Frequently Asked Questions
Here at French Forest Floors we understand that choosing wooden floors for your home is a big decision and you may have lots of questions. We want you to be as happy with your decision as possible, so here we have provided the answers to some of the most common questions we encounter.
Hopefully these will help you decide that wooden floors really are right for you and which ones would be best for your space.
1. Which wood is best for my floor?
Our range of solid wood floors includes five types of floorboards, each with their own specific characteristics. This means it helps to have an idea of the final look you want to achieve then take a look at the individual appearances of each type. For example if you are looking for a classic, traditional feel then our Solid Oak floors are probably best for you, but if you wanted a more modern feel then our Columbia range may be better. For a more exclusive look then our Walnut wood floors are for you as we are the only manufacturer to stock them.
Although, it is not only appearance that matters, some of our flooring is much harder wearing than others. We have really strong Solid White Ash floors which are particularly suited to high traffic areas due to their bounce and durability. We also have our Oak engineered floorboards for a classic look with significant strength.
2. How do I care for my floor after fitting?
Wooden floors are great for any home, although they require a little TLC to keep them looking as great as possible for as long as possible. We recommend regular sweeping and vacuuming to prevent grit and dirt from scratching the surface of the wood, this can be helped with a doormat at every entrance. It is also advisable to fix felt pads to the bottom of table and chair legs to prevent dents and scratches from heavy furniture and from lots of movement. Try to avoid dragging furniture across your floor, if you need to move objects use an old rug the wrong way up to move items easily and with minimal damage.Cleaning is important for wooden floors, any spillages should be cleaned up immediately to prevent staining. It is also advisable to occasionally clean your floor with a mild soap based product to keep it looking great.
3. Will my floor change over time?
As the wood ages the colour will tone down and any really obvious differences in colour in the early stages will be less noticeable. This is to do with the type of finish and how much direct sunlight the flooring is exposed to.
4. Are pets bad for wooden floors?
If you choose a wood that is hard enough, pet claws shouldn’t be a problem. If you are worried then consider choosing a floor that is similar in colour to that of your pet’s fur so loose hairs do not stand out too much. Any pet waste should be cleaned quickly and only with a mild soap if possible, to prevent stripping any topcoats from the floor. In order to be doubly safe we recommend keeping your pet’s nails trim and perhaps even using some kind of claw covers.