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8 Tips for Moving Heavy Objects without Scratching your Hardwood Floors

parents-moving-furniture-kid-in-chair-hardwood-floor-damage-svb-kansas-cityHere at SVB, we get hardwood floor repair calls all the time when homeowners scratch their wood floors, many of which are caused while moving heavy objects or furniture.

Obviously, it’s better to lift your furniture than to slide it, but sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a burly friend or the time to find additional help. This is when homeowners revert to less than ideal moving techniques. Next time you’re in a pinch and moving something heavy, here are some tips that could save you from major damage to your hardwood floors.

Related Read: 8 Ways You’re Destroying Your Hardwood Floors

 

little-boy-opening-drawer-svb-wood-floors-kansas-city1. Lighten the Load

First things first: shed the weight. If you have a heavy object, you’ll want to make it as light as possible before making the move. For instance, remove the drawers from dressers or the contents from your refrigerator.

Additionally, if you have a piece with a mirror attached, take the time to unscrew a few screws and set the mirror aside to avoid potential damage and some seriously bad luck. Not only will removing drawers and other objects make the piece lighter, it will also prevent them from sliding out and hurting your hardwood floors and toes.

2. Keep It Clean

If you’re rearranging the place, you might as well give it a thorough cleaning while you’re at it! Why bother? You may be surprised, but small pieces of gravel and even general dust/debris buildup under your furniture can wreak havoc if caught between the heavy piece and the floor. We suggest sweeping your floors and cleaning them thoroughly before making any moves.

3. Soften the Surface

furniture-moving-pads-svb-wood-floors-kansas-cityOnce again, this should be a no-brainer, but always put something soft between the floor and the object.

Choose something that will easily move across the floor like folded towels, thick moving blankets, small area rugs or carpet remnants with the fuzzy side toward the wood floor, or these handy moving sliders available on Amazon! One thing to remember, if you do choose to use rugs or carpet leftovers, make sure to shake them out to avoid any grit or debris.

Related Read: How to Protect Wood Floors from Paws, Claws, and In-Laws

4. Try It on Its Side

If it’s not too big or heavy, consider laying the object on its side or back to slide it. Make sure it is on something soft and easily slidable, but extra thick and durable for the added surface area that’s needing to be covered. This can help by distributing the weight over a larger area, thus, reducing the chance of scratching. This will also put less stress on the object’s legs if it has them. Just be careful to watch the corners and legs when you lift it back up to its upright position. (We suggest having help for this option.)

5. Get Some Gliders

You can buy special pads called gliders that fit under your furniture for moving heavy objects with ease. There are tons of nifty options online that come in different sizes and variety packs, and all at great prices! These are reusable and super convenient for homeowners who are known to do a little Feng Shui rearranging from time to time.

6. Refrigerator Tip

Refrigerators are notorious for scratching hardwood floors. When installing a refrigerator, we suggest laying two pieces of hardboard just in front of where the back wheels will be when it is in its final position, slide it back into place on the boards, and then carefully lean it backward to remove the boards. This will keep it in place and leave less room underneath for dirt and debris buildup.

wheels-on-hardwood-floor-moving-furniture-svb-kansas-city7. Watch for Wheels

Always be careful of wheels. Just because a piece is on wheels, doesn’t mean that those wheels won’t scratch or dent your wood floors. Place a piece of 1/4” thick hardboard on your floor and roll the wheels over it.

8. Dolly Do’s & Don’ts

Dollies are great for moving heavy objects, but certain kinds can be a nightmare for your hardwood floors. If you use a dolly, make sure it has inflatable rubber wheels, not hard rubber. Hard rubber wheels, plus the weight of the object, can create the perfect storm for dents and damage.

 

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4 Potential Benefits of Using Reclaimed Wood in Your Remodel

reclaimed-wood-floors-kitchen-hardwood-kansas-city-svbThere are lots of reasons to love reclaimed wood. Aside from enjoying its aesthetic value, using reclaimed wood is one more way to reduce our impact on the planet by giving new life to old lumber.

If you’re looking to add a warm, rustic touch to your home, continue reading to find out the many reasons you’ll love reclaimed wood:

1. Beautiful Aesthetic Appeal

Reclaimed wood allows homeowners to achieve a rustic look without compromising the integrity and strength of the wood. There are many ways to use reclaimed wood too! Many homeowners like to use it as an accent wall, to build tables, and, of course, for beautiful looking hardwood floors.

2. Better for the Environment

bedroom-reclaimed-wood-floors-svb-kansas-cityWhile hardwood floors are actually more environmentally friendly than you think, using reclaimed wood gives new purpose to old wood that may otherwise be tossed aside. Even better, because this wood has lived a full life, it is stronger than most woods purchased brand new.

After reclaimed wood has been treated, it provides an old-time look without the weakness of older, worn out hardwoods. Continue reading to find out how.

3. Stronger Than New Wood

Not only is reclaimed wood beautiful, in many cases, it’s stronger than new wood after treatment. Wood for reclaiming is usually found in old barns, houses, and warehouses and includes strong species like oak, maple, mahogany, and walnut. Shipping crates are another possible source since they’re often made with hard, durable species that can withstand rough treatment and hold their cargo without breaking or splintering.

Once the wood is sourced, it’s then processed by removing hardware such as nails and bolts, milled to remove the outer layer of weathered wood and to get rid of warping, kiln-dried to remove possible insect infestation and to prevent re-warping, and then shipped to suppliers.

Related Read: 8 Ways You’re Destroying Your Hardwood Floors

4. Great for Restoring Older Homes

accent-wall-reclaimed-wood-svb-hardwood-floors-kansas-cityReclaimed wood is especially valuable to homeowners looking to restore an old or historic house because, in older houses, old-growth timber was often used for flooring and staircases, but now it is no longer available to purchase new. Luckily, reclaimed wood is able to match older styles of wood and is an equally beautiful feature in a new home as well, adding character, a rich patina, and a sense of age that is usually reserved for older houses.

In recent years, reclaimed wood has been getting easier to find, but you should still make sure you’re buying from a reputable business that will guarantee the product, and that you’re getting wood that was properly processed and treated. If not, keep looking!

 

For more information on replacing your hardwood floors, contact our wood floor experts today!  And for more homeowner tips on hardwood floors, check out our blog!

8 Ways You’re Destroying Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are one of the most beautiful and valuable features of any home. Highly desired by buyers, rich, gleaming hardwood can last for years due to its unique ability to be renewed through the process of sanding and refinishing.

Still, you can keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for years, without the need for refinishing, if you follow some basic dos and don’ts. First, let’s look at eight things you’re doing that could be ruining your hardwood floors:

1. Using the Wrong Cleaner & Supplies

svb-wood-floor-cleaning-supplies-kcIf you’re using abrasives like scrubbing pads or harsh chemical cleaning solutions, stop! They’re damaging your floors!

Use a mild detergent (sparingly) and don’t pour it directly onto the floor. Apply the product to a microfiber cloth or mop instead.

Related Read: Good Products Gone Bad: The Wood Flooring Edition

2. Using a Steam Mop

Don’t use one of the popular steam mops on the market on your hardwood floors. Using steam is like pouring hot water on your floor and using water is one of the worst things you can do for your  wood floors.

3. High Heels & Things That Squeal  

puppy-claws-pets-on-hardwood-floor-svb-kcYou should always avoid walking on your hardwood floors in high heels. They can scratch and even cause indentations over time (especially if the heel is small in diameter because it puts all the pressure in a small space).

If you have pets, trim their nails or have them wear pet booties. If they’re prone to accidents, clean and dry the spots immediately. Waiting to clean up after your pet, even a little while, can cause a permanent stain and an odor that is next to impossible to completely remove.

Related Read: How to Protect Wood Floors from Paws, Claws, and In-Laws

4. Using a Vacuum Without a Wood Floor Attachment

Don’t vacuum your wood floors unless your vacuum has an attachment specifically made for wood floor care. The beater bars on your vacuum can and will “beat” your floor and cause damage.

5. Area Rugs with Rubber Backing

Area rugs or mats with a rubber or vinyl backing shouldn’t be used on hardwood floors. Why? Some materials in the backing can react with certain floor finishing causing discoloration or causing the finish to dull.

6. Too Much Sunshine (Yes, It’s a Thing)

hardwood-floors-sun-damage-svb-kcToo much sunshine can cause your wood floors to dull significantly faster than they normally would. Keep the sun off your floors by closing blinds or draperies on harsh, sunny days. This way you can still let the light in without doing as much damage over time.

Related Read: Don’t Let Summer Sun Fade Your Hardwood Floors. Try These Tips Instead!

7. Applying Wax to a Urethane Finish

Stop right there! Plain and simple, you should never apply wax to a floor with a urethane finish.

8. Waiting Too Long to Refinish

While it may seem like a big project, don’t wait too long to refinish. Surface scratches can become a permanent problem, trapping dirt and dulling the floor’s finish. Choose a wood flooring company that will make this process painless and you’ll have it done in no time!

Quick Tips On Caring For Your Hardwood Floors

Take good care of your wood floors by wiping up any spills immediately, starting from the edges of the spill and working towards the center. Regularly remove dust and loose dirt with either a dry mop or a broom with exploded tips. Avoid radical swings in temperature and humidity by using an air conditioner in summer and a humidifier in winter. The goal is  to maintain a temperature of 70-72 degrees and a relative humidity of 50-55 percent. Care for your floors and they’ll provide you with years of beauty and enjoyment!

 

Whether you’re looking for damage repair or a totally customized installation, we’ll take care of it all! Contact the award-winning professionals at SVB today to take care of your next wood flooring project.

 

 

Are Wood Floors Environmentally Friendly? The Answer May Surprise You!

svb-wood-floor-envrionmentally-friendly-hardwood-kansas-cityHardwood floors deplete forests, right? Wrong! This is a myth believed by many, but the facts say otherwise. Wood is a renewable resource and according to the USDA Forest Service, harvesting trees has “minimal environmental impact.” They report that for every cubic foot of trees harvested, 1.66 cubic feet are regrown. And while it’s true that it takes decades for a tree to mature, the inventory planted today won’t be needed for over 100 years.

In fact, since 1953, the inventory of standing hardwood in the U.S. has grown by more than 90% and is currently estimated at 328 billion cubic feet. So what are some of the other environmental benefits of choosing hardwood floors? Here are just a few:

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Wood Is Carbon Neutral

Wood produces oxygen while it’s growing and stores carbon during its service as lumber for building homes, or as furniture, flooring, etc. In addition, production of hardwood flooring causes minimal emission of carbon dioxide, and no emission of other particulates that contribute to global warming such as methane and nitrogen oxide. Furthermore, wood floor production uses less water and energy than is required to produce other types of flooring.

Wood Floors Last Longer

svb-wood-floors-living-room-environmentally-friendly-hardwoodAccording to the National Association of Home Builders, because hardwood flooring can potentially last hundreds of years, it won’t need replacing nearly as often as other flooring options. Plus, at the end of its life, hardwood flooring can be burned for fuel or recycled into other useful products.

Related Read: Flooring Options: Which Is Best for ROI?

Better Indoor Air Quality

svb-wood-floors-bright-kitchen-kansas-cityAccording to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is much better with hardwood floors. This is echoed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), who say that hardwood floors are an “ideal choice for people suffering from allergies or asthma.”

There are so many practical, environmentally sound reasons, apart from its warmth and beauty, why hardwood flooring is the number one flooring choice of homeowners across America.

Related Read: Allergies That Won’t Go Away? Your Carpet May Be The Culprit

 

Have more questions? Contact us online or give us a call today at (816) 965-8655. Big or small, we’d love to help with your next hardwood flooring project.