In more than 15 years of installing, refinishing and working in the hardwood flooring industry we’ve learned a lot. And we know that investing in replacing, repairing, or installing hardwood floors leads to a lot of questions. Kimminau is here for all your flooring needs and questions.
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The duration of wood floor installation can vary depending on several factors. Generally, for a professional team to install hardwood on a complete floor, it could take anywhere from two to three days. Factors that could extend this timeline include the size of the space, whether the subfloor also needs preparation, or whether there are any complex patterns or designs installed. For a precise quote, you can get a free quote from Kimminau that’s tailored to your hardwood floor project.
Cleaning engineered wood floors is crucial to maintaining their appearance and longevity, but it needs to be done carefully. Begin by removing loose dirt and dust with a soft broom or vacuum
cleaner. For a deeper clean, use a damp but not soaking wet mop along with a cleaner
specifically designed for engineered wood floors. Avoid using steam cleaners or wet mops, which can damage the wood surfaces. If you need recommendations on the cleaners, give our team a call for specific cleaners for your flooring. Remember, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your floors to prevent any potential damage.
While Fabuloso is a multi-purpose cleaner, it’s not the best product to use on hardwood flooring. Wood is a sensitive material that can get damaged by harsh chemicals. Fabuloso is a relatively strong cleaner and it might strip away the finish on your wood floor, causing discoloration or
damage. Instead, use cleaners specifically designed for wood floors, formulated to clean effectively while preserving the wood’s natural finish.
If you find paint spills or drips on your wood floors, you have options to get the paint up without damaging the wood. If the paint is still wet, simply wipe it with a damp cloth or wet paper towel. For dried paint, start by scraping off as much as you can with a plastic putty knife, ensuring you
don’t scratch the floor. Once the excess paint is removed, dampen a soft cloth with a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, then rub the stained area gently until the paint is removed. If the
stain is stubborn, you can use a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Before you do this, test any cleaning solution on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t damage your floor’s finish. After the paint is removed, rinse the area with a damp cloth and dry it thoroughly. For large spills or
stubborn stains, you might need to consider professional cleaning or refinishing. Because we finish our hardwood flooring process by making touch ups, including paint touch ups, we’ll take
care of any paint that drops.
Using a steam cleaner on hardwood floors is generally not recommended. Steam cleaning involves the use of hot water vapor, which can cause damage to hardwood floors. The intense heat and moisture can cause the wood to warp, discolor, or develop gaps between boards. Additionally, if your hardwood floors are sealed, the steam can potentially damage the finish,
making your floors look dull and lifeless. Instead, for cleaning hardwood floors, consider using a slightly damp mop with a cleaner specifically designed for hardwood floors.
Scuff marks on wood floors can be unsightly but are often easy to remove. For light scuffs, try using a microfiber cloth to gently rub the marks until they disappear. For more stubborn scuffs, a solution of equal parts vinegar and water applied to a cloth can be effective. Be sure to wipe the
area with a separate damp cloth afterward to remove any vinegar residue.
If the scuff marks persist, you may need to use a commercial wood floor cleaner designed for
your specific type of flooring. Always test any product on a small, hidden area of the floor first to ensure it doesn’t cause discoloration or damage. If the scuff marks still don’t come off, it might be time to consider professional maintenance coat or refinishing. Kimminau trains its professionals so they can restore the hardwood to its perfect condition, so don’t hesitate to call us today!
Dark spots on hardwood floors can be caused by various factors, including water damage, mold, pet urine, or spills. Water and other liquids can seep into the wood’s pores, causing staining and discoloration if not cleaned promptly. Sometimes, dark spots may be a sign of mold or mildew growth beneath the surface of the wood, which can occur if the floor is frequently exposed to high humidity or moisture.
Pet urine can also cause dark stains on hardwood floors due to its acidic nature. Spills from
substances such as wine or food can also lead to dark spots, especially if they are not cleaned up immediately. It’s worth noting that certain types of wood are more susceptible to dark staining
than others due to their porosity and the type of finish applied. If dark spots are appearing on your hardwood floors, it’s important to identify the cause and treat it accordingly. Professional
advice may be necessary in some instances, especially for severe or persistent staining.
Kimminau restores hardwood stains to pristine condition. So, if you have pets, spilled drinks, or food, get these issues resolved in no time! A few preventative steps can reduce the intensity of dark stains, so we’ve created a few ways to care for your hardwood flooring.
For water stains, begin by cleaning and drying the area thoroughly. Next, Kimminau’s
professionals will use fine steel wool to lightly buff the area. We prevent further damage by gently buffing the stain, applying a small amount of hardwood floor cleaner to a soft cloth, and cleaning the area clean.
For dark stains caused by pet urine or other acidic substances, we utilize a completely different approach. First, we try to clean the stain with a hardwood floor cleaner. If the stain persists, it may be necessary to sand the stained area and then apply a layer of bleach. Let the bleach sit
for an hour, then wipe it off and allow the area to dry. Professionals must complete this step of bleaching, otherwise, homeowners may damage their hardwood floors further, causing multiple
It’s always best to hire a professional to assess the stains and damage. We will be able to provide you with the most effective options for restoring your floor, just give us a call and we’ll be
The cost of moving furniture as part of a flooring installation depends on several factors,
including the amount and size of the furniture. At Kimminau, we include the cost of moving a few
items in our services, so there’s no need to get multiple companies involved in the process of restoring your hardwood floors. Our two-hour minimum service charge for moving contents
starts at $350 per visit.
Matching wall color with your wood floor involves considering the undertones in the wood finish, the lightness or darkness of the wood, and the overall style and mood you want to create in the room. If your wood floor has a warm undertone such as red or orange, cool neutrals like grays or blues on the walls can provide a pleasing contrast. Conversely, if your wood floor has a cool undertone like gray or ash, warm neutral wall colors, such as creams or beiges, can create balance. Light-colored walls generally work well with darker floors, helping to brighten the room and prevent it from feeling too closed in.
If you have questions about floor stains or wall paint colors, don’t hesitate to ask the Kimminau
Team. We’re happy to assist in more ways than just completing your hardwood floor project.
Transitioning between two different wood floors can be effectively achieved using a transition strip, which is designed to bridge the gap between different types of flooring. Transition strips are available in various styles and finishes that can match or complement your hardwood floors. For a seamless transition, you might consider a ‘T’ bar or ‘reducer’ strip. A ‘T’ bar is used when there is a level match between the two floors, while a ‘reducer’ is used when one floor is lower. If you wish to add a more dramatic effect, you could use a ‘threshold’ strip which creates a defined break between the two floors.
The goal is to seamlessly connect the two floors while accommodating any height difference, and Kimminau has years of experience with this. For best results, tell us what you want and we’ll help choose the transition strip that best suits your needs and aesthetic preferences!
Yes, you can install wood flooring over tile, provided the existing tile floor is well-bonded, flat, clean, and in good condition. Before the installation, we will inspect the tile floor for any loose, cracked, or damaged tiles, otherwise, we will repair or replace them before laying the new floor. It’s also important for us to check for any height issues that this new layer may cause, especially
at doors or transitions to other rooms.
Keeping a couch and other furniture from sliding on a wood floor can be achieved with a few simple solutions. Using furniture pads or rubber grippers are effective as they are placed under the feet of your couch. These provide friction that helps keep the couch stationary. Another option is to use non-slip mats or rugs under the couch, chairs, and beds. They not only keep furniture from moving but also add aesthetic value to your living space. For a more permanent solution, you could consider installing furniture anchors. These secure the couch to the floor, preventing any movement. Always ensure that the method you choose does not damage your