Monthly Archives: April 2014

What’s all the hype about hand scraped?

hand scraped flooring

Hand scraped flooring is durable, and great for Wisconsin homes where inevitable damage occurs.

handscraped flooring_lightHave you been drooling about hand scraped hardwoods on all the TV home décor shows? Or have you heard the term on a commercial and wondered what they were talking about?

We’ve got the answer! (Of course we do, we’re ‘Y’s’ about flooring!)

The answer actually dates back hundreds of years, when wood flooring was scraped with hand tools to make the boards smooth and even.

Fast forward to 2014, and the term “hand scraped” has taken on a whole new meaning. Instead of scraping floors to even them out, wood flooring manufacturers are scraping the wood to give them texture.

Why?

Two reasons:
1) Looks. Hand-scraped floors have a very worn and rich look that gives more dimension to a room that a traditional polished floor. Don’t get us wrong, we still love that polished look, but hand-scraped floors are different.
2) To blend in with the inevitable. Hand scraped flooring is great for homes with pets and kids, where, inevitably, something hard will be dropped that will dent the floor or a scratch is going to appear (I know—you’re thinking “that would never happen in my house!”).

What do you think about all the hype about hand scraped? Do you like the look?

One Important Item That’s Not on Your Spring Cleaning List

Yes, it’s that time of year again in Wisconsin. The time when the temperature starts to consistently jump above the freezing mark, and you start noticing all the cleaning that needs to be done now that you can go outside without your face hurting. Things like washing your windows, cleaning your oven, getting your flower beds ready for planting…

There is one project that not many people add to their spring cleaning lists—the project that you don’t see a need for, because you don’t see them—CLEANING YOUR AIR DUCTS. The irony is that even though you don’t see them, there are definite reasons to clean them:

  • Indoor allergies are often caused by poor indoor air quality. Cleaning air ducts results in cleaner air for anyone in your household that suffers from allergies—or any kind of respiratory illness.
  • Dirt, dust, mold, pollen and animal dander recirculate though our air ducts every time we turn on our heat or air conditioner. Combine this with moisture and you have the ideal breeding ground for fungi, germs and household mold. 
  • The average person spreads 90% of their time indoors. With that number being so high, your indoor air quality is even more important.

Whether your dirty air ducts are in Hartford, Columbus, Watertown or Waukesha, give Y’s Flooring a call. We can help you mark that spring cleaning project off your list, so you can breathe easier.

Keep the mud out!

This is a title that deserves an exclamation point. We’ve all heard the saying “April showers bring mud to houses.” Okay, that’s not quite the saying, but it only takes a quick glance at the muddy footprints across your floor, or a peak out the window at your mud pit of a yard, or head outside on a “warm” Wisconsin day to know that it’s true. So how do you keep that mud from ruining your beautiful flooring?

  1. Use mats (if you have hardwood flooring, make sure you put proper pads under your mats). Make sure everyone that walks in takes off their shoes. It seems simple, but the best, and most obvious, is to keep the mud by the doors. Once everyone is done defrocking, simply pick up the clumps, vacuum the mat and mop any stray mud off your hard floors.
  2. Spot shot. For those of us who don’t have the luxury of having mats and hard flooring at our entrances—or for those of us whose kids or pets disregarded our “STOP!” command—it’s time for more drastic measures. Today’s carpeting is pretty stain resistant, but stock up on a carpet stain remover and plenty of rags.
  3. Keep a regular carpet cleaning schedule. The good news—carpet cleaning services are economical, especially when you factor in extending the life of your flooring. Contact Y’s Way Flooring to set up a carpet cleaning schedule for you.
  4. Make sure you are using the right cleaner for your floors. If you have hardwood flooring, vinyl, ceramic or carpeting, double check your cleaners and flooring instructions. You need to battle the Wisconsin elements with cleaner that will not damage your floors.

Do you have any tips to add? Give us your favorite cleaning tips!

Flooring that cleans the air?

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. We’re completely serious. At Y’s Way Flooring, we don’t joke about important things like flooring.

It’s true! Quebec flooring company Lauzon recently released the wood flooring, aptly named Pure Genius. Here are details right from their website:

“Activated by natural or artificial light and by the movement of air, the unique, high-quality intelligent flooring – which comes in a wide range of styles and finishes – continuously breaks down airborne toxins, creating a constant supply of pure air in the home. In fact, studies show that the air in rooms installed with Pure Genius is up to 85 per cent cleaner than spaces without the flooring. “

In addition, the flooring manufacturer says the flooring not only cleans the air, it gets cleaner, and boasts a 30 year finish life-span (the flooring only cleans the air as long as the finish lasts).

We all love wood flooring for its durability, how easy it is to clean (especially with our Wisconsin weather) and the beautiful grains and finishes, but this takes the product to a whole new level. What are your thoughts on this product? Would you give this “smarter” product an A+?