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:
- 2018 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
Hardwood floor alternatives that are less expensive and won't break the bank For those of you who follow my blog, you know that hardwood flooring is my favorite, but hardwood doesn't work for all circumstances nor all budgets. So, I wanted to provide my top 5...read more
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How to design a kitchen backsplash and 20+ Neutral tiles for kitchen backsplashes When it comes to designing a kitchen, the backsplash is usually the finishing touch. It helps unify the space and add a bit of flair. And, of course, it provides a functional purpose...read more
When it comes to hardwood floor refinishing and water-borne poly, what number of coats should you use? This question comes up often when people are sanding their hardwood floors with water-borne polyurethane, especially as these coats are thinner...and many brands of...read more
Hardwood flooring cleaning guide and the best products and tools to use I wanted to share the best cleaning practices, products and tools for hardwood floors. Not everything you read online is true, so I wanted to set the record straight since there is a lot of...read more
Gray hardwood flooring for a modern, farmhouse and chic look Gray hardwood floors have been growing in popularity for the last 5 or 6 years. They are stylish and chic and you tend find them in higher end homes. They really make your home unique and up to date. And,...read more
Top rated steam mops for tile flooring Many customers ask me about "What is the best steam mop for tile floors?" Many also wonder about the advantages of using steam mops over a traditional mop and bucket. So I thought I would my share the steam mop that I recommend...read more
Here are my top 10 ways to upgrade your kitchen...without gutting or completely replacing it. For many, the kitchen is the most important room of the home and the room we spend the most time in. But, what can you do if your kitchen is ho-hum...or dated...and you...read more
Best places to purchase porcelain tiles that look like hardwood floors Wood look tiles are one of the most popular types of flooring these days, especially in warmer climate homes and in areas that are prone to water or moisture (e.g. kitchens, bathrooms, entryways,...read more
Black and white stenciled and mosaic tiles for a modern farmhouse styled bathroom and a classic vintage look These stenciled black and white tiles are so eye catching. In fact, some are mesmerizing. These tiles are stylish as they're both retro and contemporary at...read more
Whitewashed hardwood flooring for modern, farmhouse and shabby chic decor Whitewashed floors have made a huge comeback these last few years. The cool thing about the newer whitewashed floors is that they have a whole new look and feel vs what was popular 20-30 years...read more
Farmhouse style flooring for an authentic and stunning look Recently, I wrote an article on farmhouse style paint shades which has been extremely popular on pinterest, so I figured I'd also write a companion piece on farmhouse floors, as floors and walls need to be...read more
Sliding barn doors for farmhouse style decor If you're into farmhouse decor, then you know how super stylish sliding barn doors have become. They really add a dramatic finishing touch for a genuine farmhouse style look. One of the things that's cool about sliding...read more
Sell your house faster with these simple and affordable Do-it-Yourself projects Are you planning to put your house on the market this spring? Here are 7 easy DIY projects that will enable you to sell your house faster...and most likely at a higher value, too. The...read more