How Do I Care for Hardwood?
Q: How do I care for my new hardwood floor?
A: Caring for your hardwood floor is easy. Frequent sweeping or vacuuming (with soft attachments) to remove loose dirt and soil is generally all that is required.
Q: What can I do to minimize scratches on my new hardwood floor?
A: The finish on hardwood floors provides greater resistance to everyday household scratches. Remember to use floor protectors under the feet of your furniture. If you have casters on furniture, make sure they are barrel-type wheels. When moving furniture use extra caution. Never drag furniture to a new location, always lift. Also be aware that certain shoe types like stiletto heels can damage hardwood because of the pressure exerted through them. And finally, if you have pets, remember to keep their nails trimmed.
Q: What changes will I see over the years in my hardwood floor?
A: Wood is a natural product and will react to changes in its environment. The cure is to minimize humidity changes. Hardwood flooring will expand and contract during seasonal temperature changes. All hardwood flooring products may experience slight separation between boards. In an effort to lend stability to your floor, a constant humidity and controlled temperature range is required. Direct sunlight can affect color so it’s a good idea to move furniture and area rugs periodically to allow for even color change. Natural exposure to sunlight will bring about changes in shading of any hardwood floor as it ages. Some exotic species will darken while others tend to lighten over time when exposed to natural and artificial light sources. Remember, hardwood is a natural product and develops a warm, beautiful aged look over the years if given the proper care.
Q: Since hardwood is a natural product, what are some characteristics I should be aware of?
A: Hardwood may have naturally occurring blemishes such as mineral streaks, small knots or grain variations. No two pieces of wood are the same and color variations may also occur.
Hardwood Care and Maintenance
One of the best investments you can make in your home is to install hardwood flooring. Doylestown, PA is home to Barb-Lin Carpet One Floor & Home. We want you to enjoy beautiful floors for years to come. As with any flooring, real wood will eventually show signs of wear, depending on your family’s size and lifestyle. By observing these precautions and using the manufacturer-recommended cleaning and maintenance program, you can expect years of beauty from your wood floor.
Water can dull the finish and permanently damage the floor. Never steam clean your hardwood floor or mop it with water. Don’t use any wax or cleaner that must be mixed with water, including oil, soap, or paste wax products. Avoid household cleaners containing lemon oil, tuning oil, or ammonia, as these products may damage your floor, resulting in the loss of your warranty.
To help eliminate fine particles of dirt and grit that can act like sandpaper on your floor, vacuum or sweep daily. Make sure the vacuum has a felt or brush head; do not use a vacuum with a beater bar unless it can be disabled. Ensure the vacuum's wheels are clean, so they don’t damage the finish. Promptly clean spills using a soft cloth and Resista Floor Cleaner, or another manufacturer-recommended cleaning product. Be sure to keep your pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean of dirt, gravel, grease, and oil. Reduce scratches and dents by placing protective pads under furniture legs, and use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy furniture or appliances. Some items may be too heavy to move across a hardwood floor under any circumstances.
In dry environments, a humidifier is suggested to prevent wood floors from excessively shrinking due to low humidity. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions. In damp environments, proper humidity levels can be maintained using an air conditioner or dehumidifier, or by periodically running your heating system during periods of high humidity in the summer. Relative humidity must be maintained within a normal range – wood flooring performs best in interior environments with relative humidity ranging from 30 to 50 percent and the temperature from 60 to 80 degrees. Exposure to sun and UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood and fabrics. This causes the stain and/or wood to fade and/or change color. To counteract this damage, periodically rearrange area rugs and furniture so the floor ages evenly.
With these tips in mind, you can maintain the polished look of your hardwood flooring. Doylestown, PA homeowners should also visit the showroom at Barb-Lin Carpet One Floor & Home to learn more about maintaining or upgrading their flooring.
The color of hardwood flooring can be the result of the natural tones of the wood or the addition of stain color in the manufacturing process. Wood in its natural state can range from very light (maple) to red (Brazilian Cherry). Many woods are offered in their natural finish which usually consists of a clear sealer and topcoat that provides a wear layer while allowing the natural beauty of the wood to come through. Many species of wood offer shading variations from board to board because of the natural color difference in the wood. Tiger wood, hickory and some maple fit into this category. Oak is the most popular species available due to the fact that it is very durable and takes stain well. A variety of stain colors are available from golden browns and reddish hues to dark chocolate browns. As a consumer, you must be prepared for the color to change over the life of the floor. Sometimes dramatically. This is a natural process that occurs from exposure to ultraviolet light. Tiger wood and Brazilian Cherry will become darker and more red with age.
Along with color, the width of the boards is also a choice to be made. If you are looking for a sleek modern linear design, choose narrower "strip" flooring in 2 1/4" or 3 1/4" widths. Wider 4" and 5" planks are now available and are becoming increasingly popular. For a creative and upscale look, mix widths.3"-4"-5" is the most popular mix in the market today. You can also use differing widths and species to feature a border in a room. You are only limited by your imagination.
Whether you are in the market for hardwood with a traditional smooth look, beautiful grain patterns or more rustic hand scraped features, Barb-Lin Carpet One Floor & Home in Doylestown offers the best options available in the market today.