|Handscraped Hardwood Floor
Hand scraped hardwood floors are scraped to give it an old look at the surface. It is made either by hand, through skilled workers or through machines that produce dents, rolls and scrapes in the planks. It carries a vintage look that simulates a time worn wear. Scraping the wood this way it gives each piece a more unique look so every plank that you install has its own unique appearance similar to flooring found in old farmhouses, rustic estates and European castles. It is produced as both solid and engineered hardwood flooring and its popularity has grown over recent years since it provides a creative way to change the look of any home.
Hand scraped wood is available in solid wood styles or engineered wood varieties. The care and maintenance of Hand scraped hardwoods are dependent on the type of wood being used, so research should be done on the type of cleaner that is safe to use. Rejuvenate Home Surface Renewer System For Hardwood Floors is a safe option to use on all types of hardwood floors including hand scraped varieties.
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.