|Jarrah Wood Floor
This Australian born wood-also called Eucalyptus- is great for flooring, desks and accent pieces. Its rich dark brownish-red markings give it a timeless look. This wood is excellent for outdoor flooring because it is highly resistant to insects. This straight grained wood polishes well and is highly durable, strong and heavy. In fact, it is one of the most durable woods in the world. It is a construction standout for several reasons; one being that Jarrah wood will not burn unless exposed to a constant flame. It is also highly resistant to dry rot, splintering and wetness.
Jarrah wood is used in a variety of ways. Craftsmen use this wood type for cabinets, wall panels, furniture, docks, bridges, decking and flooring. On the other hand, because of its dense hardness, it may become hard to use. Remember to not place any furniture near vegetation that may drop leaves, berries or sap. This may stain the surface of the Jarrah Wood. This Australian dark red and sometime pink looking hardwood can darken with exposure to sunlight.
How is your hardwood floor supposed to look?
Appearance: Jarrah Wood may appear in red, orange and brown.
Grain: Wavy and frequently interlocked.
Properties: Resistant to water, fungi and termites.
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.