Choosing the Right Type of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are known for their beautiful sheen, long life, and ease of cleaning. While they do not offer the cushioning of carpet, they are much more suitable for small children and pets, where cleanliness and stain resistance tends to be of the utmost importance. There are many kinds of hardwood flooring to choose from, and each one has its unique advantages and disadvantages.

Types of Hardwood Flooring
While many types of wood are used in hardwood floors, the primary difference is between engineered wood and solid wood. Solid wood is made by cutting and trimming the wood, then treating it with chemicals to prevent rot and reduce wear. Engineered wood, meanwhile, is made by cutting the wood into slats and then gluing them together to form the correct shape. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, making each one a superior choice for specific situations.

Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is seen as more traditional, and indeed it is preferred for older houses, especially those where the flooring is not made of concrete and the floor will need to fit and possibly help support and flex with the floor. Because the flooring is cut from solid pieces of wood, a form of warping known as “cupping” can be a problem, although this is mitigated by modern advances in design and various grooves, strips, and depressions that allow the wood to flex and bend without breaking or creating gaps. Additionally, solid wood flooring is simpler, which makes it both cheaper to purchase and easier to repair. This makes it a superior option for restoring older homes or when installing flooring on a budget, as it offers a lower cost option that is more “at home” with the sort of floors found in older homes.

Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is made by gluing multiple slats of wood together to form a finished piece. Each layer has a grain running 90 degrees to the one above it, which produces a final wood product that does not warp. It is also much more rigid, enabling it both to support more weight and to handle a tighter fit. This makes it the only option when dealing with concrete or other very firm floors since traditional solid wood would need to “breathe” to prevent moisture accumulation. This stability has made engineered wood much more popular than traditional solid wood, although it is somewhat more expensive. It is also seen as less environmentally friendly, as more chemicals are required to produce engineered wood. Still, the fact that it does not warp and that it fits tighter while wearing less has made it the more widely used option in modern homes, and improvements in engineering have made it look every bit as good as traditional solid wood. There are more online resources available at Fuse Flooring.

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Maintaining Wood Flooring

The cleaning of wood flooring is relatively easy, and regular maintenance involves using a dry microfiber mop to dust or a soft bristle broom to sweep. Remove dust from between the boards using a vacuum cleaner after turning off the beater bar if your wood floor features beveled edges. Use a professional wood cleaning product, preferably one recommended by a wood flooring expert, to periodically clean your wood floor.

Wood floor maintenance schedule
The following is the recommended maintenance schedule for hardwood flooring nyc
• Sweep or dust mop on a daily basis
• Use the bare floor setting to vacuum clean on a weekly basis
• Clean on a monthly basis using a recommended wood flooring cleaner
• Apply a maintenance coat every 3-5 years
• Sand and refinish your wood flooring every decade

Adherence to the guidelines mentioned above helps to ensure your wood flooring looks and performs well for a long time. However, individual maintenance schedules vary depending on lifestyle, usage, wear, and tear.

Additional tips for the maintenance of wood floors
There are also several alternate steps that can help when it comes to the preservation of your wood floor’s beauty of including but not limited to:
• Refrain from using either tile or vinyl cleaning products on your wood floors regardless of the reason. Self-polishing acrylic waxes usually cause a slippery effect on wood and also result in the development of a dull appearance quickly.
• Place throw rugs at every doorway in your home to help in the prevention of scratches caused by debris, usually tracked in under shoe soles.
• Refrain from either wet-mopping or steam mopping your wood floor because both water and steam often result in the dulling of wood finishes and rotting of wood over time.
• Use a slightly damp clean cloth, preferably cotton, to wipe up spills immediately they occur.
• Make sure you do not over-wax your wood floor. You should, however, try buffing if you wax floor dulls. Although you should apply wax under your furniture and in light traffic areas every other waxing session, ensure wax does not build up in these particular areas.
• When it comes to preventing the scuffing and scratching caused by furniture, placing stick-on protectors under your furniture’s legs makes for the suitable and effective option. You should, however, replace the stick-on protectors often seeing as dirt and debris usually become embedded in the pad, eliminating the usefulness of the shield since it then acts in the same manner as sandpaper on the flooring surface.
• Avoid walking on your wood flooring while wearing either high heel shoes in disrepair or sports cleats. A woman weighing about 125 pounds wearing high heels that have an exposed heel nail exerts approximately 8,000 pounds per square inch when walking, which is enough to dent any flooring surface.
• Avoid sliding the heavy furniture on the surface of your wood floor when moving them. Picking up the furniture when moving it is the best way to prevent scratches.
• Use a humidifier during winter to minimize the development of gaps.

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