Many homeowners desire the beauty and warmth of wood flooring. There are many opinions you can hear about which type of wooden floor is the best. It is best to remember that most types of indoor flooring have the pros and their cons. Regardless of whether you choose carpeting, tile, stone, engineered flooring (also called laminated wood-flooring) or authentic timber or hardwood flooring there are reasons why people choose each type.
This article seeks to explain the best way to maintain the look and quality of timber flooring. Use of the term timber separates this type of flooring from engineered, laminated flooring. This is because laminated flooring may only contain a minimal percentage of real wood on the top layers of the lamination. Some laminated flooring has no wood at all. There are even some types of laminated flooring where the wood look is UV painted onto a non-wood material.
Discriminating homeowners choose real hardwood timber floors for very good reasons. Timber floors have the classic beauty and durability that only comes from a real hardwood flooring. When properly cared for, timber floors last for decades, or even longer.
Improper care of any type of wooden floor, can cause the floor to warp, be scratched and dull looking. Dirt particles cause scratching, just like sandpaper, so improperly maintained floors can have the finish damaged.
Here are some tips on the right way to maintain the classic look and quality of your solid wood flooring.
Method of Cleaning
Water and dirt are the enemies of your solid wood floor. A major part of the care of your timber floors is keeping them protected from those two hazards. The better the job you do in maintaining your timber flooring, the longer it will last. The best way to remove dirt, grit and grime that can damage your wood floor is to vacuum the floor often. The vacuum head that makes contact with the floor cannot have a beater of any type. Some vacuum heads allow the beater to turn off, which is acceptable.
Oil soaps are not good for hardwood timber floors. This is because the oil in these compounds allows a build up and residue that causes problems if you ever decide to refinish your floor in the distant future. Oil soaps also cause a timber floor to lose luster and look dull or flat in appearance. Any cleaner used on a timber floor should be one especially marked as safe for hardwood floors. The directions for the product should be used as per directions given by your flooring company, or contractor, when your timber floors were installed.
Any accidental spilling of water should be cleaned up immediately, especially with parquet flooring. This type of flooring uses solid wood blocks arranged in patterns that are glued together. Spilt water can damage parquet flooring more easily than any other type of timber floors.
Fading of Timber Floors
Over exposure to sunlight can cause any type of flooring to fade. The best thing to do is to be aware of the problem and limit the amount of direct sunlight striking any surface inside your home. This can be done with blinds or shaded film on window surfaces. It also helps to rearrange rugs and furniture occasionally.
Protection from Scratching
Any type of flooring can become scratched or worn. The best protection from such hazards is to use rugs in high traffic areas. Your flooring company can also recommend floor protectors for appliances. Certain types of spiked heel shoe wear should also be restricted from contact with your floors. If you have pet dogs, simply keep their toenails properly trimmed and you will have no problem with scratching from your pet.
Eventually you may want to have your floors refinished. Proper maintenance will allow that work to be delayed for many years. A professional flooring contractor can do the best job of refinishing your floors.