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
Ebony stained hardwood vs real ebony (i.e. the species ebony) Years ago, I wrote an article about real ebony hardwood. This article is about the ebony species, rather than ebony stained hardwood floors. I was recently interviewed by Architectural Digest about the...read more
My top 29 picks for beautiful purple area rugs that are affordable and where to buy them. If you can't tell, I'm a big fan of purple. It's brand color and the color of my website, and I often wear purple. I also use purple eyeliner. My bag is purple and I even have...read more
Removable decorative stair riser decals for a stylish stairway. I've been falling in love with the one of the latest trends - decorative decals for your stair risers. It' an easy DIY project that will add flair to your steps, and best of all it's practical too. ...read more
What is grout sealer and is it really necessary for tile? The short answer is yes, not only do you NEED grout sealer, but you also should reapply it every year or two. The good news though is that this is an EASY do-it-yourself job. I will show you where to buy...read more
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