SASKATOON HARDWOOD FLOOR COMPANY
How to Care for your hardwood Floor
Number one: keep it clean! Sweep with a good microfibre dust mop a couple of times a week to keep fine grit, dust, and sand from accumulating. Even what you can't see wears down the finish.
Water and wood don't play nice together. Don't damp mop. We sell dust mop kits with a cleaning head that you spray with hardwood floor cleaner. If you do damp mop, make sure you have a dry cloth to get up any water residue.
Use a low pH cleaner. People think dish soap is mild, but it's formulated to cut grease. That's hard on wood and dulls the finish. After two years of diluted dish soap, one client took the finish off her hardwood floor.
Use protection! Felt stick-on tabs are inexpensive, attach easily on furniture feet and slide without scratching. But even sliding furniture on carpet or a sheet isn't foolproof. never, never slide! Always lift.
Use mats at front and back doors to collect dirt, water and salt from shoes.
No outside shoes should be worn on hardwood floors.
Saskatoon Hardwood Flooring recommends Bona Hardwood Flooring Cleaning Products
With solid hardwood, try to maintain humidity levels between 35% and 50%. Each dwelling will be different so it will be a trial and error to find that right number. Engineered can have more of a swing of 25% to 75% because they are made to withstand drastic swings of humidity and therefore more stable.
Below are listed the relative hardness for numerous wood species used in flooring. These ratings were done using the Janka Hardness Test, which measure the force needed to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter in a piece of wood. The higher the number the harder the wood. Although this is one of the best methods to measure the ability of wood species to withstand indentations, it should be used as a general guide when comparing various species of wood flooring. The construction and finish also play an important role in the durability and ease of maintenance of any wood floor.
WOOD SPECIES RATING
Douglas Fir 660
Southern Yellow Pine (short leaf) 690
Southern Yellow Pine (longleaf) 870
Black Cherry 950
Black Walnut 1010
Heart Pine 1225
Yellow Birch 1260
Rose Gaboty 1285
Red Oak (Northern) 1290
American Beech 1300
White Oak 1360
Australian Cypress 1375
Hard maple 1450
Tauari (Brazilian Oak) 1500
Garapa (Grapia) 1654
African Pedauk 1725
Santos Mahogany 2200
Brazilian Cherry 2350
Cumaru (Teak Brazilian) 3540
Brazilian Walnut (IPE) 3670
Kurupayra (Anjico) 3840