How to Clean Wood Flooring

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Wood Floors bring natural beauty and warmth to your home. To keep your wood floors looking and performing for generations follow these guidelines. The maintenance schedule may vary depending on the use, wear and tear, and your lifestyle.

Maintenance Schedule

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Sweep with a soft bristle broom or dust with a dry microfiber mop daily to remove dirt, pet hair and other debris. This helps prevent it from scratching and scuffing the floor.

Vacuum weekly using the bare floor setting. Make sure the beater bar is off because it can cause damage to the surface of the floor.

Clean the floors with a manufacture recommended cleaner such as Bona or Woca Soaps. Do this monthly or more often if needed.

Maintenance Tips

  • Do not us vinyl or tile cleaning products on wood floors. Self polishing acrylic waxes will cause the wood to become slippery and look dull.
  • Make sure to use throw rugs at doorways to help prevent debris from entering and scratching the flooring.
  • Do not wet mop or steam mop wood floors. Water and steam can dull the finish and cause water damage to the wood, including warping and cupping.
  • Wipe up spills immediately before they can soak in.
  • Place felt pad protectors on legs of furniture to prevent scuffs and scratches. Make sure to replace every so often to avoid debris build up.
  • Avoid walking on wood floors with sports cleats and high heels. A 125lbs woman in heals can exert 8,000lbs per square inch which can dent wood floors.
  • When moving furniture do not slide on the wood floor. Pick up to prevent scratches.
  • In kitchens place rugs near sinks.

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What are the different types of Wood Flooring?

A lot of people get the different types of wood flooring mixed up. I hope that this article will give you a better understanding of the different types.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

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As the name states this type of flooring is solid wood all the way through. It is similar to any other stick of lumber that is sawn straight off the log. No other materials are added to it.

Solid hardwood comes in either unfinished or prefinished. Unfinished does tend to be a bit cheaper than prefinished but does require sanding, optional staining and sealing after installation.

Solid hardwood must be nailed down to a wooden subfloor. Because of this requirement it is recommended that you hire a professional wood floor installer.

The advantages of unfinished solid wood is that you can stain and seal it to meet your desired look. The advantages of prefinished solid wood is that the turnaround time is much quicker. Solid hardwood flooring can be sanded numerous times. Whether its damaged or you just want to change the color.

Engineered Wood Flooring

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Engineered wood flooring has a top solid wood veneer layer that is typically  between 2mm and 6 mm in thickness.  Underneath that there are layers of wood backing that run perpendicular to its adjacent ply. Building the layers this way gives the finished plank more dimensional strength. There are usually between 3 and 9 ply layers in engineered wood.

Engineered wood  flooring can be sanded if the veneer is more than 2mm thick. The thicker the veneer the more sandings can be done. Deep scratches and dent usually can not be sanded out.

Engineered wood flooring typically comes prefinished. There are many different types of finishes such as urethane, aluminum oxide, and oil finishes. You can also choose from different sheens, from matte to glossy.

You can Nail, Glue or Float most engineered wood floors. Check with your flooring dealer for different underlayments and glues to use. Engineered wood flooring can be used on all grade levels in your home as long as the moister levels aren’t to high.

Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product that is fused together using a lamination process. The top layer is typically an acrylic layer that gives it protection from scratches. Underneath the top layer is a photographic layer that looks like hardwood. Some laminates will have a tile look to them. The inner core is usually made up of a high density fiberboard made from wood chip composite. Last there is usually a balance paper that helps resist moister.

Since laminates are made up of fiberboard cores, they are not waterproof. It is very important to keep laminates relatively dry. Sitting water and excessive moister can cause planks to swell and warp. Spills aren’t a problem if they are wiped up quickly and not allowed to sit for periods of time.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

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Vinyl flooring is commonly mistaken for linoleum. Vinyl plank is made up of a durable top layer to protect against light scratches and scuffs. Next there is a clear film that protects against harder damage like rips and tears. There is a photographic print layer of the wood or stone. Next is the vinyl top layer and the WPC core. Some vinyl flooring come with an attaches foam underlayment.

Vinyl is stain and water resistant which makes it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and Pets. It can tolerate heavy traffic and moister better than real wood or laminate.

 

 

 

Bergens Hardwood Flooring

Bergens Hardwood Flooring

We are a family owned and operated hardwood flooring business that has been installing and refinishing hardwood flooring for over 20 years. Whether you are looking for the new wood flooring of your dreams or are wanting to bring new life to your old ones we are here to install or refinish and bring those dreams to reality.

We have many flooring options to choose from.

Solid hardwood for those who want original, classic floors.  Engineered hardwood for real wood with directional stability. Laminate for wood look that is easier on the wallet. Vinyl Plank that has the wood look but more durable and water resistant.

Bergens Hardwood Flooring

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