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.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Benefits of Brazilian Cherry Flooring

One of the most recent home improvement trends has been the inclusion of hardwood flooring in many new houses. In addition to new homes, many people are choosing to remodel their homes by removing the previous vinyl flooring and carpeting and adding hardwoods. Because of this increasing trend, this article intends to provide a list of the advantages of installing Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring.

While these benefits are oriented specifically towards the Jatoba flooring, they can also apply to any of the numerous types of hardwoods that one can use for wood flooring.

First, with the proper maintenance, this type of flooring can last for decades, and sometimes for generations. As you can imagine, you will not get the same satisfaction with carpet or tile flooring. The durability simply cannot be matched.

Second, especially for people with allergies, hardwood flooring is generally gentler on people’s health. Carpeting tends to retain the allergens more so than hardwood flooring. With wood flooring, mold, mildew, pet hair, and dust mites will not become a large factor. Additionally, you are able to pick up more allergens by sweeping the floor than vacuuming the carpet.

Third, the use of wood flooring will dramatically increase your house’s value. The addition of wood flooring tends to psychologically suggest elegance and class, which leads to a faster home sale at a higher price. This fact has been illustrated over and over again in studies conducted by the Realtor Association.

Fourth, you will be able to achieve a specific desired appearance with wood flooring. There are literally hundreds of different wood varieties, colors, and even shades of colors to provide any appearance you could ever wish for. Just to give you an idea of the variety of hardwood flooring that is available today, there is prefinished Brazilian cherry flooring, unfinished Brazilian cherry flooring, and even Brazilian cherry engineered flooring. All of these choices simply leads to a beauty that cannot be matched by any other flooring besides wood flooring.

Fifth, the cost of hardwood flooring has dramatically gone down in the last few years. As such, wood flooring may by significantly more cost effective than you could have imagined. This becomes even more apparent when you factor in the wood’s durability and beauty. We invite you to look around to confirm this fact.

Sixth, there is just a natural warmth and look about wood flooring. When compared to carpet and tile, or for that matter, laminate and vinyl flooring, there is absolutely no comparison. Wood flooring just seems to create a very cozy environment.

In conclusion, this article has pointed out that there are numerous advantages of wood flooring over either carpet or tile flooring. When you weigh these benefits against the cost, the decision over which material to choose really becomes simple.

If you have any other additional questions, please feel free to peruse the Brazilian Cherry Flooring Guide.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Brazilian Cherry Hardwood

Due to absolutely beautiful appearance, Brazilian cherry flooring is in extremely high demand. From a statistical perspective, this is by far the most popular wood flooring in the United States today. But before you can truly appreciate its amazing beauty, it may help if you know a little about its origins and its uses (besides flooring and furniture).

Brazilian cherry hardwood is sometimes called Jatobá. This wood comes from a tree that is indigenous to fairly warm areas, such as South and Central America. Additionally, the Brazilian cherry tree (despite it naming convention), can also be found in the Caribbean.

As for its appearance, the Brazilian cherry tree is a canopy tree that can grow up to 120 feet in height, while developing a trunk diameter of more than six feet in circumference. Its green leaves contain small red flowers, as well as a small Brfruit.

In our opinion, the ironic thing about this beautiful tree is that its fruit can release an extremely pungent odor after it matures and falls from the tree. Hence, you definitely wouldn’t want one of the Jatobá trees in your back yard or along you street.

Another ironic thing about Brazilian cherry flooring is that the tree that the wood comes from is not actually a cherry tree.

Brazilian cherry wood is often used for flooring and furniture due to its solidness and hardiness. As an example of its strength, the Brazilian cherry tree wood is almost four times as hard as the Douglas Fir tree that is native to the United States. Traditionally, Brazilian cherry wood flooring has been difficult to make because the wood is so strong and is difficult to cut and bend. However, wood floor makers and furniture makers have long learned that the wood becomes significantly more pliable if it is steamed.

Another neat aspect of the Brazilian cherry tree is that its resin can be many hundreds of thousands of years old. Believe it or not, scientists have learned a lot about bugs and plants that lived in prehistoric times just by studying the Brazilian cherry tree’s resin. While the resin has helped our scientists learn about our past, today, the resin, which pools at the base of the tree, is often used for incense.

Not surprising, the Brazilian cherry tree has also been used for many centuries for herbal use. Many people have used its wood, fruit, and leaves to treat diarrhea, bronchitis, and treat fungal infections.

If you have any additional questions, concerning Brazilian cherry wood flooring, please feel free to peruse the Brazilian Cherry Flooring Guide.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Welcome to the Brazilian Cherry Flooring Guide

The Brazilian Cherry Flooring Guide was developed to assist those individuals who are interested in learning about the nuances of brazilian cherry hardwood flooring.

Furthermore, this guide is intended to be a comprehensive foundational resource to aid in helping you make a decision about whether to proceed with your decision to purchase this type of cherry flooring. If you have any additional questions about Brazilian Cherry Flooring, please feel free to contact us.