The appeal of a properly installed wood floor is it’s ease of care and maintenance. Proper use of vacuuming, sweeping, and damp mopping is usually all that is required to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of a wood floor. Like tile floors, excessive grit and foot traffic will affect appearance. Unlike carpet or rugs, a properly finished wood floor, like tile, does not accumulate hidden soil or odorous compounds. Alpine Flooring would be glad to answer any and all questions you might have about the appearance of your wood flooring. Stop by our beautiful showroom at 57 West Main Street in Somerville, NJ or give us a call any time at 908-541-0500.
WOOD SPECIESboth domestic and exotic
Wood floors are available in a number of species, both domestic and exotic. Some of the most popular are: Red Oak, White Oak, Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, Beech, Pine, Hickory, Birch, Ash, and Fir. Each type of wood has their own characteristics and unique quirks that will change and alter over time. Here at Alpine Flooring we enjoy educating our clients about our products so that they can have realistic expectations about how each type of wood will perform in their home. The more you know, the better choice you can make about what wood is right for each room of your house.
WOOD STYLESstrips, planks or parquet
Wood floors come in strips, planks, or parquet tiles with numerous edge treatments such as square, micro, and beveled edges. Much consideration must be given before choosing a wood floor product. During your free in-home consultation we will take you through different manufacturer’s products and give you the ins and outs so that you can make an informed decision.
STAINS/FINISHESthe varieties are endless
From light hues to dark tones; the variety is plentiful. And remember, when you choose an unfinished wood flooring, you have the option of matching color schemes and furniture in your home or place of business. Our trucks are all equipped with a fully loaded pallet of Minwax stains, one of which will be your favorite choice.
WOOD CUTSplainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn
No matter what the species, construction or finish of a wood floor, it comes in one of three cuts: plainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn. Plainsawn is the most common. A plainsawn board contains a more open and varied grain pattern because the angle of the cut shows the growth rings more prominently. Quartersawn cut wood is at an angle that produces less board feet per log than plainsawn, therefore it can be more expensive. It has a tighter grain and a more consistent look, which many find more desirable. An added benefit is that it tends to twist and cup less and wears more evenly. Riftsawn wood is similar to quartersawn in cost and benefits, but is cut at a different angle for a lightly different grain pattern.
HARDWOOD FLOOR CARE: TIPS & INFORMATION
Sweeping Wood Floors
Always sweep floors with a soft swiffer, preferably a BONA hardwood floor cleaner kit . Coarse bristle brooms may scratch the surface. You should vacuum your wood floor once or twice a week to remove dirt and sand. Beware of heavy vacuums as the wheels may scratch your floor. It’s best to use a soft brush attachment.
It’s a good idea to place non-slip rugs near entrances to avoid getting sand, and gravel on your floor surface. Vacuum these door mats regularly to prevent coarse debris from finding its way onto your floor. Either set a no-shoes indoors rule or consider placing non-slip carpet runners in heavy traffic areas. If you allow shoes beware of high heels or heavy soles because they may dent the wood. Always clean up liquid spills immediately.
Heavy Furniture and Wood Floors
Never drag furniture across a hardwood floor. Attach furniture pads to table and chair legs or any hard surface that will sit on your floor. When moving furniture, ALWAYS carry; do NOT slide.
Repairing Wood Floors
Most hardware stores carry scratch repair kits which include stain markers. Always follow manufacturer recommendations for how to repair your flooring.
Keeping Wood Floors Clean
We highly recommend using the BONA hardwood floor cleaner kit. It has proven very useful for our customers. The traditional mopping technique can actually result in damaging the polyurethane finish and cause the wood to absorb the moisture and buckle.
Customized hardwood floor refinishing is our specialty. Let Alpine Flooring show you how we can make your old worn out floors look brand new again.