Author Archives: Igor Murokh

Chicago Winters and Your Wood Floor

From Naperville to the North Shore, this Chicago winter is going to be a doozy! While we all wait for Spring, your floor may have suffered the consequences of the coldest winter in recent memory. First, you already know that salt, dust and debris are the enemy of your beautiful hardwood floor. Wipe up salt […]

Lumber Liquidators 60 Minutes Story: The Price Versus Quality Equation in Flooring

The Price Versus Quality Equation in Wood Flooring There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing one of our potential Chicago clients tell us that they have a quotation for wood or laminate flooring that is half of our price. We’ll do our best to educate a prospect on the difference in quality, but if what they care […]

From the Forest through the Factory to Your Floor

One of the truisms about the flooring industry is that most flooring contractors purchase the flooring that will go in your home through a distributor or local retailer. Especially for smaller contractors, this makes economic sense because they don’t have the physical facilities or financial foundation to purchase directly from the manufacturer or properly maintain […]

Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago Grand Staircase

University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall

Designed in 1916 by the firm Shepley, Rutan & Collidge, the Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago began life as a women’s gymnasium and social center. Lovingly maintained for nearly 100 years, the magnificent interior of the building features decorative oak wainscoting, a molded plaster ceiling with medallions and marvelous oak flooring.  Today […]

Chicago Lakefront Remodeling Project

Dark Oak Flooring

One of the truths about Mr. Floor is that our business is fueled by the satisfaction of and referrals from happy Chicago clients.  A referral is exactly how we met Sandy Kurtz, a wonderful woman who was looking to downsize in space from her city home while upgrading to a downtown life in style and functionality. Ms. Kurtz purchased […]

Steam Cleaners for Your Wood Floor?

You’ve seen them on Sunday morning television. They’re the miracle shark-like steam cleaning mops that clean, sanitize and even disinfect! What could be better than a wood floor so clean you could eat off of it? Here’s what’s better . . . a floor that still looks like new. A floor that hasn’t had steam […]

Cleaning and Maintaining Marble Countertops

Cleaning and Maintaining Marble, Limestone and other Calcareous Stone Countertops There are two broad categories of stones used in countertops. The first is siliceous. Siliceous stone is made largely of silica a quartz-like mineral. Examples of Siliceous stone include granite, bluestone, slate, sandstone and quartzile, which has become very popular recently. The second category of […]

Wood Floor Seasoning

Wood Seasoning: The Secret to a Great Wood Floor What’s most interesting is someone can purchase a truck, buy tools, print up some business cards, and consider himself a flooring professional. Generally if you were to ask that person to show you his Moisture Meter or his Thermo-Hygrometer the answer would be “What’s that?” It […]