|White Oak Wood Floor
White Oak has a finer texture than Red Oak and is often said to be the most desirable oak in the family. This beige to tan colored tree is a native to the Eastern U.S. region and to Canada, and takes on many names including Arizona Oak and Encino. Because this wood is known for its good turning and steam bending qualities, it is often used in the creation of furniture, flooring boat building and cabinets. Why boat building, you might ask? Because White Oak is impervious to water! White Oakwood has also been noted as harder than its Red Oak species. It is also more stable and because of it being harder, it accepts stains more evenly than the Red Oak Wood.
As a result of these properties, White Oak has been used for hundreds of years in constructing wine barrels, truck beds and boats. It is shock resistant to nails and screwing and another understated property of this hardwood is that it contains tannic acid that protects it from insects and fungi.
How is your hardwood floor supposed to look?
Appearance: White Oak has a beige to tan color.
Grain: White Oak has a long, straight grain.
Properties: White oak makes the appearance of a room, clean and simple.
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.