Hardwood flooring has always been a consumer favorite when re-decorating a home. Many homeowners though do not know what there wood floors can handle or what to be aware of. Here are the 13 Do Nots of Hardwood Flooring
- Do not clean with mop and water. Wood and water are not friends once the tree has been cut down. Water will actually cause the wood to warp or damage the finish of the wood over time.
- Do not order the exact amount of square footage needed to complete a room.
When laying wood floor you should order at least 10% more to account for installation waste and manufacturer error.
- Do not open a doggy dare care. Large dogs can scratch the floor.
- Do not install the wood directly against the wall. When installing there should be a 1/8 inch gap between the wall and the board to allow for the wood to expand and contract.
- Do not use as firewood. Ok, you could do this, but not good for your wallet.
- Do not clean with harsh chemicals. Wood can withstand a beating, but using chemical like ammonia will cause the finish to deteriorate.
- Do not consume or use as an eating utensil. Wood is not suitable for a healthy diet and the effects have not been studied in great detail.
- Do not put furniture directly on the floor. Using some type of padding like felt under your furniture will keep the flooring looking new and prevent scratching.
- Do not install your wood floor the same day it is delivered. Wood needs 2-4 days to acclimate to your home to prevent future damage or warping.
- Do not store your in a garage. The garage can change in moisture and temperature levels very rapidly. Moisture is the number one factor that can damage the flooring.
- Do not lay the flooring one box at a time. Wood can vary in color from carton to carton. It is best to use 3 or 4 different cartons to make the floor look naturally beautiful.
- Do not use extra sealant on the top of your flooring. If you remove spills quickly the wood will maintain its beauty. Sealants void the warranty and can cause more damage than benefit.
- Do not walk on with high heels or cleats. Sharp objects can scratch or dent the wood.
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