Hardwood floors present a floor surface that DWR Concrete Coatings and almost dares you to slide or move furniture on it. Remember our younger days when we use to run a bit just to slide on the wood floors and even sometimes slide down the wooden stair rail? Well those days were fun, beautiful and aren’t really gone. However, I definitely warn against the stair rail slide. Free of many allergens found in other floor types, hardwood floors are healthier for the ambient air, quite strong, durable, beautiful and easy to keep their lustre.
Indications of these three things are first seen at entrances or high traffic areas of your wooden floor. Avoid excessively worn areas and scratches on your floor by ensuring casters or furniture coasters are below the resting points of your furniture. Some furniture may have casters that ease its movement while others do not. You can apply a special type of material to the bottom of furniture legs which allows the furniture to easily glide without doing any damage on your wood floor.
Dust, Grit and Moisture
Dust, grit and moisture are gifts of nature and we all have to deal with them. Grit which stems from sand or dirt being tracked from the outdoors on the surface works like sandpaper on the floor finish. Dust mites, balls and the like are merely pulverized bits of dirt which in essence acts in the same way as grit over the long haul on your floors. Once your floor finish gets damaged grit and dust left on the surface tend to discolor the hardwood while being ground into the surface pores with each step made on top of it like a hammer pounding stroke after stroke.
Moisture is definitely a no-no when it comes to your hardwood floor. Even though you know that trees are grown from a major ingredient of water, you also know that water aids wood in changing its shape. Just for kicks, ask yourself this question: Would you wash down your intricately etched wood and antique finished dresser, curio or bedroom suit with any type of water solution? Your wooden floor needs that same type of care and attention in order to yield many years of comforting wood floor sheen, elegance and beauty.
Great for Your Body Not Your Wood Floors
Water is universal, natural and great for your body’s good health when used for bathing, having fun, consumed or combined with other minerals, compounds or elements – even to cook foods in. However, this awesome resource sometimes called moisture is not the least bit healthy for your wood floors. Water and moisture become tricky with mingling after milling and designing trees into a wooden floor. It’s like this — when your wood floor gets wet, there is no way of knowing whether it will curl, bow down, shrink or expand once it dries again.
Undoubtedly you’ve seen wood floors where it seems that the edges or seams of boards joined together curl up or the width of a board creates a bow like upward arc in the middle. These are indications of moisture damage to a wooden floor. For example, there have even been instances where moisture damage caused floor boards to arc together to raise a full length sofa about three feet into the air. That was merely from the curl effect and strength of water on wooden floor boards. So, by all means do dry any spills to keep moisture and liquids away from your wooden floors.