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3 Wood Floor Care FAQs for KC Homeowners

Wood floor care photographAt SVB Wood Floors, we understand the value of your Kansas City home’s wood flooring; in fact we wrote a whole blog post about it: 3 Facts Proving Hardwood Floors Can Add Resale Value to Your Home. So, we also understand the value in keeping your flooring in good shape by properly taking care of it. To help you out, we put together the answers to three of the most frequently asked wood floor care questions that we receive from customers. Check them out below!

How can I prevent my wood flooring from receiving scratches?

The first place to start is at the entrances to your home. When friends, family, and pets go in and out of your home, they often drag in sand, dirt, and grit. These particles can easily spread from room to room and create scratches on your floors. To diminish the possibility of letting this happen, place mats and throw rugs at your doorways and be sure to vacuum and dust regularly.

Another possibility for wood flooring to develop scratches is when you are moving heavy objects and furniture. Try these tips from SVB Wood Floors to avoid scratches when doing this: 7 Tips for Moving Heavy Objects without Scratching your Wood Floors

Am I allowed to damp mop my hardwood floors?

Moisture and hardwood floors do not mix. Why? Because excessive amounts of water will cause damage to your home’s flooring. Instead consider dust mopping your floor to help maintain the finish. We recommend using cleaners that are specifically made for your flooring. If you have questions about what these may be, give SVB a call and we can help you decide.

Will the cleaning products that I use on my other flooring work for hard wood floors?

The answer to this question is no, the cleaning products for other types of flooring materials will not work for hardwood flooring. These products, just like mopping, could damage your floor. In fact, most waxes cause wood to become slippery and dull leaving the floor in need of sanding and refinishing.

For more wood floor care tips, give SVB Wood Floors a call at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655 and our wood flooring professionals would be happy to assist you with any questions that you may have.

5 Environmental Benefits of Choosing Hardwood Flooring

Environmental Benefits of Wood FlooringDid you know that hardwood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available to homeowners? Trees are a resource that is considered to be renewable because they can be replaced time and time again. What other environmental benefits does installing hardwood flooring have? SVB Wood Floors turned to the National Wood Flooring Association, an organization that we are a member of, for some facts.

Indoor Air Quality Is Better With Wood Floors

Believe it or not, your flooring material can affect the quality of your home’s air. Because wood floors are more natural than carpeting and other flooring options, it has a less of a polluting effect on the air.

Wood is a Carbon Neutral Product

Wood produces oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon during its service life. Having a net zero carbon footprint means that there are no carbon emissions. With an increased focus on eliminating the emissions of greenhouse gases, this is an extremely large benefit for creating an eco-friendly environment in your home or business.

Wood Floors Use Less Water and Energy to Produce than Other Flooring Options

This statistic, according to the National Wood Flooring Association, comes from multiple studies that analyze the environmental impact of several flooring alternatives for harmful air emissions, water consumption, total primary energy consumption and product life expectancy. 

Wood Flooring Has Purpose Beyond its Service Life

Have you ever thought about what is done with your home’s flooring after it is has served its purposed and been removed? When it comes to wood flooring, you can rest assured that it can be burned as fuel or recycled. Both are environmentally friendly methods.

Wood Floors can Last Hundreds of Years

An environmental benefit, as well as a financial benefit, is that wood flooring can last hundreds of years. You can repair or restore damaged wood floors, as well as refinish them. Because of this, it does not need to be replaced as often as other flooring options.

For more information about choosing wood flooring for your home, give the experts at SVB Wood Floors a call at (913) 396-6769 or (816) 965-8655.

* All facts were taken from NWFA.