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Dan Yorke is a 28-year veteran of the hardwood flooring industry and owner of Danville Hardwood Company Incorporated, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 838-1311 or by email.

Choosing the Right Hardwood Floor Cleaning Product

Posted on February 08, 2019 by James Florence

DANVILLE — A hardwood floor is a big investment, and the best way to protect that investment is by employing proper care and maintenance. However, just any maintenance won’t do—it needs to be appropriate for the type of floor and, more importantly, the type of finish you have.

There are three major finishes used on hardwood floors: urethane, UV oil and oil-based. Each of these finishes requires a different cleaning product (or set of products). Urethane is the most low-maintenance of the three. For cleaning a urethane-finished floor, Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner is a good choice. Simply spray your mophead with the cleaner and wipe the floor clean.

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Considerations for Choosing a Wood Flooring Product

Posted on February 08, 2019 by James Florence

DANVILLE — When choosing a new wood flooring product for your home, you’ll need to consider several factors to make the right decision. A good starting place is to consider the size and character of your household, as this will inform the criteria on which you’ll base your decision. For example, if you have an “active” household with young children and pets, you’re going to have very different criteria than a retired couple.

One of the most important characteristics to look for in a flooring product is durability. If you have an active household, you’ll want a floor that can stand up to wear—a dense product like oak or maple as opposed to softer wood like poplar or alder. Read more

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The Truth About Carpet and Indoor Air Quality

Posted on July 27, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — It’s often assumed that carpet diminishes indoor air quality, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, studies conducted by The Carpet and Rug Institute show that carpet may actually have the opposite effect and improve indoor air quality.

There’s a good explanation for carpet’s positive effect on indoor air quality: it provides a place for airborne particulates to land, making them easier to remove during cleaning. More than that, carpet actually attracts airborne particles and traps them on the floor. By contrast, in homes with hard floors, particles like mold spores, dander and dirt can remain airborne for up to 45 minutes before settling.

While carpet’s ability to capture airborne particles can benefit those with allergies and respiratory issues, Read more

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Video: Wood and Faux Wood Flooring Options

Posted on April 03, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to install wood flooring in your home, make sure you know the full spectrum of your options. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steve Villa of Rafael Floors, Abbey Carpet Center to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steve Villa: Wood-like floors are very popular these days. And so, today I want to discuss the various options, of which there are several. And the first and probably the most obvious option is real hardwood floors. With real hardwood there are 2 options. One would be an unfinished wood floor, which we would install, sand, and finish in your house. Read more

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Wood and Faux Wood Flooring Options

Posted on March 23, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — If you’re thinking about installing a wood or faux wood floor in your home, you’ll want to know the full spectrum of your options. Here’s a summary of these options and their benefits:

Authentic wood flooring

The authentic wood flooring family consists of two types of products: unfinished and prefinished. An unfinished wood floor is installed, sanded and finished in the home. This option offers three main benefits:

1. Since an unfinished wood floor is sanded in place after installation, it provides an opportunity to get the smoothest possible finish.

2. An unfinished wood floor affords a virtually unlimited range of custom color and stain options. Read more

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Video: Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home has hardwood flooring, you’ll need to be proactive about maintaining its appearance and integrity. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gary Jones of Jones Floor Designs to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Jones: For maintaining your floors, I suggest to use the Bona Floor Cleaning Kit, which helps with scratches, scuffs, reconditioning, and brings you a shine back to your floors. The Bona Floor Kit comes with a mop, a spray, and new pads to clean your floor with. You can use vinegar and water. That helps to bring back the shine and keep your floors in pristine condition. Read more

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Tips for Cleaner Hardwood Floors

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can be challenging to maintain, especially since they don’t hide dirt like other types of flooring. To keep your hardwood floors looking their best, consider the following measures:

Regular cleaning
To keep dirt at bay, clean your floors every other day with a recommended product like Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. You can also use a simple vinegar and water solution (1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water)—just make sure you wring out your mop thoroughly. Due to the risk of warped floorboards, you should never wet-mop a hardwood floor.

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While cleaning is critical for maintaining your hardwood floors, Read more

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