The Environmental Benefits of Wood Floors


Wood Floors: Beautiful and Better for the Environment

When it comes to quality flooring, few options are more beautiful, and durable, than hardwood flooring. Orlando residents rely on A.B. Floors to handle all of their hardwood flooring needs. If you have wanted a new hardwood floor for your home or business but were concerned about the impact on the environment, these facts about wood floors may surprise you.


  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Services, the average annual net growth for hardwood trees is greater than the number of annual removals.
  • The indoor air quality with wood floors is better than other types of flooring (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
  • Wood is carbon neutral. Oxygen is produced during the growth cycle and carbon is stored during the service life (University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis).
  • Wooden floors use less energy and water to produce than other types of flooring options (University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis).
  • Wood floors will last hundreds of years and won’t require replacing as often as other options for flooring (National Association of Home Builders).
  • Most hardwood trees need 40-60 years to reach maturity, but the inventory planted now won’t need to be used for more than 100 years (National Wood Flooring Association).

As you can see, hardwood floors are actually an environmentally friendly option. And if you want , there are many colors and textures of wood to choose from. A hardwood floor will add beauty and value to your home in addition to being strong and long-lasting. To get the best service and quality for your new floor, you need A.B. Floors.

A.B. Floors has been in business for over 10 years. We carry most of the major brands of flooring. Our trained technicians are experts at installing and maintaining hardwood floors. We put our clients first and guarantee your satisfaction with our service. Call us today at 407-513-4787 to speak with one of our flooring professionals about your hardwood flooring needs.



Caring For Your Hardwood Floor

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Hardwood flooring in Orlando is easier to care for than you may think.  While many people believe hardwood floors require a lot of expensive special cleaning products, the opposite is true.  Hardwood floors are simple to maintain and clean.  A little effort with your hardwood floor will keep it looking as good as new.  To help get the most out of your hardwood floor, follow these cleaning suggestions.

  • Polyurethane and other surface finishes only need easy cleaning.  Sweep or vacuum them regularly or use a dust mop.  Never use tile or vinyl floor cleaning products on a wood floor.
  • Never use a self-polishing acrylic wax on your wood floor.  These waxes will cause your floor to become slippery and dull.  When this occurs, the floor has to be sanded and refinished.  You should also never use cleaning products such as Windex, furniture polish, or Murphy’s Oil on a wood floor.
  • Do not damp mop a wood floor.  Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning any surface-finished floor.  Excessive moisture and standing water may damage the wood, dull the finish, and cause discoloration.  Use only a lightly dampened (nearly dry) mop on a wood floor.  If water is spilled on a wood floor, wipe it up immediately with a clean cloth.
  • To prevent scratches and scuff marks on a wood floor, place throws rugs or floor mats at doorways to help protect the floor from dirt, grit, and sand.  Place felt pads underneath the legs of furniture and vacuum and dust your wood floor on a regular basis.
  • For cleaning, we recommend Bona hardwood floor cleaners or Bruce hardwood floor cleaner.

Hardwood flooring in Orlando is easy to clean and adds value and beauty to your home.  We have helped clients with their hardwood floors for over 10 years and are a fully licensed and insured flooring company.  Our clients are our number one priority.  If you are interested in getting new hardwood flooring in Orlando, call A.B. Floors at 407-513-4787 and speak with one of our friendly flooring professionals today.