Wood flooring has many advantages over types of flooring. This type of flooring adds value warmth and style to new as well as newly renovated homes. Wood floors can last years with regular maintenance and repair if needed.

Some Do’s and Some Don’ts

Do. Choose a wood that will stand up to everyday traffic in your home. Read your warranty carefully about care and maintenance. Hire a professional to do it for you if you have no clue or are not a do it yourself at heart.

Do. Install a moisture barrier between the subfloor and flooring for added protection. Open all boxes of wood in order to see the color variations from box to box. Allow your wood to acclimate to the climate where it is being installed. Once installed, use a dry mop or vacuum to clean the surface.

Don’t. Install hardwood flooring in an area subject to excessive moisture. This means not in bathrooms or in basements. Don’t install in a summer home that you only visit a couple of times a year. Wood flooring needs regular attention. Harsh or wax based cleaners will dull the finish. Don’t use steel wool or other hard abrasives either.

Never. Use excessive water to clean the flooring. And try to keep off the floor while wearing sports-spiked shoes or spike high heels. These types of shoes will mar the floor causing dents or scratches. Clean up all moisture laden spills as soon as they happen. Moisture will seep into the wood, drawn like a sponge and cause major headaches down the road.

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