1. What is the General Maintenance Information about hardwood floors?
Hardwood floors are fairly easy to maintain. However, as any elegant luxurious item, there are a few do’s and don’ts to enjoy its beauty, texture and increase overall durability.
• Clean up spills quickly with a paper towel or dry cloth. A damp cloth can be used for sticky spills, but dry the spot immediately afterwards.
• Every alternate day dry sweep the floor to clean and maintain. Never use excessive water.
• Vacuum, sweep or dust mop your hardwood floor. The vacuum head must be brush or felt, and a wand attachment is preferable.
• Use interior and exterior doormats at entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the floor.
• Use cotton area rugs and mats in high traffic areas and sites of frequent spills.
• Move the rugs frequently so that these areas of the floor remain the same color as the exposed floor. Rubber and vinyl mats and rugs trap water under them.
• To prevent surface damage always avoid rolling heavy appliances and furniture on the floor.
• Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
• Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use sheer curtains or blinds to protect your floors from the discoloration caused by direct sun rays.
• Avoid using stiletto heels/high heels in wooden floors and just remember to remove shoes at the front door.
• Don’t Use excessive water to mop the floors, this will definitely cause permanent damage. You can use a damp cloth to wipe up spills but never pour water directly on the floor to ‘mop’ the floor. Don’t Use regular household dusting and cleaning products.
• Don’t Use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps or acidic materials such as vinegar.
• Don’t allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time – wipe up immediately.
• Don’t walk across your floor in poorly maintained shoes with heel taps, spike heels or with any sharp object protruding from your shoe.
• Don’t allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.
• Don’t drag furniture when moving it – use felt contacts under furniture legs to prevent scratches and gouges.
2. Does wood flooring promote a healthy indoor environment?
Yes. Bacteria, dust and dirt do not embed themselves in wood flooring, as they do in other flooring options. Simple regular maintenance—such as dust mopping, sweeping, or vacuuming—keeps wood floors dust-free.
3. I suffer from allergies. Is wood flooring hypoallergenic?
Millions of people suffer from sensitivity to chemicals and toxins. Tests by leading allergists have proven that wood flooring provides a healthier environment for these allergy sufferers. Wood doesn’t harbor irritating dust and microorganisms.
4. Once installed, how often must wood flooring be replaced?
Simple care and maintenance keeps wood floors looking beautiful for a lifetime. Instead of laying an entirely new floor when the original is worn, wood floors can be rejuvenated with sanding and refinishing.
5. How are polyurethane or other surface finishes maintained?
Surface finishes like polyurethane require only simple care. Just dust mop, sweep, or vacuum regularly. Always follow Bentwood’s cleaning recommendations. When cleaning no longer restores shine, recoat the floor with a surface finish. The frequency of recoating depends on the amount of traffic. Never wax a surface-finished floor, and never use vinyl or tile floor care products on any wood floor.
6. Does wood flooring go well with most design styles?
Yes. Usually interior designers find that wood flooring works well with many decorating styles – modern, traditional, and formal. Designers rate natural materials as superior to man-made materials in beauty, prestige, style, maintenance, and durability. A variety of woods and finishes are available to complement the décor and style of any room.
7. There are so many species of wood. How do I select one?
Choosing a species of wood involves more than selecting a color to match your décor. Other appearance-related attributes are important too, such as texture, grain, and cut. Bentwood considers mechanical properties like dimensional stability, machinability, and ease in finishing when recommending different wooden floors.
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