By Riva Hernandez. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 19:53:23 PM.
Many homeowners today still prefer the use of hardwood flooring because it only takes minimal effort to care for them and to maintain the cleanliness. If you compare hardwood from that of the engineered wood, hard wood is still preferred because they can be refinished many times. In the long run, the value of hardwood can also increase. In order to maintain the life and beauty of hardwood, an ongoing care should be maintained. In our effort to maintain the house floor that is made of hardwood, homeowners must be cleaned, repaired, refinished and protected all the time. Since more and more households are having interests in having hardwood floorings, the Internet can provide you with so many ideas on how to find the right company that is experienced and have an efficient craftsmanship when it comes to this. For example, if you are a home owner and you are in the state of Idaho, you can try to search keywords like Sun Valley Hardwood Flooring, Ketchum Hardwood Flooring, Twin Falls Hardwood Flooring, Elko Hardwood Flooring, and Twin Falls Flooring. To make your search more detailed, you can specify places.
What is the moisture content of the flooring? Moisture content is a very important factor when installing hardwood flooring. You need the flooring to be at a proper moisture level for your home/interior climate which is typically between 6-9% moisture content. Installing hardwood flooring with a moisture content that is too high will cause spaces in the floor when the flooring dries out, and installing a hardwood floor that is too dry will result in cupping when the flooring picks up moisture. If the retailer selling you flooring does not have a moisture meter and can check the moisture for you then I would suggest you run. The majority of people selling hardwood flooring know very little about wood and moisture, if they don't even have a moisture meter, that is a sign that they are not professional and know nothing or very little about hardwood flooring and shouldn't be selling it.
Knowing how to clean hardwood floors is important because the bane of hardwood is dirt and grit, which will scratch and mark the floor if not removed promptly. As well, dust is seen more easily on wood floors than it is on linoleum or on carpet, especially in the sunlight and especially if the floor has a dark stain. Hardwood floor care, therefore, means sweeping and dusting regularly – once a week, at least, and after any event that leaves dirt and grit behind. Regular household dusting and cleaning products will cause damage, however, and you must use only products specifically designed for hardwood. Vacuuming is preferable to sweeping because it allows the dirt and dust to be pulled from between the boards, but use a vacuum with a bare floor attachment, not a beater bar, which can damage the wood.
Some owners (who apparently have an abundance of time on their hands) opt for dog booties when their dog is indoors. This sounds like one of the more tedious methods of dealing with dogs tearing into hardwood flooring. Another solution is dog nail covers. These are plastic caps that you can buy for your dog's nails that stay in place with an included adhesive. They can be purchased in a clear color or in other colors, and they stay in place for about 8 weeks. One of the issues that dog owners have cited with these is that sometimes the nail grows within the cap and the cap needs to be cut off. Dog nails aren't dead and nerve-free like human nails are. They have a vein of blood running through them, and if the nail gets too truncated, there could be pain for the dog.
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