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For stylish wooden floors

T here’s something unique about a wooden floor. Those wooden strips or tiles come together to make a room chic, warm, stylish, elegant and tasteful. How do ensure that you choose the right kind of wood and take the proper care to keep your wooden floor in good shape?

Anil Tyagi, business head for Brand Mikasa at Greenlam Industries, gives us the run-down on what you should do and what you shouldn’t:

The right kind of wood

To function best, wood must undergo a drying process; when ‘green’, wood retains more than 50 per cent moisture, it can’t be used as is. The amount of moisture permissible in the wood depends on weather conditions — about 7-8 per cent works in dry extreme conditions while hot humid conditions need inherent moisture of up to 9 per cent.

Dark or light?

It’s a well-known fact that too many dark colours in small rooms can make the room appear smaller. That said, it’s possible to go dark in style in the smallest of rooms. Light floors are on-trend, especially with lovers of the no-fuss Scandinavian style. A medium colour stain goes with every kind or décor, but if you’re looking for something new try grey stain or black with golden veins.

Gloss or matt?

While both looks have their own charm, a smooth satin finish looks glossier and seems easier to maintain. On the other hand, a matt finish floor feels woody and may have open pore planks. Both kinds of finishes do well in homes; all you need is a lacquer coating to ensure that the floor remains clean and undamaged.

Keeping it clean

A normal vacuum cleaner works well for all wooden floors. Use a soft-bristled attachment to prevent the build-up of dirt that can scratch the wood’s surface. Vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head are a no-no. Dust with a mop treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt and pet hair that might scratch the floor surface. Wipe up spills and spots immediately, and use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum and scrape off. Wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth.

Floor maintenance

Rugs in high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen or children’s rooms, can help avoid scratches.

Floor protectors, be it wheels or stoppers under furniture, also keep scuff marks and abrasions at bay. Protective window coverings can help block UV rays and excessive heat, which can cause the wood to fade. Help your floor age evenly by rearranging the furniture and rugs every season. Don’t forget to keep your pets’ nails trimmed and their paws clean to avoid their bringing in dirt that can lead to scratches and stains. If the heat gets too much, a humidifier can help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35 per cent and 55 per cent.

Monsoon ready

Indoor and outdoor mats will reduce the entrance of dirt into the home. Ensure that shoes are removed outside to avoid tracking dirt and slush onto the floors. Gently cleaning with a wet mop will take care of dirt, but make sure you don’t scour with steel wool pads or oil soaps.

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