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I just bought my first house and it is all wood flooring. It is the real wood flooring not the laminate…?

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fake kind of flooring. How do I clean and care for this type of flooring? Can I mop do I use wood polisher on it or not?

Hi, It is important to regularly remove dirt and debris from your wood floors as it can wear the finish. I usually vacuum with a hard floor brush. If I don’t feel like pulling out the vacuum I use a broom or swifter.

I damp mop only when it looks like it needs it with only a slightly damp mop rinsing the mop regularly. I just use warm water as we like going barefoot and I like natural products. Once in a while I use a 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water. I attach a towel to my swifter and quickly dry mop it if it is cold out and it is not drying quickly.

It is also good to use preventative maintenance such as felt pads on your furniture. Area rugs should be placed in high traffic area and at entrances to help trap dirt. An area rug placed by your sink helps with water being splashed. Any spills should be wiped up right away. Hope this helps.

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how do I find real wood flooring to lay in my kitchen, that doesn’t sit up higher than my carpet?

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all the wood flooring I have found is thick. do they make real wood floors that are thinner like laminate ones are? thank you :)

No they don t make a true hard wood any thinner than the 3/4". It s the turn and take of a carpet that is what is important. There are several ways to do a carpet to wood that makes it turn out ok. But only an installer can say when he/she arrives on the job and sees the type of carpet and pad you have
Tiling your floor the proper way can give you the same thickness or even higher. GL

Laminate Or Real Wood Flooring In Bedrooms?

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Hi. We have old carpet in all of our 3 bedrooms and want to replace it with laminate or real wood floor. We will probably be moving within the next year or two and have two children. Which would you recommend?

Solid wood flooring and plastic laminate flooring each have their pros and cons. Solid wood flooring is timeless and provides a look of elegance to a home that is unbeatable when it comes to flooring. However, solid wood floors are susceptible to moisture. Laminate flooring, on the other hand is lower cost and ideal for active families with pets, though it has a less elegant look and cannot be refinished.

Solid wood flooring is exactly that – solid wood. It is solid wood that typically comes in ¾” board strips and is available in many types of wood including Oak, Maple, Cherry, and Hickory. It can be purchased pre-finished or unfinished. It can also be sanded and refinished multiple times and can last many decades.

Solid wood flooring is susceptible to high humidity and moisture so it should only be used on ground or above ground levels. You should think twice before considering using it in a basement. Due to the fact that solid wood floors are moisture sensitive they can have the tendency to expand, contract or cup. The cupping action causes the wood edges to stick up, which can lead to floor damage and even tripping.

Solid wood flooring is also sensitive to scratches, though this can be mitigated with your choice of wood flooring as well as how you finish/seal the floor.

Solid wood flooring is typically more expensive than laminate flooring however it is well worth the investment. Solid wood flooring is actually one type of flooring that can raise the value of your home. If you are building, or have a high end home, then you should definitely go with solid wood flooring as most high end home buyers will prefer solid wood floors over laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring is basically made out of plastic with a photographic image of wood sandwiched in between the layers of plastic. Laminate floors are very durable and great for high traffic areas and active families, however they cannot be refinished once scuffed up and/or scratched. There are also limited colors/patterns to choose from. Laminate flooring can typically be cleaned with a damp mop, however excessive moisture can damage the laminate if water seeps in around the edges of the boards.

Laminate flooring is considered to be impervious to stains and dents and will not fade. Typically warranties on laminate flooring products, are 10 years or more.

Laminate flooring comes in various thicknesses from 6mm to 12mm. The thicker the material the longer it will last. In addition, the more it will simulate real solid wood floors, not just in appearance but also in sound when walking on it.

In regards to installation, a homeowner with a few basic tools can install both solid wood floors and laminate flooring. However, before installation a homeowner should first do their homework. Particularly with solid wood floors, it is important to allow for expansion of the material. Thus it is important to not butt the solid wood floor directly up against a wall.

If you are anticipating only staying a few years in a home and have children and pets, laminate flooring, can make a lot of sense, particularly as it is typically lower cost than solid wood flooring. If you plan to be in a home for a long period of time and want to make a serious investment in the home, then consider solid wood floors.

Do keep in mind though that solid wood floors will net you a better return on your investment than laminate will.

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How To Lay A Wood Floor – Doing The Job

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Martin and Dave take us through the final stages of laying a real wood floor.

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real wood flooring sale in the uk?

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i am enquiring about a price of real wood flooring oak preferably approx 74sqm, but the prices are so high at the moment as we are doing a house up. any suggestions , we are going to put it down ourselves
sorry but this is UK only….
sorry but this is UK only….

Best places are Henry Venables timber and British hardwoods



it’s worth looking for the henry venables shop on ebay as they often sell off packs at very good prices, I got 64 sqm of prime U.S ash about a year ago for £580.

What type of flooring would look good next to a real wood floor? ?

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Our family room sits at one end of our house and the living room and bedrooms sit at the other end. We’d like to do wood laminate but our kitchen sits in the middle and meets up with both ends and it has real oak floors that we don’t want to change. Would the laminate look cheap next to the real wood?

if its really beautiful old oak floors with a bit of wear and tear, the laminate will look too modern and tacky next to it. I wouldn’t put anything with rustic floorboards except carpet or old floorboards to match

A way to get paint off of real wood flooring?

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We have real wood floors and there used to be carpet over it, whoever lived here before us obviously didn’t care and now there is white paint on real wood floor. What’s a way of getting the paint off without ruining the floor?

http://www.wood-floor-guide.com/wood-floor-care/remove-paint-from-wood-floor/ This article should help. It has a lot of info.

What is the cheapest, best looking, and most durable alternative to real wood flooring?

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We just love real wood floors but want a more affordable alternative and don’t plan to be in this house forever. My husband will do the labor-any suggestions? I want something that is still very rich looking

Stick with the prefinished real wood. The engineered wood floors are alright, but they aren’t any cheaper. The laminates look and sound like crap and the vinyls are just plain silly.

Go to a few flooring showrooms and ask to see their pre-finished wood floors and ask what they might have on special. You should be able to find something that you can buy for about $5.00/sq. ft. Any vinyl, laminate or engineered wood floor will run you just as much and won’t be nearly as nice.

Just my two bits.