Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Care and Keeping of...Hardwood

You've just installed your beautiful hardwood floors. Maybe they're handscraped. Maybe they're brushed. Perhaps they're engineered rather than solid. They're stunning. Warm, natural and just the perfect finish.


How do you keep them that way?

When considering hardwood, our clients most frequently ask "Will they scratch?" The answer to this question is that hardwood is a natural material and some scratching is inevitable. However, with careful maintenance, you can really live on your hardwood without seeing the evidence.

When buying...

  • Opt for pre-finished hardwood. Eheart's hardwood business is almost exclusively pre-finished because the finish is so superior to sand-on-site flooring. Pre-finished flooring has an aluminum oxide wear layer which results in a commercial grade finish that will last years longer before refinishing. And, you can walk on your floors the same day they're installed! A win-win!

  • Handscraped Hardwood


  • Consider handscraped hardwood. If you have pets or kids, consider the character of a hand scraped hardwood. This style of hardwood is like distressed denim--it's already got a bit of character, so when Junior comes in with gravel in his shoes from a particularly mischevious day at school or when Fido is overdue for a nail trim, the damage done only adds to the charm of this flooring.

Once installed...

  • Clear the debris. The biggest culprit for hardwood wear comes from dirt, sand, and gravel that can buff or scratch your floor. Run your vacuum, dust mop, or broom over your floor routinely to extend your hardwood's life.
  • Use a wax free cleaner. We recommend and sell the Bona Hardwood Floor Care System. Similar to a Swiffer mop, this system is quick and easy--a quick dry mop to pick up residual debris then a quick spritz of the all-natural cleaner is all it takes for beautiful floors!
  • Manage humidity. A whole house humidifier is a worthwhile investment to keep your hardwood looking brand new for years to come.

  • Cap Fido's toenails. Try a completely humane simple nail cap on your pet's toenails to keep them from damaging your floors as they slide to your front door to greet unexpected guests.



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