Hardwood Floor Options: North American Cherry
Cherry trees produce much more than the lovely fruit that we make into pies and crumbles. They also generate a type of wood that is frequently used in flooring applications because of both its beauty and its ability to tolerate floor sanding well. Although there are several varieties of cherry tree, the one most commonly used to produce wood for flooring goes by the botanical name of Prunus seotina. These trees actually produce no edible fruit; they are cultivated strictly for their wood.
Cherry trees are capable of living as long as 250 years. This long life enables them to grow as high as 80 feet, but even these tallest of cherry trees only tend to develop a trunk diameter of about three feet. Native to North America, the cherry tree grows particularly well in Canada, Mexico and certain areas of the U.S. including Texas and Arizona.
Taking Care of a Cherry Wood Floor
Proper maintenance of a cherry hardwood floor includes simple procedures such as sweeping. When such floors are mopped, a damp mop is preferable to a wet one because standing water on the floor can lead to damage such as warping. It can also affect the finish of the floor, making it lose both shine and lustre. Direct sunlight can bleach floors made of cherry wood; it is, therefore, recommended that natural light entering the room be filtered through curtains or blinds.
Periodic maintenance involves contacting floor sanding companies so that any scratches can be sanded off to restore the floor to a smooth finish.