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Dickel Floor Supply Can Source Longer and Wider Hardwood and Softwood Boards for Your Wood Floor Installation

Flooring Fact #97

If you look down at a floor installed in the 1960’s you may have noticed the boards of the floor appear to be longer.  In fact, they are. Earlier floors had boards up to 10 feet long as compared to today’s 8 foot long floor boards.Why are Floor Lengths Shorter Today?Well the "short" answer is ...
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When Would I Choose Luxury Vinyl Tile Over Wood?

Flooring Fact #29

Good question. The new luxury vinyl tile or LVTs are some of the most durable floor choices on the market today. You know I love telling stories, right?  Here is a quick one that pertains to this very topic.Luxury Vinyl Tiles Are DurableWe were doing a large commercial job and I over-ordered some ...
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Why Do We Need to Abrade Between Coats of Finish?

Flooring Fact #88

Well, there are some products you don’t have to abrade between coats but let’s start with the finishes that do need abrasion.Oil Based and Waterborne PolyurethaneThis finish is in my opinion the best breakthrough for the clear finish world since clear finish has been used. This product was designed ...
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How Long Will It Take My Newly Refinished Wood Floor to Cure?

Flooring Fact #33

Well that’s a tough one. It’s tough because there are so many different kinds of finishes and each one has a different cure time.Drying Time of Oil Base PolyurethaneLet’s start with oil-base polyurethane. The short answer is about 30 days. But, there are a few more factors to consider for this ...
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Can Prefinished Wood Floors be Refinished?

Flooring Fact #55

I often get asked if prefinished wood floors can be refinished. It’s a great question. However the answer is not cut and dried. There are a lot of different products out there.Most Prefinished Floors are Finished with a Product Made From AbrasivesThe most common prefinished wood floor is ¾” thick. ...
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Every Wood Floor Can Be Refinished

Flooring Fact #101

It’s true! Careful refinishing can extend the lifespan of an average hardwood floor to about 200 years. It also can extend the life of engineered floors.Refinishing Hardwood Floors is About SandingWhen your hardwood floor was installed it needed several sanding passes to remove the irregularities ...
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What is the difference between floor refinishing and floor restoration?

Flooring Fact #67

Floor Refinishing vs. Floor RestorationThere is a big difference between refinishing a floor and restoring one. Let me explain.Refinishing a Hardwood FloorWhen you refinish a floor you are either sanding or screening a floor to remove the scratched and dull finish. Then you re-coat the floor with ...
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Stain: Getting to the Right Color

Flooring Fact #79

Have you ever tried to pick out a color stain only to find that it’s just not the right color? Did you know you can mix colors? Yep, you don’t need to take it out of the can.Mix Colors to Achieve the Color You WantThere are basically four colors to work with: yellow, orange, red and brown. Let’s ...
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Should I choose pre-finished or site finished hardwood flooring?

Flooring Fact #47

Prefinished vs Site Finished Hardwood FloorsHmmm tuff one. Let’s start off with the difference between the two finishes. You need to understand that the boards on a site finished floor are leveled through a series of sanding passes. Whereas, a micro-bevel hides the unevenness between the hardwood ...
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Which is better waterborne polyurethanes or oil-based polyurethanes?

Flooring Fact #2

Waterborne vs. Oil-Based PolyurethaneThis is the age old question- which is better waterborne polyurethanes or oil-based polyurethanes?Well, some waterborne polyurethanes are better than oil base poly’s and some oil-based polyurethanes are better than  waterborne.Around 1980 I was introduced to the ...
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How Do You Apply Waterborne Polyurethane?

Flooring Fact #12

This can be a tough one because there are so many ways depending on your experience. I forget who said “practice makes perfect, providing the practice is perfect“ but, If you’ve never done this before, you will almost be an expert when you're finished.So, for a first timer grab a large paint pad. ...
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Can you freshen up your hardwood floor with a new top-coat of oil-base polyurethane?

Flooring Fact #14

Your wood floor finish needs to be freshened up. How do you re-finish your floor with oil-based polyurethane?A Little Floor Finish HistoryThe most commonly used early oil-base finish was varnish. Once applied the floor required a wax coat to keep the floor water resistant. Varnish looks like today’...
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Do you know what species of wood you can bleach?

Flooring Fact #37

Bleach and WoodSome floors look great when they’re natural. I look at them as black and white, they go with everything, however, some people want to change the color of their wood floors. Staining is a way to achieve darker looking floors, whereas bleaching is a way to achieve lighter looking ...
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Do you know how to apply stain to your floor?

Flooring Fact #10

If you read my last floor fact on, How to Prepare Your Floors for Stain, then you are ready for stain.Stain ColorFirst, you need to decide which color stain you want. It’s a good idea to look around your home and see if there’s something you want to match, like a cabinet door, or a piece of ...
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Do you know how to prepare your floors for stain?

Flooring Fact #9

Sanding and StainLooking to change the color of your floor? It's all in the prep. For this you need to be a little more careful on how you sand your floor. I would give this a difficulty level of 8 or 9 out of 10, depending on how dark you want the wood to look. The darker the stain, the less ...
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Do you know how to select the best finish?

Flooring Fact #13

What’s the best finish for me?To answer this question, first you have to ask yourself a few questions. What do I want as a final appearance? And how much time and effort do I want to put into maintaining my floors?Knowing your Finish ChoicesHere are a few different finish choices:Oil FinishLet’s ...
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Do you know the many factors to selecting and applying clear finish to your floors?

Flooring Fact #11

Finish protects your floorsAfter all the hard work of sanding down your floors, your floor is ready for the clear finish. Now let’s see, what kind of finish should I use? Well they all say they’re the best, this one does this and that one does that. I recommend that you go to the place where you ...
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Did you know where floating floors were first used?

Flooring Fact #17

How Floating Floors came to beWell, here’s a bit of trivia for you. In most European countries when you rented an apartment (also known as a flat), you got four walls - that’s it. Kitchen cabinets, floors, as well as furniture you had to supply yourself. Although it’s easy to roll out a piece of ...
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Did you know you can pickle stain your wood floor?

Flooring Fact #27

Pickled Stain  So, let’s talk about pickling your floor. If you are starting with a wood like, let’s say, birch. Birch has a slight brown primary color. When you pickle it white, it becomes more of a beige color.When my daughter was little, around 8 years old, I asked her, “Honey what color do you ...
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Did you know if you put a piece of Oak in a glass of water you can blow bubbles through it?

Flooring Fact #4

Water and WoodYep it’s true, all wood takes on moisture and loses moisture depending on the relative humidity. Some woods such as Oak, Ash and other open-grained woods have air channels running through them like little tunnels. Closed-grained woods such as Maple, Birch and Pine absorb water like a ...
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Do you know how to decide which sandpaper grit is right for your refinishing project?

Flooring Fact #8

The Nitty-gritty of SandpaperSo at this point you have all your rental tools ready to go, now you need to decide which grit to start with, and which to end with. Well this can be a little tricky. You never want to use too aggressive of a grit.Wood Species Will Determine Sandpaper GritThe kind of ...
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Did you know you can rent equipment to refinish your floors yourself?

Flooring Fact #7

Refinishing Your Floors - YourselfSo you want to refinish your wood floors, but have no idea where to start? Well ask yourself, is this something I want to tackle on my own? Or, do I think I want to hire a professional? Both are good questions. First off, think: How hard can this be? On a scale of ...
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Did you know that your solid wood floors are designed to last approximately 200 years?

Flooring Fact #16

Hardwood Floors Last 200 YearsYep, the lifetime of your home! Taken care of properly, your floors can last even longer. Recoating should be done on an as-needed basis.Wear, Tear & LifestyleWhen someone asks me, "How long will my floors last?" I find that a challenging question because every house ...
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Did you know that new polyurethane floors should never be waxed?

Flooring Fact #36

The Old Ways to Protect Your FloorsThat’s never, never, never! Some of us are old enough to remember either ourselves, or grandparents waxing hardwood floors. Yes, this was standard practice (in the old days). Yesterday’s varnished floors required waxing to protect them.When Wax and Varnish ...
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Did you know that bamboo is not even wood?

Flooring Fact #3

Eco-friendly Flooring Product?  - You BetYep, it’s actually grass. Bamboo can grow one foot in a day, that’s what makes it so wonderful. We can take this grass that’s so plentiful and before we can harvest it, make a floor, and install it - it has already grown back. This renewable, and sustainable ...
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Did you know that the best way to clean your wood floor is with vinegar and water?

Flooring Fact #24

Simple SolutionSure thing! For all around cleaning, add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Then damp the mop only - no swabbing the deck like sailors do.Know the Differences & Manufacturer RecommendationsFor newly refinished wood floors, always ask your contractor first. Finishes ...
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Did you know that the State of Maine has the highest fluctuation of humidity in the country?

Flooring Fact #64

Dry Winters and Humid SummersYes, Florida is humid and New Mexico is dry. In Maine our winters can have the dryness of New Mexico and our summers can have the humidity of Florida. It’s true. Have you ever tried to get your house over 30% relative humidity in the winter?I did an experiment one year ...
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