Restoring Hardwood Floors

Restoring Hardwood Floors

    Adrienne van Dooren’s living room before floor restoration. Photo credit: David Galen The old adage “what once was old is new again,” also applies to old wood floors that are in desperate need of attention. Don’t rip them out and start from scratch....
Concrete Sealers

Concrete Sealers

A cement surface is prone to staining and pitting. It’s important to seal the concrete properly to avoid lasting damage. As a porous material, unsealed concrete is prone to cracking and staining. It is also vulnerable to penetration by a host of substances including...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

Oriental Carpet Maintenance

            So varied are oriental carpets, they often leave even studious collectors in a quandary. Many of us cannot quickly discern the stylistic differences between a carpet from Turkey or a tribal rug from Afghanistan, even though we fill our homes with these...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

Laminate Floor Basics

Looks like wood: Weathered Rustic Cherry laminate flooring from Formica. Laminate flooring mimics the look of traditional woods while offering easy installation and lasting durability. Hallways, foyers and family spaces, bathrooms, and kitchens are all suitable...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

Securing Wood Floors: Three Solutions

Random lengths of wood flooring are loosely fit into place before they are secured to the subfloor. There are three basic options when it comes to fastening hardwood floors. The most common is blind nailing, often used with 2-1/2-inch, tongue-and-groove strip...
Restoring Hardwood Floors

Choosing Carpet: What to Look for before You Buy

The look, feel, and tone of new carpeting can change the whole personality of your home. Before you buy a product that will likely be with you for seven years or more, you may want to consider some of the features that distinguish one carpet from another, affect its...