Friday, August 22, 2014

Hardwood Floor Cleaning and Refinishing: Oak Flooring

Part two of our series on hardwood floor refinishing explores oak flooring.
Hardwood Floor Refinishing | (310) 545-8750
Hardwood Floor Refinishing | (310) 545-8750

Hardwood Floors:  More than One Type of Oak

Oak floors convey elegance and comfort at the same time.  What most people don't know is that most of the oak flooring is made of one of three types of oak.  If you have oak in your home it is either white oak, red oak, or black oak. Here is some information regarding oak from WIKIPEDIA.ORG: "Oak wood has a density of about 0.75 g/cm3, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quartersawn. [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]
If you have a home with solid oak flooring, then you must know by now that it is worth a small fortune.  And it is worth the price.  Oak flooring brightens any room up.  It is tough, durable, and keeps its looks for a long time.  it is fairly easy to take care of, and clean.   Another great benefit of oak flooring is increases your home's resale value. So with that said, make sure that you take proper care of it.  

Oak Floor Care and Cleaning

Despite the fact that it is tough and durable, like all hardwoods, you must take care of it the right way.  You either need to call in a hardwood floor cleaning service, or if you do it yourself, make sure you don't use harsh chemicals like bleach.  You also want to avoid using anything oil based like furniture polish as it can leave a residue behind.  Never wet mop your oak floor.  Harsh chemicals can bleach your wood or even cause parts of it to dissolve, particularly softer sections.  In addition, chemicals such as bleach can strip the finishing off the floor as well, and leave the floor vulnerable to stains, scratches and pits.  
So remember, your oak floor is more than just floor.  So whether you have oak plank flooring or solid oak, you want to make sure that you take care of it.  It is an investment in your home both for now and for the future.  Sweep it lightly once a week, and make sure you have mats at the entry points.  Clean up spills immediately, and make sure you have a professional hardwood floor cleaning service come in every now and then to seal your hardwood floor.  
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
(310) 545-8750