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Gracey 07-03-2012 09:47 PM

What kind of hardwood floor do I have?
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Bought my first house several months ago and my furniture is JUST about to be delivered. Looking to give my floors a good cleaning before those rugs and things come in, but I have no idea what type of floor I have, nor the correct supplies/way to clean them! I don't know if it's possible to tell through a picture, but the only information I have is that the previous owner did a lot of renovations before selling- including the floors, so they're somewhat new still. Any cleaning tips are appreciated!!!

joecaption 07-03-2012 09:56 PM

Imposable to tell from that picture. Why are you not asking the people that sold you the house?
They look like engineered floors because of the tapers at the butt joints.

Gracey 07-03-2012 09:59 PM

Thanks for the quick reply! I don't have much experience with wood floors at all (I've had carpet and tile). And it just occurred to me tonight that I should do a cleaning before the furniture delivery on Friday and thought this might be faster/more convenient, and a good project for tomorrow :)

joecaption 07-03-2012 10:31 PM

Just go over it with a Swifter dry pad.
Go on Google and check out cleaning engineered flooring.
There's lot of products out there just for it.
Water will get under the flooring and cause lifting, cupping, and mold under the floors.

gregzoll 07-03-2012 11:27 PM

Depending on the age of the home, could be Yellow Pine or Oak. Also, with the age of the home, depends on the thickness. Most homes built in the late thirties to early fifties, used 1/2 flooring boards, not the full 1" to 1 1/2 boards that you see in some homes of the early years, or in more upscale neighborhoods.

If I had to guess, I would say that your floors were refinished, due to in too good of shape, for something that has been like that for a while. Our floors have been uncovered for the past 9 years, and you can tell that the varnish has worn off, by looking at them, unlike yours.

woodman58 07-04-2012 06:00 AM

Pull the vent out under the window and you will see if it is solid or engineered. Send a close-up of the wood with grain and we should be able to tell what the wood is.

joecaption 07-04-2012 09:34 AM

Are there mini bevels where the boards butt againt each other?

redheadedjoe 07-04-2012 08:53 PM

Dont buy Bona floor polish! We just bought our first house 2 weeks ago & I decided to buff & polish them before moving in our furniture. They look terrible now. Looks to me that they are laminate especially since the owners knew they were moving they decided to go the cheaper route. Bona has great products, I'm
Pleased with the cleaners, just not the polish.

joecaption 07-04-2012 08:56 PM

Laminite flooring will not have bevels at the joints.

woodman58 07-05-2012 05:50 AM

Armstrong and a few other manufacturers have put out several laminate floors with bevels. Go to the site below and click on full screen and you can see the bevel.

RhodesHardwood 07-05-2012 04:57 PM

I like the Bona hardwood floor mop. You can find these online, or at Lowes, or Ace Hardware.

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