Wood Floor Finishing
The success of a home refurbishment project that involves fitting wood flooring depends heavily on a few aspects. The first is your choice of wood, the second is the workmanship and level of installation and finally the way in which you care and clean the floorboards. Getting either wrong will expedite the wear and tear of the floor and bring further costs
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The Finishing Touches – Wood Flooring – How to get it right
The success of a home refurbishment project that involves fitting wood flooring depends heavily on a few aspects. The first is your choice of wood, the second is the workmanship and level of installation and finally the way in which you care and clean the floorboards. Getting either wrong will expedite the wear and tear of the floor and bring further costs.
Choosing The Correct Wood: Looking at a well fitted wood flooring you will be mistaken to think that there is only one type. In fact, the world of wood flooring consists of two types. On occasion only one type will suit your property or a specific area within the property better. These are solid aka ‘real’ wood flooring and engineered wood flooring.
Solid Wood Flooring – Each plank is made of complete natural wood such as Walnut for example. This type is the most popular choice for commercial and residential properties mainly because that until just a few years ago, it was also the only option. The use of 100% real wood (hence the nickname ‘real wood flooring’) ensures that the floor is extremely strong and with the right care can exceed 100 years of service life. However, solid wood flooring does not suit the entire property and here lies the problem. Wood has a natural tendency to expand in hot conditions and contract in cold conditions. Therefore solid wood that has been incorrectly fitted in such areas (for example bathroom, conservatory or certain extensions) will likely experience reduced lifespan.
Engineered Wood Flooring – These have been introduced to overcome the natural limitations of wood and to offer a flooring product at a more affordable price. Each plank is made from one layer of solid wood (typically 3mm to 6mm) that is supported by MDF, Plywood and Softwood. The result is a type of wood flooring that can be fitted all around the property. It is very popular as wood flooring for certain building extensions. Lifespan will not equal that of solid wood which means that in some types of properties where service life translates into return on investment (for example in commercial properties), solid wood is preferred. The use of some solid wood and syntactic material means that prices of engineered wood flooring are often more affordable and so an obvious choice when budget is an issue.
Wood Flooring Care: Assuming you have fitted the correct type of wood for your circumstances, you are on the way to enjoy the floor for many years. Maintenance of wood flooring is not very hard, however get it wrong and you will be forced to invest in an expensive repair. Here are some of the methods that property maintenance professional will use.
Clear the room as much as possible. When heavy items are concerned lift them off the ground or if you are unable to leave them as is. Damage from dragging items on the surface is common.
Hoover the floor using a soft extension rather than a plastic one. If the hoover is used on other types of floors, be sure to clean its wheels as they might pick up dirt on the way.
If you haven’t got a hoover, use a soft domestic brush. Again clean its hairs before to ensure no debris has been attached.
Use a damp mop to clean the floors. When it comes to water, use as little as possible and quickly drain any excess water.
Every few weeks, add wood flooring cleaner to the earlier step. These are dedicated cleaners that do not include bleach and other types of abrasive detergents.
Examine the quality of the coating. Each board is protected by a layer of coating such as oil, uv lacquered and so on. With time this later will fade and will require topping up.
You can reduce the time and frequency of cleaning the floor by fitting doormats at the entrances. These cheap mats do wonder at catching dirt that would otherwise reach the floor.