How to Clean Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Jul 2nd
Unusual Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Unusual Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished hardwood flooring is common in the homes. They do, however, need to be cleaned at times. If you have unfinished floors, finding a cleaning product is sometimes frustrating because almost all wood-floor cleaners are only used on finished floors. Fortunately, there are ways to clean your unfinished floor, but there are some things to know and think about first.

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Unfinished?

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Most wooden floors are finished with a protective seal. Some floors may look unfinished when in fact they are finished. To double-check, in a discreet place, place a drop of water to see if it is bumped (forming a small ball on the floor surface). If the water bumps, your floor is clear; they are just boring and look unfinished. If the water penetrates into the wood, your unfinished hardwood flooring and needs special care.

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Considerations

You really should consider finishing your floor. It will last longer, be easier to clean, and will be less likely to be damaged by spillage. Professionals can unfinished hardwood flooring for you, or you can try to do it yourself, which is a difficult task, but can be complemented by most average homeowners. Expect to grind your floors several times with different grades of sandpaper, fix any broken wood planks, fill in holes, stains, if desired and then use multiple layers of sealant (finisher) such as polyurethane. Many types of wood, both domestic and exotic, are used for wood floors. Examples include beech, oak, maple, walnut, cherry, bore, cypress and leopardwood. No matter what type of wood flooring you have, cleaning an unfinished floor needs attention as most wood cleaners will damage your floor.

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