4 WOOD FLOOR CARE TIPS TO FOLLOW

Your hardwood floors have just been installed or refinished. So what is the last thing that you want to happen? Damage. Oxford Floor Sanding put together our top four tips to help keep you and your family from damaging your beautiful wood floors.

1. Do not let sand, dirt, or grit build up on your floor.

When sand, dirt, or grit builds up on floors, these elements can begin to act like sandpaper. What does this mean? It means that when they combine and are stepped on, your floor’s finish can be dulled and abraded.

2. High heels are not a good idea for wood floors.

Here’s one thing for you ladies: High heels are not a good idea for wood floors. Because small heels can concentrate a lot weight, it can cause damage to your floors.

3. Don’t leave your pet’s claws untrimmed.

Here’s a tip for furry family members: To avoid floor scratches and gouges, make sure your pet’s claws are trimmed. Your pets are adorable but not necessarily disaster-proof.

4. Avoid using wax, soap or any other harsh household cleaners.

Use oil soap, wax, and other harsh household cleaners to clean your wood floors. These cleaners can dull the floor’s finish and make it more difficult to refinish. Instead, consider following these wood floor-cleaning tips from Oxford Floor Sanding.

Give us a call for more information on floor care. Oxford Floor Sanding Give us a call at 01865 575440.

CHOOSING BETWEEN DOMESTIC VS EXOTIC HARDWOOD FLOORS

Consumers need to consider several factors when shopping for hardwood flooring. Among the most important choices to make is selecting between domestic vs hardwood flooring. From color to hardness, durability and price point, the features of each species could be vastly different, developing a different look in your living space.

Examine the two classes a little closer to comprehend the advantages and disadvantages of hardwood floors and exotic hardwood floors.

Advantages and Disadvantages of National Wood for Hardwood Flooring

Popular domestic species of hardwood flooring include:

  • Oak
  • Maple
  • Cherry
  • Birch
  • Walnut
  • Hickory

These hardwood flooring species provide a traditional, warm appearance with an attractive grain and colour. National wood is often easily available, and comes in a reasonable price point. You can find a vast range of profiles, such as broad planks and several colors of stain, all designed to match North American households. Most national hardwood species offer you adequate levels of durability, coming in with low to mid size Janka hardness evaluations. Based upon the species, wood could swell less and last longer in our climate. Domestic hardwood flooring tends to have less dramatic color variation compared to exotic species. New designs on national species have expanded to a broad selection of stains and textured effects. The softer hardwoods result in an superb hand-scraped or wire-brushed texture.

Pros and Cons of Exotic Wood for Hardwood Flooring

Popular exotic species of hardwood flooring include:

  • Lapacho
  • Cumaru
  • Jatoba
  • Tigerwood
  • Acacia
  • Amendoim

This choice provides your house with an upscale, modern feeling vastly different compared to conventional appearance of wood flooring. Consumers may often source exotic floors from specialty shops that looks amazing in open concept living and contemporary houses. Many kinds of exotic timber have greater Janka hardness scores, so which makes them durable for heavy traffic areas such as a hallway or entry. Exotic wood will dent , offering a clean, fresh style for more years with no requirement for refinishing. Exotic wood has to be imported, frequently adding responsibilities and penalties to the price of raw materials and raising the retail cost. Engineered hardwood floors may also arrive in restricted lengths and profiles. This might not be an issue in many programs, but for layout houses or industrial flooring projects specs could possibly be place for quite specific measurements. Consider your preferences and budget when choosing between national vs hardwood flooring. The hardness factor makes most exotic species worth the excess investment, but a lot of customers will be happy with the stability and look of national species like Oak and Cherry. Get samples and think about your decor and furniture prior to making this important option.

Fitting Hardwood Floor To Concrete

Concrete or concrete screed flooring are arguably among the most frequent surfaces on which to match hardwood flooring. It is perfectly feasible to match engineered or solid hardwood floors to concrete.

Engineered hardwood floors , as its name implies consists of boards, which can be created from a single piece of timber, as an instance, oak or walnut, whereas engineered hardwood flooring is composed of a blend of wood and other substances. Engineered timber takes the kind of 3 layers of hardwood along with a layer of plywood or MDF, which is subsequently finished off with a coating of hardwood. Due to the make from the upper layer of engineered hardwood floors, the appearance of the engineered and solid hardwood flooring is fairly much exactly the same.

Here’s a useful Summary of each strategy:

The sole place glue might be used in this example is involving the tongue and the groove. In a domestic situation, a floating floor might be placed over a sub floor or within an existing floor after placing a suitable underlay.

Glued — Totally glued floor fitting is arguably one of the most popular choice for fitting a wooden floor in this era. To paste a wooden floor, a complete coverage of elastic wood adhesive is applied to the sub-floor and the planks are placed right on top. A glued floor will feel as solid as a nailed floor as well as allowing for expansion and contraction (because of the versatility of the adhesive ). What’s more, when used in addition to underfloor heating (UFH) this method will also stop the look of pockets.

Nailed — Nailing is the traditional method used to match hardwood flooring. Nailing generally involves what is called in the trade as”secret nailing”. Secret nailing means putting nails through the tongue of their wooden boards. These claws are subsequently coated while the groove is butted up to the bonded board.

It is really important when fitting hardwood floors to an current concrete sub floor the sub floor is in good condition and has appropriately reduced moisture content. If you realize that the moisture content of your sub floor is above this amount it would be nicely considering investing in an proper damp proof membrane, no matter which fitting method you select. This won’t only help the stability of your floor, it means the flooring will stay looking its best for longer.

There are two particular instances where a damp proof membrane ought to be used as standard. One is when you’re planning to paste down your hardwood floor to the concrete sub floor and the other one is if you are picked a floating method of matching. In the case of gluing the ground, a liquid damp proof membrane should be used in conjunction with a suitable adhesive.

The specificatec of wooden floors

Natural oak a mid tone wood which has the ability to sit quite comfortably within a traditional or modern home

The dark floor (almost black) a popular choice, especially for high-end homes. It gives a classic look and makes items in the room stand out, especially paired with white kitchen cabinets and other light features in the room. Due to the dark colour, it hides any marks or blemishes. The most popular stains are Charcoal, Ebony, Jacobean and Espresso.

The grey floor, a continuing trend and showing no sign of slowing down. Popular shades are Grey lime washed oak as this sits nicely with a modern interior
The white wood floor, this modern finish has the ability to lighten a room and is great for Shabby Chic or minimalist spaces.

The reclaimed wood floor the appeal of a reclaimed floor is that it comes with it own story, often salvaged from old homes or factories, it instantly adds character and warmth to the home. Other benefits are that it is very environmentally friendly, a win-win choice.

The patterned wood floor, such as herringbone or chevron (which are the most common, but by no means the only patterns available) are a great way to add style and drama to a room, breaking up the traditional parallel lines that we are so used to seeing. It’s also a very ‘of the moment’ pattern.walnut-floor-background

SOFTWOODS top 3

SOFTWOODS top 3

 

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PINE: Pine is a softwood which grows in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere. There are more than 100 species worldwide.

Properties: Pine is a soft, white or pale yellow wood which is light weight, straight grained and lacks figure.It resists shrinking and swelling. Knotty pine is often used for decorative effect.
Uses: Pine is often used for country or provincial furniture. Pickled, whitened, painted and oil finishes are often used on this wood.

ASH: There are 16 species of ash which grow in the eastern United States. Of these, the white ash is the largest and most commercially important.

Properties: Ash is a hard, heavy, ring porous hardwood. It has a prominent grain that resembles oak, and a white to light brown colour. Ash can be differentiated from hickory (pecan) which it also resembles, by white dots in the darker summer wood which can be seen with the naked eye. Ash burls have a twisted, interwoven figure.
Uses: Ash is widely used for structural frames and steam bent furniture pieces. It is often less expensive than comparable hardwoods.

HICKORY: There are 15 species of hickory in the eastern United States, eight of which are commercially important.

Properties: Hickory is one of the heaviest and hardest woods available. Pecan is a species of hickory sometimes used in furniture. It has a close grain without much figure.
Uses: Wood from the hickory is used for structural parts, especially where strength and thinness are required. Decorative hickory veneers are also commonly used.

Mahogany wood

Mahogany, also known as Honduras mahogany is a tropical hardwood indigenous to South America, Central America and Africa. There are many different grades and species sold under this name, which vary widely in quality and price. Mahogany which comes from the Caribbean is thought to be the hardest, strongest and best quality. Logs from Africa, though highly figured, are of slightly lesser quality. Philippine mahogany has a similar color, but is not really mahogany at all. It is a much less valuable wood, being less strong,
not as durable or as beautiful when finished. Mahogany is strong, with a uniform pore structure and poorly defined annual rings. It has a reddish – brown colour and may display stripe, ribbon, broken stripe, rope, ripple, mottle, fiddle

back or blister figures. Crotch mahogany figures are widely used and greatly valued. Mahogany is an excellent carving wood and finishes well. Mahogany is used extensively in the crafting of Georgian, Empire and Federal reproduction furniture. Mahogany is also used in styles ranging from Victorian furniture reproductions to Contemporary.

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Until the 19th century all of the mahogany was regarded as one species, although varying in quality and character according to soil and climate. In 1836 the German botanist Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini (1797–1848) identified a second species while working on specimens collected on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and named it Swietenia humilis. In 1886 a third species, Swietenia macrophylla, was named by Sir George King(1840–1909) after studying specimens of Honduras mahogany planted in the Botanic Gardens in Calcutta, India.

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