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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Design Inspiration: On The Floor No More

Hardwood Trends Around the HomeWhile we will always love a beautiful hardwood floor, the new trend is taking it up a notch, literally. Hardwood is no longer for just your floor. We’re seeing it everywhere from accent walls to ceilings. Here are some of our favorite design inspirations from Pinterest and beyond.

Rustic Chevron Hardwood Wall

We love unique patterns and designs like this chevron hardwood wall. Nothing about this wall is ordinary. The distinctive pattern attracts the eye and keeps your focus until you realize that you’re looking at a wall, not a floor.

Unexpected Hardwood Ceilings

Another place we are seeing hardwood pop up is on ceilings, and in very unexpected stains and shades. Forget perfectly painted and primed wood paneling, these wood ceilings are meant to stand out, not blend in. Try a light blonde stain paired with neat white walls and doors, or a white-washed wood ceiling against simple white walls.

Hardwood Wall Accent

We’re also seeing a lot of hardwood accents in the interior design world. These accents are partial walls that act as a backdrop to a television, fireplace, toilet, or bed where people typically spend extended periods of time. We love this wood accent piece behind a simple flat screen television. The simple hardwood lines contrast with the varied wood stains and colors, making for a visually interesting focal point, even when the TV is turned off.

If you’re interested in taking your hardwood game to the next level we can help. Meet with our SVB Wood Floors Design Consultants to help you create your own unique hardwood piece in your Kansas City home. Call us at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655 today to set up an appointment.

Why We Love the Reclaimed Wood Trend, and You Should Too

Reclaimed Hardwood FloorsAt SVB Wood Floors we have a great respect for and love of wood. While we still enjoy our traditional flooring options, we’ve come to have a bit of a thing for reclaimed wood, especially when it comes to using it for your hardwood flooring. While it’s not for everyone, here are a few reasons to change your tune and explore the possibilities of using reclaimed wood for your next flooring project with SVB Wood Floors.

It’s Original

Reclaimed wood is a great way to display your home’s individuality. Since reclaimed wood is not mass-produced like many other hardwood flooring products, your reclaimed wood floors will always be one-of-a-kind. We are currently loving wide plank reclaimed hardwood floors. They have a beautiful rustic look to them that is right on trend with country-style kitchens and homes at the moment.

It’s Environmentally Responsible

Hardwood floors are beautiful, but do require a lot of work, including logging, processing, and transportation. If you’re using approved reclaimed wood, it can decrease the carbon footprint of your floors, as well as save the old wood from ending up in a landfill. It’s a great way to recycle on a larger scale.

It’s Usually Great Quality

If you use reclaimed wood that is in relatively good shape, it is probably of great quality. Reclaimed wood is usually old growth and was originally harvested at a time when trees grew slowly. This means the grains are tighter and denser. All together, reclaimed wood can be much more durable and a more superior quality than many mass-produced hardwoods today.

Call SVB Wood Floors today at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655 to set up a consultation about installing reclaimed hardwood flooring in your Kanas City area home.

5 Hardwood Floor Care Tips to Prepare You for the Holiday Season

Holiday Floor Care TipsThe holidays are a time for cheerful gatherings with friends and family. But that also means a lot more pitter-patter of feet in your home. This season, safeguard your hardwood floors from the increase in activity and traffic, and take a few steps to keep them gleaming and impress your guests. Here are five of SVB Wood Floors top seasonal care tips.

Routine Maintenance

Make sure your floors have a good base going into the holiday season. Be sure to regularly sweep, dust or mop leading up to your holiday parties. This will be sure to prevent small dust and debris particles from being dragged around and scraping and scratching your floors, dulling its shine.

Related Read: Hardwood Floor Care Instructions

Remove Spills Quickly

If you have pets, kids, or if you’re just prone to spilling, make sure you wipe up spills and spots as soon as they happen. Removing spills and spots as quickly as possible will prevent long-term damage to your floors, and keep them looking uniform and sparkling for your holiday parties.

Use Rugs & Mats to Preserve Your Floor

Before your guests arrive try and map out which areas of your home will be the highest trafficked. These typically tend to be the front foyer or hallway, the kitchen, and hallways to the bathroom. We suggest laying down rugs or mats in some of these areas to protect them. But always make sure you’re using a rug or mat pad underneath to prevent the rug or mat from sliding around and being abrasive to the smooth hardwood floors below.

Protect Your Floor from Your Furniture

Another holiday pitfall for your floors is your furniture. With more guests in your home, you’re sure to have people moving furniture around to accommodate more seating, or to open up a space for gifts, etc. But you can take a few steps to prevent moving furniture legs from scratching your floors. Attach felt pad floor protectors on the feet of your furniture. This will allow them to easily glide on your hardwood floors without leaving damage behind.

Safeguard Your Floor from Other Dangers

Other safety measures you can take to protect your floors this season include trimming pets’ nails and claws, as well as instilling a ‘no shoes’ policy in your home. While the first precaution is self-explanatory, the second will also help your floors a great deal. Women often wear high heels (stilettos are hardwood floor enemies), which can dent, scratch and dull your beautiful floors.

If you want even more dazzling floors before the holidays call us at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655 for our SVB Wood Floor professional hardwood floor cleaning or refinishing services.

FAQ: Do I Have To Move Out Of My Home When Refinishing My Floors?

Tips for Hardwood Floor RefinishingIn the past, hardwood floor refinishing could be an incredibly messy process, thanks to all the wood dust it would put into the air. Having to find a place to stay for a few days, along with the hassle of boarding your pets, was terribly inconvenient. Add to that the dust you could potentially be cleaning from other parts of your home, even months down the road, was enough to turn people off to the idea of ever having beautiful floors again.

The Beauty of the Automatic Dust Containment System
Thanks to our Atomic Dust Containment System by Bona, we are happy to say those days are long gone. No more will you need to worry about having to leave your home when getting your hardwood floor refinished. We will leave your home as clean as when we started because our machine sucks up all of the dust, even before it enters the air.

What are some other great reasons for using our dustless floor refinishing?

  • You won’t need to remove sensitive electronic equipment.
  • A healthier home, because we don’t need to use a harsh chemical to strip the finish from your floor.
  • No wondering about how secure your home is at night.
  • No need to seal off the room from the rest of the house.
  • Your pets will be less anxious because they can stay with you.

No Dangerous Respiratory Effects

The last benefit is certainly the most important. The government classifies airborne wood dust particles as carcinogens on its OSHA website. Because there will be zero wood dust in your home, you won’t need to worry about any dangerous respiratory effects, allergic reactions, or dermatitis.

We would love to talk with you more about our environmentally friendly, dustless floor sanding process. Our consultation is free of charge and will cover everything you need to know about making your floor look its best. Give SVB Wood Floors a call today at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655.

5 Ways You Are Ruining Your Hardwood Floors

wood floor refinish Kansas CityA beautiful hardwood floor can revitalize the appearance of any home, but this unique type of flooring does require a few minor changes to daily habits in order to avoid unwanted damage. If you have recently had a hardwood floor installed or are looking to upgrade the flooring in your home, here are five of the most common ways owners can ruin their beautiful hardwood flooring.

1. Using too much water when mopping 
Hardwood flooring can be somewhat resilient to a small amount of water, but using too much water while mopping the floor may cause damage. When water seeps into wooden flooring it can lead to warping, swelling, and mold.

2. Using the wrong cleaners 
Generic chemical cleaners can be harsh on even the most durable hardwood flooring. Owners should only clean the floors with products that have been specifically designed for hardwood. We recommend Bona products.

Check out SVB Wood Floor’s guide for cleaning wood floors the right way.

3. Letting sand, dirt or grit build up on your floor 
When too much loose dirt or sand is left on the floor it will begin to act like sandpaper, especially in high-traffic areas. Those that live in homes in which a lot of dirt is tracked in or have an especially large amount of dust should have their hardwood floors cleaned as regularly as possible to prevent serious damage.

4. Not Using Rugs & Mats in High-Traffic Areas
The absolute best way to protect the hardwood floor is to use rugs and runners in high-traffic areas such as hallways. Instead of having to use hardwood-specific cleaners, owners can simply remove the rugs to clean or replace them whenever it is needed.

5. Wearing High Heels
Any shoes with an abrasive or hard soul will take a toll on a hardwood floor, and this includes high heels. High heels should never be worn on hardwood as they can gouge and ruin the finish on the flooring.

If you are considering having hardwood flooring installed in your own home or have questions about protecting your current hardwood floors our specialists are ready to help. Please call SVB Wood Floors at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655 today to discuss your own options.