Wednesday, 11 April 2018

How to Care for Hardwood Flooring?

Maintaining your hardwood Flooring

Can you just have hardwood floors installed and are currently wondering how the best way to care and preserve them? Or did you move into a home that has hardwood throughout and you also would like to keep them looking new for years to come?

In this post, we'll discuss some preventative strategies for maintaining your hardwood flooring, minimize scratching, and wear of the finish. Hardwood floors are timeless rather than going out of style anytime soon. One of the incredible advantages of hardwood floors is that it lasts a lifetime and then some. We have refinished floors which were over a century old- but not necessarily in the best state- but certainly nothing a good sanding and refinishing couldn't fix. Once sanded, the floors were restored and beautiful.

Hardwood isn't as fragile to maintain as many claim it to be. The most crucial thing in maintaining
hardwood floors is the indoor home environment. Keeping your home surroundings consistent is a vital factor in keeping your hardwood flooring. Wood is hydroscopic. It requires humidity or lack of it to contract and expand. Wood floors expand and contract naturally particularly during warm and humid months and cold and dry winter season. However, too much drastic shift in humidity and temperature may have adverse affects on your flooring. While its ordinary for wood to move(i.e. extend and contract), as it happens under drastic circumstances, such as too much moisture in the atmosphere, your flooring can buckle. Or if it's too cold and dry, your floors will contract leaving openings and spacing at the seams. Your floors will typically remedy themselves once the environment changes, but prolonged exposure to such events can finally ruin the timber.

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