March 7, 2021

Your Guide to Choosing Wood Flooring

Creating a classic look in your home is easily achieved with wood flooring. Because wood is an earth-friendly product, new wood flooring can be purchased from sustainable forests, without harming nature. Most wood flooring products can be installed by hand, saving you time and money.

Types of wood flooring:

  • Engineered Wood Flooring: This engineered wood has been designed to replicate the look and feel of real wood. Engineered flooring products are another option for those who want to install wood flooring themselves.
  • Solid Pine Wood Flooring: This wood is heavier and harder than other woods. It will generally cost more than other types of wood flooring.
  • Soft Maple Wood Flooring: This wood is lighter than maple, but it is more prone to rotting and is subject to bleaching from sunlight.
  • Hard Maple Wood Flooring: Similar to hard and soft pine wood flooring, this wood flooring is lighter and more resistant to rotting.

Caring for wood flooring:

  • Never apply stains, sealants or other treatments to wood flooring. The beauty of wood flooring will be lost when it is exposed to chemicals. Wood flooring can also be dusted daily with normal dusting or vacuumed with a HEPAtech-6 vacuum cleaner.
  • Wood flooring can be power-washed, but the nails may leave unsightly marks if not removed immediately. It is advisable to begin with a light-meter or tack towel to gently lift the appearance. To maintain the classic look of wood flooring, wax flooring frequently. A professional wood flooring restoration expert can help you restore the look and feel of your wood flooring.
  • Wood flooring needs to be shampooed periodically with specially formulated wood flooring shampoo. Remember that wood flooring is more sensitive to cleaning products than most other flooring materials.
  • Porous wood flooring will be tugged out to remove raised products and the brushing of the boards will expose the natural lignin to the eye.
  • Wood floors should always be kept in dry conditions to fight shrinking and swelling.

General cleaning:

  • Start with a cleansing agent spread all over the floor and apply to the boards well, then begin to sweep the floor carefully. If sandpaper is being used, use very light powders as dusting may cause damage.
  • Emulsification in the cleansing solvent usually removes all grease and oil, and the waxing process removes any and all product luster.
  • For existing stains, use a low-odor clear wood floor cleaner and then dry using a fan to avoid repeated dusting. Follow with a heavy-duty hair dryer, on the low setting, to dry the floor. It may take up to an hour to dry for best results. Be sure the floor has dried completely before walking on it.
  • If there are any loose scratches, dents or nail holes, these can usually be filled in with mineral spirit. Always test before finishing. If the finish does not turn well, may need to work on a different area.