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5 Common Myths about Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a classic style that adds value to any home. Unfortunately, many homeowners decide against hardwood floors when they hear some of the common myths about hardwood flooring. Worse yet, many well-meaning homeowners damage their hardwood floors after trying to refinish wood floors on their own. To help dispel common myths, we encourage you to read our blog post and reach out to an experienced Grand Rapids hardwood flooring contractor. You may just learn something new.

Hardwood Floors Need to be Waxed

In the early 20th century, tung oil was often used as hardwood floor finish. Since tung oil wasn’t durable, it meant hardwood floors had to be waxed regularly. Fortunately, hardwood floor contractors are able to apply polyurethane finishes so your hardwood floor doesn’t need to be waxed. In fact, we recommend you don’t ever wax your hardwood floors. Otherwise, a flooring contractor won’t be able to apply a new coat of finish when the time comes.

Hardwood Floors Should Never be Installed in Kitchens

Contrary to popular belief, hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any kitchen. The rich wood tones can add warmth to your kitchen’s color scheme and make the cooking space seem a little bit brighter. Hardwood floors are also great for home with open floor plans.

If your kitchen flows into your living and dining rooms, you may want to consider the advantages of hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring for your kitchen can help an open floor plan seem more cohesive.

Any Homeowner Can Refinish Hardwood Floors

Refinishing your hardwood floors should never be a DIY project, unless you are a professional hardwood flooring contractor with your own tools. The misconception that any homeowner can refinish their hardwood floors in a weekend is one of the main reasons we see so many damaged hardwood floors.

The topmost layer of your hardwood floors can be sanded down for refinishing. However, what often happens is that homeowners gouge out too much of the hardwood flooring to create permanent damage.

Hardwood Floor Finishes Protect Against Scratches

While finishes are good at resisting the everyday wear of foot traffic, they don’t do anything to protect hardwood floors from impact damage. The misconception that finishes can protect wood floors from scratches mostly likely comes from overzealous flooring manufacturers. One of the best ways to prevent scratches in your hardwood floor is to put floor protectors on the legs of all your furniture.

Wood Floors are Hard to Maintain

While many people assume maintaining hardwood flooring is hard work, it’s actually easier than you think. Placing protective mats in front of sinks and exterior doors can help trap dirt and water before they have a chance to damage your hardwood floors. Also, make sure to use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum for hardwood floors. Just like carpeting benefits from being vacuumed, so do hardwood floors with the right attachment.

If you are interested in our hardwood floor installation service, please feel free to call either of our showrooms in East Grand Rapids or Holland. We also offer hardwood floor maintenance and wood floor refinishing for homeowners. The experienced hardwood flooring contractors at Rivershores Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry are dedicated to helping people just like you make their homes more beautiful with new flooring.

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