Royal Wood Floors Goes Over Problems

MILWAUKEE, WI, UNITED STATES, November 22, 2016 / — Royal Wood Floors specializes in hard wood floor refinishing and installing hard wood floors in the greater Milwaukee area and has been highly successful for over 15 years. “After servicing or installing a new floor, we make a point of providing the following as a special series of tips for every customer in order to ensure that their floors are protected and provide that stunning hard wood beauty for as long as possible”, says Keith Allman who owns Royal Wood Floors. He continues to say, “there are a variety of problems that can affect the beauty and life of hard wood floors and once these are isolated they can be handled properly so that the hard wood lasts for years the way it should”. Different types of hard wood floor damage can often times be dealt with through hard wood floor restorations. It is important that residents be educated on it. In this article we want to discuss issues caused by Insects to better educate the homeowners that want to keep their hard wood floors beautiful and long lasting.

A sagging surface or small fresh holes surrounded by a halo of fine dust or small holes appearing in the surface of the flooring. If the surface of the flooring is sagging, it is likely termites have created eating corridors beneath the surface. Termites are white or cream colored. If fresh holes, often surrounded by a light powder, about 1/16 – inch wide are found, Powderpost (lyctid) Beetles are probably the cause. Small holes that are present at the time of installation or appear at a later date may be evidence of pin worms, which are often misidentified as Powderpost Beetles. Almost all wood flooring is kiln dried, and proper kiln drying will kill any insects and larvae in the wood. However, new material quickly may become infested by insects entering through windows, in fire wood etc., and the life cycle from eggs to live insects is very short. Also, check all surroundings for infested wood molding and furniture. Especially products made out of Bamboo, Mesquite or Ash. For termites, a professional exterminator should eliminate the insects. Then any structural damage should be repaired. Damaged floor boards should be pulled and replaced. Termite infestation is not related to wood flooring manufacturing or installation as it is a site-specific condition.For Powderpost Beetles, determine the extent of the contamination, and then remove and replace floor boards as necessary.

Or if only a few holes are found, just fill them. If further evidence of insect contamination occurs on a later date then you can follow some of the instructions outlined in this article. “Royal Wood Floors makes every effort to educate the home owner on how to better care for their wood flooring”, says Allman.
Note that holes appearing on the surface of the wood, surrounded by a thin halo of powder (frass) indicate the end of a life cycle. The insect has bored out of the wood to fly and mate. Filling the hole may prevent recurrence, as the insect once mated, will not be able to return to the bore hole to lay eggs. Powderpost Beetles do not mate and re-populate in the wood and their life cycle is fairly short. Generally 3 to 6 months. All Oak flooring grades allow the presence of pinworm holes in the presence of flooring boards. When flooring containing pinworms is sanded and finished, sanding dust sanding dust and/or filler sift into the holes. As the finish is applied, a film is formed over the holes. With wear, the film breaks and the pinworm holes are revealed. They often are about the size of Powderpost Beetle emergence holes and sometimes are mistaken for real infestations. Pinworms only occur in the living tree and they can typically be identified by examining the hole with a magnifying glass for the presence of finish and filler within the hole.

For more information about this experienced and professional hardwood floor restoration and new installation company, or to schedule repairs by these wood floor refinishing contractors, or learn about custom wood styles or the company’s inlay and medallion installation services, phone Keith Allman at 414-378-2066. Easy estimates and appointments are currently available through the company’s website, The company provides top craftsmanship and cares for many types of custom and domestic wood. Visit the company’s website for examples of previous work.

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How do I get rid of damp spots on a wooden floor?

Condensation will occur in lesser-used rooms as these are generally cooler than other areas of the house. Photograph: IStockCondensation will occur in lesser-used rooms as these are generally cooler than other areas of the house. Photograph: IStock

Q My late mother’s house is about 100 years old and she spent significant sums of money on dry lining and insulating it over the past number of years. However after replacing the wooden floor in the sittingroom I noticed staining on the wood around the door saddle. I removed the door saddle and subsequently the saddle board and the surrounding wood dried out. I also noticed a few other places at different locations in the room where small staining is visible too. We had the plumber check for leaks and the plumbing is okay. We then had the carpenter check it out and he had no answers. My sister lives in the house and I try and help her with house maintenance. What would you suggest?

A Older properties need constant care and attention and clearly your late mother was committed to constantly improving her home. This improvement has continued with your recent replacement of the timber floor to the sitting room.

It is however not unusual in older properties that the introduction of a new material can result in changes in how the house performs. The absence of any plumbing leak suggests that the cause of staining lies elsewhere.

In older properties, the floors were generally of suspended timber construction. This meant that a void existed below the floors. I suspect that this may be the case in your house. Modern prefinished or engineered flooring can be less breathable than natural timber. This type of flooring can be prone to the occurrence of condensation on its upper surface if conditions exist to allow this to happen.

Generally, condensation will occur in lesser-used rooms as these are generally cooler than other areas of the house. Cold points on the floor surface or where there are gaps in insulation are prone to this form of dampness. The area around the door at the threshold is one such area where insulation may have been omitted or where draughts are keeping this section of the floor at a slightly lower temperature than elsewhere. I have seen floors where condensation has formed on the concealed nail fixings leaving small rust stains at localised spots on the floor. This type of staining is not unusual in older properties particularly when the open-area below the floor is not insulated and humidity has built up in this void.

I believe that the only way to solve this issue, without taking up the new flooring, is to try to reduce condensation. Condensation can be reduced by increasing heating levels and improving ventilation. I have seen people block off under-floor vents as these can lead to internal draughts. I would recommend that you check that these remain clear and open so that humidity below the floor is controlled. Underfloor ventilation can reduce the surface temperature on the floor so there will be a balancing act to be performed between improving heating and ventilation.

You should advise your sister to review the situation once heating and internal ventilation is improved.

Checking and re-establishing underfloor ventilation should also help. If however the problem remains it would be worthwhile having the floor inspected by a chartered building surveyor as there may be additional aspects that need to be addressed to eliminate the problem.

Noel Larkin, Chartered Building Surveyor and member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland,

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Septembre adds a variety of floor finishes to renovated Parisian apartment

Flooring made from concrete, wood and two types of tile helps to define the various rooms inside this Paris apartment, which has been renovated by local architecture studio Septembre (+ slideshow).

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Septembre refurbished the 60-square-metre apartment in the city’s 11th arrondissement for a couple with no children.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Named Hubert, the apartment previously had an interior that was partitioned in such a way that its spatial qualities were compromised. So the architects set about removing unnecessary walls and beams to create a sequence of connected rooms.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

The rooms are linked by a corridor extending the full length of the apartment. Sliding doors can be retracted to accentuate the flow of space and light between the different areas.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

“The main idea was to have a visual continuity along the circulation and thus to have all rooms aligned,” Lina Lagerström from Septembre told Dezeen. “When the sliding doors are open, the depth of field gives the feeling of space and lightness.”

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

A glass door separating the bedroom and bathroom at the end of the property ensures light from the bathroom window reaches the nearby rooms, while a mirror covering the bathroom’s end wall creates the illusion of infinite depth from the original interior, while others have been introduced to complement the new functions of the corresponding spaces.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

“Materials of quality and in coherence with the global concept were kept, like the wooden floor in the bedroom and the tiles in the study,” explained Lagerström. “The rest were taken out.”

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

The entrance area features wooden floor boards that are aligned perpendicular to those in the adjoining living and dining space. This room’s generous proportions optimise the natural light entering through the glazed doors at the rear.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Poured concrete flooring in the kitchen is complemented by grey cabinets, as well as a marble counter and backsplash that matches the surface of the dining table.

During the demolition of a wall in this space, a group of pipes was discovered that could not be removed and had to be integrated into the design of the kitchen.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

A small study situated next to the living room has a tiled floor in the “sol en casson” style – made from pieces of variously coloured broken tiles and typically found in Parisian brasseries.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Floorboards in the bedroom are painted white to maintain the bright and neutral feel of this space. The hexagonal tiles used throughout the bathroom are also predominantly white, with black accents echoing the door frame and furniture.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

The bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe that was stipulated by the clients, who both work in fashion. A wall behind the bed forms a partial division while retaining the space’s overall proportions.

The previously heterogenous and incoherent interior is now united by the consistent use of white-painted walls and monochrome materials.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

“The white, black and grey colour palette was chosen to enhance the light and to create strong graphic contrasts,” added architect Sami Aloulou.

Septembre has been established since 2010. The studio has previouslyconverted a rustic farmhouse in the Loire valley into a modern summer retreat and designed the interior of a Paris culinary workshop featuring a plywood storage and display wall.

Photography is by David Foessel.

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40 Uses for WD-40

    1. Removes grime from book covers.
    2. Prevents mud and clay from sticking to shovels and boots.
    3. Removes grease and oil stains on clothes.
    4. Cleans chrome fixtures in bathrooms.
    5. Makes puck slide faster on a hockey table.
    6. Cleans and softens paint brushes.
    7. Cleans and protects cowboy boots.
    8. Removes crayon from walls, carpet, wallpaper, plastics, shoes, toys, chalkboard, monitors, screen doors, and rock walls.
    9. Cleans piano keys.
    10. Softens new baseball gloves.




    1. Removes super strong glue from fingers.
    2. Keeps wicker chairs from squeaking.
    3. Removes scuff marks from ceramic floors.
    4. Cleans and protects copper pots and pans.
    5. Polishes and shines sea shells.
    6. Removes water spots from mirrors.
    7. Removes tea stains from counter tops.
    8. Removes ink from carpet.
    9. Keeps metal wind chimes rust free.
    10. Keeps pigeons off window ledges (they hate the smell).




    1. Prevents mildew growth on outdoor fountains.
    2. Removes gunk from plastic dish drainers.
    3. Cleans dog doo from tennis shoes.
    4. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
    5. Gets ink stains out of leather.
    6. Removes roller-skate marks from kitchen floor.
    7. Unkinks gold chains.
    8. Penetrates frozen mailbox doors.
    9. Removes tar from shoes.
    10. Removes a stuck ring from a finger.




  1. Cleans silver plates and trays.
  2. Removes soap scum in the bathroom.
  3. Polishes wood.
  4. Takes the squeak out of shoes.
  5. Wipes off graffiti.
  6. Removes Silly Putty from carpet.
  7. Loosens burrs, thistles, and stickers from dogs and horses.
  8. Removes bumper stickers from cars.
  9. Removes duct tape.
  10. Really Odd Use! When John Glenn circled the earth in 1962, his spacecraft, Friendship VII, was slathered in WD-40 from top to bottom. NASA engineers hoped it would reduce friction upon reentry.
  11. Really Odd Use! In 2001 a burglar in Medford, Oregon, broke into an apartment wielding a can of WD-40. He sprayed the occupant with the lubricant and demanded money, then escaped with the man’s wallet and car keys (but was later apprehended)

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7 Clever Ways to Corral Your Cords and Wires

Not only are loose cords and wires super unattractive, it’s actually dangerous to leave them lying in a jumble on your floor or desk. According to Hometalker and safety expert Elli Bishop, of, having loose wires in your home creates a risk of electrical fires, not to mention wires and cords on the floor are a tripping hazard. Avoid that potentially painful (and awkward) situation, and clear that unsightly mess, with these 7 DIY cord organizers!

1. Reuse empty TP rolls

Project via Hometalker Laura @Bright, Bold, & BeautifulThe easiest way to corral unneeded lengths of cord, or to store a cord that’s not currently in use, is to coil it up and keep it in an empty toilet paper tube. To add a drop of style, cover the tube in paint or decorate with washi tape.

2.Try painters tape (with a twist)

Project via Hometalker Jae @Design OCDUse your furniture to hide stray cords, by taping your cords to the backs and legs of tables, dressers, or desks. Keep the tape from standing out by spray painting it the color of your furniture before using it.

3. Corral small cords with a clothespin

Project via Kim @This Is KnockoutHave you ever had that annoying experience where you reach into your bag or pocket and instantly tangle your fingers in your headphone cord or charging cable? Turns out, the solution is sitting in your laundry room!

4. Create your own cord wrap-up

Project via Hometalker Sharlotte @Sharlotte’s ReflectionsTurn a scrap of fabric and a button into an easy cord organizer, perfect for corralling extra lengths of cord under your desk, behind your TV, or wherever your cords are causing chaos.

5. DIY a counter top charging station

Project via Hometalker Christina @The DIY MommyOne of the most dangerous areas for loose cords, wires, and electronics, is on or around your countertops, where they can accidentally come into contact with water. Build this safe cord storage stand, so you can stay safe and hands free while following that recipe on your tablet.

6. Hide your cords in furniture

Project via Hometalker Nancy @Artsy Chicks RuleWant to make your cord clutter disappear without giving up your Internet? Hide your cords and wires in a piece of furniture, by leaving the back of the piece open and placing it against the outlet on the wall.

7. Build a shelf for power strip storage

Project via Hometalker Isabelle @Engineer Your SpaceInstead of leaving a power strip full of chargers or cords on the floor or desktop, build a wall mounted shelf, to conceal the strip and all of your attached cords.

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