Caring for Custom Wood Flooring Caring for Custom Wood Flooring

Custom wood flooring is not only one of the most beautiful ways of lining the floor of your home, but it's also one of the more expensive fixtures that you can have in this space as well. For that reason, it's important that you recognize that installing custom wood flooring in your home is a long term investment. It can significantly boost the aesthetic and financial value of your home, but you must be prepared to continue to invest in the maintenance of the flooring for months and years to come. Read on for a brief overview of how to care for custom wood flooring.

General Cleaning

Before you begin to do any deeper cleaning of your floor, it's a good idea to make sure that the surface of the floor is free of any dirt, debris and dust. This can be accomplished by sweeping up the floor with a broom and a dustpan. This is the simplest type of maintenance that you can do for your floor and should be performed every few days for the best results. It's important that you clean up in this manner before continuing so that you don't permanently seal any of the dirt and debris that can accumulate on the floor into the wood.

Sealing

One of the most important parts of a custom wood flooring maintenance job is sealing the floor. Sealant is a thin and clear liquid that will solidify on top of the flooring and help to protect it. This is the main defense that your floor has against stains from items that spill on it, as well as damage from liquid that could otherwise seep into cracks and grooves in the floor. The seal must be examined and redone periodically, as it tends to wear away with time and use of the floor. Look for sealant types that are appropriate for the specific type of custom wood flooring that you have in your home.

Polishing

The final major step of maintaining a floor of this type is polishing. There are specific wood polishes that you can use to help bring out the natural color of the wood. These polishes will also help to moisturize and keep the wood from cracking or splitting. In most cases, they can be applied using a small polisher, or even by hand. Be sure that you find the right type of polish for the wood that makes up your custom wood floor.

Maintenance of custom wood floors also requires that you examine the flooring for signs of other damage, like cracks and splits. These can be dealt with by treating them with specialized glues and other similar items. However, in many cases you run the risk of further damaging the wood if you attempt to repair these damages without knowing exactly what you're doing. Therefore, you should always consult with a professional if you have any doubts about how to properly maintain your floor.

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