Wood floor are beautiful! And bringing their beauty back to life and maintaining them are easier than ever. “The one thing that is consistent when it comes to wood floors is that there is a great deal of inconsistency in terms of awareness about installation and how to care for them,” says Chris Palmer, Owner and General Manager of Imperial Wood Floors.
As with many types of home building materials and their maintenance, combinations of new technology in manufacturing better products and new techniques and products for installing and maintaining wood floors has changed so that what used to be an onerous task is a lot easier. The first thing Palmer urges people to do when considering wood flooring is find out what’s new in terms of products and maintenance options. New developments in technologies have created more durable products, better finishes, and easier care regimens.
Chris’s Top 4 Wood Floor Care Myths:
MYTH #1: Caring for a wood floor is expensive. Caring for a wood floor costs much less than most people expect and the results are extraordinary!
MYTH #2:When you renew a finish, the dust and dirt gets everywhere in the house. Dust control and containment systems make traditional dust problems a thing of the past. Technology makes the process easier and cleaner.
MYTH #3:The odor of the wood sealant is very powerful. Fortunately, there is an entirely new generation of odorless polyurethane that has little or no detectable smell. In fact, the odor from an average bottle of Windex is stronger than the polyurethane.
MYTH #4: Wood floors are inconvenient because of the sanding or refinishing required to keep them looking new. Maintaining wood flooring can vary widely depending on the use of the floor. A floor that receives light use may need attention every 7-10 years while a floor subjected to dirt and grit with heavy traffic might need attention every 2 years. Refinishing wood floors takes less than a day and requires about the same amount of scheduling as getting your carpets cleaned.
When Your Floor Needs Additional Attention
“Frequently, homeowners put off even the most basic care of their floors,” Palmer adds. When that happens, you have to consider sanding deeper and completely refinishing. Look at the wear patterns of your floor; if you see visual wear patterns with grooves and grit worn through the finish and into the wood, it signals the need for deep cleaning. Where previously a light sanding would brighten up the floor, wear patterns will still be evident. If you have ever used an oil- or waxed-based product on the wood, a new, deep sanding will be required. Light sanding and refinishing with polyurethane will not work because the finish will not stick to the oil or wax. To rejuvenate the sheen and rich look of the floor, deep sanding is a must. Buffing should rejuvenate your floor. If it just looks O.K., your floor is past the point of light sanding. If it isn’t rejuvenated, it’s in need of a deeper sanding and refinishing.
After hundreds of years, wood flooring is still the preferred flooring of many homeowners. Wood floors not only look great, they add value. With installation and maintenance easier than ever, there is no reason not to invest in wood flooring for your home.