How to Take care of Wood Floors

wooden floorsWooden floors bring out a warm beauty and an earthy look. Wooden floors are durable, and with proper care, they can last for decades. Although it may sound simple to take care of wood floors, there are a number of issues you must get right.  Too much moisture, excessive dust and dragging heavy objects across floors may make them wear out fast.

If you need your wooden floor to keep looking great, follow these tips.

 

Vacuum the Floor

You should vacuum the floor every week. The reason for vacuuming is because at the underfoot contains some dust that acts like sandpaper. The friction between the foot and floor acts to wear down the wooden floor’s finish gradually. When you vacuum, you protect the finish as well as keeping it glossy in appearance.

 

Use no-wax wood floor cleaner

From time to time, you need to remove residue using no-wax wood floor cleaner. You can use this type of cleaner to quickly clean up small problems before they escalate to become big ones. You should wipe up all spills and dirt immediately before it dries up. Dust can have a devastating effect on your floor’s finish, and if left unattended it can get ground in. Liquids can damage and stain these floors.

 

Soaping

You need to soap your wooden floors. Soaping involves mopping the floors using a wood soap that is designed primarily for cleaning wooden floors. This soap cleans and protects oil-finished surfaces from stains, dirt and all forms of wear and tear. Natural soaps such as woca help to clean and leave behind an invisible layer of gloss. Choose a product that cleanses your wood and protects it from getting dry or cracked.

Walk off Doormats

Ideally, people should at all times remove their shoes when they visit your house. If they remove, dirt, salt, water, and ice would not be deposited onto your wood floors. But because some people will always not remove their shoes, it is good to have doormats inside and outside the doors. If these mats are well placed, people will be obliged to rub dirt and moisture off their shoes as they walk in.

For the cleaning products you choose for your woods, read the labels carefully to ensure that they are suitable for your floor surfaces. You can also add felt protectors and furniture legs which helps in picking up debris and protecting the floors from various effects of scratches.

Wood Treatment Options for Homes using Logs

logsProtecting and maintaining your logs should be an easy job, but in most cases, its one that is highly neglected or forgotten. Treatment to protect your logs should begin before the actual construction begins and should continue for the life of your home. Maintaining your timber is an important step you can take to preserve your logs. When treating and protecting your logs, here are some of the available options you can employ.

 

Drying

You can treat and preserve your logs through drying. Water inside the wood can have a lot of harmful organisms that can trigger the agents of decay. The first step you should take as a homeowner is to dry your logs to reduce the levels of moisture content. You can air dry the logs for about a year or consider heating the logs in kilns to minimize moisture and kill insect larvae.

 

Borate Treatment

Sodium borate is specially designed for treating woods, specifically lumber, and equally other solid wood products. Borate, which has a low solubility is used for the preservative treatment of wood composites. Borate takes advantage of moisture content in the wood to penetrate as deep as it can. Borate is highly effective in destroying insects, as a fungicide and for anti-corrosive formations. As a homeowner, you can protect your logs from fungi and insects by dipping logs in tanks that are filled with a borate-based solution or just by infusing them with borate preservation using pressure treating.

 

Cleaning

log careBleach and water combined with a little detergent have been an impressive and long-lasting recommendation for treating dirty wood. Cleaning works pretty well, it is simple, fast and cheap. However, not that cleaning can destroy cellulose in the wood if it’s left on the surface for a long time. You can purchase prepared cleaning solutions and apply them to clean your logs.

 

Wood Preservatives

The next possible option when taking care of your logs is by the use of wood preservatives. The most important role and work of a preservative are to repel the primary enemies of your logs such as water and other insects. The most damaging effect of water is that it promotes mold and mildew thus attracting insects and fungi. All these aspects break down the wood and wear it down. With wood preservatives, you should also have maintenance schedules depending on the type of logs you are taking care of, and climatic conditions.