Today, many Bloomington homeowners are turning to hardwood flooring styles that featuring old-fashioned, rustic details and subtle imperfections. One popular example is hand-scraped hardwood flooring, which may also be referred to as hand-sculpted hardwood flooring. So what makes hand-scraped hardwood so special? Our Floor Coverings International Bloomington experts are here to explain.
What Does “Hand-Scraped” Mean?
Historically, hand-scraped wood floors were exactly as their name suggests – they were made from wood planks that had been scraped and smoothed by hand by an expert woodworker. Before the days of machine-manufactured flooring, this was the only way to produce a smooth plank of hardwood, and it would result in rustic flooring planks with a slightly ridged texture.
These days, not all hand-scraped hardwood floors are produced by expert woodworkers. Flooring manufacturers have developed methods to create flooring with the same rustic, hand-shaped look using a machine. Thus, the term “hand-scraped” is often applied to any type of hardwood flooring that has the textured, hand-scraped look.
Maintaining Your Hand-Scraped Floors
The perfectly imperfect look of hand-scraped hardwood floors can help to disguise dents and scratches from everyday use. Even so, you should still try to take good care of your floors so that they will remain beautiful for a long time. Remember to keep your floors clean with regular sweeping and vacuuming, and if any spills occur, wipe them up immediately so that the moisture doesn’t damage the wood. If your floors begin to look worn down over time, you can always have them refinished.
Would you like to see hand-scraped hardwood floors for yourself? Then give us a call! Floor Coverings International Bloomington offers free in-home estimates and consultations to homeowners in Bloomington and beyond.
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