• Homeowners’ Questions On Hardwood Floors, Answered

  • Hardwood Floors Myrtle BeachIf you are among the many homeowners who choose to install hardwood floors, it is only logical that you will want to learn more about this specific type of flooring. Aside from adding timeless beauty and value to your home, there are lots of other benefits that you can obtain from installing hardwood flooring.

    Most of the questions from homeowners who opt to use hardwood flooring are primarily focused on how to maintain and take care of the flooring.

    Here are some of the most common questions being asked by homeowners.


    1. Do humidity levels affect hardwood floors?

    Hardwood flooring is made from natural material. This is why changes in levels of humidity inside the house can affect your hardwood flooring. High levels of humidity can be present in any part of the house; however, it is more evident in rooms below ground level. This is why hardwood flooring installed below ground level is at high risk of molds and other related problems. This is also the reason why Flooring Myrtle Beach does not recommend installing hardwood in rooms below ground level or in areas near bathrooms.

    1. How do I keep my hardwood flooring looking like new?

    According to experts, the best way to clean and maintain your hardwood flooring is through regular sweeping and vacuuming. For best results, use a brush or felt head for your vacuum. Daily vacuuming or sweeping will help prevent dust and dirt from settling on your flooring. Keep in mind that dust and dirt are the number one enemy of hardwood flooring as they can easily cause scratches and dents on your flooring’s finish, especially when stepped on and dragged throughout the house.

    You should also consider placing indoor and outdoor mats to encourage members of the family and your guests to brush their shoes off and/or remove them from entering your home. This will ensure the dust and dirt from their shoes are left by the door and will not be tracked throughout the house where it can damage your hardwood flooring.

    And to prevent more severe damage to your flooring, be sure you wipe up spills as soon as you see them. This will prevent the spills from seeping through the gaps of your flooring and, therefore, prevent them from causing more severe problems such as mold. It is also recommended that you use cleaning products that are appropriate for your specific type of hardwood floors.

    1. Which is better – prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring?

    The primary difference between prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring is that prefinished hardwood is already stained and sealed when sent to market. This type of floor works best if you are doing a complete flooring overhaul and changing your entire flooring.

    Unfinished hardwood, on the other hand, requires staining and sealing after being installed in your home. Although this requires additional work and may take longer to finish, this is highly beneficial if you are replacing only a section of your flooring. Unfinished hardwood allows you to choose your own stain and finish, which is particularly beneficial and convenient if you want to match your existing hardwood or your cabinets and countertop.

    1. Does hardwood change in color after some time?

    This actually depends on the type of wood that you used for your flooring. Some wood species darken or lighten overtime. In addition to this, other factors can also affect color changes to your hardwood flooring, primarily exposure to direct sunlight. You can opt to add shading to your windows to prevent sunlight form directly affecting your hardwood. You can also choose to add rugs over your hardwood flooring to serve as protection from the sun’s rays.

    Need more information on hardwood floors? Call Flooring Myrtle Beach now.


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