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
10 Tips To Make Dark Hardwood Flooring More Practical and easier to maintain Dark hardwood floors are all the rage these days. They are modern, bold and dramatic. But, yes, dark hardwood floors show dirt and scratches more, so here are some tips to help you maintain...read more
Tips for removing water and drying your hardwood flooring after a flood Water and wood just don't mix. If you've been following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, this should come as no surprise. When water sits on top of hardwood floors, it can...read more
Protecting hardwood flooring during the Thanksgiving Day holiday Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday of the year. It's all about family and spending some time together and makes us reflect on the year and how many wonderful things we have in our life to...read more
Protecting your hardwood flooring while you have a Christmas tree It happens like clockwork each year...after the Christmas trees are removed, the flooring takes a beating and sometimes it's so bad that the hardwood floors need to be sanded and refinished, or the...read more
Stylish poufs for your home...and what's a pouf? Poufs are one of the latest decorating trends. I love them because they are pretty and practical at the same time. What are poufs? Poufs are essentially smaller forms of ottomans. The name pouf is derived from...read more
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