4 Great Threats

Moisture

Wood interacts naturally with water, expanding in humidity and contracting in drier climates. The sound, structural engineering of our floors allow the floorboards to resist some of the movement caused by climate. However, liquid spills or wide variations in humidity can have a visible impact on floors. To reduce the risks of floorboard movement:

  • Keep relative humidity levels in your home between 35% and 55%. In the summer, when the air is humid, keep rooms well ventilated and use a dehumidifier if necessary. In winter when heating dries out the air, use a humidifier.
  • Wash floors with a damp mop.
  • Immediately clean up any liquids spilled on the floor
  • Avoid indoor rugs with undersides made of rubber or any other material that prevents air from circulating properly beneath the rug.

Pressure

Marks on the surface of your floor appear when the wood fiber is crushed. When this happens, the protective finish remains intact, and simply molds to the shape of the hollow. Marking can be caused by moving heavy objects or by striking the floor, as well as by repeated rubbing or small impacts. To avoid marks on the floor:

  • Protect the floor when moving heavy furniture and appliances. Use specially designed glides or slide the furniture on a piece of upside-down carpet.
  • For furniture and chairs with castors, use only wide rubber castors designed for hard surfaces. Avoid hard castors made of plastic or wood.
  • High heels are a dangerous enemy for any type of floor covering. Broken or worn heels can even damage a cement floor!
  • If you have pets, keep their claws well trimmed.

Abrasives

When we talk about floor wear, we are referring to the protective finish and not to the wood itself. Our Plus finish is made of eight coats of acrylic, carefully applied to create one of the toughest products in the industry. Even so, it is still vulnerable to abrasives. Tracked-in sand and hard surfaces that rub against the floor (chair legs, for example) will eventually wear down even the most resistant protective finish. The following tips will help you protect your floor against premature wear.

  • Place felt pads under chair and furniture legs. Ensure that the pads are kept clean and in good condition.
  • Sweep and vacuum the floor regularly to remove all sand and other abrasives. Place an outside mat and an indoor carpet at each door with exterior access to help keep harmful grit from getting tracked through the house.

Light

Extended exposure to intense light will eventually discolor most materials, wood included. Our Plus finish is specially developed to protect against premature yellowing and discoloring, however, it is still a good idea to move rugs and furniture from time to time so that the same sections of the floor are not permanently exposed to intense light. Exposure to sunlight is responsible for the natural process of oxidation, which makes the surface of some of the exotic wood species darken considerably. Again, it is a good idea to move area rugs and furniture from time to time to allow the entire floor surface to get an even amount of exposure to sunlight and a more consistent color tone.