Hardwood Flooring. Wednesday , February 14th , 2018 - 21:37:52 PM
Hardwood floors, un-finished, finished or engineered, require daily cleaning with a periodic annual maintenance program to retain the luster, deep rich tones and the overall beauty of any wood floor. Contrary to popular belief, these floors do require occasional waxing, depending on traffic flow across the floor, with specialized cleaners designed to seal and protect the floor from scratches and abuse. In the past, presumptions have indicated that all the maintenance that is required for a wood floor is light sweeping and mopping. Although, there is some truth to this theory, depending on the selection of flooring material, failure to provide adequate protection to any floor will result in deterioration and damage of the flooring surface at an accelerated rate with possible replacement in as little as five years.
To date, there are two basic types of hardwood flooring, solid wood and engineered wood. With many variations of engineered wood floors available, choosing the correct wood floor can be at best, confusing and frustrating. Whereas the terminology associated with "hardwood", often results in purchasing a floor that does not fit allotted budget guidelines or installation limitations to which the floor is intended, not all hardwood floors are in-fact; "natural hardwood". Purchasing and installation of a wood floor not designed for a specific purpose will often lead to replacement and loss of expenditures of funds previously applied.
These are simple helpful tips on hardwood flooring maintenance. Although these are do-it-yourself (DIY) options, it is important to pay close attention as if done incorrectly they can damage your floors. Do not attempt any renovation work on your flooring if you don't have the necessary expertise and experience. Where you are in doubt, it is best to contact your manufacturer or seller and they will be able to give you the directions you need. The great thing about hardwood floors is that they are a solid investment and will pay dividends in the long run with only the minimum care and maintenance needed.
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