What are some characteristics that I need to be aware of when picking out a wood floor?

What are some characteristics that I need to be aware of when picking out a wood floor?
Wood flooring is one of the most classical flooring options. We had wood floors before we had carpet, so it can be found in many old homes. As time has passed, people have changed what kind of flooring they like in their homes. Our options for flooring have continued to change over time to include ...
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Are there any waterproof flooring collections that patterns can be made with?

Herringbone waterproof flooring
One of the differences between wood flooring and waterproof flooring is the ability to create designs in the flooring. Wood can be carved, cut, and stained to create different designs and patterns on a floor. It is one of the reasons that some customers want wood flooring. Waterproof flooring is a ...
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Does the brand of Luxury Vinyl Tile or Waterproof Flooring make a difference?

Luxury Vinyl Tile in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
Vinyl flooring has been around for over 30 years. It has evolved over time to what we see today from sheet goods to individual planks or tiles. It has been within the last 10 years or so that the term COREtec and waterproof flooring has become common. COREtec was created in Asia and developed by ...
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Why are box stores waterproof flooring cheaper than flooring stores?

Waterproof flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
This is a tough question for a flooring store to explain to a customer. How many times have you been shopping for a product and you found a similar product at Lowe's or Home Depot for a better price than at the local flooring store? It isn't the same color or style, but the price is really good. It ...
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Is laminate waterproof flooring really waterproof?

Laminate flooring in Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
As I shop around for flooring the term waterproof gets used a lot when talking about luxury vinyl and laminate. Everyone seems to want something that can handle spills, weather, and pets. The display shows water sitting on the top of the flooring in the kitchen or by the front door by a wet dog. ...
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Can you disinfect flooring?

Carpet flooring in   Spindale, NC from BPS Southeast
After what has happened in 2020 with Covid-19, a lot of people have thought about how to keep their place of business & homes clean and disinfected. Most people have learned that hard surfaces are the easiest to clean and disinfect. What do you do with fabrics and carpet though?Unfortunately, you ...
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What do I clean my hardwood flooring with?

Hardwood floors from BPS Southeast in Spindale, NC
Anyone who sells, refinishes, or installs hardwood flooring should teach and explain to their customers how to clean their wood flooring. If they don't, they need to find out how and tell their customers. This is a question that I have heard many times. When I go into a home with hardwood flooring, ...
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Should I buy luxury vinyl flooring from a big box store or a local flooring store?

Should I buy luxury vinyl flooring from a big box store or a local flooring store?
When you are shopping for luxury vinyl flooring, you will find that where you shop will determine what information you will see on the label. The difference is very interesting. You will see it mainly between the big box stores and the flooring stores. At a big box store, you will see labels like "...
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What is the best floor to put in a kitchen?

Luxury vinyl flooring from BPS Southeast in Spindale, NC
When someone asks "What flooring would you put in a kitchen?", there isn't one right answer. The first question should always be, is it commercial or residential? That is the starter. When you talk about a commercial kitchen, you will need specific details. Is it a restaurant, food manufacturing, a ...
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If you want hardwood flooring in your basement, is that possible?

If you want hardwood flooring in your basement, is that possible?
When putting hardwood flooring in your home, you may run into the issue that you have a basement. Basement flooring is usually concrete unless you are on the side of a mountain and you have just a multiple level home on pillars. When shopping for hardwood flooring, most professionals discourage ...
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Do I buy my waterproof vinyl flooring at the big box store or from my local flooring store?

Do I buy my waterproof vinyl flooring at the big box store or from my local flooring store?
Everyone has been to Lowe's, Home Depot, or your local home improvement box store. When shopping for waterproof flooring, they make it so convenient for you to walk in and buy what you want and go home with it. They even have 12 months no interest if you put it on their credit card if you don't ...
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How do you care for hardwood flooring?

How do you care for hardwood flooring?
If you go online or ask your neighbor, you will find several options for cleaning hardwood flooring. Some will be homemade, and some will be from companies that want to sell their products. Many of them really do not explain how and why the products work. Cleaning products provide certain ...
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Disinfecting Hardwood Floors

Disinfecting Hardwood Floors
Looking back to January of 2020, not much discussion about disinfecting hardwood flooring came up. There have been hours of media attention about disinfecting and a lot of information put out on the internet. Some home remedies include products you find around your kitchen and others are from name ...
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Why Prefinished Hardwood Floors Instead of Sand & Finish Wood Floors?

Why Prefinished Hardwood Floors Instead of Sand & Finish Wood Floors?
When shopping for wood flooring for your home, you can find that there are several different kinds of finishes, species, and structures. The way most prefinished wood floors will be sold will be either a solid or an engineered wood plank. Engineered wood planks have changed a lot and there are a ...
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