May 3, 2012 on 5:41 pm
What Gloss Level Should I Use On My Floor?
When selecting a gloss level for wood, laminate or vinyl flooring consider these factors…
High-gloss provides a bright finish that reflects the most light which will highlight scuffs, scratches and other marks. Heavy foot-traffic, high-heel shoes, rolling carts and pets will show wear on a high-gloss finish. With frequent routine maintenance a high-gloss shine can be successfully maintained.
Matte (or Satin) finish has the lowest available shine because it absorbs the most light. The shine is often referred to as being a “natural” shine. This low luster makes marks, scuffs and scratches less noticeable. Matte or satin finish level requires less maintenance and re-coating than high or semi-gloss finishes.
Semi-gloss or (Low-gloss) provides modest shine to a floor while requiring less maintenance than its high-gloss counterpart. Semi-gloss has more pizzaz than a matte finish.
When deciding on gloss level for a floor, consider the following:
Here are some top brands of flooring finishes:
March 8, 2011 on 5:39 pm
Spring is around the corner which makes it time to think about SPRING CLEANING!
Yes, I said it!… Spring cleaning. May not be your favorite part of spring yet it needs to be done and what a great feeling when it is! You know there will be no more slush or ice melter tracking inside because the weather has turned milder, the grass is greening up and the first flowers of Spring are beginning to bloom. No more debris tracking into the house hidden in the treads of winter boots.
Start now, thinking about which cleaning projects you’ll take on this spring. Is it time to refresh your hardwood floor? Polish your vinyl or linoleum? Deep clean & reseal stone tile?
Whatever your brand of vinyl flooring, we’ve got the manufacturer specific products to strip and polish the floor to restore shine & beauty such as Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Polish Remover & High-Gloss Polish (also avail Satin finish).
Stone Surfaces should be resealed when water no longer beads on the surface. If your stone floor has been overworked this winter, first deep clean with AquaMix Stone Deep Clean then seal with Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold.
We sell many brands of floorcare & maintenance products in addition to those listed above. If you’re unsure what your floor needs but you know it needs help, call our telephone support team for assistance. They can guide you to the right product for your type or brand of floor. The phone number is 1-877-356-6748 or 1-877-FLOORGUY. Phone hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
December 1, 2010 on 6:02 pm
We frequently get emails from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter. If you find the following linoleum & vinyl floorcare tips helpful, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions. We post Q & A’s a few times each week.
Q: Is the Armstrong Genuine Linoleum Polish a high shine or a satin finish shine?
A: Armstrong GLP is a MEDIUM-HIGH FINISH so it’s in between high & satin. Try it in an inconspicuous area before treating the entire floor to see if you like the sheen.
Q: We have a Mannington Adura® Floor in our kitchen that is very hard to keep clean. Every few months it needs a deep cleaning, which means me on hands and knees using a brush — very hard work. I am wondering if the Mannington Heavy Duty Cleaner would help this. How would you recommend this product be used?
A: This product will help as it is more aggressive than a daily cleaner and should be used only every few months or so depending on the traffic in your home. Read the article, Mannington Adura® Vinyl Floor Care & Cleaning Guidelines, to learn more about cleaning & maintaining Mannington Adura®.
Here’s one for the industry- Q: How far into the floor does the flash cove need to be when it butts up against the floor which is a different color?
A: There are no set “”rules”" regarding flooring that is coved meeting the field material. Based on my experience, I suggest the coved material should have min 6″” (more commonly 8”) from the wall /vertical surface. This allows enough material, beyond the cove stick, to be flat on the floor for 100% contact with the floor and adhesive.
July 29, 2010 on 6:17 pm
A lot of information is available about Forbo Marmoleum Floors that will tell you it is a natural, sustainable Linoleum flooring material made from a blend of wood flour, jute, rosin, and linseed oil. You’ll find out that Marmoleum is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-static, has high wear-resistance, becomes more durable over time and has low maintenance requirements. Forbo’s durable 2-part Topshield factory finish is widely publicized and effective. All of this is true FACT about Marmoleum. I wanted to know more about cleaning and mainting Marmoleum, beyond the manufacturer’s written instructions, so I conducted a telephone interview with Forbo’s Technical Services Manager, Frank Wiggins, Installation Training Coordinator, Becky Korinchock and Technical Services Assistant, Jennifer Malloy who clearly explained some lesser know facts about caring for a Marmoleum floor.
Type of Cleaner
1877Floorguy.com sells Forbo Marmoleum Cleaner & Finish. Professional, Experienced Customer Service can answer your floor maintenance questions at 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6758).
July 29, 2010 on 6:16 pm
Dull & Dirty After Cleaning
Dark Circle Under the Dog’s Water Dish
December 15, 2009 on 3:31 pm
Residential Flooring Manufacturers devote many dollars to developing floor care and maintenance products specific to the floor(s) they produce. These products are carefully formulated, for each type of flooring the manufacturer produces to leave the floor residue-free, maintain the integrity of the floor’s surface finish without compromising slip resistance or shine and it needs to be the safest possible for people, pets and the environment. Important? You bet!
Using the Manufacturer Recommended floor care & maintenance products on your new floor, in accordance with Manufacturer guidelines, will keep the floor you purchased looking great and it will uphold the Warranty on your floor if you should have a claim. The big question has long been, “Where can I buy the product recommended by the Manufacturer?”
The flooring industry has a missing link when it comes to selling floor care & maintenance products. The flooring industry’s distribution chain, that has been in place for as long as I can remember, is from Manufacturer to Distributor to Retailer. This works like a well-oiled machine for flooring materials. Distributors buy in bulk from Manufacturers and the Retailers order from their Distributor to manage the amount of material they need to inventory. Since this works for flooring materials, it should also work for floor care & maintenance products, right? Wrong.
More often than not, Retailers don’t carry the care & maintenance products that Manufacturers require to uphold their flooring Warranties. The truth is that they likely did when they first brought on the line of flooring because the Manufacturer probably had a spiffy display that was offered for the Care & Maintenance Products as part of their kick-off package however, when that initial supply was depleted, they never replenished the stock. This happens for several reasons.
Flooring Retailers & Distributors have their focus on flooring materials, not care & maintenance products, because flooring material is their primary business and where most of their profits are generated. When they do try to track down the care & maintenance products they find that the Manufacturer is also more focused on the flooring products and they are not always able to obtain the care & maintenance products because their Distributor has trouble procuring them from the Manufacturer. You can see this doesn’t go very far in getting the products to the End Users.
You won’t find the Manufacturer Recommended Floor Care Products in Big box stores either because there is not enough in volume sales for them. Each flooring product in the marketplace has approximately 3 floor care product sku’s (each item has a unique sku) associated with it. Multiply this by the hundreds of flooring products out there and the total equals too many different products for a big box store that focuses on high volume and low cost.
The result- Customers, who buy new floors, become frustrated and may turn to easily available generic floor care products to maintain their new floor. This often backfires because the generic product may leave a cloudy film, etch the finish, create too much moisture, stain or dull the original shine. Depending on the product- cleaner, polish, stain remover, refresher, etc- the result of the generic product may or may not be reversible. Situations like this often wind up as Claims filed with the Manufacturer because the Customer believes the floor to be defective. They rarely see a Claim settle in their favor if they haven’t followed the Manufacturer’s care & maintenance guidelines. If only they could find the floor care products recommended by the Manufacturer to uphold their warranty…
This is where the specialty e-store fills the missing link. 1877Floorguy.com carries over 1000 sku’s, specializing in Manufacturer recommended Floor Care & Maintenance Products. This website has such a large selection of Manufacturers and Products, organized by type of floor and by Manufacturer, that you will likely find the exact item you are looking for along with helpful tips or advise on how to use it. If you don’t find the answer on the website, call 1-877-Floorguy and one of the staff members, each has been doing this for 8+ years, will answer your questions and guide you with expertise. If you don’t see the product you’re looking for, ask! because 1877Floorguy.com is adding new products all the time. Best of all, most products are in stock and ready to ship next business day.
Hopefully more Retailers will recognize that they can guide their Customers to 1877Floorguy.com to buy maintenance & care products for their new floor. This will make their Customers happy and they’ll go back to that Retailer again for new floors. We’ll never compete for the flooring materials business because our specialty is the products to keep floors clean and maintained.
It has taken some convincing, within the industry, but Manufacturers are beginning to see the importance of breaking the supply chain mold to better serve the end users.
March 18, 2009 on 7:21 pm
RESTORING STRIPPED MARMOLEUM FLOORS
Although there is no guarantee that this will work successfully, we have had success restoring Marmoleum that has been mildly stripped. Do not try this on the whole floor at first. Try a small spot in an inconspicuous area to see if this will work and then you can continue doing larger areas if successful.
**** Clean with a 50% bleach solution (you can leave it on several minutes)
If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at the telephone number below.
Forbo Flooring Systems
February 12, 2008 on 8:08 pm
Keep Your Investment in Your Floor
Call the Floor Guy at 1-877-Floorguy.com (1-877-356-6748) or visit us at www.1877floorguy.com for all your floor protector needs.
February 11, 2008 on 10:04 pm
Making Your Linoleum Floor Last
October 26, 2007 on 3:42 pm
Cleaning your Linoleum Floors
Tired of looking at your dirty, dingy-looking kitchen floors, but not sure of the proper way to clean linoleum? The first step in preparing to clean linoleum is to find out if indeed your flooring is actually linoleum. Today, several sheet-flooring products are made from vinyl or vinyl blends; but because in the past most sheet-flooring was linoleum. Most people refer to all sheet-flooring as linoleum, however it may not be. Vinyl is made of all synthetic materials while Linoleum is made materials that are natural and these two types of flooring require different types of care. The word itself can be broken down to explain what materials it is made of; the “Lin” in linoleum comes from linseed and the “Oleum” is a Latin word that means oil. Because this product is made largely of linseed oil; it is important to know how to clean linoleum so you don’t ruin the surface.
You want to make sure that you are using products that are intended to be used on genuine linoleum floors. There are a large variety of products on the market today that are perfect to use to clean. Linoleum floors should never be cleaned with strong alkaline cleansing products. Using products with a high alkaline content to clean linoleum can actually remove polish from the flooring, damaging the floor beyond repair.
In preparing to clean linoleum, you will first want to thoroughly sweep and/or vacuum the floor. After sweeping the floor, you will want to prepare by reading and following the instructions on the product you have chosen to use to clean. Linoleum cleaners will have different instructions and dilution requirements. Use the diluted cleaner over your floor working in small areas and then moving on the next. Last step is to use clean water and go over your floor rinsing off the cleaner. Once your floor is allowed to dry, check it to see if it brightened up from cleaning. Even a clean, linoleum can look dull when it needs it needs to be polished. When polishing the clean linoleum floor, you will want to use a high-quality product made especially for this type of flooring because of the porousness of linoleum.
Normally you will using a standard mop to clean linoleum floors, however depending on how deep the groves are in your flooring, you may actually have to use a brush with nylon bristles to remove any dirt from the groves when you clean. Linoleum can be a bit delicate and can scratch easily so you want to be very careful when you are trying to clean linoleum and use gentle pressure and soft bristles – however you also need to be able to get the dirt out of the grooves that might already be etched in your linoleum floor. Knowing the proper way to clean linoleum can help you to preserve the beauty of your linoleum floor for years to come.
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