Unfinished Hardwood Flooring Is A Popular New Look
Unlike pre-finished boards, unfinished hardwood comes in planks, giving it that distinct cottage appearance. More importantly, you can color match your floor with your existing hardwood to create a more fluid look. However, most people select the unfinished hardwood for its natural look and color. Some types of hardwood only comes in unfinished types.
Although unfinished flooring may be a little cheaper per square foot, the additional cost you may incur when sealing and staining (if you prefer) could end up more expensive. Added to this is the cost of labor, as unfinished hardwood would entail more hours to install.
Most unfinished hardwood flooring are left bare of paint, that is, the owners prefer this type of flooring because of the strength and grain of wood. The natural color makes for a homey atmosphere, typical in most country houses. Thus, there is very little protection that is enjoyed by this type of flooring. Upkeep therefore is of primary importance for these floors.
Care for Your Unfinished Hardwood FlooringThe best way to protect your unfinished hardwood is by cleaning the floor regularly. As the wood is unprotected, one should make sure that the floor is free from dust and grime which may hasten wear and tear or damage its nice design. Following are simple steps one can do to maintain longevity and beauty of one’s unfinished hardwood flooring:
1. Vacuum. Fortunately for unfinished hardwood, there are no seams to worry about as connections between planks have usually been sealed. The problem though with unfinished hardwood is that regular movement of furniture during cleaning may result in scratches on the floor. A small cordless vacuum with a stick that can reach under furniture and hard to reach corners is thus recommended.
2. Regular cleaning with a dust mop ensures that no stubborn dirt will accumulate on the floor, making upkeep easier. Use of water to clean the floor should not be done as the unfinished state makes the wood prone to rotting when frequently dampened.
3. Mineral spirits can give minimal protection and put out that warm glow on your floor. You can apply this using a rug, dampening it just right with mineral spirits (rug should not be drenched). Wipe the floor following its grain to take out its best color.
4. Take care in using cleaners. Since unfinished hardwood is unprotected, using harsh cleaners could affect and damage its natural color. To prepare for this eventuality, it would be prudent to keep a piece of the flooring and test any cleaners on this before you apply the cleaner directly to the floor.
5. Regularly check your flooring for splinters. Unfinished hardwood may be prone to splinters because of uneven sanding. Regularly check your floor for this as it will either make you the victim of a splinter or your floor may be subject to unnecessary damage.
6. Never let up on regular cleaning. This is your floor’s best defense against damage, rotting or staining. Set a regular cleaning routine and stick to it. This is the best way you can enjoy the beauty and simplicity of your unfinished hardwood floor.
Some may say that with all the protection given the prefinished hardwood and the many advantages that you may derive from it, it is unthinkable that a number of people still go the unfinished hardwood flooring way.
However, choosing one’s house flooring is a matter of style, and one may not necessarily mind the rigors of rigid upkeep for as long as they enjoy the beauty of living in a house with all its natural glory.