Wooden floors are hypo-allergenic, which means dirt, dust and bacteria do not accumulate as they do in carpets and other flooring options. This promotes a clean indoor living environment and is great to keep your family strong and healthy. People who suffer from allergies to chemicals and toxins benefit greatly from living in homes with wooden floors.
All hardwood and timber floors available in the UK are sourced only using sustainable methods. Due to strong regulations you can trust that the timber floor you choose has been harvested and manufactured without harming the environment. Each year more new growth is added than is removed through harvest.
Most quality wooden floors will last just as long as the building does, which means replacing the floor is not needed. Wooden floors are easy to maintain and care for to ensure they last a very long time. Methods to rejuvenate a worn floor are sanding and refinishing. This only needs to occur every 10 to 15 years, depending on the amount of foot traffic and the initial finish that was chosen.
Timbers reclaimed from old bridges, churches and other old buildings can be used for flooring. In fact, this is a very popular design trend and the flooring created from recycled timbers adds a lot of character to a home.
The vast majority of surface finishes only require simple care. Using a dust-mop, sweeping or vacuum you can easily and quickly keep your floor clean and dirt free. Make sure you follow the cleaning instructions your installer or the manufacturer of your floor provided to extend the life of the surface of the floor. When the time comes that cleaning doesn’t restore the shine and look of the floor, the top of the floor can be recoated to achieve a new finish.
By dusting, sweeping and vacuuming regularly a wax or stain finished wooden floor can be kept clean. The shine can be maintained by buffing the floor. Re-waxing a wooden floor may be required once or twice a year, depending on traffic. Always try buffing to restore the shine of your floor before you decide to re-wax, this will avoid over-waxing to your floor.
If you damp-mop a waxed wooden floor you will cause damage. Follow the installers or manufacturer’s recommendations to keep a waxed wooden floor clean. A surface finished floor can be cleaned with a damp mop, however care must be taken to not use too much water. If fluids spill on the floor it needs to be cleaned immediately.
You should never use vinyl or tile floor care products on wooden flooring. These materials will damage the surface finish and in the long run will deteriorate the wooden boards.
The footwear your family and friends wear can cause scratches on the floor, especially if you have chosen a softer surface finish or lower grade timber hardness. By not wearing shoes inside you can avoid scratches and damage. Placing mats and rugs in strategic high traffic areas like doors and hall ways you can also protect your floor. Adding soft (felt) pads under your furniture is also a great way to avoid scratches as is keeping the floor clean by sweeping and dusting regularly.
Wood flooring is timeless and matches any design or decorating finish. Whether you are looking to create a modern, traditional or formal look in your home, the natural beauty of a wooden floor will add style and warmth.
Many different wood species have different properties like hardness, cost, colour, grain and texture. Considering the cost, grain and texture to start with can assist in eliminating a lot of options. After that the hardness, colouring and finish can be the next steps to come to the best timber flooring option for your home.