Do you already have wooden floors at home or perhaps you are thinking about changing your carpet to wooden floors. Hardwood floors are one of the most popular and valuable features for your house. It is easier to maintain when compared to carpets but you must be really careful with the cleaning liquids you will pick if you don’t want to damage them. Hardwood floors need regular maintenance and refinishing to keep them looking like brand new. If you know what the finish is, it would be easier to maintain.
How much wear and tear your floors get, determine how often you need to refinish them and what product you use. For example, a home with just two adults might only have to refinish every 10 years versus a home with adults, kids, and a dog might need to refinish every three to four years.
If you are not sure what kind of finish you have, we can tell you how to find out. Just rub your finger across the floor and if no smudge appears, the floor is surface sealed. If you do create a smudge, the floor has been treated with a penetrating seal, oil finish, shellac, varnish or lacquer, and then waxed.
If you have surface-sealed floors most likely they are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic, this kind of floor are stain and water-damage resistant therefore they are easier to maintain. All you have to do is sweep and mop.
If on the other hand, you have penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors, these kind of finishes soak into the wood grain and hardens. This type of floor must be indulged with attention and protected with liquid or paste wax.
There are also lacquered, varnished, shellacked and untreated floors. Although technically surface finishes, lacquers, varnishes and shellacs are not as resistant to moisture or spills like the other sealants. Treat floors with these finishes and floors with no finish as you would penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors as mentioned above.
Need further help? Give us a call today. We are the expert in floor finishes. Perhaps, we can help you make the decision today and educate you on how to maintenance this great flooring that will add value to your home.