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Hardwood flooring information from Town & Country Carpet and Floor Covering

Most people planning to purchase hardwood flooring for the first time have lots of questions. Let us try to take the mystery out of hardwood flooring, by answering some of the most common questions.

You likely know that hardwood floors add market resale value, comfort, and beauty to your home. You may want to know how to protect the investment you are making, and how to keep hardwood floors looking beautiful.

Does humidity have an effect on hardwood floors?

Changes in humidity can affect hardwood. Rooms below ground level and bathrooms may create a problem. For these areas, solid hardwood is not recommended.

How do I clean hardwood?

Vacuum your floor with a felt head or brush, or sweep hardwood regularly to eliminate abrasion. Dirt and dust can damage a hardwood finish. Use mats indoors and outdoors to collect moisture and dirt before it comes in contact with the hardwood. Clean the floors periodically with a cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. Wipe up spills immediately.

Does hardwood change color after being installed?

Depending upon the species, hardwood will lighten, darken, or turn yellow over time. Direct sunlight exposure will accelerate the process. It is recommended to move rugs and furniture occasionally so that the hardwood will age evenly.

What is engineered hardwood?

Several sheets of hardwood are fused together in the formation of engineered hardwood. The multi-layered structure gives engineered hardwood more stability. It is more stable and durable than solid hardwood. It can be installed in basements and other rooms below ground level.
Solid hardwood flooring in Maple Grove MN from Town & Country Carpet and Floor Covering

How easy is hardwood to install?

Solid hardwood flooring needs to be placed in the room in which it will be installed. The cartons need to be opened and raised off the ground. The boards should be in the room for several days to allow the hardwood to become acclimated to the environment. The process is not necessary for engineered hardwood.

As you can see, installation is a bit tricky. Skilled do-it-yourselfers can easily install engineered hardwood. Town & Country Carpet and Floor Covering recommends to our Plymouth, Minneapolis, Maple Grove, and Edina customers to leave the installation to us. We feel the best way to have a beautiful hardwood floor is to let the experts install it.

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