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In ancient times, floors weren’t anything close to what we know them to be today. They were just a patch of tamped down dirt that was sometimes strewn with unworked materials, such as hay and straw for people to walk on. While traditional dirt floors are still used in some parts of the world, there is a huge selection of flooring options available today. And, we understand that choosing the right flooring type for your home or other building can be confusing. That’s why we created this website. Although we’re not flooring specialists, we can provide you with some useful information about the different types of flooring. This information can guide you through the flooring selection process but also help you identify the right flooring contractor for your needs. Welcome aboard!



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3 Maintenance Basics to Help Keep Your Timber Floor Sparkling and in Good Shape

by Ella Lawrence

Adding elegance in your house and making it look a little more sophisticated might seem expensive or a hard thing to do. However, it's something you can achieve by just installing timber flooring. If well maintained, timber floors are attractive, and they can last for many years. According to most flooring experts, the type of timber you choose determines how beautiful your floor will be. You install a timber floor not only to add elegance but also to keep your family warm during the cold days. Unlike the tile or concrete floors that feel ice-cold during winter, timber floors are warmer for your feet. However, timber flooring is susceptible to many problems, but you can keep it in good shape for a long time if you know what good maintenance entails.

Don't Clean It With Water

Wood and water have never been friends, and you should never expect this to happen. Avoid cleaning your timber floor with water because it might harm it in a big way. If you always use water to clean your timber floor, the moisture content in it might increase with time, leading to severe damage. If you spot water spills on the floor, wipe them promptly and dry the area. Avoid wet mops since they would just add excess moisture on the floor. If you must steam-clean your wooden floor, just use a light mist so the floor doesn't swell, peel off or get delaminated.

Choose a Friendlier Cleaning Method

Grime can build up or accumulate on the timber floor quickly, depending on how you use it. Whenever you step on the dirt, you force and solidify it into the floor crevices. Avoid using water and soap or other acidic detergents when cleaning your timber floor; just vacuum it. The cleaning machine sucks the dirt hiding in the cracks—something that a bristle broom or even a wet mop can't do. Vacuum cleaning doesn't involve any solvents, nor does it harm the floor in any way. When choosing a vacuum cleaner, check if its bristle band is soft.

Keep an Eye on Your Pets and Furniture

Some people don't want to keep off their shoes when stepping on a timber floor. However, you should strictly avoid high heels to prevent unsightly dents. But did you know that furniture and pets could do more harm on your timber floor? If the legs of your chairs, tables and other furniture don't have felt pads, they might cause severe scratches when moving your furniture. If you don't trim the nails of your four-legged friends, they might scratch and destroy the timber floor while playing.

If you don't practice good maintenance, you might later regret installing a timber floor in your house. However, if you implement the above maintenance basics, you would enjoy having a safe, warm and clean floor in your home.