Monthly Archives: June 2016

Why Is My Wood Floor Buckling?

Your hardwood floors were an investment, no question. A beautiful, unique, and totally worthwhile investment, but an investment all the same. So it stands to reason that when your flooring develops what we call buckling, or any other obvious signs of damage and disrepair, you can get quite frustrated. Finding your best solution can seem difficult, stressful, and not a small amount overwhelming. But don’t panic!

The flooring experts at Elegant Floor Service can provide the professional floor repair you need. In fact, we can guarantee a perfect solution every time. But what exactly caused that buckling floor in the first place? And can it be avoided? Answers to these questions and more follow!

Need professional floor repair that is guaranteed to bring you the results you want most? Contact the team at Elegant Floor Service today! You can reach us any time, any day online, or catch us on the phone at 800-417-3172!

What Causes Buckling?

Buckling is a particularly extreme-case situation with wood flooring caused by extensive exposure to moisture. The damage is characterized by your wood planks literally separating from the sub floor, lifting and shifting in sporadic places across the room, or in a small area. This problem is most commonly caused by:

  • Flooding
  • Water left on hardwood for extended periods of time
  • Excessively high home humidity levels
  • Damp basements or crawlspaces
  • Hidden water damage in walls and along ceilings

Again, buckling of wood floors is a rather extreme result of extended exposure to moisture. More commonly, a homeowner would recognize crowning or cupping first. These are concavity or convexity in flooring, domes or slopes respectively. Buckling occurs further down the line, when damage has progressed.

The Importance of a Timely Response

When talking about wood flooring, time is absolutely key. If any of these problems are caught early enough, your floor can need a simple repair to get back into shape. Though you should keep in mind that the moisture that caused the problem in the first place needs to be dealt with.

Because of how time sensitive the issue is, your best bet will always be seeking professional assistance. We carry all of the skill and experience needed to diagnose and repair your wood floors, and if Elegant Floor Service is contacted soon enough, you may have little more than a quick repair on your hands. Wait longer, and you risk some serious work—potentially even a total replacement.

Superior Wood Floor Repair in Maryland, DC, and Virginia

If you spot the signs of a bucking, cupping, or crowning floor, be sure to contact our team today! We offer comprehensive, full-service floor repair that is guaranteed to exceed expectations, and restoring your floor to its former glory is our top priority!

Why Do My Hardwood Floors Look Cloudy?

The hardwood floors in your Maryland home are a true treasure. Lustrous, timeless, and absolutely gorgeous, many homeowners are proud of their flooring. But what do you do when your floors lose their shine, instead developing a dull, milky residue that seems to resist your every effort at banishing it?

Trust our experienced specialists to walk you through the how and why of your funky hardwood! At Elegant Floor Service, we proudly provide information and service to our patrons in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Knowledge is power and you’ll need all you can get to keep your floors looking their best.

For superior flooring care and repair, contact the team at Elegant Floor Service today! We can clear up that cloudy flooring in no time, leaving you with a lustrous hardwood floor that shines in all the right ways. Contact us any time online or give us a call at 800-417-3172!

What Causes Cloudy Hardwood Floors?

There are a few common causes for this unfortunate result. Many of them deal with moisture and damage, while others are the product of an unfortunately misguided or overzealous owner. These situations can leave your floors looking damp and milky:

  • Problems with moisture. Moisture in the home is terrible for both floors and furniture. It can come as a result of spills and general accidents, or it may be that the humidity levels in your home are simply too high. We do, after all, live in a fairly humid area. If this is your root cause, it might be a fine idea to look into a dehumidifier system.
  • Improper cleaning solutions. There are a lot of cleaning products out there. Many are for hardwood and many are not. Be sure you’re using the right solution for your routine home cleaning, as using something not intended for hardwood can damage your floors and leave them looking dull and filmy.
  • Unfortunate claims. While there are loads of products aimed at cleaning and shining a wood floor, the unfortunate truth is that many of them are simply claims. Some products just do not mesh with wood floors, no matter what the manufacturer tries to tell you. If the cloudiness infecting your floors can right after a cleaning, this is likely your cause.
  • Wax off. If your hardwood floors are treated with polyurethane, you absolutely must never attempt to wax them. The wax will simply stand atop the poly finish, creating a dusty, cloudy appearance.

Restoring Your Flooring with Elegant Floor Services

To get the beautiful floors you deserve, the best method hands-down is to simply contact a professional. We carry all of the skill, experience, and equipment needed to not only find your original problem, but to address it as well.

By all means, make every effort to protect your hardwood floors. Routine and proper floor cleaning is key, but be sure you’re using safe and effective products, and never leave your wood floors damp. But once the damage is done, no one can get you the solution you need better than an expert.

Perfect Floor Repair in Maryland with Elegant Floor Service

To fight off cloudy or damaged wood flooring problems, we utilize only the best proven solutions and techniques. Having trouble with a dirty hardwood floor, or with any other common hardwood damage issue? Contact us today to get the repair service you need most!