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Wooden floors are a classic and timeless choice. Whether in a period cottage or a contemporary new build, the natural beauty of wooden floors brings instant warmth, charm and character. They can sit back with any style or colour scheme, providing a blank canvas so you can change your decor as many times as you like.

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There are several wooden floor design options. Traditional floorboards come in a range of widths and lengths, so you can choose a size that works best for your space. Or, classic herringbone and chevron parquet flooring instantly add style. You can create a real statement with wooden mosaic floor panels, combing different types, colours and shapes of wood for a stand-out patterned floor.

There are also many different types of wood available, so it’s important to consider both hardness and aesthetics. Each wood will have a hardness score. For high-traffic areas, such as hallways, a wood with a high score would be best in order to avoid wear and tear. But for low-traffic areas, such as bedrooms, a wood with a lower score should suffice. Beyond this, once your new floor is laid, there is a multitude of finishes and treatments available, such as Bona’s Floor Styling system, which can enhance the grain and totally transform its appearance again.

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Real wood flooring is an investment. It costs more upfront, and you may also have to pay to have it professionally fitted, but once it’s laid, it can last a lifetime. As it’s a completely natural material, if you decide after several years that you’d like to restore or brighten your floor, you can simply sand it down and refinish it. You can return your flooring to its original perfect state several times, so a crisp, neat finish can be maintained for decades.

Or, with wood floor specialists such as Bona’s certified contractors, using Bona finishes a special brushing technique you can completely transform your floor by enhancing the grain or changing the colour, for a dramatically different look. They can fit, sand and finish your floors dust-free, creating minimal upheaval. By contrast, when less expensive flooring starts looking tired, your only option is to pay for a complete replacement, which will inevitably be the more costly option in the long run.

Wooden floors are also extremely easy to clean. Just sweep them regularly to remove any dust or grit that might scratch the surface. You may also want to occasionally use a slightly damp mop, such as Bona’s spray mop, to give them a periodic all over clean or to remove spills or marks, but the naturally hard-wearing nature of wood means that cleaning is kept to a minimum.

Also, wooden floors are the most hygienic flooring option as they don’t trap dust, odours, mould, pollen or allergens. Even tiles and lino have grouting and embossing which attracts dust particles. This means that wooden flooring is a great choice for achieving the cleanest possible air quality.

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