When Holidays Meant Waxing Mom’s Hardwood Floors…Ugh!

(The Right Finish Can Save Lots of Headaches!)
Waxing Mom’s hardwood floors seemed like an arduous chore when I was ten years old. She must have agreed because she soon carpeted the majority of the house. Several years ago, George and I created a line of antique furniture and decided to use an oil and wax finish to keep period appropriate. However, it, too, took maintenance.

Recently, my daughter decided to add a heart cypress table to her families beautiful home.  Goodwin had begun to use penetrating hardening oils that look fabulous on antique wood and require very little maintenance. So, we used the same penetrating oil finish on her table. It gives a very natural, matte finish with little upkeep required.

Goodwin is currently working with a number of restaurant chains which desire reclaimed wood flooring to enhance their atmosphere. Of course, restaurants experience a significant amount of foot traffic. We are finding penetrating oil finishes are perfect for commercial spaces because they are very easy to maintain with some regular cleaning and a little buffing.

So, are you looking for an easy to maintain finish which allows your floor to maintain its original splendor and beauty? Contact one of Goodwin’s experts and we will be happy to help you make the best choice to suit your needs.  We will even send you our informational handout, “Which Onsite Finish Should You Use on Reclaimed Wood?”

It’s amazing how the proper choice of finish can significantly minimize the labor involved in maintaining your beautiful, sustainable reclaimed wood floor!

Hardwood, Softwood, Whats in a Name?

Did you know that the terms hardwood and softwood actually refer to the type of tree? Hardwood, is the wood from angiosperm trees. The term softwood is used to describe wood from trees that are known as gymnosperms. Conifers are an example. It may also be used to describe trees which tend to be evergreen, notable exceptions being bald cypress and the larches. In both groups there is an enormous variation in actual wood hardness, with the range in density in hardwoods completely including that of softwoods; some hardwoods (e.g. balsa) are softer than most softwoods, while the hardest hardwoods are much harder than any softwood. The woods of longleaf pine, douglas fir, and yew are much harder in the mechanical sense than several hardwoods. (from wikipedia) Cypress is a softwood that has a very interesting history and number of unique properties.

cypressThe use of Cypress has been well documented since the dawn of time.  It is durable, weather resistance, and uniquely attractive. Noah’s ark is probably the most famous example, the ancient Egyptians made their mummy cases out of it and it was often used in the doors of cathedrals.

Cypress grows in swampy areas, it is very durable and has good resistance to water.  This is one reason many people choose cypress to side their homes or use as ceilings. Cypress planking has a gentle feathery grain, and can range from off-white to deep-red.  Other pros about using cypress wood siding is that it has natural oil “cypressene” that gives it good resistance to insects and weather. It can be machined easily and works well with finishes and glues and also holds nails and screws tightly.cypress

An article from WoodSource magazine  “The Long Term Benefits of Building with Cypress”  features cabins on the shores of Lake Michigan built for the 1933 World’s Fair.  In the article on page 14 Todd Zeiger, director of the Northern Region Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, describes the good performance of cypress compared to other woods which “had rotted away”.

River Recovered® Heart Cypress can be up to a thousand or more years old! And what is exciting is that these trees were not felled by clear cutting ancient forests, but by natural forces, or by long ago foresters.