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How to Take Care of Your Yacht Flooring Installation

If you want to get confused on the internet as quickly as possible, look up “teak maintenance.” You wouldn’t think maintaining yacht flooring installation would be such a fiery topic, but it’s warfare out there. Batten the hatches (which is one good tip for keeping your flooring dry) and avoid the fight. Maintaining your yacht flooring installation is much simpler than a lot of places out there would lead you to believe.

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Trust the Wood

As top South Florida boat flooring professionals, we know there’s a reason teak is used on yachts. It is an extremely dense hardwood that naturally possesses very high amounts of oil and wax. Nature’s already perfected the ideal wood for a yacht, so you don’t have to bend over backwards trying to maintain it.

Teak hardwood is resistant to rot, so you can begin by trusting the choice of teak and not feeling like you have to fawn over it or over-care for it. The natural inclination is to oil it every chance you get, but this will quickly sap the look from the wood and render it dull and featureless. If you over-oil teak, it will begin to look oddly plastic in sunlight.

Teak is also resistant to fungal growth. Now, any wood can develop fungal growth if you leave it alone long enough. That’s just what wood does, especially in humid environments. This leads us to our most important point:

Use Your Yacht

In fact, the number one way to help maintain your teak is to use your yacht regularly. It’s a chore, we know.

All the oils in the world aren’t as useful as taking the yacht out, letting it get light, moving its parts around, and letting it get good airflow as it moves across the ocean.

Dirt builds up, so when you use your yacht, give it a good sweep now and then. South Florida boat flooring is exposed to a lot of rain and humidity, so extra moisture builds up. Wipe this up. Do basic cleaning as part of your regular maintenance routine. Yet above all, get the yacht moving. Air flow alone will take care of many basic problems.

Don’t Use High Pressure Hoses

Just don’t. Teak combines a variety of grains, ranging from hard to soft. A high pressure hose will blast away those soft grains. Additionally, you’ll get ugly little pits and lines very quickly in your deck.

If you have used a high pressure hose and you don’t know what to do because the deck’s already looking worse for the wear, relax, take a breath, and get someone who knows what they’re doing to sand that deck down again. This will level the surface back out, and the deck can be refinished from here.

For the same reason, stick to brushes with soft bristles when cleaning. Brushes with hard bristles will pick those soft grains out just like a high pressure hose will.

Be careful with acid-based cleaners as well. Always follow instructions, and preferably consult someone who’s dealt with yacht flooring installation before.

Cover Your Deck

The worst effects of weather can be mitigated by covering your deck. Don’t let it be an afterthought. A hard rain can cause many problems if the deck is directly exposed to it. Covering can sometimes feel like a hassle in the moment, but it can save you a much bigger problem down the road.

Similarly, sun can do a lot of damage to wood over time. Exposure to sun begins to fade the color of wood, and your finish will lose its luster this way. Rain or shine, cover your deck.

Wipe Up Food and Wine

Part of the appeal of yachts is how much fun you can have onboard. This said, splashed wine is one of the quickest ways to discolor a patch of wood. Oily and greasy foods will also make marks that are surprisingly difficult to eliminate, and organic matter (like the sandwich crust a messy guest leaves  behind) is the quickest way to introduce mold into the environment. Make sure the remnants of any outing are promptly cleaned.
But, remember, you don’t have to obsess over these things. A spill won’t ruin the wood in minutes. Just make sure at the end of the day that these things are cleaned off instead of left to sit there until the next time you take the yacht out. They cause problems over time, but won’t damage anything immediately.

Saltwater is Fine

Teak does well with salt water because of how the salinity discourages the growth of mold. You can use the deck hose to wash off the teak quickly. This is one more element that makes teak pretty easy to maintain.

Don’t Overdo It

Once more we’ll stress that a regularly used, well-cared for teak deck won’t need oil, sealants, or cleaners with an acid base. Teak can be allowed to age naturally and it will look beautiful with time.

This said, if you like the look of oils, the protection of sealants, or the effectiveness of acid based cleaners, you don’t have to avoid them. Everyone has their preference. Just make sure you follow the directions carefully. Consulting someone with experience is highly recommended. Above all, don’t overuse any of these products. Trust the wood. It took a long time growing to look so beautiful, and it will give you years of pleasure if you treat it right.

How to Choose the Right Flooring Contractor

How do you choose the right flooring contractor? Unless you have experience in construction and installing floors yourself, it may seem like one is as good as the next. Yet not all flooring companies follow the same rules, use the same standards of professionalism, or take the same care when it comes to your floor. Here are 6 ways you can make sure you get the best commercial flooring subcontractors in South Florida — and the best results.

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  1. Verify that they are licensed and insured. Before they even come to your property to give you an estimate, ask them for these documents. They can send you copies via email, fax, or bring them when they come for the quote. If they aren’t both licensed and insured, don’t even waste your time meeting with them.

 

  1. Ensure that any subcontractor with whom they work carries both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. You don’t want to be held liable if one of their workers gets injured on the job.

 

  1. Have prospective contractors show you pictures of projects they’ve completed that are similar to the work you’d like them to do. When they show you these examples, ask them what problems they encountered and how they solved them.

 

  1. Meet with the person in charge of the job. You don’t want an estimate from one worker and the work from another. You can’t be sure what you’ve expressed to them in terms of requirements made it down that pipeline.

 

  1. Get references. These can help you double check that a flooring contractor does a good job. It can also help you figure out what potential problems there may be – especially problems outside of the installation itself. Don’t forget to look for online reviews too.

 

  1. Get multiple estimates, but don’t always go for the least expensive option. Floors last for a long time and they’re difficult to tear up and re-do if you’re unhappy with the job. Make sure to go with the most skilled flooring contractor.

When you choose the right flooring contractor, you’ll enjoy quality flooring for years to come.

Top 5 Ways to Keep your Commercial Carpet Installation Clean

It’s not as difficult as you might think to keep your commercial carpet installation clean. It just takes some care — and a few good tips to help you fight messes rather than make them worse. As a South Florida commercial flooring contractor, we’ve seen pristine carpets after a decade of use and beautiful carpets worn out after a few years of ill treatment.

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Here are our top 5 ways of keeping your floors looking wonderful:

 

  1. Don’t rub stains. This spreads and grinds stains into carpet fibers. Rubbing will also wear away the fibers faster. Instead, blot the stain with cleaning solution and clean cloth. Work from the outside in so you don’t spread the stain outward. For most stains, you might be surprised to learn that shaving cream works wonders. After getting what you can up by blotting, apply shaving cream and let it sit for 30 minutes. For certain stains like beer and wine, club soda works well. As a finisher, a half-vinegar, half-water solution often does the trick.

 

  1. What if you get something stick on your shoe? It could be gum, a bit of road tar, or anything with adherent or glue that gets tracked in. Remember, don’t rub it!. Instead, use an ice cube to freeze it for 30 seconds or longer. Then use a utensil to lift it while cutting the carpet strands as close to the sticky material as you can.

 

  1. Grease poses another problem entirely. The best solution for this is dish-washing soap. This is designed to cut grease. But don’t apply the soap directly. Instead, mix a few drops in warm water. Put this in a spray bottle and apply it this way. Then blot. You’ll be amazed how well it cuts back grease.

 

  1. Hydrogen peroxide works wonders for many stains the other recommendations here don’t address. In particular, it’s good for picking up blood if someone cuts themselves in the workplace. Just be sure to take care of your employee’s or customer’s health before the carpet.

 

  1. Vacuum regularly to get the dirt and grit up. Dirt and grit wear away the fibers as people walk over it. Once in awhile, give the carpet a good deep clean. Steam cleaning will remove oil and grease build up that’s made it further into the carpet material, as well as picking up more deeply embedded dirt.

Keep your carpet looking its best — and it’s not a bad idea to keep shaving cream, club soda, ice, and vinegar handy!

The Best Type of Flooring for Restaurants

Choosing flooring for restaurants can be a challenge. These surfaces have to stand up to relentless foot traffic, spills, and the wheeling of carts. They have to provide grip so that customers don’t slip. They have to be attractive and appealing. They have to help reflect light so that the eating area isn’t too dark. When it comes to flooring for restaurants, concrete is a solid (pun intended) choice.

 

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Concrete and Care

Concrete is often the best commercial flooring installation for restaurants because it’s durable, affordable, and fits a variety of aesthetics.. A sealer is a must to help prevent anything from getting under the floor where you can’t access it. Concrete isn’t fire-and-forget either. You still need to care for it, especially in a restaurant environment. Luckily with concrete, that cleaning will go faster than with most other types of flooring.

 

Slip Resistance

For slip resistance, you can go one of two directions. Use additives so that the concrete has more ingrained texture, or intentionally texture the concrete in a unique way. Both are simple yet effective ways of giving a concrete floor grip and making it safe for servers and customers alike.

 

Replicate Other Looks

You can give concrete many different looks. Stamped or imprinted concrete is made to look like tile, a range of stones, or even wood. This is a great way of evoking the moods of other floors while retaining the advantages of concrete. Concrete can also be stained, engraved, and polished for a remarkable range of appearances.

 

Adding a Logo

Adding a stencil or logo is a great way of making a place feel more your own. If it’s one of the first things a customer sees when walking in the door, they’ll automatically associate the brand with the experience they have more closely. Just make sure not to overdo it. One logo at the main entrance is usually enough for a space. Concrete can be stenciled in intricate, detailed, and bright ways with ease.

Spring Cleaning: Best Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors

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In the course of our duties as a residential hardwood flooring subcontractor, we’ve taken up a lot of floors in order to lay new ones. Some of the floors we’ve come across tells a sad tale. Hardwood can naturally last several decades: there are historic homes that have been graced by these surfaces for centuries. The key is proper care (and some love).  If you’re in the mood for spring cleaning, and preserving your investment, here are some of the best ways to clean hardwood floors.

 

Start by getting the dust and grit out. The natural imperfections that make hardwood beautiful can trap debris that mopping can sometimes grind in. Always start by sweeping or vacuuming, especially if any sand has been tracked into the home.

 

You’ll want to use a water-based, PH neutral cleaner for a finished floor. These are available at a range of stores that carry cleaning supplies. Wood Wash is a good choice. The reason you don’t want to use a higher PH cleaner (like a harsher soap) is that these will impact the floor’s finish. They’re also not as healthy for your skin. Pick up some distilled water for a streak-free look. Minerals in tap water can leave streaks on the floor, but distilled H20 avoids this.

 

You can do one of two things depending on the kind of time you have. You can damp mop the floor – this means wring the mop well so that it’s damp instead of dripping wet. Give an area two passes to dissolve the dirt and then pick it up. This is one of the best ways to clean hardwood floors.
If you have more time and you really want to make your floor beautiful, you can spray the cleaner over an area, using one rag to clean the floor and another to buff it dry. Don’t use a brush to scrub – this will damage the finish and scratch the wood. Hardwood floors are hardy, but still have to be treated well. Do this, and you can help your hardwood floor last for years. Decades. Centuries.

8 Things to Know Before Installing Luxury Vinyl Tile

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Installing luxury vinyl tile can be pretty straightforward, but you’ll want to keep several factors in mind when making your choice. As commercial luxury tile contractors in South Florida, we’ve installed a lot of beautiful luxury vinyl tile floors. We’ve also come across a few mistakes builder have made. Here are eight keys to remember before installing.

 

  1. The two best aspects of installing luxury vinyl tile are its low cost and ease of installation. This surface can even be installed over one previous floor layer. This can save you from ripping up an old floor. 
  2. Pay attention to durability. Luxury vinyl can last from 10 to 20 years. That’s still a wide range, so make sure you know the life expectancy of your top vinyl options.
  3. Surface protection is important. Luxury vinyl tile is a good cost saver, but this doesn’t mean you should skimp on protection. That extra surface layer can resist stains and scratches, making the floor look better for longer. It’s an easy way to extend the floor’s life.
  4. Consider your heavy-use areas. Specific-use areas like bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms are good choices for high-end vinyl. There’s a reason entrance rooms aren’t always included on these lists. If a floor’s going to get a lot of foot traffic, consider a urethane finish to protect the floor and extend its life.
  5. Just because luxury vinyl tile is resistant doesn’t mean it’s immune. You’ve still got to maintain it sensibly by wiping up spills quickly. Luckily, it’s easy to sweep and mop.
  6. Designs have come a long way. When installing luxury vinyl tile, consider emulating the look of stone or hardwood.
  7. Luxury vinyl tile can become sun-damaged over time. Close the curtains or blinds when you’re not home to help protect it.
  8. Repair is difficult on luxury vinyl tile, especially if it’s sheet vinyl. Therefore, take everything we say about protective layers and maintenance seriously. A few simple steps can make your flooring last years longer.

Commercial Flooring Installation Process

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The commercial flooring installation process can seem intimidating at first. As South Florida commercial flooring contractors, we’ve seen both builders and business owners get paralyzed by the sheer number of choices. But success is like chess: expert players don’t see more moves, they see fewer. That’s the key – clearly identifying your needs enables you to whittle the choices down to a more manageable number.

 

Remember, the primary goal of a flooring choice is to appeal to customers/residents/visitors. Think of flooring as one facet of your brand that people will use to make their own assessment of your company. Is your brand professional? Stick with more neutral tones. Is your brand fun and bright? You can spice things up by making elements of your floor unexpected.

 

Next, consider the building itself. Many buildings have already been designed to cater to specific types of flooring. How can you match the flooring to the building? A converted warehouse space will do well with flooring made from very modern materials. A corporate office building will do well with blends of carpet and stone that complement each other.

 

Something that many overlook is the noise that walking makes. Wood floors are both unexpected and comfortable, making them ideal for a range of commercial purposes…but in an office building where people will be wearing dress and heeled shoes, the reverberations get very noisy, very quickly. Cork or carpet are good alternatives

 

Also consider durability. If choosing between two carpets that are equal in other ways, choose the one that will last longer and is built more resiliently. Tile, wood, and stone will all last a long time. Carpet can go either way depending on make, but high-wear options occupy a middle ground if taken care of for a long time.
Materials like vinyl can be adapted to a range of flooring solutions, but aren’t very durable. The commercial flooring installation process can be easy, even fun, if you feel in control of it. As top South Florida commercial flooring contractors, we focus on giving you the best choices that accomplish the look and feel you want.

How You’re Probably Ruining Your Hardwood Floor Installation

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Hardwood floor installation gives you one of the most durable floors known to man.That may sound like hyperbole, but it isn’t. Hardwood floors, in the right circumstances and with the right care, can last for decades and even beyond a century. But are you ruining your installation?

 

In an environment like Florida, hardwood is exposed to temperature and humidity changes that can stress them, but it’s important not to overreact. Hardwood floor installation gives you a surface that you don’t actually have to maintain as often as you might think. A simple, thorough vacuuming every week does half of the work for you.

Don’t panic – just be proactive! If you drop something and dent the floor, for example, don’t then sand everything down to that imperfection. Taking that much off the floor grinds too much away. Wood will develop slight imperfections over time. You can screen the finish off and refinish a section or the whole floor if you really want. But you don’t want to start removing the wood itself or you’re going to over-correct to the point of damaging the floor.

 

Similarly, trust wood to re-shape itself. If you find standing water that you’ve missed, and the wood’s warped, dry it out and let it stand a few days. Beyond taking the moisture away, don’t seek to immediately fix it. As it dries, the wood will re-shape again. Fix it too soon, and you might be left with gaps when it un-warps. Wait until it corrects itself naturally, and then see if it needs any sanding. Residential flooring subcontractors know that chances are it’ll need less work after it dries than you thought.

Make sure the floor is guarded from plants you might water. If water collects invisibly beneath the pot and you don’t know, it will be trapped there and warp the wood until you discover it. Similarly, use furniture pads for stationary furniture and casters for rolling furniture in order to protect your wood floor from damage.
Maintain the floor regularly. Vacuum to get grit off, damp-mop with mild soap every week or so, and use mineral oil to mitigate the damage of scratches. Consult residential flooring subcontractors if you need to repair it, as there are tips and tricks to doing so that will stave off future headaches.

A Guide to Hospital Flooring

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When it comes to hospitals, commercial flooring installation is a matter of health and safety. Because the stakes are high, a hospital flooring contractor needs experience with the needs of medical facilities.

 

Sterile environments are key and require knowledge of a number of needs. Floors like this cannot have many seams. Seams interfere with medical equipment, beds, and carts that need to be wheeled around, but they’re also a hygienic danger.

Rooms that need to be sterile need sheet vinyl. When installed properly – and this is why experience as a hospital flooring contractor is key – the seams help create an environment that’s sterile. Heat welding the sheet vinyl ensures that spills don’t contaminate the seams. In heat welding, a rubber strip is melted between two sheets.

Chemical bonding is also an option, but relies on using liquid adhesive. Heat bonding is far more preferable. Keep in mind that when we’re talking about sterile environments and hygiene, the floor cannot have any imperfections that allow spills or fluids to become trapped. This can breed bacteria, mold, and other agents that affect health.

In addition, flash coving extends the sheet vinyl up the wall, as a form of baseboard. This means that there isn’t any space at the edge to worry about spills getting into.

 

For non-sterile environments (e.g. administrative offices), we often use luxury vinyl plank. It can be made to look like wood, but it is easy to clean and doesn’t possess wood’s tremendously high rate of imperfections – nooks and crannies where bacteria can become trapped.
Luxury vinyl can be made to emulate a range of other commercial flooring installations, such as tile. One of the biggest advantages of luxury vinyl is that it can make an area look bright and open while at the same time being very easy to clean and maintain. Remember, rely on someone with knowledge and experience as a hospital flooring contractor – you can avoid some of the easiest-to-make mistakes and cost overruns this way.

Best Types of Flooring for Beach Houses

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Flooring in a beach house has a few requirements that make it different from another type of home. It needs to stand up to the wear of sand and grit being tracked in, and it needs to be highly resistant to water and humidity. This makes tile flooring installation the idea choice for your fun-in-the-sun getaway.

 

Mosaic tile can bring out the light a beach house gets. But to keep the house from getting visually overwhelming, you might want to keep patterns to only a few of the smaller spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms.

 

As residential flooring contractors, we like porcelain tile flooring. It is inexpensive, but it reflects light beautifully. This can make a house glimmer and feel remarkably warm and accessible. Even at night, this surface can make a space feel bright. The way it opens a space up makes large porcelain tiles perfect for open living rooms.

 

Stone tile, on the other hand, can really make a place feel solid and textured. Its advantage over porcelain is that it makes a beach house feel more cozy. It’s a good choice for both small and large spaces. It also avoids the echo porcelain has. Stone tends to absorb more of the sound than porcelain does. Natural shaped stone tiles, called pavers, invoke a bit of the natural world inside.

 

Hardwood and concrete are other good choices. Hardwood is durable and lasts longer than almost any other type of floor. You’ll just have to be sure water doesn’t accumulate anywhere. The one potential weakness hardwood has is warping due to standing water. For this reason, hardwood floors are best for beach houses that have a mudroom or covered porch where you can leave anything wet to dry.

 

Concrete floors have come a long way. Once the domain of warehouses, they know come in beautiful and stylish variations. The texture is still concrete, though, so plan for some area rugs and draped fabrics. Concrete is durable and won’t be scratched by sand or worn by water. It’s best in spaces that will get a lot of light.
There are plenty of options; skilled residential flooring contractors will help you make the right choice for your beach house.