|Floating Wood Floors
Floating wood floors are floors that do not require staples, glues or nails during installation. As its name suggests, it is simple suspended over an existing sub floor. It can be installed over any floor type such as ceramics and other tiles. Floating wood floors are not actually secured but rather the edge of the planks is connected securely together. This is an ideal choice for homeowners who do not want an installation method requiring glue, nails or staples and who prefer speedy installation methods.
It is a form of engineered hardwood with real wood on the top layer and composites underneath. This makes it a durable hardwood that can resist moisture and cold. It can be used in all areas of the home including the kitchen and bathroom. It has a very long life expectancy so regular cleaning is required for simple upkeep. For older floors that are showing their age and wear, Rejuvenate Floor Restorer & Protectant is a polymer-based floor finish that works great on floating hardwood floors. In addition to filling in scratches, it brings back long-lost shine and seals and protects against damage such as stains and UV rays that cause fading. It also increases traction by up to 50 percent and provides enhanced safety for people and pets alike. Every 32-ounce bottle is enough for up to 650 square feet.
General Guidelines to Keep Your Hardwood Flooring in Great Shape
These simple steps can prolong the life and beauty of your hardwood floor regardless of the specific type of wood you may have.
- Close curtains and blinds- UV rays from sunlight can fade colors and cause discoloration.
- Use protectors under furniture bases that can scratch or mar the surface.
- Clean, wipe or blot spills immediately to help prevent stains.
- Place doormats at every door- this helps to trap dirt at the doorway instead of transferring it to the floor. (The Floor mats featured at ForLifeProducts.com are perfect for this!)
- Take care when moving heavy objects like furniture and equipment- utilize furniture coasters to transport heavy objects across floors.
- Dust and vacuum floors regularly to maximize beauty and decrease buildup.
- Exercise caution when using bleaches, mildew removers, oven cleaners, drain openers and plant food as these contain strong chemicals that can damage or discolor floors.
- Always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines on products and use only those that are safe for your hardwood floor type.
- Rearrange area rugs occasionally as they block sunlight causing a discolored area to develop under the rug.
- Avoid exposure to water.
- Maintain normal humidity of 40-60% throughout all seasons of the year to reduce the natural expansion and contraction process typically found in hardwoods. Humidity levels can be maintained with air conditioners, humidifiers, de-humidifiers or with a heating system.
- Keep pets nails trimmed and filed and take care with stiletto style heels to minimize scratches.
- Never clean hardwood floors with steel wools or scouring powders as these can cause damage.