Gone are the days where everyone wanted carpeting on their floors and if they didn’t have the budget for plush, thick carpet – the kind that let’s your feet and toes sink in luxurious comfort – they’d pick a thin carpet that gives you a rug burn if you slide on it. Instead more and more builders have sworn by solid hardword floors. I must say that they also seem to look more classy and elegant.
Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. With the increased use of concrete as a subfloor in some parts of the world, engineered wood flooring has gained some popularity. However, solid wood floors are still common and popular. Solid wood floors have a thicker wear surface and can be sanded and finished more times than an engineered wood floor. It is not uncommon for homes in New England, Eastern Canada, USA, and Europe to have the original solid wood floor still in use today.
Ofcourse once you do get such wonderful flooring you also need to clean and maintain them. A mop paired with a machine washable, microfiber pad for dusting and cleaning are the best tools to clean wood floors. A good dusting pad attracts dirt, microparticles and common household allergens. Avoid using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners, wax or steam cleaners on hardwood floors.