Wood Flooring Care
It wasn’t until the early
1600’s that wooden floors were used in North America. For the first time plank flooring was set
down and people could now enjoy the warmth of wood beneath their feet.
Although the wood was not sanded and
polished, over time by generations of feet walking over them, they would
In the early Victorian era wood
floors were being mass produced and the tongue oils from china were not very
durable to the floors, so they were hot waxed and buffed with brushes.
If that had to be done today, wood floors
would be eliminated if for no other reason than we just don’t have the time to
keep them up.
But fortunately for us, tongue and groove came along and solved a
major problem. Floors became more
durable and easier to care for.
As time went forward, history shows that we
covered them over with carpeting, and now a new renaissance is taking place and
the carpeting is being pulled out and the floors are being brought back to
their original glory.
The care of these
floors can bring great rewards to those willing to undertake this responsibility.
If your floors fall into this category
and are 50 to 100 years of age, then you probably have floors that are waxed,
but will no doubt have a layer of shellac under the wax.
What that means is that your Wood Flooring Care will be the removing of the wax and the redoing of the shellac.
HERE'S THE PROCESS
To remove the wax use mineral spirits, this will
dissolve the wax and let you know if there is a layer of shellac
underneath. By rubbing some denatured
alcohol on the wood this will tell you if there is a layer by dissolving it.
If it’s in good shape, you can, once all of the
wax has been removed, re-layer the floor with another coat of shellac. With the Wood Flooring Care, The wonder to all of this is that the new
layer will be suspended in the denatured alcohol and this will dissolve the old
layer and bring the two together seamlessly. .
Once finished with the shellac, you can now lay
down the wax. Choose something
appropriate for your wood and follow the directions that the manufacturer has
given. Usually several layers is
required for best Wood Flooring Care.
If all of this is too much for you on your own,
then bringing in a professional can make this all go a little easier. If for no other reason than finding out
exactly what kind of wood you are
dealing with, how old it really is, and what are the best finishes, a
professional can be your answer. They
don’t have to do the work for you, but can guide you through the right process.
ONCE ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN DONE, IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR FLOORS.
If you are concerned about anything that may
scratch your floors, then a good soft bristle broom is best.
If you’re more concerned with dust, then a good
dust mop will do the trick.
You can also use a vacuum cleaner, just be sure
nothing is on the bottom that will scratch the floors.
After removing the dust from the floors, it’s
time to wash them. There are two trains
of thought here. Some believe that a
little vinegar in the water is ok. Some
believe that to be taboo. And only warm water with a mop that has been rung out
so dry it could cough dust is the only way to wash your floors. Just remember
any water left behind that soaks into the wood can damage it down the
road. It can also change the color of
You may want to buff the floors after washing to
bring back the shine. This can be done
with a large soft towel also.
One other thing to remember is that anytime you
place a carpet down over the wood, make sure it does not have a rubber lining .
The chemical reaction from the backing will change the color of the wax.
Enjoy your floors, you’ve worked hard to make
them shine for you.
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