- First, sweep and vacuum your hardwood flooring regularly and often. And in high traffic areas, use area rugs, and at doorways use walk-off mats, as small particles of debris and dirt can be ground into the wood in areas where there is a lot of unprotected coming and going.
- When you are performing routine cleaning, all you need, believe it or not, is a damp mop, from which all the excess water has been squeezed out.
- From time to time, you may need to perform a little heavier cleaning, in which case you would use a cleaner that is suitable for the type of coating or finish you have on your floors, and mist it onto a sponge or sponge mop. You can purchase hardwood floor cleaner at most of your local hardware stores.
- And because there’s nothing like preventative maintenance, don’t rely upon the wisdom and carefulness of everyone who enters to protect your floor the way you would. Install felt floor protectors under all furniture and appliances that are not already on top of area rugs. This will go a long way in the prevention of scratches and dents.
- If you have rolling furniture, there are soft rubber casters you can purchase to go on the legs/feet, as the typical casters used on rubber furniture will not prevent scratches and divots from occurring.
- If you are leaning toward the move to wood flooring for your home or business, you should consider installing a beautifully classic wide plank floor for unparalleled beauty, durability and versatility. Wide plank flooring has been in use for hundreds of years, with the earliest settlers first using the plentiful pines of the Northeast to create solid, durable floors that only improved over time, with use and age. Even today, many of the colonial homes that are still in existence throughout the region still have their original wide plank flooring.
There are different types of wood and different finishes to give you the floor of your dreams, regardless of whether you want to recreate the classic ambiance and craftsmanship of the colonial days, or your taste leads you to create a more modern, fashion-forward style. There is wide plank flooring that will complement any decor and lifestyle. You can choose between different grades for the exact look you hope to achieve, from a clear, streamlined knot-free appearance to the more natural grades that provide a more time-honored knotty look that has a little more character and depth of old world design.
Traditional Flooring Ambiance
Pines, Cherry, Walnut and oaks are the best for achieving your more traditional looks like Georgian, colonial or country styled homes. They tend to be more rustic and natural looking, with a more knotty appearance, and they feature warmer tones with grains that are more pronounced.
Contemporary and Fashionable Flooring
Maples, Hickory and Birch are all proven woods to help create a modern, transitional or contemporary look. They tend to reveal less of the grains, which appear tighter, and these woods generally look lighter in color and hue. They work well to achieve a cleaner line to augment that of contemporary lines in the home.
There are a variety of treatments and installations that will further create the exact look you hope to achieve, and once you transition to wide plank flooring, you’ll be glad you ditched the carpet, for a fresh, clean new beginning of living well.