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Below are my most popular Flooring Blog articles:
- 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
Yes. When you want to stain or change the color of your hardwood floors, you MUST fully sand and refinish the floors. If you don't sand the floors first, the stain won't properly penetrate the hardwood nor will the polyurethane properly adhere. This is the ONLY way...read more
The short answer to this is NO! All hardwood sheens are EQUALLY durable. In this article I'm going dispel several myths related to hardwood and polyurethane: Myth 1: Shinier hardwood floors are more durable compared to matte and satin finishes. FALSE. Myth 2: ...read more
Why Repose Gray from Sherwin Williams is so versatile and works in almost every room! These days, my top two "go to" paint colors have been Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray. Why? Because they are so neutral and flexible that they tend to work in almost every home and...read more
My favorite paint colors that work in almost every home I go to Over the last several years, I've been in hundreds of homes selecting paint colors. I thought it might be helpful to share the colors that seem to work the best in most homes...all in one place. These...read more
No, polyurethane does not make hardwood waterproof, but it does make wood water resistant. Polyurethane gives hardwood its protection. It repels water and prevents water absorption, but it never fully blocks it so it will never make it 100% waterproof. ...read more
The best brands and types of poly that don't turn yellow on hardwood floors Are you wondering how you can avoid that yellow look on your hardwood floors? Yellow is very dated, and the polyurethane you use (the type and the brand) can have a major impact on the...read more
Painting hacks to save you 40% or more on Sherwin Williams I'm big fan of Sherwin Williams paint. While their paint costs a bit more than what you find in the Big Box stores, it's worth it as you get higher coverage, use less paint, and it lasts longer. I also love...read more
2019 Stylish and classic paint shades from Sherwin Williams Are you looking for some fantastic paint colors that are both on trend and long lasting? Well you've come to right place. Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn have selected their iconic colors of year. Iconic...read more
Advantages of jute and sisal area rugs, and where to find the best and more affordable ones Sisal and jute are natural fiber rugs that have been rapidly growing in popularity. They look very similar, so many confuse them. While they have a similar appearance, the two...read more
Best ways to get rid of the redness and orange tones in Brazilian Cherry, Mahogany, Tigerwood and American Cherry hardwoods. Do you have Brazilian Cherry hardwood floor? And, are you looking to drown out the redness of these floors (or other red, orange or cherry...read more
Chic and soothing bluish gray paint shades for a trendy and relaxing home Blue gray paint colors are very popular, and they are the rise. Blues are calm and relaxing and when you combine them with gray undertones, you have a super stylish mix. Blue grays look more...read more
KitchenAid mixers - best places to buy, best models and why they're so popular If you've ever shopped for kitchen appliances, you know that KitchenAid maintains a huge presence in the appliance market. Their brand focuses heavily on quality and consistency, and you'll...read more
15 trendy styles for hardwood floors - The definitive guide to most popular 2019 wood flooring trends Hardwood flooring continues to grow in popularity, and it is by far the preferred flooring type for homes. Ironically, this is followed by all sorts of products...read more
What are the advantages and disadvantages of hardwood floors vs Tile Planks that look like wood? I get a lot of calls and comments on my blog asking me whether I think hardwood floors or porcelain planks (that look like wood) are better? It's a challenging question...read more