Monthly Archives: June 2013
Tasks to Wood Flooring Base Level 1.The proper distance between two wood joist should be≤ 350mm 2. Wood joist should be installed flatly and firmly. 3. Wood joist should be corrosion resistance(width ＞35mm ). Coniferous timber or multiply wood … Continue reading
Engineered wood floors, laminate wood floors, snap-in wood floors, whatever name the manufacturer chooses to use, these floors have exploded in popularity. The boards are comprised of a type of press board, covered with a thin veneer of real wood. This two-ply construction allows the boards to breathe a bit, expanding and contracting with minimal exposure to humidity. They are easy to install, requiring few tools. The laminates come in a variety of woods, tones, and shapes. Once installed, they are a durable, beautiful, affordable addition to any home. With proper cleaning and maintenance, engineered wood floors will last many years. Follow these easy steps to keep the floor looking and functioning well. Spills Clean spills as soon as they occur. Just like hardwood floors, engineered wood floors are not designed for prolonged exposure to moisture. Additionally, some liquids can stain the laminate floor if they are left in place too long as they can work their way in between the layers of particleboard and veneer. Once this occurs, it is necessary to replace the stained boards, rather than to try to clean the stain. Area Rugs Area rugs are an excellent way to protect the high-traffic areas of the floor from hazards such as high heels and damaging scuffmarks. However, they can also trap fine dirt and dust onto the floor. Lift areas rugs and clean under them regularly. This dirt can scratch the floor every time someone steps on the area rug if it is not removed regularly. For floors that lead to an outside exit, consider placing mats, both inside and outside the door. This will help to remove excess dirt from shoes, prior to entering the house and stepping on the laminate floor. Sweep Regularly Use a soft bristled broom or a dust mop to sweep the floor two or three times per week. This activity will prevent larger dirt particles from begin ground into and scratching the surface of the floor. It will also remove finer dirt that can act as sandpaper to the floor’s finish if subjected to heavy foot traffic. If there are pets in the house, this is especially beneficial to keep the dust bunnies at bay. Vacuum Use a soft brush vacuum cleaner to vacuum the floor once a week. This activity will remove the finer particles of dirt and dust that can accumulate in the cracks and floor joints. If left unattended, dirt and dust could compromise the floor’s seal, causing the boards to shift or buckle. Light Mop Periodically, the floor will appear soiled even with regular sweeping and vacuuming. When the floor’s shine begins to dull use a damp mop and a small amount of cleaner. It will help to restore the floor to its original luster. The key to this deeper cleaning is that the mop must be damp, not soaking wet. The goal is to remove the thin layer of film, not to soak the wood thoroughly. The floor should be slightly damp while mopping and thoroughly dry within … Continue reading
Solid wood floors, while long-lasting, can be damaged. Scratches, nicks and gouges out of the wood are the most common issues facing solid wood flooring. Other issues may include warping, squeaky or loose boards as well as actual holes in the floor. In cases of severe damage, planks may need to be entirely replaced rather than just repaired. If the floor is warped or has holes, replacement will definitely be necessary. Most other common problems can be solved by refinishing Instructions 1Sweep the floor. Before you can repair a solid wood floor, the surface must be entirely clean. Sweep the floor and pickup any debris with a dust pan. If the floor is very dirty, you may need to use a damp cloth to pick up the dirt. If you do end up using a damp cloth, you must wait until the floor is absolutely dry before proceeding. 2Sand down the damaged spot on the wood. Extend the area out several inches around the damage to make sure that the finished result is as seamless as possible. Use a medium or heavy grade sandpaper. If the gouges are very deep, you may need to use a belt sander. Make sure that the entire area is smoothed out and that the damage is no longer visible. 3Clean up the dust from sanding. Sanding produces a great deal of dust that will need to be completely cleaned up before you can refinish the flooring. Use a broom and a dustpan to get the majority cleaned up, and if necessary, wipe down the area with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. The area should be free of all dust. 4Stain the sanded area. Using the same stain that was previously used on your flooring, or one that matches as closely as possible, stain the newly sanded surface. Use a paint brush for smaller areas, or a larger roller applicator for large areas. Work with the grain of the wood. Apply a light coat and allow it six to eight hours to dry. If the color is too light, apply more coats as necessary until the flooring matches. 5Clear coat the spot. In order to prevent future damage, clear coat polyurethane should be applied over the stain. Once again, use a paint brush and apply a very thin coat to the area. Allow this spot six to eight hours to dry. If you notice any bubbles or rough spots, the area will need to be lightly sanded and clear coat will need to be reapplied. Allow the fixed spot 12 hours to dry completely after the last coat before allowing foot traffic on the spot.
Solid wood flooring is a traditional and beautiful option for many rooms in the home as long as they are above grade. Some of these floors have been known to last a hundred years or more with proper solid wood flooring maintenance and care. In order to protect the investment it is vital to know how to clean and maintain this type of flooring, and all the ways to avoid damage that will age the floor prematurely. Cleaning Solid Wood Flooring Solid wood flooring can be scratched, so in order to minimize the risk it is a good idea to place mats at entranceways to capture as much dirt, dust and sand as possible. Sweeping the floor daily will remove what the mats miss. It’s also a good idea to vacuum regularly (without a beater bar) to remove any dirt or dust left behind. To wash the floor, use only products recommended by the flooring manufacturer. Only damp mop, as wood is highly vulnerable to water and excess moisture will damage the wood and potentially cause warping. Maintaining Solid Wood Flooring In addition to regular cleaning, it may be necessary to use a spot cleaner if a stain appears from food or drinks. Follow the instructions for the product suitable to your floor. Sticky marks on solid wood flooring can be cleaned with a damp towel. When the flooring begins to look dull and loses its shine it is time to refinish the floor. This will not only restore its original beauty but it will help extend the life of the flooring by protecting the wood and helping to reseal it against moisture. DIY homeowners can refinish their own flooring, which requires sanding and applying fresh coats of finish, and allowing the floor ample time to dry and cure. Many people choose to hire professional wood floor refinishers to complete the job, which can help speed up the process and reduce the amount of time that the floor cannot be used. It’s also a great option for someone going away on holidays – the floor can be completed while they are away and they return to a beautiful new-looking floor. … Continue reading