As well as different shades, Solid wood can also have a variety of finishes - lacquer, oil, or hard wax oil. These are all used to enhance the solid wood, and of course offer different levels of protection, something that’s so important in the in the modern day home.
Looking after your new floor
And finally your floor is laid, you have chosen your finish so, to ensure no damage comes to your solid wood floor, we would advise using cloth furniture protectors under any legs of your furniture to stop the floor from marking.
Wood grades refer to the amount and size of visible knots, or other natural marks, on the wood. The rule is, the smaller the knots and more uniform in colour, the higher the grade of wood, however, the higher the grade of wood means the higher the price!
There are four types of wood grades: Prime, Select, Natural and Rustic. And yes, you’ve guessed it - Prime has the lowest knot content and Rustic the highest.
Wood is a living material, which means it reacts to the temperature of your home. To give you an example, in winter when your doors and windows are shut and the heating is turned up this will have an effect on your floor – the heating will cause the humidity of the air to drop, and your wooden floors will lose moisture and possibly shrink.
As the air temperature gets a bit warmer and the heating is turned off and windows and doors are perhaps opened, the wood then absorbs the moisture and expands.
Providing the increase is not too extreme, your floor will then return to its original size.
When cleaning just use some slightly warm water, and a damp mop or microfiber cloth - limit the amount of water used on your floor, to ensure it’s not subjected to soaking up any excess water – however most of the time just a vacuum or sweep will keep it looking great! We offer a range of Accessories that will help you to keep your floor looking its best.