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How to get Ready to Host your Guests this Holiday Season

November 19, 2018

The holidays are such a great time of year. Family comes to visit, decorations start going up, and everyone is in a festive mood. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you may be feeling the pressure to clean and organize the house to host guests or upcoming holiday parties. It is a great time to also tackle fixing up your home to prepare for all of the holiday guests, and your last major deep clean may have been a few months ago. It is also a great time to see if you need to make any upgrades or renovations. Use this guide from your local hardwood floor showroom to help you with all of your holiday cleaning and renovation tasks!

Before getting started, make sure you have all cleaning supplies you need including all-purpose cleaner, new sponges including an eraser sponge, disinfectant wipes, soap scum cleaner, special cleaner for wood and glass surfaces, mopping supplies, dusting materials, rags, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner, microfiber cloth, and any other essentials for your home’s specific areas.

Tackling the Kitchen

Giving your kitchen a deep clean is necessary, not only for aesthetics, but for safety. As one of the top areas that bacteria and germs thrive, it is important to clean it and avoid it from spreading. Change out sponges often as they house bacteria, leading you to spread germs just by trying to wash dishes! 

One of your first tasks to tackle is cabinets and drawers. Empty them out and give them a thorough cleaning. This is also a great time to wash anything in them, including organizers. You may want to reorganize if you have an ineffective organization before putting items back in. Next, handle your counters and appliances. Don’t forget the top! Last, make sure your floors are clean. You can leave them to dry as you tackle another room.

Living Spaces and Bedrooms

Dusting will be your first task for your living room and bedrooms. Do this without spreading dust everywhere with a microfiber cloth or cleaning tool. This will enable you to trap the dust. You can take a damp rag to dust and wipe down décor, frames, etc. Don’t forget fans and light fixtures! 

Next, be sure to use furniture polish on your glass and wood surfaces to give it a nice shine. If you have carpet, invest in a deep cleaning machine or have a carpet cleaning service come in. This will remove any dust and dirt harboring within it that can cause allergies and other issues. It’s a great time to consider the financial benefits of hardwood floor installation in Denver homes.

When you are cleaning bedrooms, don’t forget to wash your sheets. Ideally, you should wash them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. During your spring cleaning, it is a good time to give them a long, high-heat wash to destroy germs. While in the wash, make sure to wipe the bed down and vacuum your mattress. You can deodorize it to freshen it up.  

Handling Walls and Windows

Often, it’s common to remember to wash walls before painting, so make sure to include them in your cleaning routine. Take a damp, warm washcloth and a mild detergent (safe for your paint type) and wash down baseboards and crown molding. Once done, repeat the process by washing the walls. 

Your windows will be your next task on your list. You will do with both inside and outside. Use a streak-free cleaner for the windows themselves, and don’t forget to wipe down the sills and tracks. For the exterior, you can use a mild disinfectant cleaner, and a microfiber rag or mop. You will also need a hose and squeegee. Wipe down your windows, using a ladder if you need to. Once you have finished cleaning them, use your hose to clean them off and ensure they are dry and streak-free by using your squeegee.

Tidying Up the Bathroom

The bathroom is another area that can harbor bacteria and germs. When getting started, similar to the kitchen, you will clean out your cabinets and drawers. You can use the attachment piece on your vacuum to help easily rid the area of dirt and debris. Next, wash your trim boards, walls, and backsplash using a mild detergent. You can shine up any wood areas with a polish. Make sure to dust and wipe down all other surfaces. 

For your counters, use a cleaning solution that best suits it. Certain cleaners are harsh for stone counters, so be cognizant when choosing a cleaner. 

Toilets can be wiped down and scrubbed with a brush. A microfiber cloth is a great solution to help trap some of the dirt. Consider dropping in a bowl detergent cleaner to help sanitize and deodorize the bowl. 

When it comes to the shower, you can get started shining up your shower head while you clean by using a cleaner or mixture of vinegar and baking soda in a bag wrapped around it. Use a shower cleaner, scrub brush, cloth, and eraser sponge to tackle your shower.

Managing Your Flooring

Spring is a great time to make changes to your flooring, especially to convert carpet to hardwood. Carpet is a huge culprit for allergens and other bacteria in a home as it can embed itself. Hardwood is easy to clean and quick to install. 

The great thing about hardwood is how easy it is to clean. You can give it a daily or weekly sweep with a microfiber tool. For mopping, do not use much water. In fact, you shouldn’t use a lot of water or let it sit as it can cause it to warp. If your hardwood is starts to show some wear, you can talk to your local hardwood expert about refinishing it. This is a great way to sand out the imperfections, and you can even restain it if you would like to change the color. 

Whether you are looking to add hardwood to your home this spring, or might be a good time to refinish, Ward Hardwood Flooring is your go-to specialist. Not only can we assist with the job, but help you design and transform your home with our variety of hardwood, reclaimed beams, and timbers. Contact us today at 303-674-6966 or info@wardhardwoodflooring.com to get started.
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Keeping Your Toes Warm During the Winter Months


November 14, 2018

With the weather getting colder and the snow beginning to fall, more homeowners begin to ask about how they can help keep their floors nice and warm while still maintaining the natural beauty of real hardwood floors throughout their home. Radiant heating is the perfect option to keep your home nice and cozy. Radiant, or underfloor, heat is a system that is placed underneath the floor and emits heat through either hydronic or electric methods. However, it is not recommended for use with hardwood flooring products, as they naturally are sensitive to drastic changes in temperature and humidity levels.
Installing wood flooring over a radiant heating system is difficult, and the flooring product must be carefully chosen to ensure that the seasonal changes are minimized. It is also important to have a supplemental humidity control system to help keep the humidity levels constant as the heating system begins to reduce moisture content.

Picking the right species of hardwood is important when installing a radiant heating system, and the dimensional stability of the wood must be taken into consideration. Species such as Oak, Maple, and Hickory are much better choices, whereas Pine, Cypress and Mahogany would not hold up as well. It is also important to consider using an Engineered product, as these are generally more stable than solid products. When looking at Engineered flooring products be sure to ask about the manufacturer's recommendations with regards to radiant heat, as there are many different methods for producing the flooring that will impact its stability. Be sure to speak with a hardwood flooring specialist about all the different products available, as they will be able to make the best recommendation for the product type.

Not only is the species of wood important when determining flooring type best to install over radiant heat, but the type of cut and the widths of the boards should be taken into consideration as well. Quartersawn and riftsawn wood flooring are the best options, as they are cut from the source logs in a way to be the most stable, whereas plainsawn may be more cost-effective, but overall less stable. Also, narrower boards will naturally expand and contract less than wider boards, so choosing a product in the proper widths is beneficial.

Finally, when looking at any hardwood flooring, especially in arid climates, consider the possibility of a humidifier to help maintain the moisture content of the wood. With hardwoods, the more stable the temperature and humidity levels, the less change will occur naturally over time. This process is sped up with the addition of radiant heat, and the first time that it is turned on in the winter months can start changing the appearance of the flooring. Working with your hardwood flooring specialist, you can install a humidifier that will minimize the impact to the moisture content of the wood, and keep your floors looking beautiful for years to come. 


Almost any wood flooring can be installed over radiant heat, provided the proper environmental conditions for the flooring are created and the proper installation methods are used, as well as daily care and maintenance. If you are considering installing a radiant heat system, Ward Hardwood Flooring can help you with the process. With professional and experienced installers, we are able to help create beautiful and practical floors for the chilly winter months. Give us a call at 303-674-6966 or email info@wardhardwoodflooring.com today to get started!
 
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How to Choose the Right Stain for Your Flooring


November 7, 2018

Whether you are looking to install brand new hardwood flooring or refinish your existing floors, picking out the perfect stain color may be a daunting task. The time and expense of undertaking a flooring project can make it difficult to settle on the perfect stain that will last for years to come, but if you take your time and answer a couple of different questions, you can be sure you get what you want out of your flooring.

The most important step is determining the species of wood that you already have or would like to have. Knowing the type of species will determine how they will take to the different stains and knowing the natural color and hardness of the wood will help determine the final color. If you have a darker species of wood such as a Brazilian Cherry, Walnut, or Reclaimed product, you might not necessarily want to apply a stain as it would darken the material or take away from the natural patina. A lighter colored material, such as Ash, Oak or Hickory, are better candidates for staining as it is easier to achieve different colors.
After determining the species type, next you will want to plan the overall space to ensure that there is added contrast between the floors and walls. If you are doing lighter colored walls, adding a dark stain to the flooring can help create a more modern space, and lighter floors can look beautiful next to a dark accent or feature wall. If you are planning on incorporating other wood elements into the space, consider what color might best complement them.

Picking out colors can be especially challenging because of the difference in the types of light in a space or the amount of natural light that is present throughout the day. When comparing color samples of stain or paint in your home, be sure to have the lighting already installed, and look at them at different times to get a better understanding of what they would look like in the space. The best way to gauge how a stain will look in the space is to either test them directly on the raw wood floor, or to create sample boards by purchasing extra material. Creating sample boards can be helpful for repairs in the future, helping match the stain and finish perfectly if a few areas need attention.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help in choosing the perfect color for your floors. A hardwood flooring professional will know how to achieve the perfect color to complement your design and can help with providing material samples to make the decision-making process a bit easier. Here at Ward Hardwood Flooring, we offer new flooring installation as well as hardwood floor refinishing, and have applied many different stains to many different material types, so you can count on us to deliver the perfect finished product every time. Call us today for a free estimate to see how we can help you!
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How to Choose the Right Stain for Your Flooring


November 7, 2018

Whether you are looking to install brand new hardwood flooring or refinish your existing floors, picking out the perfect stain color may be a daunting task. The time and expense of undertaking a flooring project can make it difficult to settle on the perfect stain that will last for years to come, but if you take your time and answer a couple of different questions, you can be sure you get what you want out of your flooring.

The most important step is determining the species of wood that you already have or would like to have. Knowing the type of species will determine how they will take to the different stains and knowing the natural color and hardness of the wood will help determine the final color. If you have a darker species of wood such as a Brazilian Cherry, Walnut, or Reclaimed product, you might not necessarily want to apply a stain as it would darken the material or take away from the natural patina. A lighter colored material, such as Ash, Oak or Hickory, are better candidates for staining as it is easier to achieve different colors.
After determining the species type, next you will want to plan the overall space to ensure that there is added contrast between the floors and walls. If you are doing lighter colored walls, adding a dark stain to the flooring can help create a more modern space, and lighter floors can look beautiful next to a dark accent or feature wall. If you are planning on incorporating other wood elements into the space, consider what color might best complement them.

Picking out colors can be especially challenging because of the difference in the types of light in a space or the amount of natural light that is present throughout the day. When comparing color samples of stain or paint in your home, be sure to have the lighting already installed, and look at them at different times to get a better understanding of what they would look like in the space. The best way to gauge how a stain will look in the space is to either test them directly on the raw wood floor, or to create sample boards by purchasing extra material. Creating sample boards can be helpful for repairs in the future, helping match the stain and finish perfectly if a few areas need attention.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help in choosing the perfect color for your floors. A hardwood flooring professional will know how to achieve the perfect color to complement your design and can help with providing material samples to make the decision-making process a bit easier. Here at Ward Hardwood Flooring, we offer new flooring installation as well as hardwood floor refinishing, and have applied many different stains to many different material types, so you can count on us to deliver the perfect finished product every time. Call us today for a free estimate to see how we can help you!
Whether you are looking to install brand new hardwood flooring or refinish your existing floors, picking out the perfect stain color may be a daunting task. The time and expense of undertaking a flooring project can make it difficult to settle on the perfect stain that will last for years to come, but if you take your time and answer a couple of different questions, you can be sure you get what you want out of your flooring.

The most important step is determining the species of wood that you already have or would like to have. Knowing the type of species will determine how they will take to the different stains and knowing the natural color and hardness of the wood will help determine the final color. If you have a darker species of wood such as a Brazilian Cherry, Walnut, or Reclaimed product, you might not necessarily want to apply a stain as it would darken the material or take away from the natural patina. A lighter colored material, such as Ash, Oak or Hickory, are better candidates for staining as it is easier to achieve different colors.
After determining the species type, next you will want to plan the overall space to ensure that there is added contrast between the floors and walls. If you are doing lighter colored walls, adding a dark stain to the flooring can help create a more modern space, and lighter floors can look beautiful next to a dark accent or feature wall. If you are planning on incorporating other wood elements into the space, consider what color might best complement them.

Picking out colors can be especially challenging because of the difference in the types of light in a space or the amount of natural light that is present throughout the day. When comparing color samples of stain or paint in your home, be sure to have the lighting already installed, and look at them at different times to get a better understanding of what they would look like in the space. The best way to gauge how a stain will look in the space is to either test them directly on the raw wood floor, or to create sample boards by purchasing extra material. Creating sample boards can be helpful for repairs in the future, helping match the stain and finish perfectly if a few areas need attention.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help in choosing the perfect color for your floors. A hardwood flooring professional will know how to achieve the perfect color to complement your design and can help with providing material samples to make the decision-making process a bit easier. Here at Ward Hardwood Flooring, we offer new flooring installation as well as hardwood floor refinishing, and have applied many different stains to many different material types, so you can count on us to deliver the perfect finished product every time. Call us today for a free estimate to see how we can help you!
 
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How Calico Hardwood Mix Transformed this Home in Parker, Colorado


By Jessica Manzer - October 31st, 2018

Many homeowners cherish the value that hardwood floors bring to their home but are skeptical about what type of flooring will both transform the space and be a practical choice for their families. Reclaimed hardwood materials are a great choice for any space or design, and perfect for anyone who has kids, pets or areas of high traffic. As the focus in the flooring industry shifts towards being more environmentally focused, people are choosing reclaimed products to help salvage materials from existing structures and reduce their impact on the environment.

One of these reclaimed products is the Calico Reclaimed Hardwood Mix that helped to transform the living spaces in this home, tying in perfectly with the décor and the flow of each room.



In the entry, the Calico Hardwood Mix flows beautifully with the existing artwork and wrought iron candle holders, and in through the separate dining room. At the end of the hallway, the flooring stretches through the family room, and into the kitchen.


One of the benefits of this flooring is that it has plenty of color variation, perfectly complementing any existing trim, railing, or cabinetry and ensuring that the home flows beautifully from one room to the next.  Updating the entire look of a room can be as easy as choosing the right floor, and a Hardwood Mix is the perfect floor for almost any design.

If you are looking for a unique, one-of-a kind floor like this beautiful installation in Parker, Colorado, call Ward Hardwood today! This floor is currently in-stock in our climate-controlled warehouse, ready for installation in your home, and Ward Hardwood is proud to have over 30 years of experience in the Rustic and Reclaimed Flooring Industry. We are also able to re-finish your existing floors, and frequently install traditional strip flooring, so whatever your taste in flooring may be, we can help you walk on the floor of your dreams. Call us today at 303-674-6966 or email info@wardhardwoodflooring.com, and don’t forget to check out our current specials on our website!

 
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