Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Eucalyptus floors chicago

Eucalyptus Flooring Chicago
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus wood comes from the same tree as its name. It is one of the fastest growing sources of wood in the world. It's a naturally durable and beautiful hardwood that is highly resistant to water, mold and insect infestation. Because eucalyptus trees are so fast growing, they're more readily available and are generally less expensive. Though little to no maintenance is necessary to preserve your eucalyptus floors, it can be treated with teak oil to further preserve the wood's natural color. Either way, tropical eucalyptus wood is durable enough to survive harsh outdoor weather but beautiful enough to earn a place in your home.
Many green-conscious builders and homeowners choose bamboo as a hardwood alternative for flooring, but there are other beautiful eco-friendly options. One of them is eucalyptus. Its benefits include:
Renewability. Though eucalyptus has the appearance of a fine tropical mahogany, it also has all the green benefits of rapidly renewable hardwood. The eucalyptus tree is amazingly renewable and fast-growing. Ready to harvest in as little as 14 years, the eucalyptus tree can grow to 14 inches in diameter and 120 feet tall in that period of time.
Durability. Eucalyptus is extremely tough, resisting dents well and making it an ideal choice for flooring. Experts say eucalyptus floors can actually be 20 percent harder than Northern red oak. While it's normal to have a small amount of degrade in any type of wood flooring, there's less degrade in eucalyptus than in oak.
Affordability. Eucalyptus flooring is often half the price of traditional wood flooring. 

For certain applications, engineered eucalyptus wood can be used as an alternative to solid eucalyptus. When installing a floor in areas more prone to high humidity or variations in moisture, engineered eucalyptus flooring might be preferred. Engineered eucalyptus offers other benefits as well: It's available in wider widths than the hardwood version; the surface veneer is a full-sawn veneer, which means it can be refinished multiple times; and it often comes in a tongue-and-groove construction that allows it to be stapled, glued down or floated. Harvested from a 100 percent renewable crop, eucalyptus floors are beautiful, eco-friendly, cost-effective and a long-lasting alternative to traditional hardwood floors.

We carry eucalyptus floors, visit us today at 3100 N Elston Street in Chicago or call 844 -ABHARDWOOD

Birch flooring chicago

Birch flooring Chicago
Looking for an alternative to oak or maple floors? Try birch wood flooring. It has the benefits of the other hardwoods while offering a unique and attractive appearance.
What's Special About Birch?
Several attributes make birch a worthwhile option for hardwood floors:
  • Hardness and durability that comes with a hardwood floor
  • Color variation from lights to darks to suit varied decorating tastes
  • Natural 'highlights' that provide interesting visual appeal
  • Pricing comparable with other common hardwoods
The Common Types Of Birch
There are numerous species within the birch family but several varieties make up the bulk of what's used for birch wood flooring. Each has their own characteristics that make them different from one another.
When looking for birch wood floors these are the names (types of wood) that you'll most often see:
  • Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
    Paper birch is the softest of the birch wood floor types. It's hardness is about 910 on the Janka scale, a little bit softer than Black Cherry and Red Maple.
  • Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
    Yellow birch is harder than paper birch, roughly equivalent to some oaks and green ash.
  • Sweet Birch (Betula lenta)
    Sweet birch is the hardest of the typical birch woods that are used for flooring. It's a bit harder than sugar maple, red and white oak.
Birch generally has a lighter sapwood and a darker contrasting heartwood. Boards that have both often display an attractive combination of light creamy shades mixed with darker red and brown tones. If you like this type of action and color variation, you'll find it with certain varieties of birch wood floors. It's this characteristic that sets birch apart from other North American hardwoods.
You can stop by in our store on 3100 N Elston Street in Chicago and find your  perfect birch floors or call 844 abhardwood

Choose hardwood

Why you should choose hardwood?
        Hardwood flooring remains the best choice in having a space that is safe and clean with low maintenance. But not only  that, by choosing hardwood floors you are adding value to your home interior and life long memories to your family.
Safe & Clean
Hardwood doesn't hide harmful particulate matter, making for a healthier, safer living environment, especially for allergy sufferers.
Generally, hardwood floors cost more than carpeted floors, but they also require less maintenance, last longer and can be “repaired” (instead of replaced).
Especially in older homes, hardwood floors can be draftier and colder. But a well-selected area rug typically remedies this problem.
Low Maintenance
Comparatively, hardwood floors require minimal maintenance – in terms of both effort and equipment. Consider, simply, the difference in price between a mop and vacuum. Hardwood floors are also much more resistant to spills and stains.
Hardwood floors do get scraped, scratched, scuffed, dented and damaged – especially in high traffic areas. However, wood flooring can most often simply be sanded, smoothed and refinished. It is rarely necessary to replace a wood floor.
Since wood is a naturally occurring resource, which can even be reforested, hardwood floors are also a quality ecological choice.
Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available. The U.S. Forest Service states that the annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than the average annual removal rate. This means that trees are growing faster than they are being used today.
In addition, wood remains the largest carbon sink on land for CO2 emissions, as well as one of the major sources of oxygen, comprising the air we breathe. Wood floors also use less water and energy to produce and can be burned as fuel or recycled at the end of its life cycle, making it an extremely sustainable product. They not only bring beauty and value to a home, but they last hundreds of years and are easier to maintain than most other flooring options.
One popular and very sustainable trend in flooring today is reclaiming wood from old barns, factories, warehouses, landfills or even river bottoms to use for wood flooring. This type of wood is extremely unique and possesses a certain history that makes it charming and somewhat enchanting with variations in character, color and mineral variations.
Not only is the irregularity of the wood attractive, but it is much more dimensionally stable than new hardwood flooring. The lifespan of the reclaimed wood has exposed it to air for many years and makes it less susceptible to changes in humidity that could cause swelling or shrinking.
Unsurpassed Beauty & Value
  • Perhaps the number one reason to consider a hardwood floor is for aesthetic reasons.
  • Hardwood is one of the oldest flooring materials there is, and it never goes out of style. Because of the large variety of trees and wood types, a world of colors, consistencies, designs, grains and patterns are available.
  • Whereas many new homeowners will remove carpeting upon purchasing a house, viewing it as an additional expense, hardwood floors definitely increase the value of a house.
  • With proper maintenance hardwood floors are a sound investment that pay off for a lifetime and bring beauty to any room.
Visit  out store on 3100 N Elston to choose your dream  floors.Our trained staff will guide you through the  entire  process of finding floors that fit your character and the interior of your home. We are happy to serve you .
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Cleaning hardwood

How To Clean your wooden floors

Regular cleaning is the key to keeping your wooden floors at its best.Please take your time to read our suggestions about hardwood floors cleaning process

 We got some great tips of cleaning hardwood floors:

  • Soak up liquid spills immediately as excessive use of water can cause permanent stains.
  • Avoid wax, vinegar and “all-purpose” cleaners, since they dull the floor’s finish.
  • Place mats or rugs near doorways and in high trafficked pathways to trap sand and grit.
  • Do not move furniture or heavy objects across the floor - carry them or use gliding furniture pads instead.
  • Use protective pads or caps on furniture
  • Trim your pet’s claws to help avoid scratches on the floor.
  • Avoid wearing high heels - they might dent the floor
Varnished, painted, hard waxed or oiled surfaces
Step 1: Preparations
Vacuum the floor carefully
Step 2: Regular wood floor cleaning
1. When your floor looks dirty, spray it with Bona Wood Floor Cleaner ( or any other cleaner that you will buy in our store) to dissolve the dirt.
2. Wipe the floor clean using a Pad on Mop.
3. Rinse the pad in water as it becomes soiled and wring it thoroughly before continuing to clean. Excessively soiled pads may be laundered.

Step 3: Periodic maintenance
If the floor looks dull, scratched or shows other signs of wear, follow these steps to restore the beauty of the floor.

1. Vacuum the floor carefully. Clean it using Bona Wood Floor Cleaner and a Bona Pad on your Bona Mop.
PS:You also can use any other green nontoxic hardwood floors cleaning products.

2. Apply Bona Wood Floor Polish or Refresher. Apply one even coating over the whole floor. Let dry for at least 2 hours
Cleaning Hardwood floors becomes easy ones you will fully understand technics .Here are our green cleaning products.