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Several local contractors offer deep cleaning services. Be sure this deep cleaner is intended for hardwood floors! Bona’s PowerScrubber is the main deep cleaner in the market. Interested in having your floor deep cleaned? Give us a call! We can recommend a contractor.
Domestic hardwoods in order of hardness, from softest to hardest are as follows: AMERICAN CHERRY, AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT, RED OAK, BEECH, ASH, WHITE OAK, MAPLE, and HICKORY.
Exotic species are generally much harder than domestics, are more costly, and offer fewer color options. Most exotic species are dark. From softest to hardest are as follows: AFRICAN MAHOGANY, TEAK, AUSTRALIAN CYPRESS, SAPELE, ROSEWOOD, TIGERWOOD, SANTOS MAHOGANY, BRAZILIAN CHERRY (twice as hard as domestic oak), AND BRAZILIAN WALNUT (IPE).
Other common wood flooring species include BAMBOO, RECLAIMED ANTIQUE HEART PINE, CARIBBEAN HEART PINE, WHITE PINE, and SOUTHERN YELLOW PINE.
Selecting a Stain
Paper and online color charts may also be used but are not considered to be accurate. We recommend always sanding a patch and testing stain colors on your floor to ensure the right color is chosen. Stain samples should use a similar sanding sequence as will be used when the entire floor is stained as this can greatly affect how a stain looks. Different amounts of stain will soak into the floor if the final cut is done with 80 grit as opposed to 120 grit causing the stain to appear lighter or darker.
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Low VOC options
Two-component hardwax oils such as Bona Craft Oil or Rubio Monocoat stain and finish the floors in one step and are 0% VOC. Bona Craft Oil can be topcoated with Bona Traffic HD (low VOC) allowing for differing levels of sheen. Most water-based products are low VOC. If you are worried about VOCs, steer clear of oil-based products and especially older technology like moisture-cured finishes.
Care & Maintenance
For oil- and water-based finishes, we recommend Bona and Pallmann cleaning products. Residential grade Bona cleaners can be found at many stores in the area but professional grade Bona and Pallmann cleaners can only be purchased at Jeffco. Our cleaners have stronger degreasers ensuring a cleaner floor than residential cleaners found in grocery or hardware stores. Click here for a full list of maintenance products.