At Bank Floor Sanding We get many great questions from hardwood flooring owners. If someone was looking for the answer, we believe there are many hardwood floor owners who would benefit from learning more about hardwood floors. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about hardwood floors.
Can I damp-mop my wooden floor?
No. No. If you have a sticky spillage, you can use a dampened mop to remove it. However, excessive moisture can cause problems. Standing water can cause the surface to become dull and discolored. You should immediately wipe any water that has gotten on the wood floor with a clean cloth.
What can I do to prevent scratches from wood flooring?
Grit and dirt can cause scratches. To help capture the grit, sweep and vacuum frequently. These should be swept often. You can also use felt pads to place under the legs of furniture. When moving furniture, lift it up and don't scoot it. Keep your pets' nails trimmed if they are house pets.
Are there any cleaning products that can be used on wood floors?
No. No. Your wood floors' finish can also be damaged by self-polishing acrylic waxes. These waxes can cause wood to become slippery or dull, and may need to be refinished to fix the damage. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations. For more information, see our blog post on caring for wood floors.
How can I tell if my floor is in need of refinishing?
To determine if your floor needs to be refinished, there is an easy test. Pick a high-traffic area that is most worn. Sprinkle a tablespoonful of water on the floor. Your floor will be fine if the water beads up. If the water soaks into the wood it is not a problem. You need to refinish your flooring.
Why are there gaps in my floor?
Hardwood floors expand and contract naturally with changes in moisture. It is common for planks to be separated by larger gaps during winter when indoor humidity drops. As soon as humidity levels return to normal, the wood will go back to its normal state. You may consider a humidifier if you are concerned about the gaps. Humidity levels of between 45% to 55% should reduce gaps between planks.
Why do my floors squeak?
Humidity changes are often responsible for squeaking. The wood expands and contracts as the nails hold it in place. We rub the planks against each other and cause them to squeak when we walk across the boards. When indoor humidity is low, you'll notice that homes squeak less in winter. Sometimes, squeaks may be caused by pipes scraping against joists and loose heating ducts. Squeaks can be fixed by inserting shims between subfloor and joists. To hold the planks in place, a professional flooring contractor can use 2-inch finish nails to drive through the subfloor diagonally.
This will hopefully answer some of your burning questions about hardwood floors. At Bank Floor Sanding .You can visit our blog to find more information on hardwood flooring installation, maintenance, repair, trends, and other useful information.