As it is impossible to list all of the question we are asked on this page, we
hope to list the ones that are the most useful for our
customers. If you need an answer to a question not listed please feel free to
- How do I care for my new hardwood floor?
- What does it mean to "seal" my tile?
- I just had new
tile installed in my shower, how long do I have to wait before I use it?
- How do I care for my new tile floor?
- How do change the color of my hardwood floors?
- Is there a stain formula available to match my hardwood floor?
- Should I use unfinished or prefinished hardwood?
- Are there any rooms I should not install hardwood?
Adding hardwood to your home not only increases it's value, it also adds to
the beauty of your interior. Caring for hardwood is a fairly easy task. Unlike
carpet or linoleum, hardwood does not need to be vacuumed or mopped. Generally,
sweeping or wiping up messes is all you ever need to do. The use of floor polish
or wax is not recommended as the floor already has a finish coating
(polyurethane) that will protect the wood and give the floor it's shine.
Tile, especially real stone tile, needs to be sealed so that water does not
penetrate the tile or grout. Sealing is a very easy process and needs to be done
to protect the tile and the grout joints. To seal tile means applying a tile and
grout sealer. make sure your tile is clean and free of water and mineral
deposits. Then apply the tile sealer over all tile and grout and let dry. This
process should be repeated at least three times before heavy use of a shower or
Typically you should wait until the tile has been sealed before using your
shower. Three days is the minimum time you should allow for your tile and grout
to cure before sealing. If you do not wait you risk washing out the grout,
getting water behind the tiles which could cause them to fall off and causing
water damage to the walls behind the tile.
Tile floors are very durable, but depending on their finish and what they are
made of may require extra care. Ceramic tile needs to be mopped regularly and
have the grout lines resealed every year. Floors that have tile that is more
porous need to be cleaned and sealed regularly to prevent stains and wear marks.
If you are unsure about the care needed for your tile feel free to ask your
installer or a rep from the store where you are purchasing your tile.
To change the color of your hard wood floors requires allot of work. You
first have to sand the floors to their color. This means removing all of the
polyurethane and finish until you are down to wood. There are several steps to
the process and the time frame varies on the size of floor. If you would like to
have your floors refinished please contact us for more information and to
schedule a bid.
We do not have stain formulas available. To match existing hardwood or
interior wood work, we recommend that you take a sample of the color along with
the wood you would like to stain to a stain specialist. Paint stores and most
major home centers have custom mixing programs available to complete this task
This is personal preference and both products offer advantages. For example,
if you are trying to match existing hardwood or interior wood work, you may wish
to select unfinished so that it may be stained to match. However, prefinished is
already finished with great benefits such as longer finish warranties and a
cleaner environment during install.
Happy Rock does not recommend installing hardwood in full bathrooms with
showers and bathtubs. These areas create the potential for standing puddles of
water that could damage wood floors.