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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF WOODEN FLOORING

Sarah

This is a guest blogpost by Caroline Modig on how to care for your wooden flooring and get that timeless finish!

Anyone can vouch for the fact that hardwood flooring is one of the most beautiful design investments that can be made. Its timelessness not only reflects the owner’s impeccable sense of style but also adds character to the space. The colour of the wood, the richness of grain and the exclusivity of it all makes it an alluring flooring option. While classing up the look of a room, wooden flooring can be easily cleaned and a little extra love and care will keep them looking new for a long time to come! So, to keep your wooden flooring protected at all times, especially from damages long-term wear and tear, you must:

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• Vacuum lightly or sweep your floor daily with a soft-bristled broom to prevent build-up of dirt, dust and other particles that may scratch the wood’s surface. You can even use a dry microfiber mop to remove the grime that accumulates between the floorboards.

• Try to limit the exposure to direct sunlight by using protective window coverings/blinds to ensure your wooden flooring ages evenly. You can also try and rearrange your furniture periodically to avoid uneven ageing.

• Ensure you get the floors cleaned by a professional or by using a specialised hardwood floor cleaner. The frequency of this activity depends on the kind of traffic and wear and tear the floor goes through. You can even supplement that by adding a maintenance coat every few years or go old school by using the sand and refinish method whenever necessary.

• Prevent moisture damage using a dehumidifier. Moisture damage is common in wooden flooring, but that doesn’t mean damage due to liquid spills (which you must ensure gets cleaned up immediately), but rather damage due to the climatic moisture changes.

In addition to the regular maintenance tips mentioned above, keep the following guidelines in mind to ensure your wood floors look timeless!

• Avoid using use vinyl or tile cleaning products on hardwood flooring.

• Do not use a wet-mop or steam mop to clean wooden flooring as the water can dull the finish and damage the wood.

• Use throw rugs at doorways to help prevent debris from being tracked in and scratching the floor.

• If your wooden floor starts looking dull, try buffing instead of waxing it with acrylic waxes to avoid the flooring from becoming slippery.

• Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.

• Be selective about the footwear used on wooden flooring. Shoes such as high heels and sports cleats can scratch the surface of the wood and even leave dents on the surface. Pro Tip – Do not wear slippers or footwear while cleaning your flooring as the dirt particles can get trapped under your footwear causing additional scratches.

• Consider investing in an area rug! It prevents wear and tear as well as scratches and scuff marks in high traffic areas. You can choose the area rug to accent the look you want to achieve depending on the style and finish of the wood you’ve chosen.

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Pro Tip – The material of the rug can also impact the qualities of the wood, so choose a rug made from natural fibers to avoid damage due to contact of synthetic materials. There are a variety of hand-woven designs to choose from. You can even opt for a luxurious cowhide rug which is both natural and hypoallergenic making it a perfect addition to your natural wood flooring. Take a look at some beautiful floor-rug pairings and get inspired!

• Colour Contrast – Pick a rug that is a complete contrast to the flooring, this will make the rug the focal point of the room will pulling attention to your beautiful hardwood flooring.

• Match the floor – You can even match the rug to your flooring for a beautiful design accent that adds to the overall appeal of the room, while ensuring the floors remain the focal point of the room.

• Tie it in with the upholstery – Match the rug to your upholstery instead of your flooring and add a unique touch to the place while tying in the rug with the desired look.

• Secondary colours – Many hardwood floors have multiple colours in through their grain, you can choose to match the rug with the secondary colour to create a beautiful blend of textures and colours.

Author Bio:

Caroline Modig works at Art Hide and oversees their marketing and promotional efforts. Her passion for interior design and the knowledge she gained over the years allows her to find time from her busy schedule to write informative blogs about interior trends, popular styling tips and everything related. When she isn’t working or writing, you can find her relaxing to some contemporary jazz while solving puzzles.

BLUSH // ASH

Sarah

Loving the combination of blush tones and a lively 3-strip ash wood flooring in this apartment via Alvhem 💕

For a similar look, we suggest combining Jotun’s Warm Blush (2856) wall colour with our 3-strip Kährs Ash Skagen wood flooring.

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HEART OF GOLD

Sarah

Inspired by our new Floor of the Month for April, we are loving warm, burnt yellow and golden sun-kissed tones inspired by honey and ripe rye during harvest time, combined with earthy hazelnut tones and crisp whites for a fresh yet grounded spring feeling.

Our Floor of the Month, Kährs Oak Siena FSC® has a calm appearance with a certain degree of variation in the grain. A true Swedish classic that will never go out of style.

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WALNUT LOVE

Sarah

We are loving the updated take on walnut wood floors in this apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. The contrast of the bright and clean interiors against the classic walnut floor and mid-century style decor creates a warm and timeless yet modern feeling.

For a similar look, select our Kährs Garden Walnut with a natural 1-strip design.

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WOFL

Sarah

We visited the recently opened WOFL bakery in Jumeirah Beach Residence this week. Not only were we struck by the delicious (no exaggeration!) scent of freshly baked waffles surrounding the little building, but also by the bakery’s interiors.

We have seen our wood flooring installed in many different ways over our years here, but seeing our Kährs Oak Cornwall installed with graphic hexagonal tiles was so interesting! The combination created such a beautiful look.

View all the pictures here.

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NEW NORDIC

Sarah

Nordic interiors have always been associated with minimalism, but this year we’re shifting away from the previous all-white/monochrome to a more warm kind of minimalism. One that embodies earthy tones, erasing the lines between the indoors and outdoors; creating beauty in the contrasts. A new Nordic.

Seeking inspiration from nature’s own colours in sand and greys contrasting to whites and blacks, and combining diverse textures and materials – rough against smooth; shiny against matte. Work with layers to create a harmonious, cozy and inviting feeling.

Our Floor of the Month for March is Alloy by Kährs Harmony Collection, which has the perfect warm grey hue. It is stained in a light grey with underlying earth tones, that works well as a base for a variety of interior styles. The sapwood elements breathe life and variation into the surface.

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H&M HOME SS17

Sarah

In an age of the fast-pace/high-tech; 2017 interiors are all about going back to basics – bringing nature indoors, using soft organic shapes and calming earthy tones.

Materials such as velvet, sleek metal and wood flooring such as our Floor of the Month Kährs Brownie (now offered with a 20% discount) make a perfectly harmonious combination.

Inspiration via H&M Home SS17 lookbook:

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MUTED RETRO

Sarah

Inspired by our Floor of the Month for February, Kährs Brownie, we are loving the combination of the floor’s deep and dark brown tones against dusty pinks layered with taupes and warm greys- creating a muted retro-glam vibe ✨

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WE ❤ THE BOWERY COMPANY

Sarah

Make sure to check out The Bowery Company at Market Outside The Box in Burj Park on January 19-28!

Their “Scandinavian Winter Chalet” booth features our silvery-white Oak Limestone wood floor by Kährs Harmony Collection. A wood floor that is completely natural, healthy and 100% Swedish in design and manufacture.

In combination with the selection of cool deco for sale and Jotun’s Seaweed green wall colour, The Bowery Company’s booth is a compete Scandinavian design haven in the heart of Downtown Dubai!

View more images here.

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WINTER GREEN

Sarah

Inspired by the colours of a wintery landscape, we are loving the combination of suave cream-white tones with wintery green accents. Try layering different textures and materials in similar tones, as well as the occasional brass detail, creating an understated boho-elegance. Low maintenance leafy green plants and other rustic materials in wood, concrete and linen will add a natural touch to your space. Creating harmony in the contrasts.

Kährs Pale is our Floor of the Month for January. It is the perfect base for a light, nordic style interior with its semi transparent white stain with balanced contrast that allows the warm oak nuances to shine through.

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