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National Award Winning Hard Wood Floor in Olathe

Olathe Wood Floor InstallationSometimes, designing a hard wood floor can be a little bit like creating a piece of art. That was the case with an award-winning floor design we created for a client in Olathe, KS. Every wood floor SVB installs adds beauty to a room, but this customer wanted something that would add wow to their living room. So not only did we create a custom design, but we used four different types of wood with three distinct colors to create a visual effect that can’t be ignored. Our laser cut design consisted of 2300 individual pieces of red oak, wenge, maple and walnut woven into an intricate diamond shaped geometric pattern.

Olathe Floor Wins Wood Floor of the Year Award

In fact, SVB is the first hardwood floor company in Kansas City to win a national award for wood floor design and installation. This Olathe wood floor design won the Wood Floor of the Year award from the NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association). The award was in the category of “Best Living Room/Family Room” (Laser Cut/CNC Cut). There were 142 entries from the U.S., Canada and Russia which featured 19 total awards.

It’s Easy to Make Your Hard Wood Floor Unique

We’re thrilled when someone requests something out of the ordinary. Wood floors last for decades and we get excited when someone wants us to create a design that we know will be around for generations to enjoy. While this custom Olathe wood floor was rather involved, you can still create a floor that wows people without going to these lengths. We add borders, patterns, and inlays quite often. In fact, we can design inlays and medallions that can totally steal the show in any room or entryway.

All SVB Customers Get a Free In-Home Wood Floor Design Consultation

So if you’ve got something special in mind for your wood floor, give us a call. An SVB wood floor design specialist will come to your home for a free wood floor design consultation before we begin any wood floor installation project. We’ll show you your options, different species of wood, finishes, etc.  and together we can decide on a design that you will love. Just tell us what you have in mind, and we will create it. The only limit is your imagination. We love to create wood floor masterpieces. Let us create one in your home.

Six Wood Floor Care Tips to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Good

hardwood floor OlatheHaving hardwood floors installed in your Olathe area home is a great investment because, not only are they beautiful, they will last for decades. Floors take a lot of abuse over the years, so here are some wood floor care tips that will help keep your wood floors looking their best: 

  1. Regular Cleaning – few things will help your floor retain its shiny finish more than keeping it clean. Whether you vacuum, sweep, or dust mop, basic cleaning once every week is recommended to keep grit and dirt from scratching your floors underfoot.   For deep cleaning, SVB recommends Bona hardwood floor cleaning products to keep your floor looking great. Wet mopping is not recommended for wood floors as excessive amounts of water can cause the floor to swell or warp.
  2. Remove Spills Quickly – most spills won’t harm your floor’s finish if removed quickly. Use a soft dry or damp cloth. Don’t forget to clean dry spills quickly too.  Salt and sugar can cause scratching if walked on.
  3. Rugs – will protect your wood floor. Entryways are especially at risk as shoes drag in all kinds of hard pieces that can scratch and these areas get the most traffic. Use rugs at entryways, the end of steps, bathroom exits or other high traffic or moisture areas.  Avoid rubber-backed or non-ventilated rugs. Your floor should be able to breathe. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently. Don’t put rugs on newly finished floors. Wait 2-3 weeks to allow the floor to get the proper air to cure.
  4. Furniture – moving furniture can damage your wood floors if precautions are not taken. Felt pads should be attached to the bottoms of chair, table, and couch legs. These floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced. Never slide furniture. Carry furniture to its place and lightly set down.
  5. Humidity – keep the humidity in your home between 35% & 55%. Since wood is sensitive to the humidity in the air, wood fibers will pull in moisture, causing the wood to expand in the spring and summer months. During the winter months when the house is dry, there will be a shrinking effect in the width of the boards. You may need to use a humidifier during the winter months. Small, expansion cracks from summer to winter are a natural trait of wood floors.
  6. High Heels & Pet Claws – don’t walk on your floor with high heels. Because all of your weight is concentrated in such a small spot, it can cause dents. Trimming your pets’ claws will keep them from scratching the wood floors.

If you have questions about cleaning or maintenance of your wood floors, see our hardwood floor care tips page or give us a call. Our expert hardwood floor installers can answer any questions you may have. If your floors are especially dirty, you may be interested in our SVB hardwood floor cleaning process that restores your wood floors to new without the hassle of stripping, sanding and refinishing.