Before installing a wooden floor it’s best to get to know the specificity of the material – in this case oak wood – what are its characteristics and what benefit sit brings to oak floor owners. Below we have prepared some tips, which we hope will help you make the right choice while choosing a wooden floor. In case of doubts we are open to answer all of your questions, to contact us please go to “CONTACT” and choose how do you want us to get back to you: mail or phone call.
What is a solid wood board?
Solid wood board is made of a single piece of wood, sometimes it’s called a traditional board. Solid wood boards are characterized by large thickness which leads to long-term utility but also bigger wood work.
What is a layered board?
Layered board is made of wooden veneer and plywood. This type of construction reduces wood work, so the wood can be used on underfloor heating and it allows to produce bigger size boards than standard solid wood floorboards.
How to clean a wooden floor?
Wooden floor should be cleaned with a wet cloth or a microfiber mop. It should be swept along the visible wood grains. Depending on the type of finish, we should use appropriate cleaning product mixed with water. It’s important that the cloth and the mop are thoroughly squeezed. Cleaning with a wet cloth/mop is not advised.
What conditions do I have to meet to install a wooden floor?
Wood is a living material – hygroscopic – which means that depending on air humidity it will either shrink or expand. To avoid floor boards deformation you should keep the air humidity at about 45-60% and the temperature at about 18-22 degrees Celsius.
There are cracks and gaps in my floor. What to do?
With very low humidity the boards might shrink, which leads to gaps or might even break the boards. To avoid this kind of situations you must keep optimal air humidity. The most dangerous season for every wooden floor is winter because heating significantly lowers air humidity. That’s why you must buy an air humidifier and keep the humidity at about 45% to 60%.
What floor color should I choose?
Wooden floor is the basis of every home. While designing the interiors it should be the main element we should incorporate because it’s a choice we make for years to come
Natural oak colors, thanks to its warm tint, fits well with most of the interiors regardless the style, furniture, wall color. It’s a very universal and most natural floor.
Whitened floor fits well with modern styled interiors such as Scandinavian, loft or rustical styles. Light floor will optically enlarge the room, giving it the impression of naturalness and simplicity. Interiors with white floors can be easily liven up by colorful accessories such as bright red sofa, a colorful poster or a framed photo.
Dark floors are a distinctive finishing of every interior, give them a very sophisticated and elegant character. As far as a white floor can be easily combined with colorful elements and accessories, dark floor is much more demanding. Dark floor, walls and furniture may create an impression of a small, overwhelmed living room or bedroom. That’s why it’s so important to balance and to mix dark brown or cherry black with some light shades.
Why are distressed floors more durable?
Distressed floors are going through the process of brushing which eliminates the least durable fibers from the surface of the floor. As a result small grooves appear. Traces after brushing can cover up eventual scratches, scrapes and other floor damages.
Varnish or oilwax? What to choose?
Varnished completely cover up the wood structure, leaving a smooth surface.
They are maintenance free, they don’t need any special treatments except cleaning and vacuuming.
Varnish layer is thick, usually it’s few layers that create a pane on the surface of the wood. It’s a solution that will last for about 10 years with domestic usage. Like every wooden floor, varnished floor also needs to be cared for. To keep the shine and the color of the floor you should clean it with water mixed with a special cleaning product.
Oilwax is a mix of natural oils and waxes. Oil deeply penetrates the wood, filling in its pores and protecting the wood from blemishes and drying. Waxes, on the other hand, are a natural substitute of varnish, they protect the surface of the board from scratches and scrapes. Biggest advantages of oilwax floors are naturalness and the ability of do-it-yourself renovation. Oilwaxes are so harmless, that they’re used in children’s wooden toys. In case of damages you should only sand the damaged surface and apply a layer of oilwax with some cloth, rubbing it well along the wood grains.
How to extend the lifespan of my floor?
- Buy doormats and place them in front of the front door.
- The main reason the wooden floor gets scratched is tiny sand, that we bring inside the house on the soles of our shoes. To avoid it always clean and take off your shoes before entering the house.
- Vacuum clean the floor everyday. This way you’ll avoid scratching the floor with sand that could have been brought inside.
- Clean the floor regularly to avoid dirt cumulation between the floorboards.
- Use special cleaning products recommended by floor producers.
- Keep the recommended air humidity and temperature.
- Use felt pads under the furniture, you’ll avoid scratches.
- In case of animals, we definitely suggest you to choose brushed oilwax floors. Thanks to grooves, the animals don’t slip and scratch the floor, in case of scrapes you can easily wipe it off.