Preventative measures, Tips and Tricks for dining rooms that have wood floors on Thanksgiving Day

Having lotsa people over for turkey day, but don’t want them to see your mess of a wood floor?

No problem, here at ­­­Century Custom Hardwood Floor Inc. of Los Angeles, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to use in case of a large, or small, family gathering on this most joyful of days, Thanksgiving. Following these suggestions can not only prevent potential damage to your wood floor, but also make it easier to clean up after the big day. One way or another, there’s always a big mess after holiday dinners, so trust us when we say we can help you avoid that.

 

The key to a healthy floor is to not have damage period. To start off, we’ll describe some preventative measures you can take to help prevent hardwood flooring damage altogether.

  1. The first recommendation we make is to do a major cleaning of your entire dining room/eating area. If you have hardwood flooring, make sure to use cleaning products that are approved for use on wood floors, as other products can damage your floor and stain them. This major cleaning rids the floor of all contaminants that can scratch your floor from all the movement at dinnertime.
  2. Next, you should place area rugs, or one large rug, under the major foot-traffic areas, like the table, and the doorways and entryways. This helps eliminate the chance that these areas will be damaged by most things.
  3. If there are spills, liquid or solid, clean them up immediately. The longer a spill stays on the floor, the more it can damage it and seep in. The less time it’s on the floor, the smaller the chance that it will stain your wood floor. This is why it’s very important to clean up spills as fast as you can, and remember, use wood-friendly cleaning products.
  4. If some guests are wearing high-heeled shoes, especially stilettos, ask them to remove them before entering the home/dining area. These types of shoes can put so much pressure on a wood floor that it can damage or dent it. If this is too awkward, then make sure to have rugs where your guests will walk.
  5. Finally, if you can’t put down rugs or mats, then at least try to pad the bottom of the table and all the chairs. The chairs will be moved around a lot, and the table will have lots of pressure on it from just the food, so these furniture moving pads will reduce the pressure as well as prevent scratching. Even if you can put down rugs, it’s still a good idea to have these.
Now that we’ve suggested a few things, you can rest assured that your floor will be safe from (most) harm. If you’re looking to get some cleaning done before hand for your wood floors, then give us a call at (800) 608-6007. We’ll be more than happy to clean and buff your hardwood floor to make it shine and prevent damage with a generous coating of protective polyurethane. Or, if you want new floors in time for Thanksgiving with a custom wood floor installation, then contact us right away. Mention our Thanksgiving article for an extra 10% off any work done between now and Turkey Day!

The Pros and Cons of Installing Hardwood Floors in a Kitchen

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Should I install hardwood flooring in a kitchen?

When considering whether to put hardwood anywhere, especially a kitchen, it’s important to ask yourself if you like hardwood floors or just like the way they look. While here at Century Custom Hardwood Floors in Los Angeles we always recommend hardwood floors, it is also important to look at things from an objective standpoint. Like all things, there are good aspects and undesirable aspects to having hardwood floors in a kitchen.

The potential pitfalls of having hardwood floors in a kitchen

The kitchen is a naturally messy place, whether it’s from cooking or simply preparing food. Along with the mess produced by food, lots of spills occur in the kitchen, unintentional or otherwise. This means that lots of water will come into contact with the floor, and water is not good for hardwood floors at all. In fact, repeated exposure to water can make the floors swell, make them uneven, or even make them rot in some cases. Another hazard is that things fall all the time in the kitchen.

Some, like apples or napkins won’t do any damage to your floor. Some, however, will dent your floor or even poke a hole in it, like a watermelon or knife, respectively. The other inherent downside of hardwood flooring is its cost, but this just comes with the territory.  All of these factors are important to keep in mind to decide whether to install hardwood floors in a kitchen.

 

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Hardwood floors can resist more damage & staining than other conventional flooring types

Now we can get to the good things about having hardwood floors in a kitchen. First of all, the great aesthetic benefits can really make your kitchen look great, a room that is otherwise mostly ignored compared to other rooms. Another great feature is, that despite the fact that the kitchen is a cleaning-intensive place, hardwood floors still resist more damage and staining than other conventional flooring types. The fact that hardwood looks even more beautiful with age is a big plus, because carpet and tile only get worse with age. It’s also a big hassle to clean grout versus cleaning hardwood floors, because the grout can absorb dirt and other contaminants, while hardwood actually repels all types of particles.

Another great feature is that if part of your floor does become damaged, only a small area will need to be replaced. With tile, however, the entire floor will need to be replaced because of its very nature and installation. Of course, even with the estimated pros and cons of a hardwood floor installation like this, the choice ultimately comes down to whether you like the way it looks or not. Most clients that install hardwood in their kitchen do it because they simply like the look better. Some do install it because they feel that the benefits outweigh the negative aspects, but it almost always boils down to aesthetics.

Whatever your reasons for installing hardwood in your kitchen, Century Custom Hardwood Floors  can fulfill all of your hardwood flooring-service needs. Call us at (800) 608-6007 to schedule an appointment, or e-mail us to request a quote. We work all throughout Los Angeles County including suburbs like Beverly Hills, Malibu, Pasadena, Bel-Air, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Burbank, Santa Monica, Downey and Montebello just to name a few.

Choose us and you won’t regret it.  It’s our promise to you!