Floor Installation, Sanding, Refinishing, and More When it involves traditional hardwood flooring work, South Texas Flooring is the company to call. We are dedicated to providing you with excellent services matched by the finest quality of products. Flooring Products Solid Oak Flooring Antique Pine and Heart Pine Flooring Maple Flooring Walnut Flooring Brazilian Cherry Flooring Other Species of Hardwood Flooring Shoe Moldings, Quarter Round, and Thresholds or Reducers Stair Treads, Risers, Banisters, Balusters, Nosing, and Trim Flooring Services Apart from offering a great variety of solid wood flooring for sale, we also specialize in a wide range of flooring services. These include but aren’t limited to: Sanding and Refinishing Traditional and New Hardwood Flooring Installation of Hardwood Flooring Stripping and Waxing of Hardwood Flooring Installation of Solid Oak Stair Tread and Risers Installation of Stair Banister, Baluster, Nosing, and Trim Removal, Disposal, and Repair of Damaged Hardwood Flooring Repair of Hardwood Damaged by Foundation Work Removal and Disposal Carpet and Pad Wood Species and Types Most of our hardwood floor installations at South Texas Flooring Company are ¾ inch thick, tongue and groove, solid oak. Face widths can vary from the traditional 2 ¼ inch up to 3″, 5″, and 7″ widths.Some other common species of wood often used for solid flooring in the Houston area are walnut, pine, Brazilian cherry, and maple. At times, our installations employ “reclaimed” flooring, often removed from older Houston area houses (warehouses, churches, and old office buildings) that have been demolished.From time to time, our installations necessitate engineered flooring (manufactured layered wood flooring as opposed to milled solid wood flooring), particularly in situations requiring a lower floor level, common when new wood flooring replaces tile or other floor covering in part of an existing home.We also install solid oak stair treads and risers, including balusters, banisters, and all stair trims. All new unfinished flooring and stair treads are sanded, stained, and finished with urethane on site. Refinishing The most common method of refurbishing/refinishing/redoing a hardwood floor involves sanding the floor to its natural state, and then applying new stain and urethane. The sanding process is not nearly as messy as in the “old days,” as we use sanders with dust reduction vacuum systems, in addition to sealing off all areas to be sanded. Stain samples are then applied directly to the unfinished floor for the customer’s viewing.All species of hardwood flooring will take stain to some degree. However, oak is particularly stain-friendly, and will accept stain colors ranging from dark to light, and all colors in between. After staining, all shoe molding, thresholds, and other trim are installed, and the urethane coating is applied. We also install new wood flooring.Please call 713-660-9189 to set an appointment for us to visit your home, or simply to discuss your particular wood floor situation. To see more info on our company, visit our blogs containing more specific information on refinishing, including time frame, process details, shoe molding, urethane vs. wax, and much more. How to Keep Your Hardwood Well-Maintained With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires a little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You should also clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a professional. Preventive Maintenance There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well. Here are some of our reminders: Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes may cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching. Avoid cleaning with a wet mop on a wooden floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and then leave a discoloring residue. Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel. Do not over-wax wood floors. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session. Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Refrain from walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes, and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch, which can dent any floor surface. When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring. For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink. Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize gaps or cracks. Contact Us Opting for hardwood flooring makes for a good investment in your home. If you need further advice from the experts, please don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can discuss options and recommendations with you. While you’re at it, you can also ask for a free estimate!