Hardwood Floors in Vintage and Historic Homes

Partially stripped hardwood floor

Many homes built in Portland, Oregon, in the early 1900’s to circa 1950’s, also known as charmer homes, often have Fir hardwood floors under the carpet. In the 1950’s when carpet became the new thing and popular in Portland, homeowners commonly covered them up or even painted them. If you have discovered hardwood under your carpet, there’s good news for you. Because Fir is a soft wood, after refinishing it, the story of its history will shine through. Even when the floors have been painted and become heavily worn through wear and tear over time, Calhoun and Son’s transforms old floors to give them renewed life. Often, in houses built in Circa 1960-1970, Red Oak was the preferred choice based on supply and value. Commonly, most of the homes with this flooring that we refinish and recoat are ...


Flooring Maintenance and Care

Top tips to keep your hardwood floors looking great Maintain, protect and improve the life and beauty of your hardwood floors Hardwood Floors, while resilient, require proper maintenance and cleaning. Protecting your floors means preventing dirt and grime from building up and protecting the floors from abuse and damage. Preventive measures include: Placing floor pads underneath furniture. Adding carpet backing underneath rugs. Taking off your shoes to prevent scuffs and scratches. Keeping plants in raised containers to prevent moisture from entering in the wood. Without taking these precautions, your floors may become damaged, requiring repair which can be costly and inconvenient. Over time, with age and use, you may notice the finish appears dull and drab. Your floors may be ready for a r ...