During the winter, even the most carefully installed wood floors tend to dry out and shrink. The floor behaves that way because of wood's relationship with moisture in the air. Air with a low moisture content, or low relative humidity (RH), causes wood to lose moisture. When wood loses moisture, it shrinks. To control winter-related shrinkage of flooring and the gaps there are basically six options.]]>
During the winter on Cape Cod we can get a lot of rain, sleet, and snow so we usually use salt to keep it all from freezing. Salt crystals can act like sandpaper to a floor, dulling a floor's surface or damaging a finish. And once the surface is damaged, the underlying materials can be damaged or stained by water and other foreign matter that soaks in. First line of defense: Immediately remove water droplets that may contain salt. For that, I keep a Swiffer-type mop handy, outfitted with rectangles of old terry-cloth towel, which I can wash and reuse. To pick up salt that's dried onto floors without scratching the finish, you'll first need to spray the floor with warm water, or water mixed with a splash of vinegar. Let the liquid sit for a minute or two, and wipe it up with a dry towel on your mop.
Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your floors happy during the harsh New England winters!]]>
If you want to provide your hardwood flooring with a renewed look, it can be achieved through hardwood buffing. When recoating wood floors, it has been recognized as an affordable option to revive dull looking or worn out hardwood flooring. Nevertheless, the procedure is not for all floors. Hardwood flooring that has been prominently scarred or scratched on the top layer could not be recoated anymore. In case like that you should consider wood floor refinish. If you are planning on recoating wood floors in your home, it is better to check this article.]]>
Wood floor maintenance is very important to sustain a brilliant surface as well as extend the life of the hardwood floor. Cleaning wood floors is only a part of the regular maintenance requirements.
Wood floors need to be protected in areas of moderate to heavy traffic by using a good quality mat or rug. The floor also needs to be protected from the weight of furniture whether they are stationary or being moved about the floor. Floor protectors or a mat should be placed under any part of furniture in contact with the wood floor. This prevents scratches, indentations, et cetera.]]>
Summer’s just around the corner in Cape Cod, and you know what that means - lazy days at West Dennis beach or any other favorite, followed by something to eat at Longfellow Restaurant over in Yarmouth. The warmer temperatures generally bring out the best in people and, as it happens, the worst general humidity - for Cape Cod’s Hardwood Floors. Much like hardwood floors anywhere else, they are susceptible to humidity throughout the year. But what kind of changes can you expect? Below we look at possible seasonal changes to your Cape Cod hardwood floor, and how to prevent any potential damage.]]>