By Eugenia Honore. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 16:12:03 PM.
As mentioned earlier, installing hardwood floors is a significant investment which therefore requires proper maintenance to protect your investment and enjoy it for as long as possible. With that in mind, below are some helpful tips on hardwood flooring: Make sure you know your specific type of flooring and finish. You should also be sure to follow the specific manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and general maintenance. Do some research on how to care for your particular kind of finish. For example, paste wax should never be used on polyurethane finish. Sweeping hardwood floors with a soft broom on a regular basis naturally buffs the surface, therefore protecting it from scratches. Another obvious advantage of this is that it will keep the floor clean. Where possible, leave shoes at the door to avoid dragging extra dirt and grime onto the floor. If not, consider using rugs in high traffic areas such as hallways and entrances to keep feet clean. Remove any solid materials from the floor such as sand, grit and dirt among others. These materials are abrasive and can dull and even scratch the floor's finish. Use a dry towel to wipe spills and other messes from wood floors. Oils soaps should NEVER be used on hardwood floors. These oils will eventually build up and will dull the surface of the floor. In addition to this, it will make it difficult to refinish the floor whenever needed. Use a vacuum with a bare floor attachment. Such a vacuum easily removes dirt and dust without scratching or otherwise damaging the floor. Do not drag furniture across the floor when moving it. Instead, lift the furniture when moving it. Where dragging is inevitable, invest in a set of slip-mats. Where these are not available, lids from plastic food containers work just as well. Use only cleaners that have specifically been manufactured for use on hardwood floors. Do not substitute with linoleum, laminate or tile cleaners as these can cause the floor to become extra slippery. Use as little water as possible when cleaning wood floors. Wet spots should also be immediately wiped up after cleaning.
The key factor to saving the floors that have been flooded is to get them dry as fast as possible. As soon as possible after the flooding event, you MUST remove everything from your hardwood floors, not just carpet and rugs, but furniture as well. Get as many fans and blowers as you can find and point them downward so that they will dry out the hardwood. As soon as you see a dry spot, move the fan. Be sure to open the house up to the outside so that all this water vapor you are creating will be able to escape from inside the home. If your relative humidity is 50% or less, you can dry the floors out much faster by using fans to blow this hot, drier air into the house along with the floor blowers. (do not do this on high humidity days, it is not as effective). You will have to blow the floors until they are dry, which may take many hours, even days.
With endless design options and an ability to accommodate the daily demands of a variety of lifestyles, hardwood floors are an all-purpose floor covering choice. Your hardwood installation professional can bring you a versatile, low-maintenance floor and even perform repairs on aging or damaged floors! Whether you're renovating your business or building a new home, hardwood floor installation is a choice well worth considering. This timeless, classy interior decorating choice is not only beautiful, but it also brings you countless benefits that carpets and other flooring choices simply don't offer. Some of the reasons why home and business owners choose wood floors include:
The Cape Cod series is the front runner in this flooring line. The Cape Cod hardwood collection features 3/4” Thick solid Oaks & Brazilian cherry hardwood in widths of 3 ” & 2 ” for the Oaks & 3 1/4” & 5” for the Brazilian Cherry. The Select Grade hardwood is imperfection free with no signs of mineral streaks, knots or other bad features such as warping or poor milling. The Cape Cod Collection features an Aluminum Oxide finish that is free of pitting. The surface is so smooth on the Cape Cod that it puts many other high end brands finishes to shame. The Cape Cod Collection features a eased edge and square butt joint as many prefinished hardwood floors on the market today, carries an amazing 50 year warranty for finish and lifetime structural warranty. Cape Cod is produced from a renewable farm and is a green hardwood product that produces only a mere 3% waste factor and is constructed out of Appalachian Oak. This hardwood floor is capable of being sanded & refinished for a lifetime. One feature that stands the Cape Cod oaks apart from the rest of the Prefinished market is the fact that it is harvested & made in the USA. The Brazilian Cherry hardwood is harvested from a managed forest that is Lacey Act Compliant. The Brazilian Cherry of the Cape Cod collection is a TRUE clear grade hardwood floor and is guaranteed to have no Silica. The Cape Cod is just one of the 5 products in the Impressions Hardwood Flooring Line.
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