Q: How Do I Maintain My Wood Floors?



If you have wood floors, you need to properly clean and maintain them.


Today we’re joined by Tom Manley from Manley Floors because one of the questions we hear time and time again is, “How do I clean and maintain my wood floors?” Tom will explain and recommend how to care for your beautiful wood floors.

Any area that may get wet, like the front and back doors and in front of the sink and dishwasher, should have a mat or rug (this includes under pet’s water bowls). Water, sand, and grit are the worst things for wood floors. Also, place felt pads underneath chairs or stools to protect the floor from scratches.

Tom always tells homeowners that they don’t need to do a weekly scrubbing of the floor
just clean it as it gets dirty. You can sweep or vacuum it, but ensure the beater bar doesn’t bang into it. Swiffers and similar products used dry are good for general sweeping; damp is okay, but wet is bad. 
 

"Water, sand, and grit are the worst things for wood floors."

For cleaning, they like to use Woodwise cleaner; it’s pH neutral, and the National Wood Flooring Association recommends only pH neutral products. We sell Woodwise at our shop, or you can buy it on Amazon. It’s for no-wax finishes, and we recommend you buy a ready-to-use spray and the concentrate versions. It’s one of the most inexpensive cleaners, but it works great and leaves no residue.

We sometimes see people using laminate cleaners on their real wood floors, which doesn’t work; it just sits on top of the wood. Then the floor starts to look worn because dust, paw prints, and footprints will start showing.

Also remember: If floors are mopped too often, the water makes the wood want to expand, and it will start de-laminating and pulling apart. Protect your elegant wood floors!

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Q: What’s Causing My New Wood Floors to Creak?



Here’s how humidity (or a lack thereof) can affect your new wooden floors.

Recently, we met up with Tom Manley from Manley Floors to talk about some great maintenance tips for the wood floors in all of our Charleston Homes. 

Once in a while, we go out to a home for a warranty check and homeowners are a bit concerned with some creaking that they’re hearing. That’s generally a big issue, especially in Nebraska. 

Why? It’s because changes in humidity is what causes floorboards to expand and contract (and squeak.) If it gets a little dry in the winter and they shrink, that can cause a squeak. If it’s too humid in the summer, that also causes a squeak. 

A humidifier or dehumidifier should do the trick.

Tom recommends having your humidity set to between 35% and 45% all year long. It’s tough in Omaha because of the extremes we see, but the extreme humidity (or lack thereof) is what causes 99% of floor squeaks.

Sometimes it might be a missing nail. Although that’s pretty rare, Tom and his team are able to identify that problem and quickly fix it.

A little squeak is not a defect, according to Tom. Any time you have a squeak, you have movement, and even though these floorboards are engineered, they are nonetheless made from living things. 

In the winter, it’s not a bad idea to run a humidifier in the home. The same goes with running a dehumidifier in the summer. They’re great tools as long as you know how to use them. If you have any questions about them, feel free to contact us.

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Q: What’s the Difference Between Direct Vent Range Hoods and Recirculating Vents?



Here’s an overview of how direct vent range hoods work.

Welcome back to another one of our warranty how-to videos for repairing and maintaining household items. Today we’ll provide a quick overview of how direct vent range hoods work.

Direct vent range hoods are different from recirculating vents in that they vent directly to the exterior of a home. This means that during high winds, you may occasionally hear a rattling noise. This noise is the flapper opening and closing.

Unfortunately, due to the construction of the hood, there’s not much you can do about this. When the flapper is open, it can also cause condensation to drip down the vent.

The fans for these direct vents usually have only a few settings: low, medium, and high. You’ll also find a couple of metal filters underneath that you can clean by running through the dishwasher.

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