Before You Buy Hardwood Flooring

Wood FloorWhen my husband and I decided to merge his office and mine, we decided that it was time to resurface our much-abused hardwood floors, but we didn’t want to spend a couple thousand dollars on hiring a professional to come in. It’s not the first time we felt this way. I’m not quite so satisfied after several years – it is a relatively soft wood and has many small dents in it. It might have worked better if not under a dining table with table and chair legs moving around on it. It might be 25 cents per square foot for a small floor using materials picked up at a yard sale to $25 per square foot for high dollar flooring. The biggest cost of wood floors is the installation and knowing how to do it yourself saves BIG bucks! We have oak hardwood flooring that we are going to try and sand down as the floor/house is pretty old. But if the sanding takes the floor down too much we will have to put down new hardwood.

We have hardwood flooring downstairs that has been sanded down – I much prefer it to carpet because of the dog – far easier to keep clean! Dan has been a homeowner for some 40 years, and has nearly always done his own repair and improvement tasks. Bona is the leading hardwood floor cleaner used by professionals, and is also a residential consumer favorite. This pH neutral and environmentally safe cleaner has been labeled the highest quality cleaner for hardwood floors. It restores shine to unwaxed floors without leaving hazy streaks or damaging the finish. There is also a 28.75 ounce hardwood floor cleaning cartridge refill for the Bona floor care system.

Glitsa Clean is a water based Swedish hardwood floor cleaner that leaves no dulling residue. Since this cleaner is pH neutral it does not violate or break the warranty of a hardwood floor, and may even extend the floor’s life. Woodwise hardwood floor cleaner leaves a beautiful shine on every hardwood floor that is surface-coated (except waxed floors). Pallmann cleaner for hardwood floors is pH neutral with no abrasive or caustic ingredients.

This environmentally safe pH neutral cleaner leaves a fresh scent, is phosphate-free and also biodegradable. It leaves behind a fresh lemon scent, and adds shine to your floors without streaking or residue. Soaked mops should never be used on hardwood floors as they cause extensive damage. When applying cleaner to your floor use a sprayer or squirt bottle, then quickly wipe the solution away with a dry mop or cloth until it is close to dry.

Be sure not to use hardwood flooring products containing ammonia or oil soaps as they ruin the finish, and cause warping. It is important that spills are spot cleaned immediately with any of the best hardwood floor cleaning products above to extend the life of your floors. Red oak: A dense wood that resists wear well, this reddish hued wood is one of the most popular flooring choices in the United States. The two types of finishes that are most commonly used on hardwood floors are surface finishes and penetrating finishes. Surface finishes tend to be the most common, since they’re pretty easy to maintain, and increase the durability of the floor.

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