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Deck the Halls

Posted on Fri, Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words and so here are several thousand for you for the holidays. Merry Christmas and enjoy the hallways.







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Does that coffee pot work?

Posted on Sat, Dec 17, 2016 @ 07:12 AM

There are a lot of stories about my Dad. We’ve published a few in this blog and when one of our new sales people mentioned to me that her Mom told a story about my Dad getting himself a cup of coffee at her house, I knew we had another.


We’re going to be on break soon.

Spending a day or two in someone’s home creates a certain amount of familiarity. Our crew is in and out all day and there is really no way to avoid us if you are also in the house. So, back when Dad would work onsite, he would ask “Does that coffee pot work? We are going to be taking a break in 10 minutes and sure could use a cup”.

And when the coffee was ready, Dad would grab himself a cup of coffee, sit down at the table and just talk. He wouldn’t always talk about the floor, he would chat about life, the community and pretty much whatever was on his mind.

It’s part of who we are.

For a while I was embarrassed whenever he did it. Over time though I noticed something – no one ever minded making coffee. It took me a while but eventually I realized this was all part of doing business with Ralph’s. People enjoyed my Dad’s company and his willingness to just sit and chat was all part of why they chose us for their floors. Buyers have a choice and they chose someone they genuinely liked.

Somethings just don’t change.

Today I believe people choose us for the same reasons. We provide amazing service and expert capabilities but people also just like us. Our crews are friendly and while we don’t ask for coffee so much (that was really Dad’s thing) we pride ourselves in being the kind of guys you feel good about having do work in your home.

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Real Christmas Trees, Your Hardwood Floor…and some bad song puns.

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 18:12 PM

I love the smells of Christmas. Gingerbread, eggnog and even the smell of snow, but one of my favorite smells is a real live Christmas tree. This may seem strange for a hardwood floor guy like me since real trees have been known to wreak havoc with scratches, sap stains and water damage.


It doesn’t have to be that way though, as long as you take some precautions to protect your hardwood floors from Yuletide damage. Here are some ideas:

Fa-la-la-ling Needles

You have to consider your hardwood floors not only when your tree is sitting in your living room, looking pretty but also when bringing it inside. Thoroughly sweep or vacuum the area of the floor where the tree will go. This will make sure there isn’t any debris trapped under the tree stand will scratch the floor.

As well before bringing the tree into your home, shake it and bang the trunk on the ground outside to knock off any loose needles. You can also put the tree in a large garbage bag, covering as many of the branches as possible to keep some needles from falling off and getting tracked across your floor while you carry the tree through your house.

Falling needles will not damage your floors, but if you or someone else steps on them and begins to drag them around, then there’s always a possibility of scratches.

O Christmas Tree Stand

No one wants their tree to fall over but the heavier and more sturdy the tree stand, the more likely it is to scratch up your floor. A tree stand mat, one purchased from a store or a folded towel or blanket, creates a soft base for the stand.

Just remember - if you use a towel or a bed sheet for this job, remember to check it frequently for dampness as these will hold any spilled water and damage your floor’s finish.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Skirt

A tree skirt is your hardwood floor’s best friend at Christmas. Just like with your tree stand you can buy, make one or even use a tablecloth or plastic sheet. No matter what it is, a tree skirt under your tree will help catch falling needles and prevent water or tree sap from seeping onto your floor.

Holly Jolly Tidy

Once your tree is up, remember to frequently sweep or vacuum the area around the tree to get rid of any loose needles. Also keeping the tree watered to prevent excessive needle loss but take care not to overfill and cause water damage.

If you follow these few precautions, the chances of your hardwood floor surviving the holiday season with your real tree are high. We personally wish all of our readers and subscribers a wonderful Holiday season! Happy Holidays from the team at Ralphs!

Photo courtesy of Vasile Cotovanu

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