How to Take Care of Pine Floors

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Pine floors are soft wood floors that usually come in planks wider than other hardwood floors. Pine wood has a beautiful grain that goes well with old homes and new homes alike. The most popular pine flooring is called "heartwood pine," which has a twisted but appealing grain. Because pine is a softer wood, special care must be taken to protect your floors. Knowing how to care for pine will keep it pleasant and looking new for years.

Things You'll Need

  • Sealer
  • Felt protectors
  • Doormats
  • Rugs
  • Broom
  • Wood cleaner
  • Soft mop

Seal your pine with either a penetrating sealer or a surface sealer. Penetrating sealers, as the name suggests, penetrate the wood, preventing spills and liquids from seeping into the wood. Surface sealers bind with the wood, also preventing liquids from entering. Polyurethane, the most popular sealer, is an example of a surface sealer. Different seals will bring different colors out of the pine.

Place felt floor protectors under the legs of all your furniture that rests on the pine. Do not move any large furniture without lifting it to avoid dents and scratches. Prevent people from wearing their shoes in the house, especially high heels. Because pine is so soft, it could dent from someone simply walking across it.

Put down doormats at every entryway to decrease the amount of dirt and mud on your floors. Also consider putting down area rugs in high-traffic areas to protect the floor. Close your curtains during peak hours of sunshine to decrease the amount of direct sunlight on the floors, which may discolor the wood.

Sweep your pine floors weekly to remove any dirt and debris that may scratch the floor. Clean once a year with a wood cleaner and a soft mop. Do not use water, even though there is a sealant, because it may damage the floor if it manages to get through.

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