Welcome to my Flooring Blog where I share articles about commonly asked flooring questions. I share info on hardwood floors and refinishing, carpeting and carpet runners, tile and natural stone flooring, laminate, vinyl, linoleum and cork flooring.
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Below are my most popular Flooring Blog articles:
- 2017 Hardwood Flooring Trends
- Dark vs Light Hardwood Flooring – Pros and Cons
- How to Refinish Gray Hardwood Floors – The Right Way
- Coretec Plus Review – Looks like hardwood, but it’s waterproof
- Water based vs oil based polyurethane – Which is better for refinishing hardwood floors?
- How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?
- Can you change the color of your hardwood floors?
- What types of hardwood floors are best for dogs?
- Red Oak vs White Oak Flooring – What’s the difference?
- Hardwood flooring stain trends
Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl
Flooring Blog – Recent articles
Why does Bona Traffic Polyurethane cost more than Bona Mega? Is there a real difference between the two and is it worth it? The short answer is Yes and Yes! Bona really makes the best water borne polyurethanes, hands down. And, Bona Traffic HD is the best of the...read more
Popcorn ceiling removal tips for DIYers - how to make it faster, easier and less messy Yes, popcorn ceilings are dated and went out of style years ago. So, most new home owners are looking for ways to eliminate popcorn textured ceilings. Removing the popcorn texture...read more
Choosing the best vacuum for your hardwood flooring I get this question all the time: "What is the best vacuum for hardwood floors?" I also have people ask whether they can use a vacuum cleaner on hardwood flooring. So I thought I would provide guidelines for...read more
What is the difference between Bona Traffic and Bona Traffic HD? Is there a difference? Bona Traffic is really the gold standard among water borne polyurethanes - it's the best of the best, and I highly recommend it if you are planning to use water borne poly for...read more
Interlocking rubber gym tiles - For kids, babies, playrooms and gyms. Colorful and practical. These soft foam tiles are perfect for exercise rooms and gyms, studios, and kids play rooms. They easily interlock, so installation is super easy, even for a novice DIYer. ...read more
Can hardwood flooring improve the resale value of your home? Absolutely! Hardwood floors can help sell your home faster and for more money. Why? Because hardwood flooring is the preferred flooring choice and it improves the value of your home. And, if you don't...read more
How to decorate with shiplap for a contemporary farmhouse style Nowadays, shiplap is all the rage, thanks in part to Joanna Gaines; HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and also because the farmhouse style has rapidly grown in popularity. What's cool about the Farmhouse look is...read more
Pros and Cons of Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVP and LVT). And, what is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring? This article explains what Luxury vinyl is, the pros and cons for luxury vinyl, the different types/forms of the product as well as the acronyms/abbreviations used in the...read more
Pinterest Hacks - 11 Tips and Tricks for massive traffic to your blog Pinterest is much more than a social media network. Yes, it's fun, easy and useful. But, did you know it can be a huge traffic builder (and ultimately lead generator) for your business website? ...read more
When it comes to Kitchens, what is the best flooring choice? Which types of floors are most durable? What are the Pros and Cons for Kitchen flooring options? The kitchen is the heart of the home, and for many families, it's the one room that you spend the most time...read more
How to decorate and accessorize a room when you have gray walls and dark hardwood flooring Yes, Dark hardwood floors and gray walls are all the rage these days. Dark hardwood flooring (e.g. ebony, espresso, jacobean, dark walnut) is #1 for floors and gray paint is #1...read more
Which Stain is better for hardwood floors - DuraSeal or Minwax? Over the years, I've gotten many comments and questions relating to stain colors. Many people tell me that they (or their contractor/handyman) are using Minwax. I also see Minwax used in many...read more
What is water popping? Water popping is a process that opens the pores in hardwood flooring for more consistent stain penetration. It involves adding water to the wood before applying the stain. It will make the stain/color look more even and can allow you to go a...read more
Flooring Mistakes that People make when selling their house Over the last 10 years, I've seen tons of houses, and I've worked with so many new home buyers who are remodeling their newly purchased homes (after they close, but before they move in). I see some crazy...read more