What Fun Activities Can I Do With My Children for Easter?

/ April 1, 2015

fun activities children easterWe love fun activities here at Urban Floor! Fun is what brings smiles to our faces, especially the little ones. That is why we are composing a small list of fun ideas that you can do with your children for Easter!

The Time-tested Traditional

It’s been around forever but painting Easter Eggs is an activity that has stood the test of time. Kits are commonly sold in the local grocery store and directions can be easily followed. We suggest setting up a small area outside to prevent the food coloring from hitting your floors during the process.

To add a little pizzazz, you can even buy a small sticker pack and stick your designs on the Eggs. Children always get a kick out of these. Or you can even buy a small paintbrush and some paint and let their creative side shine. Be sure to compliment them on their designs!

A Different Approach to Easter Egg Hunts

Easter Egg hunts are undoubtedly fun – especially since most families typically use the same eggs that they decorated on their own. However, we want to spice things up.

Glow in the dark.

That’s right! A glow in the dark Easter egg hunt to be performed outside during the night. Here’s what you need: plastic eggs and glow sticks. All you do is break the glow stick, place it into the plastic egg (you may need to tape it shut if it doesn’t budge) and that’s it!

Fancy A Little Gardening?

Here’s an idea we doubt you’ve heard of: your child’s own Easter garden. It’s very simple, too. All you need are one type of candy, some lollipops of your choice, and a patch of dirt in your backyard. Jellybeans are perfect.

Have your children plant some jellybeans in the backyard, have them water the patch, and then explain to them how overnight the jellybean will grow into something special. As they are sleeping, place the lollipop of your choice over their planted patches. When morning arrives, let them see the fruits (or candy) of their labor! They’ll be shocked and excited at the same time. Works like a charm.

We hope you enjoy our simple ideas – but most importantly, have a wonderful Easter with your friends and family. If you have an idea of your own, we’d love to hear it!

Urban Floor’s Position on the “60 Minutes” CBS Report – Safety First

/ March 17, 2015

urban floor safety first

Many worried hardwood floor owners are quickly beginning to rip up their floors without question due to an incident on “60 minutes” on CBS that exposed the truth behind hardwood floor giant Lumber Liquidators.

According to the report, the Laminate floors they offer did not comply with strict safety standards. The incident has gained so much attention – for good reason – it has affected many other hardwood floor distributors, including us, Urban Floor.

Urban Floor has always kept safety in mind from the very first day we opened our doors – simply put, it’s our top priority. We stand behind our products and those of us within the company that do have engineered or solid hardwood floors in our homes, of course, use Urban Floor.

The Culprit = Formaldehyde

The chemical that is culprit is known as formaldehyde and is used in glues that bind the boards together. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and studies have shown they can cause a host of problems including chronic respiratory illnesses and cancer when exposed in high doses and for long periods of time. This is why testing is performed – to make sure this carcinogen does not put consumers at risk.

We Don’t Offer Laminate

At Urban Floor, we’re 90% about engineered hardwood floors, with the other 10% focusing on our wonderful solid wood flooring collection – the Presidential Collection.

In the report that targeted Lumber Liquidators – laminate flooring was the focus. Laminate floors are made differently than both engineered and solid wood flooring. We do not sell laminate floors here at Urban Floor.

Urban Floor’s Products – The Facts

Yes, some of Urban Floor’s products are made in China as well as tested there; however, when they are shipped back to the United States we double check their safety using our own independent lab tests from third parties based here in America. The results must meet strict CARB II compliant standards. The test results for Urban Floor’s products may be viewed below.

View the results from several different floors across all of our Collections.

Safety is Always #1

We hope this information helps clear up any confusion – just in case you are questioning why you chose Urban Floor for your hardwood flooring needs. We love hardwood floors and we would not settle for anything less than a quality, thoroughly safety-tested product.

Fixing Dents, Scratches, and Gouges on Hardwood Floors

/ February 27, 2015

Our engineering team here at Urban Floor wanted to address a common question asked by many hardwood floor owners: how can I fix dents, gouges, and scratches that have accidentally occurred on my hardwood floors?

It’s a good question, and we can help you answer this professionally. First off, understand that in any case, hardwood floors CAN be repaired. The beauty of hardwood floors are that they are installed in boards and if a couple of boards have issues, then the worst case solution is to replace only the boards; something that isn’t as easy with carpet when things go awry.

Secondly, accidents will happen. Fallen objects, rambunctious children, sporadic movements from pets may accidentally result in unwanted scenarios. Luckily, there are DIY methods of correcting common accidents.

For Minor Scratches (Surface and Micro)

We have a small guide we have written in the past that can be found here.

However, a solution presented here that is not found in the guide above is the use of color coordinated stain pens. Surface scratches are minor blemishes on the top veneer of the hardwood floor.

Urban Floor’s personal recommendation for surface scratches:

MinWax Stain

We trust this brand because it is offered in many different shades and it works and is very easy to use. Their products can be found at their website, www.minwax.com.

Micro scratches penetrate the top finish and can be addressed easily with a cover up product to help fill in and mask the scratch.

Urban Floor’s personal recommendation for micro scratches:

repair hardwood floor dents scratches

BONA “cover-up” Products

Cal Flor “Scratch Away”

These 2 recommendations are top-notch and work like a charm for minor scratches.

For Dents + Gouges + Deep Scratches

A dent or a gouge is a flooring term used when actual hardwood floor has been removed.

Urban Floor’s personal recommendation for dents, gouges, and deep scratches:

MinWax

Touch Up Solutions

Keep in mind that after several years of use, depending on foot traffic exposure, a polyurethane floor may begin to lose its luster and show signs of wear and tear. In this scenario, a re-coat may be necessary to restore its original beauty.

Urban Floor’s Hardwood Flooring Trend Watch 2015

/ February 11, 2015

Every year designers, contractors, builders, home buyers, etc. are all trying to figure out what the hottest hardwood flooring trends will be to help their clients select the best choices. Here at Urban Floor, we’re giving you what we believe what will stay in style and what may lose it’s shine (no pun intended, of course).

What’s In:

genuine handscraped floors

Dynasty from our Royal Court Collection is a great example of a genuine hand scraped floor!

The “Timeless” Choice

This word is thrown around a lot in the hardwood flooring industry, but typically always refers to selections that invigorate a room with a classical appeal. Typical classic flooring includes oak flooring options, as well as other traditional wood selections such as walnut or maple. You could say that consumers feel more at home with these options.

Genuine Distressed and Hand scraped Floors

It’s more than just the type of wood used to create a timeless appeal. You need to factor in flooring aspects such as distressed flooring and genuine hand scraped options. We specifically mention “genuine” as opposed to machine-based because genuine is the authentic way of producing a “timeless” appearance.

These subtle, detailed aspects make hardwood floors appear worn down over time, which is what the “classic, timeless appeal” is. A vintage look, if you will.

A benefit to the worn down look is that these types of floors do not require as much effort to maintain and will look better for a longer period of time. They are very practical for the average American family.

Kitchen Flooring

This was a hit last year and we feel it will carry over into this year as well. While we do not condone hardwood flooring in the kitchen for a variety of reasons, we can still acknowledge the fact that more and more families are beginning to prefer this to tile flooring.

What’s Out:

hardwood floor trend watch

Glossy may be out, but Matte is in!

Glossy Floors

Matte, or floors without as much shine, are quickly becoming the new standard for a few reasons:

1. Floors with more shine will reveal marks easier – therefore requiring more maintenance and cleaning to correct and of course no family has time for that.

2. Floors without as much shine are often described as warmer and more inviting than other options.

Narrow Planks/Strips

Gone are the days where hardwood floors were milled to specifications of no greater than 5-inches. Nowadays, 5-inches is the standard and this only seems to be increasing every year. This is why you will not see any boards less than 5-inches (with the exception of random width) in our flooring collections.

We speculate the reasoning for this is because wider planks have a tendency to make a room visually appear larger than it really is. Rooms feel more spacious. Wide plank floors work very well for living rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms.

In Conclusion

Trends come and go, some last, but most do not. This is all subjective preference based on our own experiences here at Urban Floor, as well as information we’ve collected from the industry.

urban floor pinterestNeed ideas regarding designs and decor? Our Pinterest may be able to guide you in the right direction!

Introducing 4 Exciting New Matte Hardwood Flooring Options by Urban Floor!

/ February 6, 2015

Composer Collection: Maestro

Of course we had to bring four new hardwood flooring choices to start off 2015! Without further ado, we want to present Urban Floor’s newest addition to an already existing family: Maestro – as part of the Composer Collection.

maestro matte hardwood floors

All 4 flooring choices were carefully considered. As one of the leaders in the hardwood flooring industry, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends, which is why we captured what’s hot and responded with this small collection of 4 floors that use finely selected European oak milled to widths of 10.5 inches.

Stravinsky

stravinky brown hardwood floors

Debussy

debussy light hardwood flooring

Vivaldi

wire brushed hardwood floors vivaldi

Strauss

kitchen hardwood floors strauss

The Finishing Touch: Matte

An upcoming trend is the desire for matte finishes. In a basic sense, matte just refers to a floor without much shine. All 4 of these new flooring options are equipped with a matte finishing done by oil experts, Osmo Oils. They source their oils and waxes from natural sources resulting in a product designed to not only enhance the natural beauty of wood, but to add strength and durability as well.

Keeping Up with the Kitchens

Kitchen flooring is also gaining a lot of ground. While we typically advise against kitchen flooring as water damage is always a strong possibility, we acknowledge the fact that flooring options are now equipped to handle “kitchen nightmares”. With a strong oil finish by Osmo Oils and a board thickness of 5/8” inches, you can count on the Maestro collection to get the job done. We even have specific shots showcasing both the Debussy and Strauss floors in a kitchen setting for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

View the specific details of the Composer Maestro collection (Maestro is at the very bottom).

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