Has anyone ever not been moved by the indescribable beauty of natural hardwood floors in a home? The feeling of emotional warmth and comfort adds a certain charm to the whole house. Years ago one hardwood floor looked just like another hardwood floor. Today, however, all that has changed. Currently, multiple types of wood, various colors of wood, as well as an assortment of designs of wood, all offer the homeowner a large variety of natural wood floors to choose from.
Hardwood flooring is available in an unfinished version as well as in a factory pre-finished style. The choice is the homeowners; depending on their particular skills and talents. On the job hardwood finishing can be a very messy and time consuming operation. However, a factory hardwood finish is usually stronger, more durable and more scratch resistant than an after installation finish could ever be. Using automated machines, manufacturers can easily apply seven to ten coats of a durable finish to their pre-finished hardwood flooring. These factory applied finishes are extremely resistant to the wear and tear of ordinary everyday use. The average homeowner could never do this. The quality of the finish applied to your hardwood flooring is vitally important to the longevity of your floor.
Everything made of natural wood is vulnerable to the negative effects of too much moisture. Hardwood floors should never be washed with water. They should always be cared for with a wood finishing product that has been especially formulated for the cleaning of hardwood flooring. A periodic coat of protective wax is always desirable.
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