Prevent Damage to Floors when Moving Heavy Objects

Moving heavy objects in your home can be a difficult task; it can also cause serious damage to your floors. Whether you’re moving to a new home or just want to rearrange your furniture, sliding heavy objects is always a much easier option than attempting to lift everything. However, sliding can cause damage to your floors. If you want to make sure you don’t scratch your floors, try implementing these tricks:

Slide It

Unless you are moving a very small or light piece of furniture, your best bet is to slide it. Most people don’t know how to lift properly (with their legs, not with their back), sliding can prevent serious pain.

Use Magic Sliders

Flowers Flooring recommends using felt pads or Magic Sliders, which are little pads that fit under the legs of your furniture or other heavy objects. They allow heavy items to slide easily and prevent dents and scratches in your floors.

Use Towels

If you don’t have felt pads or Magic Sliders handy, you can also place towels or rags under the legs of the furniture. Simply rock the heavy item or furniture forward or backward and slide the towel under the legs. If you are moving heavy items across carpet, Flowers Flooring recommends using cardboard under the legs, as it helps slide easily and prevents tears in the carpet or flooring.

Clean the Floors First

Flowers Flooring recommends cleaning the floors first by sweeping or with a damp mop before you start moving heavy objects. Dirt and other grit that is trapped under the legs or the material you’re using to make things slide easily can seriously scratch your floors as well.

Moving objects can be difficult, but these simple tips should make the process a bit safer and easier on your floors. As part of Flowers Flooring installation services, our team of expert installers removes and replaces all furniture and appliances. Call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales representatives about getting your flooring or tile project started (704) 445-7750.

There’s something magical about a custom area rug. It can completely transform a boring space into one that feels both warm and inviting. Certain spaces in your home, like an entryway or a dining room, make a great opportunity to make a statement with an area rug’s design. You can also add custom binding to the carpet for a one-of-a-kind product.

If you have ever been shopping for an area rug you know they only come in standard sizes. As we all know, not all rooms were created equal, and not all rooms look good with a boring rectangular or circle shaped rug. This is where a custom area rug can bring a lot of value. A custom area rug can be cut into any shape and any size. If you have angled or curved wall, a custom area rug is the way to go. Before ordering be sure you have the right dimensions so that the manufacturer can cut the corner with precision.

Steps for Selecting a Custom Area Rug

  1. Step 1 – Stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom to look at the Shaw Cut-a-Rug custom area rug designs and binding
  2. Step 2 – Select the size
  3. Step 3 – Select the shape
  4. Step 4 – Order your custom area rug

Custom area rugs are unique one-of-a-kind styles. These rugs can be purchased or uniquely created by you to compliment your design and color concepts. There are so many different options to select from. At Flowers Flooring we want to make sure you are happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring or area rug. Call today to schedule your free in-home estimate (704) 445-7750 or contact us online.

While Flowers Flooring offers both oil based and water based options, we usually recommend oil based polyurethane over water based for 3 simple reasons:

  1. It looks better
  2. It lasts longer
  3. It costs less

While these reasons may make the choice simple, there are always exceptions and different customer needs that require more exploring on this subject. Both oil based and water based polyurethane have their advantages.

Advantages of Oil Based Polyurethane

Oil based polyurethane provides more depth to the hardwood, both in color and shine. Water based polyurethane has a duller color and duller finish. Over time, the water based polyurethane will continue to dull, while the oil based amberizes and darkens a bit, giving the hardwood a richer look.

Oil based polyurethane also lasts longer than water based. Oil based is simply more durable. Water based polyurethane has lower Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), which is why it does not last as long. Water based polyurethane is thinner, which is why installers need to apply 4 to 5 coats to equal the durability of 2 coats of oil based.

Oil based polyurethane also costs less than water based, which will dramatically reduce the cost of sand & finish or buff & coat jobs. Customers who are set on using a water based poly typically spend 15 to 25 percent more. On top of this initial cost, keep in mind you will need to redo the job sooner, so water based poly costs a lot more when you factor in the life of the floor.

Advantages of Water Based Polyurethane

There are several benefits to water based polyurethane, which makes it a great option in some circumstances. The top benefit to water based poly is that it dries faster. A water based job can usually be completed in 2 days, and you can walk on the floor the same night. Oil based poly can take 3 to 5 days (depending on the humidity) and you need to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. Depending on how quickly you want your floors complete, water based poly may be a better choice for you.

Water based poly also looks better on certain types of wood such as natural maple. Maple is a lighter wood than oak and oil based polyurethane can yellow maple hardwood over time. For both white washed and gray stained floors, water based polyurethane is certainly the way to go. Oil based polyurethane will turn these floors yellow.

Water based polyurethane also doesn’t have as much odor. While both polyurethanes smell, water based has less of a smell which could be better for smaller jobs, or for people who are more sensitive to smell.

Schedule FREE Estimate Today

Flowers Flooring schedules FREE in-home estimates for both Sand & Finish and Buff & Coat jobs. Your estimator will go over in more detail which polyurethane they recommend for your job. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate – 704-445-7750 or visit us on the web.

Flowers Flooring Finance Options

Also, ask your estimator about our partnership with Synchrony Bank and what financing options Flowers Flooring currently has available.

Dogs and cats are going to have accidents. It’s a simple fact that all pet owners have come to accept. But what happens when your pet urinates on your new solid hardwood floors?

The methods for removing urine from hardwood floors can range from simple to more complex, depending on when you spotted the mess. As soon as you spot urine on your solid hardwood floors QUICK ACTION is the best approach to take. Pet urine is a tough substance to remove if it sits on your hardwood for a long period of time. It is acidic and contains insoluble salt crystals, which is one of the main compounds that lead to stubborn stains. The salt crystals in the urine bind themselves to the surface of the floor, and even after the initial stain is removed, the odor and remnants of the stain can re-appear.

Products are available on the market that can help keep urine from staining your hardwood floor’s surface. Flowers Flooring recommends using Bona Spot Wood Floor Cleaner that was specially created as pet spot treatments designed to actively and safely eliminate pet messes, soils and odors from hardwood floors. Prepare yourself for accidents in advance by having a chosen product on hand for immediate action if and when pet accidents occur.

The very best strategy to protect your hardwood floors from pet damage is to be proactive and vigilant. Accidents are going to happen, just be prepared when they do.