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Like New: Hardwood Flooring Makeovers

Wood is resilient, which is why hardwood flooring is not only a beautiful addition to any home, but it’s also a very smart investment.

If you think your hardwoods are too damaged, worn, cracked and tired to be fixed, think again! At Elegant Hardwood Floors, we specialize in renewing antique floors. In fact, these days it’s all about revitalizing the old world look of antique rustic wood species. Hey, reclaimed wood is just old wood, after all.

Here are just a few recent jobs that show how we can revitalize, repair and renew your old wood floors.

Like New: Hardwood Flooring Makeovers || Elegant Hardwood Floors

Sand and Finish job in Downtown Charleston, SC

Installation of Reclaimed Antique Hardwood in West Ashley, SC

Like New: Hardwood Flooring Makeovers || Elegant Hardwood Floors

Demo and Repair of Black Walnut at Shadowmoss Plantation in SC

Restored Antique Heart Pine in Downtown Charleston, SC

Heelio Dealio’s: For the Love of Hardwood & Shoes!

Heelio Dealio: For the Love of Hardwood & Shoes! || Elegant Hardwood FloorsAs an avid lover of both hardwood floors and high heeled shoes, we’re always looking for smart solutions to the age old battle between elegant stilettos and beautiful hardwoods. Those dainty stilettos might look delicate and harmless, but did you know that a woman in heels can cause the same amount of damage to hardwood floors as a 2,000 lbs elephant? Yikes!

So, we were immediately intrigued when we stumbled across this amazing new invention from Canadian entrepreneur, Heelio Dealio’s.

After installing brand new hardwood floors just before the holidays, the couple behind Heelio Dealio’s wanted to throw a Christmas party to show off their new interior to friends and family, but weren’t keen on having women’s stilettos destroy their brand new investment.

Of course, they couldn’t very well ask their guests to remove their heels upon entering the house. So, after a bit of finagling they came up with a simple solution. Using leftover felt furniture leg protectors found in an old junk drawer, they provided high heeled guests with a sticky felt piece they could stick to the bottom of their heel. The party was a success, the floors remained undamaged and an idea was born!Heelio Dealio's: For the Love of Hardwood & Shoes! || Elegant Hardwood Floors

They’ve come a long way from the sticky felt leftovers, but the idea remains the same.

Heelio Dealio’s are a clear, flexible, durable heel that attaches to the bottom of a women’s high heel. It protects hardwood floors and other delicate flooring from the wear, tear, scrapes and dents those delicate-looking heels can make. Additionally, they can protect heels from becoming damaged when attending outdoor events on soft ground, like grass. A win, win for protecting two of your most prized possessions.

How to Protect & Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. They’re a great investment. They can change the look of a space and elevate your home to a whole new status.

How to Protect & Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

As leaders in the hardwood flooring industry, one of the questions we receive most often is: How do I protect my hardwood floors? Hardwood floors are versatile, sustainable and durable, but they aren’t invincible. Pets, the elements, humans (and their footwear) and just general wear and tear will cause your floors to age over time. However, there are ton of great ways to protect your investment.

Here are a few quick & simple tips for extending the life of your hardwood floors while still enjoying them.

  1. Place doormats near all exterior doors – Doormats will capture 75% of dust, dirt and water particles from the outside, preventing these elements from damaging your gorgeous floors.
  2. Place carpet pads between your hardwood floors and the rugs above them – Because rugs are constantly moving around, the fibers can cause unnecessary wear to the floors beneath them. Rug pads place a small barrier between the two and help save your floors from damage.
  3. Wipe up spilled water immediately – There’s nothing more harmful to a hardwood floor than water. Whether it’s a spilled glass of water or drips from an umbrella, be sure to wipe up any excess water immediately after it’s spilled onto your floors.
  4. Protect your floors from climate changes – Spilled water and raindrops aren’t the only moisture that can harm your floors. Ensure that your home is kept at a reasonable level for air conditioning and humidity control throughout the season. In the wintertime when it is dryer in the air, heat can cause the opposite affect and cause wood to pull apart at seams of planks. Once again, keep humidity levels constant to keep your wood flooring from reacting drastically.
  5. Employ the use of adhoc accessories, like Heelio Dealios, to protect your floors during hosted events, like a holiday party – You can’t very well ask your guests to remove their heels when they join you for a cocktail party, but you can give them an accessory that protects your floors and their heels all at the same time. Heelio Dealios are clear stiletto caps that slip onto a woman’s heal to help prevent scrapes, dents and scratches from forming on your precious hardwoods.
  6. Keep your pets’ nails trimmed and employ the use of pet paw accessories, like animal booties – Pets nails can cause a lot of damage to hardwood floors over time. Keeping your pets nailed trimmed will help, but often won’t completely solve the problem. Many pet stores carry dog booties or socks that slip over your pets paws. You can also make your own DIY version at home by using baby socks to cover your their paws when they’re inside the house.
  7. Place cloth or foam furniture protectors under furniture legs – To protect your floors from getting scratched daily, consider using cloth furniture protectors under the feet or legs of your tables, chairs and other heavy furniture.

Remember, while it’s important to do your part in protecting and maintaining your hardwood floors, normal wear & tear can add to the appeal of a real hardwood floor. Scratches, minor dents and discoloration can add to floors character and truly give you the natural look you desire.