TOP 5 HARDEST WOODS
1. Quebracho – From the Spanish “quebrar hacha,” which literally means
“axe breaker.” Aptly named, wood in the Schinopsis genus is among the
heaviest and hardest in the world.
2. Lignum Vitae -Widely accepted as the hardest wood in the world–this
wood has been listed as an endangered species and is listed in CITES.
Consider Verawood as a very close substitute.
3. Gidgee – This Australian endemic is both very heavy and very strong.
Some pieces are dark enough to be used as an ebony substitute: one that’s
even harder than the original article.
4. Snakewood – It’s easy to see what makes Snakewood so unique–its patterns
and markings resemble the skin of a snake. Limited supply and high demand
make this one of the most expensive woods on eart.
5. Verawood – Sometimes called Argentine Lignum Vitae, this wood is a gem:
inexpensive, great olive-green color, beautiful feathery grain pattern, and
it takes a great natural polish on the lathe.
Engineered European Oak provides a classically beautiful and timeless floor. European Oak is usually straight-grained but irregular or cross-grained material can occur depending on growth conditions. A characteristic silver grain is displayed on quartered surfaces due to broad rays.
Clear Oil / Lacquer finishes both protect the floor but enhance the colour, grain and figuring. European Oak flooring develops a rich golden patina with streaks of lighter and darker caramel hues.
This year Natural finishes are trending…. the raw, natural beauty of European Oak is played up by a natural finish. Grey / beige tones are the new neutrals within Interior Design themes and found naturally within unfinished Oak. Our Nature UV Oil finish retains these gorgeous hues and prevents yellowing. Love this trend…naturally beautiful.
TOP 5 Softwood types:
PINE-Pine is a softwood which grows in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere. There are more than 100 species worldwide.
ASH-There are 16 species of ash which grow in the eastern United States. Of these, the white ash is the largest and most commercially important.
HICKORY-There are 15 species of hickory in the eastern United States, eight of which are commercially important.
BEECH-The American beech is a single species which grows in the eastern half of the United States.
BIRCH-There are many species of birch. The yellow birch is the most commercially important. European birch is fine grained, rare and expensive.#
The Best Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors
-Prep your floor for cleaning by sweeping or dust-mopping to get rid of large particles of dirt and debris.
-Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors.
-Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Avoid putting too much liquid on your floors.
-Use a microfiber mop to clean. Traditional mops can work, but they can leave excess water on your floors.
-Skip using white vinegar and water to clean your floors. Using a specially formulated hardwood floor care cleaner is a smart way to maintain the beauty and look of your floors.