Saturday, August 8, 2009

How to Install Brazilian Cherry Wood Flooring

When most people think of home improvement, one of the first things they usually think about is installing hardwood flooring. Along these lines, one of the most beautiful types of flooring is Brazilian Cherry wood flooring. For these reasons, we will discuss how to properly install hardwood flooring without the help of professional floor installers.

Before we begin though, since hardwood flooring is a difficult task, you may wish to consider hiring a professional flooring installer to complete the job. While you may save a few dollars by installing the flooring yourself, it may not simply be worth it. However, once you decide to proceed on your own, you should take the following steps.

First, you will need to prepare the floor for the installation. If you need to, you will need to remove the old flooring. To make this task easier, you can cut up the wood panels into smaller pieces and then remove them using a scraper. Once the panels have all been removed, you need to ensure the subfloor is clean (by vacuuming it) and the floor is even (no low spots).

After you have done this, you will want to make sure the sub flooring is structurally solid. Failure to do this can easily lead to a poorly installed floor. Once you have verified that the subfloor is good, you can proceed to the next step.

Next, you will want to mark (with chalk) the location of the floor joist on an area of the wall above the subflooring. Then, you will mark the center of the room width wise. Lastly, you will mark the last line at an ½ inch from the opposite wall, to allow for expansion.

Once you start laying the Jatoba flooring, you will want to lay the longest or widest boards first. First, drill and nail the holes near the wall (where they will be covered by the baseboard). Just as a tip, you may want to use a wood spacer to ensure you leave an ½ inch from the wall.

Now, you will install the remaining wooden panels by marrying up the tongue and groove of each board. These wood floor panels should only be nailed in the tongue. To aid you make the installation look more professional, you should use a mallet to help ensure the panels are tightly interlocked.

Once you come to the last row, you may require a pry bar and block to slide the last row tightly into place. Additionally, you will nail the wood (not on the tongue, but close to the wall) underneath the baseboard, so the nails are not seen.

While the installation process may sound very easy, in all reality, it is an extremely labor intensive process. Therefore, you are going to want to very carefully consider whether you want to install the panels yourself or if you are going to hire a professional hardwood floor installer.

If you have any other questions about Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring, please feel free to continue looking around this guide.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

How to Clean Brazilian Cherry Flooring

Nowadays, many people are choosing to install Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring (or as it is also know, Jatoba flooring) as an excellent addition to their homes. As such, people often are at a loss on how to clean their wood flooring. If you have ever had this question, you have definitely come to the right place for the answer.

Unfortunately, most people consider sweeping to be the extent of their wood flooring cleaning activities. However, if they take a few additional steps, they can increase their floor’s durability and appearance.

First, let’s briefly go back to the sweeping. When you do sweep, you should use a fine bristle broom. This will help you ensure you pick up all of the dirt and dust particles. In addition, you should also ensure you vacuum your wood flooring at least once a week. Of course, you will need to do more than just sweep and vacuum to keep you floor in great condition.

The type of wood flooring that you have makes a big difference in how you choose to clean it. As an example, if you have Brazilian cherry laminate flooring, you can simply use a bucket with a mop and some soapy water. If you have wood, and not laminate flooring, please do not do this. Very simply put, water is wood’s worst enemy. If you happen to get water on your wood flooring, you need to quickly dry to floor.

For those of you with Brazilian Cherry wood flooring, it would be wise to check with the producer of your flooring to determine which cleaning agent they recommend. If you are able to do this, you can increase the likelihood of your flooring looking its best.

Since you will be cleaning your dark colored flooring, you want to be very aware and cautious about the cleaner’s acidity. Believe it or not, the cleaner’s acidity can actually take the polish and lacquer off of the floor, if you are not careful. Besides this concern, you will also want to use a cleaner that doesn’t leave a residue or film behind, as this tends to give the flooring a dirty or blurry look.

Additionally, wood floor cleaner generally comes in two application forms: spray-on application and pouring it from the bottle. In order to get the most even application of cleaner, we highly recommend you use the spray-on variety of wood floor cleaner.

Lastly, ensure that you are following the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions down to the very last detail. Since the manufacture has done thorough testing of their product, you can rest assure that they know what they are talking about. If you follow their instructions, you can be guaranteed that your flooring will look stunning.

In summary, the Brazilian Cherry Wood Flooring Guide hopes that this has resolved any questions you may have had about how to clean your wooden floor. As always, please feel free to peruse the website if you have any further questions. If you do have a question, you would like answer, please leave a comment below.