In the kitchen, wood floors
can help achieve a dramatic effect. For example, a dark-stained
wood that matches the center island can offset the cabinetry
made of a different species, creating the perfect balance
of a natural setting with noticeable accents.
When choosing a wood floor, many homeowners
consider the various types of American hardwoods – maple,
pecan/hickory, oak and cherry, just to name a few. Flooring
can come prefinished or be finished o-site; however,
flooring that is factory finished is usually easier on
the budget, as installation is less labor-intensive.
After choosing the wood species comes determining the
stain and finish. Depending on the effect desired, homeowners
can choose a clear, light, medium or dark stain. The
majority of today's residential hardwood floors have
a urethane finish, which protects the flooring from moisture,
dirt, and wear and tear, and has made the job of maintaining
the floor a much easier task.
Here are a few
tips we offer our customers on how to maintain your
new hardwood floor.
- Don't Damp Mop - Water and wood
floors don't mix! Use only the manufacturer's recommended
cleaning products on your hardwood floor.
- New Construction - Many times the
hardwood floors are installed prior to a new home being
completed. If possible, lay heavy cardboard sheets
or heavy paper down over your floors while workers
are still in the house.
- Vacuum Regularly - Small stones,
mud, and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play
havoc on the wood floors finish. To help combat this
use long bristle welcome mats placed at all outside
entrances for people to wipe their feet on before entering
onto the floors. Also, vacuum using a soft bristle
- Use the Proper Chair Glides - Narrow
wheels and sharp wooden, or metal furniture legs can
scratch and dent hardwood flooring, which can quickly
turn a newly refinished floor into an old worn floor.
Any furniture that rests directly on top of a hardwood
floor should have felt protectors, or furniture coasters
under all it's feet. For extremely heavy objects
such as a piano, use rubber cups. We carry several
types of floor protectors to help you protect your
hardwood floor from becoming damaged by sliding furniture.
- Don't Use Oil Soaps - There are
many over the counter oil soap based that can damage
or dull the finish of your hardwood floor. The best
suggestion is to only use the manufacturer's recommended
cleaning products on your hardwood flooring.
- Never Wax a Urethane Floor - If
you have a polyurethane finish on your hardwood floors
you should never apply a wax. The wax may leave a sticky
film on your floor which will attract and hold dirt.
Always use the manufacturer's recommended polishes
- Wipe Spills Immediately -
when accidents happen and some liquid gets spilled
on your hardwood floor you should use a slightly damp
white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up
and dry the effected area. For more difficult spots,
follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures.