|Solid Hardwood Floor
Solid Hardwood flooring has only one layer of wood from top to bottom and comes unfinished or pre-finished, and is generally about ½ to ¾ of an inch thick. It is slightly more expensive than engineered wood flooring but is also more durable. It is installed in homes by stapling and nailing and installation of solid wood floors can only be done above grade and on wood sub-flooring only. It is also recommendable to not use solid wood flooring in high moisture rooms like the kitchen bath and basement, as too much moisture will damage solid wood floors.
Solid hardwood floors are good for your health since they do not attract dust and they also increase property value. This gives homeowners plenty of reasons to care for their solid hardwood floors. Maintenance and care are fairly simple. Routine sweeping and vacuuming will do the trick and precautions include following the manufacturers guide on what approved cleaners can be used.
For older floors that are showing their age and wear, Rejuvenate Floor Restorer & Protectant is a polymer-based floor finish that works on solid 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.