When choosing hardwood flooring, one of the first aspects people take into account is colour. Of course, your new hardwood floor has to be in your taste and has to match the interior design and style you have in mind. Plus, with today’s choice on the market, you can work and play around with all the colours under the sun, mix and match, be a minimalist, or be really bold. Of course, one of the most magnetising choices out there is darker hardwood flooring. Dark red, dark brown and even pitch black, all these shades and colours are extra dramatic, extra bold, extra elegant and… extra hard to maintain. Still, darker and black shades are not everyone’s cup of tea, because they look like too much work and elbow grease to keep up to date and perfect looking, but many people are also considering this alternative, so today we will talk a bit more about what it is to have deeply dark hardwood floors at home.
Depending on your lifestyle, dark is most probably not the best choice for you. Especially if you have pets and young kids at home, or you expect a lot of everyday use and high traffic, then be sure to set on something more practical and not that pretentious. What it is to have dark wood flooring on an everyday basis? Well, let’s start explaining that wood floors often come with natural patterns and little imperfections that otherwise look good and add a unique character to the floor, but when it comes to darker hardwood, these will all turn out to be a focal point… in a negative aspect. Darker shades only highlight all the imperfections. In addition, darker shades are a magnet for dust, debris and hear. When sunlight hits at the right angle, you can even see the imperfections of an uneven subfloor under.
If you truly have your eyes on darker hardwood, then be smart and choose on a lower gloss finish, because that way you will minimise the appearance of all those imperfections, fine scratches and dents that appear on an everyday basis. When it comes to scratches indents, small and finer ones that don’t penetrate through the finish are highly noticeable and unfortunately impossible to repair, at least not that easy. They will require sanding the whole surface, or replacing the damaged boards. Deeper scratches and dents that penetrate the finish can be repaired, but the repaired area will typically have less gloss than the rest. Once again, by choosing a low gloss finish, you will make your life significantly easier!
One of the most serious problems with darker hardwood is that it will show every dust particle and if you have set your eyes and heart on a dark floor, then you have to be prepared for a lot of cleaning. And even if you are not afraid of cleaning, you have to be aware of the fact that overcleaning is also not a good alternative, so you have to find the balance. Most of the cleaning products on the market leave a slight residue that builds up with time and affects the intensity of the colour as well as making it dull. A good tip is to limit cleaning to once a week and always buffing the surface with paper towels after so you can be sure that no residue is left.
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