|Yellow Birch Wood Floor
Yellow Birch is the official tree of Quebec, Canada and is considered a domestic hardwood. The wood carries a wide range of colors, which makes the wood unique. The heartwood ranges in color from light to dark golden-brown and light reddish-brown. Yellow Birch is a closed grain wood with an even texture. Yellow birch’s main appeal is that it holds glue, plus takes stains and polishes extremely well. A soft wood that is lighter then most hardwoods, this wood can sometimes be mistaken for maple.
It’s among the most featureless of all North American hardwoods. Yellow Birch has a small degree of luster, making it seem almost dull in appearance. In addition to wood flooring, Yellow Birch is commonly used in furniture, veneers, interior finishing, windowsills, cutting surfaces, drumsticks, violin bows, and wooden novelties. It is readily available, and is priced moderately for just about any American home.
Appearance: has a light yellow or pale appearance.
Characteristics: strong and durable.
Janka Hardness: 1260
- Yellow Birch is the official tree of Quebec, Canada.
- It is often mistaken for maple.
- See its ranking on the Janka Scale.
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.