Hardwood is the floor material of choice by many homeowners in Massachusetts for a number of reasons. Besides giving the home a natural, rustic ambiance, this floor type (compared to carpet and stone) requires little upkeep. Hardwood flooring may also increase your home’s resale value.
Hardwood floors in the U.S. come from around 20 species of trees, which can be distinguished by their color, grain, hardness, photosensitivity, and other properties. Due to the differences in these various types’ properties, the kind of care you should give your hardwood floor may differ from that of your neighbor’s.
A well-maintained hardwood floor can last for over a hundred years. If you just got yours installed, you need to follow these quick guide in keeping it looking fresh and beautiful.
Bolstering the Finishing
Normally, hardwood floors are polished and coated with special varnish or wax to prevent dirt and spills from seeping into their grains. Unfortunately, even the toughest finishing cannot withstand the onslaught of traffic. It is smart to place rugs on high-traffic areas in your home, such as the living room, kitchen, areas adjacent to exterior doors, and even the path to the bathroom.
Indoor Humidity Control
Like other floor types (in fact, most types of materials), hardwood has a certain thermal expansion coefficient, which is influenced greatly by humidity. Too much airborne humidity can cause boards to separate, forming gaps that can make the entire floor look unsightly. To prevent these unwanted changes, install a dehumidifier that can keep your home’s indoor humidity level in check.
Drapes for the Photosensitive
Some species of hardwood are photosensitive, and their color fades quickly when exposed to sunlight for a long period. Sometimes, they are sensitive even to indoor lighting. If you have this kind of hardwood, consider installing drapes to reduce the sunlight that enters your home during the day, and switch to a less radiant indoor lighting.
When your hardwood floor’s original coating seems to be fading, exposing the surface of the boards, it’s a sign that your floor needs refinishing. Contact a floor refinishing service provider in MA like On The Level Floors right away, before traffic and the elements start damaging your floor. Expect your floor to be sanded and recoated to look as good as new.
Proper floor care will keep your hardwood floor in good shape for years, and will preserve their value—something that can serve you well if you decide to sell your home in the future. Besides regular cleaning and extra caution when dealing with fluids, it is highly beneficial to also obtain regular professional maintenance.
Keeping hardwood floors looking beautiful is easier than you think, hardwoodinfo.com
Advice to extend the life of hardwood flooring, classiccarpet.com
Longevity Of Hardwood Flooring, floorfacts.com
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