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It sure has been a rainy spring in central Indiana, hasn’t it? While, for most people, too much rain just brings a soggy yard and a few canceled softball games, for others it can bring about major disaster. If your home has been flooded and you have hardwood floors, act quickly to save them. The first 24 hours are critical, and there’s plenty you can do yourself to remove excess moisture. For professional advice and help in the Indianapolis area, call in the experts at Floor Craft Sanding for all hardwood floor refinishing and renovation concerns. 

 

1. Remove standing water quickly.

Wood is porous, and thus it expands when it absorbs water. As it expands, the floor boards may warp and bend as they bump up against each other. Removing standing water quickly helps stop the wood from further damage. Remove any wet furniture or other objects on the floors as well. If you have carpet on top of the floors that also got wet, remove it as well. Use a wet vac to to suck up any remaining moisture. 

2. Protect against mold. 

Mold grows in damp, humid places, and after a flood it can appear anywhere. Use a disinfectant on your floors, and use the wet vac again to remove any excess moisture from the cleaning solution. 

3. Add air power.

Now that you’ve removed standing water and disinfected the floors, put a dehumidifier in the middle of each affected room. Turn on fans and air-conditioning at the highest power, to get the air moving to encourage evaporation. 

4. Get a free refinishing quote from Floor Craft Sanding. 

By doing all of these things, hopefully you’ve saved your floors! But, most likely, they’ll need some professional refinishing help to get them looking their best again. Contact our friendly team at Floor Craft Sanding at (317) 759-2575 for a free quote. 

Source: The Flooring Girl

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Have your recently purchased a home, or are you planning to purchase a new home soon? Among the rest of your miles-long to-do list, here’s another item to add: refinish and repair the hardwood flooring in your new home before you move in. Do yourself a favor and have the Floor Sand Crafting team take care of this daunting task for you. You’ll thank yourself in the long run! Here’s why:

 

You’ll Save Time Later

Although we work hard to finish the job in a timely manner, most hardwood refinishing jobs take between 2 to 5 days, depending on the scope of the project. By having the flooring refinishing completed prior to your move-in date, you’ll save time that you’ll be able to spend doing other things to get your house the way you want it. Curious about our process? Check out this FAQ page!

Your Floors Will Be Perfectly Clean for You

Once the floors are refinished, your home will be literally move-in ready. Any pet stains, water stains, damage, and dents will be taken care of. With beautiful floors in place, all you need to do is add your furniture. By checking off “refinish floors” from your checklist before you move in, you’ll feel much more settled in your new home. 

We’ll Work with Your Schedule

We’ll work with your schedule to coordinate the best time to refinish the floors. We also suggest allowing 24-48 hours after we’ve completed with the project until you move in your furniture. This will allow the floors to finish curing. 

For a free estimate, contact the friendly Floor Sand Crafting team today at (317) 759-2575. With over 30 years of experience in refinishing and installing hardwood floors in the Indianapolis area, we’re happy to help make your new house into a home. You’ll never regret investing in your home’s hardwood floors, which will add great beauty and practicality to your home. So before you move in, give us a call. 

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Once you have a beautiful hardwood floor installed in just the perfect color and finish you’ve been dreaming of, the last thing you want is for it to be covered in scratches and dents. A good hardwood floor from Floor Craft Sanding will last the life of your home, but it will look a lot better along the way if you take a few precautions to keep it in tip-top shape.

1. Vacuum and sweep your floors regularly.

Removing debris is the first step toward preventing scratches. Make sure your vacuum is on the “hardwood floors” or “linoleum” setting so the bar doesn’t scratch against the floor.

2. Lay down mats and install furniture protectors.

Put down mats at doorways to act as a first line of defense. They’ll prevent dirt and other corrosive substances like salt from getting onto your floors. Remember to vacuum and shake these out regularly. On furniture legs, use felt protectors (not plastic), protective pads, or barrel-type coasters. Replace these often, as dirt and debris can become embedded on the pad and act like sandpaper on the floor surface.

3. Beware of pets and shoes.

Beware of sports cleats and high heels that will dent your hardwood floor, because they focus most of a person’s weight on small areas. It’s OK to ask your family and guests to remove their shoes when they come into your home. Also, keep pets’ nails trimmed and filed to prevent them from scratching the floor.

4. Consider regular maintenance from Floor Sand Crafting.

Yearly wood floor refinishing is a great way to keep your home’s hardwoods looking brand-new while protecting them from the wear and tear of everyday traffic. Refinishing hardwood floors is a wonderful way to increase the value of your Indianapolis home, showcase your artistry, and enhance the elegance of any room. Give us a call today at (317) 759-2575 to request a free consultation.

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In Central Indiana, winter is quickly waning, spring sports will be starting up soon, and your entire family is chomping at the bit for the weather to warm up. You may be noticing areas in your home that need a little more TLC, or maybe you’ve made a 2-week plan to spring clean your home. Got your sights on your hardwood floors? We’ve put together a few tips and guidelines to spring clean your floors. Do your floors need some major work? The hardwood flooring experts at Floor Sand Crafting have extensive experience in refinishing, installing, and repairing hardwood floors. Request a quote today by calling (317) 759-2575.

 

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Schedule

In reality, most surfaces in your home need more than a once-a-year deep cleaning, and your floors are no different. So while it’s good to do a seasonal deep clean right now before spring starts in earnest, you can keep your floors looking their finest with more care on a regular basis. 

Every Day Maintenance

Mop up any water or spills as soon as they happen. Don’t allow water or other liquids to remain on your floors for long. 

Every Week Spruce-up

Sweep or vacuum with a hard floor attachment at least once a week. Use a little Bona floor cleaner to clean more stubborn soil marks. For sticky substances, use an ice cube to harden the spot and then lightly rub with a dull plastic scraper. The key is to not damage the finish of the floor. When you’re in spring cleaning mode, use Bona for the entire floor. 

Every 3-5 Years Power Cleaning

Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they’re not immune from regular wear and tear. To protect your investment, consider having your floors sanded and refinished every 3-5 years. This process will remove gouges and scratches, keeping it in great shape for the life of the house. 

For a job like this in Indianapolis, hire the experts at Floor Sand Crafting. With our experienced crew at your service, you can rest assured knowing everything will be done precisely and to your specifications. Request a quote today by calling (317) 759-2575.

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Planning to have your hardwood floors refinished? Refinishing hardwood floors is one of the best things you can do to make your home look and feel more beautiful and complete. It also will increase the value of your home and last for years, if you take care of it. At Floor Craft Sanding, we have years of experience in refinishing and installing hardwood floors. Need a quote? Give us a call at (317) 759-2575 or contact us online.

1. Save the floor for last. 

Planning other renovation projects? Whether you also plan to paint, replace any drywall or baseboards, redo the bathroom, etc., save the floor for last. It’ll save wear and tear on your new floor. 

2. Dry weather is best. 

Try to avoid refinishing floors during wet weather or during high humidity. (Although, let’s face it, this can be hard to plan for in Indiana!) Wood is a porous material, and when the old finish is stripped away, the wood surface will absorb moisture. If the weather is wet or especially humid, the finish could take longer to dry or may not be as even. 

3. Protect against dust. 

We’ll take measures to control dust, but some may seep out of the room we’re working in. Our advanced dust containment system, which utilizes the most cutting-edge equipment, captures 95 – 98% of all airborne dust.  Still, you may want to cover other nearby furniture. For wall hangings or pictures in the room, remove or cover them. 

4. Make arrangements for pets.

Unless you are able to keep your pets outside, contained in another room, or crated during the day we’ll be working, we suggest all pets be kept away from the house. Our finishes are indoor air quality certified, so fumes aren’t a health concern; however, your pet’s nails, hair, and footprints can be very damaging (and costly) to your new floor.

More questions about prepping your Indianapolis home for refinishing your hardwood floors? Check out our FAQ page! Give our expert team a call at (317) 759-2575 or contact us online

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There’s no question: hardwood floors add charm, class, and value to your home or business. They’re an investment that will give you great satisfaction for years to come. One of the things to consider when exploring hardwood flooring is which installation option you should choose: prefinished or finished on-site? Whatever your choice, Floor Craft Sanding will make the process go smoothly, giving you the affordable, well-made hardwood floor of your dreams. Contact us online or call (317) 759-2575 to talk to our team of experts. 

On-Site Floor Finishing

If you choose on-site finishing of your solid hardwood, it can be customized to your exact specifications. With this option, it is also simpler to add specialty services like borders, medallions, and custom graphics. And future wood floor repairs will be much easier and less expensive because it won’t be necessary to match a manufacturer’s finish.

Prefinished Wood Flooring

Prefinished floors are finished and sanded by the manufacturer prior to installation. Because those potentially messy and time-consuming processes have already been completed by the time the flooring gets to you, the wood floor installation process takes less time and produces less dust. It also means less disruption thus is a good choice if you can’t afford to be away from your home or office for very long. On the down side, prefinished options often result in a more difficult refinishing process down the road because it’s harder to match the manufacturer’s finish.

Hardwood Floors Done Right

Installing hardwood floors is a rewarding and beneficial investment that will stand the test of time. From the moment you have them installed, you’ll love the warm, natural splendor of hardwood from Floor Craft Sanding. Be sure to check out our specials on installations, repairs, and refinishing projects in Indianapolis and nearby Indiana areas. Questions about your project? Contact us at (317) 759-2575

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Winter’s arrival means hot chocolate, warm sweaters, and candles, but also more moisture and corrosive salts that may be walked into your home. However, hardwood floors are up to the challenge. With just a few precautions, your hardwood floors will make it through the season just fine. Questions? Call the hardwood flooring experts at Floor Sand Crafting at (317) 759-2575 or contact us online

1. Avoid using salt on your front porch. 

Protecting your hardwood floors this winter starts with keeping de-icing salts far away. Salt leaves a white, abrasive residue and salt particles can scratch your floor’s finish. If left on the floor too long, salt can harm the wood itself. (Here are some non-salt ice-melting ideas.)

2. Use mats at all entrances. 

Placing doormats at all entrances will give snow and salt a chance to be wiped off shoes and boots before they walk onto your floors. If there is a particular area of your floor where shoes collect or that receives a lot of outside foot traffic, consider laying down a large area rug to protect the floor during the winter.

3. Mop up water or snow right away. 

Sitting water or snow can damage hardwood floors, so immediately removing puddles is the key to protecting your floors. Use a towel to remove the moisture, mop the area, and dry. Sweep your floors regularly to remove debris. 

Do your hardwood floors need professional help to look their best? When it comes to hardwood flooring, Floor Craft Sanding has the experience and knowledge to make each project a success. We believe every floor can be a hallmark of your home, and we take every precaution to make sure all aspects of installation are done with precision and attention to detail. Contact Floor Craft Sanding today at (317) 759-2575 or contact us online to ask how we can add the timeless beauty of wood flooring to your Indianapolis, Indiana area home.

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Hardwood floors are beautiful, easy to maintain, and provide a clean, safe surface for your family. They are also the most environmentally sound choice for your floor. So, if you want to make a difference with your flooring choice, pick hardwood and let the experts at Floor Craft Sanding install it for you. Questions? Contact us today or give us a call at (317) 759-2575.

A Renewable Resource

Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than the average annual removal rate, thanks to responsible harvesting techniques. That means that trees are growing faster than they are being used.

In terms of CO2 removal, trees remove the most CO2 (a greenhouse gas) from the air when they are young, long before they are ready for harvest. By the time they are harvested, the process by which they take in CO2 and release oxygen is slowed significantly. This means that the earth still is benefiting from their most “productive” oxygen emission phase.

Cleaner in Your Home

Hardwood floors contain far fewer harmful chemicals than carpet or linoleum. Once in your home, hardwood floors are far easier to clean than carpet, keeping your family and pets free and clear of debris, dust, and chemicals brought in from treated lawns.

Longer Life

Wood floors use less water and energy to produce than carpet and linoleum. They last the lifetime of a house, rather than needing to be replaced every 10-15 years.

Floor Craft Sanding is a family-owned business here in Indianapolis. With our environmentally safe techniques, we can provide you with eco-friendly solutions for all of your wood flooring needs. Contact us online, or call (317) 759-2575 to learn about how your new flooring can meet all of your needs!

Source: Bona.com

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As we all know, there is a myriad of options when it comes to your choices for a wood floor. In rooms like basements, gyms, and storage units, many people decide to go with tougher woods such as oak, maple, and cherry to resist damage to the floor. In other rooms such as bedrooms and kitchens, you may elect to go for softer woods like cedar, pine, or redwood to save some money. Floor Craft Sanding are the hard-working professionals of Indianapolis that understand the various species of wood. For expert advice on your new flooring or restoring what you already have, call (317) 759-2575 today!

Most of us are not wood flooring experts, so when choosing between different types of wood, you may not understand the uniqueness of a Brazilian walnut or the warmness of a deep mahogany. For starters, understand that wood is separated into two basic types: Softwood and hardwood. This article below will discuss the differences between hard and soft wood. 

Softwood 

Though it is true that hardwood is considered stronger than softwood, that is not always the case. Softwood is more flexible and easier to manipulate, but certain strains can be denser. Softwood tends to be cheaper than hardwood and represents around 80% of the industry. Most softwood range in yellow or redder colors but can even be found in strains of white. 

Hardwood  

Hardwood comes from the angiosperm family and is known for a thick composition that is difficult to manipulate but also contains a natural resistance to scratches and dents. Though generally more expensive than softwood, this type of flooring is popular for a room that is expected to receive a fair amount of traffic. Hardwood also has an array of color options but tends to come in mostly dark hues. 

Floor Craft Sanding is a family-owned business right here in Indianapolis. With our environmentally safe techniques, we can provide you with the eco-friendly solutions for all of your wood flooring needs. Contact us online, or call (317) 759-2575 to learn about how your new flooring can meet all of your needs!

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Everyone can enjoy the wholesomeness of a classic wood floor. However, when it comes to your choice of wood, you have many options that exist. Do you like the softness of American Cherry or the warm richness of American Walnut? Floor Craft Sanding Hardwood Restoration & Installation employs experts who specialize in every species of wood. For professional advice in Indianapolis, contact us online, or call us today at (317) 759-2575

When deciding which type of wood will work best with your vision, first imagine the tone and general mood you would want the room to project. Woods with light tones like Yellow Pine or Hickory tend to make smaller rooms look larger as the glossy finish bounces light off the ground. Woods with darker hues such as Brazilian Cherry and Merbau absorb light and make larger rooms feel cozy. Listed below are some popular wood choices.

Hickory

Hickory is known for its rustic, spicy scent, but it is also popular across the world as a type of flooring. These powerful trees take over 200 years to fully mature and can reach over 120 feet in height. A light tan with brighter hues, this hardwood flooring will give your room a wide and light atmosphere.

Oak

Popular among many American households, oak flooring has been recognized for its various positive attributes. Not only is Oak inexpensive, but it is tough and can resist scratches. The oak’s dark colors absorb stains better than lighter options, so it is a good choice for families or places where there may be a lot of foot traffic. 

Stran Woven Bamboo

Though technically considered a grass rather than wood, this plant makes for beautiful flooring. Though bamboo tends to be on the cheaper side, Stran Woven Bamboo is even stronger than oak and may cost a little more. If you are thinking of bamboo flooring, know that most types are softer than wood and stain more easily. 

Our family-owned business has transformed thousands of Indiana homes. Our professionals can recommend the perfect wood flooring to fit your budget, vision, and needs. Floor Craft Sanding Hardwood Restoration & Installation can be reached online or by calling (317) 759-2575. Contact us today to speak to a wood specialist. 

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