How do I keep my Hardwood Floor from Discoloring?

Restaurant HardwoodRestaurant exotic hardwood decking and flooring naturally discolors as it ages. This discoloration is called a patina and the changes can be so subtle that they are unnoticeable. The rate of color change will depend on the type of wood as each species has different characteristics.

While some people enjoy this new look, others may search for ways to prevent it from happening. The main causes of hardwood discoloration are results of exposure to direct sunlight or certain chemicals. Here are some ways you can prevent your hardwood floor from discoloring.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

It is never a good idea to use a water soaked mop or towel because this can wear down the wood’s finish. If the finish is worn down and the wood is covered in water, it can leave behind a dark stain. Also avoid using ammonia-based cleaners as this can react with the wood and change the color.

Be Careful With Rugs

If you use rugs on your hardwood floors, purchase ones without the rubber backing. The rubber backing reacts chemically with the wood and can distort the color. To prevent this from happening, purchase specialized rugs that do not have this type of backing.

Keep Out of Sunlight

The biggest contributor or wood discoloration is sunlight. Make sure that the wood is not in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Some wood changes color faster than others when exposed to the sunlight, as fast as a couple of months. In order to combat this change, move your furniture and rugs around periodically. If you wait too long to move the furniture, the wood will not look uniform in color. You can also change the direction of your blinds so they point upward and away from your floors.

Finish Types

The type of finish that is applied to your exotic hardwood flooring can also make the wood change colors. If an oil-modified finish was used, the wood will age into a shade of amber. Water-based finishes will have little effect on the wood’s discoloration and are the best choice to use.

Some people enjoy the color change that comes with the aging of wood while others may look for ways to prevent it. Either way, it is best to take the best care of your exotic hardwood floors by keeping it out of the sun and regularly maintaining them.

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July 10, 2014