|Black Walnut Wood Floor
Black Walnut trees are approximately 200-years-old and are valuable natives to the Midwest. It is the only naturally occurring "dark" hardwood in this region. The wood is one of the world’s most prized and sought after types of wood because of its beautiful color, strength, durability and excellent machining quality. Black Walnut has a rich dark brown to purplish black color. The wood is usually straight grained, although it can be wavy or curly grained, and contains a coarse texture.
It is commonly used in flooring applications where a distinguished appearance is desired.
Black Walnut is a favorite among manufacturers as it has an excellent resistance for handling nails and screws which makes it perfect for cabinetmaking and durable furniture. It’s a strong, durable wood that is very expensive to buy. However, it is commonly used in flooring applications where a distinguished appearance is desired. It is harder to dent this type of wood and is very durable for everyday living.
How is your hardwood floor supposed to look?
Appearance: Black Walnut wood ranges in color from a deep, rich dark, almost chocolate brown to a purplish black.
Grain: Mostly straight and open.
Properties: The wood is heavy, hard, and stiff and has excellent dimensional stability.
General Guidelines to Keep Your Hardwood Flooring in Great Shape
These simple steps can prolong the life and beauty of your hardwood floor regardless of the specific type of wood you may have.
- Close curtains and blinds- UV rays from sunlight can fade colors and cause discoloration.
- Use protectors under furniture bases that can scratch or mar the surface.
- Clean, wipe or blot spills immediately to help prevent stains.
- Place doormats at every door- this helps to trap dirt at the doorway instead of transferring it to the floor. (The Floor mats featured at ForLifeProducts.com are perfect for this!)
- Take care when moving heavy objects like furniture and equipment- utilize furniture coasters to transport heavy objects across floors.
- Dust and vacuum floors regularly to maximize beauty and decrease buildup.
- Exercise caution when using bleaches, mildew removers, oven cleaners, drain openers and plant food as these contain strong chemicals that can damage or discolor floors.
- Always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines on products and use only those that are safe for your hardwood floor type.
- Rearrange area rugs occasionally as they block sunlight causing a discolored area to develop under the rug.
- Avoid exposure to water.
- Maintain normal humidity of 40-60% throughout all seasons of the year to reduce the natural expansion and contraction process typically found in hardwoods. Humidity levels can be maintained with air conditioners, humidifiers, de-humidifiers or with a heating system.
- Keep pets nails trimmed and filed and take care with stiletto style heels to minimize scratches.
- Never clean hardwood floors with steel wools or scouring powders as these can cause damage.