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    Tricks for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

    Last updated 2 days 4 hours ago

    If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking pristine, it’s important that you understand how to take proper care of them. However, many homeowners aren’t aware of what the best techniques are for maintaining hardwood flooring. Here are some tricks that you should know:

    Use the Right Cleaning Agents. 
    Harsh cleaners such as vinegar and ammonia will rub away at your hardwood floor’s finish, resulting in a dulled appearance over time. Other common cleaning agents, such as wax or wood floor polish, will simply make the floor sticky and trap dirt instead of removing it. Use a hardwood floor cleaner that has been designed specifically for that purpose, and use only a small amount when cleaning.

    Don’t Use Water. 
    Taking a mop and a bucket of water to a hardwood floor is something you should avoid. Even small amounts of water can seep into the floor, damage the finish, and cause the wood to become warped. Mopping can also cause very small scratches in the finish, which will take a toll on your floor’s appearance.

    Clean Your Floor Regularly. 
    Dirt can build up very quickly on a hardwood floor, and frequent traffic can make that dirt very difficult to remove. To get rid of dust and debris, sweep carefully, then use a dry terrycloth mop or a microfiber cleaning pad along with a safe hardwood floor cleaner. If possible, try to sweep or vacuum your floor at least once a day to discourage dirt buildup.

    Southern Lumber has been providing the San Jose area with excellence in flooring for more than a century. We offer more than 600 flooring samples for you to peruse at our showroom, and our staff will be happy to help you pick out the right product for your home. If you would like to learn more, visit our website today or call us directly at (408) 297-9663. 

    Grades of Softwood Lumber

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Wood grading is used to rate the quality of a piece of lumber. For manufacturing purposes, the primary grading category for softwood lumber is appearance. Appearance is divided into two categories: finish and select, each of which is divided into subgrades that are identified by letters. Factors such as knots, slope, warping, and manufacturing defects are all used to determine grading. For example, a piece of lumber that is rated A Select is considered nearly perfect—with no knots or other visible defects—while a piece that is rated D Select may have some minor flaws.

    Southern Lumber has been providing the San Jose community with hardwood floors, interior and exterior doors, decking materials, and other fine products since 1904. If you would like to learn more about our products, please feel free to visit us at our website, call (408) 297-9663, or stop by our San Jose location to see our huge, well-lit showroom. 

    Choosing a Wooden Front Door

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Your front door is important for a number of reasons: It retains heat, protects your home from invasion, and offers curbside appeal. Thanks to its durability and diversity, wood is one of the most popular materials for front doors. Keep reading for some tips on how to choose a wooden front door for your house.

    Your home’s exterior is the first thing visitors will see, and they are most likely to immediately notice the entrance to your house, meaning its front door. By complementing other visual elements both inside and outside your home, a high-quality wooden front door can help to create a quaint, homely feel. This inviting feature can also make your guests feel more welcome at your home. A clean wooden front door, paired with the right handle and lock, can also be a gorgeous sight for you to come home to. Today’s wooden entry doors are available in many different styles, so you can pick out the one that best suits your personal aesthetic.

    Unlike entry doors of the past, modern wooden doors are designed to stand up to moisture and temperature changes, so warping and cracking are not generally issues that you will need to worry about. The core of the door is made of very strong engineered wood, while the center wood panels—which are not attached to the frame—can expand and contract without harming the door. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading, but you can prevent that by giving your door a new coat of paint or refinishing it with a protective sealer every few years.

    For more information about picking out the right wooden front door for your home, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. It is our mission to provide the San Jose with high-quality floors, doors, and cabinetry. If you are interested in learning more about our services, please feel free to visit our website or stop in and meet with us today. 

    The New Vecturo Oscillating Tool and Other Products from Festool

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Check out the latest from Festool! You can watch the videos by clicking the links below and remember to check out Southern Lumber for all your Festool needs.

    Oscillating Tools / Multi-Tools

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    No Sales Tax This Weekend at Southern Lumber!

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