Wood Flooring: Practical & Beautiful

The choice of flooring materials is often over whelming, but wood still remains one of the most popular choices for homes and with good reason.

Wood is a practical and natural choice for flooring, it is produced from a sustainable resource that can be formed into many
shapes and styles and comes in a variety of naturally beautiful colours and patterns. The natural properties of this material mean demand for material is high so a natural wood floor will always be a luxury in the modern home.  As a natural insulator, wood is warmer than stone or tile, natural looking unlike vinyl or linoleum and holds no dust or pests like carpet. With these attributes wood floors maintain a strong presence in homes and home design around the world. 

Only natural stone can compete for uniqueness when it comes to a flooring material, each wood plank, strip, block or finger is truly unique. Meaning every floor is unique; even if all your neighbours have the same oak
floor from the same manufacturer made from the same forest, no two floors will be the same. However, stone is not a renewable resource like wood, and with the environment a major concern for many, wood is the practical choice.  

Wood flooring is very durable and easy to maintain, because it does not hold dust or dirt your home becomes a cleaner and healthier environment for you and your family. There is no doubt a wood floor is an investment.

Wood is a sustainable resource if carefully managed. For this reason wood flooring manufacturers work with forestry organisations to maintain this natural resource. Tropical woods used come from countries that are members of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).
To find out more, visit these organisations websites:

Forest Stewardship Council www.fsc.org/en/
Woodland heritage www.woodlandheritage.org.uk
PEFC www.pefc.org/internet/html/
Forestry Commision www.forestry.gov.uk
Parquet Flooring Organisation www.realwood.eu/en/home

Fact – Wood flooring manufacturers in northern Europe and North America use waste wood for bio-energy to power and heat their factories.

Swedish manufacturer Kahrs uses the ash generated by this process to fertilise acidified forests in south-west Sweden.

Carefully managed forests in Europe are now growing faster than they are being cut down.

Easy to clean & maintain

Wood flooring is very easy to clean and maintain and will create a healthier environment in the home as it does not hold dust or harbour dust mites.

For day to day dusting you can use a static mop or a vacuum.

A neutral detergent (recommend using the manufacturers cleaner) should be used and put in a spray bottle as this will make cleaning easy and makes sure you do not make the floor to wet (never wet mop a wood floor). A dry mop (manufacturers often have their own) can then be used to wipe and dry the floor. Most manufacturers supply a cleaning kit with a mop (see care & maintenance page).

We do not recommend tissue type mops that supermarkets sell as these do not remove moisture during cleaning and in pre finished floors push the moisture into the joints causing expansion that may cause cupping.

After installing your floor, place felt pads or castors with felt pads under any chairs, tables and sofas as to protect the floor when moving the furniture back into the room and prevent future accidents.

If moving a heavy item or delivery of a new appliance it is recommended a board be used to protect the floor, never wheel heavy items over the floor as they will mark.

Expectations
Be realistic with your expectations, floors get walked on and most of the time you pay little attention to your floors well being. Wood floors do scratch, dent and don’t like changes in conditions, but can be repaired and re- sanded and sealed. All flooring materials have their disadvantages. Wood is a natural material that requires some more care than most other floors, but with all that said they are worth the money.