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I know a lot of people out there want the newest wood floor cleaner out there. People ask me about new floor products all the time. Is there something better in a new product that has just come to market?


You may have seen the Bona® Hardwood Floor Mop on a TV infomercial. The Bona Mop is designed for use on all wood floor types including laminate and hardwood floors. It competes directly against the Swiffer WetJet - a product that the majority of Americans know.


Everybody knows Martha Stewart for her magazine and TV show. She is a crafty woman who is always thinking up the next best thing. Because she is such an icon, many people will vouch for her products on the basis that they have her name on them.


The Swiffer WetJet is a mop that has received a lot of press and mixed reviews. The Swiffer WetJet is a mop that can be used on many floor coverings. The Swiffer is not recommended for wood floors even though many people do use it on their wood floors.


Restoring old wood floors brings back their natural beauty and shine. If you live in an old home, wood floors are a classic touch. A perfect way to add some freshness to your home is to restore your old wood floors. It can dramatically change a room and give it an updated look.


Cork is a fairly new phenomenon when it comes to flooring. It appeals to families with young children who take the occasional tumble. It also appeals to people who suffer from back and joint pain. Cork is renowned for its softness, durability and tiny environmental impact. Get to know the pros and cons of cork floors. In this eBook, you will learn how cork is harvested. You will also familiarize yourself with the different styles of cork flooring. If you are considering cork flooring, this is a must read.


Many people would say that bamboo is a trendy, environmentally-friendly floor covering. At the same time, bamboo flooring has created a lot of controversy. In this eBook, you will learn the truth about bamboo flooring. You will learn how bamboo is grown and how it is processed into flooring. You will get the full scoop on how bamboo impacts the environment. After reading this eBook, you will think twice about bamboo flooring.


Parquet is a long-lasting, strong floor covering. It is both practical and elegant. In this eBook you will learn about the different styles of parquet flooring and how they are produced. Learn how to install parquet so you get it right the first time! You will get to know how to avoid the common mistakes when laying your parquet floor. Discover how to finish your floor so that you have a beautiful surface. When you read this eBook, you will recognize the charm of classic herringbone floors.


This article will explain how to read your wood floor warranty and understand it! It will examine Bellawod Prefinished Hardwood Flooring, Bruce and Anderson Pacific Floors as examples of what is and is not covered in your floor warranty. We will also uncover loopholes in your floor warranty that are designed to protect the manufacturer. This is a must if you are planning on purchasing a new floor.


I'm a real gadget nut. Any new tool offered to us floor sanders, to do a better or easier job, I usually give it a try. In most cases I'm pretty disapointed by the claims of manufacturers, espesially when it comes to sanding machines . Most of the hand held random orbital sanders, for instance work well on softwoods, but don't have the power or weight to work on hardwoods.


Use our wood species list to learn the pro's and con's of these twenty-one different types of wood. This extensive lists contains exotic and domestic species.



Steam mops are becoming quite the rage these days. They are seen on infomercials, sold at your local "home gadget" store and available through all of the major online retailers. If you are unfamiliar with these mops, they retail for on average $100.


At the start of March this year, I found myself up at the Hardwood Floor Center in Toronto, Canada picking up some floor finish and quarter round. I noticed this cute little sign on the contractors desk promoting Gator-Tuf Titanium ®. "What the heck is a titanium finish ?" I asked, sensing yet another gimmick. It was Frank the owner, who coaxed me into the adjoining showroom. I'm not a big fan of showrooms and the plethora of prefinished flooring panels leaves me bored (board) stiff.


I have been quite anxious to try out the new Melrose prefinished strip floor and low and behold a job meant for it appeared right before my eyes. One of my early spring parquet installations had canceled, because the tenants in the apartment couldn't see themselves going through the messy process of an unfinished floor installation, in their bedrooms. They would have to move out for a few days while I sanded their floors.


I hope the title of this article alarms you because every time I get news of another lacquer floor fire it brings me back about 21 years ago when a floor caught on fire right under my nose. I'll return to this later. This first year of the millennium has been a busy year for most of us floor sanders but it seems we are still using a finish developed about 80 years ago, when high production was regularly sacrificed for safety and health.


Here we have a situation that could have been avoided with a little planing and knowledge. In our video section you can see me preparing a sub-floor on the main floor, of a Toronto home, before installing a new oak floor. Well believe it or not, (because of my busy schedule) the owner hired a major Toronto based firm to install a similar floor on the second floor.


Well I guess , all's well that ends well. I spent quite a bit of time with my client, coaching him on his upcoming Small Calims Court lawsuit. He has spent a fair bit of his time this summer gathering estimates from other companies and making a video of the humpy floor using a spirit level to demonstrate just how bad this job was.


I've always said one of the most durable (not practical) floor finishes is the polyurethane varnish. Doing it right means applying at least 3 coats and scuffing between coats. You must allow enough drying time between coats , and the finish must cure for 2-4 days before you use it.


According to "THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE" encyclopedia as late as 1625 the ground floor of most European houses still lacked a wooden floor. Most houses had a beaten earth floor that required visitors to wipe their shoes on a entry mat to prevent this natural floor from getting muddy or dusty depending on the weather.


I will divide strip floor from plank floor in this discussion because they have different fastening and sub-floor requirements. Tongue and groove strip floor in 2 1/4" or 3 1/4" wide and 3/4" in depth, is probably the most popular hardwood flooring available to North Americans today.


I've been increasingly concerned these days by the proliferation of pneumatic floor staplers. In the summer of 2000 I contacted the two major floor nail manufacturers and asked them if they had any evidence to show the drawbacks of using staples to fasten down hardwood floors. Only the Primatech Co. of Quebec, Canada answered my calls.


I can't tell you how many times I've been asked what brand of prefinished floor I recommend. Or how many samples I've gotten through the mail. These days there are so many choices out there it really is hard to tell the good floor from the mediocre and poor. For this discussion I will try to stay away from brand names (for once) and try to talk out these floors in a more generic manor.


This type of flooring first showed up in the Baroque Period (1625-1714) in France's most Royal of homes and palaces. This is where they first experimented with the most intricate of patterns and 3D effects. These days parquet flooring is found in the most humble of apartments, as the basic mosaic pattern is quite affordable to the rest of us plebeins.


When you work in the wood flooring industry, serious health hazards are caused by sawdust effecting your lungs. You may not think about it, but if you have any sort of coating on the wood that you are machining, chances are that the sawdust is emitting fumes and toxic particulates into the air. Besides, there are all kinds of fumes that emit from wood floor work.


Steam cleaners can be dangerous for your wood floors. They may cause buckling and cracking floorboards. Read this article before cleaning your hardwood floors.