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Cracks in wood floors

With the harsh, cold temperatures in Iowa this year, people with wood floors are undoubtedly experiencing some significant gaps or cracks between the boards on their wood floors.  Most with experience in having wood floors aren’t too alarmed, but if you are new to them, it can be disheartening.

Wood flooring, as a natural product, gains and loses moisture through the changing seasons.  In our climate, where it goes from very hot and humid to very cold and dry, this can be hard on wood flooring.  As the wood loses moisture, it shrinks.  This happens to all the wood in your home, but the floor is one of the few places where you have multiple pieces of wood all placed together, and is the first place that this will show.

Once your wood floor shrinks, it is almost impossible to close it back up through your own devices, as you cannot add enough humidity back into the home to make it close (your windows would fog over if you tried, possibly damaging the woodwork there).  This has to happen naturally when the seasons change, and usually they will start to tighten back up about a month after your furnace is off for the season.

To control this process as well as possible, Phillips’ Floors recommends using a humidistat to monitor the humidity in your home.  If possible, the humidity levels should be maintained between 30-50% relative humidity year round.  If your home is 35% year round, or 50% year round, wood should not expand or contract, but since this is often impossible in our climate, the goal is to keep the swing from high to low as small as possible.  This can be done by using a humidifier during the winter months (installed on the furnace or stand-alone) and if necessary, a dehumidifier in the summer.

Matt Phillips appears on History Channel!

American Restoration Matt Phillips of Phillips’ Floors recently appeared on the April 23rd episode of History Channel’s American Restoration. Rick and his crew did a tremendous job restoring Matt’s 1920′s era floor sander to like-new condition!

To see the full episode on the History Channel, click here!


Also check out the before and after photos of the floor sander!

Floor Sander - Before

Floor Sander - After

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New Saturday hours

In order to better serve our customers, we are happy to announce that our Saturday hours at our Indianola and Ankeny showrooms will now be expanded to 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Join us at the Des Moines Home and Garden Show

Come down and see us at booth #621 in Hy Vee Hall!

Thursday – February 7, 2013 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday – February 8, 2013 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday – February 9, 2013 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday – February 10, 2013 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Des Moines Home and Garden Show

Buy your cleaning supplies online!

Phillips’ Floors is proud to announce that you can now order cleaning supplies through our website. Just click the Cleaning Supplies tab at the top, and you will be directed to our store.

We offer free delivery for our customers within 25 miles of Des Moines, and we will quote shipping for those outside that area. Just pick out what you would like, and upon check out, you will be contacted by our representative to arrange for payment and delivery.

In the future, we hope to add other products to this list, so if you have something that you’d like to be able to purchase from us online, be sure to send us a note!

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Cleaning and caring for your wood floors

In caring for your wood floor, choosing the correct cleaning product is critical for the long term beauty of your floor.  Some cleaners that are marketed for wood floors will actually build a residue or haze that not only makes your floors look bad, they can prevent us from being able to apply fresh coats of finish in the future.  Be wary of anything that promises to restore the beauty or add shine to your floor.  These products can build up over time, make your gloss levels inconsistent, and worse, can prevent a future refinish from bonding to your floor.

We recommend Bona Pro Series cleaning supplies for keeping your floors looking great.  This product is compatible with finishes and will not leave a residue or build up.  It also evaporates fast and will not leave water spots.

Bona Cleaner Concentrate Gallon

COMING SOON!  Phillips’ Floors is in the process of adding a cleaning supply request form to our website so that you can submit your order to us online.  We will deliver supplies around the area, or ship them depending on your location.  We’ll add a new announcement once it is up and ready to use.

Protecting your wood floor from dogs

One of our salespeople brought this site to our attention at a recent sales meeting.  While it was good for a little laugh, and we have no idea how well that soft, fake toenails for dogs works in protecting your wood floors, it does bring up an excellent topic which we discuss with our customers on a daily basis.

Few things are harder on a floor than a dog, especially a larger, active one.  We are often asked how a floor will respond with large animals (or animals in general).  Unless the floor under discussion is a ceramic or porcelain, the answer is often “they will be scratched”.  With wood floors especially, it is a matter of pounds per square inch (surface area of the nails versus the size of the dog).  Even harder species of wood and the hardest finishes can be scratched, dented or both.

This does not necessarily rule out a wood floor installation in a pet-filled home though.  Our main goal is always to let the homeowner know in advance what to expect in your average scenario.  If a dog is large and active, it will most certainly cause some sort of damage to the wood floor.  Clipping nails on a regular basis can help to reduce these issues.  Rugs where your animals often gather or jump and play will help too.

The beauty of a solid 3/4″ thick wood floor is that the floor can be sanded or refinished to restore its beauty, so if you have a rambunctious pup now, you can refinish after he’s mellowed out a bit, and restore your hardwood to its previous condition (this  works for that other natural nemesis of floors as well- your kids).  We’re still refinishing wood floors that are 80 years old and more, and the things that happened to along the way just add to their natural charm.

In the end, it is important to remember that this is a floor, and it is meant to be walked on, lived on and enjoyed.

A Fresh New Look

newsiteWe’ve updated our website with a new look! A “News” page has been added where we will showcase photos of new installs, company-related news, and other miscellaneous items. We’ve also updated our sidebar to display random install photos, testimonials and our most recent news items. Our other pages have been cleaned up and optimized for search engines! Have a look around, comment on our changes and feel free to give us feedback!

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