Do's and Don'ts for Wooden Flooring

Carpet Udyog suggests a few guidelines, which will help you preserve the finish and keep the maintenance to a minimum. Basically, there are two types of hardwood flooring - solid and engineered. Engineered hardwood floors are made from layers (plies) of both hardwood and softwood. The top layer is typically a solid ply of the species. Solid hardwood flooring is not made up of any plies. It is the pure solid hardwood species and typically costs more. Nail/staple down, glue down and floating are the three main installation methods. The floating method is the most flexible as it allows for installation on or below grade, over radiant heat floors; in fact, over virtually any sub floor. Given below are the guide lines for maintaining the beauty of your wooden floors for years to come. Now to begin with, here are few measures that must be taken to maintain the elegance of the floor.

The quickest way to damage a floor finish is by walking on dusty or dirty floor. Hence, every floor must be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from its surface.

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58% - 62% post consumer, post industrial, and renewable resource content, based on cushion backing weight.

Know the type of finish on the wood floor. Follow the proper maintenance procedures for the particular finish.

Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations (when known) for the proper care of a wood floor.

We strongly recommend door mats or walk-off mats at all entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it even reaches the hardwood floor. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently.

NEVER wax a urethane finish floor. A majority of floors installed today have urethane finishes. Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to sand and refinish the floor.

Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of the furniture. An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor.

Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home. To prevent premature wear of the floor, place an area rug in front of the sink and stove area. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently.

Sweep or vacuum wood floors regularly. Do not generally wet a wood floor with water. When using any wood floor cleaner which requires mixing with water, follow mixing directions precisely. A cloth wetted with water and squeezed dry may be used to wipe up food stuffs and other spills, provided the area is buffed dry immediately. Heel or scuff marks and stubborn stains may be removed by lightly rubbing with a cloth and a wood floor cleaner.

Consult with an installer, the finisher or the manufacturer if there is any doubt of the kind of floor finish.

Keep in mind: cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any floor surface.

Slip a piece of cloth or pile under the legs when moving heavy furniture to avoid scratches on the surface.