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3 things you didn’t know about handscraped hardwood flooring

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You may already know that handscraped hardwood flooring is just as the name says: scraped by hand, rather than being milled by machine.

It’s a process that offers a unique approach to flooring, since each plank is has qualities of its own.

But did you know the following three key points about handscraped flooring?

1. Hand scraping hardwood floors is the oldest method of floor finishing. It gives wood a more rustic look, so when modern floor finishing methods came about, providing a more polished look, the new flooring process became popular, replacing hand scraping. The handscraped look has made a resurgence in recent years, however, according to BuildDirect.com.

2. The hand scraping process involves the use of chisels, hammers, saws and chains to create the rustic effect, says Builddirect. Craftsman hammer nuts and bolts into the board also use wire brushes. They can even impart a bullet hole look by hammering the nuts and bolts into the board and pouring liquid metal into it. Ice picks and drills can make wormhole looks. Some craftsmen even use a broken beer bottle to create a crystalized effect on the wood, notes Builddirect, which adds that acids, dyes, fillers, inks and resins can then be added for more effect. Stains and scraping can make the wood look antique.

3. In addition to its unique look, handscraped wood flooring also has the advantage of being easy to care for, especially if you have children and pets.. Stains, scrapes, scratches and dents aren’t noticeable like they are with machine-finished flooring, notes Builddirect. Another advantage, for owners of historic homes, is that handscraped flooring looks period-correct.

Talk to your trusted flooring expert who can help you choose the perfect handscraped flooring for your home, office or other interior.

Murphy’s Flooring : 2104 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, IL., 60098 : 815. 334.5985 : http://www.murphysflooring.net/

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