Here are some steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.
- Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel
- Put fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
7. When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.
8. For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
The use of radiant heating systems is growing in popularity throughout the United States, especially under wood floors. We believe this is an excellent heating source, and with proper acclimation and installation methods it is an exceptional choice under our reclaimed wood flooring products.
Generally speaking, there is no doubt that radiant heat is the perfect type of heating system with wood flooring for the following reasons:
- Wood is an excellent conductor of heat meaning that heat is able to easily travel through the material into the surrounding space.
- Wood is an effective distributor of heat. Combined with radiant heat systems, the warm air is distributed evenly in all directions throughout the room, as opposed to forced hot air or baseboard systems which direct the heat to rise. This explains why radiant heat is also an efficient system with wood flooring: A large area of mild surface temperatures, such as a warm floor, is capable of transferring a significant amount of heat throughout a room or home.
- Wood is a wonderful retainer of heat. It will naturally hold on to the warmth even if the heating system temperature drops or is turned off. This also contributes to the efficiency of the heating system as it does not have to work as hard to keep the room warm.