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Floor Care : How to Clean Finished Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are usually finished with polyurethane, which is a surface finish, meaning that this type of flooring should never be waxed. Find out how to clean hardwood floors with a vacuum cleaner and a floor mop with help from a member of the National Wood Floor Association in this free video on cleaning hardwood flooring.

Expert: Joe Harpole
Contact: procareofnashville.com
Bio: Joe Harpole has been a member of the National Wood Floor Association since 2006.
Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge

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Is solid hardwood flooring louder than engineered wood flooring on above ground levels?

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I was told a thick layer of polyurethane glue works just as well as cork for sound proofing for hardwood floors on above ground levels.

Your speaking of the noise level in the rooms where the flooring is or below the floor like in a lower room.

Eng. flooring is a little louder in the room it is placed because it is usually not attached to the floor– in many cases it float over the sub floor may even have micro foam underlayment. This means the room below may be quieter.

Solid wood is quieter in the room because it is usually attached with glue or nails or both. may be louder in the lower room.

Solutions solid wood. use cork underlayment, it is available in 2′ squares. makes a world of difference. Eng. deal with it, rugs.

As for the poly. I just don’t believe it.

which is the best choice of wood for engineered flooring?

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I would like to remove my carpet and get a nice tough wood flooring.

If you install engineered hardwood the species of wood you use will make no difference as to its durability. Engineered is always prefinished and it is the durability of the finish, and the type of installation method that you need to be concerned with.
Engineered hardwood can be nailed or stapled, glued to the subfloor, glued together and floated, or simply locked together and floated with no fasteners or glue at all.
Of these methods it is best to always fasten the floor down. Nail, staple, or glue the boards to the floor and you will have a much more solid feel, and the boards will be much less likely to separate.
Of the floors I have seen the best looking and toughest is
Br-111 exotic hardwood. It is not outrageously expensive.
Armstrong also makes some good hardwood, but steer clear of some of their products such as Bruce LocknFold or other "floating" hardwoods.

Staining A Hardwood Floor

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This video is of an installation and job site sand, stain and finish of a 5/8″ unfinished engineered hardwood floor. This floor is a select Red Oak with Merlot stain. The floor was installed in an old car port that has been remodeled into a family room. We are using a buffer to apply the stain in this case.

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Floor Leveling For Hardwood Floors – Concrete

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Start to finish procedure for checking floor level/flatness on concrete before installing floating or gluedown hardwood floors. Tools and methods included to complete job

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How do you get slight indentations out of engineered wood flooring?

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Moved the fridge and you can see the marks in the floor. Slightly indented. Can you make the indentations less visible? Can they be steamed out ie: expanding the wood so it is level again?

Well I have a wood floor, so I don’t know how different it is from yours. >> You can use a repair such as Bona Kemi Parkett Repair. or you can place water on the dent and apply mild heat (with an iron) to the spot to get it to raise. It sometimes works.

how to join new engineered wood flooring to existing rooms with carpet without using transition strips?

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the wood flooring will be installed in a hallway which has six rooms opening off of it, all the rooms have carpet. I don’t want to use transition strips where the doorways are. I have seen carpet joined to other type floors simular to this where the carpet appears to have been rolled under at the transition and secured. is this done with some type carpet tact strip that dosen’t have the little nails sticking up? all flooring is over a concrete slab.

Install tack strip 1/4" from the hardwood, re-stretch the carpet to the new strip, re-trim it, and set it with a stair tool. Use a masonry bit and aluminum masonry nails to secure the tack strip. To do it correctly the carpet needs to be re-stretched, so if you don’t have acess to a power stretcher, best to call a pro. You can’t use the turn & tack method on concrete unless you install a wood backer to tack it to, which would be as much trouble as using tack strip. You would also need a re-stretch with the turn & tack method.

What is the potential problem of the engineered wood flooring for basement?

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I plan to take away the carpet in my basement, and install some other type of flooring. A friend recommended the engineering hardwood flooring. Yet I heard that a little moisture would be disastrous for this type of flooring. Is there a better option out there?

you need to do a moisture test on your floor first to see if it is feasible first you get a gallon Ziploc and tape (duct tape) it to an exposed area of concrete leave it for 24 hrs if moisture collects on the bag you need another flooring. you could go with laminate and get a moisture barrier padding to go under it, or there is a flexible floating PVC flooring out now the more pricier ones have texture that feels like wood and looks so real i have seen people actually touch it before they believed it wasn’t

I’m laying engineered wood flooring on concrete floor – can I use plyboard to flatten floor out?

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I’d like to lay engineered wooden flooring in my 3rd floor flat. Lifted up old laminate flooring and concrete floor is not even / flat (up to 7mm difference in parts) – there is a bulge running through centre of floor. Area is around 40sq in total. Thinking of using plyboard to raise rest of room up to bulge level and perhaps self leveling in the centre to even out. Any thoughts please? Thanks

That is a tough question . I am in two minds on this one.
It depends on the variation between the highs and lows etc
I am tempted to suggest that you grind the floor. It might help
Using a self levelling compound with the grinding is the way i would go. The ply wood bit is really hard. I do not actually recommend that one. Also would raise the floor levels as well.

Floating Floor Installation for engineered hardwood flooring

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Floating Flooring Installation guidelines

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