How to clean your hardwood floor

Everybody wants a clean, nice-looking hardwood floor. But learning how to clean it is essential for protecting and maintaining your beautiful investment.There are so many cleaning products and methods available on the market; finding the right one can be overwhelming.

Here are some tips to ensure you clean your hardwood floors the right way.

1. Choosing the right hardwood floor cleaner

Good hardwood floor cleaner choice
Our #1 recommendation is to use Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. It’s residue free and it’s safe for family, pets and the environment.
Always make sure to use a hardwood-recommended cleaner. Your hardwood floor cleaner should be non-abrasive and easy to use. It should not leave any trace or residue behind and should require no rinsing. It should be quick drying, with no VOCs.

Bad hardwood floor cleaner choice
Never use liquid or paste wax, oil-based detergent, vinyl or tile cleaning products, surfactant detergents, any general-purpose household cleanser or other household products containing lemon, citrus, Tung vinegar, oil or silicon to clean your hardwood floor. These can dull and damage the finish, or leave a greasy film and make your hardwood floor slippery and more difficult to clean.
Do not use 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.
Stay away from harsh cleaning aids such as steel wool pads, scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders. These can dull and damage the finish of your hardwood floor.
Never use a wet mop or steam mop on your hardwood floor. Water and steam can dull the finish and even damage the wood. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your wood floor, which can lead to cupping and long-term damage.

2. Regular hardwood floor cleaning routine

Daily sweep: Sweep your hardwood floor to remove loose dust and grit.
Weekly vacuum: Vacuum your hardwood floor with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, especially in high-traffic areas. Do not use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head. Vacuuming prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface.
Monthly clean: Clean your hardwood floor using a hardwood-recommended cleanser and a mop paired with a machine washable, microfiber pad for dusting and cleaning. Electrostatic action attracts dirt, micro particles and common household allergens.

When cleaning your hardwood floor, you should:
1.  Sweep or vacuum your wood floor.
2.  Spray a small quantity of your wood floor cleaner onto your microfiber mop. Never pour cleaner directly onto your hardwood floor.
3.  Swipe your floor.
4.  Excess cleaner that does not evaporate immediately should be dried with a clean towel. No rinsing necessary.

3. Special hardwood floor cleaning situation

Tough stains: Caused by food, water, animals, grease, crayons, ink spots, rubber heel marks:
– Spray your wood floor cleaner onto your microfiber cloth.
– Wipe the area clean.

 Chewing gum and candle wax:
 1.  Apply a sealed plastic bag filled with ice over the gum or wax to harden the substance.
 2.  Wait until the gum or wax becomes brittle enough to crumble off.
 3.  Gently scrape with a plastic scraper or credit card until it is completely removed.
 4.  Spray your wood floor cleaner onto your microfiber cloth.
 5.  Wipe the area clean.

Following these few simple cleaning tips will ensure your Lauzon hardwood floor stays beautiful for years to come.

For tips on preventing damage to your hardwood floor, click here.

How to prevent damage to your hardwood floor

Your renovation project is done; your new Lauzon hardwood flooring is installed, damage-free. You now have your dream décor and dream kitchen, and your house finally feels like a home. You are now wondering how you should care for your hardwood floor to make sure its beauty stands the test of time. As you know, your hardwood floor needs proper care and damage prevention no matter what room, species or finish you have chosen!

Here are our top-5 tips on how to prevent damage to your hardwood floor, along with a few things to take into consideration before you buy, for those of you still shopping for your hardwood floor.

1.  Preventing Scratches

Sand, dirt and sharp objects can scratch and damage your hardwood floor no matter the quality of the finish.

Before buying your hardwood floor

– Choose a resistant finish
Good quality hardwood floor finishes, such as Lauzon’s Titanium finish, will not leave a chalky trace if scratched, as is the case with a standard Aluminum Oxide finish. Scratches are therefore less visible.

– Choose wood with character
Some wood species do have natural character that camouflage damage done by everyday accidents better than others, such as Red Oak and White Oak and Hickory, which are all open grain species. Click here to learn more about our Open Grain texture.

After buying your hardwood floor

– Vacuum and sweep
Vacuum you wood floor weekly, and sweep it daily, using a soft-bristled attachment or a broom, especially in high-traffic areas. Do not use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head as it will damage your hardwood floor. Vacuuming prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface.

– Use mats
Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, such as dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Remember to vacuum or shake out these mats regularly.

– Use protectors
Use felt protectors, protective pads or barrel-type coasters under all furniture legs, especially heavy ones, to protect your hardwood floor from scratches and indentations. Do not use plastic coasters, as they can damage your hardwood floor. Replace these often, as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the floor surface.

– Sharp objects
Beware of sharp objects and high heels that can permanently scratch your hardwood floor. Ask your family and guests to remove their shoes.

– Pets
Keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws clean. Pets can track in substances that cause scratching and stains.

– Deep scratches
Individual wood planks that are heavily damaged can be replaced by your Lauzon professional flooring installer. Always keep a few extra planks in case you need a replacement. 

2.  Preventing Dents

When there is impact or strong pressure applied to wood flooring, wood fibres crush, resulting in the appearance of dents. Each wood species’ hardness is inherent and unique to the species of the hardwood you choose; no manufacturer can influence that. Wood species’ hardness is measuredby the Janka Scale, as discussed in our blog post on hardwood floor hardness.

Before buying your hardwood floor

– Choose texture
Textured hardwood floor can help hide dents. Learn more about this here!

– Choose a flexible finish
It is important to know that high-quality hardwood floor finishes, such as our Titanium finish, have good flexibility. This flexibility allows the finish to absorb heavy impact without cracking by bending with the wood underneath. Although this will protect your floor, it won’t prevent denting.

After buying your hardwood floor

– Floor protection
Refrigerators and other heavy objects should never be moved without proper floor protection. Place them on a thick rug, back side up, and slide the rug so the weight is equality divided. The best method is to pick up the furniture to move it.

– High heels
Beware of sports cleats and high heels that will dent your hardwood floor, as they focus most of a person’s weight on the small heels area. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. Always ask your family and guests to remove their shoes.

– Deep gouges
Individual wood planks that are heavily gouged can be replaced by your Lauzon professional flooring installer. Always keep a few extra planks in case you need a replacement.

3.  Preventing Humidity Problems

Keeping the humidity at recommended level is essential to a healthy home environment, as well as for keeping your hardwood floor looking great. Wood is a natural material that reacts to changes in its environment. Therefore, it is important to keep humidity and temperature at the recommended level at all times, even when the home is unoccupied.

Before buying your hardwood floor

– Choose the right construction
Manufacturers have developed different types of hardwood floor constructions to “improve and control” wood flooring’s natural reaction to changes in humidity. Making sure to buy the right construction for your needs is key. And remember to keep humidity at the recommended level.

Expert engineered Lauzon hardwood floor
    – Humidity levels: 30-80%
    – Levels: Basements, main, upper floors and condominiums
    – Radiant heat: Compatible

Any other Lauzon engineered hardwood floor
    – Humidity levels: 35-65%
    – Levels: Basements, main, upper floors and condominiums.
    – Radiant heat: Compatible

Solid Lauzon hardwood floor
    – Humidity levels: 35-55%
    – Levels: Main and upper floors
    – Radiant heat: Not compatible

After buying your hardwood floor

– Humid season
Excess moisture causes your hardwood floor to expand. To prevent your hardwood floor from expanding, you should:
    – Maintain proper humidity levels with an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or by turning on your heating system periodically during the summer months.
    – Avoid excessive exposure to water from tracking during periods of inclement weather.
    – Make sure you leave free expansion space around the perimeter of your floor when installed and at all times afterward.

– Dry Season
Insufficient moisture causes your hardwood floor to contract or shrink. To prevent your hardwood floor from shrinking, you should:
    – Maintain proper humidity levels in your home with a humidifier during the winter months.
    – Be aware that wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions, so make sure to use your humidifier when these are on.

Discover the 6 ways humidity can affect your hardwood floor by clicking here.

4.  Preventing Water Damage

Exposure to water is one of the main reasons why some people shy away from hardwood flooring in some areas of the home, such as kitchens. As we saw in our blog post about hardwood flooring in kitchens, if not stagnant or in big quantity, water does not damage hardwood floors. 

After buying your hardwood floor

– Area rugs
Use an area rug around the sink and dishwasher and in other similar areas to protect your hardwood floor from water and heavy traffic.

– Swipe it
Never allow liquid spills to remain on your hardwood floor; swipe it when you see it.

5.  Minimizing the Effects of the Sun

Over time, sun and bright light can have an effect on your hardwood floor. Some species will gradually age when exposed to sun, and some are more susceptible to yellowing than others.

Before buying your hardwood floor

– Choose sun protection
Choosing a hardwood floor with UV protection is especially important in natural or very light-shade species, such as maple, red oak, ash and birch—the most prone to yellowing.
Most Lauzon hardwood floors with Titanium Finish have integrated Sunshieldprotection minimize the harmful yellowing effects of the sun.

– Be aware of oxidation
Some wood species, mainly exotics, will gradually age when exposed to sun, which is highly desirable. They will reach a darker, richer hue depending on the species and the amount of light the floor is exposed to. This phenomenon, called oxidation, is inherent to the wood species.
It is mainly present in exotics—Brazilian Cherry, Santos Mahogany, African Sapele as well as Black Walnut. It is also visible in our OrganikSeriesHard Maple floor.

After buying your hardwood floor

– Use protection
Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight.

– Move
Rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help the wood age evenly. 

Remember, your new Lauzon hardwood flooring is an investment that can maintain its strength and beauty for years, especially with a little help on your part.

Love your floors, and your floors will love you back for a very long time.

 

4 Latest Hardwood Flooring Trends of 2018

Over the past few years, the fast pace of technological changes has immeasurably improved our lives. It was unsettling for some time. It is no surprise, then, that people were looking to make their homes islands of comfort—a place to unplug.

We are now seeing a shift, however. Creating a serene environment no longer means unplugging from all technologies. Rather, it means using them wisely to make life easier and free some time for the important things. It’s about creating a mindful living environment.

Connected homes and communities have an impact on time spent with family, friends, neighbours and broader communities. As we have seen with everything from TV and internet to smartphones, we are now more than happy to adopt new technologies when they bring real benefits, such as saving time and money, or building meaningful new connections with those we care about and depend on in our everyday lives.

With our new openness to the world, we are remapping our sense of community, creating hubs of art, music and gastronomy. New services like home and car sharing and e-learning have allowed us to create a culture of everyday nomadism and wanderlust obsession. We are now seeking to collect experiences instead of things, using technology to help us ease the process while remaining in the background.

Creating welcoming spaces, sanctuaries of harmony to increase the moments of joy in our lives, is now the priority. The home is opening itself from the inside out to family, the community and the world, creating an environment full of unexpected fun, where we all feel welcome and relaxed. It allows us to live in the moment, encouraging us to act selflessly, happily and generously.

Hardwood Flooring Latest Trends

Open living spaces are definitely becoming the norm for connecting and sharing. With these growing lifestyle trends, some types of flooring are growing in popularity.

Texture

Textured hardwood flooring is definitely ideal for a more active household. It is a lot more forgiving than its smooth counterparts when it comes to the hazards of everyday life with family, friends, pets and home-sharing newcomers.

Discover all our hardwood floor textures.

Low Sheen

Gaining popularity in recent years, a low sheen hardwood floor is best at enhancing the natural look of wood while hiding marks, scuffs and scratches. Low sheen hardwood floors are usually excellent for high-traffic areas and homes with kids and pets and make a perfect combination with texture.

Learn all about hardwood floor sheen.

Sophisticated Complex Colours

With the openness to the world comes a quest for richer, deeper and more complex, as well as personalized and unique colours. Traditional colours are fading away, leaving room to more complex multi-tonal and rich colours that brings an interesting deepness to your décor.

Long and Large

What better way to create unity in open-concept homes than long and large floor planks? Larger and longer hardwood floorboards add visual interest to a room and perfectly bring together the open concept. They make any room in the house look larger, and because fewer boards are needed to cover a given area, there are fewer visible joints, yielding a spectacular, even look.

New Hardwood Floorings

All our new hardwood floorings being introduced on the market this year combine all the beauty of these four trends to bring you smart options that adapt to current needs and lifestyles.

New Estate Series

The new Estate Series adds a bold and elegant statement to your décor. With its combination of Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped worn texture, its array of soft and rich complex colours ranging from greige, warm-taupe, bistre to dark rich browns. And its 6¼”-wide planks, this new White Oak Series brings the essence and warmth of old English chic into your home. Discover Moorland, Stonehenge, Yorkshire, Celtik, Natural, Cambridge, New Castle, Wyndham & Frontenac.

It is also worth mentioning that the Estate Series is infused with our Pure Genius®air-purifying smart technology, a first-of-its-kind innovation in hardwood flooring that makes homes healthier. This technology brings your hardwood floors and well-being to a new level, by improving indoor air quality by up to 85% and decomposing up to 99.6% of bacteria, viruses and mold.

New Colors in the Authentik Series

Esperanza, Curioso and Tormenta certainly bring the high-demand grey pallet to our Authentik Series. Historic and timeless with a contemporary twist, this series offers a low-gloss surface and Wire Brushed texture, bringing the beauty of the Red Oak to life.

The Authentik Series is also infused with our Pure Genius®air-purifying smart technology to allow your family to breathe easier.

New Colors in the Urban Loft Series

The interesting four new colours of the Urban Loft Series will charm you. From light beachy to dark dirty blonde, taupe and a sophisticated and complex dark brown, combined with a Wire Brushed texture and an ultra-matte sheen, these new 7½”-wide White Oak hardwood floors will definitely add character to your home. Discover Alcove, Faktory, Park Avenue and Tribeca.

New dimensions

To bring the open spaces together and offer the best wood authenticity, all our hardwood floor made out of our domestic species – Hard Maple, Red Oak and Yellow Birch; as well as our exotic species – Brazilian Cherry, African Sapele, Santos Mahogany from our International Series; now features new board lengths of up to 6 feet, in our NextStep-engineered construction with a 5 3/16-width.

To bring an interesting twist to your décor, our hardwood floors made out of our domestic species – Hard Maple, Red Oak and Yellow Birch from our Ambiance Collection are now offered in wider and longer Herringbone of 5 3/16-width per 23 ¼-length.

 

Lauzon at The International Surface Event

Once again this year and after months of preparation by the entire team, we were a proud exhibitor at The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas.

TISE is the largest North American flooring trade show, encompassing the entire floor covering industry and bringing together suppliers and purchasers from around the world to share about the latest floor covering products, tools, trends, services and technologies.

This year’s edition was no exception and the mood at the show was upbeat; it seemed busier than ever. Official attendance figures haven’t been released yet, but experience shows that 10,000 + attendees from everywhere around the globe come to market at TISE annually to explore over 800 exhibiting brands’ offerings.

Traffic at the Lauzon Flooring booth was right on pace with the rest of the show—i.e. crowded! In addition to traffic quantity, we were highly pleased with the quality of attendees we got to meet at TISE. The turnout exceeded all of our expectations.

The Lauzon Enchanted Forest

Building on the previous success of our Enchanted Forest themed booth, we went ahead and refurbished it with our brand new hardwood flooring for the 2018 edition of TISE. The Enchanted Forest theme brings together Lauzon’s three core pillars—ForestQuality and Innovation—and was yet another huge hit.

Forest first

As a company, it was crucial for us to put the forest front stage at our booth, as it’s our most valuable asset. It’s where it all begins and our greatest source of pride. I think our set-up captured the very essence of that spirit as we received a fabulous amount of compliments on the beauty and uniqueness of our booth over the last three years. People just couldn’t resist stepping inside to discover which hardwood floorings were behind our multidimensional trees.

Controlling its entire manufacturing process from forest to floor makes Lauzon a truly unique and reliable hardwood flooring manufacturer. In addition, we definitely gain a competitive edge by offering a wide range of eco-friendly, zero-VOC, CARB-compliant, LEED-friendly, made-in-Canada hardwood floors that are in phase with sustainability trends sought after by consumers, designers, architects and builders alike.

Trendy hardwood flooring selection

Whether they were intrigued by the forest, trees or digital technology displayed in our booth, visitors got to explore the full range of stylish yet exclusive looks and textures in our carefully curated hardwood flooring product offering. Guests also had the opportunity to discover our complete new and exciting wood floor product line.

– Light tone wood flooring –

Visitors strolled through the booth to check out our unique light tone wood flooring (from left to right in the picture):

 – Bianco: true white unique Hard Maple hardwood floor from our Hamptons Series, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Persiaa magnificent light-creamy hickory flooring with character from our Émira Series,infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Chelsea Creama soft light and creamy 7.5″-wide trendy Wire Brushed White Oak hardwood floor from our Urban Loft Series.

– Yorkshire – NEW!: a new ¾”-thick and 6 ¼”-wide warm taupe wood floor from our Estate Series, which features our unique Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped texture, and infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Textures –

Visitors were able to feel all four textures on our natural texture tree (from top to bottom in the picture).

– Smootha silky texture created with a very delicate sanding, boasting a classic allure that highlights the wood grain.
Hardwood floor: Natural Hard Maple in Squared Edge, which elevates wood floor joinery to new heights of uniformity and alignment.

– Hand Scraped: a meticulously handcrafted texture of refined age.
Hardwood floor: Honey Moon, Hickory, Homestead Series

– Wire Brushed: a texture created through a delicate steel brushing process, which gives wood a subtle, warm, scuffed effect.
Hardwood floor: Exposed Oak, White Oak, Urban Loft Series

– Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped – NEW!: the best of all possible worlds in terms of texture! Our artisans carefully handcraft each board, imparting a texture of refined age combined with a delicate steel brushing that gives the wood a subtle and warm, scuffed effect.
Hardwood floor: Natural, White Oak, Estate Series

For more information on our complete selection of textures, see our “Top 5 Hardwood Floor Textures” blog post.

– Natural to dark brown wood flooring –

One of our booth’s great features was the rotating trees that revealed our trendy natural-to-dark-brown hardwood floors, as well as our beautiful range of gray hardwood floors on another side.

Starting with our most popular natural to dark brown floors (right to left in the picture).

– Drama: a stunning true Black, Red Oak Wire Brushed hardwood floor with our Pure Genius technology from our Authentik Series.

– Rusticafrom our Organik Series, this striking brown hardwood floor reveals beautiful grain, texture and mineral streaks of Hard Maple as never before. It is infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Palominoa shaded Yellow Birch wood floor which sets light colors into play so beautifully. From our unique Mémoire Series and infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Cerralvo: a White Oak wood floor from our Reserva Series that boasts a unique roasted look achieved with precise thermal processing techniques that create an exotic caramelized effect, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Natural White Oak Quarter Sawna top designer pick from our Hamptons Series, featuring fine, slightly more accentuated and curved lines as well as a flecked look, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Trendy gray hardwood floors –

Next comes our trendy gray floors (from left to right in the picture).

– Curioso – NEW!: beautiful medium gray Wire Brushed Red Oak hardwood floor from our Authentik Series, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Citéa dark brown, 7.5″- wide trendy Wire Brushed hardwood floor in White Oak from our Urban Loft Series.

– Minera: a gray hardwood floor from our Organik Series, featuring our Pure Genius technology and showcasing Hard Maple like never before.

– Travertineunique Hard Maple wood floor that features an exclusive look inspired by the natural linear patterns found in mineral stratification, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology, from our Line Art Series.

– Esperanza – NEW!: beautiful light gray Wire Brushed Red Oak hardwood floor from our Authentik Series, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Other new hardwood flooring –

Attendees also had the opportunity to discover our selection of NEW hardwood floors displayed in a rack on our new bigger panels (from top to bottom on the picture).

– Wyndhama dark grayish-brown from our Estate Series, which features our unique Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped texture, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– New Castlea soft dark brown from our Estate Series, which features our unique Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped texture, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Faktorya Wire Brushed, dirty-blonde White Oak flooring with true character, from our Urban Loft Series.

– Alcovea beachy-blonde, Wire Brushed White Oak floor with unique soft character, from our Urban Loft Series.

– Moorlanda light cream from our Estate Series, which features our unique Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped texture, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Stonehengea soft Taupe, White Oak wood floor from our Estate Series, which features our unique Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped texture, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Park Avenuea trendy 7.5″-wide Wire Brushed Taupe hardwood floor in White Oak from our Urban Loft Series.

– Tormentaa beautiful dark gray Wire Brushed Red Oak hardwood floor from our Authentik Series, infused with our air-purifying Pure Genius technology.

– Featured Hardwood Floor –

For the launch of our Estate Series, we opted to showcase our beautiful Celtik as our booth’s main hardwood floor attraction. This dazzling gray Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped wide-plank hardwood floor revealed to be the perfect choice! According to visitors, with its mix of bold and big 6 ¼” x 37 5/16” Herringbone planks and standard multi-length long planks, mostly 75” in length, this was another of our booth’s highlights.

The new Estate Series adds a bold and elegant statement to your décor. It features a combination of Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped textures and an array of soft, rich and refined hues ranging from greige to warm-taupe to bistre to dark rich browns. This new White Oak Series brings the essence and warmth of old English chic into your home.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Estate Series is infused with our Pure Genius® air-purifying smart technology, a first-of-its-kind innovation in hardwood flooring that makes homes healthier. This technology brings your hardwood floors and well-being to a brand new level, improving indoor air quality by up to 85% and eradicating up to 99.6% of bacteria, viruses and mold.

Dealer’s Choice Award

We enrolled in Floor Covering Weekly’s Dealers’ Choice Award once again this year, with the new Celtik hardwood floor from our Estate Series, which was featured in our booth in a beautiful mix of Herringbone and straight patterns.

Pure Genius: Our Air-Purifying Smart Floor

Back at the booth, once visitors learned more about our environmentally-friendly products and cutting-edge designs, they were invited  to discover the world’s latest hardwood floor innovation—the air-purifying smart floor we call Pure Genius.

Pure Genius is a revolutionary technology that transforms your hardwood floor into an air purifier, using natural or artificial light. It can make your indoor air up to 85% cleaner and eliminate up to 99.6% of bacteria and viruses.

It’s the perfect hardwood floor for families, asthma sufferers and anyone concerned about the VOCs we bring into our homes every day.

Pure Genius is based on a light-activated, air-purifying agent made of titanium dioxide, which is integrated into Lauzon’s Titanium floor finish. The light-activated titanium dioxide molecules transform the blue VOC solution molecules into harmless H2O and CO2, making the blue solution disappear.

Fun Digital Attractions

Innovation is everywhere at Lauzon, from our wood floors to our use of digital technology. Just take a look at the DecoZone section of our website as an example.

To liven things up, visitors had the opportunity to share their experience on social media, thus attracting even more people to the booth. Once again this year, we decided to include a social wall that showed live pictures of the event, tagged as #lauzonevent (on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), as well as pictures from the Lauzon TISE Photo Booth.

That’s right: once again, we were the proud sponsor of the TISE Photo Booth, where attendees could goof around having their photo taken, get a picture strip like in the good old days, and share them on social media.

The Dish – 3D Reality Design Hub

New in 2018! TISE has partnered with the world-renowned design firm, Scarlet Opus, and an innovative tech design company, Housetipster, to present a virtual 360-degree design space packed with trends, products and high-design rooms.

Attendees were able to take virtual 360-degree tours via large touch screens and virtual reality goggles to fully experience each design space, as if they actually were in the room. Each surface (flooring, countertops, backsplashes, carpets and rugs, wall installations, and more) instilled into the virtual 360-degree design spaces could be switched on demand by attendees from within.

We were really excited to be featured in this new 360-degree virtual space that allowed attendees to experience our hardwood floors in such an amazing new way!

Nine Lauzon hardwood floors were digitally encoded into the virtual 360-degree design spaces—Natural & Wyndham from our new Estate Series, Chelsea Cream from our Urban Loft Series, our new Esperanza from our Authentik Series, Rustica, Minera Sombra from our Organik Series, Persia from our Émira Series, and Bianco from our Hamptons Series. Attendees then got to see all of these wood floors in real life at our booth and compare both experiences.

Interview With Christopher Grubb

Our Director of Sales David Jr Lauzon had the privilege to be interviewed by the influential designer and trendsetter Christopher Grubb.

His design firm, Beverly Hills-based Arch-Interiors Design Group, Inc., is internationally recognized for its creative and unique work on residential, commercial, retail and hospitality projects, as well as in high-end medical design.

As Grubb was one of the speakers at the conference on Health & Wellness Design, he was a natural fit for our Pure Genius air-purifying smart floor. David Jr had the opportunity to tell him all about the Lauzon story, from Forest to floor.

Click here to read their full article about the interview.

 Getting together With Great People

Another great thing about TISE is the opportunity to reconnect with great people we don’t get to see as often as we’d like, including our distributors, many of our retailers and suppliers, people from trade magazines and industry associations.

Our Director of Sales David Jr Lauzon was jubilant about the outcome of the show. “We were all thrilled to see the attendance at the Lauzon booth at TISE 2018 and we truly appreciate everyone who took the time to come by and visit us. We decided to bring new patterns to the show this year and were extremely happy with how our retailers, distributors, builders and designers reacted to our New Estates Oversized Herringbone floor. Consumers have reached a new level of concern for eco-friendly products, which makes the Lauzon brand and products stand out like never before. Our Pure Genius smart floor received once again a very warm welcome and continues to astonish visitors who want to learn more about it.“

Finally, I would like to end this blog post by saying that, once again, the teamwork behind this successful event perfectly set the stage for a successful 2018. I wish you all the best for this new year!

Come back soon for all the details on the latest hardwood flooring trends!

Curious to learn more about our past appearances at TISE? Click here to learn all about the 2017 and 2016 editions.

Happy Holidays

May this Holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

Our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a happy new year!

 

The entire Lauzon Flooring Team

Reference

Photo 1: Natura, Hard Maple, Organik Series

6 ways humidity can affect your hardwood floor

Winter is right around the corner, and with winter comes snow and cold weather that will have you turning up the heat and enjoying nice evenings by the fire. Did you ever think about how these living conditions and changing humidity levels inside your home can affect your beautiful new hardwood floor?

Your hardwood floor is made of… wood! And wood is a natural material that reacts to changes in its environment even after it has been transformed into flooring. Yes, manufacturers have developed different types of hardwood floor constructions to “improve and control” the wood natural reaction to changes in humidity. But keeping humidity at the recommended level is still essential for keeping your hardwood floor looking great, as well as for a healthy home environment.

PROPER HUMIDITY LEVELS 

Proper humidity level for your health

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air quality among its top environmental health threats. There are three key components to healthy air: it must be fresh, clean, and have the proper humidity level.

The ideal relative humidity for your health and comfort is about 40-50%.

During winter: It may need to be between 30-40% to prevent condensation on your windows and other surfaces. Relative humidity settings that are too low may cause respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis and asthma.

– During summer: It can move up to 50-55%. Relative humidity that is too high may have health effects due to mold growth, dust mite infestations, as well as certain bacteria and viruses.

To discover how Lauzon is going the extra mile for your health, by purifying indoor air with our Pure Genius hardwood floors, click here.

Proper humidity level for your hardwood floor

The National Wood Floor Association (NWFA) states that normal relative humidity levels should range between 30%-50% to ensure successful long-term performance of your wood flooring.

As we just saw, however, this range can often be difficult to achieve in certain areas of the country during certain seasons. This is why at Lauzon, we have developed three different types of hardwood flooring constructions allowing you to enjoy the beauty of hardwood floors no matter where you live. 

– Relative humidity levels of 30-80%Expert engineered Lauzon hardwood floors
– Relative humidity levels of 35-65% – Other Lauzon engineered hardwood floors
– Relative humidity levels of 35-55% – Lauzon solid hardwood floors.

As you can see, engineered wood flooring is more stable than solid wood flooring. One of the reasons for this is that the bottom layers are made of cross-sided layers that move on opposite sides. If you are looking for maximum performance during humidity changes, take a look at our Expert ¾ construction, which was developed to meet contractors’ needs.

DRY SEASON

Your hardwood floor during the dry season

During the winter, when homes are heated and the air is dry, wood flooring loses some of its moisture and contracts or shrinks as a result.

Hardwood flooring dryness problems:

Gapping
It is normal that when relative humidity is lower than recommended,  wood plank shrinks, therefore thin gaps—also called cracks—can appear between planks. In dry months, gaps can easily develop to the thickness of a dime on a typical solid 2¼-inch oak floor. This is normal, and a homeowner should be prepared for it to occur. Once indoor heating is turned off in the spring and humidity levels rise again, most gaps will close up again.

Splits & Checks
When the wood is faced with extreme conditions, it can be stressed beyond its limitations. Therefore the wood weakens, making your hardwood floor more brittle and increasing the likelihood of damage or splintering. The boards themselves may split, check or crack in the centre or at the ends, or both, along the grain, damaging the finish. This damage is permanent, because your finish is cracked—your wood is no longer protected.

Preventing dryness problems

– Maintain a proper humidity level in your home by using a humidifier during the winter months.
Be aware that wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions, so make sure to use your humidifier when these are on.
– If you are a “snowbird” and leave your home unoccupied for weeks at a time, make sure to always keep temperature and relative humidity at recommended level.

HUMID SEASON

Your hardwood floor during the Humid Season

During warm and humid summers, your hardwood floor will absorb moisture from the air, swelling and expanding as a result. This expansion can create pressure between the boards, which can cause the boards to warp, cup or crack. Both cupping and crowning are natural reactions to moisture and should not be of concern if they occur only to a minor extent. More severe cases, however, indicate a serious moisture problem.

Hardwood floor moisture problems:

Cupping:
When a wood plank cups, its edges become higher than its centre. This is a reaction due to a humidity level disproportion in the wood plank. There can be numerous causes to cupping, including an excessive level of relative humidity, relative humidity migrating from a basement or crawl space, water infiltration, etc. Should cupping occur, it’s important to quickly identify the root cause in order to rectify the situation. It will then take some time for the wood flooring to get back to its normal internal humidity balance and shape. In some instances, the use of fans and/or dehumidifiers might be necessary to bring everything back to normal.

Crowning:
Crowning is the opposite of cupping. The middle of the board is higher than the board’s edges. This can occur when the surface of the floor encounters moisture. It most often occurs when a floor has been sanded too soon after cupping. When this happens, the top edges of the board are sanded off and are therefore lower than the rest of the board when returning to a normal moisture content.

Buckling:
Buckling is one of the most extreme reactions to moisture that can occur with hardwood flooring. It happens when the floor expands beyond expansion gaps and literally pulls away from the subfloor, as high as several inches. It’s like walking on a trampoline. Once the humidity drops, the floor may shrink back, but it is possible that the edges of each board are now crushed and permanently damaged. Once the floor shrinks, you may see gaps between the boards.

Cracking:
When extensive moisture or humidity causes the wood to expand significantly, adjoining boards start pressing against each other. In extreme cases, this increased pressure can cause the affected boards to lose their structural integrity and crack.

Preventing moisture problems:
– Make sure you leave free expansion space around the perimeter of your floor when installed. For aesthetic purposes, they are usually covered with baseboards.
– Maintain proper humidity levels with an air conditioner, dehumidifier or by turning on your heating system periodically during the summer months.
–  If you go away on a long summer vacation, leave the A/C on.
– Avoid excessive exposure to water from tracking during periods of inclement weather.
– Clean your hardwood floor with a cloth lightly dampened with a recommended hardwood floor cleaning product.
– Choose a good quality engineered hardwood floor that will fit with your needs.

It is important to be aware that none of the damage caused by humidity variations is covered by any hardwood floor warranty. It is your responsibility to make sure you have a stable environment in your home, even when the home is unoccupied.

That is why all homeowners should own a hygrometer to measure the temperature and relative humidity (RH), and be sure to respect the guidelines above.

Always keep in mind that keeping the humidity and temperature level at the recommended level is not only essential for keeping your hardwood floor looking great, but also to provide you with a healthy home environment!

References

Photo 2:  Beachwood, White Oak, Hamptons Series

Choosing the best kitchen wood floor for your home

With condo living and a desire for hospitable, no-walls concepts growing in popularity, consumer habits are shifting. Open living spaces are multiplying and having open kitchen is becoming the norm. Long gone are the days of formal dining rooms, living rooms and enclosed kitchens à la Mad Men!

Incorporating a dining area with the kitchen and family room to create one large living space continues to trend. One of the biggest dilemmas for these open living space concepts is the choice of flooring. You want to tie all the areas of your home together using one floor choice, making it appear larger and more uniform.

But can you use the hardwood flooring you so deeply fell in love with? Can you dare put hardwood floors in your kitchen? Yes, with the appropriate attention, it can easily be done!

Here are five main things to consider to help you choose the best hardwood floor for your kitchen and maintain it.

1. KITCHEN TRAFFIC

The kitchen is a high-traffic area in any home. Nowadays, this is especially true with open living spaces, in which kitchens are used for both eating and socializing. Kitchen islands—a hot commodity right now—are proof of this; they are one of the most popular places in the house to gather around with family and friends.

We all know that floors are meant to be walked on. But one of the fears powered by entry-level hardwood floors is that too much foot traffic can rob your floor of its beauty due to traffic patterns.

This concern can easily be tossed away when you look at premium quality hardwood floors like Lauzon. Why? Thanks to our premium Titanium finish, our hardwood floors are uniquely designed to withstand a high level of traffic over a long period of time. There is therefore no need to worry about traffic patterns; your Lauzon hardwood floor will maintain its lustre for years to come!

 2. WEAR AND TEAR

If you are like me, you probably drop and spill more things in the kitchen than in any other room in your house. This means that generally speaking, you have a higher rate of wear and tear in your kitchen. You can overcome this fear of visible wear and tear by choosing the right hardwood floor along with some prevention:

 ─  Choosing a hardwood floor with texture 

Adding texture, like Wire Brushed and Hand Scraped, makes hardwood floor harder and a lot more forgiving than its smooth counterparts when it comes to the hazards of everyday life. Learn all about hardwood floor textures.

 ─  Choosing a species with character

With their visible grain pattern, species with character, such as Red Oak or Hickory, camouflage imperfections better than other species. Learn all about hardwood floor styles.

─  Choosing a hardwood species

Harder domestic and exotic species, such as Oak, Hard Maple and Brazilian Cherry, may do better in terms of hardness than softer wood species, such as Fir. These species are more resistant to denting under pressure according on the Janka Hardness Scale. Learn all about hardwood floor hardness and the Janka Scale.

─  Choosing a hardwood floor with a top quality finish

Hardwood floors with a top quality finish offer better durability because the finish will flex with the wood instead of cracking when a heavy item is dropped on the floor. It will not leave a chalky trace if scratched, as is the case with standard Aluminum Oxide finishes. Wear and tear will therefore be less apparent. Learn more about our top quality Titanium finish.

─  Choosing a hardwood floor with a character grade and style

Thanks to its multiple colour variations, wood flooring with a character grade and style will camouflage imperfections better than a classic uniform selection. Learn all about hardwood floor styles.

─  Choosing a hardwood floor with a low sheen

Gaining popularity in recent years, a low sheen is best at enhancing the natural look of the wood while hiding marks, scuffs and scratches. Low sheen hardwood floors usually make excellent options for high-traffic areas and homes with kids and pets. Learn all about hardwood floor sheen.

─  Choosing prevention

Using small mat at strategic places will help protect your hardwood floor from wear and tear. We can never say it enough: your hardwood floor needs proper care and prevention no matter what room you are talking about! For more maintenance tips, check out our guide.

If you want to put all the odds in your favour, check out our Authentik Series or our Urban Loft Series. All of the hardwood floors in these series are consistent with the advice we have just provided.

3. HEALTHY CHOICE

With about 22 hours a week spent in the kitchen and 98 hours spent at home, finding a healthy flooring solution is one of the smartest choices you can make for the health of your family.

─  Caring for your indoor air quality

Always make sure to look for hardwood floors manufactured without solvents, VOC or formaldehyde. Ask your retailer if it meets the strictest health standards, and whether these claims are certified by credible third-party organizations.

At Lauzon, you can have peace of mind knowing that all our hardwood floors are manufactured responsibly and without the addition of harmful chemicals. All of our hardwood floors are fully compliant with CARB phase 2 – the strictest norm in the industry. Click here to learn more about our healthy hardwood floors.

─  Indoor air purification through your floor

Moreover, with our exclusive Pure Genius air-purifying smart floor, we go beyond the competition by destroying VOC! Pure Genius constantly transforms toxic airborne particles into harmless water and carbon dioxide molecules, making the air in your home up to 85% purer. Discover all the other benefits of our Pure Genius technology here.

─  Choosing an anti-microbial solution

These days, many quality hardwood floor finishes, such as our Titanium finish, also use advanced antimicrobial treatment to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi—a plus in kitchens!

At Lauzon, our commitment to improving your family’s well-being extends beyond this promise, with our exclusive Pure Genius advanced technology. Pure Genius, our proven antimicrobial finish, decomposes up to 99.6% of bacteria, viruses, and molds. This is reassuring when you use the three-second rule or when you see what babies and toddlers put in their mouths… Click here for an overview of all Pure Genius tests.

4. VISUAL EFFECT

Harmonious visual effect is one of the main reasons many consumers are looking at putting hardwood floor in their kitchen and their entire open space. There are two interesting options to consider in this case.

─  Long and large

Larger and longer hardwood floorboards add visual interest to a room and perfectly bring together the open living concept. They make any room in the house look larger, and because fewer boards are needed to cover a given area, there are fewer visible joints, yielding a spectacular, even look.

To unite the open spaces and give the best wood authenticity, our Organik Series now features new board lengths up to 6 feet, with a 5 3/16 width in our NextStep engineered construction.

─  Patterns

On the other hand, if you are more adventurous in your décor choices, you can opt for a combination of patterns, such as herringbone hardwood in the kitchen or dining room and conventional multi-length boards everywhere else. This gives an interesting, trendy look, and you still have the harmonious effect, using the same type of hardwood floor.

Most hardwood floors at Lauzon are offered in both multi-length and herringbone length, so express your creativity! Discover all our Herringbone wood floors here.

5. WATER

Exposure to water is one of the main reasons why some people shy away from hardwood floors in kitchens. Most consumers are concerned with the fact that, during cooking and cleaning, there might be water droplets that fall on the hardwood floor, causing damage.

If not stagnant or in big quantity, water does not damage hardwood floors. A few droplets will not kill your wood floor; just swipe it when you see it.

It is true that cracks in hardwood floor finishes, such as Aluminum Oxide, might allow water to seep in and cause unsightly stains. However, as we saw in point no. 2 above regarding wear and tear, choosing a hardwood floor with a top quality flexible finish, such as Lauzon’s Titanium finish, will prevent it from cracking when a heavy item is dropped on your hardwood floor. It will significantly reduce the chance of this happening.

We encourage you to place a small mat under your sink and the dishwasher so that droplets will land on these mats rather than on your hardwood floor. Plus, these small mats will help protect your hardwood floor from wear and tear. We can never say it enough: your hardwood floor needs proper care and prevention in any room! For more maintenance tips, check out our guide.

You can put hardwood floor throughout the entire house—including the kitchen—without fear. Just follow these simple guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns about our hardwood floors, please contact one of our specialized retailers. They will be happy to help you make the best decision for your home and family. Because you want your child to move, play and live everywhere in the house!

Take a look at our Kitchen Gallery for more inspiration!

References

Photo 1: Natural, Hickory, Émira Series – Project:  Campanale Homes

Photo 2: Sabbia, Hickory, Émira Series

Photo 3: Sincero, Red Oak, Authentik Series – Project: Rosewood Show Home

Photo 4: Sabbia, Hickory, Émira Series

Photo 5: Mystic Barn, White Oak, Homestead Series – Project: Stars Lottery Home of Saskatchewan

VISUAL EFFECT

Does hardwood floor hardness matter?

Interestingly enough, one of the question we get the most from consumers while they shop for their hardwood floor is “Does hardwood floor hardness matter? ”. The perception is that the harder the hardwood floor—or the harder the finish—the better. Is this perception a reality? In today’s post, we will take a closer look at this.

Defining wood hardness

First, let me explain what wood hardness is by answering these 6 questions.

1. What most influences hardwood floor hardness?

The main element that influences hardwood floor hardness is the hardness of the wood species itself. It is important to understand that wood is a natural product—no manufacturer can influence the density or hardness of a wood species. It is inherent and unique to the species of the hardwood you choose.

2. How is wood hardness measured?

Wood species hardness is measured using the Janka Scale. The Janka Scale determines the hardness of a particular species of wood over another. It includes hardwood and softwood. The Janka Scale was invented by Gabriel Janka, an Austrian wood researcher, back in 1906. It was standardized by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in 1972. The Janka Scale measures the denting and wear resistance of a wood sample. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28-mm (0.444”) steel ball to half its diameter into a wood plank.

 

3. How do we use the Janka Scale?

The Janka Hardness Scale runs from zero (softest) to 4,000 lbs (hardest). Woods with a low rating on the wood hardness scale are those that will dent and scratch most easily. For example, Balsa wood, which is extremely lightweight and used for crafts, is one of the lowest on the scale at 100 lbs. We definitely wouldn’t want to use it for wood flooring! On the other hand, a higher score indicates that more effort is required to nail or saw the wood.  With a score 3,684 lbs, one of the hardest woods is Ipe (also known as Lapacho or Brazilian Walnut). This wood is often used for decks, furniture and flooring, when durability and high shock resistance are needed. Because it is so hard, Ipe is often predrilled for screws.

 

4. What is special about Red Oak?

With a rating of 1,290 lbs, strong and resilient Red Oak is the benchmark against which all other wood species are compared on the Janka Scale. Red Oak was chosen as the median standard because it is one of the most readily available hardwoods. Plus, Red Oak makes a great hardwood floor—it’s not so hard that it is difficult to saw and nail, but it’s not so soft that it dents easily. It’s just right!

5. What is a “good” Janka rating?

The Janka Scale does not claim that a given species of wood flooring is better than another. When choosing wood flooring for a home, the Janka Scale rating can only provide buyers with an idea of the wood species’ strength and hardness, for example to support very heavy furniture.

6. What is a “bad” Janka rating?

A rating of 950 lbs or higher on the Janka Scale is the standard for wood flooring options. Therefore, there is no truly “bad” rating when comes the time for you to choose your wood floor, among all the hardwood floors available on the market.

At Lauzon, you can rest assured that all species offered are hard enough to walk on. Moreover, we only offer hardwood flooring; we do not have any softwood, such as Pine, hemlock, fir or cedar.

 Other variables to consider

Now that we all know that the Janka Scale is used as a general guideline when comparing hardness of various species of wood flooring, let’s take a look at some of the other important variables that WILL influence the resistance and hardness of your hardwood floor.

1. Wood provenance

Because the grain of the wood is formed by the annual growth rings of the tree, the location where the wood is harvested can make a difference in its hardness. Growth rings are formed each year—one hard and one soft. The soft ring is formed when the tree makes its rapid growth in spring, and the hard narrow ring is formed during the slow growth in summer. Because these seasons’ climates vary from one region to another, you can understand how this can influence wood harness.

2. Wood grain direction

The wood grains used for the test can affect the results. The grain presented on the Janka Scale is flat—considered normal. But when you compare for example the grain of a flat White Oak to the grain of a quarter sawn White Oak, the latter is the harder of the two because of the wood grain direction.

Click here to learn more about the flecked look created by the quarter sawn technique.

If you are interested in knowing more about the different hardwood floor sawing methods, I encourage you to come back to our blog, as this subject will be discussed later.

3. Texture

Textured hardwood floors help mask the effects of daily traffic, dogs, and life in general. But did you know they are also harder than smooth hardwood floors of the same species? The process used to give texture to your hardwood floor removes a portion of the soft wood grain (spring growth), leaving more hard wood grain (summer growth).

Click here to discover the top 5 hardwood floor textures available on the market!

4. Plank construction

Where do engineered hardwoods stand on the Janka Hardness Scale? They don’t. Why? Because these wood floors have one (or many) layer of softer wood beneath them, hardness cannot be gauged correctly on the scale. This bottom layer giving them their superior performance and stability. We cannot have everything in life! There is little information available on where engineered wood floors fit on the scale due to the variety of materials used to build the flooring layers from one brand to another. This new fact is a clear indicator as to the importance you should give to the hardness of the wood species you choose, compared to all the other attributes.

5. Finish

Hardwood floor finish is one of the most important factors for determining the durability and ease of maintenance of any hardwood floor. In fact, the quality and not necessarily the hardness of the finish determines how well your hardwood floor can withstand traffic and normal wear and tear. Keep in mind, however, that when there is impact with or pressure applied to wood flooring, wood fibres crush, resulting in the appearance of dents. Some wood species do have natural characteristics that camouflage dents better than others, such as Red Oak and White Oak, or textured. This is why we usually recommend our hardwood floors from our Authentik or Urban Loft Series as great choices when people are looking for the best hardwood floors for dogs or busy household.

That said, high quality hardwood floor finishes will have good flexibility instead of being extremely hard. This flexibility allows the finish to absorb heavy impact without cracking by bending with the wood underneath. Cracks in hardwood floor finishes will cause water to seep in and cause unsightly stains.

Lauzon is a top-of-the-line manufacturer of hardwood flooring and as such, we offer the best UV cured finish on the market with our Titanium finish. Lauzon’s Titanium finish offers better durability, because the finish flexes with the wood instead of cracking when a heavy item falls onto it and provides remarkable protection against scuffing and chipping. Furthermore, it will not leave a chalky trace if scratched, as is the case with a standard Aluminum Oxide finish. It also makes your hardwood floor much more resistant to high levels of traffic over a long period of time, maintaining its luster.

6. Maintenance

You can be sure that your hardwood floor will need proper maintenance and prevention to withstand the wear of time. If you don’t take care of it, it doesn’t matter how hard or how soft it is.

Maintenance and prevention are really important to determine how good a hardwood floor will look years after it is installed! Click here to take a look at our maintenance guide for all our tips.

In conclusion, Janka hardness rating is just an indicator of a species’ resistance to indentation under a controlled force and can be used as a general guideline when comparing various species of wood flooring.

When comes the time to choose your hardwood floor, you need to consider ALL the other factors that WILL influence the resistance of your hardwood floor, such as maintenance, texture and finish of your hardwood floor. But most importantly, when comparing high quality hardwood floors, choose your hardwood floor based first and foremost on your taste and preferences in terms of look!

So… Is the perception a reality? Do you still think the harder the better when it comes to hardwood floors?

 

To find out which Lauzon hardwood floor best suits your needs, please feel free to look at our wide hardwood floor offering or contact one of our specialists at a store near you.

References

Photo 5: Absolut, Red Oak, Authentik Series

 

Pay It Forward with Lauzon and Chantal Lacroix

Don’t we all want a better world to live in? A world of goodness and generosity? What if we could change the world, one good deed at a time? That’s the principle the “chain of goodness,” better known as Pay It Forward.

With her television program Donnez au suivant (Pay It Forward), Chantal Lacroix brought this principle to life on Québec’s small screen. It is with great pride that Lauzon recently had the privilege to “pay it forward” within the community of Petite-Nation via this initiative.

Pay it Forward

For those of you who don’t know the show Donnez au suivant with Chantal Lacroix on Canal Vie, here is a brief description.

Donnez au suivant is a television show in which Chantal Lacroix attempts, through moving interviews, to start chains of goodness throughout the province in order to improve the world we live in. How? By helping Quebeckers chosen by Chantal, who in turn will lend a helping hand to others.

Each episode is unique and complete in itself because it begins with a new chain of goodness. Chantal Lacroix helps us discover the world in which each person lives; together, we learn more about their daily lives and we hear their stories. She helps us understand why she wants us to get to know the specific people she has decided to help.

How generous can Quebeckers be towards each other? This is what we’ll find out with Little Jack’s story.

Little Jack’s story

Cynthia and Guillaume were impatiently expecting the arrival of their son… Unfortunately, since birth, Jack’s skin has strangely resembled that of a lizard. At the hospital, they learned that he suffers from Harlequin Ichtyosis, an incurable genetic disease. Jack will never have a normal life. Because it regenerates too quickly, his skin flakes off and needs constant care.

In order to help them, Donnez au suivant took on the mission of transforming their bathroom to integrate a therapeutic bath, making it easier for Jack to get the care he needs.

A bath and so much more!

But wait! Thanks to the project’s volunteer contractor Després Contruction and its contacts, along with little Jack’s extended family and friends, a huge surprise was in store for them. Not only was the bathroom transformed, but many more transformations ensued!

Planchers Lauzon, a socially engaged company

Because Planchers Lauzon is a socially engaged company, it was only natural for us to accept when we were asked to participate in the show and help a family from the Petite-Nation region. Not to mention that, with Pure Genius, the floor we had to offer would go way beyond aesthetics!

Click here to discover some of our previous social involvements.

Pure Genius, an antibacterial floor?

Given little Jack’s health issues, our Pure Genius floor was the perfect solution! The Pure Genius floor by Lauzon is not just an air purifying floor. It also decomposes up to 99.6% of bacteria, viruses and mold, offering little Jack and his family a healthier living space.

The Pure Genius floor has the proven capacity to prevent the growth of certain types of bacteria, pathogens and micro-organisms. These include:

– E. coli (ATCC 8739), which causes gastroenteritis, urinary infections and neonatal meningitis – reduction of 99.65%;
– S. aureus (ATCC 6538P), which spreads various skin diseases such as dermatitis – reduction of 99.63%;
– Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC 4352), which causes pneumonia – reduction of 99.7%. 

Click here for more information on all the tests performed by independent laboratories with respect to our Pure Genius technology.

Hardwood floor selection

Once the participation of Lauzon was official, we had to work fast, because the family had been relocated while the work was being done.

We presented our wide range of Pure Genius hardwood floors to Catherine C. Léveillée, the project’s interior designer. She selected the Tunga hardwood floor from the Émira séries. This magnificent hickory hardwood floor, a North American species, fit perfectly with the home’s décor.

Lauzon proudly donated 600 ft2 of hardwood floor, as well as the services of an installer. This allowed the replacement of the worn hardwood floor on the home’s entire first floor.

Watch the show

Want to see how generous people can be with each other and discover Lauzon’s contribution?

Watch the show on Canal Vie this week:

– Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m.
– Thursday, May 18 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
– Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
– Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m.
– Sunday, May 21 at 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Lauzon would like to thank its employees who took part in this project and everyone who gets socially involved every day. Thank you for helping us make the world a better place, one good deed at a time…

 

4 Latest Hardwood Flooring Trends

“Design is a journey of discovery”

As you may have read earlier on our blog, we have just returned from Domotex, Bau, TISE and IDS with exciting news on all the latest hardwood flooring trends and innovations. I’m sure many of you are eager to learn more about what’s hot in 2017 in terms of hardwood flooring trends!

In our February 2016 blog post about hardwood flooring trends, we established that trends are based on the world we live in every day.

Read “Latest 3 Hardwood Flooring Trends to learn more about last year hardwood flooring trends.

In the last few years, the fast pace of technological change has improved our lives immeasurably, but it can feel unsettling. Not surprising, then, that the leading interior design trend is to make our homes islands of comfort, warmth and refined elegance.

It really is breathtaking to track the advances and incursions of technology in our lives. While we enjoy the benefits of improved appliances in our kitchens, family rooms, studies and dens, people are looking to place things in context.

We are reclaiming the idea of “home” as an organic, natural place where we nurture ourselves and our families. That is why for 2017 we are focusing on natural hardwood floors and furnishings that reveal the artisanal craftsmanship of designs that accentuate the grain and texture of the woods we choose.

Latest trendsetting hardwood floors revealed

At TISE (The International Surface Event) in Las Vegas and IDS (Interior Design Show) in Toronto last January, we introduced three colors in our unique, trendy and eco-friendly hardwood flooring series called Organik.

Read “Lauzon returns again to The International Surface Event” to learn more about our experience at TISE.

These new colors—SombraRustica and Minera—play on a palette of earthy brown and grey with a smooth, pearl finish.

Elegant Organik Series hardwood flooring boasts extensive tonal variation for a chameleon effect, becoming lighter or darker depending on the lighting and décor. This completely natural maple hardwood flooring line is like no other flooring on the market thanks to a unique, breakthrough process that unlocks the beauty of maple’s natural grain, knots and mineral streaks.

New Organik floors elevate your décor and well-being to a new level with our Pure Genius® air-purifying smart technology, a first-of-its-kind innovation in hardwood flooring that makes homes healthier. When activated by natural or artificial light and by the movement of air, the flooring breaks down airborne toxins and improves indoor air quality by up to 85%.

Learn more about our Pure Genius by reading our blog post “The smartest hardwood flooring we’ve ever seen“.

 

Top 4 hardwood flooring trends

Each of the following hardwood flooring trends, arising from a growing desire for calmness, tranquility and well-being, is reflected in our Organik Series hardwood floors.

– Interest in Origins –

Both homeowners and designers tell us they are very concerned about the origin and quality of the materials in their homes. They want their design choices to be respectful of the natural environment.

Our Organik Series is entirely made in our facilities in Quebec, Canada, from trees we carefully select in our forests. In addition to being locally sourced, our floors are produced with our breakthrough eco-friendly process. At Lauzon, green isn’t just a color, it’s part of our value system!

– Hourglass –

We believe that today’s customers aren’t looking back nostalgically but rather wanting to honor the past and pay homage to it in a contemporary design setting.

Our designers have achieved this flow between past, present and future in the Organik Series, allowing homeowners to do the same in their interior décor. Organik floors have integrity. Their natural look and feel convey a sense of origin, substance and history—a sense of the legacy of the forest.

– Open living –

As open kitchens become the norm and condo living and no-wall layouts enjoy increasing popularity, open living spaces are multiplying. Long gone are the days of formal living rooms and enclosed kitchens à la Mad Men.

The neutral chameleon tones of the Organik Series unlock a whole world of décor possibilities, particularly for the family-centric great room, where natural hardwood flooring unifies the kitchen, family and dining rooms into a single welcoming living space.

– All about size –

Bigger is better when it comes to wood planks. Wider and longer boards add visual interest to a room.

To unify open spaces with the authenticity of wood at its best, our Organik Series now features NextStep engineered boards up to 6 feet long and 5 3/16 wide. This new length makes any room in the house look bigger, and because fewer boards are needed to cover a given area, fewer joints are visible, for a spectacular, even look.

Whether used to unify a large space or give definition to more traditional room layouts, our beautiful Organik Series provides a sense of natural continuity and rootedness, creating a holistic center in the place you call “home.”

References

Photo 5: Sombra, Hard Maple, Organik Series

Photo 6: Rustica, Hard Maple, Organik Series


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