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Can You Change The Color Of Your Hardwood Floors?

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While it is not possible to change the color of the original wood, many homeowners are surprised to find out that you can change the overall color of your hardwood floors by sanding and refinishing them. Engineered hardwood may not be able to be sanded if the top layer of wood isn’t thick enough, and very old floors that have already been sanded and refinished multiple times might not be able to undergo this change, but nearly every solid hardwood floor can go through this transformation.

Why would you want to change the color of your hardwood floors?

There are many reasons homeowners would like to change the color of their floors. One of the most common reasons is that they have purchased a new home with hardwood floors and are not happy with the current color. This may be due to the condition of the floors, their plans for decorating, or just personal preference. If you’re unhappy with the color or state of your floors, refinishing them is a great way to update them and create a comfortable space for you and your family.

How to change the color of your hardwood floors

Changing the color of your hardwood floors is a moderately difficult process and requires specialized tools and knowledge. However, the process is straightforward, and can either be done yourself or hired out to a professional. The first step is to sand the floors using a sanding machine. This typically takes 3 sandings, using a slightly finer grade of sandpaper on each one. This strips the coating and prepares the raw hardwood to accept the stain and polyurethane for an even, smooth, and durable finish. The next step is to stain the floor. This is the part that actually changes the color of the wood. If you’re not familiar with the types of stains that are appropriate for each type of hardwood, a professional should definitely be consulted. Each color should be tested on the floor in order to make sure you’re achieving the desired look. The last step is to add polyurethane to create a protective layer over your floors. This usually requires 2-3 coats, with a buffing process after the 2nd layer and between any subsequent layers to ensure a smooth and protective barrier.

If you have any questions about the process of sanding and refinishing your floors in order to change the color of your hardwood, stop into one of our 3 locations, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.

Best Flooring Options For The Stairs In Your House

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Stairways are one of the highest traffic areas in your home. They should be designed to provide a balance of durability, comfort, safety and style. In this article, the experts at Naffco Floors and Interiors will discuss the most popular flooring options for the stairs in your house.

Hardwood

Hardwood is one of the most popular options when it comes to flooring, including stairs. In terms of elegance and style, most people agree that hardwood takes the cake. It also is highly recommended because it is durable and easy to clean. However, hardwood is prone to absorbing moisture in humid areas, and can get scratched relatively easily by pets, rocks and children.

Tile

Tile is a popular option because of its durability and ease of maintenance. There are hundreds of options when it comes to color, shape, size, and texture, which makes it a versatile option for all types of houses and decor styles. If you’re looking for a unique design, tile can be cut into all sorts of shapes and sizes and used as accent pieces for other types of flooring.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is one of the cheaper and more versatile options when it comes to flooring for your stairs. You can purchase many different types of laminate flooring that give the appearance of hardwood, tile, and a number of other styles. While it is popular because it’s cheap, easy to lay, and not difficult or expensive to replace, it is less durable than your other flooring options, and will need to be changed more frequently.

Carpet

Carpet is a popular option because of its comfort and durability. Stairs can be tough on your knees and feet, and carpet provides a soft and supportive cushion that eases the stress on your joints. It is also durable, and the safest in terms of slip resistance, making it a great choice for homes with children in them. However, carpets do trap more dust, dirt and grime than other flooring options and have to be cleaned more frequently.

Carpet runners

A carpet runner can be a nice accent piece that provides a bit of safety, cushion, and color. It can go over any other type of flooring.

If you have any questions about flooring options for the stairs in your house, call the experts at Naffco at (813) 254-4066, or stop into one of our 3 locations in the Tampa Bay area.

How To Know If Dark Or Light Hardwood Will Look Best In Your Home

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Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring options in all types of homes around the world. It is elegant, relatively easy to maintain, and can match nearly any decor style. Homeowners everywhere are drawn to its iconic and timeless style. However, once you make the decision to install or redo hardwood, there are still several options in front of you. There are hundreds of different types, grains, shapes, colors, and finishes to choose from. In this article, we’re going to talk about the different looks that light hardwood and dark hardwood can create in your home.

There are several things to consider when choosing your flooring type, including room size, natural lighting, daily wear and tear, paint colors, home style and decor style. Everyone has their own preference, and your floors should fit both your lifestyle and personal aesthetic. Here’s some basic information that will help inform your decision to choose dark or light hardwood for your home.

Dark hardwood floors

Dark hardwoods, including oak, teakwood, rosewood, cherry, and dark walnut, have been trending in style for the last several years, especially in metropolitan areas. The darker stains tend to have a more “modern” look, and provide a nice contrast to white and brightly colored decor and furniture. They also highlight the grain of the wood a bit more than lighter colors, which can lend an air of elegance. Dark woods absorb light, so they are much more resistant to fading than lighter hardwood.

Light hardwood floors

Light hardwood floors, such as maple, pine, ash, and birch, are excellent for compact homes and smaller spaces, as they tend to make rooms appear bigger. Beach and coastal homes look great with lighter types of wood. Lighter floors also tend to show dirt and dust less than dark floors, meaning that they require less daily maintenance. They also hold an advantage over dark floors when it comes to scratching, as scratches are much more apparent on dark hardwood floors.

If you have any questions about flooring, or would like to set up a free, no obligation estimate with one of our friendly flooring experts, give Naffco a call today at (813) 254-4066.

Keeping Your Flooring Kid- and Pet-Proof

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So you’re thinking about redoing your flooring. Now, how do you decide what the best option is for your family? If you have children and pets, you know the challenge of keeping up with a busy schedule involving work, school, dinners, and events. The last thing on your mind is maintaining your floors. So how can you choose the best flooring to protect and preserve while you focus on raising your family?

Some of the top considerations when deciding on new flooring for a family and pet-friendly household include:

  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Maintenance levels
  • Scratch-resistance
  • Stain/water-resistance
  • Style

Keeping these in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular family and pet friendly flooring options.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are always a top aesthetic choice. The problem with hardwood floors in homes with young children and pets is that they are prone to scratches. However, they can be refinished once the children/pets are older. It’s important to know that the harder the wood, the more resistant it is to scratches and stains, and the lighter-color woods also show scratches less.

Laminate

Laminate floors are a great choice for families with children, as they are easy to clean and maintain, and give a very similar look to hardwood with a smaller price tag. The only issue is that laminate flooring is very slippery, so if your animals like to run around and play, they might struggle on laminate.

Cork

Cork flooring has seen a recent rise in popularity due to its sustainability. It is also a naturally occurring antimicrobial, meaning it reduces allergens and mold growth. This makes it an ideal choice for families with young children and pets, as it can create a safe and healthy environment. However, if exposed to heavy amounts of sunlight, the color will fade, so for rooms with a lot of natural sunlight, be sure to choose a lighter color.

Bamboo

Bamboo is another top choice for family homes with pets. It is naturally durable and more scratch and stain resistant than hardwood. However bamboo absorbs water so it is not ideal for basements or rooms with high humidity levels.

If you have any questions about keeping your flooring kid and pet proof, give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop into one of our 3 locations in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Best Flooring Options For Pets Who Shed

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For us pet owners, our little fur babies bring us joy in all sorts of ways. They’re our loyal companions and we would do anything to ensure their happiness. However, we’re all familiar with the level of care and responsibility that goes into raising a pet. Shedding is a natural and healthy process, however it can be a nightmare for those with long hair. Regular sweeping and vacuuming is necessary to maintain the cleanliness of your home. But even with the best cleaning routine, there are certain types of flooring that just don’t hold up to shaggy pets. So what are the best options out there for pets who shed?

Bamboo

The best type of flooring for a pet with long hair is bamboo. The natural hardness of bamboo makes it resistant to scratches and stains. It’s a new favorite amongst pet and homeowners because of its durability, easy maintenance, and sustainability. It’s easy to sweep and mop, so you and your pet will be happiest with bamboo flooring.

Hardwood

Hardwood is always a great choice for homes because of its clean and classic look. However it is slightly more susceptible to scratches and stains than bamboo. If your pet is trained this probably won’t be an issue, but if you have a new puppy, it might wreak havoc on your hardwood. The best types for pets are the hardest types of wood, including oak, cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, mahogany, and sycamore. These will hold up, and are easy to clean and maintain. They can also be refinished if they get light scratching from your pet.

Carpet

While carpets provide a comfy space for your pet, they are also the most absorbent type of flooring. They trap hair, skin, dirt, and dust, making it difficult to keep your house clean and allergen free. It may be better to get your pet it’s own bed or cushion in order to keep their mess to one piece of furniture. This way you don’t have to deep clean your carpet every couple of weeks.

If you have any questions about pet-friendly flooring options, give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop into one of our 3 locations and talk to one of our friendly associates today!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Floor

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Now that spring has officially sprung, and summer is just around the corner, it’s time for your annual spring cleaning. While cleaning your whole house can be overwhelming, nothing beats the feeling of having a spotless space to spend time with yourself, your family, and your friends. Your floors get the most traffic of any surface in the house, so they are very important to tend to each year. Here are some quick spring cleaning tips to keep your floors beautiful and healthy.

Carpets

While a weekly vacuum across the surface does a lot to keep your carpet clean, they are dust and dirt traps. Shampooing your carpet is one of the best ways to remove all the nasty allergens that accumulate over the year. If your carpet can’t take moisture, a steam cleaner does just as good of a job. Be sure to test your shampoo or steam cleaner in an inconspicuous corner before doing the whole carpet to make sure your carpet doesn’t get damaged by the process.

Hardwood floors

If your hardwood floor has any dents, scratches or stains, they should be refinished. To refinish them, they need to be cleaned with a floor cleaner safe for hardwood floors. Wipe the area with a microfiber cloth. Then sand the area until it’s nice and smooth. Wipe any excess debris away. Then you can buff, rewax and polish the floor. Be sure to use the right components to match the original finish.

Don’t forget about your baseboards or furniture

One common mistake when it comes to cleaning your floors is neglecting your baseboards and forgetting to move your furniture. Baseboards accumulate dirt and grime throughout the year. Wash them with an all purpose cleaner, and if they still look grimy, you can go over them with a fresh coat of paint. If furniture goes unmoved for extended periods of times it can crush the fibers of your carpet or wear away at your floors. Move your furniture slightly to avoid long-term damage.

For more spring cleaning tips, stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations and talk to one of our friendly staff members!

Best Flooring for Cats

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Unfortunately for cat owners, cats are going to cause issues with your floors. Hair, hairballs, vomit, and urine are all common issues that affect your home’s floors. Keeping your floors in good shape is a challenge, but here are some tips to make sure they stay clean and last for years.

Don’t have carpets

Carpets and cat’s just don’t mix. Carpets catch every little hair and hairball, needing to be vacuumed frequently. Allergens build up quickly and create unhealthy environments. Urine and vomit are very difficult to clean up off of carpets and using certain cleaning supplies run the risk of damaging your carpet long term.

Avoid Porous flooring

Hardwood floors are one of the most elegant flooring options, and are very popular these days. Unfortunately, they are quite porous. If a cat urinates or vomits on them it will leave a stain that can be nearly impossible to remove. Gaps between the floorboards soak up the the urine and vomit and the smell can get stuck in there.

Get area rugs that can be washed easily

Area rugs help make a home cozy and can reduce sound greatly. Be sure to get one that can easily be tossed in the washing machine to remove hairs and allergens from your cat.

Litter and food mats

Surround the area around litter boxes and food dishes with small, thin inexpensive mats. They can be wiped down easily and prevent messy floors.

Get non-porous flooring

The best flooring for cats include bamboo, cork, tile, vinyl or laminate all of these floors are more resistant to stains, sound, and spills.

If you have any questions about pet-friendly flooring, call Naffco today at (813) 254-4066

Does Your Area Rug Need a Pad?

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So you just bought a new area rug. It looks great, but now you’re wondering, do I need a pad for it, or will it be ok on it’s own. The short answer to this question: yes. A rug pad is essential for all area pads for many reasons:

Prevent slipping

A good rug pad will keep your area rug firmly in place by gripping it to the floor. Even if your rug is anchored by furniture, it can shift, bunch up and create tripping hazards. A rug pad will keep it in place and flat to keep everyone safe.

Increase lifetime

A thick rug pad helps protect the area rug from routine wear and tear by absorbing the impact of foot traffic and heavy furniture. The pad compresses and bounces back which takes the strain off of the fibers of the rug. The area rug fibers will crush and can tear without a pad underneath.

Protect the floor

The backings of area rugs are often rough and can scratch hardwood floors. They may also disfigure the floor if the rug’s dye leaks through. Pads help prevent this. They also keep rocks out and prevent the rug from shifting and scratching the floor.

Rug pads also provide a number of other benefits, including comfort, noise reduction and insulation.

If you have any questions about pads for your area rug, contact Naffco today! One of our friendly staff members will be glad to help you! Or stop into one of our 3 locations!

 

Saving Energy with Window Treatments

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Energy efficient windows are growing in popularity every year. However, not everyone realizes that your window treatments also have a profound effect on your home’s energy efficiency. 20% of your air dissipation, whether heated or cooled, happens through your windows. It’s imperative to have the right window treatments if you want to decrease this number.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are the most practical and efficient window coverings you can buy when it comes to saving energy. They use cell pockets to trap air around your windows, which regulates temperature. The cells use a honeycomb shape, which lends the nickname “honeycomb shades.” They come in a wide variety of colors, insulating capabilities, pleat sizes and cell layers. They can also be inside or outside mounted.

Drapes

Drapes are a timeless window feature that can match any decor. They come in thousands of different fabrics, colors, and patterns.

Because they provide more window coverage, they are one of the more efficient window treatments. For additional energy savings you can add a thermal lining on the backside of your drapes. These are usually white, giving your windows a smooth exterior curb appeal.

Shutters

Shutters trap unwanted air between the glass of the window and the covering. This can insulate the room. Plantation shutters have the tightest fit and use the thickest material.

Exterior Shades

Exterior shades prevent harsh sunlight from entering your home, reducing your air conditioning usage and electric bills.

If you have any other questions about energy-efficient window treatments reach out to Naffco today!

The Importance of Carpet Padding

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Carpet padding, or underlay,is one of the most often overlooked part of a carpeting project, because it’s not visible. However, it’s one of the most important aspects of your carpeting installation as it serves as the foundation of your carpet.

Carpet padding is meant to protect your carpeting. It is typically made from rubber, foam or fiber. It keeps the bottom of your carpet from rubbing and tearing against the bare floor. It also helps by absorbing the impact of foot traffic and heavy furniture. Carpet padding is responsible for the softness or firmness of your carpet.

When you have padding under your carpet, your vacuum is able to raise it slightly and remove more dirt, making the cleaning process more efficient. Without carpet padding, dirt and dust get stuck in the tufts of your carpet, increasing allergens and creating a dirty environment.

Carpet pads also provide thermal installation. Porous carpeting will create drafts, whereas padded carpets block the draft. It also is able to keep heat from passing through it. So it keeps your room at a more stable temperature.

Carpet padding also acts to dampen sound. This is an especially pertinent feature in upstairs rooms.

A pad stops the drafts that can seep through porous carpeting. Padding has higher R value (which measures a material’s ability to keep heat from passing through it) than carpet which keeps the room warmer.

Carpet padding also helps dampen sound. This is especially more important for upstairs rooms, but even in a basement, a pad reduces sound more than just a carpet by itself.

The main aspects of carpet pads are density and thickness. A thicker pad provides more protection, but it can also wrinkle your carpet. The higher the density, the more firm your carpet will feel. However low density pads wear out faster.

If you have any questions about carpet padding, reach out to Naffco today!